While the morning of May 15th 2013 was reserved for project internal meetings the Clusterix Peer Group meetings were open for visitors of the CloudZone, one of Europes the biggest Cloud Computing Event. During the official welcome by Mr. Ralf Eichhorn, City of Karlsruhe and Mrs. Britta Wirtz, Head of the Karlsruhe Trade and Fare Agency both pointed out the meaning of Clusterix for the internationalisation of the reginal Clusters and SME.
Which role Clusterix and the best practice Karlsruhe gained in the project was made perfectly clear in the presentation "SmarterCity Karlsruhe Initiative – Holistic approach of a cluster development" held by Mrs. Elna Schirrmeister, Fraunhofer Institute for System Innovation. This strategic approach for regional innovation addressing all relevant stakeholders aims for a 10 years development.
For a shorter time frame and as a direct response for dramatic changes in the industrial landscape of a region the "Software Centre Böblingen/Sindelfingen – cornerstone of Stuttgart Region ICT cluster" presented by Mr. Hans-Ulrich Schmid, CEO Software Center was an example. The challenge forced a region to change strategies and to offer infrastructure and space for new services and industries.
One example of how support for a special form of industries can work was the learning of the presentation "How Free Software amp; Open Technologies foster cooperation among SMEs". Mr. Patrick Ohnewein, TIS innovation park South Tyrol explained why the Region was concentrating on the "free" and "open" approach and how this model works out between the companies in the region.
Full report of ClusteriX Meeting in Karlsruhe (.pdf)