20 Years of happiness and team spirit... captured in 7 minutes
Many of you attended our PO Days event in Stockholm on 4-5 September. At the end of the first day we
had a short ceremony to celebrate our 20-year anniversary, which included a 7-minute video with
testimonials* of many different members of our Community. The common message that came out of this
is clear: ITEA is important for its Community and it is in the heart of many of its members.
Personally, I found it heart-warming to watch it with the audience of close to 300 people with
spontaneous applause at the end.
We have seen many changes in ITEA since its first labelling in October 1998. The shift in
participation from mainly big companies to SMEs that grow based on their international exposure. The
growth of our project Community: from tens of participants in our early PO Days events to around 300
present. The growing attention for and involvement of customers and end users in, for example, the
annual customer workshops. But also, the communication and ICT support to the projects with the ITEA
Magazine, the Success stories, the Impact stream, and at the more operational side the tooling
around project ideas, proposal submission and evaluation and the project action lists.
So, is it all finished and complete? No, by no means. When we gradually start to think about a
successor programme for ITEA 3, we see many ways to further strengthen the contributions to the
innovation landscape. At our DC-Board meeting in June, where both industry and public authorities
were represented, several directions were already suggested. One of them was to open up even more
towards becoming a real toolbox for industry and public authorities by means of, for example,
topical project Calls or through bi- or multi-lateral Calls on some strategic target of
participating countries. Also, we see clear and concrete potential to further strengthen the
So, as usual, there is still a lot of work ahead of us. But back to here and now: issue 31 of our
Magazine that you have before you. It again describes a rich set of topics. From the impact of
automated testing in the ATAC project to a personal story from one of the valued members of our
Steering Group who started her own company. And, of course, we reflect on the PO Days in Stockholm
with the 20-year celebration. Finally, I would like to highlight the second part of our story on how
the State-of-the-Art has progressed in ITEA projects in a wide variety of areas. And, as usual,
there is a lot more besides.
I wish you a good read,