logo wikinomics cut 220The Wikinomics project was the very first project on wiki competences that succeeded having vocational training pilots in various countries and kind of training where tutorials, learning scenarios, as part of a global toolbox on free digital culture, were tested in real conditions.

The project team aimed to focus on fostering key competences learning required for employability in the constantly changing environments of the labour market. Based on the free-culture and wiki methodologies, the basis for the innovative pedagogical methodologies have demonstrated a great potential in developing a wide range of vocational training needs, like creativity, innovation, collaboration, ICT literacy, communication in mother tongue and foreign languages, learning to learn, social and civic awareness, sense of initiative and entrepreneurship.

New Frontiers in Open Innovation
by Henry W. Chesbrough, Wim Vanhaverbeke, Joel West (editors)

ris-2014-coverGrowth is increasingly related to the capacity of regional economies to change and innovate. Regions and cities have become key spatial units where knowledge is transferred, innovation systems are built and competition to attract investments and talents takes place.

Regions are an appropriate level for stimulating innovation: Many regional governments have important competences and budgets in the field of innovation. Their geographical proximity facilitates the acquisition, accumulation and use of knowledge.

Regions' performance depends not only on that of enterprises and research institutes but also on interactions between different stakeholders, enterprises and organisations, whose knowledge and know-how build up over time. The Regional Innovation Scoreboard helps to understand innovation in the regional context and provides some statistical facts on regions' innovation performance.

ius-2014-coverInnovation Union Scoreboard 2014: EU more innovative but the differences between Member States are still high and diminish only slowly.

The EU and all EU Member States have become more innovative in recent years. As a result, the EU has closed half of the innovation gap towards the US.

However, the differences in the innovation performance within the EU are still very high and diminish only slowly. The innovation gap widens at regional level where the innovation performance has worsened in almost one fifth of EU regions according to the Regional Innovation Scoreboard 2014, which complements the IUS 2014.

Alaxia - Eveon - DTF

The ALIPEX development program seeks to provide cystic fibrosis (CF) patients with a new-generation inhalation treatment efficient in fighting severe respiratory infections, including those resistant to antibiotics.

This treatment, based on three major innovations, respectively developed by three companies in France's Rhône-Alpes region – ALAXIA, EVEON and DTF Medical – benefits from the collaboration with two research laboratories.

The ALIPEX development program has been granted support from Bpifrance, as part of its Strategic Industrial Innovation program, asserting the potential of this major therapeutic and technological breakthrough, with possible applications beyond the treatment of this rare disease (CF).