The DIHNET.EU project created the innovative DIH Champions Challenge for evaluating the maturity level of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) according to specific parameters selected by the consortium in collaboration with the European Commission. Fourteen fully operative DIHs from all around Europe have submitted their applications to participate in this second edition.
The finalists of the DIH Champions Challenge 2020 are (in no specific order):
Located in the West Pannon region of Hungary, the am-LAB is the daughter company of Pannon Business Network Association – PBN. This DIH promotes and assists digitisation of SMEs in Western Hungary and works as an anchor of the regional digitisation initiatives in SME manufacturing. The local innovation technology transfer network has strong organically developed relations. Members of the hub are the local university – ELTE Multidisciplinary Science Network, local manufacturing companies and a cluster of mechatronic manufacturing SMEs. The regional government is also supporting and closely following the progress of the DIH. http://www.amlab.hu/
Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH)
The Basque Digital Innovation Hub (BDIH) is a non-for-profit initiative that provides European industrial fabric -especially Basque SMEs- an easy and cost-efficient access to innovative and excellent scientific-technological capabilities required to meet the challenges of the Industry 4.0 in the Advanced Manufacturing environment. This DIH located in Spain consists of a digitally-linked network of R+D infrastructures, pilot plants and specialised know-how in 6 different areas: Additive Manufacturing, Flexible and Collaborative Robotics, Cybersecurity, Big Data Analytics, Smart and Connected Machines and New Materials.
FZI Research Center for Information Technology
The FZI Research Center for Information Technology at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany, is a non-profit institution for applied research in information technology and technology transfer. Its task is to provide businesses and public institutions with the latest research findings in information technology. It also qualifies young researchers for their career in academics or business as well as self-employment. http://www.fzi.de/en/home/
ITI Data Hub (The Data Cycle Hub)
The Data Cycle Hub has a non-for-profit aim and is coordinated and led by ITI, also a non-for-profit Research Centre and a reference on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in the Valencia region, Spain. The objective of this DIH is to bridge the gap between research and industry, specifically SMEs, providing innovative solutions and services that require advanced data analytics, automatic learning and artificial intelligence. The Data Cycle Hub addresses primarily Big Data and Artificial Intelligence, but also other key digital enabling technologies like Cyber Physical Systems, IoT, Cloud and High-Performance Computing Platforms or statistics optimisation. https://thedatacyclehub.com/en/
The winner will be unveiled at the EDIH conference: “Gearing up towards European Digital Innovation Hubs” that will be hosted virtually from the 26th-27th of January 2021.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
To know more about these Digital Innovation Hubs visit their respective websites and the JRC DIH catalogue: https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu/digital-innovation-hubs-tool