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This initiative of the Basque Government Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness and SPRI Group encourages enterprises to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which new information technologies are integrated into production processes. The Conference will include a score of papers, presentations and workshops where international experiences and success stories of leading companies and Basque technology centres will be showcased. The first edition of the event brought together 640 attendees and 15 exhibitors, and media and business interest raised helped to strengthen this “country strategy”. A public-private Steering Group, responsible for leading the deployment of the Basque Industry 4.0 strategy inside and outside the Basque Country, has recently been formed. Following last year’s successful experience, the Basque Government Department of Economic Development and Competitiveness, through its SPRI business development agency, has organised the second edition of the Basque Industry 4.0 Conference, an event that encourages enterprises to adapt to the Fourth Industrial Revolution, in which new information technologies are integrated into production processes. The Conference will be held on 14 October at the Palacio Euskalduna in Bilbao, chaired by Basque Government Minister Arantxa Tapia.
The debate about the Fourth Industrial Revolution will bring together, at a single forum, experiences, trends and strategies with a view to introducing so-called “smart factories”, which integrate new information and communications technologies (ICT) into productive processes, which are connected and interact with each other.
The aim of this second edition of the Basque Industry 4.0 Conference will be to reinforce the commitment of the Basque Government and Basque industry to the implementation of Industry 4.0 in enterprise, while also enabling verification of the priorities that have been established to continue leading the EC RIS3 Smart Specialisation Strategy, which in the Basque Country focuses on Advanced Manufacturing, Energy and Biohealth. The Basque Government is one of the pioneering administrations in applying European Community guidelines that are considered necessary to concentrate resources and investments in areas where there are clear synergies with the existing and potential production capacities of each region and country.
The first edition of the Conference brought together 640 attendees in Bilbao, and was addressed by an international expert, Wolfgang Wahlster, Director and CEO of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), a cutting-edge centre in one of the most advanced countries in Industry 4.0. The technological exhibition attracted 15 exhibitors who showed some of the most advanced products and technologies in this field.
Networking, the chance for participants to make contacts with a view to other types of collaboration, was another strong point of the programme, thanks to an electronic accreditation system and the possibility of exchanging business cards through the same medium. The activities programme also included a series of workshops that showed practical applications and case studies related to the different technologies presented.
Attendees generated nearly 1,500 tweets throughout the Conference, in addition to 340 contributions of different kinds. The impact of the event was also reflected in extensive coverage in traditional media, and gave rise to about 150,000 references in Google in the days after it was held.
Programa e Inscripción a BASQUE INDUSTRY 4.0, el “meeting point” de la industria vasca, aquí