Conference "Industry and Digital Transformation: Fears and Hopes"
Learning and Demonstration Seminar and Conference "Industrial and Digital Transformation: Fears and Hopes" took place on19.10.2018 at Microsoft Innovation Center Bulgaria, Sofia Tech Park, The event was organized by ICT Cluster within the framework of the Smart Factory Hub project funded under the Danube Transnational program.
The conference brought together representatives of innovative companies, manufacturing companies, universities, clusters, state administration and research centers from Bulgaria, the Balkans and Central Europe. Innovative Bulgarian companies presented their solutions and good practices for digitization of manufacturing to participants from 10 European countries - Slovenia, Romania, Croatia, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria. At the conference there were demonstration of Bulgarian technologies for optimization and digitization of the water sector, themanufacturing sector, intelligent waste collection, fire prevention systems, smart buildings, etc., as well as 11 intelligent solutions from the Czech Republic. The Center for Excellence at the Technical University of Sofia and the High Performance Computing Laboratory in Sofia Tech Park also presented their services.
Todor Mitov presented the opportunities that Smart factory Hub project provides to the enterprises for optimization of their production processes. Peter Stattev presented the vision and the future development of the Bulgarian Technological and Innovation Hub - DigiTech 4.0
The event culminated in a roundtable where representatives of the business, academia, non-governmental sector, Ministry of Economy, OP Innovation and Competitiveness, OP Human Resources Development and PwC discussed the future strategy of Bulgaria and the instruments in the future programming period for supporting digitization of small and medium-sized enterprises.
All presentations from the event you could download at the following link: "Industry and Digital Transformation: Fears and Hopes" presentations
Establishment of Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network
Conference "Cooperation of ICT clusters in the Black Sea region for growth, prosperity and competitiveness" was held on 10 and 11 April 2014 in Grand Hotel Sofia.
The event was organized by the Foundation ICT Cluster and the Ministry of Transport and Communications in the Bulgarian Presidency of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation. Major Sponsors of the event were VIVACOM, Sofia Tech Park and "Bulgarian Cluster Telecommunications".
The conference was attended by representatives of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Ministry of Transport, Information Technologies and Communications, Ministry of Economy of Romania, Ministry of Economy and Energy, representatives of business and clusters of the region.
The main topic of the event was the cooperation of the ICT cluster in the region to becoming a more attractive place to invest and a better place to live. The main focus of the conference topics were related to ICT technology in intermodal transport, the development of new-generation broadband, cyber security, etc.
Participants in the event supported the idea that the cluster approach is an essential tool to be applied in the BSEC countries in order to support SMEs and competitiveness and to promote innovation in the region.
Establishment of CoderDojo branch in Ardion region, Bulgaria
With the support of CorkBIC and ICT Cluster in Ardino was created branch of CoderDojo – an initiative for training in programming for nonprogrammers - children at age 7-17 years.
CoderDojo is a global movement established in 2011 by James Welton and Bill Liao and supported by CorkBIC. 2 years after its establishment the movement became a global phenomenon!
On June 14, 2014 in the School "Vasil Levski" Anton Tcholakov and Nikolay Chochev organized the first CoderDOJO meeting in Ardino, supported by the ICT Cluster and CorkBIC. The initiative was attended by 18 participants. During the meeting, participants created their first web pages.
Danube ICT Project
On December 1, 2015 the project Danube ICT Clusters' Cooperation for Smart and Inclusive Growth - DANUBE ICT has started, leading by ICT Cluster.
The project duration is six months till and it is funded by the European Commission and the Danube Strategy. The main objective of DANUBE ICT is the creation of sustainable, strategic trans-national partnership among ICT Clusters from the Balkans and the Danube region by establishing a common strategy for cross - cluster and cross-industrial cooperation in a favor of SMEs.
Partners in the project are: Foundation ICT Cluster, Cluj IT Cluster, Vojvodina ICT Cluster, and Montenegrin IT Cluster. All members of the Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network will be actively engaged in the process of successful project implementation.