In November, more than 180 global 5G industry leaders and more than 2,000 spectators gather in Riga to participate in the 3rd Baltic Ecosystem Forum “5G Techritory”. At the event, the panel discussion “European Digital Innovation Centers” was moderated by Salvis Roga, a member of the Board of the Latvian Digital Accelerator.
The discussion focused on various topics related to the European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDICs): the current challenges of the digital transition and innovation, the expected role of the European Digital Innovation Hub (EDIC) and others. The panel discussion also took a closer look at the digital transformation - how to make it work for people, businesses and the environment, which are the fields and industries that will benefit most from it and what the impact of 5G will be on digital innovation.
The panel discussion was attended by Anne-Marie Sassen, Deputy Head of the European Commission's DG CONNECT; Āris Dzērvāns, Deputy State Secretary for ICT of the MEPRD of Latvia; Muhamad Ali, Senior Scientist at VTT Technical Research Center of Finland and Iveta Strupkāja, LIAA's Deputy Director for Export.
The event discusses the future of 5G in Europe and the world, as well as European Union (EU) funding of more than € 150 billion for innovation, including for the 5G industry.
Within the forum, industry leaders discussed topics such as 5G deployment and innovation, 5G and ownership, smart cities, 5G and WiFi, critical infrastructure systems, 5G and data privacy, and more. The discussion will also look at future innovations - edge computing, 5G laptops and wearable smartphones, 5G-enabled internet of the future and the latest discoveries about 6G.
The association “Latvian Digital Accelerator” was established to promote the development and implementation of digital platforms, products and services, to help Latvian companies and the public sector to identify and use digital opportunities. Now the accelerator has a total of 17 members, representing all planning regions of Latvia. These include Latvian higher education and research institutions, technology centers, business and innovation support centers, as well as representatives of the public sector involved in the field of digitization.
Partners from all planning regions of Latvia are involved in the activities of the association in order to ensure effective digital transformation and access to the opportunities and information provided by both national and local centers.
Organizations represented by Riga region with their activities plans to cover the whole territory of Latvija. These include research and technology centers – Riga Technical University, Institute of Mathematics and Informatics of the University of Latvia, Institute of Electronics and Computer Science and SIA Baltica Open Solutions Center – and business support centers – TechHub, LETERA and the leading partner of the region – SJSC „Electronic communications office of Latvia”.
The leading partner of Vidzeme region is the association "Valmieras Development Agency", which has established effective regional cooperation networks. In turn, the technological capacity of the region is strengthened by Vidzeme University College.
The business support centers in Kurzeme region are Ventspils High Technology Park (leading partner in North Kurzeme) and GreenTech (leading partner in South Kurzeme). Technological capacity in Kurzeme region is provided by Liepaja University.
The Latgale region is accelerated by Rēzekne City Council (Lead Partner) and Rēzekne Academy of Technology, thus ensuring the presence of both business support and technological functions in this region. Rezekne Academy of Technology successfully cooperates with Latgale planning region, local governments and companies on a regional and Latvian scale.
From the Zemgale region, the Latvian University of Agriculture is involved in the association, as well as GreenTech (leading partner), which has established a structural unit in the region to be able to provide support services not only in Kurzeme, but also in Zemgale region.
The Latvian Digital Accelerator is designed as a one-stop agency that helps companies and institutions become more competitive in terms of their processes, products or services.