Digital Innovation Hub Slovenia (DIHS) is a national non-profit one-stop-shop dedicated to digital transformation of SME to provide, connect and support knowledge, business and technology expertise, technologies, experimental and pilot environments, best practices, methodologies and other activities necessary to fully enable Slovene industry in building digital competencies, innovation models and processes, support their digital transformation and raise their competitive advantages based on digital. DIHS is a private non-profit institute, founded by Chamber of Commerce and Industry Slovenia and operates with the help of strategic partners: University of Maribor, Tecos, Technology Park Ljubljana, International Institute of Business Analysis Slovenia, Smart Factories Cluster and Wood Industry Cluster. This multi-sector and multi-discipline partnership establish an ecosystem to sustainably support its vision on a short and long term. DIH covers three most important pillars of digital transformation: education, industry (SMEs) and municipalities, and is unique in its comprehensive lifelong learning approach.
DIHS is located in Ljubljana, Slovenia, but operating on national level with international potential for collaboration.
The knowledge areas of DIHS are:
- Competence: Digital competence development.
- Transformation: Joint development of services to support digital transformation in companies.
- Innovation and Innovation labs: Promoting open innovation, designing new business models.
- Prototypes: Experimental and pilot environments.
- International: Transfer of good practices and collaboration with other DIH in the EU.
- Support: Provide support to businesses in managing their digital transformation.
DIH Slovenia focuses on 4 main areas:
1. Setting up and managing the ecosystem
DIHS strives to support existing networks and serves as an upgraded national platform. DIHS started to analyse and map the needs of our beneficiaries (mainly SMEs) as well as locate what does the current market offer (quantity and quality of supply). Through mentorship DIHS further strengthens and speeds up the process of digitalization within SME, industry, education and local public sector. Through these initial steps we will have the complete overview of tools and data for forecasting the digital profiles of future skills needs. Based on the mentioned, DIHS will prepare recommendations for Academia to encourage new departments for future students, based on needs of digital economy. Next to research activities, DIHS will also focus on active collaboration of all stakeholders for business and digital societal development, but most of all, offer a space for business prototyping and experimenting.
2. Professional support with digital competence development
This activity includes creating a catalogue of digital competences, based on the feedback from activities from first section, with noting the DigComp framework. Besides that, DIHS will offer support with creating 4-year long plans to develop digital competences within SME sector and also to mentor SME's in the process of making digital business plans.
3. Extended regional and international collaboration and connectivity
Cooperating with EU DIH network and individual DIHS, exchanging best-practices within region and internationally. DIHS will further strive to enrol in networks of various EU stakeholders and beyond. All this will be visual through a shared online platform, where everybody will have the right to contribute (share their best-practice, lesson learned, etc.). We will also offer support to business and development partnerships to strengthen collaboration in global value chains of Slovenian industry.
4. Promotional activities and empowerment
DIHS focuses on promotion and raising awareness on the importance of digital technologies and digital transformation, and in this way, mentorships and partnerships will play the key role for regional, national and European policy initiatives for industry digitalization. By doing so, DIHS is organizing various conferences, promotional events and campaigns, and strive to gain positive media exposure on the topics covered by DIHS. In 2021 DIHS organized over 140 events, all on the topic of digitalization. DIHS’ end goal is to increase the level of business and societal mindset on digitalization, digital transformation and innovation.
Altogether, DIHS has access to over 3000 SMEs in all regions of Slovenia. We also work with other support environments in Slovenia, offering various products and services for digitalization. Besides DIHS activities, DIHS will also try to provide access to funding opportunities for SMEs, and develop innovation ecosystem for participating stakeholders.
Our mission is to accelerate digital transformation in Slovenia in multi-layered view, starting with SME, industry, business and education. DIHS provides access to best practices and create environment for growth of digital skills and understanding on technology benefits. Therefore, DIHS offers customer-oriented approach, where not only facilitating change-process, but also providing support for a higher digital maturity of SMEs and other business players, education sector and municipalities as we consider digital society coherently.
DIHS deluje kot enotna nacionalna in povezovalna točka za digitalno inoviranje, dobre prakse digitalnega poslovanja in spodbujanje digitalne transformacije v Sloveniji. Povezuje različne deležnike (gospodarstvo, gospodarska združenja, poslovne inštitute ter raziskovalne in izobraževalne ustanove) in soustvarja okolje za dvig dodane vrednosti in BDP ter stimulativno okolje za razvoj mladih talentov na področju digitalnega poslovanja, kar bo prispevalo k dvigu konkurenčnosti slovenskega gospodarstva. Vključuje se v mednarodne mreže in združenja in tako tudi znanje iz tujine lahko posreduje svojim članom. Prav tako bo DIHS na podlagi pridobljenih izkušenj in podatkov podajal predloge za zakonske spremembe, ki bodo vzpodbudne za digitalizacijo gospodarstva in celotne slovenske družbe.
Aktivnosti DIHS so v skladu s Strategijo pametne specializacije Slovenije (modernizacija in digitalizacija proizvodnih procesov ter upravljanja celotnega proizvodnega cikla, Dvig nivoja digitalizacije z avtomatizacijo in robotizacijo proizvodnje v predelovalnih dejavnostih, ...), Digitalna Slovenija 2020 (hitrejši razvoj digitalnega podjetništva, večjo konkurenčnost IKT-industrije, splošno digitalizacijo, razvoj digitalne infrastrukture, gradnjo širokopasovne infrastrukture, izboljšanje kibernetske varnosti in razvoj vključujoče informacijske družbe,..), Slovenija in Agenda 2030 (Dvig indeks digitalnega gospodarstva in družbe, omogočanje okolja za ustvarjanje digitalnih trendov, s podporo novim raziskovalnim in tehnološkim idejam, ekonomijo delitve ter razvijanjem globalno konkurenčnih sistemskih rešitev na področju pametnih omrežij in platform), ter Operativni program za izvajanje evropske kohezijske politike v obdobju 2014–2020 (razvoj digitalne pismenosti in digitalnih kompetenc, izobraževanja in usposabljanja za dvig splošnih in poklicnih kompetenc, vključno z digitalnim opismenjevanjem in za dvig izobrazbene ravni). Na evropski ravni so zgoraj navedene aktivnosti v skladu z Digital Agenda (Europe 2020), iniciativo I4MS, in strategijo Digitising European Industry ter RIS3.
Z aktivnostmi bom DIHS bistveno prispeval k:
- premagovanju ovir digitalne transformacije – z ustreznimi vprašalniki, ki jih bomo pripravili v sodelovanju z evropskimi in nacionalnimi deležniki, bomo merili stanje na področju digitalizacije v podjetjih pred in po izvedenih aktivnosti;
- dvigu indeksa digitalnega gospodarstva v Sloveniji – spremljali bomo DESI indeks, ter ugotavljali, kako in v kakšni meri aktivnosti, ki jih izvajamo v DIHS, vplivajo na dvig indeksa;
- povečevanju števila podjetij, vključenih v globalne verige vrednosti – spremljali bomo število podjetij, ki so zaradi podpore s strani DIHS bila vključena v globalnih verigah vrednosti;
- dvigu konkurenčnosti slovenskega gospodarstva – spremljali bomo indeksa inovativnosti in dvig dodane vrednosti na zaposlenega, ki so rezultat digitalne preobrazbe.
Link to national or regional initiatives for digitising industry
DIHS acts as a coordinator of Slovenian digital coalition since january 2021. As such DIHS is managing meetings of all stakeholders (Board) as well as strategic groups meetings. DIHS actively participates in the stakeholder debates regarding digital policies and also cooperates with the Association of Informatics and Telecommunications in the Skills and jobs project.
Digital innovation hub Slovenia cooperates with the Ministry for economic development and technology as operational entity for programs linked to digitalization of economy. DIHS actions are also included in the DESI index and reports as an example of activities on a national level.
DIHS builds on and complements the objectives of DIGITAL SLOVENIA 2020 – DEVELOPMENT STRATEGY FOR THE INFORMATION SOCIETY UNTIL 2020 and is in line with the Operational Programme for the Implementation of the EU Cohesion Policy in the period 2014 – 2020. As such, DIHS is a single Slovene operative authority to carry out awareness raising, promotional and supportive operational tasks.
Furthermore, DIHS builds on the S4 (Slovenian Smart Specialization Strategy) infrastructure (ICT Innovation network within SRIP Smart cities and communities, SRIP Factories of the Future with its Smart Factories cluster and SRIP Smart buildings and homes, including wood chain) and helps create the critical mass of involvements; in this sense, DIHS complements, but also upgrades existing Strategic Research and Innovation Partnerships (SRIPs). DIHS is already included in the Action Plan of the ICT Innovation Network under the Smart Cities and Communities SRIP, where it is recognized that with play the central role to connect different environments and integrate all the key stakeholders. DIHS is not limited to specific areas or a narrow set of activities, but rather represents an exceptional potential and breakthrough power.
DIHS is a strategic partner in the DIGI-SI consortium od 7 Slovenian DIHs for EDIH. DIH University of Maribor, Digital Innovation Hub for Smart Manufacturing, Digital Innovation Hub of Eastern Slovenia (DIGITECH SI -East); DIH AGRIFOOD - Digital Innovation Hub for Agriculture and Food production; HPC5 - High Performance and Cloud Computing Cross-border Competence Consortium, Jožef Stefan Institute, Technology park Ljubljana – eHealthday DIH.
In the partnership with Ministry for economic development and technology, SPIRIT, public agency and private company BTC, DIHS was the program coordinator and operational entity for the Slovenian digital center during Slovenian presidency to the EU in 2021. After the conclusion of the project, DIHS is relevant partner with same stakeholders in building concepts for permanent center for digital, green and circular solutions, where all the aspects of the society, education, research, business, politics and others with special attention to start-ups and SMEs.
As described, DIHS is fully aligned with main digitalization strategies, as it creates synergies for various stakeholders, strives to support and improve digital innovation processes, and is dedicated to building creative and social capital within digitalization. DIHS is operating nationally and has direct reach to all Slovenian regions, where it promotes knowledge-based growth through technological diversification of products and services (spill over effect).
Data Spaces for effective and trusted data sharing
Client organization: Elmitel d.o.o., private high-tech SME is located
in Gornja Radgona, Slovenia
Client need: From wine to vineyard traceability for quality assurance
and safety needs.
Solution provided: Access to experts, skills and know-how in the field
of digital transformation;
Access to the latest technologies ready for implementation;
Product and technology demonstrations;
Validation of business ideas;
Individual consulting during the preparation of a business model;
Individual consulting in the field of obtaining private and public investments;
E-informing DIH ecosystem stakeholders about grant opportunities;
Regular search / discovery of new technologies / knowledge at
home and abroad according to the needs of digital transformation of Slovenian companies;
Organization of ""exchanges of good practice"" in the field of data spaces for the exchange
of experience between economic actors;
Community trust building: Individual visits to companies - presentation of the possibilities of using the services.
DIHs in the i4Trust community play an active role in promoting i4Trust open calls, helping SMEs to look for opportunities around data sharing, and providing appropriate technical support on Data Sharing and Data Spaces.
Dissemination and promotion of the VR and AR solutions for matching business partners and future profiles
Client organization: Tovarna.TECH, under the leadership of David Kvaternik,
has extensive international experiences with 3D virtual reconstructions
of ancient cultural heritage and with the development of tailor-made
VR and AR experiences, from history and tourism, to medicine,
Client needs: need to disseminate specific solutions and presenting
the work to students to decide for the STEM professions.
Solution provided: In the Slovenian digital center in 2021 Tovarna.Tech
was included by DIHS in two main roles: as an exhibitor, to present the
3D scanning, photogrammetry, 3D modelling, 3D printing and motion
capture are just some of the tools, which enable and empower us to
create a wide variety of products, from VR/AR/MR experiences,
to live immersive showrooms, 3D animations, 3D photomontages,
character animations, 360 photos and films, mobile apps, projections,
holograms, and so much more. Dissemination of deep knowledge and
experience in these fields allows us to offer technology training and
consulting to forward thinking companies, on the current state of the
technologies, expected future trends, current client-specific untapped
work pipeline and marketing communications potentials.
Tovarna.Tech was also included into the program “Future professions”,
to present to students their activities and technologies in order
to decide for the professional path in the VR and XR solutions.
Change2Twin Assesment - to implement a digital twin solution
Client organization: The Marovt Company is one of the most
advanced forging productions in Europe.
The main activity of the company is the high-quality forging,
machining of forged parts and the production of turning parts
for the most prestige leading trade marks in the automotive industry
(Daimler-Mercedes, Audi Group, Volkswagen Group, etc).
They are the first-class supplier with almost 50-year experience,
credibility and reliability – Tier 1 / Top Tier in one of the most
demanding industries in the world. Companies has over 250 employees and is the most advanced forging production in Slovenia and Europe.
Client needs: Marovt approached to DIHS to evaluate their capacity to implement a digital twin for production planning.
DIHS with the company Marovt investigated and evaluated the
capacity of existing production processes and prepared a programme
to implement a digital twin solution for production planning with the main
purpose of optimizing production systems and ensuring sustainable
Digital twin research potential can be used in the future to optimize,
stimulate data to optimize the production system in an optimal way.