The DANS ON final conference took place on 25-26 June in Brussels, Belgium. The conference was the culmination of a one year Interreg project, involving six partners from five European countries. The DANS ON project started the first June 2014 and ended on 30 June 2015.
The meeting was held from lunch to lunch. On the first day an overview of the project and its results were given by the Project Manager
Katarina Nordmark, International Secretariat, Värmland County Administrative Board.
– In this project we had the opportunity to communicate the DANS Model, one outcome in our past project DANS, and also test the model for real in Aberdeen and Hedmark. This has been done with great success, says Katarina.
Several motivational speakers presented great topics that enthused the audience during the day. The keynote speaker Chris Asche, Director of Innovation of the European Institute for Innovation (EIfI), spoke about the use of the Quadruple Helix in the North Sea Region. Michael Schmitz, Advisor in Brussels office of the German County Association, spoke about the digitalization and broadband from a municipal perspective. Lisa Lienert, Head of Brussels Office of European Institute for Innovation, told the audience about the current developments in the Digital Single Market.
Ian Watt, e-Government Manager, Custumer Service and Performance, Corporate Governance in Aberdeen City Council, also held a much appreciated workshop “Code the City” which is a method for citizen participation for developing new urban solutions.
The first day ended with dinner and a speech from Mr. Dr. Robert Henkel, Senior Policy Officer, DG CONNECT: Broadband Unit, European Commission. He spoke about the new European Broadband Portal, the added value of “Broadband Europe” and opportunities and benefits for Member States.
The second day of the meeting, the project members told their own stories about how they used the DANS Model. The conference also provided a platform for discussion among the
participants on how the DANS Model can be built on in the future.
– The project has also enabled us to further prepare ourselves for the new EU programme (2014-2020), where innovation and especially innovation using the Quadruple Helix Model, after developed in the project DANS, now is an identified area, says Katarina Nordmark. The Värmland County Administrative Board intends to incorporate the DANS Model in several new projects in the future and also develop the model in different theoretical areas.