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28 May-2012

ICT Cluster established award for “Young talents” 2012 competition

National competition “Young talents” has been leaded since 1999. It encourages the youths who have potential and interests in the field of science, scientific researches and innovations. Competition is part of Ministry of Education Youth and Science initiatives for support of development of young scientific talents in Bulgaria. National coordinator for conducting of this competition is department “Science” of Ministry of Education Youth and Science.
This year the ceremony took place in Center for training students for olympics on 19 May. As partner organization to this competition, ICT Cluster established and bestowed a prize and charter to winning project: “Modern steward” of Lyubomir Qnchev and Hristo Stoianov team from Privet high school “Erih Kestner” in Sofia.

Participants, classified on the first three positions, will take part in the European competition for young scientist in Bratislava, Slovakia during September 2012:

  • First position and amount of 1000 leva, provided by the ministry, won project “Modern steward” of Lyubomir Qnchev and Hristo Stoianov team from Privet high school “Erih Kestner” in Sofia.
  • Second position and amount of 900 leva, provided by the ministry, won project “Relate2Spot” with authors Dimitur Vuldjev and Ivan Stefanov.
  • Third position and amount of 800 leva, provided by the ministry, won Prolet Lazarova with her project “Over a new geometric figure”.

Teams, classified on forth and fifth positions in this competition, will present their projects on European youth scientific exposition “EXPO SCIENCE EUROPE” 2012 in Tula, Russia on July 2012.

The other partner organizations – British Council Bulgaria, Bulgarian-American Commission for Educational Exchange “Fulbright”,  University of chemical technology and metallurgy, Technical University of Sofia, Bulgarian associations of software companies (BASSCOM), Telerik, SAP LABS Bulgaria etc. – also gave awards to participants in the competition.

14 May-2012

ИКТ Клъстер подкрепя професионалния конкурс "Български награди за уеб" 2012

Българска уеб асоциация стартира на 7 май четвърто издание на професионалният конкурс Български награди за уеб (www.webawards.bg). Основната цел на конкурса е да поощри професионализма в уеб, като стимулира добрите практики. Български награди за уеб ще бъде активно популяризиран сред медии, представители на бизнеса, държавни институции и фирми, свързани с ИКТ сектора.

В издание 2012 на конкурса ще могат да се подават проекти и в нова четвърта група – Маркетинг награди за уеб, освен към съществуващите досега: Браншови награди за уеб, Медийни награди за уеб и Професионални награди за уеб.

Категориите на основните групи са обновени:

  • в Професионалните награди за уеб са добавени категории: Мобилно уеб приложение, Сложен за реализация проект, Социална мрежа, Най-добър корпоративен или продуктов сайт, Най-добър сайт в категория онлайн бизнес, StartUp.
  • В Медийни награди за уеб е включена категорията Блог
  • В Маркетинг награди за уеб е добавена категория Приложение за социални медии

Освен грамотите-награда за победителите във всяка категория, тази година организаторите на Конкурса ще връчат много нови и интересни награди:

  • Голяма награда „Най-добър сайт на браншовото жури“
  • Голяма награда „Интернет медия на годината“
  • Голяма награда „Уеб агенция на годината“
  • Голяма награда „Най-добър сайт на професионалното жури“
  • Голяма награда „Интернет маркетинг агенция на годината“

Регистрациите стартират в сайта на конкурса www.webawards.bg от 7 май до 10 юни, а само в периода до 20 май, ще ползвате 20 % отстъпка!

Официалната церемония по награждаването ще се проведе в хотел Арена ди Сердика на 28 юни от 19.00 часа.  
Участвайте в професионалният конкурс за уеб у нас, организиран от Българска уеб асоциация!

Платинен спонсор на конкурса е SuperHosting.BG.
Сребърен спонсор на конкурса е Телерик АД.
Материален спонсор на конкурса е Изи Онлайн АД.
Конкурс Български награди за уеб 2012 се провежда с подкрепата на: Баском, БАИТ, АСТЕЛ, Фондация “Клъстер информационни и комуникационни технологии”, Фондация „БГ Сайт”, Национален съвет по саморегулация в рекламата, Shark, ESI CENTER BULGARIA, Българската Aсоциация на Pекламодателите
Официални медийни партньори на конкурса: Дарик Уеб, Списание .net, NEG.BG, socialevo.net, еАкадемия
Медийни партньори на конкурса: Програмата Медия Груп, azcheta.com, bgreklama.bg, blitz.bg, bgmaps.com, mypr.bg, noema.bg, Jobtiger.bg, actualno.com, expert.bg, iwoman.bg, comfort.bg, tvtv.bg, capital.bg, dnevnik.bg, jobs.bg, newtrend.bg

За допълнителна информация:
Преслава Илиева
Технически асистент
тел: 02 9166815, 9522227, 0886 700 377
info@bwa.bg; www.bwa.bg
http://www.facebook.com/bg.web

2 May-2012

Training workshops "Innovations in ICT Sector and Embedded Systems & Industrial Informatics"

Training workshops "Innovations in ICT Sector and Embedded Systems & Industrial Informatics" will be held in 6 cities - Bourgas, Varna, Ruse, Veliko Turnovo and Gabrovo. The events are organized by ICT Cluster and Foundation for New Bulgarian University within the project I3E, financed by South East Europe Programme. First event will be held on 24 April at Bourgas Free University. Training workshop will be held in at Technical University - Varna on 25 April 2012.

24 Apr-2012

NATIONAL ECOSYSTEM FOR THE SUPPORT OF INNOVATIONS AND ENTERPRENEURSHIP– Results after the round table

As a result of the organized conference and round table NATIONAL ECOSYSTEM FOR THE SUPPORT OF INNOVATIONS AND ENTERPRENEURSHIP on 22 February 2012 the non government organizations: ICT Cluster, BASSCOM, BAIT, BWA and ASTEL have sent a letter to: the Prime Minister Mr. Boiko Borisov, the Bulgarian President Mr. Rosen Plevneliev, Minister of Education, Youth and Science Mr. Sergei Ignatov, Minister of Regional Development and Public Works Ms. Lilana Pavlova, Minister of Labor and Social Policy, Mr. Totio Mladenov and Ministry of Economy, Energy and Tourism.

 

23 Apr-2012

ИКТ бранша - изисквания към образованието

По време на първата среща на обединената работна група на ИКТ индустрията по образованието всички присъстващи се съгласиха, че има нужда да се дефинират „черно на бяло“ изискванията на ИКТ бизнеса (качествено и количествено) към образованието в България.
 
Една от стъпките, които трябва да се предприемат в тази посока, е да се изгради общ модел на длъжностите и компетентностите. Тъй като тази задача е много амбициозна и обширна, БАСКОМ иска да стартира дефинирането им в сферата на софтуерния бранш, като с течение на времето го разшири с друга ИКТ специфика.
 
В тази връзка, в края на месец Май т.г. (29.05.2012) БАСКОМ ще организира работна конференция, в която ще покани да се включат представители на софтуерните компании, съвместно с които в рамките на един работен ден да изгради този модел. 

По-долу можете да намерите покана за участие в работната конференция.

За въпроси и потвърждаване на участие можете да пишете на: offiice (at) basscom.org

17 Apr-2012

Detailed information about the winners of the European Seal of e-Excellence2012 is now available on-line

An on-line brochure with detailed information about each of the winners of the Seal of e-Excellence 2012 is now available on-line. The PDF document contains information about the winners' company website, country of origin, key activities and a detailed company/product profile.

The European Seal of e-Excellence rewards ICT and Digital Media companies with an excellent track record in innovation marketing. Awarded annually since 2003 by EMF and its Partner Organisations, including ICT Cluster, the Seal is widely known for distinguishing companies with innovative products&services and outstanding marketing.

For more information visit the site of E-Seal:

http://www.seal-of-excellence.org/winners2012

14 Mar-2012

ICT Cluster will participate as Intermediary Organization in Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programme in 2013

Foundation ICT Cluster is an intermediary organization in Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs Programe since 2009 - the pilot project of the programme. The foundation will continue its participation in 2013 in consortium "3E II"

The online registration form for HE and NE is available on the programme website: www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu

12 Mar-2012

European Seal of e-Excellence 2012 - Winners Announced on 6 March 2012 CeBIT, Hannover

The Winners of the European Seal of e-Excellence 2012, the prestigious European and global Award honouring ICT and digital media companies with an excellent track record in innovative marketing, were announced on 6 March 2012 at CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.

Awarded annually by EMF – The Forum of e-Excellence and its Partner Associations, the European Seal of e-Excellence is widely known for promoting companies in the digital field with:

  • Innovative products and services, and
  • Excellent marketing practices to promote them.

2012 is a special year for the Seal:It is 10th anniversary. The Seal is increasingly gaining recognition and becoming a major focal point not only for Europe’s most successful digital media companies, in term of products and services, but also in terms of marketing.

There are two Bulgarian companies that were awarded this year: Musala Soft – 2012 Platinum Seal winner and ICB InetrConsult – 2012 Silver Seal Winner. For ICB InterConsult Bulgaria the award was received by Mr. Stoian Boev, Managing director, cofounder of the Foundation ICT Cluster and member of the board of managers of the foundation.

For the first time, there are 5 winners from China. This is an important step forward towards collaboration with emerging economies that started already years ago with Indian winners, and continued last year with winners from Brazil, Argentina and Mexico.

For more information, please visit:
http://www.seal-of-excellence.org/winners2012

 

1 Mar-2012

CONFERENCE AND ROUND TABLE NATIONAL ECOSYSTEM FOR SUPPORT OF INNOVATIONS AND COMPETITIVENESS

Conference and round table National Ecosystem for Support of Innovations and Competitiveness was held on 22 February 2012 in Sofia, Grand Hotel Sofia. The event was financed and it is within the framework of a project I3E SEE Promoting Innovation in the Industrial Informatics and Embedded Systems Sectors through Networking.

The conference was organized by a foundation ICT Cluster with a cooperation of all organizations in ICT area: ASTEL, BAIT, BASSCOM, BWA and Foundation for New Bulgarian University. Participants in the conference and the round table were representatives of the state administration, academia and the business.

The aim of the event was to open a public debate and to put accent on the problem that there is a lack of public ecosystem supporting and encouraging the innovations in Bulgaria. There are no funds for venture capitals supporting talents and people with innovative approach yet.

The participants in the forum point out that a big part of the companies in ICT sector are export-oriented, which means that even in crises time they achieve a high growth of their business. However, companies from well developed countries, where the society recognize the innovation as something very important for its progress, penetrates faster on the global market. Such countries provide public and private funds to create conditions for establishing of innovations and supporting their market realization.
 
The participants discern clearly the fact that even if Bulgarian companies have a good market realization on their own our economy faces one big problem: our country is not recognized as a place for high technology business. This results in market predominance of companies with well known brands. The fact that Bulgaria is still not recognized as a high technology destination and a place with traditions in innovations and development of technologies leads to following circumstance: Bulgarian companies sell their products at a lower price than if they had been branded correctly.

The conclusion of the discussion was that the three main factors that could have influence upon the situation – administration, business and science - should define accurately the current problems. The point of view of all participants in the triple helix must be heard and after this an adequate legislative and administrative measures must be offered to the state administration. This will make our country to be more effective and competitive in the global economy.

29 Feb-2012

Foundation “ICT Cluster” organised workshop in the framework of the project IMAGINE in partnership with Agenzia per lo Sviluppo dell'Empolese Valdelsa

Foundation “ICT Cluster” organised a workshop within the project IMAGINE in cooperation with Agenzia per lo Sviluppo dell'Empolese Valdelsa. The subject of the workshop was "IMAGINE a Future for the Cluster Approach". IMAGINE - Innovations for a "Made Green in Europe” is financed by European Commission within the framework of a Program Competitiveness and Innovations - Eco-Innovation Market Replication Initiative.

Participants in the workshop were experts from the state administration and representatives from clusters in the area of industry and textile. Representative of Foundation “ICT Cluster” has made a presentation about the activities of the foundation and projects that it is involved. Representatives from Association “Srednogorie, Med Industrial Cluster” and Specialized Cluster “Institute of Clothing and Textile – Danube” from Bulgaria have also made presentations.
The Italian Partners represented the main aims of the project which are relevant to promote the environmental innovation for the organizations operating in various phases of the fashion supply chain in small and medium enterprises.

The event took place in Sofia, Grand Hotel Sofia on 21 February 2012.

For more information visit the following website: http://www.projectimagine.eu/info.

29 Feb-2012

Mr. Todor Raykov has successfully completed his exchange of experience in Finland within the program “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs”

The New Entrepreneur Mr. Todor Raykov, founder of Ray Consulting Ltd, has successfully completed his exchange of experience in Finland  within the program “Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs”.

He spent more than one month in Finland at the company “MHG Systems Oy” managed by Mr. Seppo Huurinainen. During the stay NE was acquainted with the HE's products and work style.

The stay at Mr. Huurinainen’s company changed greatly Todor’s perception of how business should be conducted.

Mr. Raykov made a detailed research about the market demands in Bulgaria for the HE's services.

Both entrepreneurs considered the exchange as a fruitful cooperation and established a partnership for further common projects.

Success story of Mr. Todor Raykov

14 Feb-2012

Conference and round table “National Ecosystem for Innovation and Competitiveness support” took place on 22 February 2012 at Grand Hotel Sofia.

The event was organized by Foundation ICT Cluster with the support of BAIT, Basscom, Foundation for New Bulgarian University and Bulgarin Web Association.
The main aim of the event was to provoke a public dialog for the creation and development of a working ecosystem for innovation in Bulgaria.
In the conference participated representatives of the state administration, universities and business.