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Sinnova and the innovation in Sardinia

Sinnova 2017 
Sinnova, Sardinia's innovation Expo, is an initiative by Sardegna Ricerche in partnership with the Regional Government's Programming Department, now in its fifth edition.

The event showcases the innovations developed in Sardinia. It also acts as a forum for the sharing and exchange of experiences among all innovation players in Sardinia, with a focus on businesses. It features an exhibition area that each year hosts about one hundred enterprises, grouped by sector, and a number of public and private institutions and research centres. This year, Sinnova was held from 5 to 7 October and numbered 100 participating enterprises, grouped into five areas: ICTs, with 60 enterprises, tourism, culture and the environment with 20 enterprises, smart grid with 9 companies, biomedicine with 7 companies and agri-industry with 4. The expo was also attended by 11 organizations and institutions (Sardegna Ricerche, the Universities of Cagliari and Sassari, the Region of Sardinia with its Departments of Public Education, Industry and Programming, and the research centres CRS4, Porto Conte Ricerche, International Marine Center and Joint Innovation Centre), plus the two multinational companies Amazon and Huawei, Italian venture capital Fund Vertis and the EIB (European Investment Bank).

Workshops, meetings and round tables accompanied the event's expo side, and addressed several themes such as the Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) of the Region of Sardinia and its key sectors (e.g. ICTs, aerospace, energy, biomedicine, tourism culture and the environment and agro-industry). Other topics included visual storytelling, sustainable tourism, investment funds and smart cities.

This year, for the first time Sinnova hosted on 7 October a third day focused on schools and open to the companies involved in the project ‘Tutti a Iscol@ - linea B2’. The project is designed to tackle truancy and early school leaving and to improve the students' basic skills. During this third day, the labs funded by the project were presented to schools and visitors.

The popularity of Sinnova has been rising steadily over the years; this year's edition was attended by 7,000 people.