Copernicus Masters Awards 2015 – preparatory workshop

A workshop was held on Tuesday the 10th of June 2014 at InnovAthens regarding the preparation of the Hellenic participation in «COPERNICUS MASTERS COMPETITION 2015», a worldwide annual competition for innovative business applications and solutions, based on satellite earth observation data, targeting the social and business needs of everyday life. Greece, already participating at the European funded project Large Scale Demonstrator in Athens – LDA and in cooperation with the involved partners, is going to participate the Greek challenge of the Copernicus Masters Competition of 2015. The thematic area of the challenge is being addressed by the National Cadastre and Mapping Agency SA. Dr. Xenophone Tsilibaris, GRNET, was the moderator of this workshop, A detailed presentation of all the applications implemented by HAMAC member companies during LDA project took also place. At the second part of the event, Dr. Panagiotis Lolonis, Member of the Scientific Board at National Cadastre and Mapping Agency SA, referred in detail on Competition Masters Awards 2015, presented the thematic areas and asked the participants to designate the thematic area of the 2015 Greek challenge. A round table discussion amongst the participants followed. Watch the video here

Mobile Marketing – Upstream comments on “Nokia’s $99 value smartphone”

“Nokia’s Asha 501 has the potential to give the company the edge in emerging markets – where the device has already been touted for success,” says Veremis. “By offering this low-cost handset, thousands of emerging market consumers will be able to jump the gap between feature phones to smartphones – which are highly desirable because of the data, mobile applications and social connectivity they offer. – Why basic smartphones will win in the race for “the next billion” users

With so many high-end smartphones about, the market for cheap PAYG phones is long dead. That’s the received wisdom, but it’s wrong – so wrong – because it’s predicated on a mis-understanding of where the ‘market’ is. If you hadn’t guessed already, the US, Europe and the rest of the developed world ain’t where it’s at. All consumer electronics companies – and handset makers in particular – are looking much further afield. read the article here

The Swordfish Platform – by Obrela Security Industries

The Swordfish Platform is developed by Obrela Security Industries, member of our association. This short video gives you an overview of the Swordfish Platform, a fundamental change in how Information Security is managed. The Swordfish Platform is a web-based solution for Enterprise Information Security Management, created from years of in-the-field experience and built from the ground up with a single purpose, to manage your entire Information Security Management lifecycle with a consistent and efficient process while providing complete compliance and auditing documentation. The Swordfish Platform allows your entire organization to collaborate and ensure that a known secure state is always maintained. All of your users, partners, management, administrators and security and risk officers become part of this streamlined process of creating and maintaining a secure environment. Connecting the People, Process and Technical domains to each other is crucial if you want to have efficient and cost-effective security operations. Mapping viable and workable processes to regulations, standards and legal requirements and then to the people that use them on a daily basis gives you in-depth visibility you need. Further mapping these to their underlying assets and controls brings a holistic approach to security management that has until now, been unachievable. Managing security is a complex and difficult task that brings together different groups of people from within your organization, from outside your organization and from auditors and regulatory authorities. Any actions that occur inside your organization or on its behalf by partners, vendors or consultants need to be protected from malicious threats and human error, while always ensuring compliance with all applicable regulations, standards and legal frameworks. We understood that managing security for an organization of any size is not just about installing hardware or software solutions and assuming that they will maintain a steady and secure state, nor is it about a finite series of fixed-cost, fixed-duration projects. See how the Swordfish Platform pulls these tasks together to bring efficiency, cohesion and visibility into your Information Security office. Also see for more information.

New Board of Directors at GRECA

The New Board of Directors at the Greek e-Commerce Association (GRECA) announced as follows: Chairman, Nikos Goulis (Founder & Managing Director, e-Travel SA) Vice-Chairman, Prof. George Doukidis (Manager, ELTRUN) Secretary, Katerina Karagianni (co-founder & Managing Partner, Treasurer, Zanis Lalas (Founder & Managing Director, Member, Fotis Antonopoulos (Founder, Member, Ilias Mandroukas (eCommerce & Loyalty Manager, Member, Philipp Brinkmann (Founder & Managing Director,