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Unravelling the Role of ICT in Regional Innovation Networks: A Case Study of the Music Festival ‘Bons Sons’

  • Paula Alexandra Silva
  • Oksana Tymoshchuk
  • Denis Renó
  • Ana Margarida Almeida
  • Luís Pedro
  • Fernando Ramos
Conference paper
Part of the Smart Innovation, Systems and Technologies book series (SIST, volume 95)

Abstract

Since the beginning of the century two thirds of the Portuguese territory is threatened by desertification and the decline of economic activities. To face such trends, regions need to implement innovative strategies that leverage on the endogenous resources of the territory to foster economic recovery and to promote entrepreneurship, creativity, smart learning, and innovation. This paper reports on the study of the Bons Sons music festival as an example of an initiative developed in a low-density population area that mobilized their endogenous territorial resources to promote growth and economic development. The case study, which was based on the descriptive and qualitative analysis of a semi structured interview with the artistic director of the festival, aims at understanding the role of digital technologies in the process of regional innovation. The article contributes with an analytical view of community networks mediation practices and offers a set of tips and recommendations for the effective creation and consolidation of mediation strategies, community networks, and learning ecosystems that foster regional innovation.

Keywords

Regional innovation Mediation Community networks Digital technology ICT Digital innovation 

Notes

Acknowledgments

We are grateful for the generosity of Luís Ferreira, the artistic director of Bons Sons, in making himself available to participate in the interview, which constitutes the basis for this study. This paper was developed under the support of the Research Program “CeNTER - Community-led Territorial Innovation” (CENTRO-01-0145-FEDER-000002), funded by Programa Operacional Regional do Centro (CENTRO 2020), PT2020.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paula Alexandra Silva
    • 1
  • Oksana Tymoshchuk
    • 1
  • Denis Renó
    • 1
  • Ana Margarida Almeida
    • 1
  • Luís Pedro
    • 1
  • Fernando Ramos
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Aveiro/DigiMediaAveiroPortugal

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