Recognition for Europe's most outstanding startups, high-potential innovators and the best stands at ICT 2015: Innovate, Connect, Transform

ICT 2015, the EU's biggest digital research event, has put the spotlight on Europe's most promising innovations, companies and projects. Company Broadbit from Slovakia won the Innovation Radar Prize for its intelligent battery technology developed within an EU funded project. TripRebel, CEO Carlos Borges, was named best European startup 2015 in the Tech All Stars competition. Companies Obergudt, Vegs in touch, and Siibii have secured a share of €40,000 funding from successful pitches in the FIWARE Smart Urban Farming Challenge. Finally the conference award section recognised the most impressive exhibition stand to be  USEMP User Empowerment for Enhanced Online Presence Management. For more details and highlights of ICT 2015 see the youtube playlist.
 

Innovation Radar

The winner, announced today by Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT at ICT 2015 in Lisbon, is Broadbit, a company from Slovakia who has developed an innovation that improves battery autonomy and cost. The runner up of the prize was Verified Systems, a company from Germany who has developed an innovation that aims to eliminate software bugs.
The Innovation Radar is a European Commission initiative to enhance the market impact of innovations developed in EU funded Research & Innovation projects, and to support the innovators behind those innovations to fulfil their market potential. Fourteen innovators from around Europe – whose innovations cover a wide range of markets from language technologies to data management to green IT solutions to intelligent textiles - were shortlisted for the prize. The winner was selected through (a) a public vote on the Euronews website (open until 19 October 2015); (b) votes from delegates attending ICT 2015; and  (c) a panel of 3 judges who assessed the innovators on the basis of a 3 minute pitch they delivered at a special pitching session at ICT 2015. Find out more with this short video

Tech All stars

The TechAllstar start-up competition aims to raise the public profile of entrepreneurship in Europe, as part of the European Commission's Startup Europe initiative. The competition connected 12 of the best European startups with the resources they need to drive their businesses to the next stage of growth and massively scale up. The competition was fierce for the 2015 title. Carlos Borges (@cbgf), CEO of Triprebel, an online hotel and accommodation provider,  impressed the judges at a final pitching session earlier this year and took home the trophy and title of best European startup 2015.


FIWARE Smart Urban Farming Challenge
3 companies, Obergudt, Vegs in touch , and Siibii won a share of €40,000 funding for their solutions for smart urban farming. About 58% of the world's population reside in urban areas. ICT can play pivotal role in helping urban farmers to use space, energy, water, nutrients efficiently and reuse or recycle heat, water, CO2, waste or by-products from urban sources (e.g. industry, households) for horticultural production such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, sprouts, mushrooms, algae, ornamental trees and plants. The companies used building blocks from the FIWARE open service platform to build their proposals. Over the last year, more than 1000 startups, SMEs or entrepreneurs across Europe have benefitted from the FIWARE Accelerator which reaches out to young entrepreneurs to encourage them to develop innovative services based FIWARE technologies. Video about the Fiware challenge and prizes here


ICT 2015 exhibition prizes

The ICT 2015 exhibition featured over 100 best-in-class results of European ICT Research & Innovation. People attending the exhibition voted for the stand exhibiting the highest potential technology solution.
The winner of the best exhibition stand was USEMP User Empowerment for Enhanced Online Presence Management. This EU-funded project aims to make users of social media more aware of the use and sharing of personal data.
ICT 2015 participants also voted for the best stands in each one of the 3 exhibition themes:

  • The winner for the innovate theme was the Human Brain Project.
  • The winner for the connect theme was no one left behind, which demonstrated an app which allows teenagers to create their own games, animations or interactive videos, directly on their phones or tablets, thus gaining experience in game creation.
  • The winner of the Transform theme was Rockin Monarch, which showcased two projects developing robots to support humans in domestic and industrial tasks and also in hospitals.

If you missed the award ceremony, check out this video to see the happy winners.
Participants were encouraged to take pictures using the #ICT2015 conference hashtag and share them on Instagram. The pictures were exhibited on the Instagram wall in the exhibition center and the best picture received an award. The ICT 2015 Instagram award went to Suleyman Demirel University

Background

On 20-22 October some of the most important European players in ICT, the excellence of EU universities and research centres – including Nobel Prize laureates  and up and coming SMEs and start-ups -  gathered in Lisbon to discuss how to make a fully digitised economy and society a reality in Europe. The event demonstrated that Europe can innovate and stay at the leading edge of knowledge and technologies and transform knowledge and innovations into successful business opportunities. For many participants it was also an opportunity to connect and network in order to build the winning teams for the future.
Commissioners Oettinger (responsible for Digital Economy and Society) and Moedas (responsible for Research, Science and Innovation) as well as the Portuguese President welcomed more than 5000 ICT professionals. The most relevant initiative to strengthen the position of Europe in the digital economy, the Digital Single Market Strategy, was the focus of the discussions.
The interactive exhibition at the Centro de Congressos de Lisboa showcased over 100 best-in-class results of European ICT Research & Innovation projects. Visitors explored advanced products from individual companies that started, have grown and benefited from European funding, and much more. Many results were shown to the public for the first time! New technologies and real life applications will be on display showing how advanced ICT Research& Development & Innovation could contribute towards a better digital future in Europe and beyond. Partners from all over the world cooperating with Europe were in the International village and the best Portuguese ICT results were showcased in a dedicated Portuguese village. In addition visitors could find out more about European Commission main digital initiatives in the European village