ahedd DIH is awarded the prestigious Platinum recognition from the Big Data Value Association (BDVA), during the European Big Data Value Forum 2023, a pivotal event in the data technology landscape. This award signifies the highest level of excellence in data innovation and highlights ahedd’s contribution to the dynamic field of data-driven innovation and Artificial Intelligence technologies. We are honored to be one of the 7 i-Spaces in Europe to achieve this remarkable distinction.
Denia Kanellopoulou, AI Innovation Expert at ahedd, attended the ceremony in Valencia to receive the award and during her speech, she emphasised the impact of this recognition, stating: “This label enables trust between our partners and beneficiaries, increases our visibility in the Greek and European landscape, and it places us among the pioneers in data-driven innovation. Being a part of this community offers us the opportunity to develop value-generating synergies and exchange best practices”.
BDVA acknowledges ahedd as a cross-sectorial innovation hub that has made significant contributions to Greece’s digital transformation, enabling technology businesses to develop their products and supporting the acceleration of data-driven innovation across various sectors. Additionally, ahedd orchestrates a 5G- and IoT-enabled smart-city testbed for AI applications at Demokritos campus, providing a secure accelerator-style environment for running experiments with both private and open data, thus fostering technology and application development. These achievements resulted in ahedd’s receipt of the top BDVA Platinum Award, which not only reflects the exceptional quality of ahedd as an innovation space but also underscores our role in shaping the future of data-driven technologies and innovation throughout Europe.
The evaluation process conducted by BDVA places a strong emphasis on the excellence of data-driven experimentation and innovation spaces (BDVA i-Spaces) across crucial domains, including infrastructure/technologies, services, projects and applications, impact to ecosystem, business strategy and sustainability, federation capabilities and ethics. By granting these awards, BDVA recognises the quality of existing data experimentation and innovation hubs in Europe and guarantees that these initiatives meet the necessary requirements to boost data-driven and AI-based innovation at local level, while also promoting collaboration with similar initiatives to foster adoption at European level.
About BDVA and the i-Spaces
The Big Data Value Association (BDVA) is an industry-driven organisation with a mission to develop an innovation ecosystem that enables the data-driven digital transformation of the economy and society in Europe. BDVA has over 230 members all over Europe and a well-balanced composition of large, small and medium-sized industries as well as research and user organisations. It focuses on advancing in areas such as big data technologies and services, data platforms and data spaces, Industrial AI, data-driven value creation, standardisation and skills.
The BDVA i-Spaces are innovation hubs designed to accelerate data-driven and AI-related innovation by providing SMEs and start-ups with the resources and infrastructure needed for testing, piloting and exploiting their products and services. These hubs span various sectors, from manufacturing and logistics to energy and healthcare, fostering economic, societal, and environmental value. They combine secure environments for experiments with open and private data and contribute to skills development and community building. The BDVA i-Space Label ensures the quality and cohesion of these European Innovation Spaces, creating a Federation of i-Spaces and promoting collaboration at both local and European levels, ultimately advancing data-driven innovation while offering visibility to national initiatives in the field of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence.
ABOUT EBDVF 2023
The European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) is the flagship event of the European Big Data and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community. The 2023 edition “Data and AI in action: Sustainable impact and future realities” was held in Valencia between 25 and 27 October and brought together industry professionals, business developers, researchers and policymakers to advance policy actions, and industrial and research activities in the areas of Data and AI.