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Enthusiasts of open innovation in Kraków 30/08/2017

Enthusiasts of open innovation in Kraków

Today we have officially opened the OpenLivingLab Days 2017 Conference. The guests were welcomed among others by Tuija Hirvikoski, President of the European Network of Living Labs, Jacek Krupa Marshal of Małopolska Region and Józef Gawron, Deputy Governor of Małopolska, and on behalf of the KTP – by Wojciech Przybylski, its CEO and President of the Board.

Visitors from many corners of the world have arrived in Kraków. Represented here are Living Labs from Belgium, Brazil, China, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Sweden, UK, US, and many other countries. 250 people from all over the world will discuss how to use this state-of-the-art methodology to improve the life of citizens in cities, towns, and villages. Kraków will also benefit from the conference. Participants will visit institutions that provide public services for its residents, become familiar with their work, and share recommendations resulting from their own experience.

The conference is a fantastic opportunity to launch international contacts and find partners for projects.

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We are very glad to be the operator of the exceptional event that has gathered so many researchers, business people, and members of the international open innovation community from all over the world. Kraków Technology Park (KTP) is one of Poland’s two certified Living Labs and the organiser of the OpenLivingLab Days after Montréal (2016) and Istanbul (2015).

 

 

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25/08/2017

OpenLivingLab Days 2017

Krakow Technology Park is proud to invite to a unique international conference – OpenLivingLab Days 2017 (29 August-1 September, Krakow, Poland).

 

The event is co-organized by European Network of Living Labs, an organization from Brussels gathering businesses and institutions which employ the living lab methodology. There will be more than 250 guests from all over the world, who represent scientific, academic and business environments, local governments and active citizens. It is a one of a kind event, during which the best global practices in the area of employing living lab methodology in research and development, as well as technological innovations, will be presented.

 

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OpenLivingLab Days 2017

What is ahead of the guests of OpenLivingLab Days 2017?

  • 27 creative workshops in the areas of health care, smart cities, service design, ecology and living lab policies
  • 5 local challenges in Selective Waste Collection Point „Lamusownia”, LifeScience Park, Malopolska Greenery Authority, Traffic Management Center, Malopolska Laboratory of Energy Efficient Building
  • 4 panel discussions
  • keynote speakers from the European Union
  • innovation and research tracks
  • social dinner in Wieliczka Salt Mine the award ceremony for the Best Living Lab Project of 2016
  • meetings with the municipal and regional authorities, EU representatives from DG Research & Innovation, DG Connect and OECD
  • and plenty of networking opportunities!

 

 

The Strategic Partners of the OpenLiving Lab Days Conference are i.a.: The City of Krakow, Marshall Office of the Malopolska Region. The Honourable Partners are: The Ministry of Digital Affairs, The Ministry of Science and Higher Education, Malopolska Provincial Office in Krakow, the best universities in the city and state research institution – Jagiellonian University, AGH University of Science and Technology, Cracow University of Technology, Cracow University of Economics, and  The National Centre for Research and Development as well. The Business Partner of the conference is Synchronicity (an initiative looking for interesting IoT projects in Central Europe to invest in) http://synchronicity-iot.eu/. All will have the opportunity to discuss joint projects in the key areas during IoT workshop run by SynchroniCity. That EU Large Scale Pilot IoT initiative is responsible for a huge programme (150M €) and very relevant to demonstrate technology enabled citizen innovation.

 

 

More details here https://openlivinglabdays.com/

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The EBN Congress 04/07/2017

The EBN Congress

The Congress of the EBN: European network of business and innovation centres was held early in July. The Kraków Technology Park (KTP) is one of its three Polish members. The Congress attracted over 600 participants representing 40 countries from all over the world. The 26th meeting of practitioners of incubation and innovation in established businesses and start-ups was held in Enghien-les-Bains near Paris for the first time. The congress was an opportunity to exchange ideas, best practices, and networking. Among the Board of the EBN in the photo, you can see its Polish member, Krzysztof Krzysztofiak, director of the technology park division at the KTP.

26/04/2017

Lajkonik expands its operation in the Kraków sez

The board of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) has issued the second permit to Lajkonik Snacks, a company operating in Skawina that decided to increase its production capacity. The plant will be extended and equipped with the latest production equipment. A new production hall and warehouse will be built. The company intends to invest at least PLN 34 million and open at least 30 new jobs. Currently, Lajkonik employs 440 people. All the jobs, also including the new ones, will be retained at least until 31 March 2024.

This is the 241st permit to conduct business in the special economic zone issued by the KTP, and the fifth issued this year. The total investment outlay declared by the investors in 2017 exceeds PLN 217 million. Moreover, the companies operating in the special economic zone (sez) have undertaken to increase their employment by 331 jobs.

 

Lajkonik expands its operation in the Kraków sez
Wargaming Labs at Digital Dragons as Indie Showcase Partner! 10/04/2017

Wargaming Labs at Digital Dragons as Indie Showcase Partner!

Wargaming Labs is proud to be the Indie Showcase partner at Digital Dragons 2017. The annual event, taking place at the ICE Kraków Congress Center in Kraków, Poland on May 2223, 2017, gathers some of the greatest gaming talent from across the globe.

The Indie Showcase gives independent developers a unique opportunity to present their games to a selected audience of industry peers, veterans, and experts, and net some prestigious awards. Among the accolades is the Best Indie Game Award competition, an awesome chance to collect valuable feedback on your game from judges and hundreds of attendees alike.

We are extremely pleased to have such a great Indie Showcase partner. Wargaming Labs presence on Digital Dragons

For Wargaming Labs, alongside being a judge in the Best Indie Game Award, Digital Dragons is a fantastic opportunity to lend their expertise and meet great game creators. The team has their sights on the PC space, and they’ll be chatting with both emerging and established talent.

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“Digital Dragons is the biggest game industry event in Central Europe and we jumped at the chance to become its Indie Showcase partner,” said Andrey Gruntov, Global Publishing Director, Wargaming Labs. “We know the Showcase is an important stepping-stone on the way to success for many indie developers, and with our goal of continuing to participate in international expos and conferences, it’s a perfect venue to really get to know talented devs.”

In the meantime, check out the Digital Dragons website to learn more about the event and how to attend:

 

About Wargaming Labs

Wargaming Labs is an organizational unit within Wargaming that acts as a breeding ground for new ideas and solutions. We believe that people and companies with great ideas should be given an opportunity to shine and those with talent should be nurtured.

Wargaming Labs is aimed at testing and implementing innovative projects created within Wargaming or shared with us. It will generate, evaluate, and launch in-house products that go beyond the company’s paradigm, as well as support external development teams in game creation and publishing.

Here we experiment with new game mechanics, platforms, services, business models, and help create new products in cooperation with 3rd party developers.

Wargaming works with 3rd party studios worldwide, publishing games across a number of platforms. We believe that good ideas become great when working together and are open for collaboration.

To learn more about Wargaming Labs and also submit your project, please visit: wargaminglabs.com

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03/03/2017

Mabuchi already in the zone

The Kraków Technology Park (KTP) issued a permit for operation in the Kraków economic zone to Mabuchi Motor Poland sp. z o.o., a company set up by the Japanese Mabuchi Motors corporation for investments in Poland. It is the company’s first investment in Europe.

As part of the project covered by the permit, Mabuchi declared an investment outlay of PLN 113 million and opening 253 new jobs. As company representatives have announced, this is only the first stage of development. The total investment intended in Bochnia zone lies in the range of PLN 360 million, and envisages setting up of a new production plant for the production of parts for the automotive industry, including electric motors and combustion engines, electronics, electric and electronic devices for motor vehicles, bearings, cogs, and drives elements.

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Mabuchi already in the zone

It is not without a reason that the investor decided to open their facility in the Bochnia Economic Activity Zone: a location situated by an exit from the A4 motorway. The Bochnia subzone is one of the most attractive investment areas in Małopolska. The efforts of Bochnia territorial authorities, lasting for 10 years and including the purchase of land, acquisition of EU funds for estate development, and road construction, is today rewarded with entrepreneurs choosing to open their new investments precisely there. The successful launches by Werner Kenkel and Gór-Stal have set a good example for others. Today, the Bochnia zone can already boast 10 new investment projects and this is certainly not going to be the end. “We are glad to have our contribution in the success”, Wojciech Przybylski, CEO of the KTP, said. “We hope that the success in Bochnia will become a good example for other communes. It is worthwhile to aim for the establishment of industrial zones covered by the status of special economic zone. In this case it also makes sense to think in the perspective of at least a decade, because these are not processes that happen from day to day”, he added.

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Digital Dragons Awards 2017: The conference team announces the nominees, introduces new categories 02/03/2017

Digital Dragons Awards 2017: The conference team announces the nominees, introduces new categories

Krakow becomes the European gamedev capital on May 22 through 23, for the duration of the Digital Dragons conference, the yearly summit of game developers, publishers, investors, media, and other people professionally involved in this most prolific branch of the entertainment industry. Like every year, the sixth consequent conference will see the gala of the Digital Dragons Awards handed out to those achieving exceptional feats in game design. In this year’s edition those most prestigious accolades presented in Poland will be awarded in eight categories. The list of nominees has been made public!

As the event tradition calls, the Poland based developers will compete for the accolades in the Best Polish Game, Best Polish Mobile Game, Best Polish Game Design, Best Polish Game Art, and Best Polish Game Audio. The eighth category – Best Foreign Game of 2016 – will give the Polish gaming professionals community a chance give due recognition to the notable titles from around the world, that have made a splash in 2016. The brand new Best VR Game and Best Polish DLC categories complete the lineup for the sixth edition of the Digital Dragon Awards. Here are the nominees:

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Nominated to Best Polish Game of 2016:

  • Bound (Plastic)
  • Shadow Warrior 2 (Flying Wild Hog)
  • Sky Force Reloaded (Infinite Dreams)
  • SuperHot (SUPERHOT team)

 

Nominated to Best Polish Mobile Game of 2016

  • 60 Seconds! (Robot Gentleman Studios)
  • Crush Your Enemies! (Vile Monarch)
  • ..Sir! The Insult Simulator (Vile Monarch)
  • Sky Force Reloaded (Infinite Dreams)

 

Nominated to Best Polish Game Design of 2016

  • Book of Demons (Thing Trunk)
  • Bound (Plastic)
  • ..Sir! The Insult Simulator (Vile Monarch)
  • SuperHot (SUPERHOT team)

 

Nominated to Best Polish Game Art of 2016

  • Book of Demons (Thing Trunk)
  • Bound (Plastic)
  • Shadow Warrior (Flying Wild Hog)
  • SuperHot (SUPERHOT team)

 

Nominated to Best Polish Game Audio of 2016

  • Bound (Plastic)
  • Detached (Anshar Studios)
  • Layers of Fear (Bloober Team)
  • Lichtspeer (Lichthund)
  • Shadow Warrior 2 (Flying Wild Hog)
  • SuperHot (SUPERHOT team)

 

Nominated to Best Polish DLC of 2016

  • Dying Light: The Following (Techland)
  • Superhot VR (SUPERHOT team)
  • This War of Mine: The Little Ones (11bit studios)
  • Wiedźim 3: Krew i Wino (CD Projekt RED)

 

Nominated to Best VR Game of 2016

  • Bound VR (Plastic)
  • Detached (Anshar Studios)
  • SuperHot VR (SUPERHOT team)
  • The Vanishing of Ethan Carter VR (The Astronauts)

 

Nominated to Best Foreign Game of 2016

  • Doom (Bethesda Softworks)
  • Firewatch (Panic Inc.)
  • Inside (PlayDead)
  • Overwatch (Activision Blizzard)

The expectations of gamers, the technology, the market dynamics – all is subject to change. The Krakow Technology Park, the event’s organizing party, along with the awards board introduced two new categories, keeping Digital Dragons Awards aligned with the pace of the industry.  First of them, the Best Polish DLC of 2016 is meant to reward the creators of the best downloadable content package for a published game. The dreaded three letters – DLC – have been spawning controversy and polarized reactions for years. For some fans, the downloadable content is a welcomed extension of one’s visit to their favorite game for a reasonable fee. Others deem it an unhealthy practice leading to the crippling of dissected products for extra profit. In recent years, the Polish studios such as CD Projekt RED or Techland, arguably working against the current of the market trends, redeemed the DLS in the eyes of the global gaming community delivering expansions for games such as The Witcher 3 or Dying Light, so elaborate and thought-through that they launched into a new tier for gamers’ expectation of what the publisher might want to sell as content separate from the base product. Just two years ago, the introduction of the DLC category to an award programme might have been an unpopular call. This year, lack of such category would be nothing but unfair.

Even though the year 2016 that is subject to the jury’s consideration can hardly be deemed „the year of VR”, as the expected revolution in electronic entertainment, announced by many virtual reality kit manufacturers, did not detonate like a megaton bomb, it’s still hard to ignore the market building up towards a breakthrough. VR is no longer a thing of the R&D departments, nor the hardcore tech enthusiasts. It has graduated into the consumer electronics sector and found its way – in one form or another – into the hands of millions of gamers worldwide. Calling the VR gaming market ripe for the picking would be a bit of a stretch, but the hardware producers and tech evangelists have done a terrific job of preparing the soil for the game creators to plant their quickly sprouting ideas. The Best VR Game of 2016 category for the first time observes titles taking much of what the developing medium has to offer and turning it into viable commercial titles fit to satisfy the high expectations of the consumers anxious to explore the new horizons of digital entertainment.

As usually, the nominations were placed by the most renowned Polish gamedev professionals. The Digital Dragons Awards jury, with the Editor-in-Chief of the Gry.Onet.pl portal as the chairman, in 2017 is: Mariusz Borkowski, gamemusic.pl, Jerzy Poprawa, Editor-in-Chief of the CD Action magazine, Krystian Smoszna Editor-in-Chief of the GRYOnline.pl portal, Grzegorz Marczak, owner and Editor-in-Chief of the Antyweb.pl tech blog, Piotr Mańkowski Editor-in-Chief of the PIXEL magazine, and Paweł Węgrzyn, the Head of Games Technology Department at the Jagiellonian University. The awards gala will inaugurate the first conference day afterparty.

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21/12/2016

Selvita: developing and investing

Selvita SA, a biotech company from the Jagiellonian Centre of Innovation, decided to build its HQ in the Kraków special economic zone. On the power of two permits issued by the Board of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP), the company will invest over PLN 30 million and open at least 124 jobs. Its new laboratories will develop by the Jagiellonian University Campus in Pychowice.

“We’re enthusiastic about the dynamic development of Selvita. Active in investigation and development of oncological medications, the company has taken nine years to move from a typical start-up to a fully-fledged listed company. Not a unique case in our zone. Our fingers are crossed for Selvita, especially with respect to the area of expertise and their business model being clearly based on export rather than import of know-how and intellectual property”, Wojciech Przybylski, the CEO of the KTP explained issuing the permit.

Selvita SA, the largest innovative biotech company in Central and Eastern Europe was set up in 2007 and is dominant in a capital group of six companies. Since 2014 it’s had the status of an R&D centre. and in 2015 its branches opened in the world’s leading biotech hubs: Boston and San Francisco (US), and Cambridge (UK). Currently Selvita Group employs over 360 people, of whom a third hold doctorates, and is listed at Warsaw stock exchange.

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Selvita: developing and investing

The research and development at Selvita focus on the discovery and development of oncological medications. Studying cancer, the company cooperates with international hallmark names, notably H3 Biomedicine, Merck, Felicitex Therapeutics, and Nodthera Therapeutics/Epidarex Capital. Its flagship is SEL24, has been accepted for clinical trials on AML (acute myeloid leukemia) patients. The second most advanced project is SEL120, the first in its class low-molecule CDK8 kinase inhibitor that has entered pre-clinical trials. Selvita also offers a broad range of integrated services in new drug development, chemistry, biology, biomechanics, and bio IT.

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New start-up accelerator in Kraków 22/11/2016

New start-up accelerator in Kraków

The Polish Agency for Enterprise Development (PARP) announced establishment of 10 start-up accelerators in Poland yesterday. One of them will be set up in Kraków and will be managed by the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) in cooperation with Kraków Airport and EC Grupa.

Accelerator, that is a programme of support for young technology businesses, will be launched early in 2017. Companies admitted to the accelerator will be covered by a 3-month support programme that envisages work with experienced mentors, experts in the sector, and business coaches. The accelerator aims at speeding up the development of young technology businesses and working out a new, dynamic path for their development. A significant part of the programme is the presentation of non-refundable grants of maximum PLN 200,000 to selected companies. The grant will let young businesses purchase the necessary services and develop their products.

The Kraków accelerator will support businesses dealing with innovative solutions for industry to streamline processes in production, logistics, warehousing, resource management, and quality control. Any young technological company working on the application of new solutions aiming at increasing efficiency in industry may participate in the ScaleUp programme of the Kraków Technology Park, and the programme welcomes businesses from all over Poland. Yet, as Wojciech Przybylski, CEO of the Kraków Technology Park, said “we are keen to have not only start-ups among the beneficiaries of the programme, but also industrial companies that will use the innovative solutions that they are going to develop in the accelerator. We intend to devote plenty of attention to the construction of cooperation platforms between these two environments.”

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The success of the accelerator is guaranteed by the participation of mature and experienced businesses from Małopolska in the programme. EC Grupa is one of the most dynamically developing engineering companies in Poland, focused in development in multiple fields. It is active in research and development, and provision of solutions for various sectors of industry. Running highly innovative projects, the company will certainly set the hurdle for project participants very high, but it will also share its priceless experience with them. A highly valuable strategic partner is the Kraków Airport. An airport is the highly complex organism, where you can test and implement innovative ideas ranging from sensors, via monitoring and client care support technologies, to advanced systems supporting business processes. It is a small town visited every day by hundreds of staff from different companies and thousands of clients, i.e. passengers. The field for innovative implementations is extensive indeed.

“We hope that the infrastructural facilities of the KTP and the experience of Kraków Airport will result in future innovative solutions that also passengers will be able to use. Competing for airlines and passengers, airports focus on continuous quality improvement of the services they provide. Kraków Airport is an unquestioned leader among Polish regional airports. It is time that apart from infrastructure investments, the company focused on new technologies”, Radosław Włoszek, CEO of Kraków Airport explained.

The openness of the Kraków Airport and EC Grupa to cooperation as well as the experience of both the companies in development of innovative solutions and their implementation have made it possible to set up an attractive support programme for start-ups. It is also worth emphasising that Małopolska entrepreneurs have joined the programme in the capacity of supporting partners. The activity of accelerator will also be supported by seven innovative production companies active in the Kraków special economic zone.

Participants will be given everything that it takes to reach for success in the market: knowledge, experience, contact, and financing. For those potentially interested in the programme, let us mention that the call for applications will be launched in the spring of 2017, yet it’s worthwhile to observe and participate in all actions that support the development of technology businesses conducted by the Kraków Technology Park.

 

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04/11/2016

Largest investment in Kraków zone since MAN

Today, the Japanese Mabuchi Motor corporation informed about its decision to start a new investment in the Kraków special economic zone. Mabuchi will operate in one of the subzones situated in Małopolska, and by 2023 will have invested around PLN 360 million and open 400 new jobs. The planned developed in Poland will be Mabuchi’s first in Europe.

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Largest investment in Kraków zone since MAN

Talks concerning the investment continued from the spring. The Kraków Technology Park (KTP) presented the investor with a handful of possible options. Mabuchi Motor decided to open its investment in one of the subzones located in the vicinity of the motorway. The negotiations included the participation of the authorities of the commune and of Małopolska Region.

https://www.mabuchi-motor.com/investor/

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