OCTA Innovation Issue 25 / 2016 – Agriculture

OCTA Innovation Issue 25 / 2016 – Agriculture

 

The way forward for agriculture in the OCTs is the development of small-scale organic farming. Organic farming can boost farmers’ income, strengthen the tourism industry and improve the population’s overall well-being. But concerted planning is required to get all sectors of society on board: farmers, policy makers, transport operators, chefs and even the media to spread the word about new recipes created with locally-grown organic produce.

Of major importance is the need for a single certification system for organic agriculture that is more legally enforceable both in the EU and globally. This could be scaled according to the different levels of organic farming attained, protecting the consumer and guaranteeing higher prices for farmers The OCTs are moving in the right direction.

The latest innovations in agriculture and farming in the OCTs include micro-algae cultivation in Bonaire to create innovative algal products. In New Caledonia, the creation of recipes with freshly grown local produce by local chefs has the potential to boost tourism, reduce costly food imports and create healthier eating habits.

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OCTA Innovation Issue 24 / 2016 – Smart Communities

OCTA Innovation Issue 24 / 2016 – Smart Communities

 

OCTA Innovation is seeking EU funding opportunities that OCTs have the very best chances of securing. These projects are in various sectors and have the potential to boost business know-how, creative talents, well-being and economic prosperity in OCTs. We are working with OCT stakeholders, providing tailored information about new EU funding opportunities and coaching them through the application process. Details about these programmes, and results of OCT participation, can be found here. The involvement of OCTs in larger-scale EU programmes is another priority. Debra Percival is your source for EU funding information.

Small-scale programmes of benefit to OCTs include mentorships for new business entrepreneurs, support for SME start-ups, and vocational training exchanges for OCT nationals in other EU member states. Large-scale EU programmes in line with the innovation priorities of some OCTs include Smart energy grids and storage to boost energy supply from renewables and Smart transport systems to increase use of electric cars. One of the latest EU programme calls is Smart Communities, a programme that is supporting integrated schemes of smart energy grids, transport and ICT for the more sustainable communities of tomorrow.

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TEDxAruba: Live viewing events at Dutch Embassies

TEDxAruba: Live viewing events at Dutch Embassies

The TEDxAruba foundation is in contact with most of the Dutch embassies of the western hemisphere and other international strategic partners to organize viewing events at their location.

The embassies and consulates are inviting companies and organizations within the designated top-sectors (Sustainable Solutions, Logistics and Creative Design)to come and view the event which takes place in Aruba on Friday, September 23 at 10:00 AM4:00 PM in UTC-04.

This is just one of the many examples. The TEDxAruba Foundation is in contact with the embassy in Panama, Costa Rica, Chile, Paramaribo, the Consulate of Miami, New York, Vancouver and Toronto and also Rio de Janeiro. Many more will follow.

The TEDxAruba mission, like the TED mission, is to propagate Ideas worth Spreading and Actions worth Doing; to inform and inspire. Our specific goal is to turn TEDxAruba into the Caribbean’s leading platform and pipeline for great ideas, storytelling, creativity, actionable innovation. In addition to this, our goal is to foster a sense of community amongst the people and organizations who have gathered (and will continue to gather) around this event and to provide a cultural driving force for conversation and action on how to create a sustainable society.

The recordings of TEDxAruba will be made available to the world via our Youtube channel. TEDx talks on Youtube have millions of views and TED talks have reached over a billion views.

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Polynésie française : la cosmétique traditionnelle à l’honneur

Polynésie française : la cosmétique traditionnelle à l’honneur

S’il existe depuis très longtemps une pharmacopée qui recense les plantes à usage thérapeutique, les travaux dans le domaine de la cosmétique traditionnelle sont encore peu recensés dans des écrits. Le concept de la cosmétopée fait appel à des partenariats internationaux pour recenser les plantes utilisées à des fins cosmétiques et les savoir-faire traditionnels. Il a pour objectif de favoriser l’innovation cosmétique en développant les échanges entre la recherche académique et le monde industriel, favorisant les partenariats public/privé pour alimenter les entreprises, et tout particulièrement les PMEs, en nouveaux ingrédients et principes actifs d’origine naturelle dans le respect des hommes et de la nature.

Les régions du Pacifique Sud telles que les régions ultramarines françaises (Nouvelle-Calédonie, Polynésie Française, Wallis et Futuna) et d’autres comme l’archipel des îles Fiji, constituent des zones privilégiées de la biodiversité, non seulement par la diversité de la flore et de la faune (terrestre et marine) qui s’y trouve mais aussi par les services rendus par cette diversité biologique incluant les usages de la pharmacopée et de la cosmétopée qui font partie intégrante de leur patrimoine culturel.

Le cluster Tahiti Fa’ahotu, la Cosmetic Valley et l’Université de la Polynésie Française organise à Tahiti, les 22, 23 et 24 novembre 2016 le 5ème Congrès international de la Cosmétopée et les 1ères Rencontres internationales de la Cosmétopée du Pacifique.

Cet événement, vise à promouvoir les différents aspects de la cosmétopée au niveau du Pacifique et International sur les thématiques portant sur trois axes :

Axe 1 : Cosmétique traditionnelle et dermocosmétique : Biodiversité, cosmétopée – Ethnobotanique (traditionnel) Phytochimie – Ethnoscience – substances naturelles – usages traditionnels – Activités biologiques)

Axe 2 : Protection des savoirs et des échanges : Biosourcing, Nagoya (APA – ABS), culture, sécurité, législation locale, régionale et internationale, développement local, accords collaboratifs, transferts de compétences

Axe 3 : Valorisation des produits, protection des consommateurs : client, marché, sécurité, innocuité, produits finis, consommateurs, valorisation économique, procédés, transformations, formulations

Les organisateurs lancent un appel à communication ouvert jusqu’au 30 mai.

 

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Polynésie française : le cluster maritime pour moderniser le port de Papeete

Polynésie française : le cluster maritime pour moderniser le port de Papeete

Le port de Papeete concentre la majorité de l’activité économique du pays. Son point fort mais aussi son talon d’Achille. C’est pourquoi le cluster maritime de Polynésie française va s’associer à la stratégie de modernisation du port de Papeete.

Il s’agit notamment d’anticiper l’utilisation de navires de plus grand tonnage, rendue possible par l’élargissement du canal de Panama. Pour l’instant les infrastructures du port de Papeete ne sont pas suffisantes pour les accueillir. Ils iront en Nouvelle-Zélande ce qui augmentera les délais et les coûts.

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For the 16th edition Curaçao innovates its Innovation Award

For the 16th edition Curaçao innovates its Innovation Award

Curaçao granted its first innovation award in 1996. Since then, 15 editions of the Innovation Award were held. The award is the initiative of the ‘InnovatieCentrum Curaçao’ (ICC), which merged last year (2014) into the ‘Curaçao Innovation & Technology Institute’ (CITI) and is supported by the Ministry of Economic Development of Curaçao.

The Curaçao Innovation Award aims to raise awareness about innovation and to inspire and enable small and medium sized businesses to innovate and increase their competitiveness. The award is traditionally granted to the business with a recent innovation, which has added the most value to the economy and/or society. In 2012 a ‘Sustainable Innovation Award’ was developed when ICC joined forces with the Curaçao Business Council for Sustainable Development (Bedrijvenplatform Milieu-BPM).

In 2015 CITI will take the innovation award even further, with the addition of the themes ‘Social Innovation’, as a result of a partnership with Curaçao Cares, and ‘Youth’. This has resulted in a set of subcategories consisting of:

  • Social Innovation Award
  • Business Innovation Award
  • Sustainable Innovation Award
  • Junior Innovation Award

The overall winner will be selected from these categories and will receive the Grand prize: the Curaçao Innovation Award. Also new this year is the fact that the event will be open for the general public to attend and the public will also get to vote for the winner of the ‘People’s choice’.

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Registration for one of the categories will start in September and the winner will be announced in an award Ceremony on November 22, 2015. The award ceremony will be held at the ‘Rif Fort’ for a unique experience.

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EU funding for coworking networks

EU funding for coworking networks

Recently published EU call (EAC/S08/2015) on support for creative hubs and co-working spaces for creative industries. Some of OCTs already have coworking (Curaçao, New Caledonia,…) and with possible EU support creative hubs can be idea at all OCTs.

Objectives of the current call:

  • reinforced networks of creative hubs at EU level,
  • strengthened trans-national and cross-sectoral cooperation within the cultural and creative sectors via digital means,
  • enhanced exchanges of experience and best practice between EU creative hubs and between cultural and creative sectors,
  • capacity-building provided to creative hub managers and cultural and creative professionals and entrepreneurs, and
  • lessons and conclusions drawn for further policy making (on innovative business models, innovative schemes etc.).

 

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TEDxAruba: Registrations Open!

TEDxAruba: Registrations Open!

TEDxAruba strives for sustainable innovation, new business creation and bringing idea’s to live, not only for Aruba, but also for other similar small economies and the rest of the world.

The TEDxAruba mission, like the TED mission, is to propagate Ideas worth Spreading and Actions worth Doing; to inform and inspire. Our specific goal is to turn TEDxAruba into the Caribbean’s leading platform and pipeline for great ideas, storytelling, creativity and actionable innovation. In addition to this, our goal is to foster a sense of community amongst the people and organizations who have gathered (and continue to gather) around this event and to provide a cultural driving force for conversation and action on how to create a sustainable society.

Our specific goal is to turn TEDxAruba into the Caribbean’s leading platform and pipeline for great ideas, storytelling, creativity, actionable innovation.

TEDxAruba is an independently organized event licensed from TED to official TEDx ambassador Jim Stolze and organized by the TEDxAruba Foundation. Together with a network of fellow thinkers and do-ers and long time collaborators, this team has put together a platform and pipeline for the spreading of (Aruban) sustainable ideas, solutions, creativity, innovation and culture to the rest of the world.

It takes time on 23rd September 2015 and you can register for TEDxAruba 2015 @ www.tedxaruba.com

 

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Coworking à Nouvelle Calédonie: Un autre art de vivre au travail

Coworking à Nouvelle Calédonie: Un autre art de vivre au travail

(Nouméa, Nouvelle Calédonie) L’idée à l’origine est de permettre aux travailleurs indépendants (patentés) de ne pas rester isolés chez eux et de pouvoir trouver, dans ce lieu et à travers ce réseau, un espace de socialisation propre à l’entreprise.

Cet espace de travail partagé apporte à la fois le confort du travail à domicile et la richesse sociale du travail en entreprises.

C’est un véritable réseau de Coworkers, facilitant échanges, coopération et créativité.

http://www.lacaravane.nc

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