REGION – NAME: EMILIA-ROMAGNA - BIG DATA TECHNOPOLE- BOLOGNA HUB

SPEAKER: RUBEN SACERDOTI- Responsible for Internationalization and Actractiveness, Emilia-Romagna Region

SECTOR: DIGITAL ECONOMY, SUPER COMPUTING, BIG DATA

TITLE: BIG DATA TECHNOPOLE- BOLOGNA HUB

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Big Data Technopole is located in the area of the “Former Tobacco Factory in Bologna, in a supportive business environment boasting a critical mass of research centers and innovative companies.

The renovation project of the area has been selected through an international architecture competition.

In the same area will be located:

  • 4 of the 20 world most powerful HPC computers by 2020;
  • Innovative companies related to the sectors of the digital economy;
  • The data centre of ECMWF (European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts);
  • Cineca, an Inter-university consortium with supercomputer ranking first in the EU as regards calculation systems for scientific research and Big Data;
  • Bi-Rex (Big Data Competence Center) involving 61 public and private stakeholders, committed to connect Big Data to industry;
  • Other relevant national Research Centres: INFN (National Institute for Nuclear Physics), ENEA (Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development), CINI (National Interuniversity Consortium for Informatics).

Emilia-Romagna is the first Italian region according to the Digital Economy and Society Index and Bologna is the first Italian city in the Smart City Index (E&Y, 2016).

The region has: 

  • a digital network for PA;
  • a connection to the HS networks GARR/GEANT;
  • about 800 researchers and 86 degree programmes in the field of digital economy;
  • 26 master degree programmes concerning Industry 4.0;
  • a network of PPPs organized in specialized “Clust-ER”.

BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY

An area of about 40,000 sq.m of the Big Data Technopole in Bologna will be available for new investments:

  • 10,000 sq. m for new facilities to be built;
  • 30,000 sq. m through renovation of already existing buildings (the five floors building “Ballette”of 25,000 sq. m the “Salt Warehouse” of 5,000 sq. m suitable for Conference Center).

Timing: A first area of 25,000 sq. m will be completed by 2021 (the area for ECMWF by 2019).

Main targets for new investments:

  • Companies and public/private organizations and research centres in the sectors of digital economy, artificial intelligence, big data with applications in manufacturing, agrifood, life sciences, climate change, environmental protection, IP, Humanities, Smart Cities; etc. ;
  • International organizations (universities, research institutes, foundations, etc.);
  • International agencies/organizations (also with relationships with ECMWF);
  • Co-working and spin-off areas and conference centres;

Common services, spaces and security of the Technopole will be managed by a unique subject. Part of the energy supply will come from renewable resources. Incentives could be provided.

CONTACT INFO

Name: ERVET SpA Regional Development Agency –Territorial Development and Attractiveness Unit 

Website: www.investinemiliaromagna.it

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Tel: +39 051 6450417; +39 348 4216274  or  +39 051 6450429; +39 347 3770319

Contact person:

Paola Maccani (Head); Sabino Alvino (Expert)