I attended the BDV PPP Summit in Riga, Latvia on 26-28 June 2019, which focused on driving European innovation in Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to foster cross-sector collaboration and shape strategies for European leadership in the areas.
EGI has a history of engaging BDVA, having been a formal member as of 2015, and officially became a silver level iSpace in November 2018, which are recognised trusted data incubators with a mission to accelerate the uptake of data-driven innovation in commercial and non-profit sectors. Our goal is to obtain gold level status in 2020.
During the Summit, I had the opportunity to present both the EGI Federation as well as the EOSC-hub project and the services and success stories of supporting start-ups and SMEs through the EOSC Digital Innovation Hub (EOSC DIH) that we coordinate. Based on this role and experience, EGI has become one of the lead partners in efforts to set up a dedicated Digital Innovation Hub for Big Data in collaboration with BDVA and other iSpace organisations.
In addition, I attended a hands-on workshop delivered by Sonja Zillner from Siemens, who has iterated on the business model canvas that allows for more strategic focus on business solutions being built with a data-driven focus.
Co-located with the event was the BDVA General Assembly where the EGI Managing Director, Yannick Legré, was re-elected to the Board of Directors as well as will continue his additional role as Treasurer for another two years.
The event provided high visibility for EGI, who has become a well-known entity in the community, leading to invitations to join working groups dedicated to Artificial Intelligence applications, a new area for us.
In fact, EGI has recently been asked to be a sponsor at the next major event, the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) 2019, taking place 14-16 October 2019 in Helsinki, Finland, with a prominent exhibition booth as a Diamond sponsor.