1. the perimeter of a circle or other closed curve ; also : the
perimeter of a polygon
2. the external boundary or surface of a body
3. a: the outward bounds of something as distinguished from its
internal regions or center : confines
4. b: an area lying beyond the strict limits of a thing
periphery. (2008). In Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary.
Retrieved December 10, 2008, from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/periphery
“How did peripheric Preventing
economies with small brain-drain
sized markets get to be even with low
world leaders in the IT salaries!
quot;Man is by nature a political animal.quot;
It’s not a causality that Aristotles “was made” in Greece.
GDP**: $223.3 billion
GDP per capita: $20914
Defense spending***: 2.3% of GDP ($5.14 billion)
Def. per capita: $481
Public R&D: 0,78% of GDP ($1.7 billion)
R&D per capita: $163
Mobile operators: 3 GSM; 1 CDMA
* - 2008 est.
** - 2007 est
*** - 2005 est.
“The Portuguese Mobile
Market is Small.
Mobile Telecom Market Sizes
Total Mobile Market Size (1000M euros) Market-to-GDP (Country’s Mobile Effort Rate)
Portugal Finland Israel
Portugal Finland Israel
(2007 consolidated values based on mobile carriers)
“You need big urban centers
to develop IT companies”
“There is lack of qualified jobs”
The truth is that we don’t have enough qualified
Look to Past Efforts of Silicon Valley Cloning
• Steven Usdin authored
Communism Engineering, where
he tells the story of two american
nationals that founded the soviet
silicon valley in the 1950’s.
• After the collapse of the Soviet
Union, a number of Jewish
Russians left to help grow the
Israeli Silicon Valley.
• In 2007, Rosenberg
Yaël; Vainunska Karen authored the
study quot;Israel New Silicon Valleyquot;
Metro Haifa developed the
world’s first cell
• Intel Research
• Microsoft Research Motorola’s lab in
• IBM Haifa, its largest
• Technion, Haifa Univ.
in the World.
Metro Tel Aviv
• Motorola Research
• Amdocs and other cellular
• Comverse phone services.
• Tel Aviv Univ.
chip project in the
• Qimonda (??)
• INESC Porto, FEUP.
• PT Inovação
• Instituto de Telecomunicações, Univ. Aveiro
• Critical Software
• WIT Software
• Instituto Pedro Nunes, Univ. Coimbra.
• Nokia Siemens Networks
• Microsoft Research
• INESC/INOV, IST, ISEL, Nova.
• Israel has also the highest rate of scientists and engineers per population.
Engineers per 10.000 employees (2002)
Stock and IP markets
• Israel has the third largest number of companies trading in Wall Street
after the US and Canada.
• Portuguese stock market has only three companies, Novabase, Reditus
• Israel 2nd place in patent applications to Europe Patent Office.
• Israel produces more scientific papers per capita than any other nation
with 109 per 10.000 people.
• Israel has the highest percentage in the world of home computers per
• Highly advanced in renewable energies like thermic and photovoltaic
Action Items for Technology Agenda
• Portugal 2025. First carbon free economy in the World.
• In Infrastracture for the XXI century, ICT should be top of mind for
governments (NGN are a good example).
• The solution is more technology (not more steel, concrete or “TGVs”),
we need a better connected future.
• There are very high returns for ICT.
• We have to increase, not by 50% but, by an order of magnitude our
investments in Public R&D, to be on pair with top performers like Israel
The production of top level engineers must be a priority.
• Portugal needs a strong lobby in Silicon Valley and other IT hubs. (What is
AICEP doing regarding this?)
• Israel has aero-space program (only 9 countries in world have this
• If Portugal wants to have leading IT sector it has to reborn its IT Defense
and Aero spaceindustry.
– Portugal should look to Brazil for serious technological options.
• We need to stop Lusophobia that is dominant in some national and
international media e.g.“The Economist”.This terminology is simply not
• We need to stop being the P of PIGS (Portugal, Italy, Greece, Spain). And
start being the P of Prosperity.
SAY STOP TO LUSOPHOBIA.
Conference Tech@Edges to be held in Portugal in 2009
This conference pretends to debate the technological models to be adopted by
Portugal, and confront those politics with other international practices, such as that
of Finland and Israel and other small sized countries like Portugal. A Technological
Plan (version 2.0) should come out of this conference.
Leading Companies (Invitation List)
• Wit Software;
• Critical Links;
• Nokia Siemens Networks Portugal
• Vodafone Portugal
• Inov Capital
• Conectivity Score Card (coordinated by LEGC)
• Tagus Park
Institutes (Invitation List)
• INDEG Business School
• Tel Aviv University
• mbaESG-Paris Graduate School of Management
Institutional (Invitation List)
• Camara de Comércio Portugal-Israel
• Camara de Comércio Finlandia-Portugal
• Gabinete do Plano Tecnológico
• Israeli Association of Electronics and Software Industries
• The Federation of Finnish Technology Industries
Media Coverage (Invitation List)
• EETimes Europe
• SIC Noticias
• OJE (Jornal Económico)
• Mobile Monday