AUTO-ICT Innovation Competiton
September 20, 2010

September 20, 2010

Final Call for AUTO-ICT Innovation Competiton

Canadian ICT and Auto-sector companies are reminded that September 30th is the last date for entries to the NoAE Innovation Award, one of Europe's top innovation competitions. The Network of Automotive Excellence (NoAE) is an initiative of automotive OEMs, suppliers, engineering firms, and research organizations, to cooperatively respond to the challenges in the automotive sector, and to identify solutions. CATAAlliance, the Networked vehicle Association and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers are excited to be able to invite their member supplier companies to participate in this completion. It represents a great opportunity for Canadian suppliers who wish to grow and prosper in the European Automotive Industry.

New in 2010: strategic partnership with Canada.

New for the NoAE in 2010 is the strategic partnership with Canada. Canadian participation in the NoAE is led by the Federal Government’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade (DFAIT,) represented by the Embassy of Canada in Berlin, and the Canadian Consulate in Munich. The offices worked hard to engage all partners and to lead the program initiative, according to the project partners: the CATAAlliance (Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance), the Networked Vehicle Association NVA, and the Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association APMA. New ideas which have applications for the automobile -- whether the ideas come from the automotive sector or from other industries –- are welcome in this year’s competition. Four thematic areas of high importance for the automobile industry have been identified. The call for proposals is extended to companies and research organizations which can make contributions to the following thematic areas:
  • The automobile, a special living environment
  • Communications and the car (Information Technology)
  • Eco Innovation - new approaches to CO2 reduction
  • Efficient and flexible production
The Competition is open from now to September 30, 2010. The proposal submission process is easy, through the NoAE portal

Award winners are being invited to present their innovations at the Würzburg Automotive Summit held in November 2010 in Germany. In addition, they receive for the duration of one year active support by NoAE members in commercializing their winning technologies – in order to turn innovative ideas into commercial projects. Some 30 winners have been selected in each of the previous years, coming from research organizations and SMEs.

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