WIRE - Week of Innovative Regions in Europe 2017
WIRE2017 - Week of Innovative Regions in Europe took place at Kulturpark in Košice, Slovakia, on June 28th-30th 2017. The conference is annually supported by the European Commission DG Research & Innovation, Spreading Excellence and Widening Participation Programme. The main topic of this year’s conference was ‘Socially responsible, creative and trusted regional innovation in the digital era’, which collude with the objective of the URBAN INNO project to making central Europe more innovative and competitive by maximizing the innovation potential of smaller and medium sized urban ecosystems.
URBAN INNO contributed to the conference’s ambition to get a better understanding on the importance of social innovation. The project partner CyberForum represented the project within the open space session, with a booth. The 9 pilot projects has been generally introduced and displayed, but in particular CyberForum discussed the activities and participatory methods implemented within the pilot in Karlsruhe. The timing of the conference was very relevant since the discussion about the next EU research and innovation programming period has recently started and the opportunity to support building of responsible digital future had to be taken.