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19 November 2020

The Digital Innovation Challenge: We know the winner!

Dear Community,

“The Digital Innovation Challenge is a very important initiative to engage with European SMEs and startups and foster the reuse of the European Commission's open digital solutions to create new services and products” announced Commissioner Johannes Hahn while introducing the Digital Innovation Challenge Award Ceremony.

Yesterday, the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit, Mario Campolargo, acting Director-General of the DG for Informatics of the European Commission announced the winner and the two runners-up as follows:

  • Winner of EUR 50 000, CleverBooks – Sustainable Digital Education: Reusable Online Text- and Workbooks for Schools: Shaping digital education in Europe using Augmented Reality;
  • Winner of EUR 20 000, Latitudo40 – Earth Analytics: Supporting everyday decisions by turning satellite imagery into geospatial information; and
  • Winner of EUR 10 000, OpenContent – OpenCityPlus: Driving small and medium municipalities in Europe towards integrating into the Single Digital Gateway.

Well done to our winners, and all those who took part.

Beyond hearing the finalists' pitches, we had the chance to discuss the importance of creating a vibrant and innovative Digital Europe and the fundamental role digital public administrations, SMEs and start-ups can play in this.

Emanuele Baldacci, Director for Digital Solutions at the Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission, moderated a 'fireside chat' reversing the roles and having high-level EU representatives addressing questions from the three finalists. The panel consisted of:

  • Margarida Abecasis, Director for Infrastructure and Equipment, European Parliament;
  • Mario Campolargo, Director-General (acting) at Directorate-General for Informatics, European Commission; and
  • Raluca Peica, Director of Information Technology, Court of Justice of the European Union. 

The panellists highlighted the unique opportunity of the proposed Next Generation EU to support digital and GovTech initiatives, the support that the public sector should give to foster innovation together with the private sector (through platforms and infrastructures) and the importance of access to (public open) data to provide new opportunities to companies for developing new services and products.

We invite you to watch the recording - we will be in touch with information on EU initiatives that might be interesting to you.

In the meantime, please contact us for any questions or comments.

Stay tuned!

WATCH THE RECORDINGS

The Digital Innovation Challenge team

16 November 2020

Join us on 17 November from 17:10 to 18:30 to watch the Award Ceremony of the Digital Innovation Challenge in livestream.

On the 17 November from 17:10 to 18:30, the three finalists of the Digital Innovation Challenge will be invited to pitch their ideas to the public at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit event. Join us at the event in livestream from 17:10 to 18:30 to listen to:  

  • Open Content, OpenCityPlus: Driving small and medium municipalities in Europe towards integrating into the Single Digital Gateway.
  • CleverBooks, Sustainable Digital Education: Reusable Online Text- and Workbooks for Schools: Shaping digital education in Europe using Augmented Reality.
  • Latitudo40, Earth Analytics: Supporting everyday decisions by turning satellite imagery into geospatial information.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn will introduce the session, talking about how the EU is supporting SMEs and startups and their importance for Digitalizing Europe.

During the second part of the event, Emanuele Baldacci (Director for Digital Solutions at Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission) will kick-start a 'fireside chat' with the finalists and high-level representatives of European Institutions:

  • Margarida Abecasis, Director for Infrastructure and Equipment, European Parliament
  • Mario Campolargo, Acting Director-General at Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission
  • Raluca Peica, Director of IT at Court of Justice of the European Union

At the end of the event, Mario Campolargo will announce the winner and the two runner-ups (with respective rewards of 50,000 EUR for first place, 20,000 EUR for second place and 10,000 EUR for third place).

Interested? Join us at the event in livestream from 17:10 to 18:30.

JOIN THE EVENT IN LIVESTREAM

The Digital Innovation Challenge team

10 November 2020

Join us at the Award Ceremony and get to know the winner!

The Digital Innovation Challenge invited European SMEs and startups to propose new services and/or products based on the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions from the European Commission’s CEF & ISA² Programmes.

In November 2019, we launched the competition at the Web Summit in Lisbon. Since then, over 320 SMEs have actively participated and in February 2020 the applications were closed with 49 high quality participants making it through to the second round. In May 2020, the 10 best applicants were selected to join a co-creation bootcamp from 28 to 30 September, during which they had the opportunity to work with coaches to further develop their ideas and connect with people. At the end of the 3 days, the 10 applicants pitched their ideas and the Jury announced the three winning initiatives (by order of presentation): 

  • Open Content, OpenCityPlus: Driving small and medium municipalities in Europe towards integrating into the Single Digital Gateway.
  • CleverBooks, Sustainable Digital Education: Reusable Online Text- and Workbooks for Schools: Shaping digital education in Europe using Augmented Reality.
  • Latitudo40, Earth Analytics: Supporting everyday decisions by turning satellite imagery into geospatial information.

Now, it is finally time for the final round! The Award Ceremony will take place on 17 November from 17:10 to 18:30 at the Hello Tomorrow Global Summit event, where the winner and the runner-ups will be announced.

Commissioner Johannes Hahn will introduce the session, talking about how the EU is supporting SMEs and startups and their importance for Digitalising Europe.

During the Ceremony, the three finalists will get the chance to pitch their ideas to the public. At teh end of the event we will announce the winner and runner-ups, with respective rewards of 50,000 EUR for first place, 20,000 EUR for second place and 10,000 EUR for third place.

The session is open to the public and we are very happy to invite you to join us at the Award Ceremony to hear the finalists pitch their unique projects, and find out who the final winner is.

Learn more about the event here and stay tuned: we will share the link to watch a livestream of the session the day before the event by e-mail and on the Digital Innovation Challenge website.

In the meawhile, watch the full interviews here

We are looking forward to reaching the end of this amazing journey together.

The Digital Innovation Challenge team

30 October 2020

The Three Finalists: Discover their stories

The Digital Innovation Challenge is reaching its final stages. The 10 finalists, who stood out from approximately 50 candidates, pitched their ideas during the co-creation Bootcamp and only the 3 best initiatives were selected for the final results. They will be announced during the Hello Tomorrow Summit on 16-19 of November.

We had the chance to conduct an exclusive interview with them, let’s meet our top 3!(click on the link to watch the full interview): 

  • Open Content, the Italian team designed and implemented an Open Source eGovernment platform to offer local authorities a simple solution to manage their digital transformation process, in full compliance with #European digital legislation.
  • CleverBooks, the Irish team, has the dream of disrupt educational landscape and support future skills for all the kids around the world, empowering them with the most innovative augmented reality technology tools. Innovation is what makes the world go round.
  • Latitudo40, the Italian team wants to give easy access to satellite images for everyone. Their motto is "Earth Analytics made Simple" and it could actually look simple, if it wasn't for the combination of artificial intelligence, data and machine learning algorithms to provide this information.

The exact places on the podium are still to be decided. The final results are keenly awaited, as there is a financial reward of up to 50,000 EUR for first place, 20,000 EUR for second place and 10,000 EUR for third place. The results will be announced at the Hello Tomorrow summit on 16–19 November.

In the meawhile, watch the full interviews here

Stay tuned !

The Digital Innovation Challenge team


The Three Finalists: Discover their stories

12 October 2020

The Digital Innovation Challenge Boot Camp: The Three Finalists

The Digital Innovation Challenge is reaching its final stages. This challenge was launched in December 2019 in Lisbon during the Web Summit, the world’s largest technology conference. A co-creation boot camp, which took place over three days (28–30 September) in a virtual reality environment, brought together the top 10 candidates.

The finalists, who stood out from approximately 50 candidates, presented their ideas, worked with coaches to further develop them and connected with people from the European Commission and other SMEs and startups. The Digital Innovation Challenge gave SMEs the opportunity to build and expand while at the same time improving their awareness and knowledge of the open and reusable solutions provided by the European Commission. 

Mr Emanuele Baldacci (Director for Digital Solutions at Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission) introduced the boot camp and presented an inter-institutional jury panel composed of Walter Petrucci (Acting Director-General at Directorate General for Innovation and Technological Support of the European Parliament), David Galloway (Director-General of Digital Services at the Council of the EU) and Mario Campolargo (Acting Director-General at Directorate-General for Informatics of the European Commission). After the presentation of the 10 initiatives, the jury was asked to evaluate them based on the added value of using one or more open and reusable solutions, the feasibility to move forward in the implementation and the clarity of their pitch / vision.

During a virtual ceremony, Mr Campolargo thanked all the participants for their creative efforts and announced the three winning initiatives, by order of presentation: 

  • Open Content/ OpenCityPlus introduces an open source e-government platform that offers support to local authorities in the digital transformation of their services.
  • CleverBooks/ Sustainable Digital Education provides augmented reality books and maps aiming to support future-ready skills for children around the world, addressing the growing workforce skills gap from an early stage.
  • Latitudo40/Earth Analytics aspires to provide everyone with easy access to satellite images by bringing together data and algorithms from multiple sources and providing straightforward information to understand our planet from above. 

The exact places on the podium are still to be decided. The final results are keenly awaited, as there is a financial reward of up to 50,000 EUR for first place, 20,000 EUR for second place and 10,000 EUR for third place. The results will be announced at the Hello Tomorrow summit on 16–19 November.

Stay tuned !

The Digital Innovation Challenge team


The Digital Innovation Challenge Boot Camp: The Three Finalists

30 September 2020

Compellio withdraws from the Digital Innovation Challenge

The team behind the Digital Innovation Challenge welcomes the decision of Compellio today to withdraw themselves from the ongoing Challenge.

This results from a recent opportunity for Compellio to work on the development of the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure (EBSI). 

According to the rules of this challenge, it is not possible to be in a contractual relationship with the Commission while competing in the challenge. This is in order to ensure full transparency and fairness of the competition.  

To mark Compellio’s high-quality submission in Europe’s Digital Innovation Challenge, the team will pitch their business concept to the jury as a non-competing participant, but not be eligible to be among the three final winners. 

We are pleased that Compellio are contributing to the development of the European Blockchain Services Infrastructure. The ultimate goal of this challenge is to see how SMEs and startups can (better) reuse and benefit from open and reusable I.T. solutions provided by the European Commission.

We hope for long-term engagement with all those who submitted entries to the Digital Innovation Challenge in shaping the future of digital solutions provided at the European level.

The Digital Innovation Challenge team

28 September 2020

The 10 shortlisted candidates are about to start 3 days of Co-creation Bootcamp !

The first day of the co-creation Bootcamp for the ten shortlisted applicants is about to begin!

Until 30 September, the teams will have the chance to refine their idea with experts, pitch it to the jury and get final evaluation to select the three finalists.

In the end, only three will win a prize.

Let the games begin !

The Digital Innovation Challenge team

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The 10 shortlisted candidates are about to start 3 days of Co-creation Bootcamp !

4 September 2020

Get to know the 10 shortlisted candidates

In November 2019, we kick-started the Digital Innovation Challenge at the #WebSummit in Lisbon. Since the launch of the Challenge, we engaged with more than 320 European SMEs and startups, and received many applications full of innovative ideas on how to use our free open solutions for their business.

The competition was fierce, but the 10 best candidates were shortlisted. They will have the chance to further develop their ideas in a bootcamp with our experts this month.

In the end, only three will win a prize.

Let the games begin !

The Digital Innovation Challenge team

Follow their stories

28 May 2020

Listen now! The power of digital infrastructure across the EU and the Digital Innovation Challenge – Podcast

Joao Rodrigues Frade (Head of Sector, Building Blocks, European Commission) and Kelly Liljemo (Policy Officer, Stakeholder Management, European Commission) talked in the podcast Breaking Banks Europe about the Digital Innovation Challenge, European connectivity and the importance of interoperability in the digital market.

How to profit from the open reusables solutions? How can you enable your business’ capabilities through the digital standards?

Don’t lose any detail, listen now to Breaking Banks Europe’ interview:

Stay tuned for the co creation bootcamp.

The Digital Innovation Challenge team.

30 April 2020

The wait is over: the ten shortlisted candidates for the next stage of the Challenge

Dear community,

In these complicated times, the world needs good news more than ever. The Digital Innovation Challenge received a high number of innovative applications from SMEs and startups trying to find cutting-edge ways to push the economy and society forward. After an eligibility and evaluation screening of the applications, we are glad to announce the ten shortlisted candidates:

  • OpenContent;
  • Business Reporting Advisory Group;
  • Clever Books;
  • Compellio;
  • Crowdpolicy;
  • Bit4id;
  • Latitudo 40;
  • T Mining;
  • OrangeBooks;
  • Parity Platform

The Challenge invited SMEs and startups across Europe to propose innovative services and solutions based on the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions. The journey will continue for these ten shortlisted candidates in a co-creation bootcamp, where they will pitch their ideas and work with coaches to refine their solutions. Lastly, the top three finalists will be invited to receive their prize at the award ceremony.

Stay tunned for more details,

The Digital Innovation Challenge team

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Legend

Number of organisations and SMEs we have interacted with

Reached
1500
Leads
320
Registrations
105
Applications
49
Shortlisted
10

24 April 2020

Check the Digital Innovation Challenge preliminary insights!

Dear community,

We hope you are safe and healthy. We are currently finalising the review of the 49 applications received to the Digital Innovation Challenge and will be announcing the ten shortlisted applications next week. Meanwhile, we have taken a step back to look at what we have learned during our joint journey so far and we would like to share the main insights with you. In our report you will find key information about the industries and type of solutions that have been proposed, and the most used open and reusable solutions, among many other things.

Check all the insights here!Would you like to share your ideas on the insights or on any other aspect related to the Challenge and to the open and reusable solutions?

Many of you have been sharing with us stories about your current situation and we appreciate hearing from you! Your stories inspire us to reflect continuously what we can do to help you in these challenging times.

Don't hesitate to contact us.

Best regards,

The Digital Innovation Challenge team.

Check the insights



31 March 2020

Update about the Digital Innovation Challenge related to the outbreak of Covid-19

Dear Digital Innovation Challenge community,

Regarding the impacts of Covid-19 on the Digital Innovation Challenge, we would like to assure you that the Challenge is still going ahead.

Please find below an overview of our new timeline:

  • The first round of evaluations is ongoing and we will announce the ten shortlisted candidates in the course of April 2020.
  • The co-creation bootcamp is postponed, but we are committed to keep this appointment with you. The date will be communicated as soon as the situation allows us to confirm how we will proceed.
  • The award ceremony is also postponed until the second half of 2020.

We can assure you that the award of the prizes to the three winners will take place during this year (2020).

Many of you have been sharing with us stories about your current situation and we appreciate hearing from you! Your stories inspire us to reflect continuously what we can do to help you in these challenging times.

As ever, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

We are here for you.

We hope you and your loved ones are safe.

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02 March 2020

Applications for the Digital Innovation Challenge are closed on 28 February 2020.

More than 45 applicants proposed inspiring solutions from very different domains: finances, citizen engagement, personal administration, security, construction, professional services, mobility, etc.

The Challenge invited SMEs and startups providers of digital services across Europe to propose innovative services and solutions based on the European Commission’s open and reusable solutions.

The most popular solutions in this first phase of the Challenge were eID, eSignature, Blockchain, eDelivery and Context Broker, but there are many more open and reusable solutions ready to help your business.

The ten shortlisted applicants’ journey will continue through the co-creation bootcamp in early May. During this bootcamp, they will pitch their ideas and work with coaches to refine their solutions. Working with open and reusable solutions will help the participants to accelerate their digitally-enabled growth with interoperable, cross-border and cross-domain services and solutions.

Lastly, the top three finalists will be invited to receive their prize at the award ceremony in June, in the context of one of the main flagship events of the European Commission in 2020.

Learn about the solutions



5 February 2020

Did you miss the Digital Innovation Challenge info session held on January 30?

Don’t worry! You can download the slides presented on the info session here!

During the session, the audience learnt about the open and reusable solutions in the scope of the Challenge. All the content regarding the solutions and their presentation during the webinar is now available on the website.

Don’t forget that the applications close on 28 February 2020. So if you plan to participate pre-register now!

And of course, please do not hesitate to contact us via email EC-SMEs-Connecting-Europe@ec.europa.eu should you have any questions.

We are looking forward to continuing the dialogue with you.

Read more about the info session 2

04 December 2019

Did you miss the first online info session on the Digital Innovation Challenge?

See the slides presented during the session held on 25 November to get the best insights on how to get started with your application! You can find as well the results of the conversation held with the participants (the polls).

During the webinar we talked about how to build digital services for citizens and businesses based on the European Commission open and reusable solutions. They are free to use, based on European standards and will help you improve your business. Interested in knowing more? We list below some useful links:

The next info session will be held on 30 January, stay tuned for the details or sign up to our newsletter and you won’t need to worry about missing it. And don’t forget that you can always contact us via email EC-SMEs-Connecting-Europe@ec.europa.eu should you have any questions.

Read more about the info session



15 November 2019

We went to the Web Summit (Lisbon) to launch the Digital Innovation Challenge.
Thank you!

On 7 November, we launched the Digital Innovation Challenge at the Web Summit 2019 in Lisbon.

The Challenge invites SMEs and startups to shape a concept for a service or solution that could be integrated into their company’s business offer, co-create with coaches, pitch their idea at the award ceremony, win up to EUR 50 000 and stand out at European level.

In Lisbon, we had the chance to engage in a rich dialogue with +100 SMEs and startups to see how they could boost their business and shape digital Europe by using open and reusable solutions.

The event generated

  • +10000 views on social media (incl. Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook and Instagram)
  • +1350 views on the Digital Innovation Challenge homepage and videos
  • +85 registrations to the newsletter and info session
  • +67 workshop participants
  • We also already have completed and submitted applications!

We would like to do a particular mention to our ambassadors who shared their success stories with passion and commitment. You can check their stories here

But, this is only the beginning...

Did you miss the Web Summit? Are you interested to shape a digital Europe? You have ideas but you don’t know where to start?

Register to the online info session on 25 November 2019 – 11.00 am CET to know more about the Challenge and get helpful insights on how to draft a bulletproof application.

Applications are open until 28 February 2020.

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31 October 2019

We are happy to share with you, in avant-premiere mode, the website of the Digital Innovation Challenge for European SMEs and startups.

As you may know, this Challenge is part of a preparatory action, funded by the European Parliament, that DIGIT Directorate D (Digital Services) is carrying out, led by Emanuele Baldacci. This action aims to re-imagine the way the European Commission disseminates open and reusable solutions to SMEs. These solutions are currently promoted by the European Commission via the:Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) and Interoperability solutions for public administrations, businesses and citizens (ISA²) programmes.

The Challenge will be officially launched at the Web Summit 2019 in Lisbon on a workshop to be held on Thursday 7 November, 10.00 am local time.

Register to the workshop

28 October 2019

We would like to thank Adi Goldstein for the photo we use from Unsplash as a symbolic mark of collaboration and creativity for the campaign.

Several days before the launch of the Digital Innovation Challenge, we would like to thank Adi Goldstein for his great work. We have indeed reuse one of his picture from Unsplash website. The picture represents perfect the principles of collaboration and creativity that we would like to convey through the Challenge.