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Acronym: INNOSOC 
Name: Innovative ICT Solutions for the Societal Challenges  
Project status: From: 2015-09-01 To: 2017-08-31 (Completed)
Contract number: (2015-1-HR01-KA203-013124); Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices – Strategic Partnerships 
Action line: ERASMUS + Ključna aktivnost 2 za područje visokog obrazovanja (2015) 
Type (Programme): Ostali 
Instrument: Ostalo 
Project cost: 203.389,00 EUR
Project funding: 203.389,00 EUR
Project coordinator
Organisation Name: Sveučilište u Zagrebu Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva 
Organisation adress: Unska 3, 10000 Zagreb 
Organisation country: Hrvatska 
Contact person name: doc. dr. sc. Vedran Podobnik 
Contact person email: Email 
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Croatian partner
Organisation name: Fakultet elektrotehnike i računarstva 
Organisation address: Unska 3, 10000 Zagreb, Hrvatska 
Contact person name: doc. dr. sc. Vedran Podobnik
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Partners
Organisation nameCountry
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE VALENCIA, Valencija Španjolska 
HOCHSCHULE FÜR TELEKOMMUNIKATION LEIPZIG, Leipzig  Njemačka 
SZECHENYI ISTVAN UNIVERSITY, Gyor Mađarska 
COLLEGE OF TELECOMMUNICATIONS AND POST, Sofija Bugarska 
ZILINSKA UNIVERZITA V ZILINE, Žilina  Slovačka 
INSTITUT MINES-TELECOM, Bretagne Francuska 
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY KOSICE, Košice  Slovačka 
UNIVERSITATEA DIN ORADEA, Oradea  Rumunjska 
DEBRECENI EGYETEM, Debrecen  Mađarska 
TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF SOFIA, Sofija  Bugarska 
Short description of project
Fast proliferation of information and communication technologies (ICT) caused certain negative side effects for society (e.g., increased energy usage or CO2 emissions). However, "innovation in ICT" and especially "innovation with ICT" offer potential solutions for some of the biggest societal challenges (e.g., reports "Smart 2020" and "Smarter 2020" by Global e-Sustainability Initiative). These are reasons why it is of great importance that students understand how ICT can be utilized to tackle societal challenges. The INNOSOC (Innovative ICT Solutions for the Societal Challenges) project is step forward in that direction, taken by consortium of 11 universities from 8 EU countries. The majority of consortium partners previously collaborated through ESM (European Student Meeting) and SUSCOMTEC (Intercultural knowledge transfer in engineering for a sustainable global ICT community) projects.      The main objective of the INNOSOC project is to set up a transnational multidisciplinary intensive study program in the field of innovations based on information and communication technology targeting societal challenges defined by Europe 2020 and Horizon 2020 programs.      The INNOSOC curricula, which will be available as multilingual open educational resource (OER) as well, consist of four main topic groups: - "Innovation" as a core topic; - intercultural topics, with focus on "Multicultural teams"; - ICT topics, with focus on "Innovative engineering based on ICT"; - student projects, with focus on "Case studies on how ICT can contribute to innovative societal development".     „Innovation“ as a core topic of the INNOSOC curricula follows multidisciplinary approach that includes innovation processes, intellectual property, as well as technology policy issues.      Intercultural part of curriculum uses interactive approach and focusses on multicultural teambuilding through exchange of practices from different cultures and by analysing societal challenges from local, regional and global perspectives.      ICT part explains why ICT is one of Key Enabling Technologies and therefore horizontal technology enabling innovative solutions for societal challenges. It includes practical examples tailored specifically for INNOSOC providing knowledge/insights into hot ICT topics – “innovation in ICT” and “innovation with ICT” (“green”, “smart”, “inclusive”, “disruptive”, …).      Student projects elaborate case studies related to the role of ICT in responding to societal challenges defined by Europe 2020 and Horizon 2020 programs:   - Health, Demographic Change and Wellbeing; - Food Security, Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry, Marine, Maritime and Inland Water Research and the Bio-economy; - Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy; - Smart, Green and Integrated Transport; - Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials; - Europe in a Changing World - Inclusive, Innovative and Reflective Societies; and - Secure Societies – Protecting Freedom and Security of Europe and its Citizens.      Student projects will be based on the “blended” mobility approach and organized in two phases: (i) preparatory (virtual mobility); and (ii) execution phase (physical mobility). Physical mobility will be implemented through two two-week workshops hosted by partner universities in 2016 (Zagreb) and 2017 (Valencia). Workshop participants will be professors (16 professors from 11 universities from 8 countries) and students (100 students from 11 universities from 8 countries) from partner universities.      Multilingual (on 8 EU languages) open course materials on innovation and entrepreneurship including case studies on how ICT can contribute to innovative societal development will be made free to access through the project web site. In that way INNOSOC project will have significant impact on national and EU level through serving on the long-term benefit of all citizens, academia and industry.      The main objective of the INNOSOC project is to set up a transnational multidisciplinary intensive study program in the field of innovations based on information and communication technology targeting societal challenges defined by Europe 2020 and Horizon 2020 programs. The INNOSOC curricula, which will be available as multilingual open educational resource (OER) as well, consist of four main topic groups: - "Innovation" as a core topic; - intercultural topics, with focus on "Multicultural teams"; - ICT topics, with focus on "Innovative engineering based on ICT"; - student projects, with focus on "Case studies on how ICT can contribute to innovative societal development".  
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