Knowledge Centres likely to become major innovation and growth boosters
More than 170 representatives from knowledge centres, Living Labs, telecentres, as well as companies, townhalls, professionals and experts linked to the activity discussed about the future of this emergent sector during the first Knowledge Centre Congress, organized by Citilab Cornellá. For most professionals it seemed clear, that knowledge centres are to be one of the main drivers of economic activity in and employment in the coming years. Experts spoke of a movement, rather than of a model, that has the power to link the innovation potential of industry, SMES, cities, research and university organizations, public administrations and citizens. First initiatives at Catalonia, Andalusia and San Luís (Argentina) show that every euro invested in citizen innovation, produces 2,5 euros back in the local economy. In this sense, the Secretary of State for Telecommunications, Francisco Ros, announced, that the Government will allocate 12 million euro during 2010 to create Knowledge Centres.