Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

This section feature research, opinion and progress reports on how the Czech Republic compares to other EU countries economically. It includes analysis of international rankings such as the WEF and World Bank.

Spotlight issue

21st March 2019 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Brno's Next Big Ideas: Innovative minds shared their unique solutions

Brno is the city of Mendel, whose studies of peas led to modern genetics, and Godel, whose math underlies the computer industry. Avast and Y Soft Corporation started their global growth from there.
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2nd September 2021 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

T-Mobile and CIIRC CTU have launched one of the first pure 5G private networks for industry in Europe

CTU in Prague is one of the first places in Europe and the first in the Czech Republic to start operating a private network for industrial use based on pure 5G technologies. At the beginning of August, T-Mobile launched live operation of this 5G campus for the Czech Institute of Informatics, Robotics and Cybernetics (CIIRC) of the Czech Technical University. The private 5G network will enable scientists, students and also industrial companies to develop innovative solutions for smart manufacturing and implement  digitization and Industry 4.0 more easily.
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1st July 2021 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Video: Avast CEO Ondrej Vlcek interviews Brad Wilken of the Gates Foundation

Our Executive Interview Series continues with a closer look at the team working on an oral cure for Covid-19 The COVID-19 Therapeutics Accelerator (CTA) is an organization funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation that focuses on advancing research into accessible coronavirus treatments. While the Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines are being administered to the population, CTA is focusing on oral medicines that will alleviate symptoms in people who have mild to moderate cases of the virus. These oral applications, when approved, will be particularly useful in controlling the virus during those lag times when certain countries need to catch up with others in terms of vaccinated immunity. 
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2nd June 2021 / Competitiveness / Technology, R&D and Innovation

Problems were to be expected, but not these problems.

The pandemic has left businesses and governments to grapple with a perplexing collection of supply-chain and logistical disruptions. Over a year ago, we knew we were facing upheavals in health, education, and workplace systems. Ramifications such as the semiconductor shortage, however, were harder to predict. This week, McKinsey examined a variety of unexpected pandemic consequences and looked for ways to address them.    
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Members of the American Chamber of Commerce in the Czech Republic