Month: January 2014

Design Does Matter

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ZXSpectrum48kI bought my first computer back in 1984. It was one of the first models of, the iconic today, ZX Spectrum. A home computer that probably launched the revolution of personal computing in Europe (along with other memorable brands like Commodore, Amstrad, BBC and a few others).

Across the Atlantic, Steve Jobs and Steven Wozniac were already disrupting the industry for about a decade, and had significant success with Apple II series. (An Apple IIc was actually my second computer). IBM and Microsoft responded with the launch of the first IBM PC in 1981, which soon became a standard. Mac made its debut almost exactly 30 years ago (January 25th, 1984) and soon became one of the most loved technology apparatus out there. It didn’t have users, it had fans and devotees. It was appealing, easy to use, elegant, beautiful. It was loveable. This is still the case for all Apple products. Read the rest of this entry »

Horizon2020 calling. Ready?

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imagesJanuary is a month full of challenges. The new year finds Europe (at least its South) still in a deep crisis. Not only an economic crisis, but also a political one. Unfortunately, despite some good news, one swallow does not make a spring. But instead of moaning we can focus on new ideas and opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

Όραμα και Ελπίδα

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Έβλεπα πρόσφατα στο διαδίκτυο μια συνέντευξη του Κωνσταντίνου Δασκαλάκη. Ένα από τα υπέροχα μυαλά που κάνει καριέρα στο εξωτερικό και, που και που, θυμούνται τα ειδησεογραφικά μέσα. Πόσες φορές έχουμε διαβάσει άρθρα για όλους αυτούς τους Έλληνες, που διαπρέπουν εκτός Ελλάδας και πόσο εύκολα τους οικιοποιούμαστε και τους χρησιμοποιούμε ,για να ανεβάσουμε τη συλλογική μας εθνική υπερηφάνια;

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A new Horizon to 2020

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I was lucky enough to visit Paris, just a few weeks before Christmas. After a long walk by the Seine, enjoying the bright lights of this big city, I sat at one of those typical bistros, by the river. As it happens many times, when I’m travelling alone, I thought back to my first trips to Europe, when I started working in EU research projects.

Although I originally got involved in research and development (R&D) projects back in 1999, my major work started about 7 years ago, with the first calls of the FP7 programme, so I cannot really claim decades of experience in the subject. Nevertheless, I had the privilege of working in a few quite big and significant projects with some of the best scientists and researchers in Europe. Read the rest of this entry »