How is the European Union helping SMEs and public organisations to their digital transformation? A new policy instrument for 2021-2027 is the implementation of a network of European DIHs in the EU regions. The first 136 EDIHs are selected for funding from the DIGITAL Programme with more to follow. During our workshop within EWRC 2022 we will present important developments of the initiative and how the network will be supported by the Digital Transformation Accelerator (DTA) and we will reply to your questions.
The importance to further accelerate the digital transformation of economy and society in Europe was recently accentuated -but not exclusively- by the COVID crisis and it remains one of the top two EU political priorities. The EC is further supporting this goal currently with the full deployment of a new network of 136 European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) – financed via the DIGITAL Programme – with a special focus on cutting edge technologies including Artificial Intelligence, Cybersecurity, High Performance Computing and advanced digital skills. This network is expected to boost European SMEs’ and public sector’s capacities in integrating these technologies in their products and services contributing to a faster recovery. The ambition is that every region in the EU will have at least one EDIH to help in the digital transition of the region and act as a major player of the regional innovation ecosystem including the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies – S3/S4. The network will be further completed through a second call where 15 additional EDIHs are expected to be selected and by projects that will be funded by regions or Member States only.
Main objectives of the workshop
The workshop is targeting regional/national policy makers and EDIH/DIH stakeholders with main objectives:
a) update them on the state-of-play of the development of the network of EDIHs in Member States and regions funded by the DIGITAL Programme
b) present a framework/tool on measuring digital maturity of public sector organisations as EDIH customers that completes the DMA tool to be used by EDIHs
c) inform the EDIH community on the role and activities of the newly created Digital Transformation Accelerator (DTA) and iv) Interact and receive feedback from the audience.