ICT INNOVATION CLUSTER

ICT INNOVATION CLUSTER Boo Games
FROM: Piemonte, Italy
KEYWORDS: 2007
DURATION: 5,8 millions €
INDICATIVE COST: EU funds – ERDF
FUNDING: 5,8 millions €
FOCUS: ict sector, including project for the game sector
The ICT Innovation Cluster is a network of excellence that has 161 members (June 2013), coordinated by the Torino Wireless Foundation as managing authority.
The members belong to three different categories: the companies, with the presence of both large organizations, with reference to the ICT sector and the local area, and medium and small companies, able to express innovative dynamism and awareness in investing in development paths; the universities and research institutes, with the direct participation of all the Piedmont universities and private research Institutes with reference to ICT technologies; the key innovation supporting players in supporting innovation in the ICT sector, from the creation of technological enterprises to technologies and infrastructures for data transfer and processing. As a steering organization, Torino Wireless promotes company collaboration on innovative projects, analyzes company needs in terms of specific innovation services and organizes networking activities to define the Pole’s strategic agenda and yearly plan of activities to be approved and financed by the Regional Government of Piedmont.
The creation of the poles is closely linked to the law - the Regional Law 4/2006 - which establishes the “Regional System for Research and Innovation”.
Piedmont is one of the first regions in Italy to adopt a law on research. The purpose of the Law is to organize, promote and coordinate the Regional System for Research and Innovation within the European Research Area.
The objectives of the Act are three:
1 - The promotion of research and innovation
2 - The consolidation of the research system
3 - The systematic assessment of the effects
SPECIFIC GOALS
• to stimulate the request for innovation, while promoting the outlining of technological and strategic problems (logistical, planning and marketing ones) to be faced jointly
• to support the exchange of knowledge and the inter-sector technology transfer
• to enhance the participation of SMEs into the local and international research networks
• to promote the investments in R&D infrastructures and activities
• to support the human resources mobilisation among the enterprises, or among the research system and the enterprises including the attraction of highly qualified human resources
• to promote the access of cluster member SMEs to EU funds in the fields of R&D and innovation
• to train and mentor cluster member SMEs by answering their specific needs (technological and managerial competences)
• to promote entrepreneurship
• to promote cluster member SMEs internationalization through joint promotion and marketing activities
MAIN NEEDS MET by the GP
NETWORKING & CLUSTERING
• face jointly technological and strategic problems (logistical, planning and marketing ones)
R&D, EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
• promote innovation and technology transfer
• enhance the SME participation to local and international research networks
• support the exchange of knowledge and the inter-sector technology transfer
MARKET ACCESS
• facilitating and speeding access to market
• promote internationalization through joint promotion and marketing activities
BUSINESS ENTREPRENEURIAL SUPPORT
• promote entrepreneurship
• train and mentor SMEs as for technological and managerial competences
FINANCE & FUNDING
• facilitating and speeding access to finance (regional and international funding) and to EU funds in the fields of R&D and innovation
TRANSFERABILITY AND SUCCESS FACTORS
The ICT INNOVATION CLUSTER policy is a good example of a public innovation policy that creates a dedicated network on specific topics, facilitating research funds and tendering processes, highlighting the specific skills of the different types of entities involved, creating economies of scale and acting as a facilitator for the companies involved.
Even if the focus is not the game sector, the ICT INNOVATION CLUSTER is relevant for the game sector, because it can contribute to creating for game industry the same conditions provided to ict industries. The main objective is to create a network between different institutions / enterprises and sharing knowledge and funding opportunity
Conditio sine qua non for creating a network like the ICT Innovation Cluster is a pre existing collaboration or at least an intention of collaboration between entities of different types, such as research and industry
QUOTATION
The video game industry has a great potential that should be encouraged through the creation of specific instruments and the model of development adopted by the other innovation pole could be used to create one dedicated to video games. The most promising field in my experience is definitely the simulation games for health. Perhaps there will be huge markets in Italy but surely there is room for growth and you can do and must do a wide dissemination activity on certain types of video games, especially in the area of serious games. The biggest challenge is probably related to technology scouting activities that must be done to see if there are actually skills, to what extent and direct them. This definitely research institutions have a key role and must make an exchange of knowledge between them.” Gianmarco Piola, Torino Wireless
FURTHER DETAILS
OWNER OF THE PRACTICE: Torino Wireless www.torinowireless.it
REFERENCE PERSON: Pasquale Marasco; pasquale.marasco@torinowireless.it
WEBSITE: www.poloinnovazioneict.org ;www.regione.piemonte.it/innovazione/poli-di-innovazione.html
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