Annual meeting 2018

On Nov. 21st the annual meeting of the Silicon Alps Cluster took place at the Graz Airport. Around 120 participants came together for the joint review of 2018 and the outlook for 2019. Theevent also focused on the main topics relating to the location, the work programs and the design of the working framework for the coming year.

 

Location

After the greeting and a video of the Silicon Alps Team’s personal review of the year, a panel discussion took place on the location of South Austria. The focus was on the relevant developments, the greatest medium-term challenges for the actors and the common agenda. In addition to the guests were Mrs.LHStv. Dr. Gaby Schaunig, Councillor MMag.aBarbara Eibinger-Miedl, Mag. Michael Wiesmüller (BMVIT), Dr. Georg Weingartner (WKO | Aussenwirtschaft Austria), DI Günther Wellenzohn (Infineon), DI Werner Luschnig (Si.A.   Errichtungs-GmbH) and Dr. Günther Lackner as panelists.

The Styrian Councillor praises the cluster members for the visibility of the region. The aim was to attract even more attention to Austria on the international map of the sector, for example in order to attract skilled workers. Through further investments in science and research, the region is to become a leader in cooperation and collaboration between science and research.

The Deputy Governor from Carinthia was also impressed by the success of the cluster and emphasised that the success factors are, of course, the cluster’s cooperation partners, who experienced awareness raising in the field of digitisation through the cluster. She also clearly sees the training and shortage of skilled workers as a limiting factor for the further growth of the industry.

Michael Wiesmüller is delighted with the rapid and positive development of the cluster and praises the political cooperation between the two federal states, which he will bring to the ministry as inspiration.

Georg Weingartner sees the Silicon Alps Cluster as an important international hub that works with topics in the area of Electronic Based Systems in the world and vice versa.

Industry representatives once again emphasised the importance of the “South Axis”, not without mentioning the promotion of talent, global competition and the issue of skilled workers.

Outlook

In 2019, the cluster will focus its activities on the #Let’s Cluster Festival, the partner platform and the cluster focus trips. For each of these focal points, the cluster reported on the projects in detail in order to optimally inform all cooperation partners. In addition, the deepening Awareness Raising and Business Development are at the core of the activities for 2019. Besides these focal points, all cross-cluster initiatives of Silicon Alps, such as the Cluster Focus Groups or the Cyber Security Days, will also be moved further into the centre of the activities. At six different thematic tables, the cooperation partners were able to participate in the fine definition of the respective focus of activity in two slots.

The official program was concluded by the scientific partners with an insight into the latest trends and research results.

We would like to thank all cooperation partners for their participation and commitment and look forward to an active year in 2019!

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