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The event "One Year of Science Agora" was held with wide participation and in a pleasant atmosphere, featuring exceptional speakers from the collaborating entities of the Hub, Science Agora, Innovation to Society, Google, the teams distinguished in the Proof of Concept program of Science Agora, successful innovative businesses and significant industrial companies.

March 25, 2023

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The event "One Year of Science Agora" was held with wide participation and in a pleasant atmosphere, featuring exceptional speakers from the collaborating entities of the Hub, Science Agora, Innovation to Society, Google, the teams distinguished in the Proof of Concept program of Science Agora, successful innovative businesses and significant industrial companies.

The discussion was initiated by the heads of the organizations of Science Agora, Dr. Georgios Nounesis, President of NCSR Demokritos, Prof. Dimitris Bourantonis, Rector of AUEB, Prof. Andreas Boudouvis, Rector of NTUA, Prof. Ioannis Emiris, President of RC ATHENA and Prof. Ioannis Vasileiou, former President - Director of ICCS. In their statements, they referred to the added value that institutions and the wider ecosystem of research, innovation and entrepreneurship already obtain from the collaboration and shared their views on the next steps for the Hub.

A presentation of the actions that the Hub has implemented so far and those planned for the immediate future followed. These actions are associated with both the education of the staff of the Technology Transfer Offices and the research potential of the institutions and with the extroversion of the Hub and the development of collaborations with the market (with a characteristic example being the Proof of Concept Program that was implemented and subsequent ones planned in the fields of Culture and Creative Industries and Tourism). Emphasis was placed on orienting the Hub's actions towards identifying and addressing market challenges and needs and its connection with the research community to create innovative products and high-value services.

The first "Proof of Concept" program, focusing on Environment and Energy, was implemented with the support of Google. Ms. Maria Founta, Google's Marketing Director for Southeast Europe, notably stated: "We were delighted to participate in the Science Agora technology transfer hub. As Google, we are committed to supporting green and sustainable transformation in Greece. We will continue to embrace innovative initiatives through our products, synergies and funding we provide.”

Following a brief presentation of the implementation process of the Proof of Concept program, the floor was given to the teams supported by the program, which discussed the results of the pilot action and the benefits they gained from their participation in it.

The presented teams were the following:

Scidrones

An online cloud-based platform which incorporates all necessary information for the medium voltage network manager of the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator S.A. (HEDNO S.A.), from data originating from Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

Run4More

The first free application in Greece aiming at increasing physical activity (walking, running, cycling) and rewards its users with points which can be redeemed in cooperating businesses, earning gift vouchers, offers, or supporting actions with social impact.

SILDI

A data processing system for timely notification and prediction of problems during water processing, through determining the SDI index in real time.

FreshIt

Development of new fruit processing technologies with the aim of extending the shelf life of the fresh product through the application of sustainable and mild processes.

Fresqo

A system that provides a secure estimate of the freshness index of fish, using image analysis tools and utilizing color changes in fish tissues.

Dataphoria

An analytics-as-a-service platform that utilizes data and facilitates businesses, organizations, and cities to accelerate their transition to sustainability.

In following, Cyrus, SymbioLabs, and TEKMON companies, which have been supported in the past by Science Agora organizations and have already made a successful market journey, were presented. Representatives from the companies shared their experience and discussed the challenges, as well as the prospects of transitioning research from the lab to the market.

The event was concluded with brief presentations by renowned market executives, who discussed the prospects of the Hub's cooperation with businesses and suggested specific actions that would accelerate the interconnection of the two.

You can download the Press Release here.

Snapshot from the event

Thanasis Gentimis, General Manager, Symbiolabs

Dr. Sofia Papadaki, Freshit team member

Snapshot from the event

Christos Vaitsis, Head of Technology Transfer Office RC ATHENA

Prof. Magda Krokida NTUA, Freshit Team member

Πάνος Μήτσιος, Co-Founder & COO, ΤΕΚΜΟΝ

FRESQO team with Mrs. Maria Founta and Prof. Ioannis Emiris

Marianna Galani, Open Innovation Program Manager, ACEin AUEB

Dr. Andreas Sapalidis, SILDI team member

Ass. Prof. Angelos Tsakanikas, Scientific Coordinator of the Technology Transfer Office of NTUA

Technology Transfer Offices members of the 5 organizations that make up Science Agora

Prof. George Doukidis AUEB

Socrates Angelakopoulos, Run4More team member

Sofia Maggia, Head of Innovation Office, NCSR Demokritos

Snapshot from the event

Niki Syropoulou, CEO, Igrow Ventures

Athanasios Stoubos, Co-Founder, Cyrus

Dr. Apostolos Papakonstantinou, SciDrones team member

Freshit team with Mrs. Maria Founta and Prof. Katerina Pramatari

Emilios Chalamandaris, Head of Research and Development, Samsung Electronics Hellas

Eleni Petra, Fresqo team member, responsible for the Innovation Unit for Women of the Athena EP

Anastasis Stamatis, Dataphoria team member

Maria Founta, Google's Marketing Director for Southeast Europe

Από αριστερά: Ιωάννης Εμίρης, Πρόεδρος, Ερ. Κέντρο ΑΘΗΝΑ, Καθ. Δημήτρης Μπουραντώνης, Πρύτανης, ΟΠΑ, Καθ. Ανδρέας Γ. Μπουντουβής, Πρύτανης, ΕΜΠ, Δρ. Γεώργιος Νούνεσης, Ομ. Καθ. Ιωάννης Βασιλείου, τ. Πρόεδρος ΔΣ – Διευθυντής ΕΠΙΣΕΥ

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