The Center for Water Research and Technological Development (CIDTA) and the Wayook and Global Exchange companies are the winners of this edition.   

The Civil Society Awards were presented by the Rector of the University of Salamanca, Daniel Hernández Ruipérez, and the chairman of the Social Council, José Ignacio Sánchez Galán. As well as, Antonio Sánchez-Calzada Hernández, secretary to the jury and of the Social Council. The awards ceremony of 2015 took place at the Unamuno House Museum.

I share the joy and satisfaction of the award winners, which recognizes the ability of companies and the University to work together for a better society. My acknowledgement to all of them:

“Civil Society Award for Entrepreneurial Innovation 2015” to the project presented by Wayook: development of a new entrepreneurial project that allows real time contracting of professional services for housework and home help.

The “Civil Society Department Award 2015” for the Center for Water Research and Technological Development (CIDTA) and it´s leading figure, the director, Manuel García Roig: for his outstanding and extensive teaching and research career and for directing the Research WATER Center and Technological Development (CIDTA).

The “Civil Society Business Award 2015” to Global Exchange for its active collaboration with the University of Salamanca in favor of the employability of its graduates and for generating quality employment.

Posted by Juan M. Corchado

Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.

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