Next Generation Internet (NGI) – Next steps

November 18, 2021 @ 09:00 – 13:00 Europe/Brussels Timezone
Online event


The objectives of this workshop are to discuss the direction the NGI initiative should take based on the experience until now and the current and emerging Internet hot topics. What’s good and what works well? What’s missing and where could NGI do better? Where to invest next to build a more human-centric Internet?

The Next Generation Internet initiative is deeply engaged in delivering the technologies implementing the vision of an Internet of Humans, providing a trustworthy digital experience to internet end-users with more user choice, control and participation.

Over the last 3 years, NGI has directly funded over 500 individual projects in areas as diverse as security and privacy-enhancing technologies, digital identity, decentralised data governance, new methods of search or core internet technologies.  Even more important, it has mobilised more than a thousand of the best European Internet innovators from academia, the open source community, SMEs and start-ups eco-systems who share the vision of building an Internet of Humans.

With Horizon Europe, the new EU research and innovation programme, now fully in place and the window of investment open until 2030, it is time to think about the NGI initiative’s next priorities and how we get organised to reach our ambitious objectives.

Open discussion with NGI community members and beyond.


This is an online event using the BigBlueButton instance set up by TU Delft.
Here is the link to join:

This is an open workshop without any registration. Here is the Privacy Statement for this meeting.

9:00-9:15 Welcome and NGI State of play
European Commission
9:15-9:45 Feedback from the first group of NGI projects
NGI-TRUST, NGI Zero and LEDGER: lessons learned / what worked / what to improve / what next
9:45-10:45 Parallel discussion sessions

1. NGI process: open calls and support to individual innovators

2. Promoting NGI solutions in a variety of use cases

10:45-11:00 Comfort break / networking
11:00-12:00 Parallel discussion sessions

3. Next NGI priority Research & Innovation topics

4. NGI community building and international cooperation

12:00-13:00 Reporting and conclusion



A survey on the themes discussed in the open workshop is now open at the following link: The survey will be open until 30 November 2021, so you may submit your ideas before or after the Open workshop.

NGI: Next Steps workshop