Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub - Transilvania DIH Centrul de inovare digitală Transilvania - Transilvania CID
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Coordinator (Networked, cluster organization)
Transilvania IT Cluster by ARIES T
No 1, Dimitrie Cantemir Street, 400067, Cluj-Napoca (Romania)
Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub is an initiative developed by Transilvania IT cluster by ARIES T which is a non-profit organisation in collaboration with relevant stakeholders in the region: Municipality of Cluj-Napoca, Babeș-Bolyai University, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Regional Development Agency North - West, National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic and Molecular Technologies INCDTIM, AgroTransilvania Cluster, Transilvanian Furniture Cluster, Transilvania Taste Cluster, Transylvania Lifestyle Cluster, Transylvania Energy Cluster (TREC), Transilvania Creative Industries Cluster, etc. This is ian initiative perfectly aligned with the Digital Romania Manifesto, launched in November 2016.
Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub mission is to identify collaborative projects for digitalisation of all the relevant stakeholders: companies, clusters that activate in various areas (creative industries, agriculture, furniture, energy efficiency and agriculture), research institutes and software companies, public authorities, Universities. For all the interested parts, our objective is to stimulate technological innovative capabilities in order to support them delivering the products/services in the European Digital Single Market. With more than 1300 IT companies, 12 universities and 100 000 students, Cluj is considered a strong regional IT pole, the second after the capital, Bucharest. The development of this digitization initiative in Cluj region represents a first step in supporting an efficient technological development and mapping the city on the European catalogue/map of digitization.
In addition, our purpose is to support digitisation through collaborations with different sectors of activity through clusters and not only and to establish a culture of co-creation of technological joint solutions and products through a trans-sectoral collaboration, in every field from education and creative industries to health or agriculture. Also, our current activities are focused in strengthening the innovation ecosystem and creating and implementing regional strategies based on smart city solutions in order to promote smart specialisation.
Some of the services Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub provides are:
- Support for the creation and implementation of infrastructure projects;
- Knowledge and know-how transfer;
- Networking activities, workshops for digitization in collaboration with others sectors;
- Visibility and promotion for SMEs and start-up communities interested in digitization;
- Define fields of action and to advise policy makers;
- Development of regional strategies for digitization together with relevant stakeholders;
- Exchange experiences, best practices, data and studies;
- Business links, business networking;
- Internationalization services.
Centrul de Inovare Digitală Transilvania inițiat de Transilvania IT Cluster by ARIES T care la rândul său este o organizație non-profit, în colaborare cu toți stakeholderii relevanți din regiune: Primăria Cluj-Napoca, Universitatea Babeș-Bolyai, Universitatea Tehnică din Cluj-Napoca, Agenția de Dezvoltare Regională din Nord-Vest, Institutul Național De Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Tehnologii Izotopice Şi Moleculare, Agro Transilvania Cluster, Cluster Mobilier Transilvan, Clusterul Gustruri Transilvane, Transylvania Lifestyle Cluster, Cluster Transnațional în domeniul Energiei Regenerabile, Clusterul de Industrii Creative, etc. Această inițiativă este perfect aliniată cu Manifestul pentru România Digitală, lansat in Noiembrie 2016.
Misiunea Centrului de inovare digitală Transilvania este de a identifica proiecte de digitalizare în scopul de a colabora cu toți stakeholderii relevanți cum ar fi: autoritățile publice, universitățile, clusterele care activează în diferite domenii (eficientizarea energiei, industria mobilieră, industriile creative, noi materiale, etc.), institute de cercetare și companii de software. Pentru toate părțile interesate, obiectivul nostru constă în stimularea capacităților tehnologice și inovative pentru a le susține livrarea de produse și servicii în contextul pieței unice de digitalizare europeană. Cu peste 1300 de companii de IT, 12 universități și 100 000 de studenți, Cluj este considerat un pol regional de IT, clasându-se pe locul al doilea, după capitala, București. Dezvoltarea acestei inițiative de digitalizare în regiune reprezintă un prim pas pentru a susține dezvoltarea tehnologică eficientă și maparea orașului pe harta digitalizării.
Mai mult decât atât, scopul nostru este de a susține digitalizarea prin colaborarea cu autoritățile publice locale și cu diferite sectoare de activitate, prin intermediul clusterelor, și nu numai, în special pentru a stabili o cultură care vizează crearea serviciilor și a produselor digitale prin colaborări trans-sectoriale. Totodată, activitățile noastre curente se concentrează pe întărirea ecosistemului regional de inovare si pe crearea și implementarea unei strategii regionale bazate pe soluții de smart city, cu scopul de a promova smart specialization. De asemenea, suntem membri in Coalitia pentru Joburi si Aptitudini Digitale.
Enumerăm unele servicii prestate de către Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub:
-Suport pentru crearea și implementarea proiectelor de infrastructură;
-Transfer de cunoștințe și know-how;
-Activități de networking și workshop-uri pentru digitalizare în colaborare cu celelalte sectoare;
-Creșterea vizibilității și promovarea IMM-urilor și a comunităților de start-up interesate de domeniul digitalizării;
-Definirea domeniilor de acțiune pentru a îndruma actorii cheie din politicile publice;
-Dezvoltarea unor strategii regionale de digitalizare împreună cu stakeholderii relevanți;
-Schimb de experiențe, bune practici, furnizarea de date și realizarea de studii de piață;
-Rețele și conexiuni cu mediul de afaceri;
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
Transilvania Regional Digital Innovation Hub is in line with the European policy initiative to digitise the industry and RIS3 activities.
Transilvania DIH strives to put communities and their needs at the heart of innovation, developing and experimenting with projects and services that involves smart approaches. The main key is to explore a project or an idea from as many angles and perspectives as possible and in order to do this, we involve in the designing phase the private and public sector, academia, users and other interested parties that will have a direct interaction with it.
Currently we are working at the RIS 3 strategy, along with other relevant actors within our community. The main purpose of the strategy is the economical transformation through innovation, having as main base the sectors and industries that show real potential for digitalisation and are able to respons, with the proper support, to the main challenges launched.
The support for our initiative was given by DG Regio and Urban Policy. In the North-West region we are working on developing trans-sectorial collaborations and partnerships, in order to promote the digitalisation of services in other industries - here we have as relevant examples the working groups that we have developed in order to support the transition from outsourcing towards innovation and digitalisation.
Transilvania DIH is deeply involved in the development and implementation of Cluj-Napoca’s Smart City Strategy, in which we explored the needs of the community and involved citizens in the decision-making process and let them have their say about the things that must be improved and developed in a sustainable and innovative way to increase the quality of life, products and services offered by the Municipality and not only. The added value brought by the team working on this strategy, formed out of NGOs, Universities, public and private entities and citizens, is the fact that the following fields were agreed upon for improvement, using innovation and digitalization as main tools: eGovernance, Open Mobility, eHealth, Sharing Economy, eEducation, interaction with other cities, citizens’ safety, renewable energy, consumer education to reuse, hazard report, risk management, a.o.
As a field of activity, smart city and digitalisation represents a special focus for us, being directly involved in the concept, design and implementation of the Smart City Strategy of Cluj-Napoca, the most technological city of Romania. We thrive in developing a Smart City Strategy were we collaborate intensively with the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca and other relevant stakeholders in order to identify collaborative projects and create partnerships with public and private players.
Within the abovementioned phase, we have experimented with some of the apps to be sure that they are as required and design by the citizens and by their needs and we have received very positive feedback which enabled us to continue on this track. We strongly believe that we can insure the opening of new and great opportunities for community development.
Identification of collaborative projects in order to digitalize all relevant stakeholders like: companies, groups that activate in a large variety of domains (creative industry, agriculture, furniture, energy efficiency).
Innovative Digital Transilvania (TDI)
This project’s objective is achieving excellence through training and focuses on training employees of HR departments, SMEs Managers and entrepreneurs.
We have organized working groups in this direction, that brought together 450 managers and entrepreneurs, 89 human resources managers, 32 participants accredited by the National Accreditation Agency (ANC), employees from 80 companies; We held over 13 types of classes and workshops and organized over 43 courses groups.
TETRAMAX (TEchnology TRAnsfer via Multinational Application eXperiments)
The major objective of TETRAMAX is to provide an implementation of the European “Smart Anything Everywhere (SAE)” initiative in the domain of customized low energy computing (CLEC) for CPS and the IoT.
The Track-COSME project’s objective is to create a supportive interregional ecosystem to stimulate new innovative solutions that fit specific requirements of agri-food chain. Its mission is to associate joint investments towards advanced agrifood industry 4.0.
Market and Services
- Agriculture, hunting and forestry
- Electricity, gas and water supply
- Hotels and restaurants
- Transport, storage and communication
- Public administration and defence
- Health and social work
- Other community, social and personal service activities (media, entertainment, etc.)
- Manufacture of wood and wood products
- Manufacture of rubber and plastic products
- Manufacture of transport equipment
- Other Manufacturing
- TRL1 - Basic principles observed and reported
- TRL2 - Technology concept and/or application formulated
- TRL3 - Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept
- TRL4 - Component and/or breadboard validation in laboratory environment
- TRL5 - Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment
- TRL6 - System/subsystem model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment
- TRL7 - System prototype demonstration in an operational environment
- TRL8 - Actual system completed and qualified through test and demonstration
- Awareness creation
- Ecosystem building, scouting, brokerage, networking
- Collaborative Researchs
- Concept validation and prototyping
- Testing and validation
- Incubator/accelerator support
- Education and skills development
Online Participatory budgeting
Description of needs covered
Digitalisation of public services in relation with the citizens. We facilitated creation of the online platform of participatory budgeting of local city hall with the help of local SMEs.
The Local City Hall have had the need to organise accessible platform for citizens of the city to vote for the projects budgeting based on their needs.
Cluj-Napoca City Hall, room 51, #3, Motilor Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
and Cluj-Napoca citizens.
Business Platform for the Municipality
Living in a dynamic city, the International Affairs and Foreign Investment Department of Cluj-Napoca Municipality considered a need to develop a platform in order to provide expertise in networking individuals and organizations from around the world with our city. As a cluster, we put great emphasize on collaboration between members and in this case our project was aimed to involve different companies from various fields to share resources and knowledge. A success story in this case that should be mentioned is Cluj Business.
Description of the need covered
a project developed by the effort of the management team to bring three IT companies ( Fortech, Comknow, Imprezzio Global) to collaborate together with the Local Authorities of Cluj.
The project aimed to develop an online platform useful to all the businesses and citizens of Cluj-Napoca and create, in real time, a relationship of communication with the business environment. Considering the fact that we live in a digital area, this platform was created in order to connect people and business, to interlink them and also to meet their needs. As an advantage of this platform is to transfer the information to people fast, accurate and in time.
Transilvanian Clusters Consortium, Romani, Cluj-Napoca, str. Trifoiului, nr. 53, ap. 5, jud CLuj. +40 374.476.306 Contact person: email@example.com Cluj-Napoca City Hall, room 51, #3, Motilor Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support for technology transfer
Description of the need covered
One of the most successful actions of Transilvania IT Cluster by ARIES T is to provide integrated business and innovation services focusing on regional priorities and by developing the local network capabilities. From 2015, Transilvania IT Cluster by ARIES T is member of the European Commission’s Network -Enterprise Europe Network. Through this network we support the digital companies in becoming more innovative from our region by providing specific services: technology requests and offers, support for technology transfer, participation in matchmaking events, internationalization, EU funding and other support services. Another special focus of this network, correlated with digitization is the use of matchmaking platforms for the brokerage events all over Europe, for all the companies from our region as a tool for business cooperation, partner search, etc.
Local SMEs are in constant need for the internationalisation, especially regarding the digitalisation part of their activity.
Each year, there are more than 20 SMEs which receive support in the context of this project.
Transilvania IT Cluster
Description of needs covered
Transilvania IT Cluster has been created to provide a competence center to facilitate the access of companies to new and better training programs (technical and soft-skills) and to support cost efficiency for specialisation programs. In this sense, cluster members worked together to identify a set of training courses, adapted to their human resources needs, most of them in digital field. There are smaller companies that are not able to bring very good trainers because they are expensive and, therefore, our project on trainings has been more than welcome.
Considering the dynamic IT industry of Cluj-Napoca, the companies had to face some challenges: - How to train people to allow companies to find the appropriate profiles; - How to determine young people and students to remain in the region and to avoid massive emigration; - How to open the collaboration between local companies with the ones from abroad in order to stimulate their innovation, in particular in some promising fields like the use of space data, the IoT technologies, etc. The project aimed to improve the professional skills of IT employees funded through the Competitiveness Operational Program (COP), and the results of this project has brought numerous opportunities for employees of member companies.
The relation of this training programs with digitization is represented by the fact that, the IT employees had the opportunity to acquire very specific technical skills provided in the form of specialized courses such as HTML, Database Integration Java or open source Automated testing, .NET Core, Essentials of Software Architecture, Sharepoint, etc. All our attention was focused on bringing the best IT trainers, well-prepared and experienced in the area. This achievement was possible due to the good cooperation of members, which recognized the need of investment in human capital.
Over 1000 employees attended the trainings and all of them were based on the needs of companies and their employees and to facilitate access to training for SMEs especially on digitalisation & technical needs. Cluster members that were interested in developing skills in different subject areas could attend over 100 courses-training on the needs mentioned above.
NTT Data Romania, 19-21 Constanta Street, 400158 Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: email@example.com
Evozon Systems, 62 Moților Street, 400370, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
AROBS Transilvania Software, Minerilor Street, 40019,Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: email@example.com
NET Brinel SA, 4 Nicolae Titulescu Boulevard, 400420, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: Gabriela.Vaida@brinel.ro
Recognos, 21 Victor Babes Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: Catalina.Ciubotaru@recognos.ro
Fortech, Fruzisului Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: firstname.lastname@example.org
Imprezzio Global, 1 Buftea Street, Cluj-Napoca, Romania Contact person: email@example.com
Internationalisation support for the local SMEs
Description of the needs covered
Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub organises every year in the frame of Transylvanian International Clusters Conference since 2014 matchmaking sessions which work as a network of support for those operating in the economic environment and aims to facilitate the international exchange of knowledge, good practices and to provide a cross-sectoral collaboration platform for addressing global challenges based on digitalisation and innovation.
Needs of the clients
The matchmaking sessions are based on the actual needs of the local participants at the conference who are usually looking for international cooperation based on digitalisation.
So far, the conference had has over 1200 participants and over 200 speakers in the previous editions and has provided more than 500 opportunities for connecting entrepreneurs and businesses around the world.
(Part of) Private organization
Number of employees
- Horizon 2020
- European Regional Development Fund
- National specific innovation funding
Number of customers annually
Type of customers
- Start-up companies
- SMEs (<250 employees)
- Research organisations
NTT Data Romania
Municipality of Cluj-Napoca
National Institute for Research and Development of Isotopic ans Molecular Technologies of Cluj-Napoca
Research & Technology organization
Babeș-Bolyai Universit (UBB)
Technical University of Cluj-Napoca (UT)
Networked, cluster organization
Transylvania Furniture Cluster
Networked, cluster organization
AROBS Transilvania Software
Networked, cluster organization
- Sensors, actuators, MEMS, NEMS, RF
- Robotics and autonomous systems
- Internet of Things (e.g. connected devices, sensors and actuators networks)
- Artificial Intelligence and cognitive systems
- Location based technologies (e.g. GPS, GIS, in-house localization)
- Interaction technologies (e.g. human-machine Interaction, motion recognition and language technologies)
- Cyber security (including biometrics)
- Advanced or High performance computing
- Data mining, big data, database management
- Augmented and virtual reality, visualization
- Simulation and modelling
- Software as a service and service architectures
- Cloud computing
- Additive manufacturing (3D printing)
- ICT management, logistics and business systems
- New Media technologies