Friday, May 17, 2013

Innovation isn't just for the young

AGE Platform Europe General Assembly, Brussels


Report on the hearing on Women in ICT, Girls in ICT Day, European Parliament 25 April 2013

Summary of hearings at the European Parliament on Women in ICT, 25 April 2013.

The hearing was organised by the ITRE Committee (Committee on Industry, Research and Energy), Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner in charge of the Digital Agenda, and Hamadoun Touré, Secretary-General of the International Telecommunication Union.


Neuro Informatics 2013 Conference - Special session on Large Scale Brain Initiatives

Prof. Karlheinz Meier (R.Karl University of Heidelberg(DE))will talk about the EU "Human Brain Project" - Scientific Foundations and Plans. The Human Brain Project is one of the selected FET Flagships project funded by the EU.


Going Local Italy

Going local Italia 2013 - Roma, 3 giugno e Milano, 4 giugno


Thursday, May 16, 2013

EU Citizenship: Commission proposes 12 new actions to boost citizens' rights (IP 13/410 from the EC)

The European Commission has today unveiled a new push to reinforce EU citizens’ rights with a series of actions to tackle obstacles that citizens still face in their everyday life. The 2013 EU Citizenship Report sets out 12 concrete ways to help Europeans make better use of their EU rights, from looking for a job in another EU country to ensuring stronger participation in the democratic life of the Union. Key proposals include making it easier for people to work and do training in another EU country; reducing excessive paperwork for EU citizens living and travelling in the EU; and eliminating barriers to cross-border shopping. During the European Year of Citizens the EU Citizenship Report is the Commission's answer to the numerous calls from EU citizens who have shared problems they have experienced when travelling, moving to or shopping in another EU country.


AAL Forum 2013: Registration is now open

Don’t miss the main AAL event of the year, the AAL Forum in Norrk√∂ping, Sweden, from September 24th to 26th! Meet around 1000 participants from all over Europe, hear and discuss the latest news from the ambient assisted living field, learn more and network with decision makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, care providers, end users and more.


Compilation of good practices in integrated care

Those 37 good practices have been provided by the members of the Action Group on integrated care of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. The collection of good practices is an ongoing activity of the Action Group, and is part of a wider exercise to define a methodology for the deployment of integrated care.


The Digitisation of our Economies

11th European Business Summit, Brussels


SEMIC 2013 - Semantic Interoperability Conference 2013

This event offers an opportunity to explore and discuss how Public Administrations can use semantic technologies to make information exchange more efficient and effective, allowing them to operate at lower costs and provide better services. The conference programme addresses topics such as: Basic data for public services; Open Standards for eGovernment; Data interoperability in the Cloud and on the World-Wide Web; Open Government Data and interoperability; Putting interoperability solutions in a regional or local context. It is organised by the ISA Programme of the European Commission. Attendance is free of charge but registration is required and places are limited.


Major Cities of Europe - Annual Conference

This conference will bring together Chief Information Officers and ICT managers from local government as well as business leaders. The goal of the event is to find answers to today’s challenges regarding ICT in cities. Participants will showcase key implementations and ideas, share experiences, facilitate debate and exchange views through presentations, roundtables, one-to-one discussions and workshops.


International Conference on Policy Making 2.0

This conference will explore the emerging technologies and trends that are changing the way policy is made. Policy-making 2.0 refers to a blend of emerging and fast developing technologies that enable better, more timely and more participated decision-making in government. The aim of the conference is to cross-fertilize projects to support community building and to learn from each other. Over these two days many topics will be discussed including: open and big data, visual analytics, modelling and simulation, collaborative governance and crowdsourcing, serious gaming, and opinion mining. There will also be a chance to submit an application for the Policy 2.0 prize. It’s goal is to raise awareness and consolidate the community about a new set of tools to support policy making, such as open and big data, visualization, opinion mining, collaborative governance, modeling and simulation, serious gaming. The event is free and open to anyone with an interest in 21st century policy making.


Wednesday, May 15, 2013

ICT and Women, PowerPoint presentation for speech by Neelie Kroes

Neelie Kroes: "The fact is, this issue of women in ICT isn't a problem: it's an opportunity. One that should excite every talented, ambitious woman out there. A chance to make the most of your potential".


Are you ready for eParticipation with PARTERRE?

Thanks to the CIP (ICT-PSP) project PARTERRE, a discreet and free of charge self-assessment tool is now available!

Having answered to a few questions, you will get structured advice on the potential and value of eParticipation tools for your territory/organisation.

The questionnaire is anonymous and you will be the only one to know about its results. At the end of the session, a printable summary will be created for your eyes only.

Answering all of the questions won’t take you more than 20 minutes.


Help shape the Exhibition of ICT 2013

Submit your proposal for one of the 150 stands available to showcase the latest findings in advanced research, technologies, new systems, innovation in services & business and ICT products just coming to market. The open call for proposals is open till 7th June 2013 16.00.


Tuesday, May 14, 2013

ICT 2013

Call for exhibition applicants – Deadline 7 June 2013


9th ITS European Congress, 4-7 June 2013, Dublin (IE)

Participate in this Intelligent Transport System key event and learn about the latest development in terms of innovation, solutions and deployment. 'All regions face similar challenges in delivering sustainable transport solutions to meet their current and future mobility requirements. Transport authorities are aware of the real needs specific to their region but often find it difficult to identify detailed information on targeted ITS solutions that would deliver direct and tangible positive outcomes. The primary focus of Dublin 2013 Congress will be on proven deployed solutions and innovative R&D that solve real problems and deliver value for money in today’s challenging economic environment.'


UnCertWeb - a certain way to deal with uncertainties

UncertWeb is a recently concluded FP7 research project. It looked into the way we treat and manage uncertainty when we use science to understand, predict and control the world around us. Often, it is very important to be able to quantify our uncertainties about what has happened and what will happen in the future. UncertWeb steps in by providing a range of tools to help quantify the initial uncertainties, work out their effects on the outcomes of our models of the world around us, and visualise the results in an intuitive way. UncertWeb researchers have applied UnCertWeb's tools and the associated web-based systems in a number of areas looking at air quality forecasts, how food production might change with our changing climate, how climate and human pressures affect biodiversity and how people experience their environment. This video provides an overview of the achievements of the UncertWeb.


Commission awards prizes to best eHealth SMEs

European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes has awarded prizes to eHealth SMEs from Finland, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Switzerland and United Kingdom as part of eHealth Week 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.


The Clikkers - Granny's check-up on a campsite

Did you know that eHealth technologies can help you to check and manage your health, where ever you are? You can monitor your heart, stress, diabetes, a stroke, a depression...


Monday, May 13, 2013

Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook 2013

In the European context, open innovation is now used as a synonym for modern, highly dynamic and inter­active processes. Linear and sequential mindsets are slowly changing to be more opportunistic, more dar­ing and more action-oriented. We need to move from having ‘perfect plans for yesterday’ to an innovation culture which fosters experimentation and prototyp­ing in real-world settings. This new innovation cul­ture leads to simultaneous technological and societal innovation and encouragement. We need to be daring and also experiment with disruptive approaches as gradual improvement does not properly reflect the potential that the omnipresent, fast-developing ICT provides for parallel innovations.


Exploiting the potential of eHealth

E-Health High Level Conference, Dublin


Sunday, May 12, 2013

Create Best Online Content for Kids and win the European Award!

This exciting award aims at encouraging children and adults to create new and highlight already existing child-friendly, quality online content. Keep visiting the website for the latest news on the competition!

The European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "The online world can be a great place for kids. I dream of building a Better Internet for Children: with the right online content, kids can explore, play and learn safely – ensuring they have a great time while also gaining the skills for a digital world. I hope this this competition can generate and celebrate bright ideas from across Europe".

National heats of the competition will run until November through the Safer Internet Centres, with the best national initiatives going forward to compete at European level. The top-three European resources in each of the four categories will be awarded on Safer Internet Day in February 2014.