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Prize 2016

Details on the regional prize 2016 will be published shortly.

Prize 2015

The regional winner of Greece will receive:

  • A EUR 3,000 cash prize to be used at the winner's discretion
  • Six months of mentoring support from HAMAC experts
  • A GRNET services package including access to the cloud-based IaaS service ~okeanos and storage infrastructure


In Greece, a new economy is in the making, giving rise to abundant and attractive investment opportunities in a wide variety of sectors. Greece's massive reform efforts are opening new investment frontiers that are poised to reward both first-movers and established players. For the next decade, the stage is set for sustained growth in tourism, ICT, energy, environmental sciences, food and beverages, agriculture, logistics, and life sciences. Greece's exceptional human capital, advanced infrastructure, geostrategic position, and potential for economic expansion are attracting investor interest from around the world. The country's newly designed investment framework supports the creation of new businesses, new synergies, and new partnerships. With an outward-looking economy that is focused on long-term growth, Greece offers investors the opportunity to achieve highly favourable returns. As a member of the European Union and the Eurozone, Greece continues to be the economic hub of Southeast Europe; an ideal gateway to the Middle East, Western Europe, and North Africa; and an emerging logistics hotbed for the entire region.

Regional Organiser
Hellenic Association of Mobile Application Companies (HAMAC)

HAMAC is a non-profit organisation comprised of high-tech companies that develop advanced mobile applications, offer valuable assistance to telecommunication providers, and render other innovative communication, content, and application services. The association represents a vibrant sector of more than 80 participating companies that account for approx. 90% (over EUR 400 million) of the total turnover in Greece's mobile industry and employ more than 4,000 people, including a thousand professionals with the highest academic education. These companies are active in more than 40 countries, which has enabled some of them to expand and distinguish themselves as global leaders in the mobile services market. HAMAC members also provide services to the world's largest telecom operators, listed on the LSE/AIM stock exchanges, and achieve substantial growth at both the national and international level.
The objectives of the association are:

  • To develop a spirit of cooperation among its members and promote of mutual collaboration
  • To promote companies in its sector through specific actions and contribute to innovation, exporting, and international development
  • To submit business plans and proposals to government authorities so as to further the gradual development of its members
  • To prepare training courses designed to improve the administrative and technical skills of its members
  • To monitor scientific, technical, financial, and educational developments in the mobile sector and provide related information to its members
  • To promote and protect the interests of its members by supporting and coordinating corresponding activities
  • To represent its sector at the local, regional, and international level, such as through local and international events

Regional Partners
Hellenic Association of Space Industry (H-ASI)

The Hellenic Association of Space Industry (H-ASI) was founded in 2008 following a joint endeavour conducted on behalf of a significant part of the Greek industry that is active in space technology and applications. The association is a non-profit organisation whose mandate specifies the following goals:

  • Promoting and assisting the industry for space technology and applications in Greece and around the world
  • Developing communication and collaboration channels among association members, as well as with similar actors within the European and international space markets
  • Optimising Greek participation in ESA, Greece's contributions to EUMETSAT, participation in the Hellenic MoD's programmes involving space-related technologies and applications, and the potential for industrial cooperation opportunities resulting from the aforementioned engagements
  • Promoting cooperation between the Greek space industry and the Hellenic Research Centers, as well as with Greek institutions of higher education that are involved in space-related technological sectors
  • Contributing to the exploitation of R&D financing schemes in sectors in which H-ASI members are active, as well as establishing relative conditions and prerequisites for promoting the deliverables of these R&D programs
  • Promoting activities in sectors relevant to space technology (such as space communications, remote sensing, and telemetry) and their focused application with regard to Greece. These activities can be conducted in environmental monitoring and surveillance, civil protection during emergency situations (earthquakes, floods, fires, etc.), GIS applications, border and coastal security, smart electrical grid systems, smart and secure transportation systems (sea, air, road, and rail transport), multimedia applications and services, "Future Internet" applications, broadband services designed to diminish the digital divide among remote rural and agricultural areas of Greece, and new space-related materials and applications.
Following a number of successive invitations to new members, H-ASI now includes 24 regular active members. All H-ASI members are Greek high-tech companies that employ over 1,000 employees, the vast majority of whom are highly trained in space technology and its applications. H-ASI members represent a large portion of Greece's research and manufacturing workforce in the space technology and applications sector. Most H-ASI members have participated successfully in ESA programmes either through the ESA-Greek Task Force Call for Ideas or independently through ESA tenders, which has enabled them to accumulate significant expertise in developing and managing space-related programs, technologies, and applications. Since 2003, H-ASI members have been participating in over 35 space technology and applications programmes with a cumulative budget of over EUR 20 million, placing them at the forefront of the Greek space industry.

Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET)

The Greek Research and Technology Network (GRNET S.A., www.grnet.gr) is a state-owned company operating under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Education's General Secretariat for Research and Technology. Its mission is to provide high-quality infrastructure and services to the academic, research, and education community of Greece and to disseminate ICT to the general public. GRNET is the provider of the National Research and Education Network (NREN), which connects local universities and research institutions via dark fibre at speeds up to 10Gbps and offers the Greek research and education community access to the pan-European GEANT network through four 10Gbps links. GRNET also plays a key role at national level in the field of distributed and large-scale research infrastructures, including grids, the cloud, and HPC. The company also coordinates the Greek National Grid Initiative - HellasGrid (featuring more than 1,400 CPUs and 200 terabytes of storage) and is a member of the European Grid Infrastructure (EGI). Finally, GRNET operates Okeanos, a public IaaS cloud solution it developed to offer cloud resources to Greek universities.

National Observatory of Athens (NOA)

The National Observatory of Athens (NOA) was established in 1842 by the Vienna-based national benefactor George Sinas. It carries out state-of-the-art basic and applied research in collaboration with other world-leading research centres. NOA's activities are organised in three institutes staffed by highly skilled scientific, research, and technical personnel: the Institute of Astronomy, Astrophysics, Space Applications and Remote Sensing; the Institute of Environmental Research and Sustainable Development; and the Geodynamics Institute. NOA provides critical social services, such as daily seismicity monitoring, the earthquake alerts it issues to the Greek state authorities on a 24/7 basis, weather forecasting, forest fire monitoring, ionospheric activity recording, maintenance of a 150-year climatic dataset, and operation of one of Europe's largest telescopes. It also serves as Greece's national gateway to the European Space Agency (ESA). NOA also makes an important contribution to public outreach via its popular visitor centres in Penteli, Thission, and the Geoastrophysics Museum. Historically, the Greek government has appointed NOA the sole institution in charge of natural disaster monitoring, issuing it a clear mandate to conduct innovative research for the benefit of Greece's citizens. At the global level, it hosts:

  • The UNESCO Chair for Natural Disasters, established within the framework of UNESCO-BRESCE
  • The Secretariat of the South Eastern European (SEE) Disaster Risk Assessment and Mitigation Network
  • The focal point of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), one of the four national GEO offices in the world
  • The ESA mirror site for the collection, management, distribution, and processing of satellite data from the Sentinel family of satellites
Over the years, systematic participation in EC, ESA, GMES (Copernicus), and national projects has enabled NOA to consolidate state-of-the-art scientific equipment, including a satellite ground station for Meteosat, NOAA/AVHRR, MODIS, NPP, FYI, MetOP, and (in the future) NPOESS missions; one fixed and one mobile LIDAR; and leading-edge specialised software modules. NOA has thus achieved considerable excellence in monitoring and managing environmental and natural disasters based on Earth observation. It has also provided support for emergency planning and response efforts, disaster recovery and environmental monitoring, civil protection, and public governmental authorities in Greece. More importantly, NOA has established infrastructural networks throughout southeast Europe that include:
  • The National Seismological Network
  • The NOANET GPS network for monitoring crustal deformation in Greece
  • The HellENIc GeoMagnetic Array (ENIGMA), the ultra-low-frequency magnetometer network in central and southern Greece that monitors electromagnetic signals related to earthquakes
  • The meteorological monitoring network for advanced weather forecasting and modelling
  • The lighting detection network ZEUS, which has receivers at six sites over Europe
  • The Atmospheric Air Quality Monitoring Network, which has in-vitro and mobility-enhanced capacities via the operation of the Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratory and the Atmospheric Remote Sensing Station, part of NASA's AERONET network

National Cadastre and Mapping Agency SA (NCMA)

The National Cadastre and Mapping Agency S.A. (NCMA), formerly "Ktimatologio S.A.", is a state-owned company that was established in 1995 by the Greek Ministry of Economy and Finance and the Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning, and Public Works. Its main purpose is to design, plan, implement, and support the operation of the Hellenic National Cadastre. The sole shareholder of the company is the Ministry of the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change (formerly the Ministry of Environment, Physical Planning, and Public Works), and its current total assets amount to approximately EUR 950 million. The NCMA is administered by a Board of Directors consisting of seven members who are appointed by the Minister of the Environment, Energy, and Climate Change. The company comprises nine departments and one regional centre (in Thessaloniki). It employs approximately 350 full-time employees who cover the entire range of specialties required to develop and operate a modern cadastral system. This workforce also has an impressive educational background, with 65% of its employees having earned a university degree and 26% holding a master's or a Ph.D. degree. Since its establishment, the NCMA has designed, planned, tendered out, and supervised the implementation of a series of cadastral survey projects aimed at establishing the cadastre in 340 municipalities in Greece (at the cost of around EUR 350 million). In addition, it successfully carried out a EUR 96-million project co-financed by the EU called "Data and IT Infrastructure for a Modern Cadastre". Currently, the company is supporting the operation of the cadastre in approximately 350 municipalities in Greece, supervising the implementation of a series of cadastral survey projects designed to establish the cadastre in 348 additional municipalities in the country (around EUR 200 million), and participating in the mapping of Greece's forests. Finally, the company has launched five international tenders with a total budget of approximately EUR 1 billion for the development of the cadastre in the some 5,000 remaining municipalities in the country.

Technopolis City of Athens

Technopolis City of Athens is a hub of cultural events within one of the city's most important industrial monuments. It is helping to upgrade a historic area of the capital and create another focal point in Athens' cultural identity. Every year, over 600,000 visitors flock to the wide variety of events held, which span music, dance, theatre and performing arts, plastic and applied arts, educational programmes for children, temporary exhibitions, and initiatives for the development of entrepreneurship and the promotion of innovation. Technopolis City of Athens offers quality entertainment, educational and cultural activities, and support for the social work of the city's major organisations. Combined with the newly designed Museum Path, the gradual transformation of the Technopolis site into a hub of diverse events and activities is offering visitors the chance to stroll through an area full of images, knowledge, and emotions. In January 2013, Technopolis also hosted the grand opening of the Industrial Gas Museum, which aims to shed light on the heretofore unknown aspects of the modern and contemporary history of Athens and supplement the capital's large network of archaeological museums. This partnership has given Technopolis a dual purpose: as a centre of cultural and artistic events, and as the site of the first Industrial Gas Museum, one whose history is so interconnected with that of Athens itself. www.technopolis-athens.com

LDA project GMES for Athens

The LDA project aims to implement innovative, large-scale mobile services based on the European Earth Observation programme Copernicus, GNSS, and a real-life test bed in the region of Attica, Greece. This region is ideal for demonstrating the potential of such services in addressing societal challenges. For example, Attica has the highest concentration of manufacturing and commercial activity in Greece. It is also the country's main hub of communications, with facilities for the rapid transport of raw materials and finished products. The region accounts for 40% of Greece's total national employment and has a plentiful supply of labour, particularly the skilled variety. It also has a wealth of ancient monuments and sites that attract millions of visitors from all over the world. Unfortunately, the concentration of both economic activity and people in Attica has led to uncontrolled building, inadequate public transport, an increase in unemployment and crime, and the deterioration of the natural environment. The LDA project has the backing of the European Commission within the framework of the European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance, which seeks to develop large-scale demonstrators in support of Copernicus- and GNSS-based services in Europe. The major objectives of the project includes developing an integrated platform for the large-scale demonstrator, creating a favourable ecosystem for innovative mobile services based on GMES and GNSS by bringing together all public and private stakeholders, and testing the use of the platform in a real-life test bed with all of the relevant actors. It also aims to monitor and evaluate the operation of the platform, document the results and experience obtained, assess the potential for scalability and transferability to other regions, and perform mutual transnational policy-learning activities.


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