Influence your city's choices interactively? Know the weather in real time in a specific place? See at a glance everything that is happening in your city at a given time? ... At a time of instantaneity, mega data, open data, social networks, mobility, sharing, the citizen becomes impatient and new needs emerge.
To help cities respond to these new needs, new digital innovations on a European scale are emerging. The European EIT Digital programme will present for the first time at Innovative City on 24-25 June 2015 some of its digital innovations to meet the needs of citizens in the smart cities of tomorrow and to stimulate digital innovation and education.
Dhese innovations will all be supported in their development by the European programme EIT Digital and have been developed in an entrepreneurial spirit by European startups (Localidata, PlugSurfing, wezzoo, Vulog) from Madrid, Berlin, Paris and Nice, as well as partners grouped into multidisciplinary and international project teams (FlashPoll, Connecting Digital Cities, ProtoWorld, 3cixty, cityOmeters).
EIT Digital is a European programme for accelerating innovation created in 2010. Its mission is to make Europe the leader in digital innovation, with a view to boosting economic growth and improving the quality of life of its citizens.
The programme brings together entrepreneurs from more than 130 partners including large companies, SMEs, start-ups, universities and research centres and eight lines of action for which the most promising results from research, breakthrough technologies and business strategies from the ecosystem and beyond are selected with the ambition to lead these innovations to success in global markets.
It invests in strategic areas to accelerate the market uptake of digital technologies resulting from research and to bring entrepreneurial talent and leadership to Europe. EIT Digital's innovation and education activities are organised around and within co-location centres where students, researchers, engineers, business developers and entrepreneurs come together to support the digital society.
EIT Digital is one of the communities (called Knowledge and Innovation Community - KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Since 2010, this community has been continuously mobilising talent, ideas, technologies, investment and business activities across Europe and beyond to stimulate breakthrough digital innovations.
EIT Digital is headquartered in Brussels with co-location centres in Berlin, Eindhoven, London, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm, Trento as well as Budapest and Madrid.
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The contractors will all be present on stand #26. In addition to the exchanges they will be able to have with the visitors, a formal 10-minute pitch is planned for each one, followed by a question-and-answer session.
And don't forget! Young French and European startups have until July 6th to register for the Idea Challenge. and try to win 40,000 Euros, join the European network of EIT ICT Labs and benefit from tailor-made support in order to become perhaps the next European success story.
Idea Challenge is a competition for digital start-ups that takes place at European level. It is organised by EIT ICT Labs, an EU-supported programme for accelerating innovation in ICT.
Idea Challenge is aimed at young European startups created within the last five years and based in one of the 28 EU member states. Participants will present their innovations to a jury of experts, which will reward the 24 most innovative startups in eight different categories.
The winners of the Idea Challenge will receive financial support but also resources and support to continue their development in another European country within the EIT ICT Labs network.