#Silicon4Health | this was the fall festival of two successful clusters

#Silicon4Health | this was the fall festival of two successful clusters

Together is not only better, but two times two is sometimes more than four – this was proven by the combined annual event of the Silicon Alps Cluster together with the Human Technology Cluster.

“Electronic Based Systems” will be the basis for all possible “health technologies” in the future. That is why the Human Technology Cluster and Silicon Alps not only work closely together on many topics and events, they have also organized their annual event together, with foresight over the rooftops of Graz, in the formidable Schlossberg restaurant.

The atmosphere was good; the more than 160 cluster partners – entrepreneurs, researchers, investors – took the opportunity to exchange ideas across industry, organisational and national borders. Gaby Schaunig, the Deputy Governor responsible for economic policy in Carinthia, and Barbara Eibinger-Miedl, the Styrian Councillor, both showed willingness to cooperate, as well as competence and eloquence. In addition, they emphasised their willingness to continue to cooperate across state borders in the future. They also recalled the launch of “Silicon Austria Labs” (SAL), the new research centre for microelectronics with headquarters in Graz, which is operated jointly by the federal government, the provinces of Styria, Carinthia and Upper Austria, as well as the industry. Within the framework of this successful event, both politicians were able to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Siemens AG. Welcoming cooperation partners of the Silicon Alps Cluster. Siemens manager Gerhard Geisswinkler sees this as “an indispensable network for the positive development of the electronics location”.

The keynote speaker of the afternoon, Alberto Prado, Vice President of HealthWorks at Philips, then brought the “data twinning” of every human being into play as a vision of the future: the enormous amount of sensor data generated about humans creates “individual data twins”. The advantage: some disease patterns already emerge at a stage in which people show no acute symptoms or visible changes. If, however, the data is linked and evaluated using intelligent algorithms, countermeasures can be taken at the earliest possible point in time – and only on the basis of the data from the “Data Twins”, without the real human being having to go to the treatment table. Philips wants to develop all this together with researchers andentrepreneurs in specially created “Eco Systems”. But Philips is actually very close to people, for example, with his electric toothbrushes. What can’t be measured and analyzed in the mouths of individuals…

The globally active group from the Netherlands sees the future in “integrated, always-on care networks.” Apropos: the “ecosystem of trust” of the two southern Austrian networks also impressed the Spaniard Alberto Prado, who enjoyed the event until the late evening hours. Prado was “blown away” by the openness and creative will that came to light at this festival.