Friday, May 31, 2013

Neelie's Digital Champions and Young Advisers help women learn coding

Slovenian and Bulgarian Digital Champions are taking to a unique initiative from Finland to their countries: "Rails Girls". Initially launched by Finish Digital Champion, Linda Liukas, this grassroots operation gives women their first experience in software craftsmanship. Between 31 May and 1 June, women will learn coding in Sofia (Bulgaria) and Maribor (Slovenia) with the help of Digital Champions and Young Advisers.


Smart City Expo World Congress 2012 - Barcelona - YouTube Video - Smart solutions for future cities

Colette Maloney, from the European Comission, talks about how (Information and Communication Tecnologies (ICT) create Smart Cities.


Communication - European Strategy to make the internet a better place for kids

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children


Thursday, May 30, 2013

Portugal ICT: Extending the Age of Discovery

A liberal interpretation of the term 'information and communication technologies' (ICT) could easily connect some of the earliest examples to Portugal. How?


Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mobile for Good Europe Awards - Vodafone Foundation launches search for transformational apps

Vodafone Foundation has announced the launch of the first Mobile for Good Europe Awards to search for iOS and Android apps designed to improve people's lives and deliver substantial public benefit. Creators of the winning apps, in categories including accessibility, mobilising public services, health and education, will receive a shared prize fund of €200,000 to be used for the development of their innovations. Mobilising Public Services will focus on how local and national governments can leverage mobile technology to improve the delivery of public services. The closing date for entries is 15 October and an awards ceremony will be held in Brussels on 5 December 2013. The awards build on the success of the Vodafone Foundation’s Smart Accessibility Awards, held in 2011 and 2012 with the cooperation with AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum, which was a competition to find Android apps which improve the lives of older people or people with disabilities. In each of the four categories, the winner will receive €30,000, second place wins €15,000 and third place receives €5,000. There will be local workshops organised for the developers in Berlin, Amsterdam and Madrid. The Mobile for Good Europe Awards is again a partnership with AGE Platform Europe and the European Disability Forum, representing the users’ perspective.


Roundtable on 112 in Turkey

The event will gather about 250-300 participants, including Turkish stakeholders as well as emergency services, European and national public authorities and industry representatives from all over Europe. Registration closes on 19 June.




Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics: Services Science for e-Health

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics: Services Science for e-Health

Deadline for submission: November 20, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Health 4.0: A Holistic Development in Healthcare Systems

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices: Health 4.0: A Holistic Development in Healthcare Systems

Guest Editor:

Prof. O. Ferrer-Roca, University of La Laguna, Spain

Twenty-first century medical devices (MDs) will be handheld devices working in a pervasive environment of wireless communications and cloud computing. Nanotechnology and alternative mechanisms will give rise to the miniaturisation of hardware and reduce the consumption of power.

Not only the digital technology in medical applications, but also the initiatives of doctors and patient awareness will bring better quality health services approved by the FDA. This new paradigm in healthcare services is popularly known as “Health 4.0”, which is an integration of mainly four innovations:

Applications that fulfil three criteria of availability: a) anytime connection; b) anyplace connection; c) anything connection

Applications that include image enhancement and RFID readings to be used for: a) people - by face recognition and access to relevant information; b) objects - by use and by owner recognition; c) food - by principle content and by diet requirements; d) medication - by principle and by indication-contraindication

Applications that include quality controlled Web 3.0 items such as: a) HCQ healthcare quality: ISO 13485-ISO 2700 or security; b) 3S: social-semantic-services; c) cloud accessing (SAAS, P Cloud or personal cloud where the iPhone can be included)

Applications using Web 4.0 items such as: a) knowledge-based learning (KBL), including literature-based learning (LBL), evidence-based learning (EBL), trial-based learning (TBL), image-based learning (IBL), etc.; b) query by example (QBE), including query by image (QBI) etc.; c) cloud of link data (CoLD) with artificial intelligence

This is linked also with management innovation associated with gamification or use of games and BYOD or bring your own device philosophy into an environment of reverse innovation.

Subject Coverage

Suitable topics include but are not limited to:

i4i applications (iPhone apps and iCloud)

mHealth with smartphones




Query by example


Notes for Prospective Authors

Submitted papers should not have been previously published nor be currently under consideration for publication elsewhere. (N.B. Conference papers may only be submitted if the paper has been completely re-written and if appropriate written permissions have been obtained from any copyright holders of the original paper).

All papers are refereed through a peer review process.

All papers must be submitted online.

Important Dates

Submission of manuscripts: 15 October, 2013

Notification to authors: 15 November, 2013

Final versions due: 15 December, 2013

The 2nd edition of Tech All Stars, the EU’s top startup competition, has chosen it’s twelve finalists representing Europe’s best startups!

Tech All Stars has joined forces with Liberty Global Ventures and Amazon Web Services to make this year's Tech All Stars the most exciting Startup competition in the European Union and the lucky 12 participants have been selected!


Innovation Luminary Awards 2013

The Innovation Luminary Academy and Awards have been established by the EU Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) to celebrate and recognise outstanding innovation role models and through this to inspire the next generation of innovators.


Open Innovation 2.0 Yearbook 2013

This Open Innovation 2013 yearbook is intended to provide stimuli for thoughts and actions in the field of service innovation, especially related to the information and knowledge society.


eGovernment improving but citizens ask for more

Almost half of EU citizens (46%) now go online to look for a job, use the public library, file a tax return, register a birth, apply for a passport or use other eGovernment services. 80% say online public services save them time, 76% like the flexibility and 62% say they save money. But these users are more satisfied with online banking (8.5 satisfaction rating on a scale of 0 to 10), and online shopping (7.6) than with public services online (6.5).


"Leading the way in eGovernment" Conference for CIOs and key officials

The Conference is jointly organized by the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Government of Finland represented by the Ministry of Finance, in collaboration with the European Commission. It is a conference by invitation only and most of the participants will be European and non-European CIOs, e-government officials and those who lead the way in e-government development.

It will provide opportunities to discuss the latest issues and trends of e-government, learn and network among these officials, who are in a (decision-making) position to improve the quality of e-government and public service delivery.


Monday, May 27, 2013

The EU-funded project CommonWell: how to integrate health and social care with ICT.

CommonWell began as a project of 10 partners in 2008. The aim of the project was to address the lack of integration between healthcare and social care services, which can particularly affect older people, by implementing ICT-based solutions. CommonWell services for integrated eCare were developed and piloted at four sites in Europe: United Kingdom, Germany, Holland and Spain. The four services implemented were: better emergency care through telecare integration in Andalucia, Spain; managed hospital admission for care clients in Bielefeld, Germany; early intervention and telehealth for COPD patients in Milton Keynes, England; and integrated support for heart failure patients in Veldhoven, Netherlands.


EU awards 12 million euros to supercompute a healthier future for Europe’s children

To help fight childhood obesity and other child diseases, the European Commission has awarded 12 million euros to a medical research project that will use mathematical models to improve the treatment of children.


Study on eGovernment and the Reduction of Administrative Burden (SMART 2012/0061)

The ongoing Study on eGovernment and the Reduction of Administrative Burden which is foreseen under the Efficient and Effective Government priority of the eGovernment Action Plan 2011-2015 has two main objectives:

  • to raise awareness among the stakeholders on the best practices and the costs and benefits of implementing the “once only” principle while designing eGovernment services;

  • to help Member States on how to implement this “once only” principle and on how to make electronic procedures the dominant channel for delivering eGovernment services.

For these purposes, the first task of the Study is to identify, map into categories and illustrate the existing initiatives, policies or programs concerning the ABR and the ”once only” principle implementation across the EU 27 member states, 7 associated countries (Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, Croatia, Turkey, Serbia and Montenegro) as well as other appropriate non-EU countries. In addition, three "best practice" countries will be identified.

The second task of the study is to carry out an in-depth quantitative and qualitative cost benefit analysis for each of the identified "best practice countries".

The third task of the study is to provide a long term roadmap, at EU and country level, outlining possible policy actions and implementation measures.

The study is being undertaken by Ernst & Young in cooperation with Danish Technological Institute under the contract N° 30-CE-0532668/00-38. The contract was signed in December 2012 and the maximum duration of the tasks to be performed under the contract is 14 months.