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Digital Hub to make Denmark the digital test centre of the world

The Confederation of Danish Industry’s Digitisation Panel proposes that private and public sector stakeholders should come together to create a joint initiative that brings entrepreneurs, students and the established business community together to generate the digital solutions of the future.
Marianne Dahl Steensen, chairman of the Confederation of Danish Industry’s Digitisation Panel and CEO of Microsoft Danmark ApS, believes that, given the right investment, Denmark could become the world’s digital test centre. Photo: Sif Meincke

Publiceret: 07.12.2016
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Countries across the world are competing fiercely in the race to digitise and for the investments opportunities involved.

The Confederation of Danish Industry has now proposed that the Danish government should invest in a digital hub to bring entrepreneurs, students and the established business community together to create the digital solutions of the future.

“We know that the investments of the future will go to those countries that are first to market with new digital solutions. So far, Denmark has done well in the digital race – but it is far from certain that this will continue,” says Karsten Dybvad, director general of the Confederation of Danish Industry.

He points out that Danish companies are already seeing a shortage of IT specialists. 

“We encourage the Danish government to launch a national action plan to ensure that our education system and skills development in the field of IT are top quality from pre-school classes to the last day of work before retirement. But we also need to become better at attracting international IT talent – and this is something the action plan also needs to address,” believes Karsten Dybvad.

See also: Danish IT industry booming

Creating a digital hub

The Confederation of Danish Industry’s Digitisation Panel is proposing that private and public sector stakeholders come together to create a joint initiative called Digital Hub DK.

“The digital hub is designed to provide a unique framework where up to 1,000 IT specialists and students from Denmark and abroad can work, develop, make models and prototypes in partnership with Danish businesses for 3-6 months after which a set of people takes over,” explains Marianne Dahl Steensen, who is chairman of the Digitisation Panel and general manager of Microsoft Danmark.

In addition to developing specific proposals for new IT solutions, the environment that will grow up around Digital Hub DK will contribute to talented programmers from abroad thinking of Denmark as one of the most exciting places to work in Europe.

Many young talents are very much attracted by creative and inspirational environments that give them the opportunity to work across disciplines. According to the plan, this will happen when talents from across the world work together in the hub.

See also: Tech-giants love Denmark

More proposals in the pipeline

The Confederation of Danish Industry’s Digitisation Panel believes that, with the right investment, Denmark could become the digital test centre of the world. But this requires immediate action. According to the Danish government’s own prognoses, Denmark risks facing a shortage of 19,000 IT specialists by 2030.

“We hope that our proposals will be used by the Danish government which has promised a digital growth plan in the spring of 2017. Let’s ensure that it is an ambitious plan outlining specific initiatives that can make Denmark into a digital beacon for the rest of the world to navigate by,” says Karsten Dybvad.

The Confederation of Danish Industry’s Digitisation Panel is working on several new proposals for giving Denmark’s digital development the boost it needs.

See also: 10 places to find help with digitisation

Facts about Digital Hub DK:

  • Workplace for about 1,000 IT specialists and students on projects lasting 3-6 months.
  • Framework for outward-looking activities such as workshops, talks and networking events.
  • The purpose of the hub is innovation, knowledge dissemination and connecting people who have unique expertise.

 

The digital hub is designed to provide a unique framework where up to 1,000 IT specialists and students from Denmark and abroad can work, develop, make models and prototypes in partnership with Danish businesses.
GENERAL MANAGER MARIANNE DAHL STEENSEN, MICROSOFT DENMARK
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PUBLISHED: 12/7/2016 LAST MODIFIED: 12/7/2016