Dortmund, November 14, 2019. The Digital Hub Logistics took first place in the first Champions Challenge of the European Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH), making it the best hub in Europe. “This award is a great honor for us: it rewards the tireless commitment of science, business, politics and associations to develop Dortmund as a science location into an international center of digital transformation around the leading logistics industry.” says Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. Michael ten Hompel, Managing Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics IML in Dortmund, one of the three drivers of the innovation ecosystem.
In the EU Champions Challenge, the hub took the lead in both categories announced – “SME Orientation” and “Service Portfolio”. The competition is an initiative of DIHNET.EU, the coordinating body of more than 500 EU recognized Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) in Europe. Today, the prize was awarded at the DIHNET.EU Stakeholder Forum in Madrid. The finalists included the Dortmund Digital Hub Logistics, the Spanish Data Cycle Hub and IAM 3D HUB, the SuperIoT AI DIH from Finland and the Transilvania Digital Innovation Hub from Romania. As a pioneer of digital innovation, the Digital Hub Logistics - funded by DIHNET.EU - will now support young hubs in their development with best practice examples throughout Europe. This applies in particular to the definition and design of formats and services by means of which digitization of small and medium-sized enterprises in their respective countries or regions is to be promoted.