The initiative promotes systematic networking between the various players, e.g. via the sharing of ideas and projects, on an open innovation platform. It is a contact point for experts, professional users and end-users. It organises activities to promote a better understanding of smart networking. The partners are engaged in a regular dialogue with the initiative. For example, they work on implementation projects and support the dissemination of successful projects. They feed in their expertise via the initiative’s activities, e.g. at events, and serve as multipliers spreading the understanding of smart networking. In a joint dialogue, the network partners and the initiative give a boost to smart networking in Germany.
Participating and feeding in ideas
Everyone can access the online platform () to register as a participant and feed in specific examples of how digital technologies can improve day-to-day lives at work and at home. This means that you can talk with experts, developers and users of smart networking about how we can advance digitalisation to everyone’s benefit. In June 2017, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy launched a dialogue focusing on the use and development potential of artificial intelligence.
Surveys, studies, practical guidelines
The Initiative conducts regular surveys and studies to boost the understanding of smart networking. These include the representative survey ''. The representative survey '' deals with digital progress in German municipalities. The use of digital applications in vocational schools is covered by the short study ''. Practical guidelines on the issue of acceptance and a study on the promotion of smart networking projects are currently being prepared.
At events organised by regional partners, the participants learn about the projects in their vicinity and how they can use the potential of smart networking in their own lives or for their companies.