Idea and mission

Smart Data Forum connects users and developers of Smart Data technologies in Germany with the professional community both nationally and internationally and supports small and medium enterprises (SMEs) within their digitalization process. For this purpose, we provide an overview of the technology programs funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi), offer guidance and education tailored to the needs of the SMEs and organize events with international stakeholders.

Main activities

At our showroom in Berlin we present current Smart Data innovations with the help of interactive demonstrators. Our exhibition space at Fraunhofer Heinrich-Hertz-Institute (HHI) in Berlin offers a platform for networking and enhances the visibility of the latest innovations in the field of Smart Data.

On national roadshows we reach out to SMEs directly to inform them about public funding opportunities, digital solutions that can be employed within their businesses, as well as invite them to join our free training on data analysis. The website provides an overview of all these resources and offers an illustrative, well-organized knowledge pool of Smart Data applications, technologies and governance topics.

Another mission is to foster international partnerships on digital future topics as well as collaboration and exchange between experts. On international roadshows we connect German scientists, startups and flagship projects from BMWi technology programs with international researchers, investors, policy makers and industry stakeholders. Furthermore, we organize bilateral events and develop partnerships on a European level. At our showroom we regularly welcome international delegations and present the latest developments and innovations of the German Smart Data applications. To allow the comparison of different approaches towards the development of AI technologies, we provide an overview on the key points of selected international AI strategies.

Smart Data Forum is funded by the BMWi, was developed in cooperation with the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF) and is managed by the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI).

Advisory Board

Prof. Dr. Volker Markl DFKI GmbH (Speaker)


Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster DFKI GmbH


Prof. Dr. Hans Uszkoreit DFKI GmbH


Prof. Dr. Thomas Wiegand Fraunhofer HHI

The Team

Dr. Jack Thoms

Dr. Jack Thoms
Head, Smart Data Forum

Julia Gundlach
International Communication and Networking

Nadja Mesheva
National Communication and Networking

Valeriu Gonta
Partner Network & Communication Coordinator

Jennifer Chyla
Showroom Berlin
(Fraunhofer HHI)

Dr. Dirk Hecker

Dr. Dirk Hecker
Knowledge Discovery
(Fraunhofer Institut IAIS)


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