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Digital Innovation Hub INNOVATE

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The Digital Innovation Hub INNOVATE is Austria's center for digitalization in agriculture, forestry, timber and energy


The Digital Innovation Hub INNOVATE is manifold. Hence, this is mirrored in goals and offered formats accordingly. Firstly, it aims to ignite the pioneering spirit in SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and raise awareness regarding the essence of digital transformation among members and employees. Secondly, it focuses on the further development of innovations in the field of key technologies and link the business world with today’s various work environments. Lastly, one core value of INNOVATE is targeting the many concerns of SMEs, providing and sharing fundamental knowledge by establishing customized formats and this way creating a significant and definable value.

Activities of INNOVATE

INNOVATE fosters to create opportunities which enable small and medium-sized enterprises in the agriculture, timber, forestry and energy industries to exploit their full digital potential.

1. Best-Practice visits: The first of the four formats usually takes place within the course of one day, by organizing not only an on-site event but connecting experts, researchers and pioneer SMEs to discuss promising trends in technology in application as well as paving the way for joint research initiatives.

2. Prototype bootcamp: The second format is embedded in a very intensely time-limited setting, for instance a period of one to two weeks, which ensures a maximum focus on the creation of a first version of a product, a business plan and a roadmap with the final step of presenting the results in front of a jury of experts.

3. Idea generation workshop and innovation: This third format offers a setting to generate ideas by applying design thinking approaches with selected SMEs on specific topics extracted from real-life-examples with the goal to display an overview of possible ideas and recommendations for the future.

4. Trend radar: The last format focuses on raising awareness in light of developments and research in the technological field by offering condensed expert talks or webinars, facilitating the process of mapping out technological trends and transferring the knowledge to real-life scenarios.

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Idea generation workshop: Digital tools for energy communities

28th May 2021, 09:00-13:00

Online video conference

Referent: Nina Hampl (WU Vienna)

Participants all over Austria participated in this workshop in order to expand their knowledge in developing concrete and practical solutions by applying design thinking approaches regarding the use of digital tools in the context of energy communities. Lab 10, RIDDLE&CODE - The Blockchain Interface Company and Best Connect showcased their most successful tools.

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Trend radar: Digital technologies for the planning of renewable energy plants

8th June 2021, 09:00-11:00

Online video conference

Referents: Robert Sposato (Alpen-Adria-University Klagenfurt), Thomas Schauppenlehner (BOKU Vienna)

In this trend radar webinar series participants received insights about the latest developments and research topics on digital technologies for SMEs. Moreover, in this particular lecture the guests were invited to dive deeper into virtual reality approaches concerning the planning process of renewable energy projects by being introduced to Landscape.Lab! including first experience reports.

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Workshop: Innovative Participation Processes for Energy Communities

29th March 2022, 13:00-17:00

Online video conference

Referents: Viktoria Holler (IÖB Service Center), Marlene Würfl (WU Vienna)

This interactive workshop showed possibilities of participation in renewable energy communities (EEG) and gave impulses from urban planning. Three different examples of application namely in a city district, in a large community and in a small community have been presented and discussed in detail.

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Implementation project: Digitalization solutions for energy communities

31st March 2022, 16:00-19:00

Brauerei Gösser, Brauhausgasse 1, 8700 Leoben

Referents: Julia Vopava-Wrienz (Montanuniversität Leoben), Thomas Kienberger (Montanuniversität Leoben), Andreas Werner (Brauerei Gösser)

In the context of this event, a tour of the “green” brewery Gösser displayed a real-life example for how digitalization can support an increase of energy efficiency. Furthermore, it has been shown how digitalization in combination with energy from renewable sources can result in CO2 neutrality.

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Trend radar: online-tool for assembling energy communities

9th June 2022, 10:00-11:30

Online video conference

Referents: Stephan Heidler (Austrian Coordination Office for Energy Communities of the Climate and Energy Fund), Nina Hampl (WU Vienna)

This trend radar offered the unique possibility to take a closer look at the new online tool by the Austrian Coordination Office for Energy Communities of the Climate and Energy Fund which is intended for a first visualization of an energy community.

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Priv.-Doz. Dr. Nina Hampl

For inquiries please contact Nina Hampl.