OCTA Innovation Issue 11 / 2017 –  2IC Azores

OCTA Innovation Issue 11 / 2017 – 2IC Azores

OCTA Innovation’s International Conference at the Nonagon Science and Technology Park in Ponta Delgada, the Azores, April 11-14 2017, was a resounding success. The gathering of OCT Innovation Managers, the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation and creativity experts was extremely promising and fruitful. The event was unique in building synergies between OCTs and the EU’s Outermost Regions.

Similarities between the two in meeting the challenges related to isolated territories were highlighted by Rui Bettencourt, Regional Assistant Secretary of the Presidency for External Relations of the Azores. Opportunities for cooperation were articulated by Chair of OCTA Innovation’s Steering Committee, Janice Panton.

As the Team Leader of OCTA Innovation, I am proud that Innovation Managers decided to draw up a conference declaration clearly showing a firm grip of innovation, creativity and leadership and in this way taking ownership of the very concept of OCTA Innovation. The Declaration calls on Heads of Government of the EU’s Overseas Countries and Territories to take full responsibility for prosperity of OCTs by taking the lead in developing the conditions for implementing Systemic Innovation.

Milan Jezic von Gesseneck
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The OCTA Innovation International Conference took place in Ponta Delgada, Azores on 11-14 April 2017. It gathered representatives of the Overseas Countries and Territories of the European Union (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and innovation experts to look at how innovation is spurring sustainable development in small islands and to develop cooperation and future initiatives.

The pillars and values that are the basis of a society were considered as well as the capacities and needs of all stakeholders to underpin them. The implementation of different types and different levels of innovation have been under consideration. The vision of an economically prosperous and inclusive society should be based on innovation and entire collaboration between public and private actors. Innovation should support all stakeholders in society, in both economic and social fields and is perceived as crucial for tackling the issues of natural resources, climate change and sustainable development. The governments have to ensure enabling conditions for propelling innovation. Innovation Managers of the Overseas Countries and Territories of European Union, active members of OCTA Innovation, assembled in the Azores, commit themselves to feeding these dynamics.

Governments must take the lead in systemic innovation across all sectors; fostering partnerships between public and private entities and knowledge sharing and capacity-building. The ambition is to grow a number of thematic and regional centres of excellence among OCTs with a focus on those sectors where individual OCTs are already leading the way, and to share expertise among the OCTs and with regions.

Innovation Managers: Anguilla, Bren Romney; Aruba, Bianca Peters; Bonaire, Dianne Boelmans; British Virgin Islands, Lizette George; Cayman Islands, Jamaal Anderson; Curaçao, Fiona Curie; Falkland Islands, Michael Betts; French Polynesia, Bran Quinquis; Greenland, Lars Balslev; Montserrat, Angela Estwick; New Caledonia, Jean-Michel Le Saux; Pitcairn, Leslie Jaques; Saba, Menno Van der Velde; St. Barthélemy, Pascal Peuchot; St. Helena, Niall O’Keeffe; St. Pierre-et-Miquelon, Olivier Gaston; St. Eustatius, Roy Hooker; St. Maarten, Jude Houston; Turks and Caicos Islands, Alexa Cooper-Grant; Wallis and Futuna, Carole Manry.

OCTA Innovation Team Leader, Milan Jezic von Gesseneck: innovation@octa-innovation.eu

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2IC – Sharing innovation approaches

2IC – Sharing innovation approaches

The Azores and Overseas Countries and Territories will share approaches to sustainable development through innovation at OCTA Innovation’s international conference at the Nonagon Science and Technology Park, Azores, 11-12th April.

The conference will address both Scientific and technological innovation and market-driven innovation.

Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) moves the economy and has the potential to be disruptive, bringing major change to an economy and society.

Major digital innovation, such as the creation of the internet and the ‘Google’ search engine, are examples of disruptive innovation.

Market-driven innovation – ‘Doing, Using and Interacting’ (DUI) – is not pushed by science, but driven by the market. Best practice and creativity implemented within a business context, for example, can create new ideas and markets. Cooperation with all actors within a country, with neighbouring countries and with others in a region, is vital to identify best innovation practice.



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2IC – Azores and OCTs to explore cooperation on innovation

2IC – Azores and OCTs to explore cooperation on innovation


Future cooperation between Azores, one of the European Union’s Outermost Regions, and the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) will be discussed at OCTA Innovation’s International Conference in Ponta Delgada, Azores, 11th-12th April.

Participants from the Azores and OCTs will look at the scope for sharing best practice and innovation knowledge and working together in areas where cooperation would be mutually beneficial. These include the green and blue economy, tourism and culture and creativity. An eventual Azores-OCTA Memorandum of Understanding could be proposed.

Azores is an Autonomous region of Portugal comprising three groups of nine islands located in the Atlantic Ocean some 1,360 km off the coast of Portugal. These are Flores and Corvo, to the west; Graciosa, Terceira, São Jorge, Pico, and Faial in the centre; and São Miguel, Santa Maria, and the Formigas Reef to the east.

OCTs are mostly small island distanced from the European Union mainland. The challenges to innovation they share with the Azores include: remoteness, the small size of local markets, difficulties accessing other markets and high transport and energy costs.

The sharing of innovation knowledge and best practice, and possible cooperation on projects and programmes, could help surpass such challenges. The aim is to foster growth, economic diversification and sustainable development through innovation.



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2IC – The importance of knowledge sharing

2IC – The importance of knowledge sharing

OCTA Innovation is pleased to announce the participation of Robert Burmanjer at its International Conference in the Azores, 11-12th April. Mr Burmanjer is Head of the Knowledge Management Unit in the European Commission Directorate-General for International Cooperation and Development. He will address the importance of knowledge sharing for developing economies.

The European Commission’s proposed European Consensus stresses that the EU and its Member States should continue investing in research and development. The European consensus is a policy document that seeks to align the European Union’s development policy with the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Article 86 notably states: “… the EU and its MS will continue investing in research and development in and for developing countries, including enhancing national innovation systems; to strengthen measurable impacts on progress towards the SDGs through a responsible research and innovation approach including education for science”.



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2IC – Janice Panton to lead OCTA Innovation’s team

2IC – Janice Panton to lead OCTA Innovation’s team

Janice Panton MBE, Monserrat’s Representative in the United Kingdom and Chair of OCTA Innovation, will lead OCTA Innovation’s team at its International Conference in the Azores, 11-12th April.

The EU-funded OCTA Innovation project is supporting the implementation of the most promising and innovative ideas in business, ways of organisation, and the implementation of innovative technologies in the Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs) and across all sectors: agriculture, construction, the creative industry, energy, financial services, fisheries, food processing, IT, administration, tourism, trade and transport.

Ms.Panton’s dedication and energy have greatly contributed to advancing the project and rooting innovation in the OCTs.

OCTA Innovation’s activities have already created an innovation momentum in OCTs which should be stepped up to carry forward the project’s achievements.

The project’s vision is for innovation eco-systems in be in place in all individual OCTs. The establishment of an eco-system requires innovation to be embraced by government and wider society and across all sectors.

Government needs to play a key role in driving innovation through creating an enabling environment for innovation and implementing the required measures and taking initiatives for innovation implementation.





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2IC – São Miguel Science and Technology Park hosts OCTA Innovation conference

2IC – São Miguel Science and Technology Park hosts OCTA Innovation conference

The central part of OCTA Innovation’s international conference in the Azores, 11-12th April 2017 will take place in the Nonagon Science and Technology Park of São Miguel located on São Miguel Island.

It is a fitting location for the event which will gather representatives of the European Union’s Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs), the government of the Azores, the European Commission and other innovation experts to share ideas and best practice on innovation for sustainable development with a view to more initiatives.

The park is helping realize the Azores’ ambition to promote a knowledge society – bringing more high-tech companies to the Azores as well as more investment and qualified employment.

It is: fostering cooperation between the scientific and business community; establishing national and international partnerships to achieve common goals and develop scientific and technological hubs and supporting the creation or development of companies, including technology introduction or enhancement.

The Azores’ unique Atlantic location has enabled São Miguel Science and Technology Park to specialize in earth and sea observation and space related activities.

The Azores is seeking to build business ecosystems and develop international networking as enablers for great projects.

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Diaspora advisors for development

Diaspora advisors for development

Establishing dialogue between Azoreans resident in the most diverse regions and countries worldwide, inviting them to share their knowledge – and wishing to learn from our own – is an inspired way to build ties and deepen relationships.

The Prestige Azores Network Project aims to connect with the Azorean diaspora to establish a team of advisers who respond to questions that can be either general or specific in nature.

Advisers are Azoreans or the descendants of Azoreans or individuals who have been directly involved with the Azores, resident outside the Region and with track records in scientific and/or technological fields.

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