Building Bridges to tackle grand global challenges

Cloudscape Brazil, 20 October 2014 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is all about building bridges between Europe and Brazil to bring about social and economic changes through joint collaborative work.

One important focus area is tackling common challenges, especially challenges of great socio-economic import. Climate change, biodiversity, neglected diseases and cardiovascular diseases all have devastating effects, especially on poorer segments of society. Making progress on these challenges means a better future for our children and grandchildren.

Cloudscape Brazil offers insights into how e-infrastructure powered by the cloud and high performance computing are already changing the way we do research on climate change research, biodiversity and eHealth. International communities will be offering examples of benefits they are gaining. These communities count the European e-Science infrastructure for biodiversity and ecosystem research (LifeWatch); one of the world’s centres of excellence for cardiology (INCOR) and the French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), which uses scientific knowledge for economic and social innovation in the areas of food, agriculture and the environment. “These are just a few examples of the impact that cloud can have by speeding up the time it takes to generate new knowledge”, says Alain Franc, Senior Researcher at INRA-UMR Biogeco.

From lab to market: Tapping into the great opportunities via the cloud

Innovative research does not have to stop in the lab. Cloud unlocks business potential by turning outstanding research results into innovative products and services more quickly. Cloudscape Brazil features start-up success stories from the Start-Up Brasil program, an initiative of the Brazilian Government to foster the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Brazil.

Felipe Matos, COO of the program, is a serial entrepreneur and has played several roles in the entrepreneurial ecosystem: founder, angel investor, venture capitalist, educator, accelerator and policy maker. Matos sees Cloudscape Brazil as an opportunity to share experiences and curiosity: “Getting in touch with other cloud enthusiasts from all over the world is a way to make more innovative solutions to come out to the world. If you want to bring a start-up to Brazil or to develop one here, come talk to me!”

Strategic economic and business actors are officially supporting the event – Start-up Brazil, Wayra, CSA Brazil to mention just a few. More than 10 start-ups based in Rio and working with cloud technologies have been invited to showcase their services there.

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Cloudscape Brazil 2014

20th October 2014
Auditorium Prédio RDC (Computer Science Department)
A Social event will take place after the workshop at Prédio Pe. Laércio Dias de Moura (Tecgraf/PUC-Rio Institute), Rio de Janeiro, RJ, Brazil
The workshop is free of charge, registration is required.
http://www.eubrazilcloudconnect.eu/cloudscapebrazil2014
Contact us at cloudscapebrazil@eubrazilcc.eu