The Algarve will host a technological forum in 2019 on the theme "Impact of digital transformation on services and tourism in the Algarve region", organizers announced yesterday.
The University of Algarve (UAlg), Faro City Council, Altice Portugal, Altice Labs and Megafin, Sociedade Editora – owner of the Economic Journal – signed cooperation protocols for the realization of the initiative.
The forum will count on the participation of experts from various areas to think about the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the future of the region.
The initiative will be part of UAlg's 40th anniversary celebrations, taking advantage of the academy's know-how in scientific and academic research.
The announcement was made on Wednesday, as part of the formalization of several protocols between UAlg and partner entities, namely Altice Portugal, whose officials are visiting the Algarve, in a ceremony held in the seminary room of the Rectory on the campus of Gambelas .
With the objective of promoting the capture and retention of talent in the region and the development of academic projects of public interest or business that boost the regional economy, a protocol of cooperation between UAlg and Altice Labs was also signed.
Another of the protocols covers Altice and the Association Algarve Science and Technology Park (ASTP) – Algarve Science and Technology Park, to promote a regional innovation ecosystem.
In addition to UAlg, ASTP is associated with the municipalities of Faro and Loulé and the National Association of Young Entrepreneurs (ANJE).
This protocol aims to create and stimulate the technological ecosystem in the Algarve region, within the scope of the new technological pole of UAlg, promoting "technological opportunities" for companies that work in the areas of information, communication and electronic technologies (TICE), health and well-being, cultural and creative industries, sea, agri-food and energy.
Alexandre Fonseca, Executive President of Altice Portugal, stressed that Portuguese universities "have been fundamental in the success of the projects, the dynamics undertaken and business with the world", revealing support for the Algarve Tech Hub project, which integrates the future technological UAlg.
"Altice Portugal and Altice Labs will be strategic partners to leverage dynamics that will benefit not only the university but the entire territory of the Algarve," said Paulo Águas, dean of the University of Algarve.
The Mayor of Faro, Rogério Bacalhau, stressed the contribution made by Altice to the Algarve Tech Hub project. "It allows us to broaden horizons for all the entrepreneurs who are increasingly looking for the Algarve and Faro, as a pole of innovation and dynamism," he said.
"The Algarve STP Association has served as a stimulus for technology-based projects, in partnership with the University of Algarve. The protocol with Altice Portugal comes at the right moment and in the sense of adding value to this convergence movement, which already exists, solidifying this path we have been going through, "commented Hugo Vieira, national director of ANJE.