Fontys ICT InnovationLab
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The ICT landscape is constantly changing and investing in innovation is key for competitive advantage. Several leading business cooperate and co-create within Fontys ICT InnovationLab as Partners in Innovation, united as SPARC. As work field experts, they submit research projects and work closely with students, lecturers and researchers on ICT innovations. SPARC members support and sponsor long-term research projects, initiated by Fontys School of ICT research groups.

Bringing business challenges to students and research groups

Companies from various industries are affiliated with SPARC (Sharing Platform for Applied Research Cooperation), the cooperation of Partners in Innovation who contribute, participate and support the Fontys ICT InnovationLab. The binding factor is their shared commitment to innovation as driving force for business, and prime contributor to a better, more inclusive and sustainable society. To help develop the future generation of ICT professionals as well as accumulate knowledge levels within the Brainport region, they supply practice-based research questions and support complex research projects, initiated by the Fontys School of ICT professors. In return, they benefit from the accumulated clout of expertise, creativity and energy of teams of researchers and junior-professionals, contributing to their business with the next ICT innovations.

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Partners in Innovation

In the third and fourth year of student education, intensive collaboration with the field takes place at the Fontys ICT InnovationLab for practice-based ICT research. In hybrid teams, the Partners in Innovation (PiI) work together with students, lecturers, expertise centres and Fontys School of ICT partner companies to develop talent and ICT innovation. Practice-based research from the professional field is the starting point for both learning and innovation.

Find out more about SPARC.

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We are happy to announce we can finally organise a physical Career Day again in April!

Easier travel with the Covid Travel App
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Travelling during the pandemic is sometimes a challenge. Finding out what exact measures apply in different countries is like a maze. Each place has its own rules, but also locating them on some government website can be daunting. Early on in the pandemic, student Martin Frenken and his team thought about this; could we make this easier? What if there was an application that brought together all the Covid-19 travel information? Fontys Hogeschool ICT students developed the technology of that app for you.

What is needed for succesful hybrid learning?
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Een fysieke locatie voor samenkomen lijkt erg belangrijk te zijn voor het succes van een authentieke, hybride leeromgeving. Althans, zo blijkt uit de resultaten van het doorlopende onderzoek naar de impact en ontwikkeling van het Fontys ICT InnovationLab tijdens het voorjaarssemester 2021, waarin na corona lockdowns weer (deels) fysiek onderwijs mogelijk was.