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Highlights from Lisbon: Sigma Orionis at ICT2015

October 29, 2015

Sigma Orionis is currently involved in key areas of the European R&D Agenda, such as Responsible Research and Innovation, International Cooperation and Creative Industries-led innovation. By reason of its implication in pacesetting projects and initiatives, the company was strongly represented at ICT2015, Europe’s most visible forum for ICT research and innovation. The event took place on October 20-22, in Lisbon, Portugal, and gathered more than 5740 visitors.

Supporting international scientific and technological cooperation

The CHOICE booth at the INCO village was a huge success for the International Cooperation Unit, considering also the special attention given by the European Commission on EU-China cooperation in ICT during this year’s ICT event.

Meanwhile, in the Transform exhibition area the FIRE projects, led by SmartFIRE, organised the FIRE QUIZ –contest: all event participants had a chance to win a tablet by visiting the FIRE demo booths to find correct answers for the quiz and learn more about Future Internet Research and Experimentation. The prize was awarded by Per Blixt, Head of the Experimental Platforms E4 Unit of the European Commission.

The e-Infrastructure related projects, Sci-GaIA and TANDEM (EU-Africa scientific and technological cooperation) joined forces with MAGIC to have a strong presence at the event, with a booth and a networking session on the theme of Global ICT Infrastructures for International Scientific Collaboration for 2020 and beyond. The networking session was opened by Aniyan Varghese from the e-Infrastructures Unit of DG CONNECT who stressed the importance of international scientific cooperation in this field. It ended with vivid debates on the deployment of research infrastructures at a global scale for 2020 and beyond. The booth registered high attendance and visitors have been engaged in live demos of open science platforms and repositories. Journalists of different international media among which the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera were present onsite and interviewed the projects’ delegation.

Check the full photo gallery on TANDEM website.

Enabling a Responsible European ICT Research and Innovation in Horizon 2020

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is an inclusive approach to Research and Innovation (R&I) to ensure that societal actors work together during the whole R&I process. It aims to better align both the process and outcomes of R&I, with the values, needs and expectations of the society.

The RRI-ICT Forum partnership, coordinated by Sigma Orionis and representing the “hub” for RRI and SSH in ICT-related H2020 projects, enjoyed a high visibility at the ICT2015 event while holding an exhibition booth, organising and participating in networking sessions on RRI, SSH and societal impacts of ICT research.

The exhibition booth on RRI in ICT, located in the EC village, represented the main information place for visitors to learn about RRI and SSH. It provided visitors with information about the RRI approach, its importance in ICT and the role of the RRI-ICT Forum project. Visitors could as well get their copy of the good RRI practices in ICT research guide, published by the RRI-ICT Forum project, providing practical examples of RRI practices and applications in different projects and ICT domains (smart cities, Internet of Things, e-agriculture, e-health, robotics and e-Infrastructure).

The networking session ‘Towards responsible R&I in ICT in H2020’ took place on October 21, 2015 and aimed at promoting the use of an RRI approach and the involvement of SSH in Horizon 2020 ICT-related projects and proposals.

 

Paving the way to a more effective ICT value chain from research to markets

The Creative and Civic Innovation Unit documents and elaborates novel ways to make technology transfer fast and effective, creative and impactful on society. The ICT2015 event saw the launch of the STARTS (Science, Technology and the Arts) which leverages in large part the legacy of the ICT & Art Connect project, coordinated by Sigma Orionis in 2013-2014.

Much of the Unit knowledge is currently applied in the framework of the #MusicBricks Innovation Action, which on the 20th October was presented on the main stage of the Innovate area by Sigma Orionis and the Innovation coordinator Stromatolite. Unexpected industries of application, new bricks added on the run to the tools suite, a high interest from industry players, new indicators complementing the TRL scale: #MusicBricks outcomes and methodologies can pave the way to further innovation ecosystems. #MusicBricks was also presented during the STARTS session (21/10), the offsite Music Creativity workshop (21/10) and the ‘Empowering Game-changer communities’ networking session. During the latter, inspired by CAPSinputs and best practices for working with innovative communities and players (such as SMEs, creative people, civic society organisations) were presented by Sigma Orionis along with Dyne, T6 Ecosystems, Stromatolite and The Young Foundation.

Finally the unit organised on behalf of the CRe-AM consortium the overcrowded networking session ‘Creative Industries and ICT: towards a future roadmap’, convening at the discussion representatives of the most important ongoing initiatives bridging ICT and creative industries, such as NEM, TISP, STARTS and Europeana Space.

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