The European Commission launched this week a report which addresses the challenges for the future of Europe regarding innovation and research.

The European Commission event took place in Brussels
The European Commission event took place in Brussels

Over 700 scientists, business leaders and policy makers have gathered this week in Brussels at the conference Research and Innovation – Shaping Our Future, where competitiveness, productivity and value generation were some of the key topics on discussion.

The report, entitled LAB – FAB – APP: Investing in the European Future We Want was initiated by an independent group of leading experts chaired by Pascal Lamy, President Emeritus of the Jacques Delors Institute. The document highlights the idea that part of Europe’s success is due to research and innovation as two thirds of economic growth achieved in the last two decades by industrialised countries are attributed to investments in this area. The document included 11 recommendations that focused on maximising the impact of EU investments in research and innovation in order to increase prosperity and solve the biggest societal challenges on the continent.

Apart from being pretty much focused on policies and research budgeting propositions, the recommendations address some of the Sustainable Development Goals such as education and human rights.

The 11 recommendations for the future of innovation are as follows:

*1. Prioritise research and innovation in the EU while taking them into account in national budgets, with emphasis on a doubling of the budget covering post-2020 EU research and innovation programme

  1. Build a true EU innovation policy that creates future markets

  2. Educate for the future and invest in people who will make the change

  3. Design the EU R&I programme for greater impact

  4. Adopt a mission-oriented, impact-focused approach to address global challenges

  5. Rationalise the EU funding landscape and achieve synergy with structural funds

  6. Simplify further, privilege impact over process

  7. Mobilise and involve citizens

  8. Better align EU and national R&I investment

  9. Make international R&I cooperation a trademark of EU research and innovation

  10. Capture and better communicate impact*

For Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, “Research and Innovation make a big difference to enhancing productivity, boosting competitiveness and tangibly improving our quality of life. Europe is a global scientific powerhouse, but we need to better reap the benefits of this knowledge by turning it into value for the economy and society through innovation.”

Horyou is the Social Network for Social Good, which connects, supports and promotes social initiatives, entrepreneurs, and citizens who help the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to build a more harmonious and inclusive world. We invite you to Be the Change, Be Horyou!

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Science x Kickstarter Hackathon was held Feb. 28 and March 1 at the New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. The weekend was dedicated to collaboration among scientists, artists, designers and writers, and bringing those ideas to life. Kickstarter is a website to help fund creative projects through pledges and donations.

At this particular event, there were 16 projects that people could sign up for to help support a team in need. On Saturday, all 16 teams presented their projects:

Horyou found it interesting to learn about the projects and how dedicated the team members are to their success. With the help of Kickstarter and participants of this event, we hope to see these projects flourish and gain the exposure they need. Screen Shot 2015-03-06 at 3.12.00 PM “We’re delighted by the diversity of the projects that were selected for this event,” said Francois Grey, coordinator of the Citizen Cyberscience Centre. “There’s everything from artificial intelligence for sorting trash to laser cooling for detecting antimatter, and from studying the genetics of beer to GPS-enabled harnesses for rescue and mine-sniffing dogs. (Citizens Cyberscience Centre)”

Thank you to Francois Grey from CERN for inviting us to this fantastic event.

Lift Conference 2015

Written by Dearbhla Gavin

Feb. 4 — The Lift Conference is known as being one of Europe’s key gatherings for innovation and technology. Horyou team members Dearbhla, Cintia, Lucas and Vincent attended the three-day event, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland. Cintia and Vincent manned the Horyou booth, ready to engage with those in attendance.

Horyou values interacting with individuals and organizations across all disciplines, and we certainly learned a lot from the diverse crowd at the conference. There were journalists, representatives of non-profit organizations, entrepreneurs, major companies, students and other people interested in using technology for the greater good. Audience

Now in its tenth year, Lift got off to a remarkable start with “The Woman’s Touch,” its first workshop. Ha Lam, co-founder and chief executive of travel platform Triip, described the difficulties confronting her as a female entrepreneur. Growing up in Vietnam, she faced many obstacles to seeing her dreams become a reality. Two female entrepreneurs who spoke during "The Woman's Touch" Alexandra Gamarra, founder of Usetime, which measures employee productivity, also discussed her struggles as a female CEO. However, she stressed that everyone has the same amount of hours in a day, making anything possible.

In another workshop, serial entrepreneur Cornelius “Conny” Boersch spoke of an incredible positive change in statistics for startup companies: Their failure rate has plummeted from 60% to 20%. This provided a backdrop to the final event of Seedstars World, a competition among startups in emerging markets. The stage was filled with entrepreneurs from every demographic brought together by their shared beliefs and desire to act on their dreams.

The second day of the Lift Conference restored faith in the notion that the business world is willing to listen to customers and rethink corporate practices. As consumers are becoming more environmentally friendly, for example, many businesses are adapting to accommodate them. The Horyou team spoke with Altitude Marketing, which has re-engineered its business model in response to the changing social consciousness of its clients. Altitude now offers advertising and marketing solutions with a whole new philosophy of social responsibility and sustainability in mind.

This idea was echoed in a separate discussion on how even the financial world is going through a reformation in both internal regulations and external social awareness.

Lift concluded with a workshop on social development hosted by Alexandre Fasel, UN Ambassador Permanent Representative of Switzerland. Lift Conference Dearbhla explained to participants how Horyou can promote social change and be used to increase the visibility of actions around the world that are making a positive impact on society. The representatives of the various industries in attendance, as well as Mr. Fasel, were very receptive to Horyou’s commitment to social good.

Although Lift is a technology conference, its attendees are incredibly diverse. It is clear that all kinds of people are embracing a socially positive way of living as well as the technology that will facilitate its proliferation. The Horyou team left the conference enlightened about the developments in social good across all industries and reinvigorated to continue with our work.

Countless people across the world are acting on their dreams to make the world a better place, and Horyou is here to give them a voice. Vincent

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