There is broad consensus that it’s not possible to continue with ‘business-as-usual’ if we are to achieve both a sustainable and prosperous future. DigIT Hub is an initiative that helps companies and the public sector digitalise in a unique, collaborative setting.
Three regional cluster organisations have joined forces to lead the initiative DigIT Hub – Mobile Heights, Media Evolution, and IUC Syd – who together represent approximately 500 businesses and organisations in southern Sweden. The initiative is co-led with Lund University (LTH) and Malmö University, and backed by key partners in the public sector, research, business and industry. DigIT Hub is also co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and the regional council, Region Skåne.
So, what does DigIT Hub do?
DigIT Hub works directly with public sector entities and small to medium-sized companies in the manufacturing industry to support digitalisation initiatives that contribute to the buildout of “Smart Cities” and “Smart Industry”.
Here, digitalisation is used as an engine to implement sustainable and efficient working methods, strengthen the digital infrastructure, and provide better tailored services in the region. Organisations are supported throughout their digital transition journeys, and provided help to stay relevant and meet the changing expectations of customers, employees and citizens who are becoming increasingly digital.
No digitalisation idea or challenge is too big or too small to raise through DigIT Hub, and both introductory and advanced digitalisation support is offered in the following areas:
• TOOLS & SERVICES
DigIT Hub helps organisations identify, test and implement appropriate technology and digital processes – tailored to the individual organisation’s needs and digital maturity.
• SKILLS & TRAINING
DigIT Hub works in close collaboration with training centres, colleges and academia to offer education that boosts digital skills and secures the future digital literacy of the workforce in southern Sweden.
• SUPPORT NETWORK
DigIT Hub offers access to a broad support system of digitalisation experts, financers and suppliers (regionally, nationally and throughout Europe), and helps organisations navigate and benefit from them.
As an initiative, DigIT Hub demonstrates ways to anchor and operate inter-organisational digitalisation projects, that successfully mobilize stakeholders across economic sectors and geographical areas to the benefit of Smart City initiatives. Testament to the important work underway, DigIT Hub was selected by Sweden’s innovation agency, Vinnova, as a Swedish candidate to receive status as a European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIH).
Partners in DigIT Hub are: Region Skåne, Mobile Heights, IUC Syd, Media Evolution, Lund University, Malmö University, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden, Lund Municipality, City of Malmö, Sigma Connectivity, VATI of Sweden, Wallåkra Mekaniska, Festo, Nolato and Scanfil. DigIT Hub is partly financed by the European Regional Development Fund.