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.
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Discover the latest news for partners or prospective member organisations.
During King's Day 2021, Fontys ICT InnovationLab will show how they can measure and monitor biodiversity using drones and Artificial Intelligence (AI) within the 'Flower Power' project. Fontys lecturer AI Gerard Schouten will discuss this from 14:00 - 14:30 with a number of ICT students who have made contributions to the project in various semesters.
Collaborating with industry is nothing new for FHICT. "We've been doing that for about 13 years with our Partners in Education," said Suzanne van Kuijk, Program Manager of the InnovationLab. "That enduring collaboration ensures informed feedback on the curriculum and keeps us up-to-date on what's going on in the corporate ICT landscape. So that we can respond well to the ever-evolving market."
The National Growth Fund announced last week that it will make a quarter of its €4 billion budget available to strengthen research and innovation in the Netherlands. Part of that money will be spent on the key technology Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Fontys School of ICT welcomed no less than three Partners in Innovation and new SPARC members on March 12, 2021. During a festive online toast the Municipality of Eindhoven, the Bierens Group and the Ministry of Defense signed up for membership of our partner network.