The Fourth Industrial Revolution disrupted long established economic, societal, technological and environmental paradigms. Digitisation and the consequent flood of data demands new, data-centric and interconnected approaches for tackling the challenges that emerge in a wide array of research and industrial sectors like health, energy management, food production, transport and communication, and – ultimately – building and governing a modern human-centric, healthy, safe, efficient and prospering society.

In a setting where billions of people and devices are technologically interconnected, Big and Linked Data research is central for understanding and building solutions for this new world. For a company to be innovative and successful in this environment, it is essential to consider and adopt concrete strategies for all stages of its data value chain.



The most prominent culprit is considered to be the constantly growing number and complexity of data, a fact that does not allow one-off adoption of a current technical solution, but rather demands the continuous monitoring and subsequent adapting to advanced technologies tailored to the needs and characteristics of a company and its targeted markets.

At the regional level, according to the Regional Smart Specialisation Strategy of Attica for 2014-2020, the industrial need for digitalisation is quite high and the existing companies that provide related services are a significant part of regional economy.

Domain# of companies
Water, fuel and electricity resource management2,088
Health services1,511
Creative industries16,834

Taking into account the aforementioned challenges, there is a strong and immediate need to leverage the potential of these companies, which account for more than 250,000 SMEs in Attica by strengthening their technological competencies, assets, products and services, either directly or via the collaboration with the more than 9,000 ICT companies active in the same region.

The Digital Innovation Hub ahedd, as a partnership between research organisations and innovative SMEs with high expertise in different fields of data science, aspires to form the key cog towards the creation of a digital innovation ecosystem that will help SMEs located in Attica make the leap towards a data-driven economy.  As a result, the Hub will affect significantly the regional economy via the provision of hands-on digitisation support to the industrial ecosystem of SMEs in Attica; creating this way a sustainable ecosystem that will facilitate the uptake and integration of core technologies (i.e. AI, Big Data, IoT, etc.) across the regional and national industry.

The founding members of ahedd bring together high specialisation and significant expertise in core technologies like AIData management and analytics, IoT solutions, Business Intelligence, Security, e-infrastructures, and their applications across different industrial fields such as Health Services, Food & Agriculture, News and media, Maritime, and Cultural Technologies.

The ahedd partners decided to join forces in order to develop a leading “one-stop-shop” for local SMEs looking to enrich their competitive advantages through digital transformation and digital innovation. ahedd will be an open ecosystem that accepts new members having the same strategic goals and philosophy so as to contribute at a regional level.