Prospection Workshop in the rural setting with the participation of B+I Strategy

On Wednesday 28th January, ‘Geroa Gaur’ (the Forum of rural prospection) was held under the auspices of Hazi Fundazioa, with the participation of Oscar Valdivielso from B+I Strategy.

Held at the former horse stables ‘Las Caballerizas’ (Arkaute, Alava), the event was aimed at studying the new scenarios and their effect on economic and social processes in the Basque Region. The event brought 3D printing technology (also known as additive manufacturing) closer to the Basque rural sector. The session was opened by Elena Gutiérrez, the Basque Government director of Rural and Coastal Development and European Policies.

B+I Strategy’s Oscar Valdivielso divided his presentation into four key blocks of content: 1) the importance of prospection in terms of looking permanently ahead at the future and the coming changes; 2) the current situation and the main competitive challenges in the rural setting; 3) the four key levers of innovation, knowledge, collaboration and technology; 4) and some examples of applicability in the rural setting of 3D Printing technology and of additive manufacturing. Furthermore, Mikel Arbeloa of Sicnova, the premier company in Spain and one of the leading companies in Europe focused on the non-specialised market, gave a presentation on technology and the state of the art.

The final activity of the event was a round-table discussion with B+I, rural entrepreneurs, government and Sicnova in order to substantiate opportunities which this technology may open up for the Basque rural setting in future.

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