Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and related stakeholders will discuss small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) needs on big data and Artificial Intelligence and how to reinforce the ecosystem of DIHs towards an efficient and competitive European economy in these areas.

Presentations, highlights and position statements

The Working Group on Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) supports the implementation of the Digitising European Industry initiative.

This new meeting of the Working Group will focus in particular on the Big Data and AI sectors, exploring how Digital Innovation Hubs can help boost the uptake of these technologies by SMEs and contribute to the European data economy.

The meeting aims in particular to:

  • Collect input for the definition of the Big Data Innovation Hubs in the upcoming open call DT-ICT-05 of Horizon 2020 (work programme for the year 2020).
  • Contribute to the definition, role and implementation of the DIH concept in the upcoming EU programmes Digital Europe and Horizon Europe proposed from 2021.

Existing initiatives related to Big Data, Robotics, and AI; the ecosystem of users (SMEs, start-ups and data/AI innovators); and other relevant stakeholders (government, investors), are invited to identify needs, challenges and opportunities of the European data economy relevant for Digital Innovation Hubs.

The Big Data PPP Data incubators, the Robotics DIHs, the BDVA Data i-Spaces, Centres of Excellence in Big Data and other existing DIHs and platforms are expected to actively contribute to the discussion.

The conclusions of the session will be very valuable to:

  • Contribute to the definition of the description of the topic DT-ICT-05-2020 Big Data Innovation Hubs
  • Update requirements for the BDVA SRIA
  • Pave the way towards the establishment of a European network of DIHs linking AI, Cloud/HPC and/or cybersecurity capacities
  • Contribute to the discussions about the European Data Space for prototyping, experimentation, incubation and skills development.

The event will take place in The Square (Room The Arc, Coudenberg entrance), Brussels, from 9:30 to 17:00.

Share your position statements

Closing date 16 November 2018

If you want to contribute to the topics of the workshop, you are welcome to send us a short position statement with your views via email by Friday 16 November 2018.


  • 09.30-10.00: Welcome coffee and registration

  • 10:00 – 10:45:  Policy context for the Big Data and AI Digital Innovation Hubs 

  • 10.45 - 12.30: Session 1: Leveraging the European Big Data Initiatives with the DIH network. Requirements and specifications for the European Big Data Innovation Hubs.

  • 13:30 - 15:00: Session 2: Towards a DIH network on AI

  • 15:00 - 15:30: Coffee Break

  • 15.30 - 16:45: Session 3: Measuring the impact of Big Data and AI Digital Innovation Hubs

  • 16:45 - 17:00: Closing remarks

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