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e-Inclusion Newsletter - 29/07/2011

29 July 2011

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Registration to the 3rd annual AAL Forum now open

(30 May 2011) The third annual conference of the Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme will take place on 26-28 September 2011 in Lecce, Italy. The objective of the event is twofold: on the one hand the conference aims to show the significant progresses made by the AAL JP projects and its practical implications on the daily life of seniors. On the other hand, considerable attention will be dedicated to the most recent EU initiatives, like the pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. The AAL Forum will bring together industry stakeholders, researchers, entrepreneurs, end-users and policy makers and will provide them with a unique sharing-knowledge platform to discuss the way forward of innovations for active ageing. The Conference will represent an excellent opportunity for companies to present and promote their products and services and to establish or extend contacts. An exhibition area will form an integral part of the AAL Forum and will be located inside the Conference Venue.

See also: Registration to the event

Second CEO Roundtable on broadband investment to sustain internet growth

(13 July 2011) European Commission Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes indicated to CEOs at their final Roundtable meeting in Brussels on 13th July that she will take into account messages from all of the participants delivered during the past four months' discussions on boosting investment in high speed broadband networks to meet the Europe 2020 broadband targets.

Innovation Convention 2011 - call for exhibitors

(28 July 2011) On 5-6 December 2011, the European Commission is holding its first Innovation Convention following the adoption of the Innovation Union Flagship initiative in October 2010. This major event will gather more than 1200 participants involved in the innovation chain, including high-level policy makers, leading CEOs, deans of universities and research centres, bankers, venture capitalists, top researchers and innovators. This call for exhibition proposals is open to any organisation involved in a project funded by the EU's Framework programmes for Research (FP) or the EU's Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP). The project should have attained a certain level of maturity (for example be in a phase where it can be developed further thanks to patenting, venture capital etc). More importantly, it should be able to demonstrate some results with concrete examples. Deadline for proposals is 31 August.

See also: More on the Innovation Convention 2011

Workshop "Regional governments against the digital divide; DIEGO, a scalable deployment model of inclusive e-government"

29 September 2011 Committee of the Regions, room JDE51, Brussels

The seminar will be focused on the regional and local aspects of the new "Digital Agenda for Europe" and the implementation of the "European eGovernment Plan 2011-2015", mainly in what regards to the challenges and opportunities for Public Administrations to deliver its services to their citizens in a more innovative, inclusive and accessible way. Furthermore, the seminar will also deal with some financial instruments and strategies for e-government solutions, since the need for investment and maintenance of digital platforms requires an economic and technological effort on the part of the Public Administrations. Thus, we will discuss about the possibility to combine the resources of the EU Programs and the Structural Funds, as well as the option to collaborate with SMEs through the PPP strategy in order to guarantee the sustainability of the e-government platforms. This seminar is framed on the 1st International workshop of the European project DIEGO, which will be presented as an effective method to promote inclusion through the use of new technologies in public administrations.

eChallenges e2011 Conference & Exhibition, Florence, 26 - 28 October

26 October 2011 - 28 October 2011 Florence

The eChallenges e-2011 Conference will take place in Florence, Italy on 26-28 October 2011. This is the twenty-first in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission and hosted by national governments, which regularly attracts over 600 delegates from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt, good practice and innovation. The 3-day programme features an invigorating mix of business and government case studies, technical and policy papers and interactive workshops. As well as opening and closing plenary sessions, delegates may participate in over 50 thematically focused parallel session featuring different aspects of Networked Enterprise, eGovernment, Living Labs & Smart Cities, eHealth, Intelligent Content, Technology Enhanced Learning, eInfrastructures and Security and Identity Management. All participants should complete registration prior to the event. Early bird delegate registration is available up to 31 July. The eChallenges e-2011 Exhibition will showcase research results and applications through technology demonstrations, whether funded commercially, or national, regional or European level. Exhibitors can apply online for Demonstration Stands before 31 August.

Innovative policies to support healthy, active and dignified ageing and raise the effectiveness and efficiency of spending on social, health and long-term care services and benefits

(Deadline: 26/09/2011) This call is financed by the PROGRESS programme. It seeks to promote the sustainability and quality of health and long-term care provision for the elderly through healthy and active ageing. The objectives of this call for proposals are to provide financial support to projects aimed at designing better policies for healthy, active and dignified ageing in the countries participating in PROGRESS. Projects may focus on different stages of policy development ranging from the identification of potential benefits of healthy and active ageing for sustainable social protection and social cohesion in ageing societies to the design of new policies, their implementation and evaluation. Particular attention should be paid to specifically vulnerable social groups and to parts of the EU where poor health is most prevalent (as assessed by measures such as healthy life expectancy) and where many people are at risk of not receiving appropriate care for a life in dignity. Deadline for submitting proposals: 26/09/2011

New in the Library

EU ICT R&D and Innovation beyond 2013 - 10 key recommendations

20 July 2011

The Information Society Technologies Advisory Group (ISTAG) has just issued its 10 key recommendation to the Commission on the orientation for EU ICT R&D and Innovation beyond 2013. ISTAG reaffirms the importance of pursuing and strengthening EU investment in ICT research and innovation. Indeed, ICT infrastructure plays a critical role in today's globalised economy and its reliable and trustworthy operation is absolutely essential. However beyond this, ICT has become a key transformative force in social innovation, by enabling the development, implementation and deployment of innovative solutions addressing societal needs and supporting human and socio-economic development opportunities. This wider agenda calls for a larger stakeholder community, beyond the traditional players, including unconventional actors such as informal networks and influential individuals.

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