Czech Digital Innovation Hubs: who’re they and the way can they assist?

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By Tereza Šamanová

Within the Czech Republic, the preliminary community of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in 2016 was very small – it included solely two pioneer hubs raised from Horizon 2020 European initiatives centered on help of digital manufacturing (DIGIMAT positioned in Kuřim was the primary one) and high-performance computing (the Nationwide Supercomputing Centre IT4Innovations positioned in Ostrava was the primary DIH registered in CZ). Since then, the Czech community has enlarged as much as twelve DIHs and their specialisation varies from manufacturing, cybersecurity, synthetic intelligence, robotics, high-performance computing as much as sectoral focus corresponding to agriculture and meals business, well being or good cities and good areas growth.

These days yow will discover at the very least one DIH in every area of the Czech Republic:

Supply: https://s3platform.jrc.ec.europa.eu

How are the Czech DIHs constructed and structured? They’re primarily based usually on a number one competence centre, analysis organisation, technical college, science park, expertise centre or probably the most lively innovations-supporting NGOs who’ve created an environment friendly consortium of different companions round them, all the time following the chosen area of specialisation. The DIHs in Czechia, in addition to everywhere in the Europe, haven’t been constructed “on a inexperienced meadow” – as we are saying in Czech, however primarily based on a report of initiatives, actions and customary references which have created the optimum combination of the DIH`s experience and capacities. The scheme developed by TNO in 2015 illustrates the standard place of a DIH as an “orchestrator” and cross-point of the regional actions centered on growth and implementation of digital innovation:

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In 2021, primarily based on the Digital Europe Programme, there have been – among the many present DIHs and different gamers – a collection of an preliminary community of European Digital Innovation Hubs – DIHs with European relevance, serving not solely shoppers coming from their area and/or nation, however offering additionally cross-border providers within the area of their specialisation.

The fundamental providers of DIHs and European DIHs don’t differ an excessive amount of, their principal distinction lies within the European and cross-border nature of their providers. Due to this fact, in the case of the association of providers of a normal DIH, you possibly can think about the combination of various elements that collectively make a Digital Innovation Hub as a “satellite tv for pc” revealed in 2019 by the European Fee:

Supply: https://digital-strategy.ec.europa.eu/en/actions/edihs

How do DIHs within the Czech Republic address the mission to assist SMEs and public organisations with their digitalisation?

  • Explaining that superior digitalisation means working with information and complicated interconnection of individuals, gadgets, and applied sciences, not merely transferring paper or analogue-based information to digital ones.
  • Organising widespread occasions – regional roadshows, consciousness elevating actions and brainstorming amongst Czech DIHs to replace info at nationwide stage on superior digitalisation, and sharing examples of greatest practices.
  • Sharing details about initiatives and recommending them to the suitable beneficiaries with the target of making probably the most added worth for the nationwide revolutionary ecosystem.
  • Attracting conventional non-tech SMEs and smaller public organisations and communities (i.e., farmers and/or service suppliers) to speak with DIHs to allow them to provide them a beginning plan of digitalisation in an applicable manner.
  • Together with all the brand new gamers (those that are keen on making a DIH or cooperating with an present one) contained in the Czech DIH neighborhood and Central European Platform for Digital Improvements – CEEInno, organising an annual overview of Czech Digital Innovation Hubs and common conferences for Czech DIHs, all the time with the help of our Ministry of Business and Commerce because the governmental supervisor of DIHs.

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How can Czech DIHs turn into helpful for overseas companions, particularly working within the area of robotics or keen on among the sectors, i.e., agriculture?

  • Figuring out related companions to your challenge within the Czech Republic (CZ) and bordering international locations. International companions will be capable of cooperate not solely with the Czech Digital Innovation Hubs, but in addition with the DIHs and different gamers of the encompassing international locations inside our Central European Platform for Digital Improvements, CEEInno.
  • Offering all of the DIH providers to shoppers not solely from CZ, we’re strengthening our forces within the close to future underneath the Digital Europe Programme and throughout the European Digital Innovation Hubs preliminary community.
  • Serving to to contact Czech SMEs and public organisations, by members and cooperating organisations of the CEEInno Platform.
  • Organising, co-organising or internet hosting your challenge in case you intend to draw the Czech members.

Picture by RICAIP.EU

Amongst related initiatives of the Czech DIHs centered on robotics and agro-robotics, there could possibly be identified the next:

  • RICAIP (Analysis and Innovation Centre on Superior Industrial Manufacturing), which as a global distributed analysis centre of excellence specializing in analysis in robotics and synthetic intelligence. The challenge contains Czech and German companions, being hosted at CIIRC CTU and Nationwide Centre for Business 4.0 as one of many Czech DIHs. Its purpose is to strengthen analysis in industrial manufacturing and to attach robotic and AI testbeds in Prague, Brno and Saarbrücken.
  • Sensible Agri Hub CZ-SK (AgriHub made in CzechoSlovakia), becoming a member of eight Czech and Slovak companions on widespread challenge aiming to advertise digital innovation within the agri-food area and to facilitate set-up and realisation of Innovation Experiments (IEs) within the area. Actions corresponding to revolutionary hackathons, matchmaking actions for companions from totally different sectors and consciousness elevating occasions will happen inside forthcoming 12 months, the worldwide neighborhood (not solely from CZ and SK) is invited to take part as properly.

If you want to know extra concerning the Czech Digital Innovation ecosystem you possibly can contact me, Tereza Šamanová (LinkedIn, e-mail), DIHNET Ambassador and casual coordinator of the “Czech DIHs Neighborhood” within the DIHNET neighborhood platform.

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DIHNET
challenge allows the coordination of European, nationwide and regional initiates straight supporting the digital transformation and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). The challenge goals to create a sustainable pan-European community of networks, with a concentrate on regional DIHs.

DIHNET
challenge allows the coordination of European, nationwide and regional initiates straight supporting the digital transformation and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). The challenge goals to create a sustainable pan-European community of networks, with a concentrate on regional DIHs.

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