i-Spaces ceremony

October 25, 2023 - 18:00 - 18:45
1A (Plenary room)
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18:00 – 18:15: “Envisaging a Data-Empowered Future with EUHubs4Data and i-Spaces Federation” by Daniel Sáez-Domingo (ITI)

We are in a complex environment around data where AI Innovators need data computing power at hand (now!), SMEs need support to become data-driven and join data ecosystems to strengthen their position in the digital value chains, Companies get more and more interest on data ethics, Data owners (really big data holders) need incentives to share, Fair data value chains still need to be invented, New AI and Data regulations bring challenges for innovators, Skills development, access to secure experimentation and open innovation seems to be more important than ever. In this context, a group of organizations which have developed strong business and human ecosystems around secure data-sharing experimentation facilities decided to join forces time back. They created a quality label for innovation data spaces (called i-Space label) as a way to benchmark, promote and evolve their ambitions and community. This is the i-Spaces community. They have federated themselves with the vision of being the reference for experimentation and innovation with industrial, public and personal Data and AI technologies following the European, national and regional values and principles. These organisations are at the core of HPC, AI TEFS, EDIHs, Data Spaces … and together create a super-core for Europe. This super-core aggregates computing power, tools, ethics guidelines, business models, … in a global pan European federated catalogue that accelerates the evolution and adoption of Data driven innovation and AI Technologies and regulations in Europe by facilitating a safe, trustworthy and regulatory compliant environment for cross-border and cross-sector data-driven experimentation.

18:15- 18:45: BDVA i-Spaces are considered a key instrument to foster data-driven innovation in Europe. Having state of the art resources and the highest expertise, they become central points for regional technology businesses to develop their products. i-Spaces are cross-sectorial and cross-organisatioal innovation hubs that bring together data sources, AI technologies, competences and all the technical and non-technical aspects needed to allow SMEs and start-ups to get their data-driven and AI-related services, products and applications quickly tested, piloted, and exploited. i-Spaces aim at accelerating the take up of data-driven innovation in commercial sectors such as Manufacturing 4.0, Logistics, e Commerce, Media, Aerospace, Automobile, Energy, Agriculture and Agroindustry, Pharmacy; as well as in non-profit sectors such as e-Government, Environment, Public Health, Smart Cities. They rely and build upon existing national and regional initiatives that play a central role in a European Data and AI ecosystem. They offer secure accelerator-style environments for running experiments in both private data and open data, bringing technology and application development together. I-Spaces act as incubators for new businesses in the development of skills, competences, and best practices. They also contribute to the building of a community, providing a catalyst for community engagement and acting as incubators and accelerators of data-driven innovation.

BDVA evaluates the quality of i-Spaces each year and gives a label attending to the score achieved by each i-Space candidate in the call for labels. With this process, BDVA evaluates the excellence as a Data-driven Experimentation and Innovation Space (BDVA i-Space) in five basic domains: infrastructure, services, projects and sectors, ecosystem/impact, and business/sustainability strategy; and in 2 additional domains: federation capabilities and ethics.

The evaluation criteria  is organised in 8 different sections:

  1. Identification and specific information
  2. Infrastructures and technologies
  3. Services
  4. Projects and applications
  5. Ecosystem and impact
  6. Business strategy and sustainability
  7. Federation (capabilities)
  8. Ethics

In this session we will announce the new labels for i-Spaces and celebrate with all them their belonging to this qualified community.

Find the i-Spaces presentation here

Daniel Sáez Domingo
Strategic Intelligence & Technology Transfer Director at ITI - Instituto Tecnológico de Informática
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