Investing in new technologies, focusing on the cooperation between the various economic players and promoting cooperation between European governments, are the necessary elements for the EU to re-impose itself as the world leader in the digital revolution. This is the conclusion of the The Power of Digital Transformation meeting, that COTEC held on 21st October in Lisbon, in partnership with Nokia.
The minister highlighted the country’s competitive advantages that lead this digital revolution, pointing out that Portugal is endowed with high quality human resources regarding the engineering and technology sectors. It does have, also, excellent digital infrastructure, particularly in terms of optical fiber.
Considering the international conference Web Summit, which will be held in Lisbon from 7th to 10th November for over 50,000 participants from 150 countries, Augusto Santos Silva believes that Portugal “has the right conditions to become the European spearhead in the digital area.”
The ceremony also had the remote participation of the European Commissioner Carlos Moedas, responsible for the Horizonte 2020 program. The commissioner recorded a video message in which he recalled that the digital world has “the potential to generate annual revenues of 110 billion euros, over the next five years, and to create 2 million jobs over the next 10 years. ”
“The EU has the ability to seize the full potential of the digital age” through the “creation of the Digital Single Market,” said the Commissioner. He also recalled that the path toward that goal includes Horizonte 2020, which has already assigned over 750 million euros since 2014 to more than 2,000 innovative SMEs. Fourty of those companies are Portuguese.
At the close of the meeting, Francisco de Lacerda, administration President of COTEC, revealed that the conclusions of the The Power of Digital Transformation meeting will be compiled and delivered to the European Commission. Thus, COTEC wishes to contribute to “the maintenance of Europe’s productivity.”
In addition to the aforementioned officials, the meeting had also contributions from the leaders of several national and international companies and entities, such as Digital Europe, Nokia, Vodafone, PT Portugal, Bell Labs Consulting, CIS, Grupo Impresa and Grupo GSC. A representative of Carris / Metro e Transtejo has also taken the stage.
The Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto BIM (ISEPBIM) in partnership with Revit Technology Conference (RTC) undertook a training course from 17th to 19th October, with the objective of disclosing the Building Information Modeling (BIM) in Portugal.
There is no lack of great ideas among the 10 participant science-based projects in the immersion program provided by ANI – a GPS technology for indoor spaces, innovative pharmaceutical pictograms, a brain signals reading system, a wearable device for cyclists or a smart breathalyser service.