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Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting 2016 is over 04/11/2016

Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting 2016 is over

This year for the first time the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) awarded its prizes during the Annual Business in Małopolska Meeting (ABiMM). Their recipients were Zator Commune – for special services for Polish business, Woodward Poland for opening jobs for highly qualified Polish engineers, and for running research and development work in Niepołomice, and Reality Games for determination and madness in the exceedingly dynamic growth. The prizes were presented by Jadwiga Emilewicz, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Development, Józef Pilch, Governor of Małopolska, and Jacek Krupa, Marshal of the Małopolska Region. The KTP Special Prize was awarded to Krystyna Sadowska, Director of the Promotion and SEZ Development Department and the “mother of the ABiMM”.

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The special quest of the event was Jasiek Mela and his Foundation. In his exceedingly inspiring adress, Jasiek discussed his personal experience, activity of the foundation, and the planned Walk Camp for amputation patients. We encourage everyone to support the initiative.

The evening closed in gala concert by Julia Pietrucha and dinner in the modern premises of the showroom.

The host of the event was Małgorzata Popławska, KTP Vice President of the Board.

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28/09/2016

KPT and KKF partner 41st Gdynia Film Festival

The brightest highlight of the Polish cinema – the 41st Film Festival in Gdynia – is over. Its partners were the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) and Kraków Film Cluster (KKF). Our partnership introduced a range of actions promoting the region’s film sector conducted under a single motto – Film Małopolska. And this worked! Film Małopolska was present at the festival thanks to promotional campaigns conducted by all the partners of the Małopolska agreement.

Like in the previous years, the KKF and the KTP actively supported young Polish film artists, and funded awards in the Young Cinema competition. The Kraków Technology Park was financed of the main prize of PLN 10,000, and also – together with the Film Cluster – set up a special prize in the form of production and postproduction bonds of the total value of PLN 50,000.

The partners of the production bond prize were Akademia Multi Art , Cinelight  oraz Sound Mind Michał Fojcik. The bond covers the rental of the MultiLab KTP postproduction studio for the postproduction of film image: conforming, colour correction, DCP, and editing room rental.

Both the prizes were granted to Kordian Kądziela, director of Szczękościsk / Lockjaw and a graduate of the Faculty of Radio and Television of the University of Silesia.

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KPT and KKF partner 41st Gdynia Film Festival

The jury of the Young Cinema Competition presided over by Agnieszka Smoczyńska-Konopka and the KKF representatives jury were unanimous about awarding the special prize. The decision of the jury was also loudly applauded by the audience, which means it expressed the expectations of the audience and representatives of the sector alike. “Szczękościsk / Lockjaw is a very thought-provoking and original bid. We enjoyed the combination of various genres and the formal concept for the film. This promises a really interesting début, which – let’s hope – is going to take place in Małopolska, and have the support of the cluster and the KTP”, Aneta Zagórska, Director-General of the KKF, said.

“We set up this prize in the hope to stimulate the young cinema in Małopolska, and these are the results unfolding before our eyes, and with our support, as attested by the prizes awarded in Gdynia.” Krystyna Sadowska, Director of the KTP Promotion and SEZ Development Department added.

An additional element promoting the Małopolska film sector was the chillout zone, coorganised with Netia OFF Camera, Kraków Film Commission, and Kraków Technology Park. Partners of the zone also included Cinelight and Daul, who belong to the cluster. Members of the Kraków Film Cluster were material in the production of a number of films awarded at the festival. Worth mentioning is the success of Hycel / The Dog Catcher, directed by Daria Woszek, a member of the KKF, which was nominated Best Film in the Short Film Competition. We once again thank all our partners for the support of our promotional activities, and festival organisers for magnificent reception. Let’s meet in Gdynia next year!

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2nd European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC 08/09/2016

2nd European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC

Krakow Technology Park is the partner of the 2nd European Cybersecurity Forum – CYBERSEC in Kraków, Poland, on September 26-27, 2016 at ICE KRAKÓW Congress Centre.

 CYBERSEC is an annual public policy conference dedicated to various aspects of cyberspace and cybersecurity in Europe. The 1st edition of CYBERSEC was a great success. It gathered 400 participants from around the world, among whom were political decision-makers, diplomats, experts, business leaders and academic researchers. CYBERSEC  2015 was recognised by Concise Courses as one of Europe’s top 5 cybersecurity conferences.

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The innovative, target-oriented conception of the conference distinguished CYBERSEC from other events. Our goal is not only to discuss issues, but also to develop stakeholder-specific guidelines, policy recommendations and educational initiatives aimed at integrating the influential stakeholders who play a critical role in Europe’s cybersecurity. The formula of the conference enables us to promote multistakeholder co-operation as well as facilitating bilateral talks by many networking opportunities.

CYBERSEC 2016 speakers will include, among others: Anna Streżyńska – Poland’s Minister of Digital Affairs, Melissa Hathaway – Cybersecurity expert in administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama; Senior Advisor, Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Bogdan Święczkowski – Poland’s National Prosecutor, First Deputy to the Prosecutor General, Gen. Yair Cohen – Former Head of Unit 8200 of the Israel Defence Forces, CEO of PeriTech for Investment and Technology in Cyber Security, Nigel Inkster – Director of Future Conflict and Cyber Security, International Institute for Strategic Studies; Former Assistant Chief and Director of Operations and Intelligence, British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), Luigi Rebuffi – Secretary General of the European Cyber Security Organisation (ECSO), Jamie Shea – Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, NATO – UK, Alexander O’Cinneide – Managing Director and Head of Europe for Paladin Capital Group.

More details about the CYBERSEC formula and this year’s topics can be found in the attached teaser.

To register, please visit: https://cybersec2016.conrego.pl/

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06/09/2016

Success of Kraków company

We have the pleasure to announce that Synerise SA (former HG Intelligence SA), owner of synerise.com platform, has obtained capital for the development of new product class and introduction of the platform to the SME segment through private placement. In just two years, Synarise has reached the value of PLN 50 million. The company has registered seat in Kraków Technology Park (KTP), and is one of the investments supported by the KTP Seed Fund.

The company was incorporated by Miłosz Baluś, Krzysztof Kochmański, and Jarosław Królewski in July 2013. In the second quarter of 2014, it began investigating a unique technology, bringing together data and machine learning mechanisms together with artificial intelligence for optimisation of sales and marketing divisions operation.

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Success of Kraków company

Synerise.com to is an enterprise-class platform for large organisations that allows operation in omnichannel type systems of automated marketing and offers innovative data processing solutions. The tool integrates various channels of intelligence on organisation, clients, and their loyalty to brand, which greatly facilitates the making of strategic decisions related to marketing activity and predicts sales.

Currently, Synerise SA employs nearly 40 IT specialists. The company is the Honorary Patron of the Polish Artificial Intelligence Association, and a permanent partner of institutions of higher education, notably the AGH University of Science and Technology in Kraków

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Research commercialised in the zone 12/07/2016

Research commercialised in the zone

Switcher makes use of an innovative technology that is just entering final marketing phase. The advanced system for the logistics of railway turnouts designed, produced, and developed by the Kolejowe Zakłady Nawierzchniowe “Bieżanów” thanks to the funds from the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) will now go into serial production thanks to a new investment project conducted in the Kraków special economic zone. To make it possible, the Board of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) issued a permit for the company to operate within the zone a few days ago.

The company’s investment will include the development and further modernisation of the plant. The purpose is to launch the production of an innovative dumper car with a tipping platform, a safe and precise hydraulic lifting system, and special modules increasing the load rigidity and stabilisation. The Switcher will help to assemble railway turnouts faster, also on tracks dedicated for high velocity trains, maintaining the highest quality and durability of these elements of rail infrastructure as they are highly significant for travel security.

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Thanks to the technology developed at KZN, the production of a railway turnout, ending with the final assembly of the unit into the railroad system will run in a single, controlled technological process. The turnout will arrive at the place of its installation as a ready-to-assemble unit. This will make it possible to avoid its disassembly at the production plant and reassembly at the construction site, which had a negative impact on the precision and infallibility. The technology gained recognition among experts and practitioners in the field, and received numerous awards for innovation in the national Teraz Polska Competition, the regional Innovator Małopolski Competition, and in the industry-wide Ernest Malinowski Competition.

The investment project conducted in the KTP monetises the research work previously co-financed from the funds of the NCBiR, as part of the action 1.5 OP IE in the Innotech III programme, In-Tech path. KZN “Bieżanów” will invest at least PLN 30 million and set up at least 40 new jobs. At the moment, the companies employs 200 people.

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08/07/2016

Lajkonik in the zone

Modern technologies also enter food manufacturing plants. Lajkonik Snacks will develop its operation in Kraków special economic zone. Owners of the company decided to increase production, which entails the need to expand production facilities. The new hall will be developed for a state-of-the-art multi-technology line for production of salty snacks. The new line will make it possible to programme fully the process of production and to obtain unique tastes that are certain to find plenty of enthusiasts.

The investment outlay will exceed PLN 31.8 million and result in creating at least 30 new jobs.

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This is already the 12th permit issued by the Board of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP) this year.

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Velvet Care invests in the zone 01/07/2016

Velvet Care invests in the zone

Velvet Care, a company known very well in the Polish and international markets, decided to make a new investment. The leading Polish manufacturers of paper-based hygiene products is expanding the power plant operating in Klucze (Małopolska), by installing state-of-the-art machines producing tissue used in hygienic products.

Then investment will be completed in the Kraków special economic zone at the cost of PLN 170 million. The company employing 270 people, announced opening at least 50 new jobs. Velvet Care also runs research and development activity, and works closely with institutions of higher education, notably with the technical universities of Kraków and Łódź.

29/06/2016

KTP building architecture awarded!

It is our great pleasure to inform you that our building is a winner of Kraków mój dom / Kraków My Home competition organised by Dziennik Polski local daily, in the commercial and business category. The jury recognised the interesting architectural solutions and appreciated the arrangement of shared space designed for the tenants of the Kraków Technology Park (KTP). Thank you very much!

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KTP building architecture awarded!

The design is a work of Aleksander Mirek of Kontrapunkt V-Projekt.

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Polish ActInSpace finals at the KTP 27/05/2016

Polish ActInSpace finals at the KTP

The winner of the Polish edition of ActInSpace (AIS) is Blue Divine 1 from Łódź, who designed an app to let lorry drivers enjoy what is known as eco-driving. Congratulations!

Today, Kraków became the stage for fierce competition for the title of the best Polish concept to find everyday uses for space developed technologies. Our interstellar teams competed in the ActInSpace contest. Although it may sound farfetched (from space?), it is not. After all, the water filters we use in the kitchen were originally made to cater for the needs of space stations and were not brought down to the Earth until many years later. With this in mind, we can easily realise that such ideas can have magnificent business future. This year, the concepts were assessed by a number of experts, including Marek Moszyński, Vice President of the Polish Space Agency and Bartosz Sokoliński, the Director of the New Technologies Division in the Industry Development Agency (ARP).

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The finals were held at the Kraków Technology Park (KTP), which applies an array of means to support new technologies and promotes their application in Polish businesses. The finals gathered four teams: two from Kraków, one from Warsaw, and one from Łódź. All the four were winners of hackathons held previously in Warsaw and Kraków, where they proved better than 7 and 11 other teams respectively.

The winning team will represent Poland during the international finals in Toulouse, France. If you want to support the Polish team contending for the title of the best business idea in the space technology sector, do cheer them on Twitter, using #actinspace hashtag and don’t forget to add #gopoland.

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20/05/2016

Success of Digital Dragons 2016!

The jubilee 5th round of the Digital Dragons attracted over 1300 participants from 30 countries to Kraków. For two days, the capital of Małopolska became the centre of the video games world and the electronic entertainment sector. The Digital Dragons Awards were presented for the best games of 2015 during the event, which has earned itself a permanent place in the agendas of leading game developers and producers. For the first time, the main partner of the conference was Małopolska Region.

During two days, Kraków’s Old Tram Depot and the Museum of Municipal Engineering, provided the stage for 71 lectures and presentations by world-class specialists in various fields connected to the production, development, and marketing of videogames. The lectures by the brightest stars of the event – John Romero, Chris Avellone, Feargus Urquhart, and David Brevik – enjoyed great popularity, yet crowds arrived in the lecture halls also during the addresses by Polish developers, which corroborates the power and popularity of Polish games sector growing from year to year. Altogether, in the two days of the Digital Dragons, the participants listened to nearly 3200 minutes of talks and lectures.

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Success of Digital Dragons 2016!

A special guest of the Digital Dragons 2016 was Prime Minister Jarosław Gowin. Held during the event was a press conference with participation of Jarosław Gowin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Higher Education. The conference entitled Let’s Play Innovation: Millions for the Support of the Polish Games Sector addressed among others GAMEINN, a sectoral program addressed to the games industry that the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBiR) announced two weeks ago.

For years, the Digital Dragons Awards presentation ceremony has been one of the most important elements of the Kraków event. The awards are presented for the best productions of the previous year. In 2016, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt proved absolutely beyond match, winning four statuettes in Best Polish Game, Best Polish Game Art, Best Polish Game Audio, and Best Polish Game Design categories. The winner in the Best Polish Mobile Game category was This War of Mine produced by 11bit Studios, and the title of the Best Foreign Game was awarded to Life is Strange, a production of Dontnod Entertainment studio. Two special awards were also presented: Małopolska Game Award to Bloober Team for their exceptional contribution to the development of the sector in the region, and Michał Madej from CD Projekt RED was recognised for special contribution to the Polish gamedev. The partner of the gala was G2A.com.

The Digital Dragons was also an opportunity to run another round of the Indie Showcase for independent game developers. This year’s rivalry stood at a very high level, which was jointly emphasised by both conference participants and representatives of the jury evaluating the projects. Among the 60 projects submitted, it was a simulator of the emergency number operator, 911 Operator developed by Jutsu Games, that proved the winner. Besides the statuettes for the best game of the Indie Showcase, the creative artists left Kraków with PLN 10,000 from the Municipality of Kraków in their pocket, and an Oculus Rift from 11bit Studios, sponsor of the Indie Showcase. The runner-up was Crush Your Enemies from Vile Monarch studio, while Book of Demons from Thing Trunk ranked as third. Community Vote Award went into the hands of Space Boat Studios for Out of Reach. It is worth emphasising that nearly 3000 votes were cast in the online plebiscite.

Another great tractor during the Digital Dragons was the tent of Techland, one of the main partners of the event. Set up in the courtyard of the Old Tram Depot, it attracted developers and conference participants, giving them a short break opportunity, and inviting to participate in numerous competitions and meetings with developers working on Dying Light, the latest hit of the Wrocław-based studio. Techland also used the Kraków event for recruitment, actively seeking personnel for the two AAA productions announced in Kraków and developed at the Wrocław HQ of the company, with the total budget of PLN 300 million.

This year again a session of VC Speed Networking was organised during the Digital Dragons. During the short, two-minute presentations, the participants tried to attract the interest of representatives of 10 investment funds with their game-related projects. A regular element of the conference, the networking sessions enjoy an ever greater popularity, as proved, among others, by the growing number of potential investors participating in the event.

The Digital Dragons continues to develop, following the expectations of game developers. The Kraków Technology Park (KTP) persistently supports the development of this innovative sector of Polish economy.

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