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EUROPEAN NEIGHBOURHOOD AND PARTNERSHIP INSTRUMENT
2007-2013 CROSS BORDER COOPERATION PROGRAMME

LATVIA-LITHUANIA-BELARUS

Promotion of Socioeconomic Development and Encouragement of Entrepreneurship by Developing Cross-border R&D and Innovation Network in Cloud Computing Area

Short title: LT-BY Cloud


PRIORITY 1: PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
Measure 1.1: Promotion of socio-economic development and encouragement of business and entrepreneurship

Beneficiary: Vilnius University (Vilnius, Lithuania)

Partners: Lithuanian Innovation and Technology Institute (Vilnius, Lithuania); Yanka Kupala Grodno State University (Grodno, Belarus); Scientific Technological Association INFOPARK (Minsk, Belarus)

PROBLEM: 2 science institutions: Vilnius University in Lithuania and Yanka Kupala State University of Grodno in Belarus have been making first steps in developing their resources and technologies in Cloud Computing (CC). The conducted study programs lag behind the average compared to international standard. This is caused by shortage of competencies as well as CC infrastructure needed for developing the area. The activities planned will increase the competitiveness of Vilnius and Grodno regions through improved CC infrastructure of regional science institutions and making it available for use of businesses on both sides of the border. The consolidated regional IT resources could well contribute to innovations, emergence of new business branches and encouragement of entrepreneurship.

OBJECTIVE: The project aims to enhance cross-border IT R&D and Innovation networks among Vilnius, Grodno and Minsk science institutions in order to develop and strengthen their linkage to IT enterprises. The project partners intend to achieve this by designing innovative cross-border CC cluster uniting Lithuania and Belarus and based on the latest CC technologies.



RESULTS&OUTPUTS:

A course (40 hours of theory and 80 hours of practice) for computer science programmes was developed. A number of trainings for 250 programmers and IT related public events in Lithuania and Belarus were organised. The ability of 30 regional IT companies to develop cloud computing technologies and reach global markets was improved.
3 research and development (R&D) projects were initiated in the field of cloud computing. 2 Cloud Programmers Open Days events were organised and an international conference took place in the Parliament of the Republic of Lithuania.
A study and a deployment concept on cloud computing opportunities and prospects for IT enterprises in the region was developed. A set of hardware and software was purchased and a web portal with open access was launched: www.lt-by-cloud.eu.
The agreement between partners on the common use of the cloud computing infrastructure was signed.

Project number:

LLB-2-142

Grant Contract number:

1S-506

Total budget:

1 112 682,00 €

EU contribution:

1 001 413,80 €

Implementation period:

14 months (10.2013-12.2014)

Contact:

Algimantas Juozapavicius
Naugarduko street 24, Vilnius, LT-03225, Lithuania
+370 5219 3053; algimantas.juozapavicius@mif.vu.lt; www.vu.lt

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