Creating a Joint Research Agenda for promoting ICT-based innovations in Creative Industries aims to promote the innovation potential of the creative industries and to provide strategic guidance to all regions.
The Creative Industries are widely regarded as a future market with a strong economic impact in Europe. Especially on the regional level, this sector still offers a large potential for growth. A crucial driving force for this development are the ICT technologies. Using innovative IT solutions in growing areas of the creative sector – such as advertising, digital media, gaming and interactive design – opens up manifold competitive advantages for research, development and business.
CReATE therefore aims to link European players from research, business and the public sector and to develop a joint research agenda.
With a special focus on small- and medium-sized companies the CReATE project consortium has been developing strategies to enhance the innovative capabilities of the creative sector and to improve cooperation on the regional and European level.
Among CReATE main objectives:
1) Identifying fields for research for promoting Creative Industries’ competitiveness for the development of a cross-regional joint research agenda, setting priorities for research in the field of ICT-innovation pertaining to the Creative Industries and promoting cluster development in general.
2) Supporting strategic collaboration of innovative Creative Industry clusters in Europe, thanks to the development of a tool-kit and of a training workshop concept, aimed to involve and train SMEs, research and public Stakeholders.
3) Support for SMEs in research and technology transfer, through the promotion of cross-regional cooperations in order to exchange and boost specialist skills and knowledge.
4) Setting up a pan-European platform to connect the Creative Industries with IT experts and research institutions to promote synergies between regional, national, EU & research policies and to reach the critical mass to acquire international visibility.
The nine partner institutions from Germany, France, Italy, Slovenia and Austria involved in the OpenAlps project shared the common goal to assist SMEs of the Alpine Space on their way from internal, closed innovation to Open Innovation.
OpenAlps has tested the following services:
- local Open Innovation trainings qualifying SMEs, cluster managers and business development agencies
- regional Open Innovation support centres, built as labs, facilitating the access to research institutions and establishing networks
- transnational Open Innovation fora in all participating regions
- an international web-based Open Innovation platform for innovation seekers and innovation solvers (see www.alpine-open-innovation.eu)
This project was aimed to help SMEs to gain regional access to international knowledge and know-how. In order to achieve this, the project team has strongly cooperated on a transnational level. Moreover policy makers, facilitators and cluster managers acting as multiplicators of the OpenAlps activities and results were involved during the project implementation.
INNOVATION & CREATIVITY4SCHOOLS is a contest open to Piemonte high schools. The contest is proposed by CSP in collaboration with the Dschola Association, the network of innovative schools in Piemonte, and the support of the Regional Education Office of the Piemonte Regional Government. INNOVATION & CREATIVITY4SCHOOLS represents meeting point between the applied research world and schools.
The initiative comes after many collaboration experiences between CSP and different high schools in Piemonte, in activities ranging from technology transfer to initiatives addressed to innovate the world of education.
Internet of Things, technological convergence and big data are the topics on which participants were asked to propose new ideas, starting with a series of technological products, part of the I4B assets, which are the result of the applied research activities carried out by the CSP Labs. The teens are required to develop hardware and software to give shape to their proposal: in this way the participation in the competition can become a significant part of their academic activity.
Discover the details and keep updated at http://i4school.csp.it
Innovation4Business – I4B – is a programme for technology transfer launched by CSP – Innovazione nelle ICT in collaboration with Torino Wireless and with the backing of Regione Piemonte, to foster innovation thanks to the spread of ICT in Piedmont’s companies.
Through Innovation4Business, CSP offers companies technologies and prototypes that come from its own research work, activating a process that starts with technology transfer and leads to product development and market release.
CSP developed prototypes in the following domains: Internet of Things, Media Convergence, Networks Convergence and Collaborative Working.
The EU-Project SMARD has been designed to fill the existing gap within the exploitation chain between successful Networked Media Research and the commercialisation by SMEs.
The vision is to put advanced digital media technologies in the focus of future markets for SMEs from the creative industries and beyond. Therefore the project tackles two core questions: on the one hand the degree of the responsiveness of FP7 projects to SME needs and requirements and on the other hand on the needs of R&D at the stage for successful market introduction.
The project aims to identify fields of action and to develop hands on processes and service packages for Networked Media R&D commercialization.
A Survey with at least 400 SMEs from all over Europe on needs of SMEs in the Creative Industries regarding Networked Media R&D and an analysis of FP7 projects reading their responsiveness to SME needs and requirements will be conducted. The project will deliver approaches for practitioners in the field of technology transfer, summarized in a guideline. Recommendations towards a future European support framework for Networked Media R&D will reflect valuable lessons from the SMARD project.
SMARD puts a particular focus on ensuring sustainability and European impact of the project through targeted involvement of regional and international stakeholders throughout the project duration.