The Institute for Business Competitiveness of Castilla y León (ICE) in collaboration with Air Institute are organising several activities within the framework of the Centr@Tec Programme for SMEs, startups and entrepreneurs attending the 8th Startup Olé event in Salamanca.

The activities will begin on 5 September with the “IoT Innovation Workshop on processes and the design of products and services”. This demonstration event aims to showcase regional companies and startups the innovations and improvements that they can incorporate in their production processes and in their products or services, to optimise costs and improve their competitive position. During the event, a series of projects with extensive IoT development will be presented, the results of which aim to optimise processes and increase the competitiveness of SMEs.

Agenda: “IoT Innovation Workshop on processes and the design of products and services. Free registration here or by sending an email to

The second event will take place on Tuesday 6 September and will be attended by officers from the National Police, featuring the “Workshop for Organisations on the Digital Transformation of SMEs in the field of Cybersecurity”. The activity aims to delve into the main challenges for change, identified to help people, companies and organisations respond to them and identify opportunities in the field of cybersecurity.

Agenda: Workshop for Organisations on the Digital Transformation of SMEs in the field of Cybersecurity. Free registration here or by sending an email to

The events will be held in the Presentation Room of the R&D&I Building of the University of Salamanca.

About the Centr@tec programme

The Centr@tec programme is a training and support initiative for business R&D&I organised by the Institute for Business Competitiveness (ICE), which is part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Network of Castilla y León (redei). In addition to strengthening the structures of the centres, the Centr@Tec programme includes training activities and the development of personalised services with high added value for companies in the region.

This programme is aimed at technology-based companies and entrepreneurs. Its aim is to promote innovation in the processes and products of regional companies, as well as their dynamisation, training and technology transfer, both nationally and internationally.

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.