Waterford Institute of Technology’s TSSG participates in transatlantic ICT forum workshop held in Brussels on 16 -17 November, 2016.
The Transatlantic ICT Forum was established as a platform to support policy debate and provide opinions and recommendations to transatlantic dialogues for Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) Research & Innovation (R&I) cooperation between Europe and North America.
The Forum focused on three key thematic areas in ICT – funding mechanisms for ICT R&I, ICT policy and regulations, cyber-security composed by European, US and Canada’s experts in the respective subject matters.
The two-day event comprised of a combination of informative panel sessions and interactive breakout sessions, which were both designed to spark discussions and action plans in relation to transatlantic collaborations in ICT research and innovation. The goal was to create a dynamic environment for networking, business dialogues and policy debates between both sides of the Atlantic Ocean.
The Forum provided opportunities for ICT stakeholders to extend their reach and connections beyond their borders.
Topics addressed in the Forum:
- Digital Economy Trends, capital market financing, funding mechanisms for joint calls, and IPR;
- Requirements for transatlantic cooperation on prioritized R&I topics on the scope of cybersecurity;
- How to promote best practices and identification of current obstacles in joint ICT collaboration between Europe, the US and Canada.
Who was in attendance?
- DISCOVERY partners, representatives from Transatlantic ICT networks, European Commission representatives, and other collaborators from H2020 projects;;
- ICT R&I industry leaders seeking transatlantic ICT partnerships, in areas related to ICT cybersecurity in particular;
- Researchers interested in learning about international funding schemes;
- Policymakers keen on facilitating transatlantic ICT collaborations through a myriad of ICT policy and regulations;
- Entrepreneurs, engineers and all interested in international networking and projects’ building.