The Kick-off meeting of the RegionArts project, took place on the 9th and 10th of July 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. RegionArts aims to create a sustainable collaborative environment between artists and technologists, through a learning journey across the worlds of ICT & Arts. During the last decade, there has been an increasing recognition of the importance of artistic and creative processes as catalysers of innovation, something particularly noted in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) that intersect in many fields with artistic processes. RegionArts partners are convinced of the need of integrating arts in ITC for SME innovation and competitiveness. As regional authorities, business development agencies and creative clusters, they have been working on promoting these cross-overs for the last years.
The project objective is to improve the implementation of Structural Funds/other funds in partner regions, through adapting or designing 1 support scheme in each region for the promotion of collaborations between artists and ICT companies. Consequently, through the improved support scheme, we will promote around 140 new collaborations in total (around 20 per region) and 20% of the beneficiary SMEs introducing an innovation by 2022.
Within the scope of the project, SERN is interested in learning about the connection between arts and ICT, how these synergies can be maximized to promote the competitiveness of startups and how regions are promoting these. SERN will take part in RegionArts through an active participation in all the interregional events, by contributing to the conception and dissemination of three policy booklets and through a responsible dedication to the communication and dissemination activities. More information here.