Nov 2 – 5, 2020
Europe/Amsterdam timezone


Keynote: GAIA-X - Europe's sovereign technology ecosystem

Nov 3, 2020, 9:00 AM


Keynote: GAIA-X - Europe's sovereign technology ecosystem

  • Volker Guelzow (DESY)
  • Maximilian Ahrens (CTO at T-Systems)


Europe risks losing its digital sovereignty in the ongoing digitalization of its industry and public sector. Currently, there is no scalable European technology ecosystem. However, cloud platforms for data storage and computing resources with additional software ecosystems are key for digitalization, which in turn drives innovation. The ecosystems provided by hyperscalers are technically powerful, yet are not tailored towards European industry’s demands on distributedness, openness, and interoperability. Europe needs a sovereign ecosystem to steer digitalization the European way and support its industry and public sector on the journey to having a sustainable digital economy. To this end, GAIA-X promises a solution to regain control of European data under European standards.

"With GAIA-X, representatives from politics, business and science from France and Germany, together with other European partners, create a proposal for the next generation of a data infrastructure for Europe: a secure, federated system that meets the highest standards of digital sovereignty while promoting innovation. This project is the cradle of an open, transparent digital ecosystem, where data and services can be made available, collated and shared in an environment of trust".
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