WIRE 2017 mission

To stimulate socially responsible research and innovation of digitalisation for regional development and to understand its societal impact using synergies between different EU policies to support economic, social and territorial cohesion. In other words: To understand and stimulate the positive societal and economic impact of digital R&I on EU regions and its people and on building a creative, social and trusted region.

The concept of WIRE2017

The WIRE’17 will be based on building inspiration and trust in digital innovation with significant and positive societal impact on region and people. The WIRE’17 will be built on synergic and interconnected pillars and themes. The audience will be confronted in interactive and participatory ways with best practices, trends & visions and societal impact issues within following issues:

  • Strengthening the socially responsible research and innovation in digitalisation and new skills (jobs and growth)
  • Enhancing the social impact and the potential of digital innovation for societal benefits
  • Strengthening the impact of digitalisation in rural areas
  • Increasing awareness for the need of regional actions to stimulate positive societal impact of digitization
  • Enhancing the efficiency of public administration through digital public innovation
  • The Widening context for spreading excellent science and increasing potential of participation through existing cases
  • To support utilization of creativity and science&art for achieving trusted and successful up-take of breakthrough innovation and inspirational conference space

WIRE2017 objectives

  • understand the rapid dynamics and the evolution of digitalization in line with economic (market) pressures and social needs
  • learn from successful innovative practices and allow exchanges on practices among EU regional stakeholders
  • support dialogue across quadruple helix stakeholders (policy makers, industry, academia and citizens)
  • to reflect on the post 2020 agenda and the synergies from the linkage between FP9, Cohesion and S3


Digital Innovation for Growth and Jobs

In line with the Digital Single Market principles, Digital Agenda and other digital related priorities stated in EU strategies and documents, the conference will tackle relevant digital trends and breakthrough the digital innovation useful for rural/urban development, societal needs and underdeveloped economies. It will provide the space to discuss the digital innovation evolution with its risks and potential, digital and smart supply chain innovation for regional development, interoperability, standardisation, digital trust, platforms and data economy concepts for digital regional ecosystem evolution; how to find balance between digital security vs social trust, how to build reasonable and trusted data economy through motivation building to utilize semi-sensitive and open data sharing, how to build trust through digital innovation (trust in public sector and policy makers, socioeconomic trust in digital environment, healthy, fair or structural transparency, more objective and effective data based decision making of public sector representatives, etc.) and how these digital concepts can be built socially responsibly and bring significant societal benefits through synergies with other domains.

Societal impact and socially responsible regional development

As the main purpose of each policy and social action is the higher societal impact and the real and measurable impact on regions and people, the societal impact and socially responsible innovation will be the core horizontal theme of this conference. The societal impact is complex issue but has the crucial synergies within all the regional development initiatives. This topic should focus on answering the questions (in the synergy with other topics): what it is the societal impact and how to measure it in the context of digital hype, what impact has digitization on skills and jobs: which adjustments are necessary, how to integrate the societal impact modelling into digital related/all R&I domains, how to bring R&I and its results closer to people, how to improve community building and engagement more efficient (voice of people), how openness in R&I can help rural development, how to build trust as one of the most important synthetic forces within digital society, how concretely to use digital related R&I for fight against regional and social disparities and poverty, build real inclusive digital and trusted society, stimulate growth and jobs, transform our public services, market and social structures, what role and potential have digital R&I to solve “local vs global” problems, economic vs societal impact, moral economy development and achieve other societal objectives and innovative approaches for responsible society development.

Europe needs to secure its position in the rapidly evolving world of creating, delivering and capturing economic but also social value in synergic way. This requires the ability of mastering complexity, scale and speed of developments against human values and positive societal impact.

Creativity for innovation

Science, Technology and art is becoming very perspective domain for creation of the new unexpected innovations or making the innovation process more successful. It provides different approaches to inspiration evocation or innovation management. Free “creative” art which is motivated not by commercialization but by inner incentives to provide unobvious studies or emotional touch face often such technologic issues which generate or inspire for unexpected solutions for industrial or daily problems. On the other hand, commercial approaches consist from very different domains, e.g. sound and visual performance for more intensive experiences of customers, visitors in commercial spaces (museums, shopping centers, etc.), and are applied in different sectors like retail, health, culture etc. Applied creative art or in general S.T.ART can help build trust or positive sentiment in innovations through new design, inspirational atmosphere or unexpected experience of end users which can be crucial factor of successful innovation up take in regions and between people. E.g. the social business gamification as one of new sector with a palette of game mechanics is creating new types of user experiences that drive real engagement. It is the social science art of facilitating the desired behaviours of all stakeholders or end users usable in different commercialization processes. Synergy of this sector with different RTD domains can bring significant societal impact of R&I projects or initiatives. That's why WIRE2017 wants to build on creativity and inspiration and to promote the potential of science, technology & art and creative industry for achieving genius loci atmosphere, boosting synergies between artists, creative people and technologists, to stimulate inspirations and increasing the value and adoption of digital innovations, building trust and positive sentiments of end users communities and to promote Slovak creatives with inspirational installations based on the Slovak tradition - White Night event

Policy, widening and financing

The purpose of this thematic line is to enhance research and innovation investment as well as the policy reforms needed to maximise the impact of research and investments. It will concentrate on post 2020 agenda, regional development strategies, linking S3-RIS, ESIF and scientific excellence and widening, start up and innovative strategies for regional innovation development with greater societal impact. Additionally, in that context, the links and synergies of research and innovation policy with the use of innovative financial instruments will be examined, especially regarding the modalities stemming from the new legislation of the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and so called Junckers Investment Package together with other innovative financing schemes.  The conference will give the floor to existing examples of such approaches, investigate how current European funding programmes enable the ambition of Europe2020 strategy and contribute to the important debate on how to optimise the operationalisation of this way of working with focus also on widening participation debates summarising experiences and formulating recommendation for future programming period.

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