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ICT 2013 - Exhibition Concept

The exhibition will link todays' research and innovation with visions for the future. More than 180 exhibits will cover a diverse set of research results and products, ranging from cars and advanced robots to very small components, software, new business or new services.

The exhibits will be organised around 5 thematic themes crossing the different ICT activities in the Framework and the planned activities in Horizon 2020. Within each theme the visitor will be guided through the different stages and types of ICT innovation from the very advanced research (Future Emerging Technology), technology and innovative application developments up to innovative products just entering the market. Live demonstration of results, visual attractive and interactive applications are promoted. An entertaining approach is an asset. 

The exhibits will be grouped in 5 themes:

  1. The digitallly empowered citizen - putting the individual in the centre. "Digital services" for governments and citizens, "Social ICT" addressing ageing, health and inclusion and "Digitally Cocooned" addressing our direct personal environment at home or on the move.
  2. Smart and sustainable cities for 2020+ - putting the city in the centre.  "Smarter cities", "Sustainable cities" optimising natural resources and more "Social cities" where all fit in (old, young, disabled,...) are targeted.
  3. The industry and business for tomorrow - putting the competitiveness of European industry in the centre. "ICT industry", and "ICT for industry" including manufacturing, new ways of work and  new business applications.  This includes also the financial sector and provides room for VC, business angels, crowd funding to promote their activities.
  4. Intelligent Connecting Intelligence - putting networking, interfacing, integration in the centre.  "Future Internet", new ways of "Connecting and using data" and use of the cloud and big data and new ways of "Interfacing" are targeted including the Internet of Things; Machine 2 Machine and human-ICT interaction. It also includes International Cooperation.
  5. Culture, science and creativity - putting content in the centre. Digital science and education, visualisation, new creative tools and cultural heritage. It also includes a special corner for "young people showing the way"  targeting young people and society at large and is also a home for "research projects including artists".

The exhibition will link each of the 5 themes to the Digital Futures - Futurium visions by using the advanced research work within a theme and/or exhibition cluster as an inspirational source to improve the Futurium visions and by retro-fit (back cast) the Futurium long term visions into today's 'impacts/innovations' delivered by Framework projects.

Exhibition - Where Art meets ICT and Futures

The exhibition will be accompanied by an 'art exhibit'.  

The projects already including artists are encouraged to submit exhibits under theme 5 'Culture, Science and Creativity' emphasizing their interaction with art.  The other exhibiting projects will be asked, as part of their dissemination activities, to engage with artists to express their views on the results of their project, presenting a view how these could be projected in the future building upon the long-term visions developed in "Digital Futures"

Stages for artists to perform, to engage in discussions ('collisions') with ICT experts and for storytelling performances will be available and walking tours around the art exhibits will be organised.

Two special villages:

  • A European Commission village will provide information on the DAE, H2020 and other EU-ICT related topics;
  • A Lithuanian village will showcase LT successes. Special emphasis will be given to the Eastern Partnership.  

Exhibitors for the Lithuanian and European village are selected independently.