24
Nov

Final Vircoin2SME Event and Consortium meeting

As it was announced by many chanels, last 15th November 2016 we held our international workshop to University of Girona, Spain, which was a full-day free event for diffusion in different topics regarding complementary and virtual currencies´ state of the art as well as the discussion of the studies carried on during this EC funded project throughout different activities.
After Dr.Josep LLuís de la Rosa Esteva introduction to the topic, Jem Bendel presented an interesting plenary about Bitcoin - rhetoric and reality related with Banglapesa experience which is a currency experiment that was recently launched on the Kenyan Coast and received a radically different reaction. The initiative by an NGO, Koru Kenya, in the informal settlement named Bangladesh in Mombasa intended to solve the problem of uneven and deficient levels of local demand. It got together 109 local business people into a network and issued them with credit in the form of a beautifully designed paper currency – the Bangla Pesa – with which they are able to trade in order to stabilise and stimulate local business whose capacity is otherwise under-utilised.


Furthermore Ruthy Acosta and Milena Santiago summarized the importance of virtual tecnologies in tourism and helth.


Finally round tables coordinated by Rolf Schroeder and Andreu Honzawa as experts invited the consortium and the assistents to parcipate in the main tòpics which was very interesting and productive as it marks the evaluation transfered to all of them.




During the afternoon, all consortium participants attended to the final consortium meeting which was an opportunity to assess the project’s effectiveness, outcomes and future steps. New and future collaborative relationships have arisen thanks to the Vircoin2SME project.
14
Nov

VirCoin2SME reports

Gotes (Drops): Crowd Relationship Management for Enhanced Utilities Services
Josep Lluis de la Rosa
EASY Innova TECNIO @ University of Girona
Abstract 1 — Water supply and services, and utilities in general, need to expand their services and business with their users and consumers, as well as they are committed to reduce the water and energy consumption. This concept note is about incentivizing a change of behavior in the domestic water consumption, and enhance their propension to collaborate and interact with the utilities companies to enlarge their Average Return Per User (ARPU). We propose a crowd relationship management channel where users exchange their ideas to reduce the amount of water that they use and we use a reward system to motivate them. Furthermore, the platform is able to show users their consumption and their improvements.

Discover all documents in the following link

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07
Nov

Ekosos and EASY are specifying last details for the final event.

Daniel Tito (Advisory Manager) and Estel Guillaumes(Project Manager) as organizers in charge of the VirCoin2SME final event, have managed the different issues and coordination for this International Workshop in Virtual and Complementary Currencies. This event aims to disseminate some of the research outputs regarding virtual and complementary currencies studies in terms of barriers and possible solutions to overcome towards sustainability and new proposals applicable for the Healthcare and Tourism sector as well as to create a bridge for open discussion of these contributions between the VirCoin2SME researchers and delegates, different experts in the CC field as Jem Bendel, Rolf Schroeder, Andreu Honzawa, other experts in the helthcare and tourism sector and the public in general.

A completed agenda has been created in order to promote this event for discussion about the project´ results to be held on November 15th, 2016. Entrance is free, however it is recommende to save a place getting registered in the following link:

https://www.eventbrite.es/e/entradas-workshop-vircoin2sme-28141094772?ref=ebtn

VirCoin2SME consortium hopes that you will enjoy this international workshop in complementary and virtual currencies !!!

02
Nov

EKOSOS to the 4th Project Management For Sustainable Development "PM4SD" Congress in Akureyri

Javier Felix and Daniel Tito attended to the 4th Project Management For Sustainable Development "PM4SD" Congress in Akureyri on October 5th to 9th. This program entitled “Leadership and Governance for Sustainable Tourism” and a further certification training towards PM4SD Foundation (November, 2016) are part of the training activities that have been supported during the secondment to Fraunhofer IDMT. In regards of the objectives for the project, the impact of these courses was mainly related to acquiring new knowledge, resources and use cases related to different policies, best practices, indicators and methodology for project management in terms of sustainability for the tourism sector (related to the outcomes in new business model proposals and its future possible development).

During these lectures and training activities, the secondees had also the opportunity to interact with experts in the field with some of the proposals related to tourism and future opportunities throughout the use of complementary and virtual currencies, as part of the promotion for the VirCoin2SME workshop (Final event of the project to be held in Universitat de Girona on November 15th, 2016).

14
Oct

Second secondment from EKOSOS to IDMT

Javier Felix (General Manager of Ekosos) and Daniel Tito (Advisory Manager) have been participating in a secondment to Fraunhofer IDMT from September to November 2016. The objective of secondment is to contribute with ongoing researches and deliverables regarding virtual and complementary currencies for SMEs. The focus of their participation will be defining possible guidelines and revising the proposals for developing sustainable business models based on the use of complementary and/or virtual currencies.

In addition, they have been revising the analysis made previously regarding barriers for CC development and the objective will be identifying guidelines to overcome the barriers defined in previous deliverables.

The collaboration between Ekosos and IDMT would provide more inputs to include case studies regarding the healthcare and tourism sectors in the final products of the projects.

06
Oct

Secondment of Peter Pharow from Fraunhofer IDMT to UNAB



Dr. Peter Pharow, Director of the Business Unit “Human-centered Media Technologies” of Fraunhofer IDMT, made his research stay by the European Vircoin2SME Project, from 1 to 30 September 2016, at the “Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga UNAB”, Faculty of Economics, Management and Accounting.

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29
Jul

EKOSOS TRAINING ACTIVITIES

As part of the training activities, Daniel attended to 2nd EMES Polanyi Seminar in Paris on May 19th & 20th. This seminar entitled “Societies in Transition - Social and solidarity economy, the commons, public action and livelihood” was a very valuable experience with regards on the objectives of getting new knowledge, information and use cases related to new trends, studies and projects focused on the "Third Sector" as well as the opportunity of interacting with some keynote speakers and academics in the Complementary Currency field to shift ideas looking forward on the Vircoin2SME workshop (A dissemination event of the project to be held in Universitat de Girona on November 15th, 2016).

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29
Jul

BLUE ROOM INNOVATION TO IDMT

Since July 2016 Estel Guillaumes Vilarrasa (Blue Room Innovation’s Project Manager) is carrying out her secondment in Fraunhofer IDMT. She has been participating actively in the previous secondments in Girona, providing support to UdG organization and Easy Innova project implementation since September 2015.

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