Welcome to the iLINC Update for 2015. The structure for this and future updates will cover:
- iLINC Network – this will deal with new members and the services provided by members to start-ups.
- iLINC Leadership – this covers the aspects relating to best practices.
- iLINC Communications – this covers the various ways in which we communicate about iLINC.
- iLINC Future – while most of the update is about recent or current news, the final section is about the future.
Thank you – John Cummins (iLINC Manager)
1. iLINC Network – Continued Network Growth
The iLINC Network is in the process of adding the Humboldt University in Berlin and the SciencesPo University in Paris to its ‘Active Network’. This helps to further bolster our presence in a major global tech-hub (Berlin) and to start to develop a much stronger presence in France. We have also added the Concurrentialiste (http://leconcurrentialiste.com/) to our network of Strategic Partners. Le Concurrentialiste is an ideal partner to help with the development of our iLINC Thought Leadership Programme (see below).
2. iLINC Leadership – Building our Reputation as Thought/Practice Leaders for Law Incubation
The iLINC Network is emerging as a ‘thought/practice leader’ in two ways: firstly, as a hub for best-practices in ‘the process of law incubation’; and secondly as an initiator for changes to policy/laws relevant to ICT start-ups (or at the very least a key disseminator). From a project perspective, Work Packages 2 and 3 address the former – the process of incubation; and Work Package 1 addresses the latter.
Specific examples of recent iLINC activities that demonstrate iLINC as a hub for best-practices in the process of law incubation include the following:
- Visit of Oslo University students to qLegal (and accompanied by a presence from Leuven). The main idea here is to explore and encourage different forms of student exchange programmes.
- Participation of iLINC in an IP webinar, organised by ICT2B (one of iLINC’s sister projects). This will involve members of qLegal plus one of the Active Network Partners from the University of Corvinus. If others are interested in getting involved in this webinar on 8 April at 1pm (CET), then please get in contact with John Cummins. This is a good example of a form of ‘virtual law incubation’.
Specific examples of recent iLINC activities that demonstrate iLINC as an initiator for changes to policies/laws relevant to ICT start-ups include the following:
- The preparation of the legal and technology briefs led by Leuven. Of particular importance here is the involvement of the whole iLINC Network in the development of these briefs. iLINC colleagues from BLIP, the University of the Balearic Isles) and the Concurrentialiste will also be helping here. Again, if others in the Active Network would like to work with iLINC on developing these briefs, please contact John Cummins or our Leuven partner.
3. iLINC Communications – Clarifying our Communications Strategy
The iLINC communications strategy is becoming clearer as the iLINC Network develops.
The iLINC Portal is rapidly growing – thank you to all partners who have added something or are planning to do so. The idea here was to establish an open platform so that all partners can contribute with the minimum of restrictions. Clearly, this means that we all have to take a responsibility for the quality of the content that is posted.
The Berlin Best Practice Sharing Event is shaping up nicely. The Hamburg/Berlin team are doing a great job. Most partners have now confirmed with just one or two gaps. iLINC looks set to host yet another excellent event.
4. iLINC Future – Establishing iLINC Sustainability
As the iLINC project will soon be entering the final six months, we have to develop strategies for its continuation. With this objective in mind, iLINC will be present at the EshipLaw Annual Conference in Kansas in late April. One of the key objectives here will be to explore how iLINC could be part of something bigger – a ‘Global Network of Networks for Law Incubation’.
Clearly, we will be exploring a range of options for iLINC continuation (covering both funding and partnerships), and further ideas are welcome.