The ICT event is organised every two years by the European Commission’s Directorate- General Communications Networks, Content and Technology (DG CONNECT). It brings together researchers, policy makers, academia and others from all over Europe. The event offers many opportunities to discuss, experience and showcase results from projects under the EU’s Research and Innovation Framework Programmes.

The event showcased projects and results from the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) that both finished at the end of 2013. It was also a great opportunity for the Commission to introduce its new research and innovation programme Horizon 2020, focusing in particular on its ICT activities.

ICT 2013 took place in Vilnius, Lithuania, and was prepared in close and fruitful collaboration with the Lithuanian Presidency of the EU Council. With more than 5 000 participants, it is clear that there is a real interest out there in DG CONNECT’s activities! From the conference at large, the 153 networking sessions and 186 exhibition stands, we have selected some of particular interest for cloud enthusiasts.


Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015: topics ICT-7, ICT-8 and ICT-9

Two separate sessions presented the scope of the topics, their expected impact and funding instruments foreseen. One session grouped the two cloud topics: ICT-7, “Advanced cloud infrastructures and services”, and ICT-8, “Boosting public sector productivity and innovation through cloud computing services”. A second session addressed topic ICT-9, “Tools and methods for software development”. Both sessions were well attended by the research community.

Chairs of the Cloud Computing Expert Group (Keith Jeffery and Lutz Schubert) also made a presentation on the cloud computing research challenges for the future, while eGovernance Academy Estonia communication coordinator Marit Lani spoke about cloud pre-commercial procurement in the context of the Cloud-for-Europe project. Professor Klaus Pohl, representing the Networked European Software and Services Initiative (NESSI) European Technology Platform, spoke on research challenges for software systems and software engineering.


Conference session “Unleashing the potential of Future Internet & Cloud Computing”

The last day of ICT2013 saw the conference session “Unleashing the potential of Future Internet & Cloud Computing towards a digital single market: technological challenges & essential policies”. The session – which proved a great success – presented how future internet and cloud technologies could leapfrog Europe to innovation and entrepreneurship. Moderated by Mário Campolargo, Director of the Net Futures directorate, the speakers were Wim De Waele – CEO of iMinds; Stephan Fischer – SAP AG, Senior VP of TIP Strategic Innovation; Roberto Saracco – Head of EIT ICT LABS-Trento Node; and via video link from San Francisco, Pascale Vicat-Blanc – CEO of LYATISS. They presented success stories, future technological challenges, current EU policies and barriers to creating a European digital single market for future internet and the cloud. Questions addressed topics such as obstacles and opportunities for the entrepreneurs in Europe, and the innovation potential of open source software.



CumuloNimbo has brought scalability to cloud databases and offered elasticity to cloud users. For ICT2013, CumuloNimbo partnered up with the new FP7 project COHERENTPAAS. Both showcased their apps, which have been tailored for various users: members of the general public interested in cloud computing, scientists interested in cloud scalability with consistency plus ease of use for traditional technologies, and companies interested in exploiting new business opportunities. Visits to the booth helped the teams establish interesting new contacts from all over Europe.



Webinos provides an open source, open governance platform for running web based cross-domain applications. Its ICT2013 booth provided an insight into webinos-based applications from various domains. WebinosTV demonstrated an easy and amusing way to master digital content, while other applications had visitors experiencing home automation, eHealth, eFitness, automotive and smart city solutions. The demonstration booth attracted not only researchers and university representatives but also a huge number of commercial companies. The constant flow of visitors from these different sectors and their interest in cooperation gave the booth a real dynamism.



MobiCloud is developing a European Corporate Appstore. The context-aware application container will be deployed in a smartphone or tablet able to connect securely to corporate systems via a cloud-hosted platform. ICT2013 enabled the team to network with researchers and industrial partners, and to disseminate initial results: a mobile site diary application for the construction industry built in collaboration with Costain (UK) and a suite of workforce apps for the public transport industry built for Tågkompaniet (Sweden). Around 100 visitors expressed interest in following the project’s results and accessing the MobiCloud software development kit. A large Polish construction group signed up for a free trial of the site diary application.



The SOCIETIES project is bridging the gap between the virtual and physical world by enabling the formation of dynamic mobile communities. The team put on a number of demonstrations, from crowd tasking to facial recognition integrated with social networking, disaster management support with the iJacket, and managing a conference experience using the SOCIETIES RELEVANCE app. The team received a great deal of feedback and established new contacts with multiple business sectors, allowing them to identify new potential exploitation routes for the SOCIETIES software.



CloudWATCH is a 24-month Support Action aimed at accelerating cloud adoption across the European Union. Its hub, www., offers practical, independent advice and legal tips, helping people from all sectors understand and evaluate the benefits of cloud. CloudWATCH also fosters interoperability and portability of data to ensure broader choice and fairer competition. The CloudWATCH EU Innovation Cloud Hub, showcased 22 European initiatives on long-term R&D, SME innovation and uptake. The team appreciated the informative networking experience and the way in which people from business and research shared their work in new areas.



The “Open Source Software: Peeking Backstage” brought together a selection of projects, increasing the audience’s understanding of open-source software and informing decision makers about the latest developments in automated measurement and open-source software analysis. Booth visitors were numerous and included delegates from universities, public and private sector from Europe, Canada and Japan.

  • O SSMETER (Automated Measurement and Analysis of Open Source Software used infographics to illustrate facts and statistics on the development, size, use and evolution of popular open source software (e.g. Epsilon, Tomcat, Firefox). The statistics were extracted using tools developed within OSSMETER.
  • The MARKOS (Market for Open Source – An Intelligent Virtual Open Source demo showed off the project’s first prototype, which allows FLOSS developers to search open source forges (collaboration platforms) on the web accurately, filtering by software entity (class, method, package, library etc.), relationships (inheritance, linking etc.) and licence model (reciprocal or academic compatibility with specific licences). Different copies of the same entity are shown only once when used/replicated in different projects. The results also provide information on licence compatibility issues and their root causes.
  • PROSE (A platform for hosting FLOSS projects demonstrated its Software Forge Platform, which will assist the EU ICT community in the development and release of Open Source software. A number of visitors to the PROSE booth committed to evaluating the platform as a project tool for development support and software dissemination.


 (Articles from net-cloud future magazine (2013) - for complete magazine click here)