DIH-World – Strengthening Regional Digital Innovation Hubs to Accelerate European SME Digitisation


The DIH-World project, which lasted 3 years,  is ending in June 2023. The DIH-World project, which shows its purpose through the slogan Accelerating deployment and matureness of DIHS for the benefit of Digitisation of European SMEs, has done just that in its three years of operation – strengthened regional digital innovation hubs (DIHs) and thus accelerated the digitalization of European small and medium-sized companies.

In addition to numerous activities aimed at promoting the development of regional DIHs and their offer to European small and medium-sized companies, as part of the DIH-World project, a number of networking events under the umbrella name Community Days were also organized every year in 26 countries across Europe. The charm and purpose of these events was to connect small and medium-sized companies with mid-cap companies and DIHs and thus encourage mutual interaction and cooperation.

DIH UM also organized the DIGI-SI Community Days conference every year as part of the project, bringing together companies, supporting institutions, experts from industry and the academic sphere, so that they could exchange good practices and find opportunities for cooperation.

Thus, in April 2021, we organized DIGI-SI Community Days on the topic Current situation and opportunities for digitization of the Slovenian economy within the framework of the new financial perspective of the EU 2021-2027, where many renowned speakers joined us and presented the opportunities for the digital transformation of companies, the design and the goal of the DIGI-SI consortium, as well as good practices and solutions in the field of digitalisation for companies.

We met again a year later, in May 2022, when the topic of the event was the social impact of the green and digital transition. The participants got an insight into the experiments created in the framework of the DIH-World project, learned about the current possibilities of cascade funding, and had the chance to listen to key speaker Assoc Prof. Dr. Dan Podjed, with whom we got to know the so-called “Homo covidensis”, as Dr. Podjed calls the covid man, who is also experiencing his own transformation in the age of the world’s digital and green transition. The official part of the event was followed by lunch and socializing with a view of the Drava river.

This year, we were also accompanied by the view of the Drava river and its surroundings when we gathered at the last DIGI-SI Community Days event as part of the project at Vurberk Castle. This time we listened to experts in the field of digital twins in tourism, which was also the central theme of the event. Thus, data as a basis for the sustainable development of tourism was discussed, as well as the role of digitalization in climate change, and the power of digital platforms in tourism. In addition to good practices of digital twins in tourism, the DIH UM team also presented the services that we offer as part of the EDIH DIGI-SI consortium. As is our tradition, after the official part of the program, which took place in the Vurberk Cultural Center, we walked to the top of the Vurberk Castle and during lunch we got to know each other better and looked for opportunities to cooperate and exchange good practices.

Despite the fact that the DIH-World project is coming to an end, DIGI-SI Community Days remain in the form of annual conferences within the EDIH DIGI-SI consortium.

You can see some highlights from the DIGI-SI Community Days events as part of the DIH-World project in the gallery below.


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