The Hungarian Mobility and Multimedia National Technology Platform (MMPlatform) was founded by the Hungarian Mobility and Multimedia Cluster (MMCluster) to draft a medium- and long-term Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for the Hungarian information and communications technology sector, and prepare the members of the Platform for successful participation in international R&D and innovation projects (in the EU framework programs, CIP, AAL, etc.). The ideas and projects born during the drafting and preparation phase are then to be realized by MMCluster, which is also tasked with assisting the market entry of the developed products and services.
A fruit of close collaboration between industry and academia engaged in the R&D of mobile and new media technologies, MMPlatform’s Strategic Research Agenda (i) maps the R&D competences in the field of mobile and new media technology in Hungary, (ii) explores the possible future trajectories of these technologies, (iii) examines the main factors influencing these trajectories and the strategic scenarios based on them, and (iv) draws conclusions regarding the best way forward in utilizing the available assets, resources, and R&D competences for realizing the full potential of the Hungarian info-communications industry. The SRA is thus a combination, on the one hand, of descriptive and predictive statements on the status of the Hungarian info-communicational sector and, on the other hand, strategic proposals on what needs to be done at the individual, organizational, industrial, governmental, and national levels for the Hungarian info-communicational sector to grow in the most propitious directions. We believe that a coherent and consistent strategy is necessary for the most effective utilization of the country’s capacities and competences, for strengthening Hungary’s international competitiveness, and for meeting the challenges that the domestic and global economic slowdown has brought.
MMPlatform’s Strategic Research Agenda was completed in 2009, and has been widely disseminated since then, both to secure visibility for it and to find partners for its implementation. In 2012, many of its statements and proposals were adopted by the ICT working committee preparing the R&D&I strategy white book of the Hungarian National Innovation Agency.