EU Call for Proposals: Multi-use of the marine space, offshore and near-shore: pilot demonstrators

Activities shall develop pilots by involving industrial actors and by integrating the available knowledge, technologies and facilities, in particular capitalising on the results of EU and national projects for the development of multi-use platforms or co-location of different activities in a marine space, and relevant support offshore vessels and autonomous vehicles.
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EU Call for Proposals: The Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative

Proposals shall address one of the following sub-topics: blue cloud services, or ocean observations and forecasting, or technologies for observations (in 2020). Actions shall demonstrate integration, capacity and (scientific, economic etc) potential.
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EU's Call for Proposals: Modelling international trade in agri-food products

Trade modelling has a long-standing tradition but some issues are notoriously difficult to assess and include in the existing simulation models.
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EU Call for Proposals: Circular bio-based business models for rural communities

Based on an established agro-food system, proposals shall consider a variety of additional bio-based processes and end products that could be integrated into the system, and that are viable on a small scale (farm to rural community level).
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UNICEF Innovation Fund's Call for Applications: Data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence or similar technology solutions

The UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking to make up to 100K equity-free investments to provide early stage (seed) finance to for-profit technology start-ups that have the potential to benefit humanity. If you’ve got a start-up registered in one of UNICEF’s programme countries and have a working, open source prototype (or you are willing to make it open-source) showing promising results, the UNICEF Innovation Fund is looking for you.
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Etisalat Digital accelerates adoption of Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain in the United Arab Emirates

Etisalat Digital selects four disruptive companies to join Future Now scaleup programme after Dubai Future Accelerators collaboration.

European Venture Investment Reaches All-Time High

Europe's venture capital investment eclipsed €20 billion for the first time ever, according to PitchBook's 4Q 2018 European Venture Report. Despite the 25.9% drop in deal volume year-over-year (YoY), swelling deal sizes and increased interest from nontraditional investors helped drive deal value to the high-water mark.

The African Union Ten Years Aquaculture Action Plan for Africa 2016 - 2025

The prospects for Africa’s aquaculture are enormous. They are defned by the continent’s vast aquatic resources, land mass and climate that are suitable for the production of an array fsh species and essential inputs such as ingredients for feed. Of added advantage, is the fact that most of the world’s important tropical and sub-tropical aquaculture species are native to Africa.

Singapore-based SEEDS Capital appoints seven partners to co-invest in agrifood tech startups

SEEDS Capital, the investment arm of Enterprise Singapore, has appointed seven co-investment partners under Startup SG Equity. This will catalyse more than S$90 million worth of investments to develop Singapore-based startups in the Agrifood tech sector. This was announced by Senior Minister of State for Trade and Industry, Dr Koh Poh Koon, at the opening of Indoor Ag-Con Asia.

India received 3,217 Million US$ as Foreign Direct Investment in Renewable Energy

The Renewable Energy projects are mostly being implemented in the private sector. As on 30-11- 2018, a total capacity of around 73.95 GW has been installed in the country of which 37.84 GW has been added during the last four and half year.

Seamless Mobility Combines Autonomous Shuttles and Delivery Robots

Continental views automated goods delivery as an integral part of future urban mobility as an addition to conventional goods delivery. The CUbE can carry one or multiple delivery robots and deploy them to handle the last yards of the goods and parcel delivery logistics chain. “Industrializing the automation of goods delivery requires reliable, robust, high-performing and best-cost technology – a mix perfectly reflected in the automotive equivalent of automation.

Bosch announces virtual touchscreen on every surface for smart homes and IoT

Bosch Sensortec announced the BML100PI, an Interactive Projection Module that enriches smart homes with a virtual touchscreen on every surface – turning ordinary shelves into personal assistants.

Job Vacancy: Farm Manager for jojoba and castor oil plantations

Our Client is an international holding. They developed several industrial projects in West Africa in the field of Renewable Energy, Agro-Industry and Industrial Parks. They have mandate Smart International Consulting to recruit a Farm Manager for their jojoba and castor oil plantations.
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Call for Nominations: 2019 Africa Food Prize

The Africa Food Prize recognizes extraordinary women, men, and institutions whose outstanding contributions to African agriculture are forging a new era of sustainable food security and economic opportunity that elevates all Africans.
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Call for Expression of Interest for Productive Energy Use action research projects in sub-Saharan Africa

The Powering Opportunities Partnerships (POP) is one of the constituent projects of TEA’s Supporting Clean Energy Partnerships programme. POP aims to demonstrate how the off-grid energy sector can stimulate local jobs and create local economic value in Sub-Saharan Africa, via a challenge fund supporting proposals that demonstrate innovation, partnerships and the potential for scalability and impact.
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Heterojunction photovoltaic cell technology achieves nearly 24% efficiency

Heterojunction photovoltaic cell technology achieves nearly 24% efficiency on the CEA’s industrial pilot line based at France’s National Institute of Solar Energy. A heterojunction module with a peak power of 348 watts was also manufactured by the CEA’s teams in partnership with Swiss solar technology leader, Meyer Burger.

NRGene and TOYOTA Collaborate to Develop Strawberry Varieties to Better Enable Local Production for the Japanese Market

NRGene, a worldwide leader in genomic analysis, and Toyota announced today the decoding of a leading commercial strawberry genome, a key milestone in the development of high-quality, locally-produced fruits for the Japanese market.

Global creative economy shows resilience, growth - report

The remarkable story of China's dominance in the trade of creative goods and services is the golden thread of a new creative economy outlook by UNCTAD.

New automated system set to revolutionise property evaluation

The EU-funded ImmAzing project is giving banks, real estate brokers and professional property appraisers a faster, more accurate and transparent way of determining the objective value range of residential property.

Call for Applications: 2019 FIS FinTech Accelerator

Technologies explored by previous participants have included artificial intelligence, next-generation password authentication, blockchain-powered instant payments, and consumer lending credit verification using big data and social media.
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JPND Launches €30 Million Call for Multinational Research on Personalised Medicine for Neurodegenerative Diseases

The EU Joint Programme – Neurodegenerative Disease Research (JPND) initiative has announced a joint transnational call for multinational research on personalised medicine for neurodegenerative diseases.
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Libelium Reveals 10 Tips to Make Your Internet of Things Project a Success

IoT projects require a great deal of planning, we want to present a decalogue of advice based on Libelium's twelve years of experience as the beginning of a project to identify the main challenges of the market, to ensure its growth and success.

Smart Water Management Platform: IoT-Based Precision Irrigation for Agriculture

The smart management of freshwater for precision irrigation in agriculture is essential for increasing crop yield and decreasing costs, while contributing to environmental sustainability. The intense use of technologies offers a means for providing the exact amount of water needed by plants. The Internet of Things (IoT) is the natural choice for smart water management applications, even though the integration of different technologies required for making it work seamlessly in practice is still not fully accomplished.

Accelerating geothermal heat adoption in the agri-food sector: Key lessons and recommendations

Several geothermal applications in food processing and agriculture require low temperatures and can therefore be deployed in areas where the geothermal resources would not be suitable for power generation. These applications could increase the number of countries and regions that could benefit from such indigenous and renewable energy source. Despite its promising potential and increasing interest from policy makers and key stakeholders, direct use of geothermal heat in food-related applications across the world is still rather limited.

Call for Applications: 2019 Arrell Global Food Innovation Awards

Arrell Food Institute recognizes global leaders who are ensuring future food security for the planet, and hopes to inspire new leaders to take bold steps towards change. Scientific excellence and community engagement are necessary to overcome the challenges our world will face in feeding 9 billion people and beyond.
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Call for Applications: Making More Health Accelerator 2019 for Start-ups in Kenya, Ghana,Nigeria

Applicants are invited to apply for the Making More Health Accelerator 2019 that supports social entrepreneurs with well-established startups in the health space with an opportunity to strengthen and scale their work via the reach and operations of a multinational healthcare company through co-creation.
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Call for Applications: 2019 ACCEL Awards for Early-Stage African Start-Ups

The ACCEL Awards is an annual business start-up contest organised by the London Business School’s Africa Club in collaboration with the Club Alumni and Corporate Partners including FTSE 100 companies, venture capital firms, entrepreneurship incubators and media companies.
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Best Cryptocurrency to mine in 2019

Cryptocurrency Mining is a decentralized way to issue and distribute new cryptocurrency while protecting a blockchain network from malicious activity. On systems like Bitcoin that use a Proof-of-Work consensus, mining involves confirming user transactions.

Facebook's Call for Proposals: Artificial Intelligence System Hardware/Software Co-Design

Facebook is pleased to invite university faculty to respond to this call for research proposals on AI System Hardware/Software Co-Design.
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Stratasys PolyJet technology and Materialise FDA-cleared software now most versatile 3D printing system for hospitals and physicians to build anatomical models at the point-of-care

Stratasys PolyJet technology and Materialise FDA-cleared software now most versatile 3D printing system for hospitals and physicians to build anatomical models at the point-of-care.

Multiple UAV Systems for Agricultural Applications: Control, Implementation, and Evaluation

The introduction of multiple unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) systems into agriculture causes an increase in work efficiency and a decrease in operator fatigue. However, systems that are commonly used in agriculture perform tasks using a single UAV with a centralized controller.

The EU-funded bIoTope project help companies to unleash the full potential of the Internet of Things

An EU initiative will help companies create new platforms for connected smart objects with minimal investment.

Asian Countries Dominate When It Comes to Passport Power in 2019

Japan goes into the new year holding 1st place on the Henley Passport Index, with citizens enjoying visa-free/visa-on-arrival access to 190 destinations. In a further display of Asian passport power, Singapore and South Korea now sit in joint 2nd place, with access to 189 destinations around the globe. Germany and France remain in 3rd place going into 2019, with a visa-free score of 188.

LotLinx Releases The Future of Search Engine Marketing with an AI Powered App for Automotive Dealers

Results of two-year study shows that game changing AI marketing solution significantly outperforms human-managed campaigns by increasing shopper engagement while reducing average cost-per-click by 60 percent.

Government incentives to promote solar energy in India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has been implementing various schemes in the country, including in Madhya Pradesh, to promote solar energy.

European Space Agency's Call for Tender: BLOCKCHAIN KICK-START

Blockchain has huge implications for a wide range of applications. It points the digital economy towards a new generation of internet - The Internet of Value - where people can send information and exchange valuable digital assets like currencies, property titles and identity information, in a trustworthy way. Blockchain transactions can happen without the involvement of centralised transaction management structures, like banks, stock exchanges and government agencies. It can store transactional history in a transparent and secure way, so that the chances of fraud, hacking and interference are eliminated. The technology could therefore revolutionise business transactions.
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Pocket-size food scanner

According to a study by the environmental organization WWF Germany, ten million metric tons of food are thrown in the garbage every year in Germany despite still being edible. A mobile food scanner will allow consumers and supermarket operators in the future to test whether food items have gone bad. The pocket-size device uses infrared measurements to determine the ripeness and shelf life of produce and display the results via an app. Fraunhofer researchers developed the system, which exists in demonstrator form, together with partners in a project commissioned by the Bavarian Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry.

Sprint to build 5G enabled Curiosity™ IoT infrastructure in Greenville

Sprint to build 5G enabled Curiosity™ IoT infrastructure in Greenville; smart ecosystem includes connected city center, true autonomous shuttle using "micropositioning," International Transportation Innovation Center and more.

Soft Drink Supply Chain Sustainability: A Case Based Approach to Identify and Explain Best Practices and Key Performance Indicators

Environmental regulations and sustainable developments are forcing industries to assess, optimize and improve their processes to minimize costs and increase the efficiency of industrial sustainability dimension. This effect is more evident in the food industries due to the high impact that this sector has on environmental and economical sustainability, considering the primary role of packaging systems, the huge water consumption both for the production and the cleaning processes or the energy utilization related to the treatment plant or to the raw material production.

EU's Call for Proposals: Building a water-smart economy and society

There is a growing demand for water from various economic activities and increasing stress on natural water sources. To secure water for our society, there is therefore a need to make available alternative water resources of various qualities and which are appropriate for different functions and multiple users, and to better exploit water resources and all the valuable substances that could be obtained through the wastewater treatment and reuse process. However, innovations in this domain remain fragmented and/or only experimented at small scales; testing and deployment in operational environments and at scales suitable for encouraging wider uptake is still missing.
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Elbedome, Europe's biggest 3D mixed reality laboratory to bring models of machines, systems and factories to life with impressive realism

Europe`s biggest 3D mixed reality laboratory is located in Magdeburg. Four meters high and sixteen meters in diameter, the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automation IFF‘s Elbedome resembles a hemisphere. It affords companies the opportunity to bring models of machines, systems, factories and even entire cities to life with impressive realism. We interviewed with Elbedome manager Steffen Masik about the lab’s distinctive features.

Producing vaccines without the use of chemicals

Producing vaccines is a tricky task – especially in the case of inactivated vaccines, in which pathogens must be killed without altering their structure. Until now, this task has generally involved the use of toxic chemicals. Now, however, an innovative new technology developed by Fraunhofer researchers – the first solution of its kind – will use electron beams to produce inactivated vaccines quickly, reproducibly and without the use of chemicals.

EU's Call for Proposals: Innovative applications of drones for ensuring safety in transport

Develop and test technologies, operational and business models for the application of drones or drone swarms and other emerging technologies to increase the safety, security, public acceptance and overall efficiency of air, waterborne and surface transport, both passenger and cargo, including search and rescue applications.
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VineRobot, an Unmanned ground vehicle equipped with non-invasive sensor technology to monitor grape growth

Just like great wine needs time, great grapes require continuous attention and reliable assessment tools. Noting the absence of a convincing alternative to manual sampling and analysis, an EU-funded consortium has developed VineRobot, an ‘Unmanned ground vehicle’ (UGV) equipped with non-invasive sensor technology.

Intel AI Protects Animals with National Geographic Society, Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation

TrailGuard AI uses deep neural network algorithms that allow the device to recognize humans and vehicles with a high degree of accuracy. TrailGuard AI builds upon the success of RESOLVE’s first-generation TrailGuard camera deployed in protected reserves that alerts rangers any time it detects motion. With the first-generation camera, rangers receive many photos that they had to manually review to determine if there is a poaching threat or a false-positive triggered by other motion.

Call for Applications: Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019

Applicants are invited to apply for Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2019 which is the world’s most inspiring entrepreneurs innovating in Agriculture, Connectivity, Energy, Health, and Water.
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Call for applications: Smart Dubai Global Blockchain Challenge 2019

We are seeking innovative startups with original and feasible use cases that can contribute to Dubai's goals to become the first blockchain-powered city by 2020.
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EU's Call for Proposals: Automated data collection and semi-supervised processing framework for deep learning

The aim is to develop infrastructure for automated collection of big data and implement a framework that allows efficient processing, segmentation and annotation of this data for deep learning methods. The primary use case is VHF (very high frequency) radio communication and transcription,annotation and processing of recorded data.
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Call for project proposals to establish renewable electricity installations in Mali, Myanmar and Nepal

Siemenpuu Foundation and EKOenergy Climate Fund call for project proposals to establish renewable electricity installations aiming at alleviation of energy poverty and social inequality in rural areas in Mali, Myanmar and Nepal. Siemenpuu and EKOenergy are looking for 2-3 projects to be financed in 2019. We are looking for projects in the range of 30.000 to 60.000 euros, lasting maximum for two years.
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ADB, Ascent Capital's Equity Investment Deal to Provide Growth Capital to Private Enterprises in Myanmar

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed an agreement on 21 December 2018 to provide a $10 million equity investment to Ascent Myanmar Growth Fund I LP (AMGF), a Myanmar-focused private equity fund, to provide much-needed capital investment for the growth and expansion of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) operating in the Southeast Asian country.

Call for Proposals: Technologies for renewable generation

Improvement of existing technologies, integration of renewable power in anthropized environments and use of new renewable resources.
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Call for Proposals: Recycle and reuse of Wind Turbine blades

The average useful life of wind turbines is about 20 years. After this period, the mechanical and structural properties of the turbines decay and refurbishments in some cases might be necessary to extend their lifetime for a few more years, while in other cases, the wind turbines are dismantled.
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Enabling Technologies for Operator 4.0: A Survey

The fast development of smart sensors and wearable devices has provided the opportunity to develop intelligent operator workspaces. The resultant Human-Cyber-Physical Systems (H-CPS) integrate the operators into flexible and multi-purpose manufacturing processes.

Internet of Nano-Things, Things and Everything: Future Growth Trends

The current statuses and future promises of the Internet of Things (IoT), Internet of Everything (IoE) and Internet of Nano-Things (IoNT) are extensively reviewed and a summarized survey is presented. The analysis clearly distinguishes between IoT and IoE, which are wrongly considered to be the same by many commentators.

Precision in Agriculture using IoT and AI

IoT has a great potential to improve crop production. In Agriculture industry weather change, diseases, insects damages of crops are majorly analyze by different methods but some of them are unable to proceed properly with precision.

From Industry 4.0 to Agriculture 4.0: A Framework to Manage Product Data in Agri-Food Supply Chain for Voluntary Traceability

Agri-food value chain involves various stakeholders with different roles. All of them abide by national and international rules and leverage marketing strategies to advance their products. Food products and related processing phases carry with it a big mole of data that are often not used to inform final customer. Some data, if fittingly identified and used, can enhance the single company, and/or the all supply chain creates a math between marketing techniques and voluntary traceability strategies.

Design of bracelet for personal healthcare using IoT

The scope of this paper is to understand needs and requirements of healthcare IoT, IoT user experience, security and so on. Finally, I applied all collected theoretical knowledge and tried to design a smart bracelet acting as insulin pump which will be new, innovative product on today’s market.

Call for applications: 5th Cycle of $100m Entrepreneurship Programme to empowering African entrepreneurs

The Programme is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs. The Programme’s objective is to generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and create at least $10 billion in new business revenue across Africa. Now in its 5th year, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme has empowered 4,470 entrepreneurs, using a bespoke and robust selection, training and implementation process to create visible and sustainable impact across all 54 African countries.
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Energy Vault Announces Commercial Availability of Transformative Utility-Scale Energy Storage Technology Yielding Unprecedented Economic Benefits to Global Energy Providers

The Tata Power Company to deploy an initial 35 MWh Energy Vault system planned for 2019; CEMEX partnership will support rapid adoption and deployment of Energy Vault’s unique storage solution.

Call for applications: Google Launchpad Accelerator Africa 2019

Launchpad regional accelerators are tailored specifically to their local markets, and provide access to the best of Google - its people, network, and advanced technologies - helping startups build great products. In addition to our accelerators, Launchpad regional initiatives include exclusive events, mentorship opportunities, and trainings.
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The Prospect of Internet of Things and Big Data Analytics in Transportation System

This paper, based on review of related literature, presents a summary of the inherent prospects in adopting IoT and big data analytics in the Malaysia transportation system. Efficient and safe port environment, predictive maintenance and remote management, boundary-less software platform and connected ecosystem, among others, are the inherent benefits in the IoT and big data analytics for the Malaysia transportation system.

Interactions between Trees, Crops and Animals: Experiences in a novel Bioenergy-Livestock system in the UK

Managing the interactions between trees, crops and animals is an on-going challenge for agroforestry farmers. This paper reports on interactions between trees, crops and both wild animals and livestock in the establishment years of a novel UK agroforestry system combining short rotation coppice for energy production with livestock production.

Advancement in plant monitoring using Arduino and Internet of things

This paper describes an advanced irrigation system which monitors and maintains the desired soil moisture content via automatic watering depending upon the necessity. Microcontroller Arduino Uno platform is used to implement the control unit.

EU's Call for Proposals: Large scale implementation of digital innovation for health and care in an ageing society

The actions supported will target large-scale deployment of digital health and care solutions across different regions in Europe. In line with the priority actions of the EIP on AHA Scaling-up Strategy, the scope of this PPI is to specify, purchase and deploy ICT based solutions (made up of services and ICT products to enable the provision of services) for active and healthy ageing through a common supply and demand side dialogue, which can deliver sustainable, new or improved health and care services promoting patient feedback in which public procurement approaches for innovative solutions lead to improved outcomes.
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Call for projects: Promoting Local Resources of the African Soils

SEED Foundation wants to support projects to maintain diversity of resources terroirs while offering opportunities for transformation and innovation of the agricultural system. This theme meets the challenges of standardization and homogenisation of practices and the loss of diversity of agri-food chains.
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Let get inspired by innovation and win together in 2019

With the convergence of artificial intelligence, 5G, IoT, blockchain and additive manufacturing technologies, we are at the dawn of disruptive innovation that will impact businesses and enterprises worldwide.

Identification of Citrus Trees from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Imagery Using Convolutional Neural Networks

Monitoring of individual trees for growth, fruit production and pest and disease occurrence remains a high research priority and the delineation of each tree using automated means as an alternative to manual delineation would be useful for long-term farm management.

African Development Bank to raise over US$7 billion from capital markets for investment in African economies in 2019

The African Development Bank continues to build its profile in the capital markets for cost-effective resources to finance projects and programs in Regional Member Countries.

NREL Details Great Potential for Floating PV Systems in USA

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) researchers estimate that installing floating solar photovoltaics on the more than 24,000 man-made U.S. reservoirs could generate about 10 percent of the nation’s annual electricity production. Their findings, published in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, reveal for the first time the potential for floating PV to produce electricity in the United States.

Additive manufacturing: 3D printing and Industry 4.0 in vehicle construction

In the factory of the future, innovative production methods will bring major advantages that principally benefit customers. Taking a look at this future reveals the opportunities offered by additive manufacturing and new laser technology.

EU's Call for Proposals: Designing Earth observation services and products of the future, building on GEOSS and Copernicus assets

Actions should deliver solutions addressing citizens' needs and contributing to the development of new markets of products and services through integrating EO data and information, e.g. from GEOSS and Copernicus, with other data sources. These products and services should incorporate assimilation techniques and interoperability best practices, automation, systemization and integrated web-based services, and be brought – at least – into pre-operational service provision, going beyond the demonstration phase. Activities are expected to focus on Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) 5 to 7 and to be developed in close coordination with EuroGEOSS.
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Call for applications: Social innovation and global healthcare to improve health-care access for people, animals and their communities in Kenya, Ghana or Nigeria

The MMH Accelerator is a structured, 11-month business accelerator program offered under the MMH Initiative that supports social entrepreneurs with well-established startups in the health space with an opportunity to strengthen and scale their work via the reach and operations of a multinational healthcare company through co-creation. Through the MMH Accelerator, participants are provided with tailored access to expertise and capacity building to unlock their next phase of growth.
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Call for applications: Mastercard Start Path Global

Start Path Global is Mastercard’s worldwide program for innovative later stage startups from across the globe. Since 2014, the Start Path Global have been working with an ever growing portfolio of startups with unique solutions across fintech and commerce. Start Path Global is based on what has worked best for our portfolio of startups: more flexibility, more customization, and no distractions from your current business.
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What Is a Blockchain Transaction Anyway?

Blockchain transactions bring huge advantages in terms of transactional speed and transfer fees. A normal bank transfer can take a week to complete. The delays are the result of numerous third-parties operating verification systems. A typical international transaction includes over 36 different third-party organizations.

Call for projects: IRENA/ADFD Fund for government-guaranteed renewable energy projects in developing countries

Seventh funding cycle of IRENA/ADFD Project Facility now open for applications from government-backed projects in developing countries.
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Sites in Iran, Morocco and Spain recognized as important for the world’s agricultural heritage

A traditional saffron cultivation system in Iran, an argan-based agro-pastoral system in Morocco, and an ancient olive trees system in Spain today won recognition from FAO as Globally Important Agricultural Heritage Systems (GIAHS).

Application of computer vision and low-cost artificial intelligence for the identification of phytopathogenic factors in the agro-industry sector

The article describes the approach for developing the proposed algorithm based on artificial intelligence and computer vision for phytopathogenic detection. The methodology for the development and validation stages is specifically discussed.

Call for applications: Movin'On Startup Challenge

This year startups shall solve issues among these 5 themes : Decarbonization and air quality, Goods transportation, Multimodal Society, Innovative technologies and Circular Economy.
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Call for applications: European Startup Prize for mobility

The EUSP is a unique accelerator programme that supports startups developing sustainable mobility innovations, with the aim of giving them the resources necessary to scale up in Europe.
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Christmas has arrived once again, and it’s time to welcome the New Year! We wish you a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year for you and your loved ones!

European Space Agency's Call for Tender: Virtual and Augmented Reality Kick-Start

Virtual and Augmented Reality technologies are an emerging market and offer a range of new visualisation capabilities allowing to present content in a more descriptive way and to have a more intuitive interaction with it compared to traditional screen based applications. Virtual reality solutions have been growing rapidly outside of the traditional heartland of entertainment and form an exciting presence in many different sectors. By superimposing digital information directly on real objects, environments and maps, Augmented Reality allows people to process the digital and physical information simultaneously, improving their ability to absorb information, make decisions and execute the tasks quickly.
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Call for applications: African App Launchpad initiative 2019 for young African startups

AAL targets building capacity of ten thousand learners and establishing one hundred startups. AAL works by availing a high-quality, technology-learning online platform through crowd-sourcing top online content developed by prestigious universities and leading companies, and delivered through three leading MOOCs; Coursera, edX, and Udacity.
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Promoting a sustainable blue economy to support livelihoods in Kenya

The skin of the fish is more and more recognized for its leather. It has several advantages: it offers a unique natural pattern, it absorbs colors well and finally, it is lighter and more durable than cowhide. Fish-derived products increase the value of catches, offering higher prices to fishers and creating alternative local jobs for the community, especially for women and young people.

New artificial intelligence system mimics how humans visualize and identify objects

The approach is made up of three broad steps. First, the system breaks up an image into small chunks, which the researchers call “viewlets.” Second, the computer learns how these viewlets fit together to form the object in question. And finally, it looks at what other objects are in the surrounding area, and whether or not information about those objects is relevant to describing and identifying the primary object.

How Tiny Fingernail Sensors and AI Can Help Clinicians to Monitor Health and Disease Progression

This is where the potential of a fingernail sensor comes into play. We interact with objects throughout the day using our hands, such as the tactile sensing of pressure, temperature, surface textures and more. Our team realized it might be possible to derive interesting signals from how the fingernail bends throughout the course of a day, as we use our fingers to interact with our environment, and tap into the power of AI and machine learning to analyze and derive valuable insights from that data.

New drip irrigation technologies allowed farmers to improve crop yields while conserving resources

For off-grid drip irrigation systems that operate via solar power, the use of the new emitters could reduce costs to the farmer by 40 percent. “For farmers in developing countries, this cost savings reduces the barrier to a water conserving and yield increasing technology,” adds Amrose.

Ethiopia launches online investment guide to stimulate FDI

The iGuide provides investors with all they need to know to invest in the country. It also highlights areas for reform in the country’s investment environment and helps the government to understand investor needs.

Scaling up renewables in cities: Opportunities for municipal governments

Renewable-based solutions for cities, whether in buildings, power-generation, transport or other systems, help to ensure energy security and fulfil climate commitments, as well as to secure social benefits for urban residents. Fortunately, cities are making progress and achieving key successes in the shift to renewables.

PRIMA Call for Proposals: Management of Water 2019

In order to ensure sustainable use and protection of Mediterranean groundwater aquifers in the frame of climate change, water over-abstraction in the region, all water balance components and water quality and quantity risks related to the intensive agricultural activities need to be comprehensively assessed and analysed.
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PRIMA Call for Proposals: Agro-food Value Chain 2019

Although several initiatives aiming at collecting molecular information about farming plants and livestock, and the derived foods, are currently going on, a comprehensive shared repository of digital information about the Mediterranean foods is still lacking. The creation of reference databases would foster the necessary harmonisation of the analytical methods and data validation among different laboratories, two stringent requirements for the creation of a trans-national authenticity and traceability system that specifically address the identification of animal breeds, plant varieties, geographical origin and production protocols characterizing the traditional Mediterranean foods.
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Desert to Power Initiative for Africa to develop 10 GW of solar energy by 2025

The Initiative aims to develop and provide 10 GW of solar energy by 2025 and supply 250 million people with green electricity including in some of the world’s poorest countries. At least 90 million people will be connected to electricity for the first time, lifting them out of energy poverty.

HIVE Blockchain: The Future of Mining

Apart from being one of the top blockchain stocks, HIVE is currently the largest and farthest-reaching blockchain infrastructure company. Despite its age, the firm has made our list of blockchain stocks to invest in for several reasons and has positioned itself in the industry as one to look out for.

Call for Nominations: AIDF Africa Innovator Of The Year Award

The aim is to recognise individuals for their inspiring leadership, forward-thinking, creative problem-solving and implementation of innovative programmes that have helped drive African progress towards Sustainable Development Goals.
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Open-Source Electronics Platforms as Enabling Technologies for Smart Cities: Recent Developments and Perspectives

Popular platforms such as Raspberry Pi, BeagleBoard and Arduino come as single-board open-source platforms that have enough computational power for different types of smart-city applications, while keeping affordable prices and encompassing many programming libraries and useful hardware extensions. As a result, smart-city solutions based on such platforms are becoming common and the surveying of recent research in this area can support a better understanding of this scenario, as presented in this article.

Artificial Intelligence Is Propelling the Pharmaceutical Industry by Enabling Smart Drug Discovery Solutions

AI creates growth opportunities in novel therapeutics development by leveraging multi-sourced data, finds Frost & Sullivan

India launched Free Mobile Application for Farmers

The Department of Agriculture, Cooperation and Farmers Welfare has developed Kisan Suvidha mobile application to facilitate dissemination of information to farmers on the critical parameters.

A Comprehensive IoT Node Proposal Using Open Hardware. A Smart Farming Use Case to Monitor Vineyards

The last decade has witnessed a significant reduction in prices and an increased performance of electronic components, coupled with the influence of the shift towards the generation of open resources, both in terms of knowledge (open access), programs (open-source software), and components (open hardware).

EU's Call for Proposals: Regenerative medicine: from new insights to new applications

Regenerative medicine offers hope for untreatable disease and the ageing population, improved quality of life and reduced medical costs. However, so far, regenerative medicine has not yet proved itself in the clinic beyond rare diseases or conditions of limited public health importance. With recent scientific discoveries opening up new approaches to regenerative medicine, the challenge is to use these to extend the regenerative approach to major diseases and conditions.
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Mobile money holds key to financial inclusion in Africa, experts say

More than 10% of adults in sub-Saharan Africa have a mobile money account, the highest in the world, and it is spreading to West Africa and beyond.

EU's Call for Proposals: Innovative approaches to urban and regional development through cultural tourism

The various forms of cultural tourism in Europe are important drivers of growth, jobs and economic development of European regions and urban areas. They also contribute, by driving intercultural understanding and social development in Europe through discovering various types of cultural heritage, to the understanding of other peoples' identities and values. However, although cultural tourism by its nature invites cross border regional and local cooperation, its full innovation potential in this respect is not yet fully explored and exploited.
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UMITRON secures US$2 million project funding to deliver IoT and AI technology to drive growth of sustainable aquaculture

IDB Lab's grant resources will be used by UMITRON and Piscis to test and calibrate UMITRON's AI feeding technology. Additionally, funds will be used to both train local producers and scale up UMITRON's solution in the Lake Titicaca region. The end goal is to implement data-driven aquaculture feeding technology for farmers in Peru and eventually all of Latin America.

Call for applications: UN SDG Action Awards

Every year, the UN SDG Action Awards recognize individuals, civil society organizations, subnational governments, foundations, networks, private sector leaders who are advancing the global movement for the Sustainable Development Goals in the most transformative, impactful and innovative way.
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Call for applications: DOEN Foundation Circular Entrepreneurship Programme 2019 for young Social Entrepreneurs

DOEN is looking for sustainable, social entrepreneurs with innovative products or services that will contribute to the creation of this new circular economy. We are looking for people who dare to take risks and seize new opportunities. People who come up with new solutions or business models.
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Call for collaborative projects: IoT4Industry - Application of IoT technologies in the manufacturing environment

The IoT4Industry project seeks to support EU growth and competitiveness through the development of a new cross-sectoral industrial value chain based on the integration and use of IoT and related components (sensors, chips, electronics component, communication networks, cloud computing, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence, digital security, etc.) into manufacturing tools, machines and robots, industrial processes, factories environment, supply chain integration, intra logistics & logistics 4.0 product life cycle, smart packaging, etc.
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ESA's Call for Proposals: Space and Biotechnology

The European Space Agency’s “Space and Biotechnology” opportunity offers support and funding to companies looking to develop biotechnology services that can benefit from using space-based data or capabilities.
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The Shell GameChanger™ Accelerator Powered by NREL Announces First Cohort of Start-Ups

Each participating startup will receive as much as $250,000 in non-dilutive funding to aid in development and demonstration of its technology, with the opportunity for future follow-on funding and beta-testing with a strategic program partner, in addition to access to expertise and laboratory capabilities at both NREL and Shell.

Agroforestry Standards for Regenerative Agriculture

Agroforestry is increasingly being recognized as a holistic food production system that can have numerous significant environmental, economic, and social benefits. This growing recognition is paralleled in the USA by the budding interest in regenerative agriculture and motivation to certify regenerative practices.

Call for applications: The LVMH Innovation Award

The LVMH Innovation Award is an annual celebration of innovation in accordance with the core values of the Group, stimulating creativity and excellence with inventive projects.
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U.S. Call for applications: 2019 Stem Cell Research Awards

Win a research award valued up to $15,000 in Biological Industries USA (BI-USA) products and services. Multiple awards available. Application deadline is February 15, 2019 and Winners will be announced by March 31, 2019.
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NASA and FAO launch next-generation geospatial tool

Collect Earth Online allows anyone to track land-use and landscape changes anywhere.

EU's Call for Proposals: Responsible sourcing of raw materials in global value chains

Actions should create a global business and stakeholder platform for exchange of information and the promotion of responsible sourcing and responsible business conduct involving a network of key international experts and stakeholders. The aim is to engage governmental and corporate partners from the EU/Associated Countries and third countries in developing a globally acceptable concept of a responsible sourcing in minerals and metals value chains.
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The AFRO: First Pan-African Cryptocurrency dedicated to Growth and Development in Africa

Against the backdrop of numerous national currencies affecting trade and growth on the continent, the AFRO provides a reliable, safe and secure solution suited to Africa’s development challenges.

Intel Is Working on an Energy Efficient Bitcoin Mining System

Intel has obtained a bitcoin mining SHA-256 datapath patent that covers a processor and hardware accelerator. The United States Patent and Trademark Office awarded the patent.

EU Call for Proposals: Smart Cities and Communities

The COP21 Paris Agreement recognizes the role of cities and calls on them to rapidly reduce greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to climate change.
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Continental free trade area to boost e-commerce in Africa

High-level session at UNCTAD's Africa eCommerce Week shows that the continent has the potential to scale e-commerce enterprises - but its new free trade area will be key.

Bayer helps farmers keep sows healthy with new BCS SowDition smartphone application

BCS SowDition enables accurate and standardized body condition scoring of sows in four simple steps, contributing to better health and management.

Call for applications: 2019 Syngenta Crop Challenge in Analytics prize

Corn is one of the world’s most important crops. Each year, breeders create several new corn products, known as experimental hybrids. Corn breeders work to create corn hybrids that can maintain high yield across a wide range of environments.
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Application of the IoT technologies in the poultry chain

The growth of poultry relies on the environment in which the bird feels comfortable, as well as on good-quality feed and water. In this use case, the performance of the poultry production chain is optimised through IoT driven technologies.

New Initiative to Mitigate Risk for Global Solar Scale-up

The World Bank and Agence Française de Développement (AFD) are developing a joint Global Solar Risk Mitigation Initiative (SRMI), an integrated approach to tackle policy, technical and financial issues associated with scaling up solar energy deployment, especially in some of the world’s poorest countries.

Challenges and opportunities of introducing Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence applications into Supply Chain Management

The study examines the challenges and opportunities of introducing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) into the Supply Chain Management (SCM). This research focuses on the Logistic Management. The central research question is “What are the key challenges and opportunities of introducing AI and IoT applications into the Supply Chain Management?”

Internet of Robotic Things – Converging Sensing/Actuating, Hyperconnectivity, Artificial Intelligence and IoT Platforms

The Internet of Things (IoT) concept is evolving rapidly and influencing new developments in various application domains, such as the Internet of Mobile Things (IoMT), Autonomous Internet of Things (A-IoT), Autonomous System of Things (ASoT), Internet of Autonomous Things (IoAT), Internet of Things Clouds (IoT-C) and the Internet of Robotic Things (IoRT) etc. that are progressing/advancing by using IoT technology.

3D Food Printers Market Driven by Growing Demand for Customized Food

The 3D food printers market is expected to grow at a robust CAGR from 2017 to 2028. This market growth is expected to be driven by factors such as the growing demand for customised food and the development of the industrial sector in this region.

Vision-Based Apple Classification for Smart Manufacturing

In this paper, an accurate data capture approach based on a vision sensor is proposed. Three image recognition methods are studied to determine the best vision-based classification technique, namely Bag of Words (BOW), Spatial Pyramid Matching (SPM) and Convolutional Neural Network (CNN).

Intel Drone Solutions Modernize and Increase Efficiency for US Bridge Inspections

Intel collaborated with two departments of transportation to improve bridge inspections, supplementing manual inspections of the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge connecting Ohio and Kentucky and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minnesota. Throughout the inspections, Intel’s advanced automated commercial drone hardware and software solutions increased efficiency and produced more reliable data in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional methods.

Call for applications: The Expo 2020 Dubai - Innovation impact grant program

Expo Live’s flagship Innovation Impact Grant Programme will award injection funds up to USD 100,000 to support the growth of social enterprises, startups and grassroots projects from around the world whose solutions generate social value and are in line with Expo 2020 Dubai’s subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
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Benefits for Queensland of the new robot economy

A new independent report predicts the uptake of robotics and automation could boost Queensland’s economic growth by 1 to 2 per cent each year over the next decade, adding between $37.4 billion and $117.5 billion to Gross State Product (GSP).

Call for applications: The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Residency Program

The Artificial Intelligence (AI) Residency Program is a one-year research training position designed to give you hands-on experience with machine learning research while working in Facebook AI groups.
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