Halmstads Kommun – Municipality of Halmstad (Sweden)

Halmstad municipality, coordinator with expertise in ICT, STEM, EU project management
Halmstad is Sweden´s 18th largest municipality with around 91,000 inhabitants. Since 2009 the municipality has a an active strategy on development of Education within EU programs and using international cooperation.

Our organization has a total of 100 pre schools and 36 schools which are run by the municipal council with the following numbers:

  • 4 800 children in pre-school
  • 9 450 pupils
  • 2 500 employees

The international development work is managed by 2 international coordinators and the municipality counts with over 50 different successfully EU projects on different levels.

During 2010 – 2013 Halmstad was coordinator of Smil(E) Interreg project www.smil-e.eu with the topics of STEM (Science Math and Technology) and ICT.

During this project we realized an identified need to start to look for user driven innovations. And that is how we learned about the PCP instrument.
We strongly believe that the PCP instrument can bring us ICT solutions according to our societal challenges such as larger number of students in each class, an increased demand of personalized learning and many students who leave school too early.

IMAILE project applies to our vision of 2020 Halmstad the city of knowledge:
“A place where people grow through education, enterprise and new thinking”

Mrs. Ellinor Wallin

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Innovation Agency Non-profit Ltd. (Hungary)

INNOVA Észak-Alföld Regional Development and Innovation Agency’s mission is to become the sole innovation centre in Észak-Alföld region operating in a networking model and to achieve acknowledgement at national and international level.

INNOVA has already gained experience in project planning and implementation in different type of EU projects (FP6, FP7 and Interreg IVC) from coordination to partnering, including PCP related projects like RAPIDE, Smart@fire, and of course IMAILE.

Ms. Enikö Baracsi

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Ministry of Finance of Saxony-Anhalt (Germany)

Saxony-Anhalt is a heartland of German history with a World Heritage Site, it offers an innovative business and science location and a variety of tourist attractions: river landscapes, moorland in the north, the fabled Harz mountain range. With around 2.3 million inhabitants it is one of the smaller of the 16 states of Germany.

In particular, the demographic change requires adaptation measures in many areas of social life. Thus includes the provision of an innovative educational infrastructure with modern and secure ICT to effective solutions for 993 schools in 125 communities, including 545 elementary schools.

Mr. Frank Bonse

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Municipality of Konnevesi (Finland)

Konnevesi is a Finnish muncipality located in the province of Western Finland and is part of the Central Finland region. The responsible and contact person will be the munincipality’s major Mr Kari Lev.nen and the department is the financial department of the municipality.

The education in Konnevesi has been in the front line of Finland’s distance, e-learning and mobile learning for couple of decades. The municipality has invested in both development and research of the new ways of learning and teaching. The research has been done in close connection with University of Jyväskylä. IT faculty and Agora Learning laboratories. The wide experience and network of developing schools in Finland gives a great possibility to pilot and develop in this project. As the pathfinder and advisor of the Finnish National Bureau of Education the Konnevesi education is a significant partner to give recommendations for the future results of the project.

IMAILE project will work with Konnevesi secondary and high school. The school has been developing the e-learning models; web based educational networks and the latest possibilities to use ICT in education since 1995. The school has very active teachers and administration who are responsible of the Finnish small high school network and Finland’s national bureau of educations co-ordination project: “Games and virtual world in education”.

In this project the school staff coordinates the NBE funded development projects and creates implementation models for teachers who to implement games and virtual worlds various possibilities in their daily work. Also the students are very much involved in these development processes. The students are equipped with laptop computers and the school is one of the first schools in the country to provide open wireless connection for education. The Konnevesi secondary and high school has a tradition of organising a seminar of the new pedagogical possibilities of the latest technology. These seminars, organised twice a year, are very popular and have gathered to Konnevesi all the best expert of the education development since 2001. The school has good programs for students with special educational needs and it also offers “Distance and Adult High school” services.

The Konnevesi secondary and high school has broad experience in the networking between schools, teachers’ in-service training and curriculum development. It has been coordinating nationwide projects since 1998 among them the virtual small high school network project, which is still organising web based and online courses around Finland for the students.

Mr. Lauri Pirkkalainen

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University of Jyväskylä (Finland)

The University of Jyväskylä (JYU) is an internationally renowned research university and an expert in education that focuses on human and natural sciences. 

The research group of global information systems (GLIS) performs extensive research on E- Learning for SMEs and schools and also on competences management for professionals in software development. Some of the key topics include: Internationalization of Learning and Knowledge Management; Quality Management/Quality Development in E-Learning, as well as Conception, Realization and Evaluation in E-Learning; Standardization of E-Learning; Methods to Personalize Learning Solutions and Experiences; and Intercultural and Innovation Competences in Software Development. 

JYU combines high expertise on technology enhanced learning, the assessment and development of soft competences and in particular intercultural competences based on pedagogical models as well as the conceptualization and contextualization of learning scenarios, learning activities and learning solutions.

Dr. Henri Pirkkalainen

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E.N.T.E.R. GmbH (Austria)

E.N.T.E.R. – European Network for Transfer and Exploitation of EU Project Results has its main purpose in providing a unique network structure mainly for the dissemination and sustainable use of EU project outcomes. E.N.T.E.R. therefore tries to connect the supply of European project results in different fields and sectors with the demand for innovation in different sectors in Europe through a modern solution easy to use.

E.N.T.E.R. network has more than 900 member organisations in 44 countries in varied fields and sectors, which share the spirit of the network to provide a strong basis for sustainable use of products as well as the set up of new cooperation opportunities. E.N.T.E.R. members are political decision makers, education and training organisations, regional development organisations, research organisations, chambers, social partners and many others.

Additionally to the services of the network, E.N.T.E.R. also acts proactively as project promoter, project partner and expert to foster dissemination and exploitation standards within the EU. Thereby, it specialises in developing dissemination and exploitation strategies and produces a wide range of dissemination materials to meet the individual needs of a project. E.N.T.E.R. is vastly experienced in the organisation of events and in the development of promotional campaigns.

Ms. Petra Kampf

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The Alexanderson Institute (Sweden)

The Alexanderson Institute (AI) is a network organization located in and belonging to the Municipality of Varberg. AI hosts corporate networks within different fields such as energy and environment, creative industries and IT.

The Institute also has a strong connection to higher education and advanced vocational training with its link to Multi-University Center Campus Varberg. AI has expertise in communication, dissemination and training as well as experience from various projects that focuses on the dialogue between business and public bodies.

Mr. Tomas Rasmussen

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INOVAMAIS (Portugal)

INOVA+ is the Portuguese leading company in the promotion and management of international projects of Innovation, Education & Training and Research & Technological Development. The company’s mission is to provide the knowledge, management capacity, partnerships and technical and financial support needed to ensure successful innovation projects to its customers.

The company has strong contacts with industrial associations, science parks, incubators and research centres and performers and is devoted to SMEs assistance, technology transfer and support services. Due to previous and ongoing projects and actions, there are strong relationships and synergies with other organizations.

The company has coordinated and is coordinating several Specific Support Actions and other projects, in the areas of ICT, transports, energy and security, namely: Fly Higher, Get-In, Star-net; Boost-it; Surface Net, Innovall, Tech-clinic SST, Star-Net-Transport, SecureChains and GPRIX. INOVA+ is also involved in the consortium C4BI – Cities for Business Innovation – Network of Urban Procurers.

Mr. Pedro Costa

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Otto-von-Guericke University Magdeburg – Faculty of Computer Science

The working group is involved in the actual planning process for ICT based learning solutions in partner schools in Magdeburg, using concepts such as personalised learning and „bring your own device”.

We develop and test technical and content-based concepts for computational education in schools at all levels.

The experience of the group has been developed over the last 20 years, starting with the opening of the first „Learning Lab” for teacher training. In 2009, our experiences culminated in the foundation of the competence center “Classroom of the Future”.

Mr. Henry Herper

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Ajuntament Viladecans (Spain)

The City of Viladecans, in the southern part of Barcelona metropolitan area, is located on the coast. The proximity to the capital of Catalonia allows for a good infrastructure network, being only 5 km far from the harbour of Barcelona and one km from the airport. Highways and railways also connect the city to the metropolitan area. The close position to Barcelona is affecting Viladecans’ demographic growth, with a high rate of young people (under 40 years old), accounting for 52% of the population.

Originally a centre based on agricultural economy, the city has been recently developed driving sectors mostly based on Small and Medium Enterprises (95% of the enterprises), that are mainly involved in the service sector (67,2%), constructions (17,2%) and industry (15,1%). Agriculture and industry still being important sectors, Viladecans aims to develop innovative technologies and networks, towards and attractive and efficient “smart city” vision.

Despite the difficult economic situation for public administrations, Viladecans has been engaged during the last years in investing in ICT towards a Smart Living city. The main objective is to turn citizens into smart citizens: people able to benefit form ICT facilities promoted by the Municipality in order to improve their quality of life. Viladecans has been developing in the last years an important infrastructure of optical fibre network and Wi-Fi Mesh for a Smart Living. The Council is working to remove digital divide as well as facilitating internet access for all dwellings to incorporate technology in daily life 5 years before the guidelines of the Digital Agenda for Europe. One example is the installation of digital blackboards in all the classrooms in the city in 2010; it has allowed new strategies for improving school success and has facilitated the creation of a living lab among enterprises and schools. Another example is a pilot project for distance health care for elderly people using tablets. It is important also to underline the new “smart school” Ponent that incorporates technology and energy sustainability.

Ms. Mireia Bel

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