EIT Digital https://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/ News 1 en EIT Digital: the Strategic Innovation Agenda for a strong digital Europe http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/eit-digital-the-strategic-innovation-agenda-for-a-strong-digital-europe/ Fri, 08 Feb 2019 12:35:43 +0100 This article is retreived from SciTech Europa, the leading European science and technology news platform. In its Strategic Innovation Agenda, EIT Digital outlines plans to strengthen Europe in the digital world and help companies to lead digital...

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This article is retreived from SciTech Europa, the leading European science and technology news platform.


In its Strategic Innovation Agenda, EIT Digital outlines plans to strengthen Europe in the digital world and help companies to lead digital innovation.

Yesterday, EIT Digital CEO Willem Jonker presented the organisation’s Strategic Innovation Agenda for the period 2020-2022 to European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip, MEP Eva Kaili, and EIT Digital Supervisory Board chairman Raymond Freymann. The SIA outlines EIT Digital’s plans to strengthen Europe’s position in the digital world and to help business and entrepreneurs to be at the forefront of digital innovation.

How EIT Digital is helping Europe to lead digital innovation

EIT Digital uses its key instruments to achieve the following aims:

  • Drive market uptake of top European research results: EIT Digital facilitates cross-border innovation collaboration to bring promising, mature research results out of the lab and quickly into the market. For the first time ever, EIT Digital opens in 2019 its call for proposals beyond its 200-strong partner network to generate even more commercially competitive innovations.
  • Support international growth: The EIT Digital Accelerator helps fast-growing European deep tech scaleups to expand internationally and become dominant global players.
  • Fuel the European market with digital entrepreneurs through education: The EIT Digital Academy equips talents with solid technical knowledge and the necessary entrepreneurship and business skills to spot opportunities, understand market needs and capitalise on them.

The core challenges to be addressed

SciTech Europa met with Jonker in Brussels to discuss the SIA and how EIT Digital will continue to provide invaluable support for Europe’s digital businesses.

According to Jonker, there are five core challenges to be addressed in order to realise a strong digital Europe:

  1. We need to bring European values to the digital world by building global European digital businesses and scaling up disruptive digital ventures that have potential for global success.
  2. We have to further address fragmentation to support digital enterprises and entrepreneurs. The completion of the Digital Single Market must be accelerated and the whole of Europe turned into a “de facto” domestic market for European entrepreneurs.
  3. It is necessary to raise R&D investments in digital technologies and emphasise on software, where currently American and Asian companies are leading the way.
  4. We must strongly increase deep tech innovation investments and take mature research results from laboratory to market, especially by means of entrepreneurship.
  5. And we have to adapt the European education system to the digital reality, to equip people with the right digital skills, and to deploy digital technology in order to support education.

How will the newly-announced Strategic Innovation Agenda 2020-2022 change the way that EIT Digital operates?

The Strategic Innovation Agenda is essentially a growth agenda, and within it there are several activities which we will now begin to step up. For instance, will grow mainly our education activities and the recruitment of digital talent for Europe, and at the same time we will ornate our innovation activities with an increasing focus on business creation – which means the creation of start-ups, whereas in the past we had a somewhat broader agenda.

Our true added value is in taking the results of research and really packaging them in such a way that they can be absorbed, either by the industry or the market. To achieve this, you need a minimum number of viable products, and you have to create companies that can go on to be acquired or invested in; that is the journey that we have come to learn, and what Europe needs is tangible investment opportunities.

Thus, the SIA is not a departure from our past. Rather, it is a more focused vision of how we can have an even more profound impact on sustainability by creating tangible assists as a result of our innovation.

How would you like to see progress towards the Digital Single Market being sped up and so address the fragmentation we see in Europe at the moment?

The main issue that many companies experience when they are trying to grow is to be able to do this at speed, and achieving this requires regulation; you have get rid of geographic boarders, but even when this is addressed, it still needs to be completely implemented. And this has to go hand-in-hand with the group taxation system, which is always a concern when you make a single market. A joint approach is therefore required with regard to labour, taxation, regulation, and towards the breaking down of barriers.

Examples of such barriers are geo-blocking and roaming, and while these have now been addressed by the European Commission, they have only been done so recently, and yet the work towards the Digital Single Market began 15-20 year ago. Of course, that is not to say that this is not positive progress, but it does demonstrate that things are taking a very long time to be realised, and moving forwards future a combined effort will be required, especially when it comes to the issue of labour – we don’t want to see a resistance against progress in the same way as we are seeing a debate around robots in factories taking the jobs of the human workers, for instance. In this example, I believe there needs to be a blended model, where robots and humans will work together.

A strong competitive advantage is provided by a large home market. In Europe, Germany has one of the largest home markets, but compared to China or the USA it is still relatively small. And in addition to this, access to finance is crucial. In Europe it is still difficult for a business to scale-up to the point where it is worth around €10m – which is when it will then be on the radar of the big investors.

Another issue we have in Europe is that when our successful companies exit, that is seldom the result of an Initial Public Offering (IPO); often, it is an acquisition and, especially in digital, it is typically non-European companies which place a high value on digital businesses. It is important to note that the price is what you pay, and the value is what you get, and in Europe there is often more of a focus on the price, rather than the value – and this, certainly with digital, stems from the fact that the value is yet to be proven with new technologies.

This means that European digital businesses are more likely to be acquired by non-European businesses, as they place a higher price on the perceived value. This, then, shows that it is not just about creating and nurturing successful companies, but it is also about making sure that we build a European digital industry, and that requires strong players.

Education is a key focus of EIT Digital, both now and in the future. How, are you working to ensure that the right digital skills are being taught in order to meet the digital reality?

Firstly, there are a couple generic digital technologies that a lot of people should be a lot more educated about, even if they don’t use them on a daily basis. The chairman of Nokia, for instance, is very keen on having everybody understanding machine learning, but that doesn’t mean that everybody has to learn the mechanics of this, but that they should at least have a basic understanding of it.

People should, for example, understand more about blockchain and AI in a general sense; people should understand the value of data and what you can do with it, but also its limitations and pitfalls. Then, there are also areas which require specific knowledge, and people have to be prepared for that.

That is, if someone is employed within the automotive industry, for example, is seeing digital innovation happen across the board, and so if someone is employed as an engineer in this sector then they have to understand how things are changing; they need to know about radar technology, how you plan the multi-media environment, the security of the cyber-physical systems and so on. Employers will need to hire a lot of new staff who have the necessary skills, but they also have to educate their existing workforce, and this is done via very specific courses which can be problematic because we simply have the teaching capacity in Europe to cope with this. We therefore also need to teach the teachers so that they have the skills to transfer.

This is also true for industries where digital is not as pronounced as yet. In agriculture, for instance, the landowners need to know about numerous aspects of digital (whether it makes sense to fly a drone over their potato field, for instance – they should understand what this drone is doing, what the benefits are, and so on).

Of course, digital has a risk of being hacked, but even in the area of cybersecurity there is still a lot of need a lack of unawareness, while there are also those who scaremonger around of issues of cybersecurity, and that is clearly not helpful. What is needed again is more skills and a better understanding.

How do you hope to improve on the current EIT Digital Accelerator in an effort to provide the best environment for digital scale-ups? How can it be ensured that mature technologies are taken from the lab to the marketplace in a more efficient manner (and how will EIT Digital’s increased focus on deep tech within the SRA 2020-2022 help here)?

The EIT Digital Accelerator has always focused on deep tech. In the early days, we believed that it was start-ups which required the most assistance, but we came to realise that it is in fact scaling-up that poses the biggest problem.

The European Institute of Innovate and Technology is this focused on scaling-up companies that have a strong technology footprint and basis to work from (that is what we call deep tech). Deep tech emerges from technical R&D, and that means you can be selective in the topics that you go for. We choose these because they fit with the nature of our organisation as we work closely with universities, researcher organisations, and tech companies.

Focusing on those scaleups that have a strong technical base has several of advantages, including the fact that they have a good technology and are typically a first mover; they may have mastered the technology better than others because they were able to protect it with a good IP, and so on.

In Europe, if you do not have a technology differentiator, then you have to be a fast grower in the market so that you can establish a very strong position but, as we have already discussed, this is difficult due to the fragmented digital European market. Europe is thus at a disadvantage because we are very good at technology, we have very good universities, and we are very talented people, but we don’t have a very strong integrated home market, and this now needs to be addressed in order for European digital scaleups to be able to go on to hold a dominant position, which will be crucial as we move towards the digital future.

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Hacking the Bay Area traffic congestion - the EIT Digital Deep Hack in Silicon Valley http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/hacking-the-bay-area-traffic-congestion-the-eit-digital-deep-hack-in-silicon-valley/ Thu, 03 Jan 2019 09:32:00 +0100 Traffic in California's Bay Area has increased by 25 per cent since 2000, increasing the average commute time with 10 per cent in the same period and making it the third most congested metropolitan area in the US. Finding digital solutions to reduce...

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Traffic in California's Bay Area has increased by 25 per cent since 2000, increasing the average commute time with 10 per cent in the same period and making it the third most congested metropolitan area in the US. Finding digital solutions to reduce the traffic congestion was the goal of EIT Digital's DeepHack that took place 14-16 December 2018 at the facilities of Prospect Silicon Valley in San Jose. Thirty highly-skilled software developers, students and entrepreneurs worked 48 hours with the motto "Hack the Bay Area Traffic Congestion".

EIT Digital and Climate-KIC, together with hackathon experts Ultrahack and partners City of Palo Alto and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, challenged the hackers to find solutions that could help reduce the Bay Area traffic congestion, could be readily implemented and could be easily scaled. During the hackathon, the teams had between Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon to make their concepts concrete by developing a solution that addressed the congestion issue.

Teams from all corners of the world generated a wide array of interpretations and solutions. “Ultimately, solutions (to the traffic congestion problem) are going to come from surprising places, and we will have to find ways to bring in these points of view,” said Jonathan Reichental, Chief Information Officer of the City of Palo Alto.

Teams featured a variety of backgrounds and skills, including planners, architects, software engineers and lawyers. Two teams were all-student contingents from Northeastern University Silicon Valley and University of California, Berkeley. “It is exciting to be here and see all the different solutions brought together to solve the Bay Area traffic congestion problem,” said Krute Singa, Principal Regional Planner at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

In the end, three winning teams split $9,000 in prize money, while a fourth received both an Honorable Mention and a $1,000 peer-recognition prize.

The 1st prize winner, team “Footbus”, offered a solution to reduce the congestion created by student drop-off traffic at school. Replacing a single choke point at the school with several drop-off points around the school offers a simple but powerful concept to diffuse traffic. Students can go the last mile with volunteer-supervised walking groups (“Foot Bus”) and are encouraged to gain badges via a special app that keeps track of the students’ pedestrian achievements.

2nd prize winner, team “Time2Park”, proposed a solution to help reduce traffic created by drivers in search of parking spaces in cities and crowded events. The solution identifies the probability of finding a parking spot in certain areas around the targeted venue and can be easily integrated into existing navigation solutions.

3rd prize winner, team “Smart Commute”, leverages AI technology to guide traffic via different routes to find the optimum traffic flow, thereby reducing the overall average congestion. Using a reward-based system, the app helps reduce the commuter’s wait time by modeling the best path to his/her destination based on the timing of traffic lights.

Honorable Mention and Cooperation prize winner: The team “Lease Fractionalization” promotes traffic reduction by matching professionals with rooms, apartments or homes that can be leased on a recurring basis during the workweek. They also won the prize for the team that was voted as most cooperative and supportive of other teams throughout the weekend.

See Flickr album here

The DeepHack in Silicon Valley was the second in a series of events that will take place all over Europe and in the Silicon Valley. As open innovation events, DeepHacks give business teams immersive access to the brightest and most creative next-generation digital innovators and entrepreneurs to solve their most critical business challenges and to create new business solutions. If you are interested in learning more about opportunities to participate as an industry partner, please contact iep@eitdigital.eu.

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Season's Greetings by Willem Jonker, EIT Digital CEO http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/seasons-greetings-by-willem-jonker-eit-digital-ceo/ Fri, 21 Dec 2018 14:52:00 +0100 Dear Colleagues, Partners and Friends of EIT Digital, 2018 has been another busy and exciting year in which we have further expanded the reach, activities and impact of EIT Digital. A big thanks to all of you for your continuous efforts and support!...

Thank you for your continued support in building a strong digital Europe! Happy 2019!Thank you for your continued support in building a strong digital Europe! Happy 2019!]]>
Dear Colleagues, Partners and Friends of EIT Digital,

2018 has been another busy and exciting year in which we have further expanded the reach, activities and impact of EIT Digital. A big thanks to all of you for your continuous efforts and support! In all domains, ecosystem development, innovation and entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial education, we have seen growth.

Our ecosystem has welcomed over 60 new partners bringing the total to over 200. We have intensified our operations across Europe resulting amongst others in the decision to open new locations in Scotland and Portugal. We further intensified our activities across regions in Europe via our ARISE program to support regional innovation. Our annual conference and partner event in September generated a record interest and was very well received. We brought our results to Europe via a coordinated series of Innovation Days in our Co-Location Centers at the end of the year. Our continued efforts to increase consistency and enhance visibility has delivered a much stronger EIT Digital brand.

Our Innovation and Entrepreneurship activities have been intensified with an even stronger emphasis on impact and sustainability. Our innovation activities deliver products and services to the market and are getting increasingly successful in procurements. Our Accelerator has seen a successful Challenge and increasing intake of scale-ups. It has been pivotal in the conclusion of several customer and investor deals for our scale-up portfolio. Also, we introduced the EIT Digital DeepHack with already two successful editions in Berlin and San Francisco.

Our entrepreneurial education programs have witnessed a strong growth in 2018 and welcomed a record master school intake of 400 freshmen at the kick-off event in Paris and delivered a record of 250 digital entrepreneurs at the graduation ceremony in Eindhoven. Our industrial doctoral school is witnessing a growing involvement of our industry partners and expanded significantly its impact. Finally, our professional school delivered its first cross-Atlantic program with UC Berkeley.

I would like to thank all of you for your continued engagement in working for a strong digital Europe. Each and every one of you makes our success possible with your passion, dedication and “can do” attitude. This is the foundation that gives us confidence to further step up our results and impact in the coming years.

Enjoy the season break, take good care of yourself and your loved ones. I look very much forward to see you back in January, for what we wish to become a happy and prosperous New Year full of digital innovation.

Willem Jonker
CEO EIT Digital

Thank you for your continued support in building a strong digital Europe! Happy 2019!Thank you for your continued support in building a strong digital Europe! Happy 2019!]]>
The first EIT Digital DeepHack: 48 hours to hack the mass customization for 3D printing http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/the-first-eit-digital-deephack-48-hours-to-hack-the-mass-customization-for-3d-printing/ Thu, 20 Dec 2018 15:28:00 +0100 20 highly skilled developers and computer aided design (CAD) experts, 48 hours and one common challenge: to hack the mass customization in 3D printing. This was the first EIT Digital DeepHack that took place beginning of December in the EIT Digital...

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20 highly skilled developers and computer aided design (CAD) experts, 48 hours and one common challenge: to hack the mass customization in 3D printing. This was the first EIT Digital DeepHack that took place beginning of December in the EIT Digital co-location centre in Berlin.

With the partners Trinckle 3D, a Berlin-based scaleup and 2017 winner of the EIT Digital Challenge, and hackathon experts Ultrahack, EIT Digital challenged the hackers to develop a process-oriented overall concept that integrates product design, customization, customer interaction and/or (automated) manufacturing. During the hackathon, the teams had 48 hours between Friday afternoon and Sunday afternoon to put their concepts into action and develop a product solution using CAD-based mass customization based on Trinckle's paramate platform.

Right from the start, Trinckle was enthusiastic about the teams that came together: "I'm super impressed by the EIT Digital Deep Hack: The CAD elite meets in Berlin to hack the boundaries of 3D printing applications, using our paramate platform", said Florian Reichle, CEO of Trinckle.

Read full blog post by Trinckle about the EIT Digital DeepHack

Also three students from the EIT Digital's Master School participated in the DeepHack: Shruti Kuber, who is doing her Masters at TU Berlin in Embedded Systems & Innovation and Entrepreneurship , valued the DeepHack for its go-to-market approach: "I liked most that it was not only a ‘work and presentation' kind of hackathon, but we actually got to use Trinckle's API and made a product out of it which is basically ready to launch tomorrow." Together with Sai, also Master School student, she  formed the "Build-A-City" project that allows users to turn photos into 3D printings of city landmarks, which makes for the perfect souvenir instead of generic fridge magnets.

In the end, three teams were awarded. The winning teams received a total prize money of €5,000. Additionally, all participants got a license to use the Trinckle paramate software platform for 12 months.

1st prize winner: The team "3D printed camera caps" developed a configurator for the design of specific, low volume camera lens caps, allowing for different designs, colours etc. The team of ETH Zurich students and professionals from Swiss camera manufacturer ALPA saw the need for mass customization of camera lens caps since these tend to get lost quite often.

2nd prize winner:  The team "ArmHero" not only built a customizer for 3D printed prosthesis for pediatric patients, but also - as children without upper limbs often tend to refuse to use prosthesis - 3D printed attachments with ‘superpowers' (e.g. ball-throwing mechanism). This way, children get used to wearing a prosthesis and can develop a positive relation to it. Part of the ArmHero team was Mohamed Hamza who is an EIT Digital Master School Student at TU Berlin.

3rd prize winner: The team "3D printed camera handles" developed a configurator that takes length and width of the customer's hand into consideration, to create 3D printed camera handles which are uniquely designed to have the perfect fit while additionally giving various options in terms of colours and design.

See Flickr album here

The DeepHack in Berlin was the first in a series of events that will take place all over Europe and in the Silicon Valley. As open innovation events, DeepHacks gives business teams immersive access to the brightest and most creative next-generation digital innovators and entrepreneurs to solve their most critical business challenges and to create new business solutions. If you are interested to learn more about opportunities to participate as an industry partner, please contact iep@eitdigital.eu.

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∆elta, the app for digitalised cognitive testing based on AI gains CE certification to officially accelerate commercialisation http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/elta-the-app-for-digitalised-cognitive-testing-based-on-ai-gains-ce-certification-to-officially-ac/ Thu, 20 Dec 2018 11:13:00 +0100 EIT Digital’s ELEMENT Digital Wellbeing innovation activity and its startup partner ki elements together plan to launch an app for digitalised cognitive testing based on AI and diagnosis of cognitive decline. The prototype has already been developed...

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  • ∆elta is a non-invasive diagnosis support tool, hence class 1 and needed to be certified as a medical product
  • ∆elta, the app for digitalised cognitive testing based on AI and diagnosis of cognitive decline (e.g. dementia) launched by the startup ki elements UG, is the result of the EIT Digital innovation activity ELEMENT in 2017.
  • DFKI, as activity lead, provided results in 2017 which led to the creation of ki elements UG, and the prototype app ∆elta, which reduces cognitive assessment time by more than 30% and improves the diagnosis and decision process.
  • Brussels, December 20, 2018 - EIT Digital’s ELEMENT Digital Wellbeing innovation activity and its startup partner ki elements together plan to launch an app for digitalised cognitive testing based on AI and diagnosis of cognitive decline. The prototype has already been developed and is now ready for commercialisation with its CE Certification.

    Jan Alexandersson, CEO of the startup ki elements UG and lead for the ELEMENT activity, explains: "CE Certification is an obligatory hurdle to pass for any medical product sold in the European Economic Area. A CE certified product indicates that the product meets requirements of certain EU legal acts (directives) when it comes to health, safety, and environmental protection standards. These requirements are described in a number of standards that have to be implemented. Depending on the class, the product can be self-certified or has to be certified by a third party. For invasive products, medicine, X-rays, … the certification becomes quite intensive”.

    “Since ∆elta is classified as a medical product, the certification is a necessary pre-condition for marketing, and we are thrilled to be able to officially able to commercialise our product with this guarantee for our future customers”, ads Alexandersson.

    How the Delta app works:

    • ∆elta records and saves speech data in the setting of cognitive assessments. This allows you to easily re-listen to patients and empowers your professional decisions.
    • ∆elta automatically transcribes answers from cognitive speech tests to keep your attention free for the most important thing: your work with the patient.
    • ∆elta leverages AI and computational linguistics to extract and analyse powerful scientific metrics from patients’ answers.
    • ∆elta gives you comprehensive insight by visualising the extracted metrics. Combined with population cut-off values, this visualisation helps to enrich your professional perspective.
    • ∆elta compiles your test analysis, visualisations and your interpretation/diagnosis into a digital report formatted to your clinic’s guidelines.

    Alexandersson continues: "∆elta is an iPad app designed and developed with and for neuropsychologists and independent practitioners. It will also be helpful for professionals involved in studies where cognition is affected, such as medical trials. Delta not only reduces cognitive status screening time by more than 30%, but also improves diagnosis and decision process and quality. We are now ready to make our first steps on our primary market: France, and then Germany”.

    ki elements' mission is to provide health professionals with artificial intelligence (AI)-empowered tools as key elements to help them excel in their profession. For clinicians investigating dementia-like diseases, Delta is the perfect tool for executing and managing speech-based cognitive tests.

    Dementia is a cognitive disorder, mainly caused by neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and strokes. It leads to a loss of autonomy and is associated with significant decrease in quality of life. In 2015, there were 9.9 million new cases of dementia around the world; one every 3 seconds*. However only one in two people suffering from dementia is diagnosed. The number of sufferers is expected to double every 20 years, reaching 68% of the worldwide population by 2050, mostly in low-medium income countries and due, in part, to fewer births and a growing elderly population.

    Partners involved in the innovation activity for 2018 are:

    • DFKI GmbH: coordination, technology maturation and business modelling
    • ki elements UG (Hauftungsbeschränkt) (sub-grantee of DFKI GmbH): commercialisation of project results
    • University Clinic of Saarland (Germany): clinical partner. Validation study and data collection. Clinical personnel will be involved.
    • INRIA, Nice: video analysis
    • Innovation Alzheimer (sub-grantee of INRIA): clinical partner. Validation study and data collection. Clinical personnel will be involved.

    External partners:

    *Source: Alzheimer’s Disease International

    The Digital Wellbeing Action Line leverages digital technologies to help people stay healthy (prevention and early detection) or cope with an existing chronic condition. It includes both physical and mental wellbeing. The solutions generally rely on enabling consumers to be well-informed about their wellbeing, change their behaviour and use digital unobtrusive instrumentation to monitor and improve their quality of life, saving high healthcare costs later in life.

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    You can apply now for EIT Digital Master School to learn how to turn deep tech into business http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/you-can-apply-now-for-eit-digital-master-school-to-learn-how-to-turn-deep-tech-into-business/ Wed, 19 Dec 2018 10:54:00 +0100 EIT Digital Master School’s admissions portal is open. This means that students with a background in computer science or similar can apply for a unique two-year programme at two of Europe’s best technological universities, where they will travel...

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    EIT Digital Master School application portal is open

    Master School website

    EIT Digital Master School’s admissions portal is open. This means that students with a background in computer science or similar can apply for a unique two-year programme at two of Europe’s best technological universities, where they will travel extensively and build a personal pan-European network while learning how to turn emerging technologies into businesses.

    The EIT Digital Master School aims to train professionals with state-of-the-art technical excellence in key digital technology areas, developing this with strong expertise in innovation and entrepreneurship. It does this in cooperation within a network of 17 leading technical universities in nine European countries and research and industry partners across Europe.

    Double master's degree and EIT certificate

    Upon graduation, students will be awarded two Masters’ degrees from both universities, plus a certificate from the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

    Programmes

    EIT Digital offers seven Master School programmes. One of them is the new programme - Cloud and Network Infrastructures (CNI) - a merger of two former programmes that has been completely revised and updated.

    Last year, EIT Digital Master School launched the Autonomous Systems programme. According to Gartner, autonomous things is the number one strategic technology trend for 2019. The other programmes remain largely the same and include, Cyber Security, Data Science, Embedded Systems, Human Computer Interaction and Design, and Visual Computing and Communication.

    Changes

    The fast pace of technological change forces the Master School to constantly monitor its programmes, says its Head Arturo Varona. “The EIT Digital Master School is a unique programme that we review annually because of the rapidly-evolving technological developments. We feel the need to review all of our programmes so that we always offer the best possible education so that our graduates have the best chance of employment or enterprise creation.”

    Travel

    During the two-year course, students go to two different universities in two countries, complete a work placement and also participate in a two-week summer school programme. The academic year starts with a kick-off where students from all the programmes officially start the new academic year by taking part in a business challenge. In total, students can visit up to five European destinations over the two years.

    Pan-European network

    Above all, by studying with EIT Digital, students become part of a unique ecosystem of entrepreneurs, companies, researchers and alumni across the whole of Europe.

    100 percent employed

    At the time of graduation, EIT Digital Master School students are expected to be 100 percent employed or continuing in PhD-programmes. Almost one third of those who get jobs do so before completing their studies. Over a third of the graduates plan to start their own company within two years of graduation.

    Apply

    For more information on selection criteria, admissions process and key deadlines, see here: How to apply for EIT Digital Master School?

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    Read some stories about our former EIT Digital Academy students:

    Also meet some of our students:

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    ACTIVE IoT platform is now available for fast and tailored customer IoT-solution delivery http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/active-iot-platform-is-now-available-for-fast-and-tailored-customer-iot-solution-delivery/ Mon, 17 Dec 2018 14:40:56 +0100 ACTIVE - the Advanced Connectivity Platform for Vertical Segments, High Impact Initiative (HII) of EIT Digital - has been working with leading European industrial partners from Finland, Italy and Sweden since 2016, to produce a unified approach for...

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    ACTIVE - the Advanced Connectivity Platform for Vertical Segments, High Impact Initiative (HII) of EIT Digital - has been working with leading European industrial partners from Finland, Italy and Sweden since 2016, to produce a unified approach for developers and industry supporting the widespread growth of IoT (the Internet of Things).  As the innovation project heads to the close of another year, ACTIVE is pleased to announce nine new products with paying customers, and an extensible platform for fast customer IoT-solution delivery. These ready-built modules can be tailored to customers' exact needs.

    Global research and advisory firm Gartner predicts that there will be 20 billion IoT devices generating trillions of dollars' worth of business value by 2020*.  These include multiple types of “things” - such as radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices and electricity usage meters.  ACTIVE was launched to provide cyber-secure connectivity between them, via middleware, device management and application-programming interfaces (API).

    “Despite the impressive growth figures, the IoT market is in its early stages, dominated by domain-specific platforms, proprietary architectures and vertically-divided technology silos. ACTIVE addresses some of these market issues by offering a unified approach, consisting of end-to-end components and solutions,” says Matti Frisk, the Activity Leader.

    ACTIVE innovation work has focused on two main streams: a research-based innovation project, and the ACTIV8 IoT connectivity platform.

    Delivery of nine new products with paying customers

    EIT Digital Partners involved in ACTIVE have improved many cloud-based products with new functionalities, and defined specifications for future products.

    “Thanks to these improvements our partners have increased their sales, and thus improved the sustainability of the European digital industry, strengthening its global position,” Matti Frisk continues.

    ACTIVE brings new know-how on security, connectivity and device management. Applications have been developed for a wide range of verticals – from avionics (helicopter telemetry data storage & transmission), construction equipment management (machine rentals and usage monitoring),  facility management (real-time people flow) and logistics (distribution of perishables with innovative technical solutions), all the way to health (mobile health monitoring with medical grade wearables and security) and public safety (Internet of public safety things with reliable and secure connectivity).

    Extensible IoT connectivity platform

    “The ACTIV8 IoT connectivity platform provides protocol translation, data analysis and storage, as well as scalable cloud-native architecture. With micro service-based architecture and open source software components, ACTIV8 is cutting edge, scalable and easy to extend. As the ready-built modules allow the ACTIV8 platform to be tailored to customers' exact needs, it is ideal for service providers committed to fast IoT-solution delivery,” Mr Frisk explains.

    When a customer decides to acquire ACTIV8, they buy it either for its existing functionality or as a project to set up a bespoke service. The competing solutions may offer more ready-built functionalities, but they often come with their own complexities: unlike open source ACTIV8, they require licence fees and the threat of vendor lock-in.

    ACTIVE has also successfully used the EIT Digital subgranting model (an allowance of up to 60,000 euros per subgrant per annum) to acquire several partners, and bring end-to-end connectivity to the ACTIV8 platform development, in the form of sensor technology, gateway protocol translations and cloud functionality file services.

    Technical Background

    ACTIVE8 device management functionality includes device bootstrapping and data modelling. Platform connectivity options include Narrowband-IoT (NB-IoT), Low Range (LoRa), Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE), WiFi, and Cellular. IoT device management is based on lightweight machine-to-machine (LWM2M) protocol, and Bluetooth connectivity management runs on the Bluetooth mesh networking protocol.

    Activity Background

    ACTIVE is part of EIT Digital’s Digital Infrastructure Action Line, which focuses on enabling digital transformation by providing secure, responsive, intelligent communications and computation facilities for multiple markets.  

    The following EIT Digital partners have contributed to ACTIVE’s work: Ericsson (Sweden and Finland), Engineering Ingegneria Informatica (Italy),  Bittium and Bittium SafeMove (Finland), RISE (Sweden), KTH (Sweden),  Polytechnic University of Milan (Italy), Aalto University (Finland)  and Tampere University of Technology (Finland).

    HitSeed Oy (sensor technology), Tuxera Oy (gateway functionality) and Eficode Oy (cloud services) were brought into ACTIV8 development using subgrants.

    *Gartner Newsroom: Gartner Says 8.4 Billion Connected "Things" Will Be in Use in 2017, Up 31 Percent From 2016        

    See also Juniper Research: IOT connections to grow 140% to hit 50 billion by 2020, as EDGE computing accelerates ROI

    EIT Digital Innovation Activities deliver new products or services, create startups and spinoffs to commercialise outputs from projects, and encourage the transfer of technologies for market entry.

    The open source "ACTIV8" IoT platform comes with ready modules,   no licence fees and no threat of vendor lock-in. It is scalable easy to extend and tailor to specific customer needs.]]>
    EIT Digital Accelerator alumnus Sentryo raises €10 Million in a Series A fundraising round http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/eit-digital-accelerator-alumnus-sentryo-raises-eur10-million-in-a-series-a-fundraising-round/ Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:00:00 +0100 EIT Digital Accelerator is proud to have its alumnus French scaleup Sentryo making a huge step forward with raising €10 million in a Series A fundraising. The round was raised in two stages with four new investors: Sopra Steria and BNP Paribas...

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    EIT Digital Accelerator is proud to have its alumnus French scaleup Sentryo making a huge step forward with raising €10 million in a Series A fundraising. The round was raised in two stages with four new investors: Sopra Steria and BNP Paribas Development in the first half of 2018 and Omnes and Alliance Entreprendre in November 2018. Investors from the first seed round also participated in this series: Breed Reply, ACE Management and Kreaxi. To date, Sentryo has raised €13 million.

    Sentryo joined the EIT Digital Accelerator after winning the EIT Digital Challenge 2014 in the Digital Infrastructure category. The scaleup from France helps organisations embrace the promises of Industry 4.0 innovations by keeping their industrial operations safe from cyber-attacks. Sentryo's ICS CyberVision award winning platform gives control engineers comprehensive visibility on their industrial control systems, detects anomalies and accelerates response to cybersecurity incidents keeping them ahead of cyber threats.

    "Since the beginning, EIT Digital had understood the very high potential of Sentryo. Corporates are facing huge challenges regarding their cybersecurity infrastructures. Sentryo delivers an operational security capacity to prevent, detect and respond to cyber-attacks," says Daniel Michel, Head of Access to Finance at EIT Digital. "When they joined our accelerator, they wanted to become a French-German scaleup. We helped them secure their first fundraising and scale Europe wide."

    Operational Technology (OT) cybersecurity is a fast-growing market. Organisations are connecting their control systems to the world as they are leveraging digitalisation to transform their industrial operations, but they have not been designed to handle cyber-attacks. As they are increasing their exposure to cyber risk, they must gain in-depth visibility on what's going on, track anomalies to mitigate risks and detect critical events.

    About Sentryo

    Sentryo is the pioneer in solutions dedicated to managing the cyber risk of M2M networks and industrial control systems. Sentryo's ICS CyberVision empowers operation engineers as the front line of defense to ensure integrity, continuity and security of their industrial processes. It leverages unique AI algorithms to give them comprehensive visibility on their industrial assets so they can easily identify vulnerabilities, detect anomalies in real time and work with IT to fight cyber-attacks. Sentryo's ICS CyberVision is used every day by large corporations in the energy, manufacturing and transportation markets. Sentryo is headquartered in France and has a worldwide presence including offices and partners in Europe, North and South America, Middle-East and Asia. www.sentryo.net

    Sentryo's ICS CyberVision platformSentryo's ICS CyberVision award winning platform gives control engineers comprehensive visibility on their industrial control systems, detects anomalies and accelerates response to cybersecurity incidents keeping them ahead of cyber threats.]]>
    Baltic startups attract investment comparable to Scandinavia in scale http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/baltic-startups-attract-investment-comparable-to-scandinavia-in-scale/ Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:59:00 +0100 Estonia-based EIT Digital partner accelerator Startup Wise Guys teams up with EIT Digital to release the Baltic Startup Scene Report 2017/2018 with the aim of providing a snapshot into the regional ecosystem's latest trends and developments.

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    Estonia-based EIT Digital partner accelerator Startup Wise Guys teams up with EIT Digital to release the Baltic Startup Scene Report 2017/2018 with the aim of providing a snapshot into the regional ecosystem's latest trends and developments.

    The Baltic startup scene is booming, indeed. With only six million inhabitants, the Baltics host 1,499 startups and per capita startup investment can easily compete with Nordic countries.

    While each Baltic country - Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania - has conducted its own startup report, they are rarely analysed as a whole or benchmarked against surrounding regions. Therefore the Baltic Startup Scene Report 2017/2018 has been created by Startup Wise Guys and EIT Digital, providing both a comprehensive overview and benchmark with the Nordics and other neighbouring countries to get a better insight into the state of the region, its progress, its potential and, ultimately, its status in the world of startups.

    The report provides insights into the growth of funding over the past five years, the biggest deals, the most active VC funds, the hand-picked startups to watch, examples of corporate innovation and more.

    Check out some of the highlights:

    • Estonia was an outlier in terms of investment raised per capita in 2017-2018. It lifts the whole Baltic region's performance to €57.56 per capita - not far off from the Nordics' €80.71 per capita and significantly ahead of the Central and Eastern Europe figure of €8.31.
    • In the past five years there were more than 950 startup visa applications from non-EU founders, mostly coming to the Baltics from the Ukraine, Belarus, Russia and Turkey.
    • Cost-of-living calculations reveal that with €1,093 is easily enough for an individual to live for a month in any of the Baltic capitals, whereas the same money would last only 11 days in London and 17 days in Stockholm.
    • Although the recent Initial Coin Offering (ICO) craze seems to have passed, the Baltics achieved substantial investment, especially Lithuania with an impressive €500m raised through ICOs in the first half of 2018.

    The full report is available for download via: www.startupwiseguys.com/report

    About Startup Wise Guys:

    With 100 investments in early stage startups, Startup Wise Guys is one of the top investors in the broader CEE region and Nordics. To help techy startup founders become true entrepreneurs, they are running a world class boutique startup accelerator since 2012. They have accelerated more than 100 startups in 11 cohorts, focusing on B2B SaaS and Fintech early stage startups. Portfolio has already had 1 major exit and overall startup survival and success rate is above 77%. More information: www.startupwiseguys.com

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    Industrie 4.0 and Smart Manufacturing - EIT Digital facilitates dialogue between German and US Experts http://www.eitdigital.eu/newsroom/news/article/industrie-40-and-smart-manufacturing-eit-digital-facilitates-dialogue-between-german-and-us-exper/ Thu, 06 Dec 2018 14:58:00 +0100 With its vibrant industry corporations and globally successful SMEs, Germany is at the forefront of 'smart manufacturing', meaning a new approach towards manufacturing with the goal of optimizing concept generation, production, and logistics with...

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    With its vibrant industry corporations and globally successful SMEs, Germany is at the forefront of 'smart manufacturing', meaning a new approach towards manufacturing with the goal of optimizing concept generation, production, and logistics with the help of advanced information and manufacturing technologies. Originating from Germany, “Industrie 4.0” has become the key phrase for this aspect of the digital transformation and German entrepreneurs and change managers are leading the path towards its adoption.

    As part of the Year of German-American Friendship – “Wunderbar together” (funded by Federal Foreign Office of Germany, implemented by Goethe Institut, and supported by BDI), EIT Digital and the German American Business Association (GABA) joined forces to facilitate an exchange of knowledge and best practice between top experts from both sides of the Atlantic. How far have we come with smart manufacturing in Germany and the US respectively? What are the key elements of Industrie 4.0 and how can newcomers start to adopt them? Where can we cooperate better to create win-win-situations?

    Industrie 4.0 is a core theme within EIT Digital’s Innovation Action Line Digital Industry as well as within the EIT Digital ecosystem of partners from leading European companies, research and technology institutes, and universities. EIT Digital has a strong footprint in Germany: operating a Node in Berlin and a Satellite office in Munich, our local organization calls leading German companies such as Siemens, SAP and Deutsche Telekom as well as key research and technology organizations such as the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) and the Fraunhofer Society its partners.

    Building on this fundament, EIT Digital got engaged in the “Year of German-American Friendship” and developed this project with a focus on establishing new relationships and stimulating dialogue between Germany and the US. With our Silicon Valley Hub, the bridge between our European network and the Silicon Valley innovation ecosystem, we had a natural facilitator in place. The facilitation was supported by UC Berkeley Institute of European Studies, SAP, German Consulate General in San Francisco, and German American Chambers of Commerce.

    A German Industrie 4.0 delegation, led by Rainer Glatz (VDMA), Thomas Koenen (BDI), Volker Smid (Searchmetrics), Dieter Wegener (Siemens), and Detlef Zühlke (SmartFactory) travelled to San Francisco/Silicon Valley and Chicago to engage with US counterparts and stakeholders in roundtable discussions, site visits and conferences.

    The key learnings from these discussions can be summarised as follows:

    Industrie 4.0 is no longer a concept for the future, but already now part of the digitalization of the economy in an increasingly connected world. It is actively deployed, across Europe and beyond, based on available standards and platforms. The implementation of Industrie 4.0 solutions leads to increased efficiency as well as to faster development and deployment and enables new business models.

    The fourth industrial revolution drives economic, environmental and social benefits for enterprises as well as for society. However, in order to ensure support and buy-in of all stakeholders, transparency is a must and in particular employees, who are directly affected by the transformation, have to be kept in the loop.

    A precondition for successful smart manufacturing is the capability to collect, communicate and interpret available data. Whether the system intelligence is in the cloud or at the edge of the network is a secondary factor. The smart factory is built on smart modules that are standardized in such a way that they can be reliably combined into smart systems.

    Industry associations have a crucial role in accelerating – in alignment with other stakeholders – progress in smart manufacturing, partly due to potential regulatory implications that need to be addressed with lawmakers.

    As a follow up to these fruitful encounters, US companies interested in connecting with the German Industrie 4.0 ecosystem were warmly invited to come to Germany and specifically to attend the Hannover Messe in April 2019.

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