1st Athens OpenStack User Group meeting

1st Athens OpenStack User Group meeting

Join us on Wednesday 17th, 7PM
@OpenStack #OSATH

The Athens OpenStack User Group invite you to attend the first meeting for OpenStack in Greece.

Athens OpenStack User Group meeting this Wednesday 17th July 7PM at CoLab Athens, Petraki 28, Syntagma.

Introductory presentation on #openstack

RSVP via http://www.meetup.com/Athens-OpenStack-User-Group/events/128046962/

More updates via @parathyras @colabathens

with my best regards,
Thanassis Parathyras

“S-Port” Research project explained…

A special meeting with focus on further explaining research project “S-Port” takes place in Athens, on evening May 15th . It is organized and hosted by the main project scientific partner University of Piraeus and specifically from Assistant Professor Nineta Polemi.

The purpose of this meeting is to further explain “S-Port” to the public and to organizations that can benefit from it. Also, up to date results on the project will be presented and participants will be called to discuss these results.

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Exploring business opportunities in CeBIT 2013!

Virtual Trip CEO Dimitris Tsingos and Technical Director Thanassis Parathyras will be in CeBIT 2013 on the 8th and 9th of March in Hannover, together with the OW2 Consortium presenting the CHOReOS project.

It is an honor for Virtual Trip to be present at CeBIT for one more year. After all, “this No. 1 event for the digital world, showcase for the latest trends, driver of new business and the meeting place for all sectors of the industry!

During their presence there, Virtual Trip executives will explore ICT business opportunities, discuss details for the development of the CHOReOS project and also give a few tips on the company’s newly designed services for cloud computing.

Should you be interested in getting in touch with Dimitris Tsingos and Thanassis Parathyras please ask for them at the OW2 Consortium booth in the Open Source Park, Hall 6, stand #F16 , (230)!

Also you can email them here: tsigos@starttech.eu or aparathyras@vtrip.net

Who is George Tesseris…the VTRIPer of the 2012?

So, finally…the VTRIPer of the Year 2012 is George Tesseris (@tesseris). It is a great moment for his career as a member of the technical team at the Virtual Trip EntrepreneurialEcosystem and StartTech Ventures Incubator.

George Tesseris VTRIPer of the Year 2012 has just received his iPad gift...

George has just received his iPad gift…

What a year it has been for George Tesseris!

In 2012 his contribution to the company’s growth was more than just crucial.  During the year he played a significant role in implementing important domestic and international projects, for customers with key influence in markets like Banking, Media and Entertainment. While providing excellent support to his teammates, he managed to obtain international certification from Liferay. Also, George was part of our team for the development and demonstration of EU Research Project CHOReOS, helping us receive excellent feedback from the research community. And these are only a few of his achievements…

In total, his outstanding commitment and day to day efficient team participation was a true inspiration for all of us here.

We are proud for having George as our colleague and friend here at the Virtual Trip Entrepreneurial Ecosystem and StartTech Ventures Incubator. Keep rocking George!

And the VTRIPer of the Year 2012 is…

Who was the most Dedicated, Hard Working and Efficient member of the Virtual Trip Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in 2012? Who will be awarded as the “VTRIPer of the Year 2012”?


Let’s wait till tonight to find out!

The ‘VTRIPer of the year’ award was created in order to celebrate the Virtual Trip Entrepreneurial Ecosystem technical team member who best performed the last year in terms of meeting the original VTRIP-values: Materializing innovation with bleeding-edge technology!

The Previous Winners

2007: The first winner was George Dramitinos, former Director of Services Department at Virtual Trip. George had indeed a fabulous year, “driving” the company’s services with great success.

George Dramitinos
George Dramitinos – VTRIPer 2007


2008: Winner for 2008 was Periklis Venakis, Software Engineer at Epignosis, a company member of the Virtual Trip Entrepreneurial Ecosystem. Periklis played a major role at the very successful “eFront elearning platform” development and deployment.

Periklis Venakis - 2008
Periklis Venakis – VTRIPer 2008


2009: Lefteris Trimintzios, Senior Software Engineer at Virtual Trip, was nominated as “VTRIPer of the Year 2009”. Lefteris contribution for materializing the VTRIP vision in 2009 has been absolutely great, serving as an outstanding example of applying the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem‘s corporate values: Entrepreneurship, Usefulness, Innovation, Commitment and Quality.

Lefteris Trimintzios - VTRIPer 2009
Lefteris Trimintzios – VTRIPer 2009


2010: It was Manos Moschous’ turn to be the winner. Manos is a Co-Founder & CTO of AbZorba Games LLC and he is the driving force behind the technicalities of producing live multiplayer game philosophy. He is also the Co-Founder and CTO of MVNS. Both AbZorba Games and MVNS are companies of our Ecosystem.

Manos Moschous - VTRIPer 2010
Manos Moschous – VTRIPer 2010


2011: Thanasis Parathyras was the VTRIPer of 2011. Thanasis is the Technical Director of Virtual Trip since 2010 offering outstanding team management abilities and advanced technical expertise for the implementation of hi-tech projects.

Thanasis Parathyras - VTRIPer 2011
Thanasis Parathyras – VTRIPer 2011

Project SPHINX explained by Prof. Dimitris Gritzalis

SPHINX provides a robust web service in order to distinguish between human or machine Voice-over-IP calls. Mr. Gritzalis comments on the project stating that it is a complete service protecting everyday telephone users from automated calls made by machines (a.k.a. bots). He underlines the fact that after establishing the caller’s identity, the service has the ability to either accept the call (when made by human) or reject it (when made by a bot). Continue reading

SPHINX – Robust Web Services: Distinguishing Human or Machine with Interactive Media Audio. Interesting Presentation in Athens

SPHINX is a research project on robust Web Services Distinguishing Human or Machine with Interactive Media Audio.

Its partners and members of the consortium (Virtual Trip included) will meet in Athens on Wednesday to present their project to scientists. Click for more to read the Press Release.

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Enhancing technical solutions by successful participation on research project CS-Orion

CS-Orion logoFollowing the very successful midterm review evaluation meeting with the European Commission committee on research project CS-Orion held recently at FORTH, Virtual Trip commits even further on the development of technical solutions  that refer to the second half of the project, yet balancing the project’s needs with continuous reviewing and updating of all necessary points already been reached.

Based on innovative Technical Approach, we are now focusing on the bundling of the CS-Orion algorithms and tools as a versatile and coherent software package which will prove appropriate for integration into end-user applications. Continue reading

Maven-powered Primefaces portlets in Liferay: Creating a basic Maven portlet

Liferay is a complete Portal server that establishes continuous interoperability with various systems thus gaining in popularity and user acceptance. The basic building blocks for creating new functionality are called portlets.

This is the first installment of a quick guide that will show you how to set up your Eclipse environment in order to create JSF portlets but with a twist: instead of using Ant for building and deploying our portlets, we will use Maven.

We start this part by first installing Maven. See the installation instructions here.

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