DAY: European Funding Opportunities in ICT projects for municipalities, SMEs and startups

Date: 26 November 2018

Place: Auditorium of the old Palas Hotel. Plaza Puerta del Mar. Alicante.

The development of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) is vital for Europe’s competitiveness in today’s increasingly digitalised world economy.

The digital economy is growing seven times faster than the rest of the economy. But the current fragmentation of the pan-European policy framework hampers its potential. Europe lags behind other countries in terms of fast, reliable and connected digital networks that support our economies and are present at every moment of our private and professional lives. When communicating between countries, European citizens today face different costs, incompatible systems and irregular connectivity across the continent. This hurts all Europe’s citizens, businesses and innovators.

Moreover, although 250 million Europeans use the Internet every day, there are still millions who have never used it. People with disabilities have particular difficulties in enjoying new electronic content and services. More and more everyday tasks are being done online: to participate fully in society we all need more digital skills.

That’s why the EU implemented the Digital Agenda for Europe with the aim of boosting Europe’s economy by exploiting the sustainable economic and social benefits of the digital single market.

To implement these policies, the EU has, among others, more than €20,000 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) that are available for investments in the ICT field during the 2014-2020 funding period. These investments support the Commission’s initiative to create a digital single market, which has an additional growth potential of up to €250 billion.

It is in this context that the Diputación de Alicante organises the day Opportunities for European funding in ICT projects with the following objectives:

Objectives of the conference

To present the main programmes with European funding for projects incorporating Information and Communication Technologies (ICT).
Maximize the raising of European funds for ICT projects in the province of Alicante.
To analyse examples of good practice in ICT-related projects.
To publicise the European Commission’s Digital Agenda for Europe.

Main addressees

Companies, startups, business associations, local and regional authorities, municipal and regional officials, public entities, local associations, local development agents and, in general, civil society involved in the development and implementation of ICT projects.

Date: 26 November 2018

Place: Auditorium of the old Palas Hotel. Plaza Puerta del Mar. Alicante.

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AGENDA

9:00 – 9:30 ACCREDITATION
9:30 – 10:00 INSTITUTIONAL WELCOME

Mr. D. Adrian Ballester. 5th Deputy Chairman of the Alicante Provincial Council and Deputy for Good Governance and European Funds.
H.E. Mr. Luis Barcala. Mayor of Alicante.

10:00 – 10:30 TIC TRENDS IN THE EUROPEAN UNION

Mrs. Montserrat Pardo Bayona. Director of Institutional Relations at Microsoft.

10:30 – 11:00 COMMUNITY FUNDING FOR DIGITISATION

Mr. Juan Manuel Revuelta. General Manager of Finnova.

11:00 – 11:30 COFFEE BREAK
11:30 – 13:30 EXPERIENCES OF EUROPEAN PROJECTS

Alcoy’s Digital Cities Challenge Project.
Pedro Ramiro. Municipal technician.
Kenus Informática. SmartGov Project of the H2020 program. Intelligent government and citizen participation through technology.
Gilberto Martínez. Responsible for European projects.
Vicente Peñalver Camps. Director.
Alicante Chamber of Commerce. Digitalisation programme for SMEs.
Íñigo Gorostizaga. Head of Innocamaras and Tics Chamber Programmes (FEDER)
Instituto Universitario de Investigación de Robótica y Tecnologías de la Información y Comunicación (University of Valencia).
Antonio Garcia Cell. Smart Cities Expert.
Juan José Martínez Durá. Director IRTIC.
Instituto Tecnológico de Informática (ITI).
David Todolí Ferrandis.

14:00 CLOSING SESSION

Mr. Juan Riera. President of the Alicante Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Adrian Ballester. 5th Deputy Chairman of the Alicante Provincial Council and Deputy for Good Governance and European Funds.

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