Sixteen leading public bodies, academic and research institutions and laboratories throughout Greece, with excellent know-how and a decisive role in the digital transformation of the country, are joining forces to create and implement innovative digital solutions in the Public Administration, in the context of the launch of the Innovation Hub for Digital Governance GR digiGOV-innoHUB . The Hub will create the conditions for the development of new generation public services for Central Administration, Local Government and the productive sectors of the economy, leveraging advanced technologies such as AI, Blockchain, IoT, mobile Internet, Cloud and High Performance Computing, with open software, open data and open standards. 

Starting on 1 January 2023 and lasting 36 months, the Hub will act as an environment for experimentation and testing, skills development and good practices for digital governance. The development of partnerships between the public and private sectors, the academic and research community and civil society is a priority of the project, for the rapid development of efficient and sustainable digital solutions that will contribute to the evolution of the State into an investor and buyer of innovative solutions. 

Launch of GR digiGOV-innoHUB .

The first meeting of the project Consortium took place on January 25-26, during which the strategy for the successful implementation of the program was discussed.  

Mr. Leonidas Christopoulos, General Secretary of Digital Governance and Simplification of Procedures, addressed a greeting: “The administrative modernization of the public sector is a necessary condition for the digital transformation of the state to continue with the same dynamics. The establishment of GR digiGOV-innoHUB, which will participate on behalf of Greece in the European network of Digital Innovation Hubs, will make a decisive contribution to cutting-edge innovation and the utilization of new technologies in the creation of a modern Public Administration that strengthens citizens’ trust, favors “business”, supports social welfare and has an overall added value to the orderly functioning of the state”. 

The President of GRNET, Prof. Stefanos Kollias, said: “With great joy and great expectations, the Innovation journey begins today with the GR digiGOV-innoHUB Hub that we lead as GRNET and the Directorate of Digital Governance, with the continuous support of the Ministry of Digital Governance. We have before us great challenges for the introduction and use of new technologies in the digital era of Public Administration, with a focus on and for the benefit of our fellow citizens.”

The project is coordinated by the National Technology and Research Infrastructure Network (EDYTE SA – GRNET SA), an agency of the Ministry of Digital Governance, having many years of experience in the design and implementation of advanced information services, systems and infrastructures. The founding bodies of the Hub are also the National Telecommunications and Posts Commission (EETT), the Information Society SA, the ATHINA and ICSS research centers, the National Technical University of Athens, the University of West Attica, the Athens University of Economics, the Open Technologies Organization GFOSS , as well as the Universities of Ionion, Aegean, Crete, Macedonia and the International University.

The project is co-financed by the Digital Europe Program – grant agreement no.101083646- and the Competitiveness Operational Program 2021-2027.