UNICORN demonstrator presented to CyberForum

Yesterday, on the 22nd of May, UNICORN was presented to the members of CyberForum – German’s business support center in the southern Technology Region. The CyberForum connects entrepreneurs, founders, creative people, employees from research facilities and institutions, students, business angels and apprentices. It organises workshops and networking events, provides support for startups and companies in all stages of their business development.

Project partner CAS not only presented UNICORN solution and its benefits for business, but also carried out a live session with a demonstration of the UCO dashboard. Participants from numerous companies associated by the CyberForum, were particularly interested in UNICORN’s functionality, increased cybersecurity and privacy, as well as a chance to shorten the time to market when offering solutions in the multi-cloud environment.

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Contest winners meet for the virtual workshop!

Today H2020 project’s UNICORN validation contest winners connected from all parts of Europe to discuss the progress made while using UCO platform.

Their virtual meeting was meant to discuss the status of the platform, 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 work with our technical mentors, from 24th June and 5th July, whereby also 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, technical advise provided.

Check out our #winners adventures in the virtual workshop HERE.

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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.


UNICORN SME workshop @ Nordic Game Conference 2019

UNICORN calls on all SMEs, especially, those in the games industry to uncover UNICORN business benefits! If you offer (or plan to offer) your services on the multiple clouds, UNICORN knows how to do it faster, more secure and with fewer costs!

Join UNICORN’s SME workshop and learn about UNICORN solution + meet your peers and hear their success story! Miikka Lyytikäinen of Aniway has already used UNICORN and is ready to share his company’s experience!

All you need to do is visit The Nordic Game Fast Track on the 23rd of May, which will be opened by UNICORN, with the workshop titled “Surviving Success: Using UNICORN Cloud Infrastructure”.


UNICORN receives the People Award @ the 4th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum

Last week, UNICORN was presented at the 4th Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum, organised by the The Centre for Entrepreneurship of the University of Cyprus, with the support of PwC Cyprus.

UNICORN’s presence was really intense: consortium partner UCY presented UNICORN research activities, published UNICORN poster titled ‘StreamSight UNICORN’ and disseminated communication materials. Involved in the intense discussions with event attendees and participants, UNICORN partners got surprising news in the afternoon when winners of the People’s Award of the Innovation Track were announced. ‘StreamSight UNICORN’ poster prepared and presented by Zacharias Georgiou and Moysis Symonidis was announced the winner!

These are very positive news for UNICORN, which has been finalising its research and development stage and is getting ready to be exploited by the end-users. Therefore, the award at the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forum* marks the promising beginning!


*Innovation and Entrepreneurship Forumhighlights research results with potential for market exploitation and/or societal impact while celebrating entrepreneurial success and bringing together multidisciplinary knowledge from experts and professionals seeking potential research, economic and technological synergies.


UNICORN is going to DockerCon2019, are you?

DockerCon is THE place to be for all of us – developers, IT SME CTOs and just software geeks!

It is one of the largest and best known 3 day technology conferences in the world! Here 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 —from beginner, to intermediate, and advanced users—who are all looking to level up their skills and go home inspired and ready to invest and implement their containerization strategies.

Therefore, UNICORN is not missing the chance! Wanna meet?

Grab your tickets to DockerCon2019 in San Francisco on the 30th of April-2nd of May and HEAD to the UBITECH’s booth where UNICORN will be hosted as well!




UNICORN @ Startup Olé 2019

It has already become a tradition – UNICORN is spotted again at Startup Olé event! With participants from more than 120 countries – it is a chance to address developers from all over the world.

Represented by CINCUBATOR, UNICORN is here, intensively meeting tech start-ups and presenting its solution to the community of developers.

Although the event attracts more than 30.000 attendees, among which almost 1.000 tech start-ups, UNICORN is ready to chat with everyone! Visit our poster at CINCUBATOR’s booth and ask how can UNICORN benefit your business?! We promise to surprise you, explain UNICORN’s solution and offer some exciting opportunities to test the UCO platform. You can meet UNICORN during all the event days – the 26th-28th of March.


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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.


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.


UNICORN Validation contest – the word is spreading!

From Scandinavia to Spain… The word is spreading – SMEs and start-ups offering their services in the multi-cloud environment (or planning to do it in the near future) are now offered to win 10.000 euro + have a chance to use UNICORN platform to that easier and faster + receive the professional guidance from UNICORN technical mentors!

All they need to do is to apply to the UNICORN Validation Contest before the end of February! Find out more information and APPLY HERE.

If you speak Spanish, you can also check what local media has to say about the Validation Contest: JUMP HERE

If you are in gaming industry, read more in Nordic Games Newsletter HERE!

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