Horizon 2020 and Other Mobile App Opportunities

Getting straight to it, Horizon 2020 is a massive European Union Research and Innovation program with 80 Billion Euros worth of funding spanning from 2014 through 2020. Its goal is, “to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation” – to promote economic growth and create jobs.

This deserves attention, not so much for the EU, but for mobile app developers (individuals and companies) residing in eligible countries to be involved in projects backed by grant funding. Horizon 2020 is not specifically concerned with the Mobile Industry, but its interest overlaps with matters like the proliferation of Mobile Technology, the Internet of Things, and eGovernance.

Participating countries include Iceland, Norway, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, Turkey, Israel, Moldova, the Faroe Islands, Ukraine and of course, all of the countries of the European Union, proper.

ISO 9001+.  Somewhat further afield, but worthy of consideration for developers with the appropriate background or willingness to work with individuals or companies with the experience, concerns development of app utilities to support ISO 9001, et al, (International Standards Organization) processes and management programs. The basic theme is that as international trade agreements are reached, the details will need to be pegged to standards acceptable to all participating countries.

Rather than enact different laws and regulations for all the different trading partner configurations – it is much simpler for each participating country to adopt and apply to a uniform standard (i.e. ISO). While ISO publications are available in multiple languages, there are not a lot of ISO related mobile apps and most of those that do exist are not localized for use in many countries.

EN 15038. Even more arcane, but also relevant, is that some European companies which apply to ISO and work internationally are also concerned with the “standards” of their translations (See EN 15038). Additional information for “TSP’s” is available in The Translation Service Provider’s Guide to BS EN 15038 by Chris Cox which could useful for developers focused on localization services.

While applying to these standards can certainly help you score projects for specific companies, there is plenty of opportunity for developing generic products under these titles for training and management purposes – likely for high-end premium utility-based apps.

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