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April 2020

17 Apr

Pan-EU Hackathon to mobilise European innovators and civil society

Pan-EU Hackathon to mobilise European innovators and civil society The #EUvsVirus is organised by the European Commission in collaboration with the 27 Member States and with some H2020 associated countries (5 currently). You can see the official Action plan approved by the Ministers of Research and Innovation on 7 April where #EUvsVirus is one of the official actions: https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/research_and_innovation/research_by_area/documents/ec_rtd_era-vs-corona.pdf The press release about the hackathon can be found at: https://ec.europa.eu/info/news/euvsvirus-hackathon-develop-innovative-solutions-and-overcome-coronavirus-related-challenges-2020-apr-03_de You are invited to play an active role in the management of the civil society that will participate in the hackathon. It is hoped that participants from civil society, youngsters, techies, makers, health providers, and all professions will participate. You will be expected to provide your knowledge on the management of people and...
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17 Apr

Open Covid Pledge to share crisis-critical IP

Open Covid Pledge to share crisis-critical IP Together with IEEE, colleagues from Stanford, Berkeley, Creative Commons, and others are working on-call for IP owners to pledge Covid-19 relevant IP for the duration of the pandemic. You may have seen the Wellcome Trust pledge (https://tinyurl.com/vphmn8x), which goes for copyrighted material, such as publications and datasets. By now a large set of leading organisations, including publishers, ministries, foundations, firms have signed up to that. This approach is similar, but with a view towards industry, i.e. focusing on formal, industrially relevant IP. As with the Wellcome Trust pledge, the purpose of this pledge is to accelerate the fight against Covid-19 and avoid IP related challenges slowing down progress. A new website is now available with a license...
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