Paul Malone (right) with members of the NGI community and Pearse O’Donohue, Director for Future Networks in the European Commission (third from right) at the NGI booth at 4YFN event in Barcelona.

TSSG, as part of the SpeakNGI.eu project, attended the 4YFN conference in Barcelona, 26th to 28th February. TSSG is promoting the consultation platform for the Next Generation Internet (NGI).

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) (https://www.ngi.eu/) is a European Commission initiative focused on building a “Human Internet” creating an Internet that respects human and societal values, privacy, participation and diversity, and offers new functionalities to support people’s real needs and address global sustainability challenges. TSSG is part of the initiative and coordinates the SpeakNGI.eu project which has the responsibility of running the consultation platform to gather informed opinions from experts across a broad set of stakeholder groups. These consultations are used for the future research direction of the NGI initiative through H2020 and beyond.

4YFN (4 years from now) (https://www.4yfn.com) is the start-up business platform of Mobile World Capital Barcelona that enables start-ups, investors, corporations and public institutions to discover, create and launch new ventures together. One of the targeted stakeholder groups for NGI outreach is “Start-ups and SMEs” and as such the 4YFN conference is the perfect opportunity to reach out to this community.

Paul Malone from TSSG represented SpeakNGI.eu and met with a large number of technology and social innovation start-ups, introducing them to the concept of the NGI as well as NGI funding opportunities in addition to invitations to participate on the consultation platform.

The NGI consultation platform is available at https://consultation.ngi.eu/ and is open to input from all stakeholders including citizens, policy makers, technology organisations, start-ups and SMEs, social innovators and researchers.