Friday, 17 January 2014

EIT ICT Labs opens a new Node in London



EIT ICT Labs opens a new Node in London




The mission of EIT ICT Labs, to drive European leadership in ICT innovation, took another significant step forward today in announcing the establishment of a London node. This expands the current network of nodes in Berlin, Eindhoven, Helsinki, Paris, Stockholm and Trento, extending the full scope of EIT ICT Labs activities into the UK for the first time.


Each EIT ICT Labs node operates a physical co-location as its base for activities. In London, this will be located at Imperial West; Imperial College London’s exciting new 25 acre central London research campus development in White City.


The founding partners of the London node are BT, IBM, Imperial College London, Institute for Sustainability, Intel, University College London, the University of Edinburgh, and Vodafone. These partners will work alongside the existing EIT ICT Labs partners – including global ICT companies and ICT research centre's, and universities that have a leading position in ICT


The London node offers the opportunity to work with major UK based ICT organisations, on the innovation challenges as addressed by EIT ICT Labs; furthermore it will look to provide an opportunity to engage with the very vibrant ICT based ecosystem around London. While the London Node partners are interested in a wide range of EIT ICT Labs activities there is a clear focus on technologies that can address the challenges of efficient management of city infrastructures.


The Director of the new London Node, Paul Jenkins (BT), says he’s looking forward to working with the node partners; EIT ICT Labs and the European partners; and the existing innovation ecosystem to establish a focus for ICT innovation in the UK with a European scope.


“I am very happy to have London established as a full EIT ICT Labs node. The UK ICT ecosystem is an important extension of our overall ecosystem and will further strengthen the pan-European innovation impact of EIT ICT Labs.” says Willem Jonker, CEO of EIT ICT Labs.


For further information, please contactPaul Jenkins, London Node Director,Paul.Jenkins@eitictlabs.eu