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Be Wiser Partner CIT Presents V-LINC at TCI Conference

Be Wiser Partner CIT Presents V-LINC at TCI Conference

Published on: Thursday, 13 November 2014

Monterrey/Mexico, 13.11.2014

Dr John Hobbs (CIT) was one of speakers at the 17th TCI Global Conference which took place from 10‐13th November 2014 in Monterrey, Mexico.

Under the theme of ‘Creating shared value through clusters for a sustainable future,’ the 17th TCI Global Conference addressed the question of how clusters contribute to creating shared value among organizations and in regions and communities. TCI connects committed officials from government agencies that aim to support innovation and competitiveness with dynamic people working in and for companies in cluster organisations that are close to the market. The target of the conference was to illustrate in a practical way how innovative clusters can play a key role in the creation of shared value for economies and societies. The future economic, social and environmental development depends on the capacity of organisations to operate under a model of ‘across‐theboard value’ creation. The role of clusters supporting this effort and thus the importance of crosscluster cooperation will be critical in order to have a satisfactory long‐term outcome. The exchange of views on this issue was one of the main aspects of the conference.

Our Be Wiser partner, Dr John Hobbs showed the importance of the tool V‐LINC (Visualisation of Linkages in Networked Clusters) by demonstrating the analysis of the ICT Cluster Ecosystem in Cork, Ireland as practical example. “TCI, provided an opportunity to showcase the results of the Cork ICT analysis, and context for how V‐LINC will support the Be Wiser project. The positive feedback received and interest in the V‐LINC was enormous. I hope that the global connections I have made with cluster practitioners, policy‐makers, business executives and academics through TCI can be further developed as part of our Be Wiser internationalization strategy.”

Furthermore, in terms of cluster engagements the software C2C session was an ideal opportunity to share information and develop relationships on behalf of the Be Wiser member clusters with software focused clusters from Colombia, Mexico and the USA. Dr Hobbs believed “C2C was an excellent session where it seems that many of the same difficulties and challenges faced by these international clusters are discussed by the Be Wiser partners through their policy roundtable reports. The cluster labs sessions were extremely interesting as they were designed to provide participants an opportunity to interact with and immerse themselves in cutting edge topics related to cluster development, such as Cluster Ecosystems Analysis and Management 3.0 for cluster management which have relevance to best practice polices for the Be Wiser JAP.”

CyberForum’s best in class approach to ‘How does Innovation work?’ was presented at TCI through a session entitled ‘Cluster as a tool to create global innovation winners and increase competitiveness’ where work developed by Tamara Hoegler was presented by Camilla Christensen from Lund University Open Innovation Centre. “Isolated projects, initiatives and clusters lose a huge part of their innovation potential. CyberForum lives and practices its mission statement ‘Connect. Combine. Cooperate.‘ every single day, bringing together different actors, sharing knowledge, experience and information and thus enabling a real innovation boost. Sharing ideas means also getting new ones!” said Hoegler.

The benefits of the TCI conference continue to still forthcoming as Dr Hobbs trip has been extended through one of the networking sessions produced an invitation to give a presentation at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s, Martin Trust Center for Entrepreneurship to share V‐LINC results and its inputs into BeWiser project whilst on his return to Ireland.

For further information on V‐LINC, enquiries to:
Dr John Hobbs
Department of Management & Enterprise,
Cork Institute of Technology, Bishopstown, Cork, Ireland.












Dr John Hobbs and BobBreault pictured at the TCI Global Conference, Monterrey, Mexico


About Be Wiser

Be Wiser (Building Enterprises – Wireless and Internet Security in European Regions) is a 36 month project funded under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Commission. It involves twelve partners from seven European countries and aims to strengthen the research, innovation potential and global competitiveness of European regions by bringing together research actors, enterprises, institutions and policy makers into a collaboration network. Lead partner is Systematic Paris Region.

Project Facts
Project Acronym: Be Wiser
Project Title: Building Enterprises – Wireless and Internet Security in European Regions
Project Reference: FP7‐REGIONS‐2012‐2013‐1, Grant agreement no: 319907
Project Type: Coordination (or networking) actions
Project Duration: 36 months from 01.07.2013 – 30.06.2016
Budget: €3.306.893 (total, EC Funding: €2.873.922)

Project Partners
► Systematic Paris Region (LEAD partner/coordinator)(France)
► Momentum (UK)
► Queen's University Belfast (UK)
► Invest Northern Ireland (UK)
► Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland)
► IT@Cork (Ireland)
► South West Regional Authority (Ireland)
► CyberForum e.V. (Germany)
► Barcelona Digital Technology Centre (Spain)
► ICT Technology Network Institute (Slovenia)
► Cyprus Computer Society (Cyprus)
► inno AG (Germany)

Contact (Coordinator)
Isabelle de Sutter | Systematic Paris Region | France
Phone: +33 169 816 579| Email: i.desutter@systematic‐paris‐

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