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FI-ADOPT: Documenta wins Phase 1 of IMAILE project

The consortium composed of Edebé, Documenta, and Gradiant wins phase 1 of the IMAILE project with the innovative AMIGO platform.

IMAILE, Innovative Methods for Awards Procedures of ICT Learning in Europe, is an innovative project funded with support from the European Commission in the context of The Seventh Framework Programme.

The city of Halmstad (Sweden) is coordinating the FP7 project IMAILE where public procurers of ICT in Education from 4 countries are using the PCP instrument (pre-commercial procurement) to stimulate user driven innovation in cooperation with European ICT industry, research and SMEs.  The overall objective of IMAILE is to  to identify new technologies and services which address the challenge of providing the next generation of Personal Learning Environments (PLE) in primary and secondary education within the subjects of Science, Math and Technology (STEM).

The IMAILE project foresees a selection process in three phases, at the end of which 4 prototypes will be obtained, and two of them will be used in a large scale pilot stage with teachers and students from the countries involved.

The AMIGO platform, (SMART STEM Learning Ecosystem), submitted by the consortium composed of Edebé (a leading educational publisher), Documenta (Innovative SME from Barcelona who develop educational software and multimedia production) and Gradiant (a reference ICT Technology Centre in Galicia), has been selected as one of the 7 winning proposals in Phase 1, while obtaining the best score from all the selected proposals.

A team composed of professionals from the three companies is now working to design a full proposal to be submitted on 22nd April. The IMAILE consortium expects to announce the results of the second selection in May 2016, when we will know if the AMIGO will become a full technological prototype.

AMIGO aims at developing an immersive environment that provides primary and lower secondary schools with a student centered learning approach. AMIGO integrates the six modules STEM enriched dynamic profile, STEM personal learning environment, Authoring tool, STEM social network, Learning chart and analytics, and Life-Long Learning ePortfolio from a visual and functional point of view. Accordingly, AMIGO aims at delivering a holistic ecosystem providing the next generation personal learning environment for STEM subjects including multiple different functionalities aiming at increasing the motivation of students to learn STEM and increasing the study results by adapting the learning to the students’ needs.

DOCUMENTA contribution is key in this proposal. The enterprise will integrate into AMIGO the 2 innovative products, the eportfolio and the authoring tool, developed in the framework of the BRAIM project, funded under FI-ADOPT program.

Learn more about IMAILE (FP7).

Learn more about Documenta.

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Gateway to Innovation: join co-located events at the IOT360° Summit

The IOT360° Summit will take place on October 27-29 in Rome. The second edition of the International Summit on the Internet of Things will commit world-know international experts within the field of the IoT to debate on new opportunities and solutions for the future of the research and the IoT industry.

A part from the three summit days, each one following a specific track: Technology, Community and Innovation, the Summit will be supported by a multitude of co-located events:

Startupbootcamp Internet of Things & Data. Startupbootcamp is the leading global startup accelerator program that helps startups to improve their business in three months. On October 28th at the Summit’s venue, Startupbootcamp will host a pitch day  selecting 10 startups in the field of IoT and Data. Startups will have to change to pitch during this day, in front of a panel of experienced global and local mentors (being entrepreneurs, investors and experts in the field of IoT & Data). Startups will receive constructive feedback in one to one sessions with the mentors. You can apply here.

IOT360 Summer School. The international Summer School will take place from 27th to 30th of October. The School aims to survey most relevant research domains, to get in touch with IoT (hands-on) and interact with distinguished scholars and world-wide experts. The program of the Summer School is divided in two parts: the first part consists of lectures, tutorials and panels to gain relevant knowledge and develop skills. During the second part participants will be divided into groups to implement their own IoT projects based on the knowledge gained during the first part of the School. Attendees will also have the opportunity to “pitch and sell” their projects developed during the “IoT Hackathon”.

Eleven technical conferences. IoT360 co-located international conferences will take place simultaneously with the Summit to approach the IoT field from a multidisciplinary perspective. Attendees will participate in discussions about various IoT-related topics, proposing their research and projects, joining the 11 scientific conferences, a good opportunity to meet experts withing the IoT field:

  • S-cube: the 6th EAI International Conference on Sensor Systems and Software – October 26–27, 2015;
  • SaSeIoT: the 2nd EAI International Conference on Safety and Security in Internet of Things October 26-27, 2015;
  • Mobility: The 2nd EAI International Conference on Mobility in IoT – October 26–27, 2015;
  • InterIoT: the EAI International Conference on Interoperability in IoT – October 26–27, 2015;
  • GoodTechs: EAI International Conference on Smart Objects and Technologies for Social Good – October 26, 2015;
  • Healthy IoT: 2nd EAI International Conference on IoT Technologies for HealthCare – October 26–27, 2015;
  • CYCLONE: EAI International Conference on Cyber physicaL systems, IoT and sensors networks – October 26, 2015
  • COIOTE: the 2nd EAI International Conference on Cognitive Internet of Things Technologies – October 26, 2015
  • CN4IoT: the EAI International Conference on Cloud, Networking for IoT systems – October 26–27, 2015;
  • IoTaas: the 2nd EAI International Conference on IoT as a Service – October 26–27, 2015;
  • SDWN: the 2nd EAI International Conference on Software Defined and Virtualized Future Wireless Networks – October 26, 2015.

Take your chance to participate in the IOT360 Summit and check co-located events here.

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Sandro Zilli, IOT360: Transferring academic experience into the real life

Sandro Zilli is a manager and entrepreneur with more than twenty years of professional experience in multinational companies operating in the ICT sector, and in different types of markets such as manufacturing, construction, media and entertainment. He has held a variety of senior positions in both startups and large international enterprises, and is currently the Manufacturing Sales Development Manager at Tech Data Italia. He holds an Executive MBA from LUISS Business School, and is an active Board Member of LUISS University Alumni EMBA, driving key projects in collaboration with  a top Italian startup incubator.  We spoke to him following the latest edition of the IoT360 Summit, at which he participated as a speaker on the subject of readiness for (private) funding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Sandro Zilli, IOT360 Speaker
Sandro Zilli, IOT360 Speaker

The 2014 edition of IoT360 focused on a multitude of different themes related to IoT. The red track was a deep investigation of online innovation platforms and communities that can take an idea all the way to the market. Which specific issues would you like to be discussed at the next edition of Summit? 

I appreciated the themes related to the Internet of Things a lot, because they represent the future of ICT and digital life. In my opinion, it would be very useful to increase the number of cases and best practice examples presented. In addition to that, it would be very useful if IoT360 became a point of reference, networking and training for new companies, students or researchers that have to face the market in order to launch their startup.

In your opinion, as an entrepreneur and an active Board Member of LUISS University Alumni EMBA, how can academia and industry work together to build the future know-how in the ICT field?

I think that the best way is transferring academic experience and knowledge into the real world of startups and new companies through mentoring activities that would help academia enter the market and promote innovation in a proper way, using industry skills and best practice.

 Which challenges do ICT startups have to accept in the era of the Internet of Things?

New technologies – cloud, mobile, social enterprise, and big data – allow startups to effectively respond to the needs of citizens. The Internet of Things is useful for making sense of information, and having the correct information and dynamic data, but the goal is to offer solutions that are translated into specific improvements of the quality of people’s lives. The potential uses of this information are almost unlimited. It can be used for modelling and predicting how changes to a system will affect other systems, reducing the risks of change, and accelerating the return on investment. It can be used for developing new business models in partnership with private and public companies, and may be useful for directing new projects for the benefit of the community.

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FI-Adopt Project

FI-WARE: Future Internet Grants for web-entrepreneurs & small businesses!

when: 6 March 2015, 12:00 – 14:00

where: Technoport Belval, 9 Avenue des Hauts-Fourneaux in Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg

The Future Internet platform FI-WARE is an open architecture for developers, service providers, and companies to develop innovative products. FI-WARE Generic Enablers (GE) are public and royalty-free. Supported by the European Union, this platform allows companies and web-entrepreneurs to create and deliver digital services at a low cost.

FI-WARE provides

  • €80 million funding, implemented by 16 accelerators, each with a different focus (healthcare, smart cities, finance, smart energy, smart agrifood, multimedia, transport, and manufacturing)
  • Building blocks for the creation of internet-based products and services
  • Business support, mentoring, and networking
  • FI-LAB, an experimentation platform

As demonstrated by the experience and collaboration of Luxembourg-based startups and companies that have sprung up since the first info session in September last year, FI-WARE provides amazing opportunities for them to kick-start or upscale their internet business. The FI-WARE solution itself, as well as its lean and decentralised funding system, lower entrance barriers and allow for the submission of proposals from a vast variety of domains.

Luxinnovation and Technoport have teamed up again, to present FI-WARE and opportunities to finance the development of innovative services and applications at another info session.

The event is aimed at small businesses, startups and web entrepreneurs who develop apps or services, and want to connect with the community. It will consist of several presentations and will feature three special guests – Dr Raimund Bröchler (Senior Delivery Manager, INTRASOFT International SA), Vincent Demortier (Manager, 4PLanet SA), and Evangelos Papadopoulos (Founder & CEO, TheMarketsTrust).

For more information, visit www.horizon2020.lu/Agenda

If you are planning to attend, don’t forget to register before noon on Thursday, 5 March.