Cyprus Digital Championship

Purpose

The Digital Champion of each EU Member State undertakes initiatives to promote the benefits of the development and use of information and communication technologies and the acquisition of digital skills. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy, Commerce and Industry Dr. Stelios Himonas has been appointed as Digital Champion for Cyprus.

The Digital Championship (DC) is carried out under the auspices of the Cyprus Digital Champion. DC is a digital innovation competition aiming to promote digital innovation as well as to encourage innovation to pupils, students and SMEs. Projects submitted to the competition fall under one of the following categories:

  • Using technology to solve social problems and / or improve citizens' quality of life (eg. addressing social, cultural or environmental issues).
  • Focusing on the design and development of innovative digital products and services that are in line with the priorities of the Digital Agenda (eg. eCommerce, FinTech, e-Learning, Artificial Intelligence, Smart Cities, e-Governance, e-Health, etc.).

The competition also aims to promote new trends in the global industry, through special awards in specific categories of technologies which are not so widespread in Cyprus.

The scope of the Digital Championship varies according to the category of participants but a common parameter is the familiarization of the participants with the Digital Agenda and the development of an innovative model or functional prototype or digital product or service.

The sponsors of the 2018-2019 Digital Championship are:

Bank of Cyprus & IDEA - Platinum Sponsor

KPMG - Silver Sponsor


[1] The term innovation in the context of this competition is: 1. the new and groundbreaking idea for ​​developing a new product or service, or 2. the new process for this implementation, or 3. application of new discoveries to achieve a result in a more efficient / effective way, or 4. any combination of the above.   An important criterion for all types of innovation mentioned above is that they must contain a significant change / differentiation from existing products (goods or services), processes, marketing methods or organizational structures and practices of a business. Small changes, change of little importance or scope or changes that do not bring about a significant degree of innovation in the business, such as stopping or alternating the use of a process, marketing or commercial exploitation of a product, changes resulting solely from price fluctuations, simple replacement or upgrading of a product or process or packaging, custom production, seasonal and other cyclical changes, are not considered innovative. Additionally, please refer to refer to https://ec.europa.eu/growth/industry/innovation_en.

[2] For the Digital Agenda issues you can check out: http://eige.europa.eu/resources/digital_agenda_en.pdf