Hardware hackers Ben Katz and Jared Di Carlo have smashed the previous record for solving the Rubik's cube robotically. Their machine solved the puzzle in 0.38 seconds—a 40-percent improvement over the previous record of 0.637. - Read the article here...
Whatch it happen
How will Robotics and 3D printing have an impact on SMEs and jobs in the - not so far - future?
In the SME Academy Network Workshop "Robotics and 3D Printing in SMEs - we introduced a report and an attempt to provide required training - as well as discussed some possible opportunities for SMEs. - Check the workshop....
As we mostly meet online in our workshops and round table meetings we thought it is about time to arrange a face to face meeting for all colleagues in the network. The survey result shows that 79,7% of all respondents think it is a great idea and 20,3% think it could be a good idea. So - of course we will schedule and plan for this conference.
Where and When?
As per the results the conference should take place in Brussels, Belgium, on a Friday either in May or September.
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Do we have the required skills?
Are there any Business Opportunities for SMEs?
Yes there certainly are - and they are explored and used by more than early adopters - but there is definitely more to do and to develop. To find a balance between New Technology implementation, Infrastructure creation, Entrepreneurs and SMEs Innovations, the skills and competence of the workforce and students, a working labor market is not the easiest task we have in front of us - but a very inspiring one. Transnational collaboration and joint projects are tools we can use in these matters and we need to bring individuals together in work shops and brainstorming sessions to open new doors and ways forward.
83% of SMEs confirmed the benefits to their company in the use of robots and 79% identified tasks in their companies that could be automated in the future. 90% of individual respondents think that acquiring knowledge on robotics could give them an advantage on the labour market. However, only half of them have already taken courses about the subject but 61% see that in the future their work will involve robotics and robots. This also corresponds with the answers from individual respondents in as much as only 6% have a professional level of knowledge on the topic, 63% some level and 31% no knowledge at all.
In respect of 3D printing the results show a lower involvement with the topic in general. 45% of participating SMEs are already using 3D Printing and 82% are convinced that their employees will benefit from more knowledge in the area. 94% of individuals stated they have not taken any courses in 3D Printing although 74% think that such knowledge would give them an advantage in future job seeking or at work
Outside the EU 28 you can note first of all Switzerland showing a very strong Innovation rank compared to the neighboring EU28 states. South Korea, Japan and China are other competitors to keep an eye on and to learn from.
In the European Innovation Scoreboard you can find all details and there is also a Regional Innovation Scoreboard there you can view specific regions within the European Union. If you are interested to compare different countries there is an Interactive tool that makes it easy to compare results 2010-2016.
Read the blog post regarding the result in SMEBOX, Swedish partner, web site.
Also watch the first Lesson in Module 1, produced by SELENA Italy. "Not perfect but winning". by continuing with Read more...
About the project:
The Eng@ge project is motivated by the problem that the vast use of resources used by mankind is growing due to global population growth and increasing living standards. The project will develop an open digital training toolbox to exploit the concept of circular economy as a basis for green entrepreneurship.
YOUTH SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP: A NEW OPPORTUNITY IN TIMES OF CRISIS
In these times of economic crisis – which are deeply affecting the younger generation – our project aims at targeting youth unemployment through a more innovative approach. Social Youth Entrepreneurship is a growing field in which the youth might find interesting work opportunities: the HUB model will help create »start-up aggregators« to support the creation of new social enterprises.
The HUB MODEL KIT
"According to Ambient Insight, the self-paced eLearning market size in Western Europe eLearning market is around USD 8billion in 2016, while Eastern Europe market is around $1billion. The spur in the region can be subjected to increasing adoption of these solutions in medium and small sized businesses"
Empowering entrepreneurs to reduce unemployment through economic growth and strengthening of leadership through mentoring in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region has been at the core of Mowgli’s essence since we began in 2008. Eight years on and we have proudly achieved, and in some cases exceeded, all of our initial operational and impact goals.
Mentors who participate in the mentoring programs benefit equally as much as the entrepreneurs they serve, especially in the personal growth and strengthening of leadership aspects.
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