In the frame of the ICT 2018 event, organised by the European Commission and the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union to discuss on the European Union’s priorities in the digital transformation of society and industry, AENEAS industry association managing PENTA and CATRENE (EUREKA funded programmes) and EUREKA have invited a panel of industry of all sizes with Public Authority representatives to discuss the theme of "Collaborative Innovation for the Digital Age” and to emphasize the efficiency of transnational technology collaboration to enable projects with high economic and societal impact.
The debate will be "business" based - identifying what mechanisms need to be put in place to stimulate and manage an effective innovation process suited to the needs of the future. "Industry" of all sizes and types will have the opportunity to give their vision of future collaborative innovation and related commercialisation - and how best this can be supported. Public Authority representatives will present their rationale for funding – and what impact they will expect in return for their investment.
Public-Private debate in the area of funding collaborative activity often only exists in the context of specific programmes or focus areas. By broadening the concept to the overall “customer” needs of the Digital Age it is expected that a more comprehensive, business focussed, set of recommendations can inform the development of future funding initiatives. Equally, Public Authorities can be clear on their policy for funding, but at the same time also need to be aware that conventions of the past will not apply to the future. Ultimately, the debate should help inform a new jointly agreed Public-Private partnership that truly meets the needs of European competitiveness.