When should tech entrepreneurs showcase their product prototypes?

The timely acquisition of financial resources is imperative for new ventures. However, technology ventures often suffer from concerns about their viability and thus struggle to acquire external funding. Developing and demonstrating a product prototype is a mechanism that can help these ventures to demonstrate technological feasibility and galvanize the resources they need. Yet, according to Read more about When should tech entrepreneurs showcase their product prototypes?[…]

What is the Construction Products Regulation about?

The Construction Products Regulation aims to ensure that construction products can freely circulate within the Single Market. To achieve this, the Construction Products Regulation lays down harmonised rules for putting construction products on the EU market. The existing harmonised rules focus on how to express the performance of construction products in relation to their essential Read more about What is the Construction Products Regulation about?[…]

Towards a green, digital and resilient economy

The European Commission has put forward a Communication on the European Growth Model. It recalls the common objectives the EU and its Member States have committed to with respect to the green and digital transition and to strengthening social and economic resilience. It acknowledges that the European economy is undergoing unprecedented transformations in the context Read more about Towards a green, digital and resilient economy[…]

€7.5 billion for Digital Europe Programme

The European Commission has welcomed the political agreement between the European Parliament and the EU Member States on the first EU programme that aims to accelerate the recovery and drive the digital transformation of Europe. Trilogue negotiations have now concluded, pending the final approval of the legal texts by the European Parliament and the Council. Read more about €7.5 billion for Digital Europe Programme[…]

Digitalisation of European industry is progressing unevenly

Europe is not fully benefitting from advanced technologies to innovate and remain competitive. In 2016, the European Commission launched the Digitising European Industry (DEI) initiative to boost the digitalisation of EU businesses. Despite the Commission’s efforts to support national authorities, progress of the initiative has been uneven among the Member States, according to a new Read more about Digitalisation of European industry is progressing unevenly[…]

EUR 8 million for Smart Anything Everywhere under Horizon 2020 Call

Specific Challenge: “Smart anything everywhere” stands for the next wave of products that integrate digital technology. The challenge is to accelerate the design, development and uptake of advanced digital technologies by European industry – especially SMEs and mid-caps – in products that include innovative electronic components, software and systems, and especially in sectors where digital Read more about EUR 8 million for Smart Anything Everywhere under Horizon 2020 Call[…]

BASF pushes digitalization in research worldwide

BASF’s strategic goal is to decisively take advantage of the enormous opportunities that digitalization offers along the entire value chain. In doing so, research and development play a key role when it comes to further increasing innovative strength and competitiveness by using new technologies. At its Research Press Conference today in Ludwigshafen, the company provides Read more about BASF pushes digitalization in research worldwide[…]

Inducement prize: Tactile Displays for the Visually Impaired

Specific Challenge: People with visual impairment have serious difficulties in accessing digital information. This is a growing challenge as digital content becomes increasingly reliant on graphics which are particularly challenging to translate. Existing solutions are very costly and provide limited reading experience, usually in braille and not graphics. The objectives of this inducement prize are: Read more about Inducement prize: Tactile Displays for the Visually Impaired[…]

Attitudes towards the impact of digitisation and automation on daily life

The European Commission has published a Eurobarometer survey presenting European citizens’ opinions on the impact of digitisation and automation on daily life. European citizens see digitisation and automation primarily as an opportunity but call for investment for better and faster internet services as well as effective public policy to accompany changes, in particular in areas Read more about Attitudes towards the impact of digitisation and automation on daily life[…]

Mining and Metals Companies to Increase Spending on Digital Technologies to Boost Innovation

Four of five mining and metals companies expect to increase their spending on digital technologies over the next three years, with more than one-quarter (28 percent) planning significant investments and almost half (46 percent) citing digital as the biggest contributor to innovation, according to new research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN).   Based on a survey Read more about Mining and Metals Companies to Increase Spending on Digital Technologies to Boost Innovation[…]

Rise of the robots – good news or bad for business and society?

In 2005 there were less than one million of them. Today there are 1.8 million. And in three years’ time, this will soar to around 2.6 million. Industrial robots are on the march. Technology already plays a major role in the manufacturing sector. But as robots become better and more sophisticated, PwC economists expect their Read more about Rise of the robots – good news or bad for business and society?[…]

Internet of Things

Use of Internet – Romania ranks 27th among EU countries

In terms of the propensity of individuals to use Internet services, Romania scores 0.34 (up from 0.31) and ranks 27th among EU countries. Romanian Internet users engage in a broad range of online activities. They read news online (67%), listen to music, watch films and play games online (46%), use the Internet to communicate via Read more about Use of Internet – Romania ranks 27th among EU countries[…]