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News article21 March 2024

Pioneering digital transformation in Hungary: the EDIHs leading the way for the nation’s SMEs

 

The spotlight shone brightly on Hungary’s European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) on 5 March 2024, as their critical contribution to the nation’s economic growth was brought into focus at a dedicated event in Budapest.

Notable speakers and participants, including government officials, industry experts, and academics, shared insights and experiences, highlighting the tangible benefits and success stories emerging from EDIH initiatives.

Five national EDIHs took centre stage: Digitaltech EDIH, MI-EDIH, HPC-EDIH, Data-EDIH and AEDIH. Providing a suite of services at no cost, they support the digitalisation of businesses through pre-deployment technology testing, offering advice, skills development and training, explaining sources of finance, opportunities to raise capital, and nurturing networking among key stakeholders. 

Amidst challenging economic conditions exacerbated by soaring energy prices and inflation, these hubs have offered a lifeline to Hungarian businesses striving for efficiency and competitiveness through digitalisation. 

‘Our objective is for Hungary to be able to draw 2.2% of its population from the Digital Europe Programme. EDIH organisations are therefore considered extremely useful and supported. Tangible uses and adaptation programmes are extremely important for us, and we would like to continue to support this’, said Szabolcs (Szabi) Szolnoki, Deputy State Secretary for Technology at the Ministry of National Economy. 

DigitalTech EDIH, with its roots in academia, business development, and the IT industry, has been a cornerstone for firms looking to fortify their cybersecurity, leverage blockchain technology, and explore fintech and edtech solutions. By providing tailored training and advisory services, it ensures businesses have the knowledge to thrive in a digital landscape.

HPC-EDIH emerged as a critical player for industries and research domains by democratising access to High-Performance Computing (HPC). This hub enables complex simulations and modelling, tackling data volumes beyond the reach of conventional computing systems, and driving innovation across sectors.

MI-EDIH stands out for its comprehensive AI services, targeting not only SMEs but also the municipal sector within Hungary and the EU. With a focus on practical deployment and application of AI technologies, it fosters a one-stop-shop approach, easing the digital transition for its clients.

Data-EDIH takes on the digital transformation challenges in the health and food industries. It offers expert advice, training, and services in data asset and data management, ensuring organisations can leverage data to enhance operational efficiency and innovation.

AEDIH focuses on the agricultural sector, aiming to catalyse the digital transformation of farmers through training and the development of digital solutions. It also supports agricultural consultants and startups, enriching the ecosystem with digital expertise and methodologies.

As the event concluded, it was clear that Hungary’s EDIHs are not just facilitators but catalysts of change, driving the digital transformation of businesses across the nation. With their unwavering support and innovative services, they are paving the way for a resilient, competitive, and technologically advanced Hungarian economy.

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Publication date
21 March 2024
Department
Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology