CHEST Project Partners
Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA
Founded in 1980, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica SpA (www.eng.it) is the leader of the Engineering Group consisting of 12 firms specialised in different IT services, but sharing the same cultural identity and mission. Financed by private capital, the Engineering Group operates in more than 20 locations in Italy, and in 2006 achieved consolidated revenues of about 450M€ with almost 4800 employees, thus further consolidating the Group’s position as one of largest private enterprise in the system and business integration market sector in Italy.
The main areas of interest of the R&D Department are concerned with Service-Based Software Engineering, Multi-Agents System, Software Architecture, Knowledge Management, and Human-Computer Interaction. This policy – based on strict synergies between the operational and the R&D divisions – has proven essential to generate a wide number of opportunities and contracts with large organisations like ENEL, Vodafone, Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Ministero dei Beni Culturali, and many others. In particular, the commercial successes achieved have progressively increased the company’s trust and confidence in the importance of investing in research and innovation activities, allocating an annual budget of around 5% of the global turnover and a global foreseen investment in the period 2003-2005 of almost 30 Million Euros. Since 1987, current and past research initiatives have been accomplished at European level. The long tradition in participating in research projects, combined with its intimate industrial nature, allows the Engineering R&D Department to be the coordinator of several of the abovementioned research projects both at the national and European level. Engineering is one of the leading partner of the NESSI Technology Platform on the Service and Software and the NEM Technology Platform on Networked and Electronic Media.
The PNO Group, established in 1984, is specialized in Grants and Innovation Management, providing support services to private and public organizations in Innovation processes, Technology Transfer, and funding for research, development and innovation. PNO is made up of a pool of around 250 professionals across 12 Member States including scientists, engineers, consultants, a Brussels policy advisory service, as well as financial and legal experts.
In addition to CHEST PNO is involved in a number of EU funded network projects to build communities to further innovation in specific sectors, such as the bio-based product market (BIOCHEM), transport (SMART), security (OSMOSIS), open source and embedded software (SHARE). The company has the proven capability to link innovation suppliers and adopters from a unique Europe- wide client network in multiple sectors, using advanced methodologies and proprietary on-line networking. PNO has its own community building, management and dissemination tools, the core one being Innovation Place© www.innovationplace.eu. As Europe’s largest independent public funding advisory, PNO supports over 2000 clients throughout Europe, annually developing over 120 European consortia funding proposals, and fostering their successful implementation in many technology domains through management, technology intelligence, exploitation and dissemination services. The company is also versed in the establishment and management of funding programmes.
EIPCM – European Institute for Participatory Media
The European Institute for Participatory Media is a non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion, research and development of next-generation media ecosystems. Our mission is to help companies, public organizations and society at large to take advantage of novel participatory forms of information and media creation, delivery and utilization. We act as an innovation facilitator connecting cutting-edge scientific research with user-driven and market-oriented needs of user associations and industry. Established in 2007, we are a network institute involving partners in different European countries with headquarters in Berlin and branch offices in Zurich and Rome.
In projects and partnerships with companies, universities, city governments and end-user associations we develop and experiment with new forms of participatory media solutions based on real-world needs of companies, public institutions and European citizens.
greenApes is a social media platform where you can build your sustainable profile and become a source of inspiration for your peers and the whole world. At greenApes, we work to reward green living with the mission of promoting sustainable lifestyles. We try to break down the complexity of environmental issues by bringing attention to simple daily choices, and making them more fun to pursue. greenApes is open to everyone who cares about the planet and believes that new media offer great opportunities to foster change.
Magenta was established in 2007 as a software company based in Florence, Italy; the company grows on a solid base of competence and experience that the founders acquired during several years of activity both in the industrial and in the academic context. Our core activity is to work together with other companies from various sectors to provide them consult on the most appropriate and innovative IT technologies for the application at hand. Core areas of expertise include: Enterprise web applications based on the Java/JEE platform; Image and video analysis applications: Software integration and middleware; Security-related applications: Mobile applications for the Android and iOS platforms; Verification and Validation (V&V) process in the automotive context (IEC dS61508 SIL0/4), software certification according to the main international standard (CENELEC EN50128). Magenta is member of POLIS and ICT-ROBOTICA, networks of IT companies based in Tuscany.
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde
NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde is the largest health board in the UK. We provide healthcare to over 1.2 million people and employ around 38,000 staff. Project 99 although led by Greater Glasgow and Clyde NHS is a partnership with, Snook, the Mental Health Foundation and Young Scot, with a wide range of local partners also involved. The project sits centrally within the wider strategic approach to the promotion of child and youth mental health and the potential of digital technologies as defined in the Scottish Mental Health Strategy.
Fundacion Ciudadana Civio
Fundación Ciudadana Civio is a Spanish non-profit organization devoted to promote engaged citizenry through public transparency and data openness. We put together web tools and data-driven journalism to develop innovative apps that enable easy access to public information to organizations, media and citizens alike. The aim of the organization is to bring greater government transparency to Spain, promoting the right to access information and engaging citizens to use and re-use public data. We encourage the adoption of more open and transparent policies by our public institutions; develop tools that enable access to information to citizens and organizations; train journalists in using data to tell new and better stories; and to engage both the general public and the Spanish government with best practices to achieve a more open, accountable and participatory public service.
Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya
The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution dedicated to higher education and research, specialised in the fields of engineering, architecture and science. The university employs just under 3000 teaching and research staff members across 22 schools with more than 35K students. In a highly creative context, the UPC’s research, teaching and management projects are based on the principles of freedom, justice, democracy, solidarity, cooperation, sustainability, efficiency, transparency and social responsibility. They also reflect the University’s commitment to the environment and to change. The Computer Reuse project lies centrally with this goal.