Smart Data Forum ended

From September 2015 until August 2019 Smart Data Forum has been a knowledge platform and exhibit space for data technologies and innovations; a meeting place for interested parties from research, business and government. Visit our follow-up project:

The Forum in numbers

More than 12 000 visitors in our showroom

99 international delegations

Visitors from 36 different countries

More than 20 demonstrators

4 international roadshows to 6 countries

22 national roadshows with about 5500 participants

A look back

Smart Data Forum project completed

From September 2015 until August 2019 Smart Data Forum worked as a knowledge platform and exhibition space for excellent projects from the technology programs of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. It has supported the transfer of knowledge from research into business and put the main actors in the field of intelligent use of data into closer communication. Over the years, Smart Data Forum grew into a hub for stakeholders from science, business and politics.

The showroom situated in Berlin Charlottenburg has developed into the central meeting point of the Smart Data community. Big networking events, such as the Big Data Days, workshops, matchmaking events and countless visitors from here and abroad, have shaped the multitude of activities. Next to using the offers of the showroom, international partners and players took part in four international roadshows, capturing topics like digital health, smart mobility, energy and Industry 4.0. Together with our German delegations, we established a conversation with politics, science and start-ups with international colleagues. Like this, we made MoUs and new partnerships possible.

On a national level, we promoted the transfer of Smart Data technology, putting special focus on SMEs. The roadshow “Smarter Mittelstand” visited local small and medium-sized enterprises and presented relevant technology projects such as Trusted Cloud. Also, we informed about the variety of public funding possibilities for digitalization initiatives. Together with Frauenhofer IAIS, we offered free staff training in data science for SMEs with first project ideas in the area of Smart Data, in order to simplify the profitable analysis of their data.

With the Big Data Research Newsletter, we fostered the regular exchange of national Big Data competence centers, reporting about achievements, events and research projects. In addition to informing and networking for the expert community, we ran a continously growing news and knowledge pool on Smart Data related topics: clearly structured orientational knowledge about technological and legal aspects, as well as concrete fields of application concerning the intelligent analysis of mass data. With regard to Artificial Intelligence, we presented not only selected international strategies, but also published the survey “Artificial Intelligence in Germany”. Next to giving an introduction into the fundamental problems of Artificial Intelligence, the survey delivered a catalogue of AI-projects and applications in Germany. In cooperation with Bitkom e.V. and GTAI, we created the first comprehensive overview of Big Data programs and -players in Germany, called “Germany -Excellence in Big Data”. This approach of bundling the dispersed and scattered offers of information was also pursued with creating the website German Digital Technologies.  Here, all relevant programs, initiatives, competence centers and members of the digital community in Germany are continiuously categorized and presented.

In the past four years, we have concentrated on bundling competences and information and have spread them in the research experts community, SMEs and the public. We are proud of having contributed to successful project partnerships, first SME data exploration projects and a great public for the meaning of Smart Data in Germany.

Forum Digital Technologies will be Smart Data Forum’s follow-up project.

Big Data & Smart Data – What does that really mean?

© Smart Data Forum

While Big Data is seen as the result of the advances achieved in the digitalization of previous analog data sources as well as the emergence of new digital data sources, e.g., from new sensor technologies, Smart Data refers to the economic and social value added from the rapidly growing mountains of digital data in all areas of life. Beyond a consideration of the technologies required for data management and data analysis, the legal and social framework conditions must also be taken into account.

Three questions on Smart Data

Video: Smart Data – What’s the biggest challenge?

Video: Smart Data – What roles do Science, Startups and Politics play in it?

Video: Smart Data – How will it change business?

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Volker Markl
DFKI GmbH (Speaker)

Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster

Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit

Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiegand
Fraunhofer HHI