2014 was a fantastic Year…

I’ve been bad for not keeping you all up to date on dbyhundred activities so, as we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year, here’s a potted summary of our greatest achievements this year;

SplashMaps is 4 times the size it was last year!
SplashMaps is 4 times the size it was last year!

1) I’ve been working nearly half my time on SplashMaps!  This year we made our weatherproof fabric maps go global!  Yes you can now choose a fabric map of anywhere in the world thanks to OpenStreetMap and our work with their finest. We also won awards for our cartography and kudos from the International Cartographic Association.for our popular destination and bespoke maps.  Got 2 minutes?  Here’s what we make; http://www.splash-maps.com/splashmaps-confidence-adventure/

Home Halo; IP all sorted... we've now gone public
Home Halo; IP all sorted… we’ve now gone public

2) Another “almost” half of the year has been spent with HomeHalo creating the worlds most simple way of managing your kids internet use.  I’ve been project manager from the start, taking the idea from concept through early prototyping now to manufacture and sales.  It’s a unique combination of hardware and cloud based services and draws on all my skills for international collaborations.

Working with the motor industry to forecast trends
Working with the motor industry to forecast trends

3) More Market Research work has been completed for SBD Ltd. using my expertise and contacts in the connected vehicle sector.  I was also very pleased to work with a new dbyhundred Ltd. star researcher for the first time on making new propositions in geo-research.  Every year the connections strengthen and new sources of info are found!

A new approach to innovation supported by European money.  And I help!
A new approach to innovation supported by European money. And I help!

4) I continue to work with the expert teams in the European Commission on a range of calls around innovation and implementation of cloud infrastructures.  These are great networking opportunities for all 3 of the above as well as the work which I carry out personally and is both fascinating, rewarding and helps keeps European technology ahead of the curve.

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EU Funding is about to change; here comes Horizon 2020

The UK’s team that looks after European FP7 funding for collaborations invited me to a workshop and briefing.  As an enticer they promised to share their views on the forthcoming Horizon 2020 plans from Europe which will replace the current funding frameworks (CIP, FP7 etc.).

Don't fall into the funding gap!
More money than ever, but don’t miss this train! The gap is going to be BIG!

I am not alone in thinking that the changes proposed (and not yet agreed) will miss deadlines in 2013 leading to a significant gap between the closure of the current funding cycles and the beginning of 2020.  If there’s no other message to take from this blog… LOOK AT THE current FP7 offerings NOW!  Forthcoming Deadlines at December 4th and January 15th are still  feasible for these 75% funded projects (of course I can help… see later ;-)).  These final calls in the FP cycle access the largest amount of money every provided, so the chances appear strong for your success!  Waiting for the CIP call may be a good idea (draft in my possession and publishing in January), but will be a lower reward typically at just 50% funding.

So what’s new in Horizon 2020?  A consolidation of all the funding types appears to be a typical attempt to simplify the process, but really it just chunks-up the funding in a different way.  If your research is anywhere near generic in a realm like ICT, then the right call for you could be found in any one of the social challenges.  Or perhaps you’d identify more with a “Key Enabling Technology” pilot which will be multidisciplinary, cutting across many technology areas with a bias towards convergence and integration.  A lot of emphasis is on initiatives that will help projects “cross the valley of death” between research and the market.  So as you would imagine a greater portion of the money is directed toward Innovation rather than pure R&D.

Venture capital features as a new element.  In the group of learned FP7 gurus in the BIS on Tuesday this was seen as a nod toward the SME’s as a new plan to address the co-funding issues that always arise.

For a heads up, here are the slides on Horizon 2020 from the FP7 UK guys  ict – h2020 v 0_7

If you do research, innovation, business and collaborations or want to expand your influence, motivate your people and gain from this significant amount of Euro cash, please get in touch with me to improve your chances of success.

doverton@dbyhundred.co.uk

EuroGeographics invited to negotiate over ELFI bid

EC negotiate with EuroGeographics on ELFI
David Overton was bid manager on the ELFI proposal which now advances to negotiation

More good news for a common geographic reference across Europe as the EC invite EuroGeographics to negotiations in September.

The ELFI (European Location Framework I) proposal achieved one of the highest possible scores at the bid stage.  With 14 out of 15 possible points there appears to be little that the commission would need to change to this bid.

David Overton at dbyhundred is very proud to have been Bid Manager on this proposal and is delighted to see that it progresses.

In parallel (and through some solid coordination) the European Commission are advancing their plans beyond INSPIRE to encourage a common “EU” location framework (EULF) for all public and private sector use under their ISA programme (Interoperability Solutions for a European Public Administrations).  Previously INSPIRE has been targeted at the Environmental community, but this development cements the location information industries importance at the heart of policy making in Europe.

David Overton bid managed the ELFI proposal which will be negotiated in September with the EC.

dbyhundred is tracking these trends and analysing forthcoming calls and potential tenders to help clients and associates win their bids in this exciting and growing area.