++ URBAN INNO organizes hackathon in Trento to modernize public administration ++

November 2017
The URBAN INNO local pilot supported both in-kind, helping the coordination with local stakeholders of the Trentino’s innovation cluster with the PA and with SMEs and specific ICT development mentoring , and both financially, covering part of organizational cost implicated in an event that lasted 2 entire days, included the night between the 7th  and the 8th of October. The event was basically a 2-days Code SPRINT from the 7th October morning to the 8th October evening (all night included).

This hackathon was a size challenge never seen before: it is the first time that a hackathon of this vastness was organized in Italy and involved so many cities at the same time. The purpose was to build together a Public Administration to fit citizen needs.
Find more info here.

++ Opening up to an era of SOCIAL INNOVATION Conference ++

November 2017

27-28 November 2017, Lisbon (Portugal)

The conference aims to boost social innovation in Europe because social innovation is a good, cost-effective way to advance inclusive and wealth-creating public policies, by developing a new narrative and giving this new narrative the means to take root, grow, blossom and bear fruit.

Who: The event seeks to bring together world-class scientists in the area of social innovation, innovators, social entrepreneurs, civil society representatives, national and regional policy makers, municipal and city level actors, social innovation funders, philanthropists, venture capitalists, business angels, students, and politicians.

How: The conference will be structured in the following manner:

• Taking stock of social innovation achievements

• Identifying potential future opportunities brought by social innovation not only in terms of societal well-being, but also of growth, jobs, and business development for Europe

• Reviewing new trends in social innovation

• Examining the possible role of social innovation in the next generation of public policies

• Exploring funding instruments

Learn more and register here.

 

++ Find partners across the smart city value chain @Smart City Expo World Congress 2017 ++

October 2017

14 – 16 November 2017
In the context of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017, to be held in Barcelona on November 14-16, ACCIÓ is organising a working session with European clusters in order to explore collaboration areas and find partners across the smart city value chain.

Target audience:
European clusters working on the smart city sector


What to expect:

The working session will allow attendees to:
Gather insight on the “H2020 INNOSUP-01: Cluster facilitated projects for new industrial value chains” call for proposals and on successful cluster experiences.
Analyse some of the main challenges on smart cities through experts, cities and cluster experiences.
Generate ideas and build consortiums for the H2020 INNOSUP-01 Call for proposals in order to tackle these challenges.

Grab last chance at https://www.clustercollaboration.eu/event-calendar/clusters-smart-cities

++ URBAN INNO fosters participation and innovation in urban environments of Central Europe ++

October 2017

Make Central Europe more innovative and competitive by improving the innovation potential of small and medium-sized urban ecosystems – this is the goal of the EU project URBAN INNO. Regional pilot projects are intended to involve citizens in urban innovation processes; emphasis lies on mobility, energy, innovative management, agriculture, integrated infrastructure and medium-sized economic growth. The result of the project will be published and made available in several languages ​​free of charge in a virtual online “tool kit“ including methods for public participation in innovation processes.

“Sustainable Two-Wheel City Karlsruhe 2025+”

E-bikes and pedelecs: Where are they used in Karlsruhe, what about the local infrastructure and where is still need for improvement? On September 16, citizens of the eDrais2017 pilot project met with experts at a so-called future workshop. It was all about the subject of “eBikes & Energy”: On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the bicycle jubilee, the focus was on the infrastructure and the use of eBikes and pedelecs in Karlsruhe. Together, the participants developed a vision on “Sustainable Two-Cycle City Karlsruhe 2025+”. Particular attention was paid to the participation of citizens in the development of local infrastructures for eBikes and their energy awareness. eDrais2017 is not only one of the URBAN INNO pilot projects, but has also been embedded in the launching European Mobility Week, where 50 countries around the world have dealt with issues related to clean, shared and intelligent mobility.

Smart citizenship with URBAN INNO

As a result of mobility needs, but also with regard to the use of eBikes and pedelecs, a targeted ideal state for the use of electrically operated or supported two-wheelers in the near future was developed. Also the path from the “actual” to the “target” was discussed using new technologies. The results of the event are now being examined, prepared and made available to the city planning office as well as to the EnergieForum and the business development Karlsruhe for further use.

Interested citizens can contribute to the project through an online survey. On an online map suggestions for sharing and charging stations as well as bike paths and comments can be made.

 

++ Grow your Region Conference ++

September 2017

 8 – 9 November 2017

The 2nd edition of the ‘Grow your region’ conference will take place in Valencia, Spain, on 8 and 9 November. Save the date! The event is co-organised by the European Commission’s Directorate-Generals for ‘Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs’ and for ‘Regional and Urban Policy’, in cooperation with the Valencia Regional Authority.

Lessons will be drawn on how smart specialisation strategies were used and how clusters have supported growth in Europe’s regions. How to boost smart interregional collaboration through clusters and foster value chain linkages that bring benefits to regions and cities across Europe?

‘GROW your REGIOn’ is an opportunity to:

  • share your smart specialisation and cluster experience and practices
  • exchange ideas about future actions for smart interregional collaboration
  • learn about novel ways of supporting innovation and accelerating industrial modernisation and SME growth

The conference will use an innovative approach, where the audience will be invited to actively contribute, collaborate and co-create, following the first edition from 2015 in Brussels.

Pre-registration for this conference is open now! Please visit this page regularly for updates.

View the agenda for more details

 

++ URBAN INNO: first activities towards participative urban environments ++

July 2017

URBAN INNO project (Interreg CE) addresses the challenge of making central Europe more innovative and competitive by maximising the innovation potential of smaller and medium sized urban ecosystems.

With the aim to implement participative urban environments where the innovation performance will substantially improve, first URBAN INNO pilot activities have involved actively citizens in Karlsruhe (Germany) and Trento (Italy).

The URBAN INNO Karlsruhe Pilot deals with the topic ‘eBikes & Energy’ and the Karlsruhe Pilot Team was actively present at the FahrradFestival (Bicycle Festival) in Karlsruhe. At this event, the Karlsruhe Pilot Team started with testing a a crowd sourcing approach, which aims to ‘customize’ an existing GIS software in order to use the functionalities for citizens participation related to energy issues of eBikes and to provide it to citizens for testing purposes.

 

SMART CITY PROFILING AND BENCHMARKING

July 2016

One of the objectives of UPSIDE was to contribute to the further development of regional digital agendas in the participating cities / regions, building on the multiple stakeholder interaction established in the framework of the design of the UPSIDE Joint Action Plan.

In order to ensure a good comparability of the results and foster transregional interactions, a joint approach was developed, which encompasses the following steps:

  1. Smart City benchmarking methodology
  2. Smart city profile and benchmarking of the UPSIDE cities / regions
  3. Contribution to regional digital agendas

Read here the results!

 

++UPSIDE Final Conference++

High Capacity Digital Societies – Make it happen!

21 st June 2016

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The UPSIDE Project ended its activities in Bled, Slovenia with the “High Capacity Digital Societies – make it happens!” conference. The conference was organised by CyberForum e.V., co-ordinator of the project within the bled e-conference on digital economy (http://bledconference.org/ 19-22 June).

UPSIDE Partners took advantage of the occasion to present some success stories, such as the ICT Urban Arena in Kista, presented by Petra Dalunde (COO, Urban ICT Arena) and the city benchmarking analysis, a fresh result of Kadri Uus (Baltic Innovation Agency).

A complete report on the event can be downloaded here.

 

UPSIDE @Futur en Seine 2016: Testing Smart Cities of Tomorrow

9th June 2016

Futur en Seine is the largest free and open meeting on innovation in Europe. An event where creators, developers and other major players in French and international innovation gather from around the world. Demos, conferences, workshops, business appointments: Futur en Seine is an immersion in the world of digital innovation. In 2016 the Festival took place on June 9-19th and UPSIDE project had the opportunity to present the project results and achievement in a two hours event on June 9th (http://www.futur-en-seine.paris/en/program/cyberforum-upside).

Download here the complete report.

 

Digital relay eHealth

27th May 2016

UPSIDE invited municipalities, health care institutions, universities and patient and resident platforms to discuss helth and care during the eHealth Estafette. Via Cities Cities Relay travels the knowledge and skills of innovative ICT throughout the Netherlands in care and welfare. UPSIDE organized the meeting in Eindhoven and put the project topics on the agenda. Alderman Van Dongen (municipality Veldhoven) welcomed the more then 80 visitors and briefly illustrated the developments in the region. Dik Hermans Director of Foundation VitaValley, chairman. A number of speakers from the region talked about customer-driven innovations at the intersection of cure and care, adaptation of innovations by users and developments in the region around home automation. The meeting concluded with an invitation of Smart Homes, to visit the Smartest House, which stands on the grounds of the Evoluon, to see all ehealth applications presented there.

A complete report can be downloaded here.

 

Telia enters two new digitization collaborations – Urban ICT Arena and Drive Sweden

May 2016

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In connection with Kista Mobility Week, Telia announced that they are joining the leading players in the private and public sectors as a new participant in the Urban ICT Arena and Drive Sweden.

Telia supports innovation and the development of sustainable smart cities. Telia will contribute its expertise and infrastructure in the ICT field to test new technologies and new services, such as smart public transport and self-propelled vehicles.  “It is when we gather our collective knowledge, experience and techniques in the value creation network that we can take the digitization capabilities from the drawing board to reality. Therefore, partnerships like Urban ICT Arena and Drive Sweden are important and we will contribute with our digital highways and unique expertise in the area of ICT”, says Mats Lundbäck, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at TeliaSonera Sweden.

More information at: https://www.telia.se/media/2016/04/24/telia-gr-in-i-tv-nya-digitaliseringssamarbeten—urban-ict-arena-och-drive-sweden/6c33cee4-8b3e-4a7f-bde0-aba54db2bf0d

 

UPSIDE at EUREKA Innovation Week 2016

April 2016

The theme of the EUREKA Innovation Week 2016, held in Stockholm on 26-29 April 2016 was Smart Cities. Close to 1100 participants represented 44 countries with 24 of these taking part in the 871 bilateral industry matchmaking meetings organized by the conference for more than 300 companies. The matchmaking event, arranged by Enterprise Europe Network, focused on many smart city themes, including ICT, new materials, energy, transport and life sciences.

UPSIDE was represented by Kista Science City and Bevel. Åke Lindström, ICT Director at Kista Science City presented UPSIDE within the Smart Cities Initiatives Networks and R&D Enablers session. Kista’s newly set up Urban ICT Arena was also discussed in the context of this Canada-EUREKA Smart Cities Partnering event.

Learn more about it!

 

Now there is an open digital test bed and co-creative arena in Kista

March 2016

Urban ICT Arena

The test bed and collaboration arena for digital development in Kista will come true. This is decided since several operators in industry, government, research institutes and universities jointly endorsed the initiative and has signed the cooperation agreement. The arena is called Urban ICT Arena and is starting up in 2016. Urban ICT arena is an open testbed and co-creative arena in Kista, where the possibilities of digitization will be developed, tested and showcased in an urban environment. Within the Urban ICT Arena academia, industry and the public sector together will develop new digital opportunities and solutions for the future of society and business.

– Urban ICT Arena will showcase existing projects and research as well as develop and test new ones. It is the comprehensive whole that makes the stadium unique. There will be several different types of IT infrastructure, opportunity for joint horizontal development, transparency, low threshold / high availability and access to different types of exposure surfaces. It will of course be accessable to parties from business, academia and the public sector, says Ulf Wahlberg Ericsson is chairman of the Electrum Foundation Board.

– Urban ICT Arena is both an important component of a dynamic economy and one of the tools needed in the ambition of making Stockholm the world’s smartest city, says Karin Wanngård, Mayor of Stockholm and vice president of the Electrum Foundation.

Urban ICT Arena consists of several parts; IT infrastructure with different types of networks, projects carried out within the framework of the arena, a venue for formal and informal meetings, a project database and several storefront to showcase results and challenges for those who live, work and visit Kista. Electrum Foundation has commissioned its subsidiary Kista Science City AB to implement the Urban ICT arena. Chief Operating Officer is Petra Dalunde. The overall aim of the Urban ICT Arena is to make Sweden future proof. The projects that will be carried out in the arena has to contribute to sustainable growing cities, , strengthening the innovation in the region and secure future jobs.

 

UPSIDE Cluster2Cluster workshop: High Capacity Digital Society-Making it happen!

4th of February 2016

The Montreal-Stockholm Cluster2Cluster webinar and workshop targeted opportunities and needs in Industry, Research&Development and Society. The objective was to identify and pursue necessary actions in the areas of research, societal and business development, in particular, actions prior to the EUREKA event in Stockholm in April 2016. A second goal was to identify one company wishing to establish its business abroad (in either Stockholm or Montreal) to assess what would be desired services for internationalization.

A high-level series of presentations offered insight into the Canada-EU Comprehensive Economic & Trade Agreement and how it has the potential to impact business, research, and society, in particular for smart cities and the next generation 5G networks. A total of 50 participants joined from several cities in Canada, Sweden, as well as from the UK, France, and Germany.

Learn more about it!

 

Municipality of Maribor – Study visit to the city of Freiburg, Germany

1st-3rd of February

Within the framework of UPSIDE project, Municipality of Maribor (MOM) established Smart City Maribor initiative, a network of stakeholders of Podravje region in Slovenia. With the aim of sharing good practices and knowledge a number of study visits in Slovenia and other European countries are being organised. Thus Municipality of Maribor seized the opportunity to visit a sustainable oriented city of Freiburg in Germany. The visit took place between 1st and 3rd February 2016 and was held in the light of exchange of experiences and the design of joint potential smart city project. During the visit, team from MOM met with representatives of the Fraunhofer Institute (Fraunhofer ISE), representatives of the Institute of ICLEI (Association of Local Governments for Sustainability) and representatives of the city of Freiburg.

Learn more about this event!

 

CyberForum invests in advanced training to support SMEs with innovation processes

February 2016

Tamara Högler and Dr. Ralf Trunko (both part of the CyberForum team for Innovation and International Affairs) attended in February 2016 the Innovation Intelligence Seminar which was organized by the ClusterAgentur Baden-Wuerttemberg in cooperation with the MFG Innovation Agency. Objective of the training was to present tools and methods for positioning cluster initiatives in global competition. Clusters operate in a mostly regional ecosystem of industry and science, but their members have to position themselves in a global competition. This challenges the cluster initiatives to strengthen their own profiles and become more competitive. In business, the corresponding tools are summarized as Business Intelligence: Methods and measures that strengthen the competitiveness by providing knowledge and expertise about own position and the position of the competitors. Innovation Intelligence is the equivalent of these methods and measures for innovation ecosystems as we find them in cluster initiatives.

The seminar aimed to present methods and tools which are important for cluster management in this context. This includes

  • Competence Analysis
  • Environmental analysis / competitive analysis
  • Roadmapping

The seminar provided methodological competence and showed good practices of European cluster initiatives. The contents supported CyberForum to determine its own position in global competition and make strategic decisions regarding innovation partnerships or innovation projects for the cluster initiatives.

 

CyberForum Opens a Startup Ecosystem for the German state Baden-Wuerttemberg

21st February 2016

CyberLab, the “incubator” of CyberForum for talented IT startups, reached the next milestone – it is upgraded to the IT Accelerator of the German state Baden-Wuerttemberg. Nearly 200 guests from politics and industry celebrated on February 21st 2016 the topping-out ceremony and the start to the new business incubator. Guests of honor like Dr. Nils Schmid, Deputy Prime Minister of Baden-Württemberg and Minister of Finance and Economics, and Dr. Frank Mentrup, Mayor of Karlsruhe, addressed an assembly. Minister Schmid emphasized the immense power of innovation of the ICT industry of Baden-Wuerttemberg. One of the main objectives of the next years is to increase the number of innovative start-ups and to defend the top position of the high-tech industry of Baden-Wuerttemberg in the federal competition. CyberLab targets at startups in the IT and high-tech industry, whose business model is particularly concerned with growth areas (such as industry 4.0 and IT security).

Original Press Release (in german): http://goo.gl/6sFy8g

 

CyberForum invited to present its “cluster of excellence” approach by mentoring partner in Slovenia

11th February 2016

On Thursday 11 February 2016 CyberForum was invited to a Joint Workshop of Poly4EmI and BeWiser  projects on cluster policy excellence as part of improving the competitiveness of regional economy and support to emerging industries. The workshop was organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport (MIZŠ).

http://www.mizs.gov.si/nc/en/media_room/news/article/55/9481/

 

SmarterCities „Karlsruhe meets Pune“: Visit to India confirmed India’s high potential in developing smart cities

17th-24th January 2016

India, with its 1.2 billion inhabitants and its fast growing economy, is one of the most important world markets for IT, energy, automotive, creative and other industries. During the last 4-5 years the Economic Development Department of Karlsruhe (UPSIDE partner) has been active in India, to facilitate market and investment for companies in Karlsruhe. Since 2014, Karlsruhe has its own cooperation and marketing office in the high-tech City of Pune. Pune (150 km from Mumbai) was recently nominated one of the first 20 smart cities in India (http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/list-of-first-20-smart-cities-under-smart-cities-mission/article8162775.ece).

With the motto “Let’s shape the city of tomorrow”, the Economic Development Department of Karlsruhe organized a Business Delegation Tour to India on January 17th-24th. The tour included companies’ visits, one to one meetings, workshop and roundtables. For the delegates, it was the moment to build new contacts with local companies, networks and policy makers, to plan the entry to the Indian market and to present his/her own company.

In addition, the visit to India was a great example of sharing contacts and networks between the partners of UPSIDE. Karlsruhe welcomed other partners to join the delegation and the city of Tartu (UPSIDE partner) decided to accept the invitation.

“We are very thankful to the city of Karlsruhe for opening us the door to Pune and Mumbai,” said Siim Espenberg, the chief specialist in business development in the city of Tartu. “The discussions with local companies were promising, especially in the fields of ICT and energy, and therefore we hope to see much more cooperation between the companies of Estonia and India in the future.”

For more informatione, please download here a complete description and detailed program.

 

 

Testbed in Kista given the GO

22nd December 2015

Urban ICT ArenaAfter intensive preparation, the Urban ICT Arena was approved and will start in the spring of 2016. It will be an open testbed and a collaboration arena for digital development in a city environment. To begin with, new dark fiber will connect parts of Kista with a capacity that doesn’t exist anywhere else in Sweden. Ericsson will grant access to its 5G-network and Connode will provide a wireless low power network. A number of pilot projects are also kicked-off. More information will be available at www.kista.com shortly.

 

Opening of the Digital Innovation Centre (DIZ) – Karlsruhe

November 2015

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CyberForum e.V. (together with FZI Research Center for Information Technologies Karlsruhe) applied for the establishment of a “Digital Innovation Center” for the German Federal State of Baden-Wuerttemberg in Karlsruhe (http://digitalisierungszentrum.com/). CyberForum´s efforts resulted in the integration of the leading topic “innovation” as essential part of the centre. CyberForum will use results (e.g. the inventory of user-driven participatory methodologies or the established internationalization strategy) and motivation from the UPSIDE project, to emphasize the importance of the topic innovation particularly for SMEs.

With the establishment of the Digital Innovation Centre, the federal state will create a platform for the implementation of actions recommended in the regional Digital Agenda „Baden-Wuerttemberg 2020+“ as well as the further and sustainable development of this agenda. In this way, UPSIDE impacts on the continuous and successful implementation and further development of a German regional digital agenda.

 

Call for papers on Living Labs for OpenLivingLab Days 2016

23-26 August 2016

OpenLivingLab Days 2016 brings together both academics and managers from fields of innovation and fields applying Living Labs and Living Laboratories to explore the benefits Living Labs provide for a variety of stakeholders. The 4th edition of the Living Lab Research Day at the OpenLivingLab Days conference is an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to:

  • Bring together a state-of-the-art review of Living Lab concepts and their usage both for managers and scholars
  • Strengthen Living Labs as an area of innovation
  • Assess new trends, current challenges and developments of Living Labs in collaboration with a large network of researchers and practitioners
  • Co-create new disruptive innovation models
  • Establish strong connections with other emerging disciplines in order to develop collaborations for future research, innovation projects and initiatives.

 

UPSIDE World Café , Karlsruhe, Germany

30th November 2015

World CaféUPSIDE partners met in Karlsruhe (Germany) to join an exciting and creative UPSIDE – World Café: Smarter City Playful Challenge. The workshop focused on problems and challenges in the context of Smart Cities, having the aim to jointly develop ideas for possible solutions on an abstract level. The task was achieved with the support of the “FUTURE DECK” card game. The game’s intent is to spark conversations about the emerging challenges and opportunities facing Smart Cities, and provide colourful ideas on how to solve them. It has been used in the workshops to prioritize issues, to support creativity and alternative thinking, to examine the impact of the issues on public policy, and to craft scenario narratives about the future.

Download here the complete report!

 

18th TCI Global Conference: “Clusters in a Creative Economy. New Agendas for Companies and Policy Makers”, Daegu – Korea.

3rd-6th November 2015

In the ‘Successful International Strategies’ session, which included presentations from Ibon Vicente (Orkestra, Spain), Christoph Beer (ICT Cluster Bern, Switzerland) and Gavin Artz (Dept. of State Development, Australia), Tamara Hoegler (CyberForum e.V.) presented the Business Roaming Agreement www.clusterize.org. The BRA being utilised by the UPSIDE consortium as a conduit to provide cluster facilitated internationalisation of SMEs across the globe to more than 50 clusters in 30 countries who have signed up to the agreement. Tamara believes “during the TCI conference UPSIDE representatives met many excellent cooperation partners from all over the world, particularly from Asia and Oceania. We intensified our international contacts by visiting the TCI conference and learnt a lot of new insights on how to enhance international cooperation; we are keen to share and explore these with our cluster members and the UPSIDE consortium.”

Download here the complete report!

 

UPSIDE goes international – CyberForum and BIA participated in a Business Mission to Vietnam!

November 2015

Tamara Högler (CyberForum e.V.) and Rene Tõnnisson (BIA – Baltic Innovation Agency) seized the opportunity to participate in a business mission to Vietnam, an event organized by the Switzerland Global Enterprise. The delegation experienced an exclusive first-hand insight into the Vietnam business environment and companies, including visits to Vietnamese ICT companies, universities, educational organizations and Swiss-own companies based in Vietnam. A special focus was the business process outsourcing example.

Download here the complete report!

 

ICT 2015, Lisbon: “Internationalisation: The Supporting Role of Clusters”

October 2015

UPSIDE in collaboration with Be Wiser presented key elements of their internationalisation strategies at ICT 2015, the European Commission’s flagship networking conference with regard to Horizon 2020 – Research & Innovation in ICT.

The ICT 2015 Innovate, Connect, Transform event which took place in Lisbon from the 20th to the 22nd of October 2015 provided a platform for networking opportunities to enhance quality partnerships, help participants find partners, connect Research and Innovation and trigger collaboration across Europe and Internationally.

The Be Wiser and UPSIDE session entitled ‘Internationalisation: The Supporting Role of Clusters’ invited firms, clusters and research institutes to collaborate with both projects and featured presentations from UPSIDE partner Åke Lindström, Kista Science City AB and Be Wiser partner Dr John Hobbs, Cork Institute of Technology. CyberForum a key partner in both Be Wiser and UPSIDE was represented by Dr Annalisa Zuccotti, from their Innovations & International Affairs team.

Download here the complete report!

eGovlab & KSC Hold a Networking Event during the 49th ICA conference

September 2015

CIO’s from over 25 nations and organizations participated to the 49th ICA Conference (International Council for Information Technology in Government Administration – ICA) hosted by eGovlab at Stockholm University’s Department of Computer and Systems Sciences and the Swedish Ministry of Enterprise and Innovation. The conference took place between the 6th– 9th of September in Stockholm. On the 8th of September, eGovlab and Kista Science City, proudly hosted an unforgettable networking event in the NOD building (Kista). Sponsored by UPSIDE, the networking event was a great opportunity to mix and mingle with the most influential international decision makers in eGovernance, all global leaders in the field.

Download here a complete report.

 

UPSIDE Partners @ Digital Health Days – DHD 2015: Where ICT meets life science and healthcare to shape the future

September 2015

In light of the Digital Health Days held in Stockholm, eGovlab brilliantly engaged with e-health industry experts through a hands-on workshop and presentation in the context of the UPSIDE project. eGovlab invited participants to share ideas on the future of e-health in Europe and forecast new technologies (cloud, IoT, Open Data) that will fulfil the increasing need for “Cross-border e-health services”. The workshop focused on implementing a patient-centric approach in cross border e-health services to improve today’s European healthcare system. The topic sparked further discussions among the participants raising further issues on patient privacy, trust and data sharing.

Download here the complete report!

UPSIDE Initiative: ‘Exploitation of ICT technologies to support Smart City activities’ – Maribor cluster set-up – Maribor, Slovenia

July 2015

The initiative supported by the UPSIDE project aimed to develop a technological framework for smart cities (platform and a pilot smart city of Maribor), which will exploit new technologies (ICT and social) in order to increase the potential and attractiveness of a city in an environmentally friendly way, and thereby create new business opportunities for public and private stakeholders as well as benefits for final users (citizens, tourists and visitors).

Eleven stakeholders (companies, university and technology park) of the smart city Maribor cluster participated at the event and the project concept was presented on national event for development of Slovenian Smart strategy specialization, on 16th of June 2015, in the framework of strategy priority ‘Healthy working and living environment’, including smart cities and communities, smart buildings and homes.

In the same context the new Smart City Maribor cluster web-portal and on-line tool was set-up: http://www.smartcitymaribor.si/en/

Special about the web-portal is the open innovation tool “IMPROVE MARIBOR- City of Maribor hears you. Be involved!” addressing “unstructured” stakeholders like inhabitants, micro and small businesses not involved in intermediate bodies.

Download here the complete report!