Renewal meeting of the cluster

Our association held its annual General Assembly on December 10, this time at the Harghita Business Center in Odorheiu Secuiesc. The preparations, which required several months of organizing work, resulted in a new strategic plan and a new program portfolio, which this time was voted unanimously by the General Assembly. The board was also renewed at the meeting. The new president is dr. Károly Simon, who is specialist of the new educational programs.

We started our meeting with the introduction of the members. In the pitch speeches, we did not only get to know the new members, but the older companies were also able to present their latest projects.

Béla Bihari, the outgoing president, began his report with an introductory remark that due to the epidemic of the past two years, we had to adapt our plans several times to the emergency regulations, and there were several programs to reorganize last year, including Digital Szeklerland Conference. This period was used by the board to take the cluster to a new level after the 5-year anniversary of the association and to start the season with a new impetus along a well-developed strategy. In addition to the financial statements, Béla Bihari also presented the current membership: 11 of the 36 members are new entrants. In addition to the previous epicenter in Szeklerland, Cluj-Napoca and Satu Mare have now been highlighted on the IT Plus Cluster map.

The General Assembly also voted the membership of the new board for the next two years:

  • Károly Simon, president (Odorheiu Secuiesc)
  • Béla Bihari, vice president (Sfantu Gheorghe)
  • István Kozma, vice president (Miercurea Ciuc)
  • Ákos Bálint, vice president (Targu Mures)
  • Attila Rácz, vice president (external relations)

The newly elected president said the nomination is a great honor, but it is not the result of a personal ambition. The new educational projects will be taken over and scaled by the cluster from the U-Hub community from Odorheiu Secuisc, and the link between the two organizations will be the  educational expert, the new president itself, who has been one of the project managers of these programs from the very beginning. The majority of the appointed vice-presidents will continue their work so far, considering that is a good point for the organizational culture to travel the presidency through Szeklerland on a rotating basis: the former center in Miercurea Ciuc, followed by Sfantu Gheorghe, is now moving to Odorheiu Secuiesc. The work of the Board and the cluster will continue to be assisted by László Derzsi, Managing Director, who has been involved in the development of the cluster since August this year.

The new president has outlined recent efforts to take the cluster to a new level. According to this, we organized a personal meeting with the members and those interested in several cities in October, discussing the needs and opportunities together. The result is a new program portfolio that will host 3-5 events in 2022 in every city with cluster members.

Alongside the development of the programs, the local governments are being included in the cluster as full members, as their support is essential for the implementation of projects of community interest. The General Assembly also voted unanimously on the outlined legal framework and the necessary association amendments.

As part of the other agenda items, Imre Bodosi, head of Hamor Soft, suggested rejuvenating the organization and involving as many young people as possible in the life of the cluster, in decision-making and in the organization of events. The mentioned youth was also represented by Zsolt Bujdosó, who together with his colleagues would put in practice previous organizational experience in voluntary work in the cluster. The board and the members welcomed the initiative, all the more so as a very high proportion of new projects target young people.

After the official closing of the General Assembly, the participants visited the ongoing “Digital Kaláka”, which is one of the new programs entering the cluster. The evening ended with a wine dinner, during which a special wine selection by Ádám Előd, a wine expert, awaited the team. However, this year is far from over, as the traditional Christmas IT Meetup will be held on the 27th of December at the Sapientia University in Miercurea Ciuc.

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