easyRights (H2020) (2020-2022)
easyRights tackles two major challenges to successful immigrant integration.
(1) Physical - simplifying the complexities of international, national and local norms that differentiate its mechanisms across the countries; and (2) Social - we aim to change the diffuse, albeit wrong, feeling that immigrants have about themselves as ‘illegal citizens’ that acts as impediment to the full exercise of their acknowledged and endorsed rights.
We will achieve this aim through 5 main objectives below:
1. IMPROVE LANGUAGE SKILLS
Improving language skills will be done by expanding the web¬ based CALST platform, which was originally developed at NTNU, which is focused on tailored pronunciation training (listening, speaking and writing). The CALST platform is currently available for British English and Norwegian dialects. The remaining languages needed for the pilots (i.e. Greek, Italian and Spanish) will be added during the project. In combination with CALST, the NTNU spin¬off company Capeesh also a member in the consortium, has added a specific focus and features on personalized vocabulary learning.
2. ENHANCE COMMUNICATION
Enhancing the effectiveness of communication and thus, the immigrants’ understanding of their fundamental rights, irrespective of legal status, will be supported on the easyRights platform by a multilingual Natural Language Understanding (NLU) system. This module aims to overcome the communication problems proffered by most complex government ¬led welcome portals through the implementation of state of the art AI and machine reading capabilities.
3. MAKE INFO ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
Integration of Amazon’s Alexa Skills Kit (ASK), enables the creation of personalized service experiences via the exploitation of voice recognition and Natural Language Processing tools.
4. ENSURE A SHARED UNDERSTANDING
To pave the way for co-creation on the platform (e.g. through hackathons), easyRights will deliver both a Mediation Grammar ¬module, and a semantic model representing the classes of migrants withcontext data ¬and a Recommender System which is a personalization and contextualization service based on collaborative, content ¬based filtering and user’s path dependency. The combination of these tools will create a fertile knowledge base for co-creation to deliver cross-border applications and tools.
5. CONNECT SYSTEMS
Both the Mediation Grammar and the Recommender System will be “fed” by a preliminary activity of mapping, disintegration and reconstruction of the key administrative rules and procedures that facilitate immigrants’ access to welfare services and enable them to exercise their civil rights, while adopting the point of view (and the language) of prospective beneficiaries. This activity will be facilitated by the NLU system deployed and tested in the four pilots, which will be the early users of the system itself.
easyRights has received funding from the EU Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 870980.
The main objective of the BIC for SME project is to upgrade the POWER2INNO project results and provide concrete tools for training entrepreneurs for innovative entrepreneurship, the educational staff of the participating organizations and selected individual entrepreneurs through pilot trainings.
POWER2INNO (Horizon 2020, 2016-2017), which included peer learning activities between three innovation agencies, was directed to raising their competences to empower small and micro companies for innovative entrepreneurship. POWER2INNO produced knowledge by building a regional system and providing training and education for entrepreneurs. However, the project did not prepare the concrete tools for such education.
BIC for SMEs and the Erasmus+ programme provides a perfect opportunity for this. BIC for SMEs aims at:
• improving the quality and access to vocational education and training in the area of small and micro innovation entrepreneurship
• improving the knowledge and skills of employees in relevant consulting and training organizations
• improving the employability and professional success of learners, interested in this subject.
This will by designing and delivering the following outputs:
• a needs analysis on the training needs of small and micro entrepreneurs interested in boosting their innovation activity and their trainers
• a training program for small and micro entrepreneurs interested in boosting their innovation activity
• a training program for the trainers of small and micro entrepreneurs
• detailed manuals and relevant learning materials for both groups
• a tailored made training for trainers and entrepreneurs from the partner organisations to provide feedback on the previous results of the project
In the long term, the project can assist in eliminating the gap between market demand (people seeking training in small and micro entrepreneurship) and training system supply, which is currently predominantly oriented to small and middle-sized entrepreneurship.
The project consortium is composed of the following organisations: WESTBIC, Ireland; RDA CID, Slovenia; BIC EURONOVA, Spain; TECHNOPOLIS, Italy; EFMD, Belgium.
As cities continue to grow, so is the number of challenges they are facing. Environmental, economic or social emerging issues call for new and unproven urban solutions. The increasing need for urban innovation will result in the development of a significant number of smart cities initiatives, creating new business opportunities for Mediterranean SMEs. If we want our cities to be efficiently managed and more livable for communities, public authorities and SMEs have to work together to come up with the best technological solutions.
SME4SMARTCITIES will make this collaboration possible by reinforcing the capacities of Mediterranean cities and SMEs. On the one the hand, the project will help cities to be the front-runners of innovation, in particular through the use of Public Procurement of Innovative solutions. On the other hand, the project will support Mediterranean SMEs in order to guarantee that their products and services meet the expectations and needs of smart cities.
This project is co-financed by the European Union at 90% through the ENI CBC MED Program, with a total budget of 2.4 Million Euros. The project will be carried out by: BIC Euronova, CEEIM, Filse, Tell Aviv University and Kfar Saba.
Who will benefit?
• 50 SMEs supported
• 6 Mediterranean cities and 50 of their civil servants
• Business support organisations, clusters, business associations, universities and R&D centers
• Local urban communities benefitting from the implementation of new smart initiatives
• 1 training programme dedicated to support SMEs in entering the smart cities solutions market
• 1 platform for providing consultancy services to SMEs in idea generation, concept definition, concept development, market testing and access to new markets
• 1 co-creation, co-innovation programme to foster cooperation among Mediterranean SMEs
• 5 Smart Cities solutions (innovative and technological products and/or services for improving the cities answers to the urban challenges they face) developed and tested
GO SUMP is targeting the challenges of capitalization and mainstreaming of projects’ results and solutions for sustainable mobility in the Mediterranean at transnational level. These challenges were obvious during the last programming period of the MED Programme.
Partnership involves seven partners from five countries: Malaga City Council - lead partner (Spain), EUROCITIES ASBL (Belgium), AMB, Barcelona Metropolitan Area (Medcities General Secretariat)(Spain), CODATU, Working for sustainable mobility in developing cities (France), UNIMED, Mediterranean Universities Union (Italy), RDA Green Karst - Regional Development Agency Green Karst (Slovenia) and BIC Euronova.
Using this specialized partnership as the backbone of the working structure, GO SUMP will work to solve the gap of sustainable mobility as a part of urban planning, by guiding and supporting modular projects as a community, to improve the visibility, capitalization and mainstreaming of their results through joint strategies based on synergies and networking. GO SUMP will act as a bridge among the Med Programme and projects, and the stakeholders for their communication and capitalization through key thematic groups such as CIVITAS, ELTIS, the SUMP Platform or the Covenant of Mayors.
By capitalizing good and especially bad practices, the horizontal project will contribute to a unique identity on SUMPs in the MED cities enhancing its peculiarities as a key to implement low carbon transport & mobility measures.
The modular projects currently within this community are:
CAMPSUMP: Campus Sustainable University mobility plans in MED areas LOCATIONS: Low Carbon Transport in Cruise Destination Cities MOBILITAS: MOBility for nearly-zero CO2 in medITerranean tourism destinAtionS MOTIVATE: Promoting citizens’ active involvement in the development of Sustainable Travel Plans in Med Cities with Seasonal Demand REMEDIO: REgenerationg mixed-use MED urban communities congested by traffic through Innovative low carbon mobility solutions
SUMPORT: Sustainable Urban Mobility in MED PORT cities. ENERNETMOB: sustainable electromobility plans.
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ECO is a European project based on Open Educational Resources (REA) which provides access to a list of MOOC (Online Massive Open Courses) in six languages.
The main objective of this project is to increase the access to education and to improve the quality and the cost-effectiveness of the education and learning in Europe.
To make it work, a MOOC platform will be launched by ECO, this platform will be combined incorporating different modules provided by certain partners of ECO, in order to train teachers for online collaborative teaching and to certify them, who will create their own courses.
The most important objectives are:
Analyze requirements for MOOC platforms from the pedagogical point of view (including learning analytics, web 2.0 and other issues).
Create a framework for the design and implementation of MOOC.
General design of the ECO platform architecture and integration of all the individual modules that take part in the platform.
Pilot together with the ECO platform in the 10 centres involving, at least, 50,000 students (teachers of different educational levels).
Analyze and access the international MOOC market.
Develop an appropriate strategy and business plan for ECO sustainability. Increase the benefits awareness of open access educational resources in Europe for its citizens and institutions.
The project, led by UNED (Spanish National University of Distance Education), has Microsoft as associated partner, as well as other European universities and institutions to complete a total of 22 partners.
The Project is funded through CIP programme of the European Commission.
The general objective of the project is to engage in peer learning activities between three project partners to raise our competences for empowerment of small and micro companies’ for innovative entrepreneurship - for transition from production-oriented mentality to scouting for opportunities on global market and creating value for customers. The partners, participating in the POWER2INNO are: RDA Green Karst (lead partner), Tecnopolis Parco Scientifico e Tecnologico from Italy and BIC EURONOVA from Spain.
Specific objectives for the project:
• Transfer from traditional “I offer what I do” to advanced scouting of “opportunity on the market”
• Bottom-up work with entrepreneurs, methodologies for ideas creation, innovation management
• Inclusion of partners for realisation of ideas, value added chain, micro clustering
• Lean approach, market feed-back and use of IT tools
• Advanced financial instruments
• Internationalisation of business
• Implementation of three pilot projects
• Preparation of best practice materials and spill-over effects
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The project is financed by the European Commission, programme Horizon 2020.
BIC Euronova takes part as partner in the European project SmartAgriFood, within the 7th Framework Project, aimed at SMEs in the ICT sector that develops applications for the agro-food sector.
Last September 15, the accelerator SmartAgriFood officially launched an open call for 4, 000,000 € for SMEs and web entrepreneurs to develop a new generation of applications and services for intelligent agriculture with FIWARE technology.
SmartAgriFood has been submitted in different national forums held in Sevilla, Toledo, Madrid, as well as in Málaga.
These new ICT products will be designed for use by farmers, stockbreeders, and, in general, food producers to help them to increase the productivity and minimize their environmental footprint. Intelligent machines, sensor networks and intelligent ICT solutions are significant factors for the future of the agro-food sector.
The SmartAgriFood accelerator wants to face the lack of intelligent ICT adapted to livestock and the agricultural use in general. The applications must use FIWARE technologies (an innovative infrastructure based on the “Open Cloud” for the cost-effective creation, and the application and internet services delivery of the future) and also they must distributed through Flspace platform (an integrated collaboration system).
Companies interested in doing business in other countries can now do so with support from Club Soft Landing launched by EBN (European BIC network) and its international partners. More information: www.ebnsoftlanding.eu Telf. 951010504 email@example.com
EIBTs The project is an initiative of the National Association of BICs (ANCES) welcomed the PROFIT program of the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Trade, which aims to support the creation and consolidation of innovative technology-based (EIBTs)