How to deliver technologies to SMEs?
(Toulon, France) The 20th EBN/ RETIS congress in Toulon gave the framework for the first meeting of the DigiBIC High Level Advisory Board (HLAB). Nine creative industry experts discussed on how to best deliver latest technologies to creative industries SMEs. The group was composed of representatives from:
Business and Innovation Centres,like Jean- François Balducchi, Atlanpole (FR) or Frank Roche, Dublin BIC (IE);
innovation support actors,like Martin Aadamsoo (ES); Philip Stankovski, Oeresund IT (DK/SE), Bart Tunnissen, Waag Society (NL);
industry focused research sectors,like Josef Gruendler, Professor FH Joanneum, Graz (AU);
industry,like Ollie Collier, Pufferfish Ltd (UK) or Michael Kohn from Sliderstudio (UK).
Hands on demonstrations of technologies currently available for deployment to SMEs, like “MeshLab”, “Automatic Mixing Technology“, “Instant Reality Software” and “CAD2VIS converter”,gave the board an understanding of technologies (based on research supported by the European Commission) available through DigiBIC.
The nine experts exchanged views on technology transfer challenges and gave opinions on how DigiBIC could best ensure that research outcomes, (mainly from FP6/FP7 in the field of digital content and libraries, get to market. A main suggestion was to apply the concept of a marketplace, following a thematic approach and introduce technology curators managing the flow of information and knowledge between researchers, companies and intermediaries supporting innovation processes in companies. Further, the experts encouraged the DigiBIC partnership to widen the scope of technologies available for deployment and identify further cutting edge technologies. A clear communi-cation of aims and objectives of DigiBIC activities to creative communities in Europe was also given high importance. DigiBIC HLAB board members are invited as a next step to share thoughts on how to promote DigiBIC technologies and discuss ideas for further individual involvement through events and other joint activities with the DigiBIC coordinator EBN