Open call to develop new XR solutions
Calling all XR innovators!
XR4ALL is launching an open call to attract, select, and provide financial support to third parties to develop new XR solutions
Interactive technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are set to transform the ways in which people communicate, interact, and share information.
The XR industry has now reached a stage, following years of research and development, where technology has become commercially viable; however, the European XR industry is fragmented. In this context, XR4ALL is launching an open call to increase XR innovation through funding of research teams to develop new XR solutions.
Projects selected through the open call are able to receive a maximum of €50,000 by undergoing two support phases with specific deliverables. Once completed, projects will receive €10,000 for phase 1 and €40,000 for phase two. The specifics are as follows:
Phase1 – Concept validation (2 months): Projects in this phase need to expand upon and validate their concept from a business and a technical perspective. The funding for this phase is €10,000 as a lump sum. Only the projects which submitted the required deliverables for this phase, on time, and were evaluated to have sufficient quality will receive funding. Based on an evaluation at the end of the first phase, only the best rated projects will be admitted to the second phase and therefore be able to develop the proposed solution. XR4ALL expects to fund up to 50 projects in phase 1, from which up to 25 projects will be admitted to phase 2. Each of these projects will enter the first phase following selection after each one of the 4 cut-off dates.
Phase 2 – Development and integration (4 months): Projects admitted in this phase will undertake to develop a working version of the proposed solution, a tested Minimum Viable Product. Furthermore, the working version of the solution, or a limited functionality version, will be promoted on the XR Solutions Catalogue. The funding for this phase is €40,000 as a lump sum. Only the projects which submitted the required deliverables for this phase, on time, and were evaluated to have sufficient quality will receive funding.
The total funding to be sub-granted by XR4ALL is €1,500,000. This is broken down to a maximum of 50 projects in phase 1, receiving each a funding of €10,000 (€500,000 in total). Following phase 1, up to 25 projects will be admitted to phase 2 with a corresponding funding of €40,000 per project (€1m in total). The maximum amount granted per project is therefore €50,000.
Interested parties can apply before one of the 4 cut-off dates for the open call which are:
31/10/2019 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
31/01/2020 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
30/04/2020 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
31/07/2020 at 17:00 (Brussels time)
Click here for more information and to apply.
Block.IS launches its first open call
Calling all blockchain startups and SMEs!
Block.IS, a Horizon2020 funded project which aims to catalyse blockchain innovation, has launched it’s first open call.
Block.IS is looking for innovative startups and SMEs to generate blockchain-based products, processes and business models with strong market potential in the sectors of agrifood, logistics and finance.
For the EU economy to grow sustainably it needs to re-industrialise, leveraging innovation and digital intelligence. The agrifood, logistics and financial sectors are among the most important sectors in the EU’s economy. The EU’s agrifood sector has a strong global competitive position as the largest food and drink exporter with a market share of 18%. The logistics sector amounts to 14% of the EU’s GDP, and the sector is expected to grow 40% by 2040. The financial sector makes up to 20-30% of total service market revenue and about 20% of the total gross domestic product in EU economies.
Blockchain technology has been recognised by influential people and institutions, including EC and WEF, as one of the most promising and disruptive technologies of the century. The technology exhibits a unique combination of features that make it ideal for solving certain challenges – provenance, transparency, traceability, efficiency, trust, data sharing — in the three sectors. Blockchain technology enables a decentralised, trusted and programmable way to transfer value and information.
Click here for more information and to apply.
Twelve innovators reach the final of the Innovation Radar Prize
Three innovators from each category shortlisted
After three weeks of public voting, the decision has been made: out of 36 dynamic European innovators longlisted for this year’s Innovation Radar Prize, 12 will move to the next phase and compete in the final.
On 5 August, the Commission launched the Innovation Radar prize 2019, an initiative that aims to celebrate high potential innovations – and the innovators behind them – developed in EU-funded research and innovation projects.
36 of the best innovators made the longlist for the prize and were competing in four categories. The innovators on the longlist include SMEs, university teams, spinoffs and startups and, coming from every corner of Europe, they reflect the diversity of EU-funded research and innovation.
The first stage of the competition took place in the following three weeks, with the public voting for the innovators and innovations that impressed them the most through the Commission’s Futurium website. We are also proud to announce the newly introduced category “Women-led innovation“, which really resonated with the public, with innovators in this category receiving over half of the votes that were cast.
The public polls closed on 26 August 2019 and a total number of 41,323 votes were cast. The three innovators who secured the most votes in each of the four categories and who will now proceed to the final are the following:
The Innovation Radar final will take place at the R&I Days in Brussels on 25 September 2019. Here, the 12 finalists will have to pitch their EU-supported innovation to a jury of investors and entrepreneurs, and discuss their plans to push it out of the lab and into the market.
The jury will decide on a winner per category. One of these winners will also be awarded the overall 2019 Innovation Radar Prize and be featured on a Euronews programme covering their innovation and its market potential.
The winners will be announced on 26 September 2019.
Find out more about the Innovation Radar Prize here.
Digital Excellence Forum@ICT Proposers’ Day 2019
Still time to register!
Digital Excellence Forum @ ICT Proposers’ Day 2019 will take place on 19-20 September 2019 at the Messukeskus centre in Helsinki. The event will provide an excellent opportunity to present and discuss the main policy drivers of the digital transformation of European industry and society. It will also present how the EU research & innovation agenda can best contribute to these objectives. The event will also present the Horizon 2020 Work Programme, and serve as a unique networking platform for ICT enthusiasts and professionals.
The Digital Excellence Forum will feature a conference session on the complementary role of research and digital policy, with the participation of high-level experts on the subject.
Click here to discover the complete programme and register.
Convergence – The Global Blockchain Conference
Tickets available now!
Global Blockchain Congress, jointly organised by the European Commission, the International Association of Trusted Blockchain Applications (INATBA), the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum and Alastria, aims to become the pre-eminent blockchain conference worldwide.
Inaugural edition will bring together politicians, regulators, central bankers, technologists, entrepreneurs, c-suite executives, blockchain thought leaders, academics and activists from around the globe to the Trade Fair and Congress Center in Málaga, Spain, between 11 and 13 November 2019.
Get your tickets here!
The organisers of Convergence – the Global Blockchain Congress have announced the agenda and a first set of speakers for the inaugural event. The conference will bring together over 1,500 participants from the worldwide blockchain community for an intense dialogue with regulators, policy makers, industry influencers and members of the social impact community. Convergence will be held at the Trade Fair and Congress Center in Málaga from November 11 to November 13, 2019.
Initial speaker and participant list includes a broad set of organisations, governments, geographies and specialties.
The first set of speakers being announced includes:
- Roberto Viola, Director General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission
- Egil Levits, President of Latvia, former Judge of the European Court of Justice
- Eva Kaili, Member of the European Parliament
- Denis Robitaille, World Bank Group Vice President, Information and Technology Solutions, and WBG Chief Information Officer
- Enrique Factor Santoveña, Spanish Data Protection Agency (AEPD)
- Haroldo Jayme Martins Froés Cruz, CTO, Banco Central do Brasil
- Masanori Kusunoki, CTO, Head of Technology and Design Division, Japan Digital Design, Inc., Executive Advisor to Government CIO of Japan
- Dr. Bitange Ndemo, Chair of the Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence Taskforce, Government of Kenya
- Sheila Warren, Head of Blockchain and Distributed Ledger Technology, World Economic Forum
- Jekaterina Govina, Bank of Lithuania
- Núria Ávalos, Director of Blockchain, RPA and Digital Experimentation, Repsol
- Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy and Internet, Telefónica
- Ken Timsit, ConsenSys
- Stefan Junestrand, CEO, Grupo Tecma Red
A wide range of global organisations, companies, governments, blockchain startups and organisations and universities have confirmed their participation at Convergence. Among those being announced today are:
- Central Banks: European Central Bank, Central Bank of Brazil, Bank of Lithuania, Spanish Central Bank.
- Regulators: European Data Protection Board, Autorité des Marchés Financiers France, Japanese Financial Services Authority, Spanish Data Protection Agency
- Key European Organisations: European Commission, European Parliament, European Economic and Social Committee, the EU Blockchain Partnership (EBP), which includes representatives working on blockchain from all EU Member States as well as Norway and Liechtenstein
- Governments: All EU Member States will be represented through the EBP; additionally today we can announce participation by individual representatives of the governments of Brazil and Kenya
- Blockchain Companies and Organisations: ConsenSys, IOTA, IBM, uPort, Enterprise Ethereum Alliance
- Corporations: Telefónica, Repsol, Everis/NTT
- International Organisations: World Bank, World Economic Forum
- International Standards Bodies: IEEE, ISO (TC 307), ITU
- Associations: IoT Congress, IASP (International Association of Science Parks)
- Academia: University of Málaga, University of South Korea, Frankfurt School Blockchain Center
Further speakers and organisations, as well as sponsors, will be communicated over the next several weeks, the full, up-to-date agenda can be found here.
Announced agenda addresses wide range of “convergent” topics.
Complete with information on the latest industry trends, as well as future challenges that are top of mind, the agenda features a broad program of presentations, panels, workshops, cultural events and roundtable discussions over three days. Convergence will explore cross-cutting issues of direct importance to the industry:
- A World Ledger: DLT Five Years from Now
- Technological Convergence (IoT, Big Data, Quantum Computing, and Blockchain)
- Blockchain for Sustainability
- Stablecoins and Central Bank Digital Currencies
- Distributed Ledgers versus Data Silos
- Interoperability of Blockchains
- Blockchain, Data Protection and Privacy
Moreover, workshops and deep dives will connect start-ups and users across these verticals:
- Supply Chains
- Smart Cities
Global Blockchain Challenge to provide awards for cross-disciplinary solutions to UN Sustainable Development Goals
Applications are now open for the Global Blockchain Challenge that will be held on November 11. This is an open innovation initiative to bring together developers, regulators and business people to address challenges around the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Objectives (SDGs) and deliver impactful, cross-disciplinary blockchain-based solutions. Members of the European Parliament will be among the many mentors, and prizes include a European Acceleration Ticket worth 10,000 euros. For more information and to apply please visit: www.blockchainconvergence.com/global-blockchain-challenge/
“Blockchain is a transformational technology that is impacting business already. However, many issues around regulatory compliance, interoperability and new business models need fresh thinking from public authorities, policymakers and companies alike. In Málaga, we will have the best occasion to engage with all relevant stakeholders to create solutions and bring the use of blockchain to the next level,” comments Christoph Steck, Director Public Policy and Internet for Telefónica.
“Blockchain for Smart Cities offers disruptive functionalities for social change, with the capacity to revolutionise governance, citizens’ participation, and public services. These are the main subjects and opportunities that I look forward to communicate during my talk, and also to meet and discuss with all the industry key players that will be present at the congress,” comments Stefan Junestrand, PhD Architect, CEO Grupo Tecma Red, member of the “EU Blockchain Observatory” and a main contributor to the forthcoming “Blockchain 4 Cities” report by U4SSC (United Nations / ITU).
Convergence enables attendees to shape the industry by connecting with thought leaders and influencers, regulators and policy makers. The event is a unique opportunity and can help set blockchain priorities for the coming years. Participants will receive global exposure and a vision of the blockchain “big picture.”
At Convergence, attendees will enjoy a number of exclusive networking opportunities not available at any other blockchain gathering.
The full agenda, info about the registration and info about sponsorship can be found on the event website at: https://www.blockchainconvergence.com/
INATBA, the International Association for Trusted Blockchain Applications, offers developers and users of DLT a global forum to interact with regulators and policy makers and bring blockchain technology to the next stage. Initiated by the European Commission and launched in April 2019, the association already has a membership base of more than 150 organisations, from start-ups to key industry players of various sectors. The association is additionally supported by an Advisory Board including organizations like the OECD, World Food Program, the World Bank, and the United Nations.
The core objectives of the association are to:
Establish a permanent dialogue with public authorities and regulators.
Promote open, transparent and inclusive global governance models for blockchain and DLT.
Support the development and adoption of interoperability guidelines and global standards.
Develop sector-specific guidelines and specifications.
You can find out more about INATBA by visiting inatba.org.
About the European Commission’s DG CONNECT
The Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology is the Commission department responsible for developing a digital single market to generate smart, sustainable and inclusive growth in Europe.
The European Commission’s policy for blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies aims at developing a common approach for the EU in the international arena. Blockchain may bring great improvements for the European industry: from start-ups to large corporates, administrations and citizens. It can enable the provision of more efficient services and the emergence of new ones. This in turn can contribute to economic growth, boosting jobs, competition, investment and innovation in the EU.
About the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum
The European Blockchain Observatory and Forum is a European initiative to accelerate blockchain innovation and the development of the blockchain ecosystem within the EU, and so help cement Europe’s position as a global leader in this transformative new technology.
Created as a European Parliament pilot project, the EU Blockchain Observatory and Forum is being run under the aegis of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). Its mission is to:
Identify and monitor blockchain initiatives and trends in Europe and globally on an ongoing basis.
Produce a comprehensive, publicly available source of blockchain knowledge through original research as well as gathering and collating expertise from the best European and global sources.
Create an attractive and transparent forum where all of Europe’s blockchain stakeholders, from thought leaders and entrepreneurs to early adopters and the general public, can share experience, debate issues, and reflect on the future of this new technology.
Make recommendations on the role the EU could play in accelerating blockchain innovation and adoption.
You can find more information about the initiative here: www.eublockchainforum.eu
Alastria is a non-profit association that promotes the Digital Economy through the development of decentralised technologies/bBlockchain. Alastria is a multi-sector consortium to which more than 500 entities of all sizes and sectors have already joined. The members of Alastria collaborate and compete within a permitted public network, which has the basic tools for the development of blockchain strategies thought in the distribution and organisation of products and services for the Spanish and European market.
You can find more information about the Alastria here: alastria.io/en/
Open call! 1:1 meetings with founders from Silicon Valley & Europe
A startup event by founders for founders
Unlike other startup events, Untold Stories prioritises the no nonsense approach and values quality over quantity.
Organised by people who have attended multiple networking and entrepreneurship-focused events as either special guests, speakers or general attendees, they felt there was a necessity to create something small and highly curated, which could actually meet the needs startups have.
Not everyone is looking for an investor, a future colleague or a COO. Some people may be looking for advice, the possibility to hear the diversified truth behind entrepreneurship, to be reassured that even those who are great today went through rough patches and didn’t necessarily have all the answers when faced with problems.
And this is what MY-GATEWAY wants to share with you. Stories which will mesmerise you, which will intrigue you and which will help make you stronger. These are the untold stories.
The first edition of Untold Stories will take place in Budapest, the ‘Pearl of the Danube’, on 7 November and it aims to create a community of change-makers.
No more than one hundred startups will be accepted to take part in this event, and, as you may expect, they will have to go through a selection process. Selected startups will have the possibility to book meetings with top-notch speakers from Silicon Valley and other European countries and benefit from their advice and experience. Take a look at the agenda and the format of the event here.
More about Untold Stories Budapest
Untold Stories Budapest is the MY-GATEWAY project’s final event and, just like MY-GATEWAY, it aims to foster entrepreneurship in the CEE countries. Co-organised by Europa Media, IVSZ, Startup Hungary and Startup Europe Networks, Untold Stories came with the intention to stay.