Broadband IP Services Conference
On February 26, 2009 in Central Park Hotel in Sofia, Bulgaria the Broadband IP Services Conference took place.
The event was attended by representatives from:
• Information and Communication Technology
• Government Bodies and Associations
• Telecom & Media
• Internet Service Providers
• Content Providers
• Incumbents and Alternative Telecom Operators (fixed and mobile, cable, LAN, WiMAx) and Broadcasters
• Specialized and Business Media
• Enterprise Sector: Banking & Financial, Utility, Government, Retail, etc.
Mr. Peter Statev (ICT Cluster) and Mr. Kamen Rangelov (State Agency for Information Technology and Communications) presented the New Bulgarian Government Strategy for Broadband Access.
Representatives of ICT Cluster participated at the Conference “Clusters in Europe - Do Clusters Drive the Lisbon Process?
Representatives of Bulgarian ICT Cluster attended the conference on clusters, which was held on 26-27 January 2009, in Budapest, Hungary.The event was organized by Hungarian Pole Office.
The objective of the conference was to shape and define the Central European cluster development practice in the light of the recently approved cluster policy of the EU and the best European examples. Furthermore there were discussions on the specific features of the Hungarian cluster policy, the local challenges and the responses to all those.
Special guests of the conference were Senator Peirre Laffitte and Mr. Jean-Daniel Tordjman, Ambassador for competitive clusters in France.
Ms. Anna Naydenova, Project Manager of Bulgarian ICT Cluster, presented cluster’s activities and shared experience in the field of cluster management at the Network Development Section of the second day.
ICT Cluster is a memeber of ACHIEVE MORE Partnership, a joint project funded by the European Commission under Europe INNOVA KIS-Platform
From 27th November 2008 Bulgarian ICT Cluster is a member of The ACHIEVE MORE Partnership. The project is a platform for collaboration of early stage investors, 50 EU business and technology incubators and 15 clusters specialising in accelerating the growth of knowledge intensive service companies in the ICT sector.
ACHIEVE MORE is being developed as part of the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme of the European Commission by nine partners: St John's Innovation Centre (UK), EuConnect Ltd (UK), EBN (Belgium), Innovationsbron (Sweden), Finance Tree (UK), UKBI (UK), Institute for Work & Technology (Germany), Gate Garchinger (Germany) and CERAM Sophia Antipolis Business School (France).
The main ambition of the Partnership is to accelerate growth of knowledge-intensive service SMEs via a new platform called the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Exchange (EIX) that enables its partners to actively:
* Exchange know-how, expertise and better practice in leading-edge incubation
* Learn about innovative coaching tools and methodologies that are proven to accelerate start-up growth globally, whether developed by a member of the network or an organisation outside the Partnership
* Experiment with new models for seed funds attached to incubators and clusters
Conference “Towards E-Municipality – The Digital City” under the patronage of Sofia Municipality
On 25th November 2008, in Sheraton Hotel, Sofia, a Conference on the theme “Towards e-municipality – the digital city” took place. Organizer of the Conference was Foundation “Internet and Law”. Partners of the Conference were: Motorola, Materna Group, VoiceCom, IBSolution, Cisco, ICW, Ericsson, SAP, Bull and Sildex.
The Conference was opened by Mr. Boiko Borisov, Mayor of Sofia City. Mr. Borisov said that two and a half years earlier there was established “one office” in 90 municipalities in Bulgaria. During that time there were none in Sofia. Today, Mr. Borisov said that there is “one office” established in 21-22 of the 24 sections of Sofia.
Mr. Rosen Jelyazkov, Chief Secretary of Sofia Municipality, made a presentation on the theme “Sofia towards a better future using digital services”.
Mr. Jelyazkov described the current condition of Sofia Municipality and accented on the maim problems: lack of quality in serving the citizens and the business representatives and the inefficient spending of the financial resources for implementation of IT projects.
The first steps in order to deal with the problem have been already done:
-Sofia Municipality now has a clear vision how a digital municipality should be developed,
-The first components needed a System of Systems (Integrated Informational System of Sofia Munisipality) to be created are already defined,
-Recruitment of qualified personnel.
Representatives of the Austrian Ministry of Internal Affairs and sector “ E-government” of the Wien Municipality - Mr. Osvald Kesler and Mr. Rinzner were guest-speakers of the conference. They shared the Austrian experience in the development of E-Government. For two years in a row (2006, 2007) Austria kept the firs place in the list of “Best developed e-government” among all 27 EU member states.
Representatives of the Ministry of State Administration and Administrative Reform presented the opportunities municipality’s projects to be financed through Operational Programme Administrative Capacity.
The partners of the Conference made presentations of their e-services that would facilitate the citizens, such as:
-Creation of an unified vision of all websites of the administration (MaternaGroup),
-Creation of “One number for NON-emergency matters” (Cisco),
-Broadband development (Motorola and Ericsson),
-Applying SMS payment system (VoiceCom),
-The advantages of SAP Net Weaver Platform (IBSolution),
-“City card” (BULL),
-Electronic patient’s file/electronic recepies etc. (ICW),
-Traffic optimization using GSM signals (Sildex).
Participation of Mr. Peter Satev – Chairman of ICT Cluster at 4th Annual Competitive Clusters’ Forum and Ministerial Conference on Clusters
On 13-14 November 2008, two very important events, concerning the development of Future European Clusters’ policy took place, in Sophia Antipolice, France - Competitive Clusters' Forum and Ministerial Conference on Clusters.
The 4th Annual Competitive Clusters Forum allowed to discuss the best European cluster and innovation policies in the presence of very numerous leaders.
As a result of the Forum, on December 1st, it is expected, European Commission to propose to the Competitiveness Council of the European Union a real European frame for the support of clusters for validation.
At the Forum, the European Commission was represented by Günter Verheugen, Vice-president in charge of enterprise and industry. In Sophia Antipolis, he first of all reminded that in the last 18 months EU had discussed a lot about clusters and the way forward. And it’s time to act. The key in all cases is to focus on excellence.
Günter Verheugen notably declared that the Commission has no ambition to dictate to the Member States where to invest and on what to specialise. The task is more to show the way for “better cluster policies” and to support Member States’ efforts by using the Community instruments in a more consistent manner in support of clusters.
The European Commission in its communication of October 17th, 2008 entitled " Towards world class-clusters in the European Union: Implementing the broad-based innovation strategy “moreover underlined that " in order to maximise their impact, the relevant Community instruments need to be implemented.
Mr. Peter Statev, Chairman of the Bulgarian ICT Cluster participated at 10th Annual Edition of "Southeast Europe Economic Forum"
"Southeast Europe Economic Forum" is an annual forum that gathers together the economic and political elit of the Region and gives opportunity for integral dialogue between the representatives of the business, administration and international institutions .
The main topics that were disputed this year were devided in 4 panells:
-Global Economic Trends and their Impact on Southeast Europe
-Infrastructure, Construction and Real Estate
-Power Engineering, Energy Efficiency and Environment
Mr. Statev participated at the "Global Economic Trends and their Impact on Southeast Europe" panell during the Business Breakfast that was held on 6th November, 2008 in Sky Plaza Restaurant. He made a presentation about Public Private Partnershipin the context of the development of Broadband Projects during the establishment of the project "Digital Municipality".
Bulgarian Telecommunications Cluster was presented on GITEX'2008
The exhibition took place from 19 to 23rd October 2008 in Dubai. Three companies- member of Bulgarian Telecommunications Cluster presented their products - "Smartcom", "Ecocoms" and "2C- Trifonov & Co". 3 300 companies from 83 countries were participated and presented their products and services . Visitors had the opportunity to experience the latest products and solutions at first-hand from many of the biggest brands in the ICT industry.
"Infosystems'2008" - participation of Telecommunications Cluster's companies
The international ICT exhibition "Infosystems'2008 took place in Thessaloniki, Greece, from 2 to 5 October 2008. Two companies- members of telecommunications cluster were presented and took part at the exhibition.
"Expert Vision" emphasized on its products that are oriented towards clients using Cisco based solutions - for example: Cisco Call Manager and Cisco IP Phone.
"Openintegra" made a presentation of the product "Openeye" - interactive multimedia system that offers a set of features and services to hotel guests and staff