Webinar"Tools and services supporting digital innovation of Manufacturing SMEs"
The “Tools and services supporting digital innovation of Manufacturing SMEs” webinar took place on the 26th of February 2021, 10:30-14:00h (EET). The event was organized by ICT Cluster partnering the I4MS initiative as part of the European Industry Week 2021”.
Anna Naydenova (Executive director, ICT Cluster) and Maria Roca (Senior Project Manager, FundingBox) started the event by welcoming all participants. Among the speakers were also:
- Marta Portalès - Manager of European Projects department at the Mobile World Capital
- Paul Peeters - Senior Expert Advanced Manufacturing, Agoria and Project Manager, ADMA
- Themis Kolyvas - Project Manager at European Dynamics
- Izabella Zrasinska - Project Manager, FundingBox
- Anca Marin - Project Manager, FundingBox
- Andreas Oclenburg - CEO of cloudSME
- Krasimira Shindarova - Project Manager, DigiTech 4.0
- Luisa Gonçalves - Project Manager, Vojext
- Thierry Louvet - Director at Systematic Paris Region
Within 15 minutes, each speaker had the opportunity to present their organization, activities, and current project opportunities. First on the agenda was Anna Naydenova presenting the European Digital Innovation Hub for Big Data, HPC, and AI - Opportunities for Industry and society in Southwest Bulgaria Region. Next, Maria Roca made a brief introduction of the I4MS initiative, and Marta Portalès described I4MS contributions to upskilling challenges of the manufacturing Industry. Paul Peeters continued the discussion with ADMA`s Open Calls for manufacturing SMEs to transform to Factories of the Future.
After the break, Themis Kolyvas provided information for KITT4SMEs` funding opportunities for SMEs. Next on the Agenda was Izabella Zrasinska with the presentation of PULSATE - fostering the pan-European infrastructure for empowering SMEs` digital competencies in laser-based advanced and additive manufacturing: benefits and technical support. Anca Marin focused on the Better Factory project - mission and goals of the project, open calls, and funding opportunities. CloudSME CEO - Andreas Oclenburg gave the audience detailed information on two ongoing projects: 1) DigITBrain, under the framework of the European program Horizon 2020, aiming at extending the Digital Twin concept and 2) CloudiFacturing, Horizon 2020, emGORA Digital Marketplace for Digital Engineering which will facilitate the access to cloud / HPC-based modeling and simulation for SMEs. Next on the list was Krasimira Shindarova presenting the DIH WORLD project and penultimate Luisa Gonçalves talking about the VOJEXT project. The last one on the Agenda was Thierry Louvet speaking on RIMA - Robotics for Inspection and Maintenance - what is it, use, etc.
During the Q&A session, participants had the opportunity to ask their questions and discuss topics raised by the speakers.
The event ended with a few words from Anna Naydenova and Maria Roca, who thanked everyone present.
You can watch the whole event at:
Presentations of the organizations, as well as their contacts, can be found here:
Establishment of "European Digital Innovation Hub for Data Science, High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence"
On the last day of the 2020 ICT Cluster, Sofia Tech Park, Sofia Municipality, NEVEQ, SCAI, institute GATE, and Technical university-Sofia combined experience and expertise and founded the “European Digital Innovation Hub for Data Science, High-Performance Computing and Artificial Intelligence”. The goal of the hub is to bring together actions and know-how to:
- support the process of the digital transformation of the industry and society in the Southwestern region of Bulgaria;
- organize initiatives for exchanging experience with other European digital innovation hubs;
- conduct projects, related to supporting the application of digital technologies in SMEs and help their successful implementation;
- support the development of human capital by improving their digital skills and competencies;
The first annual conference on European digital innovation hubs under the Digital Europe program was held on 26 and 27 January 2021. The event was organized by the European Commission and the Luxembourg Ministry of the Economy. The focus of the conference was introducing the competition for “European Digital Innovation Hubs under the Digital Europe Program”. It`s a 2-phase competition: national and European level.
Currently, ICT Cluster together with the partner organizations is preparing the necessary documentation for participation in the competition at the national level.
How ICT Cluster became ADMA's 2Q 2020 Best Performing Organization
Having signed the Letter of Support in March 2019, the Bulgarian Innovation and Technology Hub – DigiTech 4.0, managed by the ICT Cluster Bulgaria, officially became an ADMA Supporting Organisation. One year and a few months later, our ADMA journey has been quite impressive:
April 2019 – Eindhoven (Netherlands)
Ms. Krasimira Shindarova participated in the ADMA 2-day training. Check Out The Video Here
June 2019 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
Ms. Krasimira Shindarova, presented ADMA methodology during the Conference “Digital World – Today and Tomorrow”, organized within the chairmanship of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Organization. The event was organized by Bulgarian SME promotion agency and was attended by technology providers and manufacturing companies.
September 2019 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
Company visit & ADMA presentation @ “Mechanical Design And Construction” (MDC), specialized in the manufacture of mechanical structures for electronics, medical equipment, power engineering, transport, and other industries. The products are produced by processing sheet and profiled materials which include: laser cutting, punching, bending, welding, cleaning, coverage, installation.
Company Visit “Euro Catering” founded in 2007 and a leading company in the food industry – production of sandwiches, salads and ready foods. They are in the very beginning of the Factory of the Future transformation process.
Company visit Avto Engineering Ltd., founded in 2003 and one of the leading manufacturers on the Bulgarian market of specialized vehicles and equipment for firefighting, emergency-rescue, police, airport, medical, communal and other State institutions. Avtofactory is a modern factory for Metalworking and Powder Coating Line, equipped with high-tech machines for CNC turning, CNC milling, Laser Cutting, Sheet Material Cutting, and Bending, Pipe bending, Welding, Powder coating line and their related installation works.
Ms. Krasimira Shindarova presented ADMA methodology during the event “Future Today – the Automotive Forum” which was held on 26th and 27th September 2019. The event was organized within the framework of the Green Ict deVElopment (GIVE) project. It had a regional character and was attended by 50 participants – SME representatives, cluster managers and organizations coming from 6 different countries: Albania, Bulgaria, Latvia, North Macedonia, Romania, and Serbia. The companies were from different sectors Automotive, ICT, and Smart Green Technologies.
October 2019 – Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Mr. Todor Mitov, Presented ICT Cluster’s activities as supporting organization of ADMA Europe during the sixth B2B event “Shaping together a smarter and greener future” within Green ICT Development – GIVE project.
November 2019 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
Mr. Peter Statev, Chairman of the Board, ICT Cluster presented ADMA methodology during the Sofia Business School, Digital Transformation summit at New Bulgarian University.
January 2020 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
1st ADMA Transformation Plan finished, containing an extensive list of local experts for the different opportunities identified within the 7 ADMA transformations.
April 2020 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
2nd ADMA Transformation Plan ready.
May 2020 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
Avto Engineering confirms interest in moving towards a specific ADMA Implementation plan, ie entering the ADMA long-term pilot.
June 2020 – Sofia (Bulgaria)
Teaming up together with IQ Kecskemét (Hungary) and Improving Consulting (Bulgaria), a strong ADMA Learning Network & conference program for Bulgarian and Hungarian manufacturing SME’s has been set up. The team prepared the event such that it can be held both live or virtual, depending on the Covid-19 situation.
A big thank you to Krasimira for all the ADMA advocacy work done. ICT Cluster will continue this exciting journey together with ADMA!
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, the manufacturing 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.