The AI REGIO Network of Didactic Factories


Kick-Off Meeting of the AI REGIO Network of Didactic Factories

September 3rd 2021 10:00 - 16:00 CEST

In the recent years, there has been an ever increasing interest in DIHs and their services, but the most significant emergent characteristic was their heterogeneity: DIHs were born bottom-up without a precise and scientifically approved classification of their services. Their services have been self-declarations without any precise governance, and this resulted in an extreme fragmentation of their ecosystem.

Derived from the MIDIH Phase III I4MS project, AI REGIO is proposing a methodology (METHODIH) for the service characterisation and clustering of the different typologies of DIHs: 


  • those who are closely linked to regional innovation development agencies,

  • those who are closely linked to local technology competence centres,

  • those who are representing the needs and the requirements of Manufacturing Industry and SMEs in particular.


To put in evidence commonalities and specificities of DIHs, AI REGIO partners have adopted the D BEST methodology for service portfolio definition, which is implemented by a series of online and collaborative highly interactive workshops to let emerge the Data, Business, Ecosystem, Skills, Technology aspects of DIHs’ services and the opportunities for cross-DIH collaborations (joint services provision, development of services, and matchmaking of assets and competencies).

AI REGIO has discovered that many of the interviewed DIHs are closely connected to a Didactic Factory, where Skills Development, Data Integration, and Technology services are provided and where not only Technology Users, but also Students' and Start-ups' Customer Journeys are implemented.

Due to the COVID crisis, a need for a new service category unique for AI REGIO Didactic Factories has been discovered: Remotisation. Remotisation is where Data, Software, Digital Twins Simulations, and physical industrial assets can be accessed, used, transformed and repurposed from remote in a FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) way.

AI REGIO is inviting stakeholders to the Kick-Off Meeting of the AI REGIO Network of Didactic Factories taking place on 3rd of September, 2021 to discuss the aforementioned findings, characterise an AI REGIO Didactic Factory from its services setting, and to create a benchmark for a potential ecosystem and community of pan-EU Didactic Factories.


Are you interested in becoming a member of the Didactic Factories Network? Provide us with a 5' Pitch Presentation.


More information and the detailed agenda are coming soon.