Piedmont Region is one of the most committed regions in Italy in the areas of innovation and ICT investment. It is a programming body with a primary role in the administrative decentralisation towards strategic sector of public services. It develops its regional policies and strategies in research and innovation coherently with the priorities set by the EU.
Through its Department of Innovation, Pidemont participates in projects directly funded by the European Commission and territorial cooperation programmes financed under the ERDF. The regional ICT Observatory was launched in the 2004 by the Regional Government to coordinate research activities in ICT.
projectone /at/ regione.piemonte.it
Manchester City Council/MDDA
Manchester Digital Development Agency is part of Manchester City Council and develops projects promoting digital inclusion, digital industries and digital innovation. The Manchester Living Lab aims to give citizens an opportunity to contribute to the development of the city’s future as we aim to become one of Europe’s leading ‘smart cities’.
D.Carter /at/ manchesterdda.com
MFG Innovation Agency for ICT and Media of the State of Baden-Württemberg
MFG Baden-Württemberg is a regional public innovation agency for ICT and media, based in the South-West of Germany. MFG’s mission is to support and foster the IT, media and related business sectors in the region of Baden-Württemberg.
With its two main shareholders - a regional state ministry and the regional public broadcaster (SWR) - MFG has now been active for nearly 15 years at the interplay of creativity and technology by fostering an interdisciplinary sector approach. This encompasses ICT, creative industries and IT application areas.
MFG also hosts a variety of clusters and networks and delivers targeted services (ISO 9001 certified) in the area of innovation management, technology transfer and regional development and marketing.
mustonen /at/ mfg.de
The Lodz Region
The Lodz Region is situated in the center of Poland, with the capital in Łódź. The region’s area totals 18 219 km2 and the population is about Two and a half milion.
The location of the region is of great importance for its economic development. Over 120 years ago a sudden textile industry boom has started. Production was mainly dispatched to eastern markets. The Lodz city was to become a Promised Land for four nationalities: Russians, Jews, Germans and Poles, and till the 1970s it was called the “Polish Manchester”. Currently, because of the restructuring of the industry, it is a place where new technologies and modern financial institutions are developed.
The Lodz Region has established its own strategy for the development of information society – i-Lodzkie 2013 – Programme for the Development of Information Society in the Lodz Region by 2013, which specifies the priorities for the development of the information society indicating key projects aimed at reaching the highest possible level of e-development potential. It is going to be updated in 2013.
Priorities of the Programme are:
1. Human capital for e-development
2. Economic growth based on innovative ICT solutions
3. Citizen – friendly online services.
maria.kucinska /at/ lodzkie.pl
Associated body of the Ile-de-France Regional Council, La fonderie (former ARTESI Ile-de-France) is the regional ICT development agency. Its main objective is to support the Regional Council in forecasting, implementing and evaluating ICT regional policies.
La fonderie fully participates in the digital development within the Ile-de-France territory. It is acting as a catalyst for a wide range of targets, including SMEs, non-profit associations and public local authorities in their appropriation process of ICT.
La fonderie encourages innovation in all societal issues. It considers emerging topics of importance getting inspiration from other French and European regions.
Maria Nadejde maria.nadejde /at/ lafonderie-idf.fr
Grégoire Odou, gregoire.odou /at/ lafonderie-idf.fr
The Office of the Commissioner of Electronic Communications and Postal Regulation (OCECPR) is the National Regulatory Authority in Cyprus responsible for the ex-ante regulation of the Electronic Communication (excluding competencies in Spectrum Management) and Postal Sector.
OCECPR is a member of the Body of European Regulators in Electronic Communications (BEREC) and a founding member of the Euro-Mediterranean Regulators Group (EMERG).
Neophytos.Papadopoulos /at/ ocecpr.org.cy
Originally established in the 1970s to develop and implement a complete information system for the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Insiel, today entirely owned by the Friuli Venezia Giulia Regional Authority, has more than 700 employees and is among the most important ICT companies operating in Italy’s public sector.
Insiel has great experience in designing, implementing and deploying complex IT architectures that integrate heterogeneous systems and/or open to interoperate with other systems, with applications in the fields of e-government and e-health as well as in environmental, territorial and mobility management.
Gilda De Marco
gilda.demarco /at/ insiel.it
EPMA, European Projects & Management Agency, is a non-profit organization, established by the Vysocina Region and BMI Association in 2004. The main objective of EPMA is to develop international project based co-operation of European regions and regional partners towards knowledge based information society. This objective is implemented through activities like research, awareness rising, project management support and networking and with a desire to strengthen the dialog and co-operation between public administrations, research communities, business organizations and civic initiatives in Vysocina and other regions.
EPMA has a strong background in experiences and credibility of its co-founders, the Vysocina Region and the BMI non-profit association, which has a wide scale of experiences in European projects and awareness rising activities. EPMA co-operates with significant European networks such as ELANET (European Local Authorities Network), ERIS@ (European Regional Information Society Association), PERQUIRIMUS (European experts' network), e-FORUM Association, PRELUDE CHALLENGE framework etc. Main areas of interest of EPMA are: eGovernment/eDemocracy, eBusiness, eInclusion, Science & Society, support of ERA.
walterova /at/ epma.cz
The Świętokrzyskie Region is located in the south-east part of Poland, between the biggest cities: Warsaw and Cracow, near the border with Slovakia and Ukraine. The region’s total population is 1,28 m inhabitants and the capital city is Kielce, which is the main urban, industrial and cultural centre of the Region. Świętokrzyskie is famous for the largest construction companies, mainly due to location of several natural resources and raw materials.
The Marshal Office is the administrative body of the Świętokrzyskie Region (Świętokrzyskie Voivodship). The main responsibility of the Marshal Office of the Świętokrzyskie Region is to support the activities of the Board, the executive body of the region, the regional parliament (Sejmik) and the Marshal. The major tasks of regional public authorities in Poland, such as the Świętokrzyskie Region, are: economic development, education, culture, international cooperation, regional roads and transport management, water management, spatial development, preservation of environment, and management of European funds.
Arkadiusz.Bak /at/ sejmik.kielce.pl
CSI-Piemonte was founded in 1977 with the aim of promoting the modernization of local administrations by using the most advanced information and IT-based tools to create information services and systems. CSI is a public consortium bringing together a large number of Public Administrations.
The mission of CSI is creating innovative public services to make life simpler for citizens and businesses, and streamline their dealings with public administration.CSI-Piemonte is a leading ICT company serving all segments of the public sector – from governance systems to cultural heritage, health care, tourism, local services, training and employment.
paola.leproni /at/ csi.it