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June 27, 2017 @ 13:30 - 17:30

Exploring NGI priorities and innovation approaches for a more human Internet

NOTE: All presentations and the Forum report are available online within the agenda below! 

Digital Innovation Networks are multi-disciplinary and multi-sector networks of people, technologies and enterprises aiming to advance Internet technology and innovation processes to address key socio-economic challenges and opportunities.

A major challenge for the Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative is to understand how progressive digitisation and the evolution of the Internet affect society – what existing and future opportunities there are to be exploited, and what threats need to be defended against. The EC has already identified some concerns regarding the current situation of the Internet, e.g. power is concentrated in a few large corporate organisations; citizens cannot control their own personal data in the Internet; and restrictions on Internet access to some groups of citizens because of geographical, economic or cultural reasons (European Commission Futurium, Next Generation Internet). These are valuable starting points, but to be sure that the NGI initiative is and continues to be effective, these concerns need to be explored alongside further emerging challenges and opportunities.

Experience has shown that the Internet evolves through widely adopted experimentation approaches that engage active users and communities rather than through purely technological advances invented in closed laboratories. The NGI initiative needs to understand how progressive digitisation and the evolution of the Internet influences these experimentation approaches as well as Digital Innovation Networks, how they all can combine to shape the process of innovation itself, and how successful products and services can emerge as a result.

The Digital Innovation Networks Forum 2017 aimed to create a strongly connected pan-European ecosystem that collectively understands what is needed to build digital innovation networks for the NGI, and how they can operate to address the major challenges for society as a result of progressive digitisation and the evolution of the Internet.

This was achieved by gathering leading Internet Researchers and Innovators to share their NGI vision, opportunities and concerns through presentations, debates and interactive round tables. Technical, socio-economic and innovation topics were covered leading to identification of the research challenges ahead and recommendations for digital innovation network structure and policies.

The Digital Innovation Networks Forum 2017 was part of wider consultation programmes from the FIRE STUDY and HUB4NGI support actions, whose results will inform the EC’s NGI initiative.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

All presentations are available online within the agenda below – indicated Presentation. The “Time on video” indicates the start-time of the session on the full-length webinar video.
Event photos are available in the Digital Innovation Networks Forum 2017 album at Flickr.
Download the DIN Forum report (pdf).

13.30-13.45 Welcome coffee
13.45-14.15 Digital Innovation Networks Forum introduction | Time on video 0:00

    • Welcome & Agenda, by Dr. Monique Calisti, Martel Innovate, Coordinator of the FIRE Study and of the HUB4NGI project | Presentation
    • The Next Generation Internet initiative, Peter Fatelnig, European Commission | Presentation
14.15-15.05 What are the key RTD Challenges for NGI? | Time on video 43:35

Presentations & panel discussion moderated by Dr Alexander Mikroyannidis (Open University, HUB4NGI)


  • Mathieu d’Aquin (Univ. Ireland) – Profiling information sources and services for discovery. | Presentation
  • Magda Borowik (Advisor to the Minister of Digital Affairs Fintech, DLT, digital currency) – Blockchains. | Presentation
  • Axel Polleres (Head of the Institute for Information Business, WU Wien) – Technical aspects vs. Innovation challenges of Enabling and Enhancing Privacy. | Presentation
15.05-15.55 What are the socio-economic challenges for a more human Internet considering progressive digitisation? | Time on video 1:31:30

Presentations and panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Monique Calisti (Martel, FIRE Study, HUB4NGI)


  • Giorgio Micheletti (IDC, HUB4NGI) – Digital skills and market trends. | Presentation
  • Manuel Noya (Linknovate) – Innovation networks and research trends. | Presentation
  • Fiorenza Lipparini (Plus Value) – Citizens and policy makers engagement. | Presentation
  • Marie-Paule Odini (HPE, ETSI NFV ISG vice-chair) – Standardisation and Opensource. | Presentation
15.55-16.25 Coffee & networking break
16.25-17.15 How does the process of innovation need to change as a consequence of increased digitisation and connectivity?Time on video 2:20:12

Live panel debate bringing together experts from around the world (US, Europe), moderated by Michael Boniface (IT Innovation, FIRE Study)


  • Lars-Gunner Mattson (Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden) – Digital innovation for sustainable development – interaction between policy practice and market practice for service innovation. | Presentation
  • Jonathan Cave (University of Warwick, Economist Member of the Regulatory Policy Committee, UK) – Digitised evidence bases are innovation platforms: Digitisation enables policy, research, commercial and ‘real-world’ innovators to interact in new ways; NGIs offer rich possibilities for building, curating and exploiting an evidence base capable of supporting experimental, empirical and theoretical advances in hard and soft innovation by allowing innovators to connect, collaborate and negotiate on a platform of data, analytic methods and unstructured experience. | Presentation
  • Katja Bego (NESTA, UK) – Democratising digital innovation: from open source to the commons. | Presentation
  • Noshir Contractor (Northwestern University, US) – The impact of technology affordances on engendering innovation in multidimensional knowledge networks at scale. | Presentation
  • Sergi Figuerola (i2CAT, Spain) – Infrastructures. | Presentation
17.15-17.30 Wrap up and conclusions, by Dr. Monique Calisti, Martel Innovate, Coordinator of the FIRE Study and of the HUB4NGI project. | Time on video 3:16:15.
The webinar video

The full-length webinar video that includes all sessions is available at YouTube.

Digital Innovation Networks white paper

Exploring how digitisation and Internet connectivity influence networks of innovation for the Next Generation Internet.

The progressive digitisation and Internet connectivity of people, products and processes is a transformational and powerful trend in societal and industrial systems. But how does digitisation and connectivity influence networks of innovation? How do such networks shape the way knowledge is created, who creates it and where as well as how it is shared? How will new products and services emerge as a consequence?

This report addresses these questions through the concept of Digital Innovation Networks, defined as multi-disciplinary and multi-sector networks of people, technologies and organisations aiming to advance Internet technology and innovation processes to address key socio-economic challenges and opportunities. The goal is to understand factors necessary to establish Digital Innovation Networks as foundational structures delivering advanced technologies and social and economic solutions within the Next Generation Internet.

Download the Digital Innovation Networks white paper.

Announcements published before the event

Main Goals of the Digital Innovation Networks Forum
  • To identify the major opportunities and challenges for society as a result of progressive digitisation and the evolution of the Internet
  • To identify vision, opportunities and risks for the NGI initiative
  • To build consensus through opinions and knowledge from experts
  • To help establish and grow the NGI ecosystem
  • To engage all stakeholders needed for successful NGI digital innovation networks
  • To support transition of current research communities such as FIRE, CAPPS, FIWARE etc. towards the NGI
  • To give guidance on how to get involved in the NGI initiative
Why should you attend the Digital Innovation Networks Forum?
  • You will participate in debates injecting needs, opportunities and research topics into the NGI R&D priorities and agenda
  • You will engage with the NGI ecosystem, networking with leading researchers and innovators in Europe, and building contacts for collaborations
  • You will find opportunities to get involved in NGI research and innovation
Who should attend?

Internet Researchers and Innovators, SMEs, Start-ups, Internet technology providers, Policy Makers, Investors.

Co-location with the Net Futures 2017

The Digital Innovation Networks Forum will be a pre-event of the Net Futures 2017 and will be held in Brussels on the 27th June (13:30h – 17:30h).


Regus Brussels IT Tower – Louise I&II (ground floor)
Avenue Louise 480
1050 Bruxelles – Belgium


June 27, 2017
13:30 - 17:30
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