Call for Experts to attend LAC ICT Expert Group meeting and LAC Spring School in Colombia 2 to 3 September

June 24, 2015

FinCEAL Plus LAC is looking for an expert from a Finnish institution interested in attending the First Annual Meeting of the LAC-ICT Expert Group: "Latin American challenges on future Digital Agendas, Regulations and Funding Mechanisms for EU-LAC cooperation in ICT research and innovation” (Wednesday September 2nd, 2015) & LAC-Living Labs Spring School: "Challenges of open innovation, co-creation and living labs for R&I cooperation between Europe and Latin America” (Thursday September 3rd, 2015) in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, organized by the LEADERSHIP project.

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FinCEAL Plus LAC is looking for an expert from a Finnish institution interested in attending the


First Annual Meeting of the LAC-ICT Expert Group: "Latin American challenges on future Digital Agendas, Regulations and Funding Mechanisms for EU-LAC cooperation in ICT research and innovation"
on Wednesday 2nd September 2015

and

LAC-Living Labs Spring School: "Challenges of open innovation, co-creation and living labs for R&I cooperation between
Europe and Latin America”
on Thursday 3rd September 2015

Organized in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia, by the LEADERSHIP project

The LAC-ICT Expert Group will hold its First Annual Meeting on 2nd September 2015 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia under the theme "Latin America challenges on future Digital Agendas, Regulations and Funding Mechanisms for EU-LAC cooperation in ICT research and innovation”. The LAC-Living Labs Spring School will be held on 3 September 2015 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia under the theme "Challenges of open innovation, co-creation and living labs for R&I cooperation between Europe and Latin America”.

Both events are jointly organised by the LEADERSHIP project and CINTEL – Telecommunications Research Center of Colombia and will take place in the framework of ANDICOM 2015, one of the most renowned ICT congresses in Latin America.

About the LAC-ICT Expert Group meeting on 2nd September:

The LAC-ICT Expert Group is a forum created by the LEADERSHIP project to provide opinions and recommendations to EU-LAC dialogues on ICT R&I cooperation. The Expert Group is composed of 40 members from 10 countries (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Venezuela, Spain and Finland). Its main scope is to coordinate efforts to support a strategy-led approach to policy-making on ICT in Latin America, and to enhance the effectiveness and coherence of EU-LAC research and innovation policies for cooperation in the field of ICT.

The event will consist of two central panels aiming to explore "what is next” in Regulations, Digital Agendas and Funding Mechanisms, setting the basis for a new year of work, analysis, and further strategic recommendations to policy makers in Latin America and Europe; addressing the question of future inputs to move forward in the political dialogue in ICT R&I. Input Papers on the above topics can be consulted at: http://www.leadershipproject.eu/?page_id=3442

About the LAC-Living Labs Spring School on 3rd September:

The LAC-Living Labs Spring School aims to:

  • Strengthen the collaboration, innovativeness, impact and people driven involvement in innovative Living Labs processes among the network of LAC-Living Labs;
  • Identify challenges and areas of common interest for regional and bi-regional collaboration;
  • Train of trainers on participatory open innovation and co-creative methods
  • Provide feedback and input on Living Labs challenges in Latin America to the LAC-ICT Expert Group and to the ICT Working Group of the EU-CELAC Senior Officials Meeting (SOM).
The event will consist of an interactive workshop based on Open Space Technology methodology that includes creativity, problem solving and innovation techniques. The event addresses Latin American and European Living Labs managers and staff, experts in open innovation and co-creation as well as relevant actors from Latin American start-up accelerators and incubators.

About the LEADERSHIP project
The LEADERSHIP project supports dialogues on Europe and Latin America research and innovation (R&I) cooperation in ICT by providing input to bilateral and bi-regional dialogues on Science, Technology and Innovation, thus ensuring continuity and enhancing collaborative ICT R&I in Horizon 2020 and other programs. Find out more at: http://www.leadershipproject.eu/

About ANDICOM 2015
ANDICOM is one of the most renowned ICT congresses in Latin America and, for its 30th edition, the event will present three visions of how ICT will transform the future in the next three decades, framed within three perspectives: the vision of the city, the vision of the industry and the vision of the user. Find out more at: http://andicom.co/

FinCEAL Plus is now looking for an expert based in a Finnish institution (university, university of applied sciences or research centre) to attend these events. The chosen expert will receive a Targeted Travel Grant of max. 2600€ to cover costs related to travel, accommodation and daily allowances.

To apply, please send a short description (no more than one page) detailing your interest in the event, i.e. why do you want to attend, how the events are related to your work and what is the expected benefit of the event for you and your institution. A CV or link to your profile should also be included. The applications should be sent by 31st July 2015 to Kajsa Ekroos, kajsa.ekroos[at]helsinki.fi. Please note that due to the holiday season, any questions related to the events or the Travel Grant can only be addressed if sent by 2nd July at the latest. The selected expert will be notified by 5th August.