Fontys ICT InnovationLab
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Introduction

Introduction

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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Partner Network

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.

SPARC website

News

News

Discover the latest news for partners or prospective member organisations.

Students Wouter and Daan investigated robots for the Ministry of Defence
19 July 2021 Students Wouter and Daan investigated robots for the Ministry of Defence

Just imagine standing there... Presenting your project to representatives of the Ministry of Defence, the army, US Army and NATO. This is how the semester ended for Fontys students ICT & Technology Daan van Knippenberg and Wouter Pennings. With their team, they worked for the Ministry of Defence on the project 'Smart Tactical Robot', which they were allowed to present and demonstrate to the aforementioned audience.

Delegation of Dutch and US army visits Fontys ICT InnovationLab
6 July 2021 Delegation of Dutch and US army visits Fontys ICT InnovationLab

On Wednesday 7 July representatives of the Ministry of Defence will visit the Fontys ICT InnovationLab. For their visit, they've also invited a delegation from the US Army. This visit to the Brainport region will be about the cooperation in the development of robotisation and autonomous systems, on which a lot of applied research is done within Fontys. 

European Commissioner impressed by Eindhoven's higher education institutions
2 June 2021 European Commissioner impressed by Eindhoven's higher education institutions

On May 31, 2021, European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel visited Eindhoven together with Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven and State Secretary Mona Keijzer. In her closing speech, Ms Gabriel expressed being impressed by the work of the institutions: "We want a more inclusive programme, and here we have a great example of how to work together with companies, researchers, professionals and young people."

EU and Dutch government officials visit Brainport & Fontys ICT InnnovationLab
27 May 2021 EU and Dutch government officials visit Brainport & Fontys ICT InnnovationLab

On 31 May 2021, Fontys University of Applied Sciences will be welcoming EU Commissioner Mariya Gabriel and Dutch Minister of Education Ingrid van Engelshoven for a visit to the Fontys ICT InnovationLab. This is the first visit the Commissioner makes since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, on the invitation of minister Van Engelshoven.