What does the EIT do?

Founded in 2008, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is a unique EU initiative that boosts innovation and entrepreneurship across Europe with one simple idea: through diversity there is strength. It supports the development of dynamic pan-European partnerships between leading universities, research labs and companies. Together they develop innovative products and services, start new companies, and train a new generation of entrepreneurs. They bring ideas to market, turn students into entrepreneurs and, most importantly, they innovate. These partnerships are known as EIT Innovation Communities.

The EIT’s support helps innovators and entrepreneurs across Europe to turn their ideas into products and services for the market. This is crucial for fulfilling the mission of the EIT: delivering the jobs and sustainable economic growth opportunities that Europe is seeking. The EIT is playing a vital role in helping to increase economic growth and create jobs.

(source: https://eit.europa.eu/eit-community/eit-glance)

EIT Health

Promoting entrepreneurship and innovations in healthy living and active ageing, EIT Health is a consortium of more than 50 core partners and 90 associate partners from leading businesses, research centers and universities from across 14 EU countries. EIT Health was designated as an EIT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) by the EIT Governing Board on December 9, 2014.



The goal of EIT Health is to contribute to increasing the competitiveness of European industry, improve the quality of life of Europe’s citizens and the sustainability of healthcare systems.

The partnership will promote entrepreneurship and develop innovations in healthy living and active ageing, providing Europe with new opportunities and resources. This will be achieved through delivering products, concepts and services, including educational programs that will nurture talents and train the workforce of tomorrow.

Adopting an investor approach, EIT Health will drive the integration of business; research and higher education, boost innovation, and be a catalyst for new solutions for Europe.

(source: https://eit.europa.eu/eit-community/eit-health)

EIT Health seeks to address three key challenges by working to:

Promote healthy living, by increasing awareness of good habits and encouraging changes in our behavior.
Support active ageing, by developing tools to help all of us work more flexibly and live longer in our own homes.
Improve healthcare, through innovations that empower patients.

Outcomes achieved:

Better health
Economic growth and competitiveness
Sustainable healthcare systems

(source: https://www.eit-health.eu/about)

Cooperation of T-Systems Slovakia, EIT Health & University Science Park TECHNICOM

The area of health has long been considered one of the key and most discussed topic in our region. Thanks to long-term international activities in the field of innovation and research, T-Systems Slovakia and UVP TECHNICOM have managed to make a partnership with the European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT) in the field of health. This collaboration will provide not only students, but also start-ups and employees of T-Systems Slovakia the opportunity to come up with innovative ideas that will contribute to improvements in health, healthy lifestyle and active ageing.

“The European innovation world is made up of the Horizon 2020 scientific and research program, one of the largest of its kind in the world. It is important to come up with products which can be considered as innovation at their final phase. The most important is to create solutions and products that people can benefit from as much as possible. And exactly here T-Systems Slovakia wants to offer its long experience,” says Peter Breyl – a member of Innovlab Kosice.

EIT Health is a direct institution of the European Commission and is one of the largest healthcare initiatives around the world. Its aim is to promote health innovations and thus create the foundation for a healthy lifestyle for people across Europe. It consists of a consortium of more than 50 major partners and 90 affiliated partners from leading companies, research centres and universities from 14 EU countries. The fact that T-Systems Slovakia and UVP TECHNICOM have become part of this association opens new development opportunities for our region.

The goal of such cooperation is to create a strong network of partners with the clear mission to speed entrepreneurship and innovations in healthy lifestyle and active ageing. This is thanks to the provision of new opportunities, financial support and mentoring of talents within Europe for the benefit of all citizens.

“Our company has long been considered one of the key players in ICT in Slovakia. Innovations are part of our corporate culture, and our people give us the opportunity to apply innovations to the real solutions and product. And thanks to this cooperation, we have intensified our relationship with our German branch, which is responsible for business in the health sector. I believe that thanks to this cooperation, we will set a new level of technological transformation in our region,“ says Juraj Girman, Vice President of Telekom IT T-Systems Slovakia

As a part of this cooperation, this year, we will organize a variety of events for students, start-ups and employees of T-Systems Slovakia dedicated to the health sector in our region. On October 1, 2018 the First IT Innovation Bootcamp will be held in the premises of UVP TECHNICOM and will be the initial event for the public. Traditional Coder Fest will follow the event. In addition, we are actively working on the first project that will enable inhabitants of Košice to use the Internet of Things technology in their everyday lives. It should be revealed at the beginning of November 2018. Read more about our events and activities at our website: eit-health.myt-systems.sk.

WE ALREADY KNOW THE WINNERS OF THE IT INNOVATION BOOTCAMP

The most successful project was the one which motivates people to move

Participants of the first IT INNOVATION BOOTCAMP presented their ideas at the University Science Park TECHNICOM on October, 2, 2018. The event was organized thanks to the cooperation of T-Systems Slovakia, UVP TECHNICOM and European Institute for Innovation and Technology (EIT Health) as a part of the Innovation Hub project.

Aim of this one day event was to transform the innovative ideas into the real projects and afterwards present them to the committee. Participants have experienced the process of creating innovative ideas and solutions using the Design Thinking methodology.

Each team chose one out of eight topics from Horizon 2020 program, area of Health, Demographic Change and Well Being. Teams worked with this idea and brought it to the final project proposal. Each phase of Design Thinking methodology was consulted with the experts from the academic field and also with experts from business and health care area.

“Our company has long been considered one of the key players in ICT in Slovakia. Innovations are part of our corporate culture, and our people give us the opportunity to apply innovations to the real solutions and product. And thanks to this cooperation, we have intensified our relationship with our German branch, which is responsible for business in the health sector. I believe that thanks to this cooperation, we will set a new level of technological transformation in our region,“ says Juraj Girman, Vice President of Telekom IT T-Systems Slovakia

“It is a really intuitive process during which the problem is analyzed from different perspectives. I was very surprised that we did not have to come up with a final product today, but we systematically worked on our idea” said one of the participants Alexandra Dorčáková about Design Thinking methodology.

At the end of the Bootcamp teams presented their innovative project proposals for the area of health to the committee consisting of Assoc. Prof. František Jakab PhD. from Department of computers and informatics TUKE and also Director of UVP TECHNICOM, Assoc. Prof. Beáta Gavurová, PhD. MBA, Vice Dean for Scientific and Research Activities and Doctoral Study at Faculty of Economics TUKE, Ing. Peter Ťapák, Head of the Regional Development and Planning at the Office of Košice Self-governing Region, Ing. Juraj Girman, Vice President of Telekom IT T-Systems Slovakia, Martin Smatana , MSc., Head of Health Policy Institute and at the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic and Ing. Ivan Radvák, leader of the City of Tevelopers at T-Systems Slovakia.

Within few hours, many inspiring and innovative ideas were created, e.g. an interactive assistant in the treatment of colorectal cancer, an application for the support in the area of active ageing and secondary work market, an application for continuous health monitoring, a proposal to address the problem of loneliness of seniors through learning and sharing knowledge and skills, a food wasting project, a project of efficient food production through community gardens and the solution for the first aid interventions. Evaluation of presented projects took into account the applicability of the project in the region, its innovative potential, feasibility and impact on the inhabitants of the Košice region.

Many outputs from the presented projects challenged the support of local institutions, employers, the Ministry of Health of the Slovak Republic etc. Since their representatives were present at the committee, numerous questions were raised and also there was a direct feedback from stakeholders. So the sustainability and applicability of the project was tested and the whole activity gained more addressable content and joy from the proposed projects”, Assoc. Prof. Beáta Gavurová, PhD. MBA, Vice Dean for Scientific and Research Activities and Doctoral Study at Faculty of Economics TUKE.

The winning project at the Bootcamp was the one bringing the idea of new way of bike sharing. Its aim is to promote a healthy lifestyle of the inhabitants of the Košice region and to motivate them to move through a loyalty system of public transport. “We regularly use bicycles and we love loyalty programs, so we have decided to merge them all in our project. We have chosen this topic for tour project during the day,” explains Tomáš Lorinc and Jakub Hovanec, the authors of the winning project and the new owners of the electronic scooters. Tomáš studies at the Department of Theoretical and Industrial Electrical Engineering FEI TUKE and Jakub works at T-Systems Slovakia currently at a non-technical position. They got to know each other right at the Bootcamp and they would like to cooperate together in the future.

“IT Innovation Bootcamp is the first of several activities planned within our cooperation with EIT Health. We offer the opportunity for everyone with an idea or a vision to try to implement it and so to create innovative solutions for the area of health and health care, but also to prove that IT in the east of Slovakia has a perspective for the whole European market,” says Juraj Girman, Vice President of Telekom IT T-Systems Slovakia.

Since May 2018 T-Systems Slovakia has been cooperating with the European Institute for Innovation and Technology in the area of health, healthy lifestyle and active ageing (EIT HEALTH). The aim of this partnership is to support innovative ideas up to the phase when they can become competitive products or services, which will improve the healthcare sector.

Museum Alone

T-Systems Slovakia has been a leader in information technology and innovation in Slovakia for a long time. Continuous cooperation with local academic and national institutions allows us to analyse the current situation and perceive the position of the region to be able to apply new technologies. Recently, our effort has been to expand our competencies for new and interesting knowledge and introduce T-Systems Slovakia to the local market in a new light what can increase our competitiveness and our flexibility in operations.

The story that we begin to write started in 2017 at the Hackathon event regularly organized in Košice. A group of students (Filip Hudzík, Veronika Matejová, Marek Haluška) came up with an interesting idea that they dealt with during their university studies. In the competition the project was a great success where the idea of helping people with visual impairment using the IoT solution was strong enough for the company management to decide to welcome the group of students in T-Systems Slovakia and support them in this activity. The development of this idea was actively captured by the City of Tevelopers community, which has significant development and organizational capabilities together with Innovlab Košice, which supports R&D projects. Leader of the City of Tevelopers Ivan Radvak says: “Realization of such projects gives us additional opportunities to confirm our exceptional position in the market and to enable the knowledge development of our development capabilities.”

The growing interest in building new competencies, the innovative potential of our employees and their long experience with the realization and development of many major projects have provided a strong foundation for the development of IoT competencies in our company.

museum

The essence of this project is the development and research in the field of health care, namely the implementation of a network of sensors - location beacons as an integral navigation and application that will serve as an active aid for people with visual disabilities. All this based on MVP – Minimum Viable Product. In order to be able to validate this product sufficiently, we have established cooperation with the East Slovak Museum and the Slovak Union of Blind and Partially Sighted. After consultations with these partners, the place where the product will be implemented was defined in the East Slovak Museum mentioned above, namely in the frame of the permanent exhibition Rodosto. Expected delivery is Q4/ 2018 when the product will be handed over to the East Slovak Museum. Currently we have already had a third meeting where the scope of the project was defined in detail.

Location beacons as a solution is not a novelty within the DTAG, PoC and concrete projects have been already implemented. However, we strive to extend the potential for healthcare, where the plan is to consider this solution in the future as a product that we can offer to our customers in the field of healthcare. In addition, our employees will gain knowledge that will be available for similar projects across DTAG.

“We do not want this innovative project to be the last one to be released into the world. We want to continue with this trend and in cooperation with the academic partners and business partners of DTAG, accelerate the application and validation of R&D outputs to the market. We also have a strong support from the management of the Telekom IT Division, especially from the business perspective of its Vice President, Juraj Girman,“ says Peter Breyl from Innovlab Košice.

For more information about the progress of this project you can check the YAM website. You will be informed also through our direct distribution channels to our partners. Detailed outputs from this project will be provided upon request.

OPEN OPPORTUNITIES / EVENTS

  • 01. October 2018

    Innovation IDEA BOOTCAMP

    (Health and Design Thinking methodology)

    1. Design Thinking
    2. Presentation of topics, Dividing of participants into teams
    3. Pitching speech
    4. The Committee – choosing the best team to win a valuable prize
    5. Each participant will be rewarded with a technological gadget
  • 17. October 2018

    Coder Fest

    special prize dedicated for the area of health and health care

    Special topic dedicated to the area of health, healthy living, active ageing, health care and the field of IT.

  • The launch of the IoT product Museum Alone that will serve as an active aid for people with visual impairments during their museum visit. The mobile application communicates with Location Beacons. The East Slovak Museum in Košice, Hrnčiarská 7, at the Rodošto Exposition.

  • Opportunities EIT

    Comming soon...

Steering team

Ing. Juraj Girman

Vice President Telekom IT T-Systems Slovakia

T-Systems Slovakia

Ing. Peter Breyl

Project Manager

T-Systems Slovakia

peter.breyl@t-systems.com

+421 914 360 034

Mgr. Martina Gogová, PhD.

Project Manager

T-Systems Slovakia

Assoc. Prof. Beáta Gavurová, PhD. MBA

Vice dean for Scientific and Research Activities and Doctoral Study

EkF TUKE

Assoc. Prof. František Jakab, PhD.

Director UVP TECHNICOM

TUKE