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Looking back at the Digital Summit: A successful participation for north.io

Looking back at the Digital Summit: A successful participation for north.io

Kiel/Jena, Germany. The German government's two-day Digital Summit, which took place in Jena on 20 and 21 November 2023, marked a milestone for north.io. Jann Wendt, CEO of north.io, was one of only three exhibitors to present a pioneering exhibit, which was introduced by Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Economics Minister Robert Habeck and Digital Minister Volker Wissing as a prime example of maritime digital innovation.

In his role as initiator and coordinator of Marispace-X, Jann Wendt presented the so-called Chancellor Exhibit. The largest European maritime data space project, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action (BMWK), aims to develop cloud-based technologies to make maritime data more accessible. The focus here is on use cases such as the fight against climate change, the energy transition in the offshore wind sector and the removal of old munitions from the sea. In particular, the protection of critical infrastructures is now also increasingly coming into focus.

The focus of the presentation at the Digital Summit was on the offshore wind use case, which, due to its relevance and topicality, was in line with the summit's theme for the year: "Digital transformation at the turn of an era. Sustainable. Resilient. Future-orientated."


Platform and driver of the digital transformation  

Every year, the Digital Summit attracts experts and innovators from all over the world to discuss the latest developments in digitalisation and technology. In addition to Federal Chancellor Scholz and the organising federal ministers Dr Robert Habeck (BMWK) and Dr Volker Wissing (Federal Ministry for Digital and Transport), numerous other federal ministers and high-ranking representatives from business, science and civil society are expected to attend. As a platform for shaping the digital awakening, the Digital Summit claims to be a driving force, driver and showcase for digitalisation in Germany and worldwide.


Outstanding exhibits

In addition to Marispace-X, other innovative technologies and products were presented at the summit. Other exhibitors included Smart Glass from Carl Zeiss AG and Evidir from Jenoptik AG. These technologies illustrate the diversity and progress of digitalisation and its transformative power in various industries.

"We were proud to present Marispace-X at the Digital Summit in Jena and take the opportunity to share our vision for the future of the Blue Data Economy," says Wendt. "Our solutions are of global importance for the security and protection of our maritime resources and critical infrastructure. The aim is to accelerate the process chains of the offshore industry so that large-scale, highly complex digital underwater data can be processed. We will also protect critical underwater infrastructure using artificial intelligence and involve European partners. Our common goal in the medium term should therefore be a national maritime data space that makes us more resilient and at the same time promotes the blue data economy," adds Wendt.

Participating in the Digital Summit was an insightful and successful experience for north.io. It not only allowed us to showcase our work, but also to make valuable contacts and drive forward our vision for the future of maritime digitalisation and the blue data economy.

north.io CEO Jann Wendt presents the Marispace-X use-case critical infrastructure to German Chancellor Olaf Scholz at the Digital- Gipfel 2023



north.io would like to take this opportunity to thank the organisers of the Digital Summit in Jena. The event was an important opportunity for us to present Marispace-X as well as our Kiel-based company, expand our networks and advance our goals. We are motivated and look forward to deepening the connections we made during the summit and continuing our commitment to the future of a maritime data space.

We are convinced that the Digital Summit in Jena was an important milestone on our journey and look forward to utilising the opportunities created during this event to further advance our contribution to securing our critical infrastructure in the sea.

You can watch the presentation to the chancellor and ministers via this youtube-link


About north.io

north.io GmbH is an impact-driven company specialising in cloud technology that helps its customers achieve sustainable change with the help of software. The winner of the Schleswig-Holstein Digitalisation Award 2021 is based in Kiel, Germany. With a team of now 70 highly specialised experts, north.io focuses on developing cloud-native solutions specifically designed to unlock the full potential of geospatial data for the private and public sectors. With its software-as-a-service products TrueOcean and #TrueEarth, north.io, creates a new dimension of shared geodata management, analysis and visualisation in the public and private sectors, offshore and nature conservation. Other services include:

  • Marispace-X is the largest industry-driven maritime digitalisation project and a driver of digital transformation in the maritime sector. In the project, co-funded by the Federal Ministry for Economics and Climate Action, north.io is developing a Europe-wide dataspace that enables efficient use of maritime data in the areas of offshore wind, critical infrastructure, Internet of Underwater Things, biological climate protection and munitions in the sea.
  • AmuCad.org and the UXO-Information System KIS-SH are part of a group of software applications that address the global issue of war legacies on land and in the oceans.

About Marispace-X



Marispace-X is a project funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action in the context of Gaia-X. The aim is to build a maritime data ecosystem that allows stakeholders from businesses, science, authorities and NGOs to securely manage, distribute and analyse the data obtained via and from the sea on the basis of European standards and values and to gain new insights and develop new innovative solutions and services in the future.

With the development of this digital ecosystem of the oceans, the project consortium addresses several important challenges of this decade, such as climate change, marine conservation and digital transformation through numerous practical use cases, including offshore wind, biological climate protection, ammunition in the sea, the Internet of Underwater Things and the protection of critical infrastructure.

The project consortium is led by cloud geodata specialist north.io GmbH and cloud provider IONOS. In addition, it comprises consortium partners the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD), the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Stackable GmbH, Kiel University and Rostock University. The involvement of numerous other international associated partners and maritime stakeholders ensures application-oriented development in all areas.

All images, copyright © BMWK/Christian Kruppa

Animation film: copyright © Marispace-X/north.io

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