PICTURES of the development of the DiH’s launch events in Ireland and Spain
ICT-BIOCHAIN: Digital Innovations Hubs in Ireland (South-East) and Spain (Andalusia)
ICT BIOCHAIN has recently launched the Digital Innovation Hubs for the bio-based sector, bringing
together established Model Demonstrator Regions (biochemical hubs), including biomass suppliers and
bio-industry with digital technology experts and other multi-actors.
One year after the ICT BIOCHAIN Kick-Off meeting, the project has managed to execute one of its main objectives:
the implementation of the Digital Innovation Hubs (DiHs) in Ireland and Spain. Having the consortium meeting
scheduled for June in Ireland, it seemed fitting to coordinate the launch event of this first DIH of this Model
Demonstrator Region, alongside it. In the same way, one month later, the DiH of Spain (Andalusia), was launched.
Both events were successful with good acceptance and attendance. The presentations and workshops that took
place at both events addressed ICT-BIOCHAIN’s main scope. This was to present the DIH as the main contact point
for the region, as well as an explanation about its objectives, its structure, the main benefits of joining, its actions
and next events, the knowledge transfer strategy as well as the promotion of new business opportunities.
The Hubs involve the so called “Hub’s Competence Centre”, whose members include STR, IML and VTT (global
leaders in areas of ICT and biomass resource modelling), which will provide access to the best knowledge,
information and technology to promote opportunities for ICT, IoT and Industry 4.0. The main objective for this is
to integrate technologies into high potential biomass value chains.
ICT-BIOCHAIN, through its competence centres, will offer the best know-how on assembly and financing of
biomass supply chain-related equipment and solutions. In parallel, ICT-BIOCHAIN “regional facilitators” (ITT in
South-East Ireland and CTA in Andalusia) will support the structuring of local ICT scientists that would take over
the competence centre role at the end of the project. ITT and CTA will also work to ensure smooth communication
at local and regional levels, facilitating effective Knowledge Transference from the competence centre to the two
newly established DIH’s in Andalusia and South-East Ireland, represented in ICT-BIOCHAIN by CAPDER and IBF,
Together with the launch event, a knowledge transfer day was organised to introduce modern technologies with
a high potential to increase efficiency, competitiveness and reduce biomass losses across specific value chains.
Apart from these events, many activities will be carried out in the next months to support the awareness of the
potential of ICT within biomass supply chains, including;
A demonstration day of ICT tools for biomass value chains; an on-site exhibition in which tools for supply chain
enhancement are demonstrated to members of the newly established DIH groups.
An investment day with business opportunities for cross-sectorial value chains involving suppliers, end-users and
ICT specialists along specific value chains supported by regional facilitators and model demonstrator partners.
With support of the competence centres, newly established business opportunities will receive technical and
business support and mentoring to consolidate regional innovations, understand technical implementation,
identify barriers and develop business models following the concept of CANVAS (considering biomass resource
and market, supply chain relations, revenue streams, key activities, key partnerships, cost structure). To allow
these innovations to progress to the next level the regional facilitators along with MDR partners will co-host an
investment day as explained below. Consolidated business models will pitch for funding at the investment day
using regional funds or private investors. (e.g. through CTA, Sustainable Nation, Enterprise Ireland etc.).
If stakeholders would like to keep up to date with these events and more activities organised by the ICT-BIOCHAIN
DiHs, stay tuned to the project website and its social media channels. (https://ictbiochain.eu/ | @ictbiochain on
LinkedIn and Twitter).
ICT-BIOCHAIN: Digitizing Ireland’s Bioeconomy.
On June 13th 2019 Ireland’s National Bioeconomy Campus will host a showcase event focused on the digitisation of Ireland’s agri-food, forestry and bioeconomy sectors. The event will also see the launch of ICT-BIOCHAIN Europe’s first Digital Innovation Hub for a Circular Bioeconomy. To know all the information about this event click here.
ICT BIOCHAIN General Assembly – Month 6.
ICT BIOCHAIN Consortium celebrated its Month-6 Meeting in VTT Micronova Center in Finland. On this meeting, the partners reviewed and discussed about the development and the deliverables of the project on its first 6 Months, also, they planned the next months of work and the most important tasks and targets to be achieved. The next meeting will be in Ireland in the middle of June.