2nd Innovations Forum (2011)
Rzeszów 24-25 May 2011


- I hope that Poland becomes the European California. Rzeszow has outstanding merits: good airline communication, good university facilities, and in a short time a motorway will be present here – said deputy prime minister, Waldemar Pawlak, during the II Innovations Forum, which was held in Rzeszow on 24 and 25 of May. It was attended by more than 200 business, science and political leaders, who discussed about the possibilities to increase innovativeness in the Polish economy and how the concepts of Polish innovators can be applied by the biggest world's companies. According to prime minister Waldemar Pawlak, it is necessary to consider tax relieves for companies introducing innovative solutions.

Opening the event, Polish Deputy Minister of Treasury, Jan Bury, said that Poland needs a new attitude towards science, economy and economic development. – In 10 years, life will be different: we will have new ways of communication, new perspectives for medical treatment and travelling. Changes have already started, yet we don't know where they can lead us. In order to stay up to date, we have to keep our eyes wide open and cooperate. No one in the world is a lonely island; international cooperation leads towards the future – added Bury.

According to Zygmunt Berdychowski, the President of the Programme Council of the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj and the organizer of the Forum, knowledge-based economy is introduced in Poland as a logical consequence of our membership in the European Union. – Improvement of competitiveness in industry and services is necessary for Poland, but also for other states in our region,  in order to increase gradually the level of prosperity and respond to the challenges posed by the leaders of the economic world – said Berdychowski.

The Ambassador of the People's Republic of China in Poland, Sun Yuxi, mentioned in his speech that one of the companies taking part in the Forum is Huawei, which specializes in production of telecommunication and IT equipment. Sun Yuxi emphasized that the concern is a very good example of cooperation between Poland and China. – Together we have a great potential, I'm convinced that our cooperation will proceed very well – he added.

Participants in the discussion panels debated on the future of the energy sector, aviation and automotive industry.

Electrification of road transport brings considerable energy savings, reduced fuel emissions. Prof. Sun Fengchun, director of the National Laboratory of Electric Vehicles Engineering in China, explained how and why it is done in his country: Our strategy is to apply electric cars first in the public transport, in trucks or buses, among other things. Chinese government initiated a project of pilot cities, where such vehicles will be introduced. The authorities wanted to introduce it in ten cities, but the interest was so great that it will be carried out in 26 instead – said Prof. Sun Fengchun, who prepares such a system for Beijing.

Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak said that the current condition of the state budget does not allow initiating similar projects. In his view, today it is a task for a consortium of energy or coal companies since it can be a really good business – today the cost of covering the mileage of 100 km with gasoline costs 50 zł. The same cost for an electric car would be 5-10 zł – argued deputy prime minister Pawlak.

The Forum welcomed guests from China, Switzerland, Holland, Hungary, Slovakia and Germany. The guests showed strong interest in the Innovations Town, where the latest solutions were presented by IT and telecommunication companies. The guests could also visit a special truck prepared by a Chinese company Huawei or urbantrain – 18 meters long electric vehicle, which, thanks to its construction, offers the possibility of manoeuvring even in narrow streets. This communication novelty was presented by Transsystem with its Swiss partner, Swiss Road Trains.

The latest technological achievements were presented in the Innovations Town among others by: TP/Orange Labs, Alcatel – Lucent and Nokia Siemens Network. In the booth of TP/Orange Labs, the visitors had the opportunity to become familiar with such solutions as: B-Link service, which allows disabled persons to use PCs or NN Assistance – which is a telephone for blind or short-sighted persons, equipped with special applications that allow reading sms aloud, among other things. There was also a presentation of a virtual call centre, which allows handicapped persons to work over the Internet. Alcatel-Lucent presented a disaster warning system. Thanks to this application all users of such devices as mobile phones can receive a warning about dangers regardless of their operator. Nokia Siemens Network triggered a considerable interest by presenting their intelligent power meter system. With this meter, one can plan energy-consuming housework in the time when the cheapest energy is available.  Such systems have already been introduced in Germany.

The Organizer of the Innovations Forum was Foundation Institute of Eastern Studies – the organizer of the Economic Forum in Krynica-Zdroj, the biggest meeting of political, business and science leaders in Central Europe.

Business Innovation Award

This year's edition of the Innovation Forum in Rzeszów saw a ceremonies award at the official gala on May 24. During the gala, the President of Polish Market Krystyna Woźniak-Trzosek and  Chairman of the Economic Forum Programme Council Zygmunt Berdychowski  handed two awards:
  • to Asseco Poland, for carrying out the "Invest with Asseco" project which has developed the sector of small and mid-sized enterprises in Poland. The award was received by Asseco Poland Vice-President Marek Panek
  • to Software Mind, for implementing innovative projects on international market. The award was receives by Software Mind President Janusz Homa.




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