Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda spoke earlier today at the Campus Party for the launch of Future Internet Labs (FI-LAB) held in London, stressing the need for Europe to promote innovative ideas on new technologies.
As Vice-President Kroes stated: “I think there’s an opportunity for great innovation – and an opportunity for Europe.” And she added: “Because – make no mistake – research and innovation will keep powering change. New technologies will keep arriving.”
She also underlined that Europe has the potential to evolve and promote innovative ideas regarding new technologies. In particular, she pointed that the Future Internet has created room for many opportunities and new ideas. Moreover, she stressed the need to boost sales of ICT companies in Europe.
In addition, Vice-President Kroes presented the FI-LAB which is free and accessible to everybody in order to promote the creation of platforms, applications etc. It also provides a chance to submit ideas and opportunities, as well as to find new partners, cities or sectors.
Finally, she said that the EU is putting 100 millions on the table, to help small businesses, web entrepreneurs and anyone from the campus to use and deploy this technology.
FI-LAB is a place where anyone can freely experiment with the different FI-WARE solutions. FI-WARE technologies are structured around so-called Generic Enablers, i.e. technology building blocks that provide certain functionalities that can be used by a large set of applications, and are independent from industry sectors. Examples are cloud hosting, big data analysis, location software etc.
Campus Party is one of the most important technology and Internet events. It was launched in a 1997 and aims to bring together technology savvy users, opinion leaders, researchers, entrepreneurs, creative minds, private companies, public institutions and ICT experts that are ready to identify new opportunities to create new things for a better society. It typically contains more than 500 hours of lectures, forums, workshops, debates related to different topics around four big theme areas: Science, Innovation, Creativity and Digital Entertainment.