Dimitris Mavrikios, COO, EIT Manufacturing opened the second day of the summit speaking about strategic collaboration and bridging the whole of Europe. He was joined on the virtual stage by Monika Zsigri, Deputy Head of Unit at DG Regio, sharing about the EU’s Cohesion Policy and interregional innovation instruments.
The second day also contained highlights of how EIT Manufacturing’s education and business creation activities are contributing to a sustainable transformation of the manufacturing sector.
“The most important skills are those that help people master technologies, and handle complexity…We live in a word of interdependencies between people and machines. We need to train people to be able to address business and societal challenges with a purpose!”, said Paola FANTINI, Director of Education at EIT Manufacturing.
“The Ability to think outside the box from an entrepreneurial mindset” added Tobias ELMQUIST, Director of Business Creation at EIT Manufacturing.
Some projects were selected to present on the live stage in order to bring the participants closer to the Education and Business Creation pillars: EIT Manufacturing Master & Doctoral School, AM Healthy Future, FactoryBricks, Redville, ArcLub One, Probility, Ondosense, NightingaleHQ and LINQCASE.
LEADERS competition for women innovators across the EIT RIS countries.
The 6 finalists from this year’s LEADERS competition pitched their outstanding ideas and created a spin-off that will bring sustainability to the future of manufacturing from ceramic beehives, High-quality mushroom production to biodegradable laminating film. Three were awarded with financial prizes as well as international publicity through our network:
• 1st place: Angela Ivanova, LAM’ON project: Biodegradable laminating film and packaging foil.
• 2nd place: Raquel Verdejo, Akelite project: Endeavour to create a spin-off that will bring sustainability to a high-performance material.
• 3rd place: Todorka Lepkova, Ceramic Beehives project: Dedicated to development and implementation of innovations mainly in the fields of ceramics.
Panel: “Well-skilled manufacturing workforce across Europe”
In this fruitful round table, the panelists highlighted that the technical advances in industry 4.0 are only one side of the medal, but it is important to combine technological development with the training of people!
“Data is the fuel for future innovation, and the corporation between EIT Manufacturing & GAIAX aims at improving & Increasing data economy and business in Europe” said Martina Malakova, Coordinator GAIA-X Hub Slovakia. Our industry at the same time needs to speed up education and training cycles.
José Carlos Caldeira, Manufuture High level group Member, was convinced that “Decision makers need to be trained, they need to understand the impact of new digital technologies!”