The objective of NICE is to strengthen the European ICT sector by networking clusters, having in mind that information and communication technologies (ICT) are playing a key role in achieving the main objectives of the Lisbon strategy. NICE seeks to bridge the gap between regions with a highly innovative business environment due to ICT innovations and cluster building and those regions less advanced. Therefore, NICE aims at supporting networking, co-operation, transfer of knowledge and initiation of joint projects between advanced ICT clusters of the European Economic Area and associated countries through (1) Analysing clusters and entrepreneurial networking in the participating regions; (2) Carrying out workshops to exchange experience and expertise and to initiate sustainable learning processes; (3) Organising workshops to initiate and implement joint projects, business strategies and task forces; (4) Developing policy recommendations based on the gained key findings; (5) Disseminating results and exploiting synergies among other (ICT) clusters and related EU projects like PAXIS or the intended accompanying measure in INNOV6.
The project consortium consists of partners from three clusters (Paderborn, Tampere and Berne), two associated regions (Ankara and Moravian-Silesian Region) and the Institute for Work and Technology as leading scientific partner with cluster policy know-how. The idea is, to bring together clusters of the same sector but with different foci: each cluster combines different parts of the ICT sector in a specific way. By covering the bigger part of the ICT value chain, the project aims at maximising complementarities and synergies. Following this approach, a great number of potential co-operations, joint projects and innovative ideas driven by competition can be assumed at the same time.
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