Making transnational cooperation happen

Szombathely, 17. January 2019

The mobility actions are one of the key activities in the frames of DigitalLIFE4CE project. It allows project partners, external experts and key stakeholders to meet, to learn, to collect new inputs and ideas, just as to start joint cooperation and possible activities. These meetings and actions are also supporting the fine-tuning the regional action plans of the individual regions and to build new connections and networks within the whole Central European region. 
Pannon Business Network association was very active and collected a lot of experience by learning from other partners and also to allow them to get to know the visions and opportunities of Hungary. Mobility actions were – as in case of the whole partnership as well –  identified by the interest areas of PBN. On the one hand, we hosted and organised events and meetings between project partners and external companies and organisations. 
In September 2018, connected to the ESI Funds conference in Budapest, PBN organised a joint session with national digital healthcare experts together with FHB and FBK from Italy. The discussion’s main output was the start of a long-term cooperation between the Hungarian National Healthcare Services Center (NHSC), FHB and PBN. More joint sessions, meetings and visits are already planned for the coming months, which ensures not only the learning opportunity from each other, but also is a high-potential new project generation possibility as well. 

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Another action was done together with FH Burgenland, the lead partner of the project, to visit the AMLab in Szombathely, where the possibilities and future elements of the digital health care have been presented to them. Also, partners of FHB from Slovenia received in this occasion in October 2018 information about the current trends of 3D printing and digital data handling in Szombathely. The cooperation between the project partners is running very well. An evidence therefore is, that PBN could participate on 4 different mobility action activity. 
In April 2018, we had the possibility to present the DigitalLife project in Pinkafeld with the hosts, FH Burgenland on the Long Night of Research event. Not only the project but also 

digital 3D printers were presented by PBN to local and regional stakeholders, other research projects and start-ups to get an insight of the newest technologies. This has also been the starting point for discussing the organisation of the AMLab visit in Hungary later in 2018. 

The already described ESI Funds conference was also for PBN a great opportunity to meet and exchange information and ideas about future cooperation possibilities with national stakeholders, together with project partners from Austria and Italy. As a result, NHSC is actively following the project activities, including the usage of the Learning Platform and the participation on joint events.
The cooperation and of course the small geographic distance allowed us to participate on the next event of FH Burgenland: the E-Nova 2019 event, held in November 2018. As participants on the event, interesting presentations could be listened, experts from the field of smart homes could be met and topics of digital healthcare solutions within smart homes could be discussed. On the mobility action session, international project partners could be met, and different approaches could be discussed. This allowed PBN to build and extend its network with new actors, besides of presenting the pilot site for digitalLIFE4CE in Hungary.

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Finally, in November 2018 in Leipzig, Germany, PBN had a very fruitful discussion with the colleagues of GFL – Gesundheitsforen Leipzig – about data usage, big data handling and processing. Both parties could benefit from the meeting and new cooperation actions have been discussed and started as well.

The results out of the mobility actions for Pannon Business Network was to meet 5 new potential partners for future cooperation, we learned 4 new projects, started 4 new big potential cooperation and had the opportunity to present the digitalLIFE4CE project and our pilot site AMLab for over one hundred interested stakeholders, project participants, healthcare experts and data analysts. This is a great result and a great success not only for our organisation but also for the project: cooperation has been started or strengthened, knowledge has been generated and collected, inputs gathered. We believe that this is the meaning of a successful mobility action series. 

by Ákos Éder