On the 4th of November 2016 Cluj-Napoca and its supporting innovation community received a great news. The hosting city for the 2017 edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference has been selected and yes, the flame will be carried to Cluj-Napoca! The exact dates of this event will be decided in the upcoming weeks and will most probably be mid-June 2017.
“Following the success of the previous edition of the Open Innovation 2.0 Conference taking place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, under the label of the Dutch EU Presidency, next year’s fifth edition will take place in the heart of Romania’s Transylvania region – Cluj-Napoca” states the official news published on the European Commission’s webpage at the Digital Single Market section.
SOFTECH from Cluj-Napoca and its tech brand Codespring are further cheerleading and willing to support Cluj-Napoca’s innovation community, ARIES Transylvania’s and the Transylvanian Clusters Consortium initiatives and Cluj-Napoca municipality’s actions that emphasize on the capabilities to deliver quality technological solutions and products.
Open Innovation 2.0. Conference
Last year’s Open Innovation 2.0 event covered topics like European Innovation Living labs, Innovation Ecosystems, OI2 funding opportunities under Horizon 2020, Online Engagement Platforms (Big Data, Cloud, IoT, participatory design) and other related topics, we are aware of the importance of this forum for both Cluj-Napoca community and the broader Transylvania region.
The 2016 edition of the event held in Amsterdam reunited more than 300 people around the following action oriented themes: Open Innovation 2.0 and Digital Single Market, ePlatforms, Data Driven Innovation, Urban Agenda, Future Cities, Living Labs and Business Challenges as cross-cutting themes, just to list a few, we have Power of Crowds; Experimentation and Prototyping; and Citizen Engagement in practise.
The Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG)
The EU’s Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) unites industrial groups, academia, governments, and private individuals to support policies for open innovation at the European Commission.
As presented on the official page, the “OISPG philosophy embraces the Open Innovation 2.0 paradigm: creation of open innovation ecosystems where the serendipity process is fully-fledged”.
It is considered that the involvement of citizens in the innovation process increases the speed of prototyping in real life and thus it may uplift the sustainable economic and societal growth. The fundament for The Open Innovation Strategy and Policy Group (OISPG) thinking is the Quadruple Helix Innovation Model where government, industry, academia and civil participants work together to co-create the future and drive structural changes far beyond the scope of what any one organization or person could do alone.
The Innovation Leaders of this group are Prof. Dr. Martin Curley – the Director of Intel Labs Europe; Chairman of the OISPG, Mr. Markku Markkula – the President of the European Committee of Regions (CoR); Member of Espoo City Council in Finland. Vice-Chairmain of the OISPG and Mr. Bror Salmelin – the Advisor for Innovation Systems at DG CONNECT and managing the OISPG.
The Open Innovation 2.0 Conference will be a good opportunity to address in detail the Digital Single Market strategy, a vehicle for updating the single market principle which is one of the cornerstones of the European construction. Digital Single Market is an important European instrument that we all need within a global competition, creating the framework for new companies and new jobs.
The fact that Cluj-Napoca has been chosen to host this Conference in 2017 reflects the recognition of the local and regional efforts to create an open and functional innovation ecosystem. This is a great opportunity for our city to promote actors, projects, ideas, knowledge and technologies developed in Cluj-Napoca, in Transylvania and in Romania.
Cluj-Napoca is an important academic center, with 11 universities and around 80,000 students. Today, the cultural richness and dynamism are actually due to the academic tradition and our multiethnic past.
Cluj-Napoca is a growing city, in terms of number of artistic events. In 2015, the city more than 2,000 cultural events. The cultural environment is completed by at least 100 annual festivals-various events in the field of theater, literature, dance, music, traditional and contemporary visual arts.
The economic engines of Cluj-Napoca are: ICT, energy industry, business support services and specialized medical services. The creative industries sector is also continuously developing, while the IT sector is attracting capital thus employing thousands of young people.