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Our digital future on display - 27/09/2010

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Cutting-edge information and communications technologies are the focus of "ICT 2010 - Digitally driven", held in Brussels on 27-29 September - with exhibitions, conferences and networking for researchers and businesses.

With tremendous potential to transform our daily lives, digital technologies are also of crucial economic importance. Fostering innovation in ICTs is a key part of the EU’s strategy to keep Europe competitive and prosperous.

At ICT 2010, researchers, business executives, investors and policymakers will discuss the future of digital technologies. The event will focus on policy priorities such as Europe's Digital Agenda and EU funding for ICT research and innovation, worth €2.8bn in 2011-12.

The ICT 2010 conferences are particularly useful for small- to medium-sized businesses, with workshops on financing ICT projects, and pitching for and attracting investment. Networking sessions will also help researchers and innovators, engineers and investors to make contact and form partnerships.

Finally, an exhibition with more than 100 stands will present the results of Europe's latest cutting- edge ICT research. Projects include:

- 3D-Coform – working to digitise artefacts and historical sites in 3D as a way of documenting Europe’s cultural heritage.

- Solid State Lighting – powering the development of organic lighting technologies, which are five times more efficient than conventional lighting.

- Kompaï – a robot designed to help ill, disabled or ageing people lead independent lives at home.

- Presenccia – developing virtual reality technologies as a means of teaching amputees how to use a prosthetic limb.

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