Digital innovation hubs and digital demonstrators/testbeds are part of the European competitiveness and innovation policies for at least a decade, also including further concepts such as learning factories or technology platforms.
Those concepts have in common that they aim for accelerating the uptake of new technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, blockchain, big data, virtual and augmented reality, etc.) in the processes, products, and services of European SMEs, helping them to be more innovative and more competitive on the global level.
With the new programming period 2021-2027, the overall concept of Digital Innovation Hubs is gaining even more momentum on the European level with a prominent place in the new industrial strategy for a sustainable and digital Europe. This is mirrored in national and regional policies, and quite obviously also in the activities of Interreg Europe projects.
This policy brief aims to provide an overview of the relevant good practices and policies brought forward by the projects and highlight some of their specificities, which might make them relevant for learning and uptake purposes in other regions.