Flanders launches FTI platform to seek technological solutions to social issues

The Flemish government will launch the Flanders Technology and Innovation (FTI) platform on Tuesday, De Tijd reports. Seven businesses will join forces for the endeavour, which is part of the government's broader FTI campaign.

The aim of the platform is to become a European leader in developing technological solutions to societal problems, including healthcare, education, the labour market and mobility.

Via the FTI platform, companies, research centres and governments can share data and pool their knowledge and strengths. One example is the previously announced Health Vault, where Flemish residents can store their health data. The government hopes to encourage people to share their data in a secure environment for scientific research, medical applications or better policies.

The businesses involved are Proximus, Telenet, KBC, Brussels Airport, IT groups Cronos and Cegeka and the investment vehicle COI. They are each contributing 500,000 euros to the project and the Flemish government is contributing 1 million euros.

The platform is one of the three pillars of the broader FTI project, through which Flanders aims to become a pioneer in the digital revolution. A second pillar will be the public technology fairs, which will take place in a number of cities from March next year. The third is the planned Entertainment Hub on the site of dance festival Tomorrowland in Boom, Antwerp province, which will include an important role for the games sector.



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