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News Article | December 21, 2016
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Haas School of Business has, in partnership with EIT Digital, developed the Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Innovation & Entrepreneurship: From Basics to Open Innovation. This MOOC is part of the course Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship on Coursera. Enrolment for this MOOC is now open. Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley, is the second-oldest business school in the United States and will, in 2017 also provide a MOOC about design thinking alongside the six week-long From Basics to Open Innovation MOOC. “We consider Haas as an expert in the field of open innovation,” says Martijn Klabbers, Online Education Lead at EIT Digital. “That is why we are so very happy that Haas Business School has chosen EIT Digital Academy to transform its content into two MOOCs.” These new MOOCs from Haas School of Business are part of the Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship online course, where students will cover topics including the basics of innovation and entrepreneurship, the Sillicon Valley entrepreneurship model and the importance of failure. The two additional MOOCS forming part of this course are to be developed by the Swedish university KTH. These are The Impact of Technology – which is already available – and a MOOC about marketing strategies for entrepreneurs that will appear soon. The EIT Digital Academy started to make MOOCs available on the Coursera online learning platform in 2016 on a number of aspects of the Internet of Things through embedded systems. This programme focuses on the interconnection between entrepreneurial thinking and innovation and consists of several courses each containing three or more modules. Content for EIT Digital MOOCs is provided by EIT Digital’s academic partners. The MOOCs in the online learning programme of the EIT Digital Academy are aimed at bachelors and Master School students as part of their on-campus courses, but are also accessible for anyone who wants to learn about embedded systems. To date over 25,000 students have participated already in one or more EIT Digital Academy MOOCs. According to Klabbers learners are very enthusiastic about the course. “Working professionals value the deeper understanding they can use in practical problem solving and have also fed back that the length of the MOOCs, around five to six weeks, is a convenient time commitment when in full time employment.” About EIT Digital and the EIT Digital Academy EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. The EIT Digital Academy provides a Master School, a Professional School and a Doctoral School that all are experienced in blended learning. Within our education programme we work together with 20 top European universities and other businesspartners. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley. For more information on EIT Digital visit: http://www.eitdigital.eu/ For more information on EIT Digital online education visit: http://www.eitdigital.eu/eit-digital-academy/online-education/ Follow us on Twitter: @EIT_Digital For an overview of all our Coursera courses visit: https://www.coursera.org/eitdigital Follow us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EITDigital


EIT Digital has launched a new Innovation Activity* which aims to offer complete and personalised business and cultural tourist packages for travellers. Dubbed "PasTime", the work will be run out of EIT Digital's Digital Cities Action Line** and will develop a product that uses comprehensive local and user data to provide bespoke packages for city visitors. PasTime will be designed to stand out in the market thanks to strong data on specific tourist offers in pre-defined locations. It will combine multiple information sources from the Internet and from tourist organisations, allowing it to offer more detail on more destinations, highlights, events or festivities than other travel guides. The information in PasTime's database will be updated every night, so customers will always be offered the latest content in digital format filtered by their interests. Pascal Bourcier, Innovation Activity Lead, Amadeus said: "City visitors often struggle to identify local or limited-time tourist offers beyond the classic landmarks or attractions recommended by travel guides. There's a real paucity of personalised planning tools that effectively combine all those offerings while considering time and budget constraints. In addition, classic tourist packages have so far offered little or no flexibility and are generally not adapted for short stays." "To overcome these obstacles, PasTime will offer a set of technologies to bundle business and cultural tourist offerings into attractive packages that correspond to user needs based on a strong understanding of user interests and purchasing behaviours." Central to the concept is understanding which destination users choose and why, as well as what they do within a city. To enable this understanding PasTime will draw on gigantic "data lakes" resulting from millions of traveller transactions. It will look to social breadcrumbs -traces that users leave everywhere on Social Media - as well as semantic mobility traces - large amounts of data provided by apps and company websites on what customers do, where they go and when. PasTime will initially be trialled at three European locations with high tourist impact: Cote d'Azur (France), the Canary Islands (Spain) and Amsterdam (Netherlands). In each of these locations, a champion partner - a leading EIT Digital partner company involved in the Innovation Activity - will liaise with local stakeholders and public authorities to secure privileged access to data sources related to local tourist and cultural offerings. Work has already started on collating data covering the entire French Riviera territory, from Monaco to Toulon, while a similar knowledge base for the Canary Islands and Amsterdam will be developed in the coming months. PasTime's target customer base will include city stakeholders like city marketing, travel and tourism-related companies and large-scale event organisers, alongside providers and developers of data management solutions and applications for cities or events. Pascal Bourcier continued: "Our aim is to revolutionise how people select and purchase local tourist offers. We expect this concept will have a direct tremendous impact on local and hyper-local tourist services, boosting event reservations and activities - which are often under-booked - thanks to better visibility and smart combinations with other offerings." The PasTime concept builds on mature semantic technologies that encode meanings separately from data and content files, and separately from application code. This enables machines as well as people to easily manage the information and to create comprehensive knowledge bases. PasTime will also incorporate Big Data: large volume, significant heterogeneity and real-time velocity for data feeds such as public transport for booking and ticketing. The partners involved in this Innovation Activity are: Technische Universiteit Delft, EURECOM, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Amadeus, Innovalor, ISMB and Data-Moove. Amadeus will coordinate the activity, develop new methods to match tourist packages with user profiles tapping into their giant data lake of user purchase behaviours and lead the B2B commerciali sation. Data-Moove will be a business champion, leading the B2C commercialisation efforts and developing a dedicated mobile application for distributing the tourist packages directly to the travellers in the French Cote d'Azur. Localidata (UPM subgrantee) will be a business champion selling knowledge-based technologies for integrating heterogeneous data feeds and leading the test deployment in the Canary Islands. ** EIT Digital seeks to generate significant innovations from top European research. As such, we focus our investments on a limited number of innovation areas known as Innovation Action Lines, that we have selected with respect to their European relevance and leadership potential. Each Innovation Action Line comprises a portfolio of activities including: EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | February 22, 2017
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Dr. Jens Ohlsson is appointed EIT Digital’s Head of the Professional School. In this role, he is responsible for the strategy, management, execution, and sustainability of the Professional School. The EIT Digital Professional School supports the digital transformation of companies, organisations and public bodies by providing high quality blended learning for executives and managers with operational management duties. The Professional School is part of the EIT Digital Academy. The Academy aims to equip people with digital and entrepreneurial skills in order to make Europe frontrunner in the digital transformation. In addition to the Professional School, EIT Digital also runs a Master School, a Doctoral School, and has advanced online learning programmes. Dr. Ohlsson comes to EIT Digital with significant Entrepreneurial and Innovation experience. He was a business developer at one of the first companies in the world delivering an e-learning platform. In addition, he had several functions in large corporates, including Solution Advisor and Business Developer at SAP, Consultant at Aptus Consulting, Key Account Manager and Business Developer at IDS Sheer. Furthermore, he was one of the founders and CEO of the technology company Movelo. In recent years, he received his PHD, writing his thesis on ‘How companies can work with business innovation and business improvements supported by digital abilities while simultaneously working as a Digital Advisor on executive and board level. Prof. Dr. Willem Jonker, CEO of EIT Digital says: “We are happy to have Jens joining EIT Digital as Head of our Professional School. His knowledge, skills, and experience position him very well for a successful execution of this important leadership position." Dr. Ohlsson says that he wants to contribute to EIT Digital’s ambition to make the Professional School “an important factor for making European companies and professionals able to stay at the forefront of digital innovation. I want to contribute to catalyse and create synergies between the EIT action lines and the Professional School in collaboration with the Doctoral and Master School.” About EIT Digital EIT Digital is a leading European innovation and education organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalization of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


Digitalisation is transforming and disrupting traditional industry. Machines with in-built communication capabilities and the availability of data covering entire supply chains is opening up unforeseen opportunities for manufacturers and improving customer satisfaction. Data is increasingly being seen as not just data but an asset. These and many other issues related to the digitalisation of European industry will be explored in the Digital Industry of Tomorrow event, organised by the leading European open innovation organisation, EIT Digital, in Helsinki, Finland on 30 November. Digital transformation is changing business processes and enabling new business models in the manufacturing, retail and logistics sectors. With its Pan-European network of industrial partners, and scaleups, EIT Digital is developing new solutions helping businesses and public institutions to tackle modern challenges with through digital innovation. “Digital transformation is affecting the industry in a fundamental way. New solutions based on efficient use of sophisticated and real-time – or close to real-time data – are disrupting existing value chains and opening new opportunities to existing, and emerging businesses. The way products will be designed and manufactured, how they will be purchased and delivered to customers, and how feedback from customers and markets can be used are all being transformed.”, says Mr. Petri Liuha, the Action Line Leader for Digital Industry at EIT Digital. He continues: “The role of data and its interpretation will be central at every level in the supply chain, and its ownership and understanding will be seen as an asset. The Digital Industry of Tomorrow event will showcase great examples of our new innovations, including those at the prototype stage and those already launched in the market.” The Digital Industry of Tomorrow event will include keynote addresses from speakers including Mrs. Hanna Kivelä, Industry Leader at Google Finland, and Mr. Teemu Tunkelo, CTO & EVP Platform Services at Voith Digital Solutions GmbH (Germany). Hanna Kivelä will look at "How digitalisation and data changed business growth”, while Teemu Tunkelo will focus on “How commercial benefits of digitalisation are leading to disruption in the machinery industry.” “Machine builders like Voith are facing the need to build integrated communication capabilities into their machines. Machines of the future will have to be able to communicate with the OEM, the owner/operator/maintainer about their status and performance. This makes digital real-time service of machines a reality. Digitalised machines will get faster responses in case of an incident, faster incident throughput times and reduced cost per service incident”, Teemu Tunkelo explains. "People's behavior has changed forever. Today's battle for hearts, minds, and dollars is won or lost in digital micro-moments — intent-driven moments of decision-making and preference-shaping that occur throughout the entire consumer journey. To identify and to act on these moments requires solid understanding of how to measure the success at these moments accurately, how to value the role and impact of each touch point as correctly as possible and finally how to automate and optimize by using all relevant data and signals across the journey. Global growth is driven by solid understanding of customer behavior and ability to utilize fully automated digital marketing and sales ecosystems", Hanna Kivelä says. During the Digital Industries of Tomorrow event, EIT Digital will present and demo a number of its of its own innovation activities, including: As part of the Digital Industries of Tomorrow event, the winner of the Annual EIT Digital Challenge contest for the best European Digital Industry scaleup will be selected. Out of the original 69 candidates a total of seven scaleups from France, Germany, Portugal, Sweden, and United Kingdom have made their way to the Helsinki final. When: Wednesday, 30 November, 09:00 - 12:15. Where: Expo and Convention Centre, Helsinki, Hall 2, Messuaukio 1. Agenda: Check the detailed agenda and register here! The Digital Industry of Tomorrow event is organised in conjunction with the Slush startup event (with 17,000 registered delegates from 120 countries). Slush tickets are not required to attend this event, but registration is. Please bring the "Digital Industry of Tomorrow" ticket with you to access Messukeskus and the event hall. The ticket does not provide access to the Slush conference. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalization of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley. For more information visit: http://www.eitdigital.eu Follow us on Twitter: @EIT_Digital Follow as on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/EITDigital


The drive to accelerate the European trusted cloud takes a major step forward as European cyber security provider F-Secure starts routing out malicious content in cloud platforms, using an interface produced by an EIT Digital innovation activity. Last week, F-Secure announced its new “file and link” content protection software , which utilises the deliverables of the Trusted Data Management with Service Ecosystem innovation activity of EIT Digital. The Trusted Data Management innovation activity aims to accelerate European trusted cloud businesses and ecosystems by providing better tools and services for consumers and businesses to take greater control over the use of personal and sensitive data. Mr. Markku Kutvonen, Director of External R&D Collaboration at F-Secure Corporation, and the EIT Digital innovation activity lead said: “We have seen big digital transformations in cloudification, Internet-of-Things and EU regulations. This EIT Digital activity will create the means to support European companies in adapting to new security and privacy challenges and enable better protection for their customers from cyberthreats. F-Secure has piloted, with the partners taking part in this activity, a way to remove malicious files and URL’s in cloud services, at the times when everything is managed in the cloud and the only user interface is via the browser in a device. This adds important layer of customer security to any independent software vendor’s offering.” While cloud computing services have many benefits for companies, security remains a shared responsibility between service providers and customers. Businesses and indiduals using cloud services are responsible for the content they exchange through the service and service providers are required to make the connection secure. Solutions that help secure the content are going to be a big part of securing the cloud. In addition to F-Secure, other EIT Digital partners participating in the Trusted Data Management with Service Ecosystem Innovation Activity include: British Telecom, Telecom Italia, Reply, Bittium and multitude of SME’s and research institutions. “Thanks to the multiorganisational work model of the innovation activity, we were able to create a ecosystem that combines SME’s and bigger corporations in building great services together, addressing real customer problems - something which would have been difficult to achieve otherwise.” In a press release, F-Secure announced that its Cloud Protection file and link content protection software was unveiled at Salesforce’s Dreamforce '16 sales conference. First customer pilots are under way and F-Secure expect to launch the solution globally in 2017. F-Secure is a European cyber security company with decades of experience in defending enterprises and consumers against everything from opportunistic ransomware infections to advanced cyber-attacks. Its comprehensive set of services and award-winning products use F-Secure's patented security innovations and sophisticated threat intelligence to protect tens of thousands of companies and millions of people, and its products are sold all over the world by over 200 operators and thousands of resellers.    Founded in 1988, F-Secure is listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalization of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley. For more information visit: http://www.eitdigital.eu/ Follow us on Twitter: @EIT_Digital Follow as on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/EITDigital


Artificial intelligence, data analytics, digital signage. Three innovative companies, one scaleup and two spin-offs supported by EIT Digital will be showcasing their latest retail tech innovations in this fields at the upcoming EuroShop 2017 trade fair. EuroShop will be held in Dusseldorf, Germany from March 5th to 9th. With its 120,000 square metres of space and 100,000 expected visitors, it’s considered to be the world’s leading retail business event. The three companies participating in the show all sit within EIT Digital’s Digital Industry Action Line and form part of its Industry Business Community. They are Spanish scale up Exipple, Swedish firm Selitera (a spin-off from KTH's Mobile Service Lab in Stockholm), and the Italian, Trento-based firm ThinkIn. Exipple's vision is that spaces and devices will become intelligent so as to understand and anticipate people’s needs. Therefore, the company has developed a solution, Gestoos, which focuses on computer vision and human-technology interaction. Via natural gestures, users will be able to interact with advertising content to explore products in a more human and intuitive manner, making the solution a perfect fit for hyperlocal advertising. “The implementation of Gestoos in Retail requires the participation of digital contents agencies and infrastructure suppliers, so we think EuroShop is a great place to be to identify and align with these players,” Exipple’s CEO, German Leon says. Selitera’s product, Klikify, developed in close cooperation with Philips Pro Displays and Hypsos Digital Experiences, is aimed at connecting the physical store with the customer’s digital experience on his or her smartphone. “Klikify is a transformational, game-changing retail marketing technology which will make store visits much more attractive,” the company’s CEO, Zary Segall, says. Thanks to its Digital Signage technology, with just one click visitors will be able to see, share, purchase and bookmark unique commercial content. Finally, ThinkIn’s offering, RetailerIN, provides an advanced in-store behaviour analytics solution for monitoring people and assets in real time, analysing data and transforming it into actionable business indicators. “To survive in the digital century retail needs to embrace IoT, big data and AI,” CEO Iacopo Carreras explains, “EuroShop provides us with a unique opportunity to meet with prospective customers (retail chains and stores) and with partners willing to work with us to change the retail market in Europe.” The three EIT Digital-supported companies will be showcasing their innovations in EuroShop hall 7 (Retail technology). About EIT Digital   EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes.   EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society.   EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | February 16, 2017
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EIT Digital has launched work to develop a new Smart IOT Application Development (SIOTAD) framework primarily aimed at the agricultural industry. Pilot studies are about to get under way for the framework, which is designed to reduce the use of phytosanitary products through IoT, Big Data and 5G innovations. The concept is expected to be transferred eventually to other industries that also require efficient IoT and management platforms. The SIOTAD project is an Innovation Activity* within EIT Digital’s Digital Industry Action Line and has been created to develop a framework to support sustainable and efficient agriculture. The project partners include Nokia (in collaboration with Bilberry and CETA), Institut Mines-Télécom (Telecom École de Management) and Tampere University of Technology (in collaboration with Intopalo)**. The work will initially focus on the development of the IoT platform and conducting pilots in the agriculture industry with a view to launching the product commercially by the end of the year. Guillaume Jourdain, CEO of Bilberry, explains: “There is no weed detection solution available today on the market for monitoring big fields. Our solution, incorporating cameras on sprayers that will scan the area, and in real time, determine where to spray or not, is new for farmers, and will help them substantially decrease the amount of herbicides they spray on their crops. The impact for sustainable society could be huge as, depending on the amount of weed in the field, we think a target of reducing the use of phytosanitary products by up to 80% could be achieved.” In addition, by delivering software development tools and components that have been tested in real pilot studies, the output will be of great value to wider digital industries in general as the applications could also be used in other markets and could in turn speed up development of new services. “We are very happy to bring to the EIT digital ecosystem our Nokia Innovation Platform, which will leverage and integrate the expertise of all the partners in the SIOTAD project. Integration and specification will be done in parallel with live business trials and the feedback will better adapt the platform to business requirements.” “As we test the framework we think there could be significant potential for the agricultural industry and associated economy in particular, but future applications could be far more wide-ranging.” *EIT Digital seeks to generate significant innovations from top European research. As such, we focus our investments on a limited number of innovation areas known as Innovation Action Lines that we have selected with respect to their European relevance and leadership potential. Each Innovation Action Line comprises a portfolio of activities including: Our innovation activities deliver new products or services, create startups and spinoffs to commercialise outputs from projects, and encourage the transfer of technologies for market entry. ** Nokia will act as coordinator and will provide access to its Nokia Innovation Platform, a live development and trial environment for start-ups, industry and other contributors to the Internet of Things. The startup company Bilberry will conduct pilots (in coordination with CETA non-profit farmers’s organisation) and explore business models studies on the top on the provided platform. IMT will bring its expertise on business model design and business model innovation and platform strategies. Tampere University of Technology will bring technological components related to application creation, Intopalo (a startup working in the security software field) will deliver security and privacy functionalities for the platform. EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital has consistently mobilised talent, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. EIT Digital headquarters are in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, Eindhoven, Helsinki, London, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento and a hub in Silicon Valley. For more information visit: http://www.eitdigital.eu/ Follow EIT Digital on Twitter:@EIT_Digital


News Article | February 15, 2017
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We disagree that a 'creeping corporate culture' is harming the University of Copenhagen (Nature 540, 315; 2016). Its continuous rise in the international rankings argues against this suggestion. If the art of science is indeed under corporate pressure, we should ask whether such mutual interactions are beneficial or not. For example, we helped EIT Health (the European Institute of Innovation and Technology's health initiative in Munich, Germany) to set up a consortium of business, research centres and universities to boost enterprise, health-care systems and quality of life. This initiative might be seen as an example of how enterprise tries to optimize science by using the logic of managers at the cost of intellectual and creative freedom, but it is not. To identify the essential steps towards success, EIT Health applies Technology Readiness Levels, a system developed by NASA to assess the technology that took Neil Armstrong to the Moon. Independent research is just one of these steps. Innovation in health care is a co-evolutionary endeavour: there is no progress without understanding the root cause of infirmity. Implementation depends on aligning basic knowledge with the needs and desires of citizens; and innovation must be woven into the public and private fabric of communities. When scientists invest in interaction with societal stakeholders in this way, it further encourages research freedom to thrive.


News Article | December 7, 2016
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The European innovation network EIT Digital has announced the winners of its 2016 EIT Digital Challenge that are likely to play a vital role in Europe’s digital transformation in five key areas: Digital Infrastructure, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Finance, Digital Cities and Digital Industry. The gold prize winners for each category are: With the competition, the European innovation network EIT Digital aims to identify the next wave of Europe’s top scaleups - fast growing startups who are ready to scale-up their operations - to help them grow internationally and raise funding. The companies will receive access to EIT Digital’s pan-European innovation network, the chance to benefit from the business growth support provided by the EIT Digital Accelerator and €50,000 in cash. Dominik Krabbe, Lead of the EIT Digital Challenge, says: “With these companies, we have identified some of Europe’s most innovative digital technology scaleups. They show proven product market fits and a high potential to succeed in world markets. Now we aim to accelerate their growth and create new European success stories.” The gold prize winners as well as the runners up in each category will have the chance to get access to EIT Digital’s network. The best 16 teams are invited to an exclusive two-day event in December to connect with EIT Digital’s unrivalled ecosystem during a networking evening and discuss their growth strategies with international EIT Digital experts. They have been chosen from a total of 234 entries from 25 EU countries and cover digital technologies in five different verticals: More information on the awarded companies and their technologies is available here. About the EIT Digital Challenge The EIT Digital Challenge is EIT Digital’s contest to identify the most innovative and fast growing digital technology startups (scaleups) with the aim of helping them to grow their business internationally. The competition features five categories: Digital Industry, Digital Cities, Digital Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure and Digital Finance. Since the first competition held in 2014, more than 1,400 teams from 27 European countries applied for the EIT Digital Challenge. Former winners include Konux (Germany), who have expanded to the US, Undagrid (Netherlands), whose technology tracks equipment on Europe’s largest airports, and Sentryo (France), who raised €2 million in the beginning of 2016. About EIT Digital EIT Digital is a leading European open innovation organisation. Our mission is to foster digital technology innovation and entrepreneurial talent for economic growth and quality of life in Europe. We bring together entrepreneurs from a partnership of over 130 top European corporations, SMEs, startups, universities and research institutes. EIT Digital invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. Our innovation and education activities are organised in and around our co-location centres, where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to drive the digitalisation of society. EIT Digital is a Knowledge and Innovation Community of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, EIT Digital is consistently mobilising talents, ideas, technologies, investments and business across Europe and beyond to stimulate disruptive digital innovation. The headquarter is in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Budapest, London, Helsinki, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Trento, as well as a hub in Silicon Valley.


News Article | April 20, 2016
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The damning report released by auditors last week on the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) was predictable. Since it was conceived about 10 years ago, the EIT — a €3-billion (US$3.4-billion) mechanism that is supposed to stimulate innovation in areas that are considered to be among Europe’s foremost societal challenges — has suffered more than just teething problems (see page 291). As the auditors pointed out, the EIT has struggled to align business and research communities in sectors such as public health or the development of clean technologies in a way that could address common market failures. The EIT as a whole has still to prove that its existence makes a real difference. To do so, managers must monitor more closely — and demonstrate more plausibly — whether the substantial tax money spent on the EIT triggers the desired effects on innovation. Creating commercially relevant knowledge through basic research needs incentives. But innovation is not something that technocrats (or bureaucrats) can easily order. Innovation and bureaucracy are in fact not a good match — too much of the latter is one of the reasons why the EIT has failed to meet expectations. The audit report comes as proposals swirl for yet another European Union innovation body — one to be called the European Innovation Council. The idea might seem inappropriate at a time when top-down approaches to stimulate absent market forces have been weighed and found wanting. But the EIT’s failure is a good occasion to think about what is missing. It’s a given that the EU needs to unlock its innovative potential to make its ageing societies fit for the future and create jobs for the next generation. So why are the EU’s economic competitors in North America and Asia more able to transform the ideas of academic scientists and engineers into marketable goods and services? It is not for want of good intent and trying. European universities have long ceased to be academic havens where students and staff ponder the wonders of the world in splendid isolation. Science parks, incubators and technology-transfer offices have become the rule on European campuses. Also, the European Commission’s €80-billion Horizon 2020 research programme has a strong emphasis on producing applicable science in partnership with small and large companies. Other schemes — EU Finance for Innovators, Joint Technology Initiatives, European Innovation Partnerships and the EU Innovation Union — likewise intend to obtain the maximum economic return on research money. And yet the quality in question is in short supply. Why hasn’t the investment and effort led to greater innovation? The byzantine complexity of the EU’s innovation support is making it less effective than policymakers would like it to be. There are just too many programmes, too many levels, too many forms, bodies, requirements and exceptions. The bureaucratic confusion is not stifling innovation all together — the EU’s graphene flagship project and countless small entrepreneurial success stories are sufficient evidence that some things do work very well. But given the EIT dilemma, Europe’s leading research universities have rightly reminded policymakers that streamlining and simplifying EU innovation instruments is a better approach to stimulating the sought-after quality than adding another layer of complexity on top of it. This does not mean that a European Innovation Council — for which the European Commission issued a call for ideas in February — would necessarily be wasted money. But such a council must seek to optimize, rather than add to, the existing portfolio of initiatives and mechanisms. Europe’s paradoxical innovation bureaucracy might still benefit from a high-level advisory body comprising competent business leaders, researchers and policy experts. So, incidentally, might the floundering EIT.

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