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Information Society Newsroom Update Weekly - 08/05/2011

Weekly Issue - 8 May 2011

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European science beyond fiction on display in Budapest

(4 May 2011) Cutting-edge examples of future & emerging technologies (FET) are currently in the spotlight at the "FET 11" exhibition in Budapest from 4-6 May. This exhibition features 28 projects from across a wide range of disciplines that demonstrate the potential of long term research in information and communication technologies (ICT) for the way our lives will look in the future. It presents a number of achievements as well as early stage results, ideas and prototypes, illustrating the wide variety of disciplines, technologies and domains involved in future and emerging information technologies. Six FET projects have been selected to compete for two top spots in the area of research funding . This MEMO gives further details of some of the other projects on display at "FET 11" in Budapest.

Commission selects six future and emerging technologies (FET) projects to compete for research funding

(4 May 2011) Six research projects selected to compete for two top spots in the area of research into future and emerging technologies (FET) have been announced today by the European Commission at the FET11 conference and exhibition in Budapest. The six contenders will receive around EUR 1.5 million each to refine their proposal for one year, after which only two will be selected. The aim of these flagship initiatives will be to deliver major breakthroughs in information and communication technologies (ICT), with the potential to provide solutions to some of society's biggest challenges. The two initiatives selected for long-term funding will run for 10 years, each with a total budget of up to EUR 100 million per year.

See also: FET flagships, six cutting edge projects to change the face of Future and Emerging Technologies

Commission and European industry join forces to build the Internet of the Future

(3 May 2011) The first phase of a EUR 600 million public-private partnership on the Internet of the Future (FI-PPP) was launched today by European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes. The partnership will support innovation in Europe and help businesses and governments to develop internet solutions that will be capable of managing the exponential increase in online data. Whilst so far we have experienced the Internet of connected computers, and connected people, the Internet is now going mobile and it will connect a whole range of machines and objects. The current Internet is simply not capable of managing these future data streams, nor is it able to provide the desired accuracy, resilience and safety. The partnership will explore eight areas where this data revolution could spur innovation and jobs in the mobile, software and service industries. The European Commission has made available EUR 300 million in funding over 5 years, with Europe's research organisations, public sector and industry committing an equal amount to this PPP. Projects launched today will together receive EUR 90 million in EU funding (to be matched by other project partners). Boosting and focussing the EU's research, development and innovation efforts is a key element of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

EU wants to steer innovation on Active and Healthy Ageing

(2 May 2011) The number of Europeans aged 65+ is expected to increase by 45% between 2008 and 2030, and even further to over 30% of the population by 2060. This major challenge needs to be tackled at EU level to help older Europeans enjoy an active and healthy life. Meeting in Brussels for the first time today, an EU-led Steering Group will discuss how to improve the health and quality of life of older people, increase sustainability of healthcare systems and create new growth and market opportunities for Europe. This high level Steering Group is jointly chaired by Vice President Neelie Kroes and Commissioner John Dalli and includes Member States, regions, industry, health- and social care professionals, elderly and patient organisations and other interest groups. The strategy will form an integral part of Europe 2020's Innovation Union and Digital Agenda flagships.

Hack4Europe! - Europeana hackathon roadshow

7 June 2011 - 11 June 2011 London, Barcelona, Poznan, Stockholm

A "hackathon" is an event where programmers meet to do collaborative computer programming. Europeana will host hackathons in 4 European cities, stimulating the use of its cultural heritage metadata. Europeana holds metadata on over 16 million cultural heritage objects. Each hackathon will last one or two days and will bring together up to 30 developers. Hackers will be encouraged to try out their ideas for creative reuse of the Europeana content based on the Europeana Application Programming Interface (API) and Linked Open Data and build applications supporting innovation, economic growth and social inclusion in Europe. Best prototypes will be awarded prizes by Europeana during the hackathon days and presented by European Commissioner Neelie Kroes at the Digital Agenda Assembly on 16 -17 June in Brussels.

Internet and Societies - New innovation paths

7 September 2011 - 9 September 2011 Brussels, Belgium

The main objective of this event will be to give an insight in possible and probable interactions between Internet and societal developments in the next decades, from which recommendations on innovative research areas and applications to explore can be derived. It aims to offer the participants a platform to access and exchange valuable information, to meet and interact with leading stakeholders from Europe and the rest of the world.

Clouds for science and public authorities - SMART 2011/0055

(Deadline: 06/06/2011) The subject of the contract is to contribute to the drafting of a sound strategic European agenda for clouds for e-science and e-government in the EU. The study should, first, provide a cartography of the e-science and e-government clouds; second, identify technical, organisational and legal obstacles to pan-European e-science and e-government cloud computing services and propose solutions to them; third, determine the potential for using clouds deployed for e-science for providing e-government services and vice versa; fourth, specifically for e-science, determine estimates of the size of the cloud(s), the models for organising and operating them and the ways to leverage the purchasing power of public funders.

eSafety Challenge Annual Event 2011

30 May 2011 - 31 May 2011 Vienna, Austria

The eSafety Challenge is an annual event that promotes and highlights the life-saving potential of advanced vehicle safety technologies. An array of activities is being prepared to show delegates the potential of eSafety systems to save lives on the roads. A point of attraction will be the technology demonstrations opened by celebrity drivers, including Formula 1 Champion Sebastian Vettel, 8-times 24h Le Mans Winner Tom Kristensen, and racing driver Alexander Wurz.

ICT Proposers Day 2011 - Networking for European ICT Research and Development - Deadline to register: 13 May

19 May 2011 - 20 May 2011 Budapest, Hungary

The event will offer a networking platform to build partnerships in order to participate in the new ICT calls 8 and 9 of the 7th Framework Programme for R&D. It will feature thematic sessions on the ICT research Work Programme 2011-12 with presentations of proposal ideas, meeting points animated by Commission officials and information stands. On-line networking features are available on the event's website. These allow participants to submit or browse presentations, technology demands and offers, and to network with other proposers. More than 1200 proposers have already registered. Registration is free of charge and closes on 13 May. The latest news on the event can be followed on Twitter @ictpropday2011.

See also: Registration

New in the Library

Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda
Pushing science beyond fiction

Future and Emerging Technologies Conference 2011 (FET11), Budapest, 4 May 2011

Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda
Working together to ensure Europe plays key role in Internet of the Future

Launch ceremony for Internet of the Future Public-Private Partnership, Brussels, 3 May 2011

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