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VNG NL DIGI HUB

Hub information

EDIH Title

Dutch Societal Innovation Hub

Geographical scope

National

Description

The Dutch Societal Innovation Hub is the hub for strengthening interregional cooperation for a mission-driven approach in the public sector in times of data and digital technology. Together we are working on responsible, people-centered solutions for the societal challenges around climate-neutral cities and regions, healthy soil and biodiversity, and climate adaptation.  

Systemic change for societal challenges 

Major social challenges require innovative policy. Challenges such as circularity and housing are so complex that existing organizational silos must be broken down to create the best solutions for society. In the coming years, the public sector faces the task of redefining its way of working and its role in the ecosystem. We see the emergence of data and digital technology as one of the elements that offer opportunities to involve citizens, businesses and social players in the policy process and implementation and to make policy more adaptive, for example through monitoring climate goals or predicting spatial puzzles with digital twins. This is only effective when not only the technology and data are in order, but also people start working together in a new way. Societal innovation is crucial. 

A mission-driven approach 

The Dutch Societal Innovation Hub stimulates cooperation between regions in the Netherlands and in the EU focussed on a mission-driven approach in the public sector in times of data and digital technology. Each municipality and province is working on digital innovation projects. We support in bringing successful projects in the public sector to the next level and to create a common ground for innovation across regions. We focus on new ways of working and societal innovation. The hub focuses on three pillars: 

1. RETHINK: A mission-driven approach and strategy for digital innovation. 

2. RESHAPE: A shared innovation infrastructure for the public sector 

3. RECONNECT: Knowledge sharing and collaboration 

Collaboration in the ecosystem 

The Dutch Societal Innovation Hub is set up with 2 umbrella organizations IPO and VNG representing all local and regional public actors. DSIH consists, in addition to the national constituency of municipalities and provinces, of five regional public-private ecosystems:    

- Data and Knowledge Hub Healthy Urban Living  

- Digicampus  

- Municipality of Rotterdam  

- Urban Development Initiative   

- Brightlands Public Services Lab  

Each partner is committed to improve sustainable, healthy and safe living in cities and regions. These ecosystems offer building blocks in the form of development locations (living labs), where the public sector can experiment together with industry and knowledge institutions. The DSIH is part of a wider European network of hubs. 

Coordinator information

Contractual contact information

Irene Van Hooff
0031634196159

Operational contact information

Irene Van Hooff
0031634196159

Coordinator address

Nassaulaan 12
2514 JS The hague
Netherlands

Coordinator Business name

VERENIGING VAN NEDERLANDSE GEMEENTEN

Coordinator Legal name

Coordinator department

Department
VERENIGING VAN NEDERLANDSE GEMEENTEN

Market and services

Technologies

data
5/5
Artificial Intelligence & Decision support
5/5
Digital twins
5/5
Sensors & Vision Processing Systems
2/5
Cybersecurity
1/5

Sectors

Державне управління
5/5

Services

Ecosystem building
5/5
Knowledge transfer
5/5
Public sector innovation
5/5
Smart Specialisation strategies
4/5
Innovation management
3/5
Circular economy
3/5

Beneficiaries

Contact Name Role Country Address Business Name Legal Name Participant Type Website
Babette Bakker Partner Netherlands Herengracht 23, 2511 EG Den haag, Netherlands Vereniging Het Interprovinciaal Overleg PUB http://www.ipo.nl
Bert Lukkien Partner Netherlands Wilhelmina van pruisenweg 104, 2595 AN S-gravenhage, Netherlands STICHTING ICTU OTH http://www.ictu.nl
Danny Timmermans Partner Netherlands Smedestraat 2, 6411 CR Heerlen, Netherlands Brightlands Smart Services Campus PRC https://www.brightlands.com
Rob Schmidt Partner Netherlands Coolsingel 40, 3011 AD Rotterdam, Netherlands ROTTERDAM PUB http://www.rotterdam.nl
Stephen Van Aken Partner Netherlands Archimedeslaan 6, 3584BA Utrecht, Netherlands PROVINCIE UTRECHT PUB http://www.provincie-utrecht.nl
Daniel De Klein Partner Netherlands Achtseweg zuid 159 h, 5651 GW Eindhoven, Netherlands BRAINPORT PRC http://www.brainporteindhoven.com