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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’. It will take place on 1-2 June 2017 in Kilkenny, Ireland.

Please note that participation in this event is by invitation only and the application period expired by 8th of March.  

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 generation brings new technological and organisational improvements and competencies. However, the pace of technological innovation is proceeding faster than ever before and it is important to ensure that EU farmers take full advantage of this “digital revolution”.

ICT developers and agricultural businesses are keen to assess which technologies, including the most disruptive ones like the Internet of Things, Big Data, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence etc., could help the sector meet the current challenge of ‘producing more with less’. However, the farming sector can find it difficult to see the real added value of these technologies, to decide which ones to invest in, when to invest and to what extent.

In that sense, the EU is already supporting the development of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs). DIHs can act as one-stop-shops 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 with ICT suppliers of digital innovations across the value chain. DIH can help both agricultural businesses and ICT companies to become more competitive, thus boosting growth and job creation.

Overall aim
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

To clarify the concept of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and how they can contribute to mainstream digital innovation in agriculture.
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.
To identify and discuss about the specific needs and potential barriers to develop DIHs in Europe focused on agriculture.
To define main priority steps to further develop DIHs in agriculture [and to foster collaboration among them at European level.

  Click here to download the programme.