>Hiriko in Berlin

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On 27 May 2010 the Hiriko City Car, a foldable electric vehicle will be presented to the press in Germany for the first time. The fully-functional prototype will only be presented in Germany on this date. InnoZ, jointly with its partners LSE Enterprise, the knowledge transfer and advisory platform of the London School of Economics and the EUREF Institute Berlin, is advising the Hiriko consortium with regard to the testing and market entry of the Hiriko car in Germany.


The initial launch schedule seeks to initiate a wider strategy to position Hiriko in Germany and to develop pilot schemes, to promote initial fleet deployment and to pursue innovative roll-out initiatives in Germany, as well as to identify and to secure both public and commercial partners. As part of the initial launch presentations, InnoZ and EUREF Institute wish to jointly propose and agree a longer-term advisory project with Hiriko relating to the implementation of such a strategy.

In addition, a model of the Hiriko Car will presented to the general public at the Long Night of Science on 5 June on the EUREF Campus. The Long Night of Science is a major annual public science event in Berlin which sees over 80 universities, research institutions and science parks open their doors to the public over a Saturday evening and night. The EUREF campus and all its partners, including the EUREF Institute, InnoZ, BeMobility, Deutsche Bahn, Vattenfall, GASAG, Bosch, RWE and others will present a range of projects around the theme of renewable energy, intelligent city and sustainable mobility. The Hiriko model and audiovisual presentation will take centre stage in the transparent EUREF dome inside the historic Gasometer structure, along with an exhibition of green design projects undertaken by Berlin design students.


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>DenokInn colabora con la Comisión Europea

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El pasado lunes se presentó en Madrid el primer concurso para identificar los 10 proyectos socialmente más innovadores de Europa. Se trata de una iniciativa liderada por las redes de innovación social más importantes de Europa, Euclid Network y Social Innovation Exchange en colaboración con la Comisión Europea. Lo más interesante de todo es que las entidades seleccionadas por la Comisión Europea participarán en un proyecto de “identificación de nuevas oportunidades a gran escala” ubicado en el nuevo parque de Innovación Social de Bizkaia impulsado por Denokinn. Os iré dando toda la información en cuanto me pasen las bases del concurso.

>This is European Social Innovation

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Euclid Network celebrated its first seminar in Spain last Monday despite of the Volcano. It was a great event thanks to an impressive list of participants. More than one hundred third sector leaders attended, including Paul Adamson (Spear), Carlos Alvarez Jimenez and Rosa Gallego (AEF), Miguel Angel Cabra de Luna (ONCE), Stephen Bubb (Acevo), Maria Calvo (Ashoka), Daniela Deuber (BMW Foundation), Elena Garrigues (Garrigues Foundation), Marisa Gomez Crespo (Plataforma ONGs Acción Social), Jon Mancisidor (BBK), Pepa Torres (Luis Vives Foundation), Ricardo Valls (Antares).. but the most interesting part of the event came at the end of the session.

Following the idea of visualizing what social innovation is and promote it across Europe, the European Commission in collaboration with SIX, Euclid Network and other social innovation networks will identify 10 large scale successful social innovation initiatives which represent the great potential for employment and sustainable development in times of recession. The competition will be called “This is European Social Innovation”. I will keep you informed.