There is a high potential for transnational cooperation in central Europe to promote the bottom-up implementation of smart specialisation strategies (RIS3). But much of it remains unexploited. The S3HubsinCE project unleashes this potential by generating new transnational support structures. These will be based on connected “Digital Innovation Hubs” (DIH), creating stronger links between relevant stakeholders in the key technology priority areas, including advanced manufacturing and materials, ICT, nanotech, as well as biotech and medical devices.
The project partnership will develop an innovation network of “RIS3 Champions” of central Europe. It will initiate a new generation of innovation networks, create a comprehensive “Digital Integration Toolkit” to enhance cooperation between partners from relevant institutions as well as develop joint strategies and action plans. The project will help relevant actors to better understand RIS3 needs and the role they play in their implementation. Moreover, it will create a novel method to design, manage and introduce innovation in the frame of smart specialisation strategies, applicable beyond participating regions.
The Kick-Off Meeting of the S3HubsinCE project has been hosted by TECOS and held in Celje, Slovenia, 16-17 April 2019. At the meeting participated representatives of 10 partners from 7 countries. The main objective of the meeting was to generate a comprehensive start to the project, creating a better common understanding of project partners organisation, the project’s goals, the detailed operations planned to take place across the project life-cycle, and how a strong performance in work package 1 shapes a robust foundation for work package 2 & 3.
Project Partners have presented their organisations, but also their regional digital innovation hub initiatives and regional Smart Specialisation Strategies. In the afternoon an interactive workshop has been held as “Speed Dating session”. The meeting ended with a guided tour of TECOS facilities.
The Kick off conference of the S3HubsinCE project is planned as part of the Innovation Congress, that will take place in Villach 12-14 November 2019.The Innovation Congress in Villach is serving as a valuable catalyst and networking platform with the motto “Digital Innovation- What’s Next?”.
An exceptionally interesting programme has been lined up for the more than 1,000 participants which include companies from a variety of industries and range from SMEs to multinationals, as well as Austrian managers and international leaders from the public and private sectors. International innovation leaders from all over Europe will meet to exchange ideas and experience. The congress offers a wide range of interactive sessions, workshops and focus sessions covering exciting innovation and technology topics like f.eg blockchain, AI, 3D etc.