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Project of the Month: Next Generation Internet building on EU-US collaboration

If the Next Generation Internet is to make the best of the internet we have, to the benefit of all, while weeding out the less desirable elements, we need to put our heads together.

The NGI Explorers project is part of the Fellowship Programme that provides top Internet researchers and innovators from Europe with the opportunity to develop their ideas through ‘Expeditions’ to the United States. The goal? Working side-by-side with a partner in the USA for three or six months to boost the impact of high-tech products and business ideas. The selected candidates, ‘the Explorers’, will get on board this immersive journey, which is entirely sponsored by the European Commission under the Next Generation Internet Initiative, to gain the skills and build the networks in the USA that will act as a catalyst for their ambitious ideas. The programme is focussing on emerging technologies such as AI, Blockchain, IoT, Big Data and all those enablers that will drive the Digital Economy in the next 15 years. The first Open Call for interested participants has been launched and organisers invite interested candidates to check the website for more information. Two more Open Calls will come in 2020, so stay tuned. “We are in the middle of an information revolution, but we need to try and imagine what the Internet will look like in the distant future if we want to have a hand in shaping it. Connected devices, homes, cars, this we can foresee, but what will the Internet of the third millennium look like and how can we design for that now? By enabling Europe’s best researchers and innovators to work closely with the best Internet talent in the US, we can make the most of the technological opportunities and catalyse the impact of their disruptive ideas. It’s more vital than ever to make sure we maximise common ground." Ms Iwona Stefanik, Coordinator of NGI Explorers, and Project Manager at F6S Network If you are interested in having your project featured in ‘Project of the Month’ in an upcoming issue, please send us an email to editorial@cordis.europa.eu and tell us why

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