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EIP-AGRI SEMINAR “Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture”

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The European Commission is organising the two-day EIP-AGRI seminar ‘Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture’, that will take place on 1-2 June 2017 in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Universities, research technology organisations, farmers, farmer’s organisations,  entrepreneurs, SMEs, start-ups, incubators, investors, EU regions and member states, innovation brokers, agriculture advisory services, EU networks and platforms and anyone who may have relevant ideas or experience with engaging in, designing and/or developing ecosystems for the collaborative development of Digital Innovation Hubs in agriculture across Europe are invited to apply.

Application period open from 14 February until 8 March 23:59 CET 2017.

The overall objective of the “Digitising European Industry” Communication (COM(2016)180) is to ensure that “any industry in Europe, big or small, wherever situated and in any sector can fully benefit from digital innovations to upgrade its products, improve its processes and adapt its business models to the digital change”.

The farming sector has never stopped innovating and every farmer’s generation brings new technological and organisational improvements and competencies. However, the pace of technological innovation is proceeding faster than ever before and it is a need to ensure that the agriculture sector is taking fully advantage of this “digital revolution”.

ICT developers (SMEs, start-ups, entrepreneurs) and agriculture businesses would like to assess what technologies, including the most disruptive ones like Internet of Things, Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence etc., could bring to help the sector meeting the current challenge “to produce more with less”.  However, main actors in the agriculture sector and ICT developers have difficulties to see which and where is the real added value of those technologies, to decide when to invest, up to which level and in which technologies.

In that sense, the EU is already supporting the development of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). A DIH is a support facility that helps both, agriculture businesses and ICT companies – within their region or beyond – to become more competitive by improving their business/production processes as well as products and services by means of digital technology. DIHs act as one-stop-shop enabling any business to access the latest knowledge, expertise and technology for testing and experimenting with digital innovations. They provide connections with investors, facilitate access to financing for digital transformations, and help connect users in agriculture  and ICT suppliers of digital innovations across the value chain.

  Overall aim of the seminar
The general objective of this event is to enable policy makers, research and technology organisations, the agriculture sector and investors to share knowledge, expertise and needs to develop Digital Innovation Hubs for agriculture.

  Specific objectives of the seminar
(i) To clarify the concept of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and how they can contribute to mainstream digital innovation in agriculture, (ii) To identify and connect existing initiatives and entities in Europe with the capacity to share technical, financial, training and/or other services to contribute to the development of DIHs in agriculture, (iii) To identify and discuss about the specific needs and potential barriers to develop DIHs in Europe focused on agriculture, (iv) To define main priority steps to further develop DIHs in agriculture [and to foster collaboration among them at European level].

  If you are interested to participate fill in the application form.