It is expected that ICT2013 will be opened by the President of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, who will welcome to Vilnius young people from all over Europe looking to a career in ICT, and open the Lithuanian pavilion, showcasing the best of Lithuanian inventors & inventions.
Neelie Kroes, European Commission Vice President for the Digital Agenda will open the ICT2013 conference, a forum for debating the key issues among Europe as a home for innovation and a destination for ICT research.
The ICT 2013 event will be the first opportunity to learn the details of research funding for ICT-related projects under Horizon 2020, the EU's new research program for 2014-2020. The European Commission proposed an €80 billion package for research & innovation funding, as part of the drive to create sustainable growth and new jobs in Europe. Horizon 2020 will support the development of ICT in Science (in future and emerging technologies or e-Infrastructures); in industrial leadership (such as smart systems, robotics, photonics, etc.) and in societal challenges (such as eHealth, eGovernment and eSkills.)
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