In the region North Netherlands we are looking back with pride to the results of three year collaboration within E-CLIC. The core partnership in our region consisted of the University of Groningen, Faculty of Economics and Business, the Hanze University of Applied Sciences, school of computer science, and Groningen Internet Exchange. These three partners closely co-operated with business companies, health care and educational institutions and the regional and local municipalities. One example of the E-CLIC activities is the development of business processes to create better services for the citizens of the region North Netherlands. E-CLIC Groningen was leader of WP 3 “Development of E-Services” and enabled students to co-operate internationally with universities and businesses all over Europe. Health care organizations, local and regional authorities, cultural organizations like museums and libraries will offer customer friendly and easy to use e-services, based on research being done within the E-CLIC project. Thanks to the transnational collaboration and the Living Lab approach within the project, applications could be tested and evaluated. Some of them have been brought to market already; others will be further developed after the completion of the project. Just a few examples: E-Cab Service, Solar Powered Network Equipment, Parking Guidance, Living Lab Oldambt – Innovative E-Health business processes WiMax Offshore Mesh Communications, Life video streaming.
Next to transnational collaboration between the centres, student and teacher exchange was a clear focus during the project. E-CLIC Groningen organized two big events, one student exchange during the CEBIT in Hannover in March 2010, the other one in Kortrijk during the Multi Mania Conference in May 2011. These two big conferences / exhibitions were highly inspiring learning environments for both, students and teachers. Students from each centre worked together in international teams for three days and presented amazing results.
Subjects of their assignments were:
Green IT – Find out the latest trends in Green IT.
In Motion – Find out the latest trends in IT systems for mobility for consumers. Develop, based on these innovations, a product and business concept/idea that uses a wireless (broadband) communication network to support mobility.
TeleHealth – Find out the latest trends in IT systems for healthcare. Develop, based on these innovations, a product and business concept/idea that uses a latest technologies in broadband communication (wired and/or wireless) to support the needs of personnel in the healthcare. Give special attention to the decrease or increase of usability for the end user (healthcare personnel or patient, disabled or elderly person).
Serious Gaming / Simulation – Find out the latest trends in systems that can be used for serious gaming, e.g. multimedia (sound and video), broadband and multiprocessor systems.
Develop, based on these innovations, a game/simulation and its business case where the participants are on multiple locations.
Public Sector – Find out the latest trends in it systems for the public sector (sound and video).
Develop, based on these innovations, a product and business concept/idea that uses a broadband (wireless) communication network to support mobility in the public sector
The Kortrijk Digital Landscape (e.g. multimedia, interactive landscapes, AR, etc.)
The internet entrepreneur – Develop business models for successful internet entrepreneurship.
The presentations of business ideas, new models of broadband and media use, applications for e-services were of amazing quality. Clearly the international collaboration and the inspiring learning environments have contributed to the development of new e-services and business ideas and broadened the path for future entrepreneurship for these students. Next to these exchanges, with the collaboration between the centres in the North Sea region, E-CLIC has created numerous opportunities for new developments in the broadband and media sector. The objectives of the E-CLIC project, to establish transnational co-operation between business clusters, research institutes, universities and public support agencies in the field of broadband services and media products and to create new market orientated products and services have been definitely fulfilled.