« CarAmigo », l’AirBnb de la voiture

« CarAmigo », l’AirBnb de la voiture

Louer sa maison à un particulier est un concept qui est entré dans les mœurs. Depuis 2015, il est désormais possible d’en faire autant avec sa voiture. C’est de ses vacances en France qu’Alexandre Gaschard est revenu avec cette idée et qu’est né « CarAmigo ». La plateforme permet au propriétaire de rentabiliser sa voiture qu’il n’utilise que trop peu. À côté de cela, le particulier qui ne possède pas de voiture, et qui souhaite se rendre chez Ikea ou en week-end, peut louer une voiture facilement et à proximité. Durant la location, le conducteur est couvert par une assurance et bénéficie d’une assistance dépannage. Une fois le prêt terminé, l’utilisateur et le propriétaire doivent s’évaluer mutuellement. Cela leur permettra de bénéficier d’un plus grand capital confiance lors d’une prochaine location. On dénombre 10.000 inscrits sur le site et près de 900 voitures en Belgique. Après le partage de logement (Airbnb) et de trajet (Blablacar), celui de la voiture vient donc renforcer une économie du partage de plus en plus tendance. En savoir plus

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Holistic Innovation Policy

Holistic Innovation Policy

Professor Susana Borras publishes the book: Holistic Innovation Policy. Holistic Innovation Policy puts forward a novel framework for the design and analysis of innovation policy. It provides a theoretically anchored foundation for the design of holistic innovation policy by identifying the core problems that tend to afflict innovations and the activities of innovation systems, including the unintended consequences of policy itself. As most of the current innovation policies focus on few determinants of innovation processes, this is a necessary stepping stone for the identification of viable, relevant, and down-to-earth policy solutions.Rather than presenting a recipe or ‘how-to’ guide, this book offers a critical analysis of policy instruments and their choice in innovation policy design, and considers the ways in which policy might be providing solutions to problems in systems of innovation. Exploring areas such as knowledge production and R&D, education, training and skills development, demand-side activities, interaction and innovation networks, changing institutions and regulations, and the public financing of early stage innovations, its critical and novel perspective serves policy-makers, scholars, and those interested in the design of innovation policy.

• Focuses on innovation policy, a topic that is often overlooked in academic literature, providing a valuable resource for policy-makers
• Brings forward a theoretical basis for the analysis and design of innovation policy, providing a method to identify problems that should be addressed by public action
• Presents a holistic view of innovation policy and considers a range of possible unexpected consequences of policy itself

 

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Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

Sustainability has become the watchword of governments, businesses and research institutes. Sustainability requires collaboration between institutions and disciplines, it cannot be translated in technological terms alone. However, science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) do have an important role to play in sustainable development in the 21 st century.

The vulnerability of small island states to environmental and economic shocks requires a multidisciplinary response towards sustainable development. In this perspective it is evident that our countries, societies and industry demand future innovators, educators, researchers and leaders who can solve the most pressing challenges both today and tomorrow.

Sustainable Island Solutions through science, technology, engineering and mathematics will embody sustainability policies on an academic level, supporting resilience in small island states while also educating a workforce that has the skill and capacity to make these policies a reality.

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Aruba & Innovation

Aruba & Innovation

The Aruban government appointed Chief Innovation Officer, Varelie Croes, as OCTA Innovation Director. Mobile Tech Lab, innovation pilot project, co-funed by the EU is progressing well. At the EU – OCT Forum held in French Polynesia last week, European Commission signed a €13 million contribution to establishing the Faculty of Sustainable Island Solutions through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (SISSTEM) at the University of Aruba. This will make the University the region’s first academic hub in this field.

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European Innovation Summit

European Innovation Summit

The 10th European Innovation Summit is taking place from 26 – 29 November 2018 in and around the European Parliament in Brussels.

The programme will address hot topics currently on the policy agenda, developments in sectors crucial for Europe’s competitiveness as well as a deep dive into emerging technologies. A special session will be dedicated to European elections and how MEPs play the innovation card during their campaign.Read more

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