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Newsletter March 2013

IQ - INNOVATION QUOTIENT

Greece at GSMA Mobile World Congress

Greece is emerging as a small powerhouse in developing new IT applications and showcased its talent at the premier global event for mobile computing.

With the participation of 25 companies, Greece "enters" the GSMA Mobile World Congress 2013, held in Barcelona, Spain on 25 - 28 February. It is the first time that Greece officially participates in this event. The Greek participation is an initiative of the Association of Mobile Applications Greece (SEKEE) with the cooperation of the Ministry for Development, Competitiveness, Infrastructure, Transport and Networks. Participating with a national stand and a group of companies this presence offers Greece the opportunity to showcase the technological capabilities of the country.

The slogan to promote Greek companies is "Innovation Born in Greece Goes Global!"

The business mission to Barcelona is part of a number of outward oriented actions, called Synergies, planned in partnership by the business associations SEKEE (Mobile apps), ΕENEVI (Microelectronics), EVIDITE (Aerospace), ΗBio (Biotechnology) and EENE (Startups), for 2013 and 2014.

Greece’s Performance in Research and Innovation
Innovation has always been part of Greek DNA. In ancient times, Greek technology was highly advanced and remarkably effective, as is evident by the famous Antikythera Mechanism (2nd century BC), the first "hand portable analog computer in the world with integrated GPS" (!)

And many other brilliant inventions of hundreds physicists, engineers and scientists of the ancient world, who invented robots, devised "deus ex machina", and burned their opponents’ ships with huge mirrors by employing solar energy are testament to this extraordinary legacy.

This tradition and the skills that made Greek scientists known in the past have been preserved in modern times. According to recent figures from the European Commission, Greece holds a much higher position in EU research activities, in proportion to its population, especially in the field of Information Technologies and Communications, where Greek performance is well above the European average.

Indeed, while it is most often the case that important research resulting from universities and institutes is not easily converted into commercial applications, in some areas such as Internet marketing, Greek firms (mostly HAMAC members) are now a class of their own and dominate the international market, offering original and innovative value-added services in dozens of countries around the world.

Despite the economic crisis, if not because of it, hundreds of small, newly-established Greek companies have ventured outside the narrow boundaries of Greece in recent years, presenting the international community with innovative products and services and gaining, with considerable competitive advantages, financing, development, and recognition.

Many of these companies were present at the Greek pavilion in Hall 8.1 of this year's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Applications That Provide Solutions ...
• Electronic wallet (Viva wallet), an alternative means of payment via mobile phone, for both consumers and merchants
• Integrated solutions with NFC wireless technology for identity management, access control, healthcare, security and secure transactions, loyalty applications, ticketing, mobility and location-based services (Hotech)
• Promotional activities in social networks, such as Facebook, using an integrated, easy to use and affordable platform (I like voucher by Get Social)
• Vision software applications for video stabilization and face recognition (VISTA by IRIDA Labs), which can be used to add affordable, high quality features to simple tablets and mobile phones
• Integrated software solutions (ALVPOS by Alluvion) to immediately synchronize PC and mobile phone, which facilitates and simplifies the management of the content of the latter
• Advanced, and most important, certified secure applications to support processes and business communication channels (M-Stat) for the entire ecosystem of mobile and Internet communications
• Outdoor enterprise mobility solutions (BizeGate by Regate) for the remote automation of business functions (sales, technical support, sampling) using mobile technologies
• Innovative applications of Geographic Information and Telematics (Telenavis) based on the creation and continuous updating of digital maps, for better network management of stores, sales channels, as well as public organizations
• Systems management solutions with a focus on major energy and telecommunications infrastructure (InAccess), which collect and process data to maximize viability and effectiveness
• Mobile marketing applications (CYTECH), such as SMS and other technological tools appropriate for marketing companies, media, content providers and bulk SMS service providers

Greece to Exhibit at Cebit 2013
Greece is to renew its participation in the world’s biggest information technology and telecommunications exhibition, CeBIT 2013, following many years of absence, with a national pavilion arranged by the Thessaloniki International Fair (TIF) - Helexpo.

CeBIT 2013 is being held in Hannover, Germany, on March 5-9, and 20 businesses and associations, as well as 10 state organizations are participating in the Greek mission. Invest in Greece is presenting investment opportunities on the Greek ICT sector.

IT and communications technologies is very dynamic in Greece, with some 4,500 companies and more than 270,000 employees.

Hannover’s international CeBIT exhibition appeals to users of the IT and communications technologies industry, wholesale and retail trade, the services sector, government organizations and scientific agencies, as well as to fans of new technology. It is regarded a springboard for the exchange of experience and expertise on current trends.

120 Million Euro for Investment Strengthening Technological Innovation
120 million Euro will be allocated to innovative ICT companies so they may develop new value added services through the ICT4Growth Information Society Program.

Of the total public expenditure, 80 million Euro will be allocated to the regions of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Epirus, Thessaly, Ionian Islands, Western Greece, the Peloponnese, Northern Aegean and Crete, 20 million Euro to Attica, 15 million Euro to Central Macedonia, and 2 million Euro each will go to West Macedonia and Central Greece and 1 million Euro to the Southern Aegean.