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Founded in 1986, CAS Software AG (CAS) has become the German, market-leading innovator for Customer Relationship Management (CRM) solutions for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and is the leading expert for eXtended relationship management (xRM) in Europe. With over 300 staff members, CAS Software serves more than 200.000 users and over 7500 customer companies and organizations worldwide. Via strategic partnerships, CAS Software is represented in over 30 countries on 3 continents. CAS Software maintains an elaborated partner model with more than 200 software houses in Germany and 60 partners worldwide, that are developing solutions based on CAS Software technology. CAS is structured as a network company composed of specialized business units, so called SmartCompanies, designed to focus on specific customer groups and industries such as aviation, dealerships, corporate networks, business ecosystems and education establishments. CAS Software received numerous awards for its innovative product portfolio and outstanding success of customer projects, including the "European IT Prize", TOP 100 "Innovator of the Year" award and the Top Job award as outstanding employer. CAS Software has almost two decades of experience coordinating and participating in European and national collaborative research projects, through which it obtains knowhow for its next generation products.
The University of Cyprus (UCY) is the largest University and main research organisation in Cyprus. UCY has a student population of 7000 (2000 graduate). The Dep. of Computer Science has 21 faculty members, and 100 postdoctoral researchers and PhD students. Its research activities cover Intelligent and Distributed Systems, Software Engineering, Internet and Mobile Technologies, e-Health, and e-Government. The Dep. publishes more than 100 journal papers per year and attracted a total funding of more than 30 MEuro in the last decade. LINC, Laboratory for Internet Computing (linc.ucy.ac.cy/)-Department of Computer Science - has extensive experience in network-centric computing and software for large-scale distributed systems: Cloud, Grid, Peer-to-Peer and Vehicular Computing; Trustworthy Cloud Computing; Content Distribution Networks; Semantic Web and Web 2.0 technologies. LINC has established and operates CyGrid, the Cypriot node of the European Grid Infrastructure EGEE, and the Cyprus Certification Authority (CyCA).
The history of Maggioli Spa is that of a large company established almost a century ago, when the family’s first presses printed slips for council offices. It is a history that continued to evolve, hand in hand with the evolution of Public Administration. Today, the Maggioli Group is acknowledged as being the main Italian corporate organization with a guiding role for those who operate in Local Public Administrations. Through the work of the various companies in its group, Maggioli contributes to improving the managerial effectiveness and efficiency of the public reality and related professions. Maggioli offers a broad range of specific, highly professional solutions in several domains (business divisions): Document Management, Publishing & Conventions, Training, Education & Consulting, Local Tax and Revenue Management, Services, Information Technology. The “IT pole Maggioli”, born from the integration of the experiences of the Maggioli Group software house (Maggioli Informatica) with the expertise of other software houses belonging to Maggioli Group - CEDAF, STUDIO K, ELDASOFT, SAGA - is the most qualified Italian company in ICT solutions and services for the Local Public Sector. The specific and complementary know-how of all these companies makes Maggioli the ideal technological partner for advanced IT solutions and specific projects for the local Public Administration, able to offer a complete product range for all Public Administration IT requirements: more than 5.000 Municipalities on 8.048 in Italy runs about 23.000 modules provided by the ICT Division of Maggioli.
The Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas (FORTH) is one of the largest research institutes of Greece with well- organized facilities and highly qualified staff. It operates under the supervision of the General Secretariat for Research and Technology (GSRT) of the Hellenic Ministry of Education. FORTH has been ranked the 12th place at European level in the Fourth FP7 Monitoring Report of the 20 research organizations with the highest numbers of participations in FP7 signed grant agreements during the period 2007-2010. The Institute of Computer Science (FORTH-ICS), one of the six institutes of FORTH, has a relatively long history since its establishment in 1983, in conducting basic and applied research, developing applications and products, providing services, and playing a leading role in Greece and internationally, in the fields of Information and Communication Technologies. Continuing its efforts towards the exploitation of its research activities and results, the Institute contributes significantly to the diffusion of modern Information and Communications Technologies in the public and private sectors.
SUITE5 Ltd is an Information Technology Solutions and Services SME, founded in 2012 in the United Kingdom, by a set of talented and creative young people with a strong background in the ICT domains and with excellent management skills. Motivated by the unprecedented technological advancements of the Web2.0 era and the outstanding research results that led to such developments, the people behind SUITE5 joined forces in order to transform research. The mission of the company is to deliver innovative solutions through state-of-the art technologies, required for any organisation in order to remain competitive, creative and effective. By combining strong technology know-how and hands on approach in managing and implementing projects commissioned by the public and the private sector, SUITE5 provides research-inspired solutions and practical support for its clients in order to leverage. The research & innovation activities of Suite5 span over a wide spectrum of innovative areas, covering data analytics and intelligence services, data infrastructure related services (Open/Big/Linked/Social Data), IoT technologies, Wearable and Mobile Apps, e-government and e-participation services, collective awareness platforms and, in general, exploration of new application domains for high-end IT solutions. In this context, the overall concept, vision and the technologies that will be developed/used in the project fall exactly on major interest areas of Suite5, as they deal with the usage and analysis of data structures and methods, towards generating an recommendations and analytics for stakeholders to motivate them towards behavioural change.
The European Digital SME Alliance (DSME), formerly known as PIN-SME the “the voice of ICT SMEs in Europe”, is the first European association of the ICT sector exclusively focused of representing the interests of SMEs. The members of the European Digital SME Alliance are national sectorial SME associations from different EU countries. It represents more about 20.000 digital enterprises across Europe. The European Digital SME Alliance is a registered interest representative (ID: 66552321207-56) in the EU. Since 2010 The European Digital SME Alliance has undertaken a joint effort together with UNI Europa ICT, the EU trade union federation for the ICT sector, in order to establish a European Social Dialogue for the IT sector. The European Digital SME Alliance is a member of UEAPME, the European association of SMEs representing over 12 Million SMEs across Europe and is the sectoral leading member for ICT related policies. Since 2013 the European Digital SME Alliance’ experts are involved in the Network and Information Security (NIS) Public-Private Platform that feeds into the European Commission recommendations on cybersecurity across the value chain. Position papers on different EU policy matters, such as treatment of IPRs, standards, e-skills and Social Dialogue, are available on the http://www.digitalsme.eu/
Deutsches Institut fuer Normung E.V. (DIN) is a non-profit organization recognized as a German National Standards body representing Germany in European and international standardization activities. DIN prepares standards as services for the economy, state and community. Standardization is considered as a strategic instrument to support economy and the society in general. It reduces the need for legislation and supports convergence in technology whilst allowing for a wide range of local solutions if needed. DIN supports any R&D projects with the concept of R&D Phase Standardization, which covers any activity with the aim of early identification of standardization potential of products and services, establishment of standardization processes and assistance with public availability of the results of these processes. Because of this the sustainable transfer of knowledge and technology will be enhanced and accelerated in innovative fields.
UBITECH is a leading, highly innovative software house, systems integrator and technology provider, established to provide leading edge intelligent technical solutions and consulting services to businesses, organizations and government in order to allow the efficient and effective secure access and communication with various heterogeneous information resources and services, anytime and anywhere. UBITECH enables real-time valid information processing and decision-making, the realization of intelligent business environments, and B2B and B2C transactions by providing high added-value business – oriented and –based solutions. UBITECH has been established in Athens, Greece back in 2005, concentrated initially in the Greek and Balkan market and acquiring several EC and national grants for novel R&D initiatives. Currently, UBITECH has extended its operations with targeted international activities through its subsidiaries, representation offices, business partners and affiliated companies in Limassol (Cyprus), Madrid (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Guayaquil (Ecuador), concentrating mainly in the Spanish-speaking countries of Central and Latin America.
Steinbeis Foundation (STW) was founded in 1971 in order to support local SMEs in technology transfer and innovation. Steinbeis provides a direct link between customers and leading experts in a variety of specialist fields, safeguarding transfer from research and development, consulting, expert evaluation, and training and education. In 2014, STC realized more than 22.000 projects with approx. 10.000 customers; the turnover reached about 145 million Euro with the help of more than 5.500 experts (full/part time) in nearly all fields of technology and innovation. STC is doing its business mainly via approx. 1000 Steinbeis Transfer Centers, which are independent entities of different size and service orientation.
The Cloud Incubator HUB (Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena) was launched in 2011 by the Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (http://www.upct.es/) to support entrepreneurs wanting to start mobile technology-focused businesses. It is a business incubator/accelerator of the UPCT whose main purpose is to encourage start-ups in the field of ICT. It currentlly organises several Incubation and Acceleration Programmes for tech entrepreneurs in its facilities at Fuente Álamo Technology Park (Murcia, Spain). More than 500 european startups have participated in the different accelerator programs organized by Cloud Incubator HUB during the last years (Cincubator, Power Girl, Startup Scaleup and EU-XCEL), having received business and technological training, access to infrastructures to test their apps or products, as well as support of international mentors and access to finance for ongoing development. Our current angel network has invested over K€ 800 in our startups. Cloud Incubator HUB was created by researchers of the Higher Technical School of Telecommunications Engineering of the UPCT in 2011, which currently brings together over 75 entrepreneurs, teachers and researchers in the fields of IT languages and systems, telematics engineering, electronic technology and automatic control systems.
Redikod AB, a privately held Swedish SME, was established as a game developer in 1997, and has experience not only in multi-platform entertainment games, but also serious games, gamification, and the development of client-server, components and middleware systems, such as Redikod's own General Redikod's gamification experience include e-learning applications as well as medical technology, the latter through advanced tablet computer app and connected server database development for attention-deficit disorder and age dementia diagnostic-support software, from development through clinical trials Redikod is a sister company of Nordic Game Resources AB, that owns and operates the Nordic Game conference, which became the largest professional events of its kind in Europe in 2015, its 12th year. Nordic Game communication activities have full reach to the global games industry as well as European general media.