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Public procurement of Innovative Solutions (PPI) is a powerful tool to boost innovation. The public sector demands innovative solutions that are not yet available or not at large scale on the market and thus forces providers to innovate. PPI is well supported on EC level (i.e. H2020), there exist also various guidance and training tools already for few years. So far they didn't boost the PPI usage in majority of CE regions, because available tools are not customized to national frameworks and regional knowledge hubs are missing.
This is the reason why DEX Innovation Centre facilitated the preparation and submission of project PPI2Innovate – Capacity building to boost usage of PPI in Central Europe, which includes together 10 partners from Central Europe (Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Italy, Slovenia, Hungary and Croatia). The project was successfully approved in the 1st call of Interreg Central Europe Programme with budget 1,6M EUR.
The project with duration 3 years will be implemented from June 2016 till May 2019 and will target directly public procurers on all administrative levels in CE with aim to build regional capacities in PPI, change attitude towards PPI, strengthen linkages among relevant stakeholders in regional innovation systems and thus boost usage of PPI.
All partners met at the Kick-off meeting of the PPI2Innovate 8th – 9th June in Székesfehérvár, in one of the most ancient towns in Hungary. The meeting was hosted by the Lead partner – Central Transdanubian Regional Innovation Agency Nonprofit and moderated by DEX Innovation Centre. Partners will start the work on the Identification of institutional frameworks relevant for PPI in all participating countries.
DEX Innovation Centre is proud to announce that it will be able to support PPI processes and their awareness in the Czech Republic and the whole Central Europe area through a new project called "PPI2Innovate". Implementation in the Central Europe will be coordinated totally among 10 international partners and 8 strategic partners from various countries. In the Czech Republic, DEX Innovation Centre activities will be further supported by its associated strategic partner, Technology Centre ASCR.
On 12th April 2016 in European House in Prague, there was held an event on topic „RRI, Technology Transfer and Capitalization of Intellectual Property“. In morning part, there took place training program, after lunch the event continued with a workshop on topic „Conception of Technology Transfer, Current State of Art, Visions for the Future, Interactive Training“. The event was held in frame of V4Mula project.
On 8th April 2016 in Liberec was held another event in frame of RS&RC project. Generally, this project is aimed to a methodics of storytelling in the context of work with the community of people who have the same problem. In the Czech Republic, we work in this project with a group of unemployed people in age over 50 years. We cooperate with organizations Plus 50, o. s., Alternativa 50+, o. p. s. and also with professional couch Ms. Židlická from Juventa Agency.
On 12th April 2016 in European House in Prague, there will be held an event in frame of V4Mula project. Event consists from two parts – in morning part, you can attend English language training programme on topic „RRI, Technology Transfer and Capitalization of Intellectual Property“. Then, from 12:45 p. m. starts an English language workshop, named „Conception of Technology Transfer, Current State of Art and Visions for the Future“.
Project SMART4MD has successfully finished the first phase of user-centric research that included interviews with healthcare professionals and focus groups with people with memory/mild dementia problems and their carers.
In January 2016, DEX Innovation Centre (DEX IC) organized 10 individual interviews with unemployed people in age over 50 years. The interviews were organized in frame of „Raising Strong and Resilient Communities“ („RS&RC“) project.
In the 1st week of February, more than 40 countries and 220 cities around Europe will host Startup Europe Week. Guess which one of those 220 takes part as well? It is the city of Liberec, of course! DEX IC is proud to be the organizer and the local ambassador of this event in our city.
Our Christmas gift, as part of our 2015 CSR activities, goes to REVA o.p.s. (http://www.reva-lbc.org/) Older people in need of assistance should be supported preferably in their home environment whenever possible! Well done for your work and good luck into the future for the organization and all assistants! The DEX Innovation Centre team!