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The Bonita in ICT 2010: Digitally Driven

In this year's ICT conference on September 27-29, in Brussels, bonita will be demonstrating their ground-breaking work in driving the Baltic Sea Region (BSR) into a globally recognized region of innovation.

bonita (Baltic Organization and Network of Innovation Transfer Associations), a project under INTERREG IVC, is a network of European universities, science parks, business incubators, industrial actors and local policy makers working closely together to support innovation processes in the BSR.

Since its establishment, bonita has initiated many activities to increase the potential of innovation coming from the BSR by supporting the generation and transfer of technology where it is needed from research and development all the way to commercialization.

In this year's ICT conference in Brussels, bonita will present the major accomplishments of the project so far since its inception: The establishment of a transnational network, the creation of the bonita transfer model, the building of showrooms across the region and the launching of an international coaching and training program.

The Transnational Network

The establishment of bonita has brought together regional leaders of research, technology transfer and innovation from 10 European countries into a single unified network. By creating strong regional cooperation between technology actors, both locally and internationally, bonita has created new and much needed synergies between different kinds of organizations (universities, business incubators, regional authorities, industrial actors, etc.) which will, in turn, be the driving force for the creation of useful and profitable technologies.

The Transfer Model

bonita has also created a transfer model to fulfill need of a universal standard for evaluating how well organizations are able to support technology transfer processes. A universal standard for evaluating transfer readiness of an organization gives organizations who wish to improve their transfer capabilities readily available references to clear and targeted goals. Organizations can also be made aware of which practices or structures they can introduce or improve upon. The process is analogous to the Capability Maturity Model, which has been proven successful globally for over 20 years now.

To create this transfer model, bonita has analyzed and collected various successful and time tested practices from varying fields which, when practiced in an organization, creates the ideal conditions for innovation. Many practices have been adopted from successful examples from bonita network members themselves.

Showrooms

Additionally, work on the bonita showrooms is almost complete. Already, technology showrooms have started to emerge at many of the bonita network member locations: Tampere University of Technology in Finland, Knowledge Lab in University of Denmark, University of Vilnius in Lithuania, TZI in University of Bremen, Germany. Soon these local showrooms will be linked through virtual connections and researchers can present their latest technological developments not only locally but to audiences in every participating country in the BSR, all in real time. Likewise technology-interested groups can look through ground-breaking work being done at member locations.

Coaching and Training

bonita has also begun its extensive transnational coaching and training program. In January this year, bonita has drafted its coaching and training program designed to increase the capabilities of each member organizations through a series of study visits, staff exchanges and learning programs conducted by members of the network, for members of the network. Members of the network would be greatly benefit from the wide spectrum of specialties and experiences of other members. The first training sessions took place in Poznan in June, hosted by bonita network member Adam Mickiewicz University Foundation - Poznan Science and Technology Park, with the next one scheduled to take place in Tampere, Finland on October 2010.

ICT 2010: Digitally Driven

In Brussels, in ICT 2010: Digitally Driven, Europe's premiere forum on research and innovation through information and communication technologies, bonita will be presenting the above mentioned project accomplishments in detail as well as their upcoming plans for the near future. Visitors can personally speak with representatives of bonita member organizations to see what bonita has to offer for their organization or gain insights about bonita's strategies for European regional development.

In addition to this visitors can learn more about the bonita network through the innovative multi-touch table and application that bonita will be showing at the booth. Through latest developments in multi-touch applications, visitors can personally navigate the various parts of the bonita network, and learn more about bonita member organizations.

The multi-touch table also contains the first public look at the bonita transfer model. The tactile experience will allow visitors to better understand the interrelated parts of the transfer model and clearly see how such a transfer model can aid their own organizations.

Bonita network member CDT (Centre for Distance-spanning Technology), within Luleå University of Technology will be bringing a mobile showroom to this conference as well. There, they will present their latest research projects in creating developing tools, business models, and new architecture to allow users, even non-programmers, to develop their own mobile services.

For more information on bonita, the mobile showroom and ICT 2010, please visit see the following links below:

CDT showroom http://www.satinproject.eu/

ICT 2010: Digitally Driven http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/events/ict/2010/index_en.htm

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Baltic Organisation and Network of Innovation Transfer Associations

„Interregional development by turning university research into business value”

Research cooperation as well as knowledge transfer between public research organisations and industry is insufficiently developed within the European innovation system. To develop the Baltic Sea Region into a high-tech region the available scientific knowledge needs to be successfully transferred into practice. Even though universities are important developers of new technologies and products their innovations often are not transferred for commercialization. This can be explained by lack of facilitating structures and underdeveloped commercial mindsets of academic staff. At the same time vast innovation potential of SMEs is not exploited due to missing resources.

The bonita project addresses these deficiencies by bridging the knowledge gaps between universities, laboratories, industrial actors and policy makers. The project consortium represents a mix of institutions responsible for regional technology transfer from 8 countries in the Baltic Sea Region. The project has been financed by the European Union’s Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013 with almost 2 million Euros.