From 6 to 8 November, 'ICT2013: Create, Connect, Grow' took place in Vilnius. As one of the biggest events during the Lithuanian Presidency it brought together more than 5.000 people. Next to launching the Horizon 2020 work program, eHealth was discussed. One of our eHealth projects was awarded by the public for having the best exhibition stand.

ICT 2013

At ICT 2013 the latest ICT realities and projects were shown. It was a place for learning, sharing, networking and also inventing new technologies.

Watch the videos to find out what happened these three days here.

Best exhibition stand

Participants could vote for their favourite exhibition stand. They chose the EU-funded eHealth project MD-Paedigree as overall winner.

MD-Paedigree stands for Model-Driven European Paediatric Digital Repository. The project ( brings together (anonymised) clinical information about paediatric patients in a federated Big Data Cloud. This information is then analysed to provide clinicians with personalised prediction, simulation and decision support tools.

The stand displayed a graphical social medical network, the portal to MD-Paedigree’s innovative data storage: an interconnected, dynamic and global map. By interacting with the system via tablets or mobile phones provided on the stand, visitors could identify interesting similarities, use automatic data curation tools, visualise treatment outcomes, personalise simulations, find related journal articles and display animated 3D models.

The demonstration was based on anonymised routine clinical data of over 100.000 patients, extracted from a Europe-wide network of participating medical centres.

News article: "Meet the winners - best exhibitors at ICT 2013"

"Smashing silos, building bridges, exploiting synergies"

The session on how we can smash silos, build bridges and exploit synergies in Europe through ICT was opened by Paul Timmers, DG Connect’s Director for Sustainable and Secure Society.

The Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, spoke about how we can drive modernisation, protection and competitiveness through digital means such as electronic banking, taxation, cyber security, cloud computing and eHealth.

ePrescriptions in Estonia

President Ilves pointed out that while Estonia was poor 15 years ago, by breaking silos through digitalization they managed to have now more than 90% of their banking transactions online, 98% online tax declarations and people can get their medication without any paper using ePrescriptions.

To get there, he highlighted the importance of breaking silos and to create trust around the usage of digital technologies.

"Sharing data across borders is essential to ensure a free flow of information across the EU, however we need to overcome the big problem of trust", he said.

Read the complete news item here.

Horizon 2020

In Vilnius the funding program for research and innovation Horizon 2020 was officially launched. Two pdf documents "FP7 to Horizon 2020: What's new?" and "A guide to ICT-related activities in the Horizon 2020 Work Program 2014-15" came out of this, you can find them below.

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