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Keeping up with the #unicornwinners

One month and ten days after the first initial meeting in Alicante, Unicorn partners and winners have been very busy. To begin with, the winners have had their Pre-report completed & validated by one of the unicorn experts. In their pre-reports, the winners have elaborated on how and with which means they plan to test and validate the Unicorn platform.

Using these reports partners prepared individual pages for the winners with infographics containing which indicators each winner is planning to measure.

What is more, a few days ago the Unicorn winners got together -virtually- this time for their first online workshop. During the workshop, the status of the platform was discussed, including updates on the UI, bug fixing and the IaaS infrastructure upgrade. Following that the partners held a QnA session containing questions that were sent in advance. Last on the agenda, partners and Unicorn winners discussed some requests and issues that came up from the one month of validation.

What is next you are wondering? A 1-to-1 virtual workshop, from 24th June and 5th July. Where a 1-hour Skype session between the winner and the associated technical unicorn expert will take place. During the session, the progress in the implementation of the validation prototypes/products with UNICORN will be discussed.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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UNICORN’s contribution to European standardisation (update)

The UNICORN project intends to develop a solution to simplify the design, deployment and management of secure and flexible multi-cloud services. The project results will be transferred into a CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA) titled “Analytics Insights and Scaling Policies for Microservices”. Standardization is considered as an important and relevant topic by the project consortium. It is as an important tool to transfer knowledge from research into practice. The overall goal of the envisaged CEN Workshop Agreement is to give guidelines for platform-agnostic elasticity management of elastic-by-design microservices.

The CWA kick-off meeting took place in November 2018 in Athens. The Workshop participants discussed the structure of the document and agreed on future actions. This led to a first draft, which was presented at the UNICORN Plenary meeting in Alicante in April 2019. The first draft is an early version of the CWA, which will be enhanced by the end of May 2019. After completing the draft, the open commenting phase will be launched by CEN-CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC) for a duration of two months. This enables the public to submit technical comments to the draft CWA. After the commenting the phase is over, the Workshop participants will collect the comments and discuss whether they should be accepted or rejected in order to proceed with the finalization of the CWA. The CWA will be published by the end of 2019.

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UNICORN in Murcia DevOps

Partners from Cloud Incubator HUB attended Murcia DevOps meeting in the Spanish city of Murcia. At the meeting our partners explained how the Unicorn platform works  by showing a demo version for the audience to engage with. Additionally, and just days before the deadline of the UNICORN Validation Contest, they also presented the contest and what it has to offer to fellow developers at the meeting encouraging them to participate.

Murcia DevOps, is a monthly meeting held by a group of software developers, system administrators and other ICT professionals interested in the DevOps culture and the technologies with which it is related.

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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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