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Keep the contest applications coming!

UNICORN partners are in for a lot of work, as they continually receive applications for the validation contest.
At this moment, they are currently reviewing numerous applications from various SMEs and start-ups around Europe, their goal is to select just 12, that will each receive a 10,000 euros funding in order to test and validate UNICORNs product either using their own software or use-cases using the UNICORN framework.

But that’s just not only it! Winners will have access to the UNICORN platform and to all the resources needed for a successful validation including Cloud hosting services, and UNICORN training and examples, among others.

Moreover, they will be invited to participate in UNICORN training workshops, and their venture will be introduced to the Startup Europe entrepreneurial ecosystem.
Does all this sound good to you? then do not procrastinate! apply and join the competition and you might be one of the selected participants.

Deadline for applications is February the 28th 2019.

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Unicorn participates at the ICT2018 in Vienna

UNICORN partners attended the ICT 2018 Conference in Vienna, where 6 plenary sessions on topics such as Artificial Intelligence, Next Generation Internet, Digital Skills and High-Performance Computing took place.

What is more speakers from policy circles, academia, civil society and industry highlighted their perspectives and priorities, and discussed how each can contribute to the successful digital transformation of Europe.

Our consortium partners had the chance to attend the conference in Vienna where they promoted UNICORN’s validation contest to the public. Find more information on the contest here

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UNICORN validation contest is now open!

It is with great pleasure that today, we are officially launching the UNICORN VALIDATION CONTEST for start-ups/SMEs. Twelve applicants among participants will be selected and receive a 10,000 € validation contract, with which they will validate the Unicorn platform.

Participants will make use of the platform in order to develop their own applications as from April to October 2019, to test and validate the platform by developing their own software or use-cases using the UNICORN framework.

During the development phase, participants will have access to the UNICORN platform and to all the resources needed for a successful validation including Cloud hosting services, and UNICORN training and examples, among others.

Meanwhile they will have the opportunity to attend related events and get trained by UNICORN experts where they will also get the chance to demonstrate their progress and results and get introduced to the Start-up Europe entrepreneurial ecosystem.

The call of participation will be officially closed by the end of February 2019!

Don’t think about it twice! Hurry up and fill in the participation form that you will find here! http://unicorn-project.eu/index.php/contest/.

The UNICORN consortium wishes Good luck to all participants!

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UNICORN in Dockercon technology conference in Barcelona

UNICORN attends today Dockercon Technology conference, where customers and community come to learn, share and connect with each other. Attendees are a mix of developers, systems admins, architects, and IT decision makers.

Our partner from SUIT5 is attending and will disseminate UNICORN in the conference by presenting its product and what it has to offer.

You can find more on the event here

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UNICORN attends the South Summit

Partners from the Cloud Incubator HUB of the UPCT attended South Summit 2018 on October the 3rd. South Summit is one of the largest startups and innovation fairs in Spain, and in this edition the numbers were beyond expectations 650+ investors, 3500+ startups participated and $1.4+ billion raised.

UPCT partners were able to contact some of the startups attending the fair, and described in detail the UNICORN platform and the double opportunity it offers: on the one hand, utilizing a beyond-state-of-the-art cloud computing platform that simplifies (1) the deployment and orchestration of micro-services based applications, (2) the continuous monitoring and reporting of several parameters related to application performance, and (3) the detection of intrusions and cyber attacks by continuously supervising network activity in order to detect attack patterns; and on the other hand, participating in UNICORN validation contest to get one of the twelve 10.000€ validation contracts we offer, which will allow them to have early access to the platform and to the experts who develop it.“

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Unicorn contributes to European Cloud Standardisation and begins to develop a CEN Workshop agreement

A CWA is an agreement developed and approved in a CEN Workshop; the latter is open to the direct participation of anyone with an interest in the development of the agreement. From Unicorn the partners who will get involved are UCY, CAS, UBITEC, SUIT5 and the Cloud Incubator HUB.

CWA is not formally a European standard and involves no obligation at national level, but it is much faster and flexible in its production as well as an essential step towards the development of the European standard.
The CWA will allow UNICORN project to faster and better use the project results, as it increases the interoperability and enables the comparison of UNICORN’s outcomes with the products that already exist in the market. Lastly this will help the project to better disseminate its results to a wider community.

The kick-off meeting in Athens led by DIN will focus on introducing the CEN and the workshop concept, the election and appointment of the workshop Chair and Vice chair, while also the project plan will be adopted, and future actions and meetings will be discussed

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Unicorn Partners re-unite in Athens

Unicorn consortium is holding its plenary meeting in Athens on 8th and 9th November 2018, and its hosted by Ubitech. Apart from the usual talks such as the status of the project and the status of current deliverables, partners will also participate in interesting workshops such as the Workshop on communication roadmap which will be organised by European DIGITAL SME Alliance and FORTH.

Additionally, the consortium partners will kick-off its further standardisation activities with the launch of the CEN Workshop Agreement on the Analytics Insights and Scaling Policies for Microservices. The activity is led by UNICORN partner DIN.

Lastly, the final preparations of the Idea Innovation contest will take place, and the responsible partners (UCY, UBITECH, CINCUBATOR, DIGITAL SME) will be setting up the technical infrastructure for the contest, planning the communication activities, etc.

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Unicorn at the 5th Network and Information Security (NIS’18) Summer School in Crete

Unicorn was present at the 5th Network and Information Security (NIS’18) on Network and information security in Heraklion Crete. The event was jointly organised by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) and the Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH). The event was focused on the main challenges of Information Security.
Unicorn was present with our consortium member FORTH and presented our solutions and actions,

You can find more information about event here

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Unicorn in RAID 2018

Unicorn was out yet for another adventure, as we participated in the 21st International Symposium on Research in Attacks, Intrusions, and Defences (RAID 2018) that was held in Heraklion Crete on 10-12 September.
Its aim is to gather researchers and practitioners from academia government, and industry from all over Europe with the goal to discuss research contributions related to computer and information security.
Our consortium partner FORTH participated in the event and presented UNICORN and its actions.

Find more information about the event here

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UNICORN contributes to the European standardization

The UNICORN project consortium has made a decision to develop and produce a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) and thereof contribute to the European standardization environment. Although the CWA is not formally a European Standard, and involves no obligation at national level, it is considered as an important step towards the development of the European standard. In addition, the production process of the CWA is much faster and more flexible, thus it is more suitable for the project.

Production of the CEN Workshop Agreement will allow UNICORN to better and faster exploit the project results. The produced standard, or, in this case, the CWA, increases the interoperability and enables the comparison of UNICORN’s outcomes with the products already existing in the market. In addition, it will ensure a better dissemination of the UNICORN’s results to a wider community.

What is the CEN Workshop Agreement and how does it work?

Workshop Agreements are considered as the consensus documents developed during the workshops where any interested stakeholder can participate. First of all, the Project Plan and other relevant documents have to be submitted to the CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC). The CCMC examines the documents and then publishes the draft Project Plan on their website for at least 30 days. In this way, all the interested stakeholders can get informed about the standardization proposal, and can submit their comments or express their interest to participate in the CWA development process.

At least 30 days after the publication of the draft Project Plan, the kick off meeting for the CWA can take place, where the Project Plan gets approved by the participants and a chairperson of the CEN-Workshop gets appointed. From this point on, the development of the CWA starts, and an entire process can take, on average, between 10-12 months. It is much faster than developing an actual standard, thus more suitable for the UNICORN project which will end in 2020.

In the lifespan of the CWA (which is 3 years, and can be extended to another 3), the CWA can get transformed into another type of standards deliverable, such as a Technical Specification or full European standard.

Next steps of the UNICORN consortium

In the next UNICORN consortium meeting (June, 2018), consortium partner DIN, which leads the standardisation activities, will organise a workshop on standard development. Together with other consortium partners, they will prepare the documents needed to initiate the CWA (draft Project Plan, self-assessment, analysis of interest).  Afterwards, DIN will submit these documents to the CCMC, and continue with the CWA development process.

UNICORN project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 731846.

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