Attended via Webinar

Date/Title: 24th February 2020 Paul Peeters (ADMA Coordinator):Learn how to write the perfect Transformation Plan to help manufactoring SMEs become digital” “Write the Transformation Plan to digitalise manufacturing SMEs.

Note: (https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/996726485) I4MS webinar to presented services and marketplaces to digitalise SME, and to the ADMA webinar to show you how to write a transformation plan. The Transformation Plan is the main result of the short-term pilot of the companies involved in the ADMA initiative. It details the areas of improvement needed by the manufacturing companies in their digitisation path towards becoming Factory of the Future. In this webinar, Paul Peeters, the ADMA Coordinator, will share best practices for the creation of transformation plans. Whether you are familiar or not with ADMA, attend this webinar to learn new ways of supporting SMEs in their digital transformation!

Date/Title: 4th March 2020 NGI Explorers Open Call#2 – webinar #1 |A Step-by-Step Guide. (https://explorers.ngi.eu) NGI Explorers is sponsoring European Top Researchers and Innovators to join a unique technology mission to the United States.

Note: Explorers get immersed in a 3 month deep dive into the United States to accelerate their projects and cultivate an American mindset. This will be a unique opportunity to strengthen and articulate their ideas while building traction among a whole new network of partners and customers. Participants is hosted by US partners, integrating the Explorers in their teams and supporting them in their endeavors.

Date/Title: 17th March 2020 Begona Sanchez, Xabier Uriarte (Tecnalia): DIHNET Brainstorming Session: How DIHs can help digitalise your region (DIHNET webinar)

Note: DIHNET brainstorming session and participate in a collective exercise to provide ideas on two topics we were going to rise:How to stimulate digitisation in your region (obviously, taking into account the DIH perspective, always looking at the problem from your DIH perspective). What types  of public funding instruments could better support digitisation? What role should the DIH play in the regional/national strategy for digital innovation? The brainstorming carried out through the use of the IdeaBoardz online tool. Although the working method was explained at the beginning of the brainstorming, it was splited into two parts each of them lasting approximately 25 minutes. Each part was address one of the topics listed above. For each topic, there was a time slot of 5 minutes for everyone to provide as much ideas as they can and then another 20 minutes slot for the ideas to be explained by their authors. The brainstorming was governed by four basic rules: Suspend judgements: all ideas are welcome.

Date/Title: 25th March 2020 Anne-Marie Sassen, Matthias Kuom, Andrea Halmos, Charalampos Tsitlakidis : How can DIHs help in times of COVID-19? (DIHNET webinar)

Note: The outbreak and rapid spread of COVID-19 was putting public sector organisations through great challenges with local governments, public administrations, local health services particularly at the forefront of the crisis. If their efforts were further strengthened with the help of digital tools, they could be more effective in helping to slow the epidemic. At the same time, many SMEs across the EU did not have access to the basic digital technologies needed for business continuity in this critical period. Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) are used to putting digital technology at work on real problems on the ground. This why, with the help of the DIHNET Coordination and Support Action, Digital Innovation Hubs to met online on 25 March to discuss, among other topics, the immediate and longer-term needs of public sector organisations and SMEs due to COVID-19 and where digital tools / solutions could help in becoming more resilient.

Date/Title: 26th March 2020 David Seoane: Public and Private Funding opportunities for Startups and SMEs. (Fundingbox.com)

Note: David Seoane was a Programe Manager at FundingBox with over 11 years of experience on Fundraising in EU programmes, including proposal preparation and evaluation, partner search and networking in INNOVATION funding programmes: H2020, INTERREG, ERASMUS+, and LIFE Experience, among others. He also has significant expertise as an SME Instrument Expert Evaluator. He was managing several EU funded projects under different initiatives: Next Generation Internet (NGI4ALL, eSSIF-Lab, NGI POINTER), Smart connectivity, Smart manufacturing and Smart grids (INTERCONNECT, DIMOFAC, INTEGRADDE)

Date/Title: 30th March 2020 Maurits Butter (TNO): Defining Digital Innovation Hubs as part of the European DIH network (DIHNET webinar)

Note: The webinar started with presentation of the possible building blocks in the EU DIH network followed by four possible basic elements that can be used to characterise the DIHs. It was highlighted that each DIH is different and there is no ‘black or white’ option for these building blocks.A key part of the webinar was to gather feedback and comments from the community in order to improve the common practical understanding. During the discussion,  several topics were raised: Connection to the S3 strategies: as DIHs are seen as an instrument for the future DEP and may also receive support from the ERDF, one can see DIHs as a link between the regional and S3 strategies. DEP and ERDF can also be used to stimulate collaboration among the DIHs. Organization and support to DIHs from the different policy levels: the concept of DIHs is comparatively new and connecting and organizing the collaboration among DIHs within and among regions is not always easy. The EU programs such as DEP and ERDF programs can be seen as a mechanism to further structure the collaboration among service providers on the regional level and help support inter-regional collaboration. Services and technological infrastructures offered by DIHs: the choice of which services and infrastructure to be offered will differ per DIH depending on the local needs. It is however important that DIHs consider a mix of services – connecting the technology to business development and ecosystem building as well as skills – in order to meet these local ecosystem needs. DIHs can also offer a connection to both the research of new technologies and the demonstration and deployment of existing tech infrastructures. Organizations part of the DIH consortium: There are a number of partners that could participate in the DIHs: e.g. clusters, RTOs, Universities, competence centers, regional authorities, investment actors, etc, etc. For instance, clusters often act as the orchestrators of the DIHs and similarly, regional development agencies can play an important coordinating role on a regional level. An organization can also have different roles – e.g. be a services provider for the region, partner in the DIHs and even act as an EEN partner/representative. Attractig and building relationships to SMEs and customers: providing solutions that combine technological with business support is an important element to establish this relationship with customers. A DIH can act as an orchestrator and leverage on the expertise of the different players in the ecosystem and within the DIH to provide a solution. This includes building a dynamic ecosystem and offering a one-stop-shop place for customers. Further points needed to develop the European DIH network: some important elements to consider are the development of a common understanding in the DIH community, mutual understanding of what the European Digital Innovation Hubs can offer to each other, and allowing for flexibility in the approach as each DIH and region would be different.

Date/Title: 1th April 2020 COVID-19 and AI: A Virtual Conference. Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence, Stanford University, USA (Youtube stream )

Note: Interview with Russ Altman, one of the faculty chairs for the conference. Sponsored by the Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI), COVID-19 and AI: A Virtual Conference convened experts from Stanford and beyond to advance the understanding of the virus and its impact on society. The speakers and topics engaged the broad research community, government and international organizations and civil society, uniting a global community toward solutions to benefit all of humanity.

Date/Title: 30th April 2020 How can Digital Innovation Hubs help the transition towards smart cities? Webinar. Smart Mobility and Living (Unit H.5)

Note: The webinar was organized by the EC and aims to bring together Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), Living Labs, City Labs, Policy Labs as well as cities and municipalities to share good practices for helping cities develop their digital strategies. Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) are organisations with a not-for-profit objective, supporting the digital transformation of SMEs and public sector organisations. They provided access to technical expertise and experimentation (“test before invest”) as well as innovation services, such as financing advice, training and skills development that are needed for a successful digital transformation. The current COVID-19 epidemic has demonstrated that public administrations need to speed up their digital transformation in order to be able to effectively respond to today’s and tomorrow’s crises. Be it the testing an AI-enabled data analytics tool or designing a full-fledged digital strategy, it was often difficult for cities and municipalities to decide on a specific supplier or solution. Moreover, it was not only a merely digital transition, but one that is also sustainable, circular and resilient. DIHs, Living Labs, City Labs or other, locally/regionally embedded innovation structures could be helpful to work with. It aims to bring together DIHs, Living Labs, City Labs, Policy Labs as well as cities and municipalities to share good practices for helping cities develop their digital strategies, establish the foundations of their smart city and start developing concrete services. The workshop was allowed stakeholders gain a better understanding of the kind of services DIHs could offer to public administrations at local level and progress in identifying what the DIHs technological and innovation services could encompass when serving the public sector.


Date/Title: 8th May 2020 WHITE PAPER On Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust. Webinar.Artificial Intelligence Coalition of Hungary

Note:Trustworthy AI can bring many benefits, such as better healthcare, safer and cleaner trasport, more efficient manufacturing, and cheaper and more sustainable energy. The EU’s approach to artificial intelligence (AI) will give people the confidence to embrace these technologies while encouraging businesses to develop them.


Date/Title: 14th May 2020 How can advanced analytics predict the evolution of the epidemic? Joint webinar of SAS and Artificial Intelligence Coalition of Hungary. Webinar.

Date/ Title 14th May 2020:2nd OPEN DEI webinar session about “Business opportunitues for digital transformation through the ecosystem of digital innovation hub in Europe”. Webinar.

Note:In this webinar, speakers shared their views on how they propose to
build a data platform and data spaces: What OPEN DEI was about and what OPEN DEI can offer you in the domain of DIHs. What was the European landscape of DIHs and ecosystem building initiatives in each sector. How OPEN DEI could support companies to gain access and exploit the potential of the European ecosystem of DIHs. What support strategic networks of DIHs and initiatives could provide for distribution of AI and sovereign data sharing solutions.


Date/Title 20th May 2020: The future of Digital Innovation Hubs and Reference Sites in the Digital transformation of Health and Care in the EU. Webinar. Smart Mobility and Living (Unit H.5)

Date/Title 25th May 2020. “Artificial Intelligence in smart cities”.Webinar. Smart Mobility and Living (Unit H.5)

Date/Title 26th May 2020 ‘Cooperation between Start-Ups and Digital Innovation Hubs’ DIHNET Webinar

Note: Digital Innovation Hubs was one-stop-shops that support organisations, such as SMEs and the public sector, in their digital transformation journey. In this webinar it was  focused on how DIHs can support start-ups to commercialise their products and services.The objectives of this online session was: To explain the services that DIHs offer and how they can generate leads for start-ups. To describe how tech providers (start-ups) can work with DIHs to offer digital services and solutions to SMEs. At the end of the webinar there was a 25 minutes Q&A to encourage start-ups to ask all their questions and doubts to DIHs.

Date/Title: 26th May 2020  in the context of the Community of Practice for cities (COP-CITIES) focusing on ‘How to scale up digital solutions in smart cities and communities? Attending the workshop on ‘DIHs serving the public sector’ on 18/03/2020. Due to the travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 crisis, it has turned this workshop into a number of webinars:The 1st webinar focused on ‘How can DIHs help public administrations in times of COVID-19?’ took place on 25/03/2020, the results of which can be found on the DIHNET Community Platform, where discussions on this topic also continue. The 2nd webinar focused on ‘How can DIHs help the transition towards smart cities’and was held on 30/04/2020. As announced, the 3rd webinar will focus on ‘Artificial Intelligence in smart cities’, scheduled for 25/05/2020.

Date/Title: 1th June 2020: A friendl to Artificial Neural Network ; 11th June 2020: Artificial Intelligence Startup Hackathon Webinar;  16th June 2020: Leadership by Algorithm: Who Leads and Who Follows in the AI Era; 16th June 2020: AI and Chatbot Solutions Webinar; 22th June 2020: Virtual Admissions Day: Masters in Artificial Intelligence/Data;   1th July 2020: Webinar Wednesdays – Machine Learning for SMEs;

Date/Title: 9th June 2020 WHITE PAPER On Artificial Intelligence – A European approach to excellence and trust. Webinar.Artificial Intelligence Coalition of Hungary. Part II.

Date/Title: 16th June 2020 Leadership by Algorithm: Who Leads and Who Follows in the AI Era’ Presented by SGInnovate and Centre on AI Technology for Humankind. AI and Chatbot Solutions Webinar

Date/Title: 16th June 2020 Artificial Intelligence Startup Hackathon Webinar. Recently, the Commission has published a Communication called “Tourism and Transport in 2020 and beyond” (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52020DC0550 ) which mentions that: “The Commission will deploy through the Digital Innovation Hubs dedicated support for local tourism businesses to help them cope with the new realities of the tourism season (i.e. robots for disinfecting and cleaning, crowd management, smart booking systems etc.), including a dedicated hackathon on the use of digital technologies in tourism.” The hackathon will be organised by the project CAST on 1-3 July 2020 ( https://castnetwork.eu/events/Qbd4NJ8wiQHjcxm6WqMN). The hackathon is addressed to those who focus on the tourism sector, or promote products and services in other sectors that could be applicable to the tourism sector. DIHs can be involved as a mentor, or can team up with their SMEs from the tourism sector to present their current challenges, or with their startups or other companies that want to develop solutions.

Date/Title: 18th June 2020 H2020 Agri-Tech Research in Europe hosted by DEMETER & ATLAS. This webinar presented an overview of current EU (H2020) research in the Agri Tech space, mainly focusing on the 2 new recently funded large scale pilot projects; ATLAS and DEMETER. Presenters will delve into the research and pilots within both projects focusing on 3 key elements: Technology, Multi-Actor Ecosystem and Challenges and Future Directions.

Date/Title: 22th June 2020 Joint Research Centre (JRC) are organising on’Digital Twins – Are they ready to embrace the benefits of Location Information?’ELISE webinar: Digital Twins – Are they ready to embrace the benefits of Location Information?
This webinar is the ninth event of the ELISE webinar series performed by the JRC under the ELISE ISA2 Action. The aim of these webinars is to quickly engage with new topics of relevance to the Digital transformation of Government by leveraging the use of geospatial data, technology and skills in line with interoperability frameworks and practices. In this webinar, we will present the current state of play on the development and deployment of digital twins in Europe and how they rely on geospatial data, data infrastructures and technologies. This webinar will provide you with insights on: Definitions of the fast-emerging ‘digital twins’ concept, and how they are related to key concepts and developments in the geospatial domain Policies and policy initiatives related to or relevant to the creation of digital twins, and geospatial digital twins in particular Geospatial data, standards and technologies that are essential for creating and managing these digital twins Practices and initiatives to develop geospatial digital twins at different levels, including buildings, cities, countries and the entire earth Key challenges in creating and managing geospatial digital twins.

Date/Title: 16th June 2020. EC Webinar – How DIHs can be involved in a hackathon for the tourism sector?The European Commission is organising a webinar on Tuesday 16 June at 11:30h CET Time through Zoom: The objective of this event will be to organise how Digital Innovation Hubs can be involved in a hackathon for the tourism sector. Recently, the Commission has published a Communication called “Tourism and Transport in 2020 and beyond” (https://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/?uri=CELEX:52020DC0550 ) which mentions that: “The Commission will deploy through the Digital Innovation Hubs dedicated support for local tourism businesses to help them cope with the new realities of the tourism season (i.e. robots for disinfecting and cleaning, crowd management, smart booking systems etc.), including a dedicated hackathon on the use of digital technologies in tourism.” The hackathon will be organised by the project CAST on 1-3 July 2020 ( https://castnetwork.eu/events/Qbd4NJ8wiQHjcxm6WqMN). The hackathon is addressed to those who focus on the tourism sector, or promote products and services in other sectors that could be applicable to the tourism sector. DIHs can be involved as a mentor, or can team up with their SMEs from the tourism sector to present their current challenges, or with their startups or other companies that want to develop solutions.

Date/Title: 22th June 2020. Digital Twins – Are they ready to embrace the benefits of Location Information? Digital twins are virtual replicas of physical objects or systems that are used to better understand, predict, and optimize the performance of their counterpart in the physical world. They are built by integrating many different technologies, and are accelerating the digital transformation of government and industry. The aim of webinar is to explore the importance of “geospatial” and “interoperability” in the creation and management of digital twins. In this webinar, we will present the current state of play on the development and deployment of digital twins in Europe and how they rely on geospatial data, data infrastructures and technologies. This webinar will provide you with insights on: Definitions of the fast-emerging ‘digital twins’ concept, and how they are related to key concepts and developments in the geospatial domain, Policies and policy initiatives related to or relevant to the creation of digital twins, and geospatial digital twins in particular, Geospatial data, standards and technologies that are essential for creating and managing these digital twins, Practices and initiatives to develop geospatial digital twins at different levels, including buildings, cities, countries and the entire earth, Key challenges in creating and managing geospatial digital twins.

Date/Title: 25th June 2020. New DIHNET webinar: How Digital Innovation Hubs can help to boost your business in COVID-19 times. DIHs have supported SMEs during COVID-19, and we will present you the cases of three DIHs, followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Maurits Butter, coordinator of the DIHNET.EU project: Transilvania IT identifies collaborative projects that benefit all stakeholders (clusters, companies, local public authorities, universities) in the IT, agriculture, energy efficiency, furniture, and creative industries sectors. IAM 3D HUB aims to accelerate the adoption of additive manufacturing (AM) and 3D printing, one of most useful tools in the fight of COVID-19. BDIH supports SMEs in their dual sustainable and digital industrial transition. They will present an initiative for the digital transformation of self-employed and micro-SMEs designed to get adapted to the COVID-19 circumstances, as well as the Deep Dives planned for the “new normal”.

Date/Title: Joining forces to build a common European Data Space. The EU-funded OPEN DEI project has recently launched its first series of free webinars focused on Data Platforms and Pilot Implementations. During the first webinar held on April 30, the OPEN DEI beneficiary International Data Spaces Association (IDSA) presented its work related to the definition of a reference architecture and a formal standard to be used for creating and operating virtual data spaces. The IDS Architecture is based on European values and commonly accepted data governance models facilitating secure exchange and easy linkage of data within business ecosystems. It ensures digital sovereignty for data owners making data available for being exchanged or shared. The Association’s members include 109 companies and institutions of various industries and sizes from more than 20 countries. During the webinar the launch of the OPEN DEI cross-sectorial Data Spaces Task Force was also announced.

Date/Title: 19th June 2020. DIH4CPS Open Call webinar. The DIH4CPS-consortium has now launched their first Open Call for proposals, which will close on the 31st of August. DIH4CPS invites mini consortia to receive financial support for experiments related to the field of Cyber physical and embedded systems (CPES).

Date/Title: 24th June 2020. The H2020 project SMART4ALL is an extensive network of Digital Innovation Hubs aiming at boosting digital technology uptake and corresponding business development across South Eastern and Central Europe. It builds capacity via the development of self-sustained cross-border pathfinder application experiments that transfer knowledge and technology between academia and industry. Main domains target are Digitized Environment, Digitized Agriculture, Digitized Transport and Digitized Everything. We invite you to join the SMART4ALL via https://smart4allproject.eu/joinus and to explore our website at the following link: https://smart4all-project.eu/ 9 OPEN CALLS will be part of various instruments foreseen to engage the European stakeholders from the private sector and academia. SMART4ALL will distribute a total funding of 2.2 mil. Euros and offer novel coaching services by world lead experts in ethics technology, funding and business development. Three types of Pathfinder Application Experiments are foreseen: Knowledge Transfer Experiments (KTE), Focus Technology Transfer Experiments (FTTE) and Cross-Domain Technology Transfer Experiments (CTTE). Through its Open Calls. SMART4ALL will pay special attention to CLEC (Customized Low Energy Computing) applications facilitating COVID-19 management crisis and all aspects of life focusing on its four domains. You can access the SMART4ALL Open Calls at https://smart4all.fundingbox.com/.

Date/Title: 2th July 2020. Many EU projects are currently developing networks, often with DIHs as a core of their members. One of the challenges is how to ensure sustainability of these initiatives after the project end. The webinar will address this question and will look into some of the key elements: what are the services and possible business models, what are the financial implications, what are the organizational and governance changes that networks need to address after the project ends? The webinar will provide first insights into these questions, building on the input and discussions from the RODIN Working Group on Post-Project Sustainability for Innovation Actions. A short concept note will be sent to the participants before the webinar and will be presented. The webinar aims to gather your feedback and inspire the community members and help develop ideas on how sustainability of networks can be achieved.

Date/Title: 3th July 2020. How can DIHs and the European Commission join forces to drive digital transformation of the EU’s public sector? This is the question we would like to answer, with you, in our upcoming webinar: Powering public sector change through Digital Innovation Hubs. Both the Digital Innovation Hubs and the European Commission are committed to driving digital transformation in Europe. From SMEs to regional and national authorities, DIHs help organisations choose digital solutions with expert technical advice and ‘test before invest’ services so that governments and businesses can make the most of digital technology. Open and reusable digital solutions provided by the European Commission, such as the CEF building blocks and ISA2’s Core Vocabularies, are the foundations of cross-border and cross-sector digital services. They help public and private organisations expand their user-base, keep up with the latest regulation and seamlessly connect to other solutions on the market! The purpose of this webinar is to explore a potential collaboration between DIHs and the European Commission. By learning from each other, together the Digital Innovation Hubs and the European Commission can accelerate the digital transformation of the public sector across the EU.