Representatives of eight European regions attend Digital Hub gathering
18 June 2013 | 0
Digital must be at the heart of European policy because of the way it now dominates how we learn, do business and conduct many activities in our everyday lives. That’s according to Edel Flynn, chief executive, Digital Hub Development Agency (DHDA), who was speaking today at a gathering of ‘digital clusters’ from eight European regions when they explored how they can better collaborate to ensure that European policy is supportive of digital innovation and enterprise. All of the clusters work to provide a supportive environment in which digital companies can incubate and grow.
The eight clusters – which included The Digital Hub – comprised those from Scotland, Spain, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Portugal, England and Malta. This marks the first occasion for these clusters to come together in a formal way, and their meeting precedes the Digital Assembly which will run in Dublin – as part of Ireland’s EU Presidency programme on 19-20 June.
"The EU needs to prioritise and support digital growth and innovation so that digital competency is pervasive in all member states and across all aspects of people’s everyday lives," Flynn said. "Digital has become a utility that’s crucial in supporting economies and populations. The EU needs to champion smart cities; promote new ways of learning among our children; support research and innovation; and help scale digital enterprises.
"The issues of the digital deficit and the importance of clustering in supporting one of our biggest future sectors deserve a collective and strong advocate. It is no surprise that so many countries look to create a Silicon Valley which attracts entrepreneurs to innovate; deliver ideas into commercial products and public services; and create substantial high quality employment opportunities."
Today’s gathering of digital clusters coincides with the 10-year anniversary of the Digital Hub’s establishment.