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 Newsletter #1 | May 2019

A Welcome to Think NEXUS
Fabrice Clari (inno TSD) -
Project Coordinator

The Internet is ubiquitous in our daily activities – at home, while commuting, at the office… Being key to almost any socio-economic activity and with the objective to shape its future, the European Commission launched in 2016 the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative as part of the Digital Single Market. The NGI initiative fosters the vision that “The Internet of the future should be more open, provide better services, more intelligence, greater involvement and participation. It needs to reflect the European social and ethical values: free, open and more interoperable”. While this statement puts the NGI in a European perspective, it is of high importance to see the NGI as a worldwide topic, through the creation of synergies with other countries being big players in the Internet ecosystems. In such context, the Think NEXUS project aims at creating synergies with similar initiatives in the United States of America.

As project coordinator, I am very happy to present our first newsletter. Its main objective is to keep you informed on Think NEXUS activities – past and future. As per today, follow us (through Twitter, LinkedIn…) to be part of a community that connects EU/US Future Internet actors.

Discover Think NEXUS, a new Next Generation Internet Project

Think NEXUS - Think tank for the collaboration on NEXt generation internet between EU-US - is a Horizon 2020 project that aims to reinforce EU-US collaboration, through its dedicated Think Tank, involving major stakeholders from both sides of the Atlantic on Next Generation Internet related thematic in three focus areas.

Think NEXUS is one of the five Coordination and Support Actions (NGI4ALL, SpeakNGI, NGI Move, Engineroom, and Think Nexus) and three Research and Innovation Actions (Ledger, NGI Trust, and NGI ZERO) that support the Next Generation Internet Initiative.


Think NEXUS is part of NGI initiative 

What are Think NEXUS’ objectives?

  • Create a bridge between EU and US NGI ecosystems;
  • Boost strategic research, industrial partnerships and policy compliances among the respective communities of the NGI areas;
  • Reinforce EU-US collaboration opportunities through the dedicated Think Tank.

What are the main focus areas?

  • Science and Technology
  • Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • Policy

Who is involved?

Researchers, entrepreneurs and policy makers from both sides of the Atlantic focused on NGI related thematic.


Upcoming Activities

Think NEXUS first workshop

Washington DC, USA | July 10th, 2019

Think NEXUS is organising its first Workshop on July 10th in Washington DC, USA. During the Workshop, the three project Expert Groups will have their first round of face-to-face discussions on EU-US collaboration on NGI topics. The outputs of the Workshop will be fed into the future EU/US roadmap for NGI.

The Workshop will be organised under the scope of the Global City Teams Challenge – Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (GCTC-SC3) – Expo, which is co-hosted by US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T), and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA).

Get to know NGI!

The Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, launched by the European Commission in the autumn of 2016, aims to shape the future internet as an interoperable platform ecosystem that embodies the values that Europe holds dear: openness, inclusivity, transparency, privacy, cooperation, and protection of data. The NGI will drive this technological revolution and ensure the progressive adoption of advanced concepts and methodologies spanning the domains of artificial intelligence, Internet of Things, interactive technologies and more, while contributing to making the future internet more human-centric.
This ambitious vision requires the involvement of the best Internet researchers and innovators to address technological opportunities arising from cross-links and advances in research fields ranging from network infrastructures to platforms, and application domains to social innovation.

Do you want to be part of the NGI Community?

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Get involved! Fill in Think NEXUS Survey

Think NEXUS is conducting an online survey to gain an understanding of the NGI community’s views on EU-US collaboration. The survey asks for the community’s views in respect to NGI-related topics, such as: Science and Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship, and Policy.

Besides providing Think NEXUS and the NGI as a whole with valuable insights on EU-US collaboration, the results will be analysed and acted on within Think NEXUS’ Expert Group discussions with the aim of identifying priorities for EU-US collaboration on NGI-related topics.

Fill the Survey

The survey does not collect any personal information. Individual responses will be kept absolutely confidential. The results of the survey will only be used for Think NEXUS purposes.

Project Kick-off Meeting

Think NEXUS project was launched in Sophia Antipolis (France) in November 2018. The kick-off meeting was organised by the consortium leader, inno TSD, and included the participation of project partners from different EU countries.

During the kick off meeting, Work Package leaders presented the activities to be implemented and received inputs and feedback from the other partners. Moreover, the strategies for the Think Tank were presented, discussed and agreed upon.

The meeting included a Lego® Serious Play® Workshop organised by inno TSD, during which partners had the opportunity to share and discuss their visions about the different spheres of the project. This workshop also represented an important team building experience.

Overall, the Think NEXUS’ kick-off meeting allowed partners to exchange knowledge and experiences, share their individual expectations towards the project, and strengthen cooperation in order to build a strong team spirit.

Past project activities

Think NEXUS first webinar


The first Think NEXUS webinar has been successfully organised on the 11th of April 2019. Although some future webinars will be opened to a wider audience, this first one was dedicated to our experts and its main objective was to present the initiative and to bootstrap working group activities. Key experts from each of the thematic areas (Science / Technology, Innovation / Entrepreneurship and Policy) participated.

Think NEXUS website is live!


Think NEXUS website provides a short introduction to the project’s background, objectives, approach and expected impact, as well as to the partners involved. The website is designed to be a platform for all the project’s communication and dissemination activities, where you will be updated on upcoming and past project events, as well as on EU and US opportunities.
Don’t miss the chance to know more about Think NEXUS! Visit us at: thinknexus.ngi.eu

Upcoming Events

National Cyber Summit

Huntsville (Alabama), USA | 4-6 June 2019

The National Cyber Summit offers unique educational, collaborative and workforce development opportunities for industry visionaries and rising leaders. It attracts both government and commercial participants, such as the US DoD, DHS, NIST, NASA, TVA, NSA and DOE. Companies are diverse and include healthcare, automotive and energy industries, academia, genetic research and high technology.

Iot Week 2019

Aarhus, Denmark | 17-21 June 2019

IoT Week is an annual event organised by the IoT Forum since 2011. The IoT Week conference gathers industry and academia representatives from around the world. The event brings together research centres, research projects, large industries, SMEs, developers, standards development organisations and policymakers specialised in IoT.

Get to know the other NGI projects!

NGI Explorers is the programme to launch Europe’s best Internet talent into technology Expeditions to the US, catalysing the impact of their disruptive ideas.

The programme will sponsor European top researchers and innovators to join a unique deep dive in the US market. The Explorers will gain the skills, build the networks and find the sustainability necessary to transform Europe into the powerhouse of the NGI.

Do you want to know more about NGI Explorers?

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 825189. This publication reflects only the author’s view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.


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