CRONOS (PNIII, 2018-2020)
The project was aimed at strengthening the process of strategic alignment and innovation among companies, SMEs and research institutions in order to accelerate the development of innovative technologies and products in the ICT sector with internationally scalable potential based on short, medium and, especially, long term cooperation activities.
Funded through the Romanian national research program, the project is focused on building a research strategy that applies to the interests of companies and organizations within the cluster membership. Special focus is set on technologies which have applicability in a variety of sectors, from medical to automotive, industrial etc. The potential for specialization of the Cluster includes multiple areas, as existing expertise within the eco-system has placed domains such as: industry digitalization, smart and resilient territories, as well as AI and Cybersecurity among the top 5 priority domains, out of a total of 9 identified.
This work was supported by a grant of the Romanian Ministry of Research and Innovation, CCCDI – UEFISCDI, project number PN-III-P2-2.1-CLS-2017-0041
Green ICT DeVElopment
GIVE is a follow-up project to the Strategic Action Plan resulted from the Danube ICT project, focusing on 3 sectors of interest identified within the report: ICT, automotive and green technologies. As a COSME funded project, the specific objectives of the GIVE initiative and activities include the creation of a new value chain and a favorable framework for the establishment of a Strategic Partnership on Intelligent Ecological Technologies focusing on the automotive and transport sectors through supporting the development of a common knowledge base for internationalization and marketing in cluster managers and SME members.
During implementation Cluj IT was responsible for coordination of targeted activities of promotion and data gathering (survey implementation), direct investigation (focus groups) and centralization of relevant information for the elaboration of the Market Intelligence Report, as a basis for development of the Project Internationalization Strategy. Efforts towards stimulating cross-industry collaboration among SMEs active within the three sectors are strongly supported through dissemination events incorporating two essential components: presentation of Market Intelligence Report results to members of the target group and facilitation of business meetings through matchmaking events.
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Danube ICT Clusters’ sustainable cooperation for smart and inclusive growth
The main objective of the project is to create a sustainable, strategic trans- national partnership among ICT Clusters from the Balkan and Danube Region by establishing a common strategy for cross-cluster and cross-industrial cooperation in favor of SMEs. Therefore, a significant outcome of the Danube ICT Project is the Action Plan for Cross-Industry Collaboration which it proposes. Funded by the European Union and Danube Strategy Fund START, the project was coordinated by ICT Cluster Bulgaria, and benefited from the contribution of the Balkan and Black Sea ICT Clusters Network founding members.
Next Generation Brained City
The general objective of the project was to contribute to the innovative development of the Cluj-Napoca urban ecosystem through computerization.
In the project context 4 innovative IT products were developed up to the marketable stage, as well as 12 other IT components/products proposed for further development up to the stage of analysis and design. An important component of the project budget was dedicated to the organizational development of Cluj IT Cluster, as support for the strengthening of the IT sector, an industry with a substantial contribution to community development.
As the first smart city project implemented at national level, it was designed to generate a living area based on the innovative concept of ecologically urban and fully computerized urban community, established under the “networked ecological city” paradigm. Subsequent and deriving activities and involvement in the area of smart city strategic development include collaborations with local authorities from cities like Oradea, Alba-Iulia and Cluj-Napoca, as well as Cluj-Napoca County Council in the scope of informatization strategy development.
Increasing Job Opportunities through Successful Internships
This project has offered the framework where more than 400 students 3 pilot disciplines from Babes-Bolyai University have been able to gain relevant work experience by engaging in internships in IT companies from Cluj. Over the course of two years more than 80 host organizations have been involved and more than 50 experienced mentors and experts provided support and valuable guidance for the students. The project created a culture of cooperation and set standards of good practice in how internships need to be organized. Babes-Bolyai University has since then applied a similar approach to the organization of internships and extended the model to most of the faculties and disciplines thought in the university.