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The Open Innovation Contest 2020 of NTT DATA is now open to applications


Dear partners,

We are so excited to announce our Open Innovation Contest 11 event.

NTT DATA opens the selections to the most innovative companies to propose revolutionary solutions in the Information Technology field. The 2020 edition is addressed for the first time at the European level and it aims to promote the creation of new businesses at a global level, in rapidly growing sectors.

If you have a great solution to one of our challenges we are inviting you to subscribe to our virtual event.

Participating in this contest is the best way to ensure that your proposal will be heard by all partners, clients and group companies of NTT DATA. The goal is to reach a win-win-win situation for the registered companies, customers and us.

Please submit your registration until November 20th.

The online pitching event is scheduled for December 4th.Each pitching presentation will take up to 10 min.

How to join:

1. Make sure that you are registered on our platform to receive your token code

2. Review the challenges on NTT DATA Discovery and select the one that best matches your solution

3. Upload the solution proposal in pdf. format

4. We will review your solution and contact you

The participation is free of charge.

For more information or support in the registration process do not hesitate to contact us at +40731996257 or loredana.ginsca@nttdata.ro

About Open Innovation Contest

Since 2014 our Open Innovation Contest pushes the boundaries of possibilities for technology and business. Annually we invite start-up companies with great ideas to enter Open Innovation.

Worldwide, regional contests are held in more than 15 cities, where the regional winners will be invited to present their pitch to a panel of judges for the Tokyo grand finale.

To develop innovative business together with NTT DATA, the ultimate grand champion contest winner will receive up to $100,000 USD to develop a proof of concept (POC) with NTT DATA clients in addition to receiving support of a dedicated team of consultants, technical specialists and business experts that will help you bring your start-up to the next level.

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NTT DATA Discovery

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loredana.ginsca@nttdata.ro

EUROPEAN RESEARCH & INNOVATION (EU R&I) DAYS


Between 22 and 24 of September will take place virtually the event EUROPEAN RESEARCH & INNOVATION (EU R&I) DAYS.

The EU R&I days brings together world leaders to debate and shape the future of research and innovation especially in this crucial year. The event follows an unprecedented global crisis. It also takes place just ahead of the launch of Horizon Europe – starting its next research and innovation programme in 2021 - and an enhanced European Research Area. The EU R&I days therefore will provide a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe and beyond

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Ec_rtd_research-innovation-days-programme-v4.pdf

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Create new opportunities for SMEs in the vast domains of Cyber-Physical Systems


Is your SME (small and medium enterprise) providing digital technologies? Join the HUBCAP programme and we will help you with the process of finding new customers and selling your assets.

Within the HUBCAP project (www.hubcap.eu), coordinated by University of Aarhus, Dk, the OpenCall PULL #1.1 competition for SMEs was opened. Call PULL is looking for innovative European SMEs providing digital technologies in multiple application domains. Each PULL call provides a mini-grant of €1,000 to help individual SMEs integrate existing CPS (Cyber-Physical Systems) and MBD (Model-Based Design technology and tools in the HUBCAP collaboration platform. The asset integration is supported by the DIHs (Digital Innovation Hubs) through the participation in workshops. SMEs are invited to define the price structure for their assets and will thus benefit from exposure in the HUBCAP marketplace, as well as the opportunity to find new customers and participate in the subsequent EXPERIMENT and INNOVATE calls.

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Press Release_ HUBCAP_Call1-1Pull

HUBCAP_presentation

OCs Promotional Materials

Financing for SMEs


Information on financing possibilities of up to 55,000 euros for SMEs who want to develop an innovative idea.
There are types of experimental applications (AE) for which projects can be submitted
• UNIC partener: a company has the idea of an innovation, a clear vision on the market, needs technical support to validate the concept and partners with a DigiFed member (up to € 55k)
• TWIN: two companies are partners: the first aims at the idea of an innovation and the technical support is offered by the second company (up to 110k €, 55k € each).
Details can be found below at the address and in the attached document

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https://digifed.org/explore/open-calls/

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Regional innovation consortium meeting Brașov 04.12.2019


On December 4, 2019, at the Kronwell Hotel in Brasov, the Regional Innovation Consortium (CRI) Center meeting took place. From the University of Lucian Blaga from Sibiu participated Mr. Prof.dr.ing. Adrian Florea - director of the HPI-ULBS Knowledge Transfer Center. The discussions within the CRI Center focused mainly on the implementation and monitoring of the Intelligent Specialization Strategy of the Center Region (RIS3) and financing models for innovation and the business environment during the current programming period, as well as between 2021-2027. During the meeting, the stage of implementation of RIS3 in the Center Region was presented and discussed - activities carried out, perspectives, correlation with national RIS3.

The agenda of the event included discussions between CRI members regarding the competitiveness of the Center Region from the perspective of the contribution of the field of research, development and innovation. The participants were invited to discuss, in the workshops, what are the development needs and directions of action needed to increase the contribution of innovation and smart specialization in the regional economy. The agenda and some of the presentations from the event are attached to this message.

The meeting ended with informing the participants that starting with January 2020, the ADR center will make a series of visits to partner universities in order to strengthen the collaboration and to identify concrete projects implemented using specific ROP operations.

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Press release 6.12

Presentation of financial directions - CRI 4.12.2019

The stage of RIS3 implementation in the Central Region

PDR CENTER 2021-2027 Socio-economic analysis and SWOT analysis at the Center Region level

CRI agenda 04_12_2019

Professor Ulrich Weinberg's visit to Sibiu


On October 17th, in the Avram Iancu Aula from the Faculty of Letters and Arts of the Lucian Blaga University in Sibiu, Professor Ulrich Weinberg, director of the School of Design Thinking, Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany, held the opening speech at the 12th edition of the international conference "Engineering and Business Education" (ICEBE 2019) with the presentation "Design Thinking 4.0" - methods of applying the concept of Design Thinking in the development and implementation of innovative solutions for solving problems involving complex processes.

During his visit to Sibiu, Prof. Weinberg together with Prorector prof. Claudiu Kifor and prof. Adrian Florea, the director of the KTC HPI-ULBS inspected the work stage at the Design Thinking laboratory of ULBS being pleasantly surprised by the evolution of the works (completion of the first level) and assuring the Sibiu team with support from HPI Germany in order to complete the works, the training of the instructors and start of Design Thinking activities at ULBS.

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MOOC on how to design Smart Specialisation Strategies starting 7 October 2019


Dear collegues, researchers and interested parties,

The BAK S3 (https://www.linkedin.com/company/27095580/) is delighted to announce the third Massive Open Online Course on Smart Specialisation Strategies starting 7 October 2019. We cordially invite you and the members of your organization to participate.

About the course

The course enrolment is free. The course offers an overview of the concept and methods to design and apply smart specialisation strategies. The lecturers and will use theories and case studies to explain the practice and implementation of a smart specialisation strategy. Hereby the MOOC is proud to present that among others Peter Berkowitz will inform the participants on the S3 lessons learned from the past and on new regulations. The subject of the course – smart specialisation – was originally developed by D. Foray (EPFL), P. David (Stanford) and B. Hall (Berkeley) within the framework of a European Commission Expert Group. Smart Specialisation has had an immense impact in Europe and then beyond after the European Council’s decision to adopt smart specialisation as an essential principle of European regional policies.

The smart specialisation concept involves both a general innovation policy concept and a method designed to operationalise this concept. This method enables regions to design a regional innovation policy, to encourage the emergence and growth of innovation microsystems in the selected sectors. It means identifying the unique characteristics and assets of each region and thus highlighting each region’s true competitive advantages and unique potential. However, smart specialisation requires a substantial amount of knowledge in order to be designed and successfully implemented. It is there, where our MOOC wants to set the focus. The goal is to stimulate enthusiasm for innovation in each of the participants regions, developing creative structures and finding out the most potential. Find more information in the attached documents.

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MOOC S3_Information

https://www.linkedin.com/company/27095580/

https://www.smartspecialisation.ch/massive-open-online-course/

Design Thinking: The Creative Power of Teams


On July 9th at the headquarters of the LBUS Learning Center, located in Sibiu, on Victoriei Blvd., no. 31, Prof.dr. Ulrich Weinberg, from HPI School of Design Thinking in Germany held the "Design Thinking: The Creative Power of Teams" workshop . In the workshop were described methods of application of the concept of Design Thinking in the development and implementation of innovative solutions for solving problems involving complex processes.

The concept of Design Thinking was first introduced worldwide at Stanford University in Palo Alto USA in 2005 and then implemented at the European level by the Hasso Plattner Institut Potsdam in Germany in 2007. The concept involves thinking of a new product by starting from the technical phase (technological feasibility) to the project phase, to the necessity and use by the company as well as to the economic viability. It is based on the creative power of teamwork, collaboration, innovation, interdisciplinarity. The implementation of this concept involves an iterative process based on the following states: understanding, observation, defining a point of view, conceiving, developing a prototype and testing

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Manufacturing Science and Education - MSE 2019


From 5th to 7th of July, the Engineering Faculty of "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu organized the 9th edition of the international conference "Manufacturing Science and Education - MSE 2019". During the conference Prof. Eng. Christoph MEINEL, Ph.D. CEO Hasso Plattner Institut Potsdam Germany, was invited and lectured on "Re-Imagine the Future in an Age of Digital Transformation" addressing current issues, challenges and possible solutions for digitization of the education system, company employees, from simple workers to managers, but also across the entire industrial sector

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Zero Robotics High School Tournament


Lucian Blaga University of Sibiu supported the participation of the members of the Valak team from the "Octavian Goga" National College Sibiu and Quaternion team from the "Gheorghe Lazar" National College Sibiu to the final of the 2018 edition of the Zero Robotics High School Tournament organized by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in partnership with NASA, held on January 12, 2019, in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

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Photo source LBUS Division of Communications and Marketing

Gold Medals Awards


The administrative body of LBUS has approved the award of the gold medal to Mr. Hasso Plattner and to Prof. Christoph Meinel PhD, CEO HPI, for their major contribution in the development of the “Lucian Blaga” University of Sibiu, through the act of donation offered by the Foundation Hasso Plattner..

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LBUS administrative body decision number 23 from 10.07.2018

Proposal to award the medals approved by the LBUS administrative body

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Photo source Hasso Plattner Institute

Approval of the HPI-ULBS KTC’s Status


The ULBS Senate approved the Status of the HPI-ULBS Knowledge Transfer Center in its ordinary meeting on July 26, 2018, with ammendments to the Board of Directors’ Decision regarding its Name and Organigram

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KTC HPI-ULBS status

ULBS Senate decision number 3473 from 26.07.2018

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Photo source LBUS Division of Communications and Marketing

The Sign of the Agreement


The Romanian Embassy in Berlin hosted on 19 July 2018 the signing ceremony of the agreement between the "Hasso Plattner" Institute and the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, through which the German institution donates 4.2 million euro to the Romanian university.

The project has been negotiated over the past two years by Prof. Dr. Christoph Meinel - Director of the Hasso Plattner Institute and Professor Ioan Bondrea, the rector of ULBS, following an initiative and through the Embassy of Romania in Berlin and Ambassador Emil Hurezeanu

The donation is for the construction of laboratories and the development of research projects, as well as the scholarships of the Romanian students of the Hasso Plattner Institute.

At the ceremony was present the Romanian Minister of Education, Mr. Valentin Popa, authorized by the Brandenburg at the federal level and the Commissioner for International Relations, State Secretary Thomas Kralinski, members of the leadership of the two educational institutions.

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Signing agreement news link www.ulbsibiu.ro

Signing agreement news link romania-insider.com

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Photo source Romanian Embassy in the Federal Republic of Germany