On the ICT summer tour, Prof. Dr Andreas Pinkwart, Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs in North Rhine-Westphalia, visited eco – Association of the Internet Industry, headquartered in Cologne, on 11 August. He met with CEO Harald A. Summa, Managing Director Alexander Rabe, eco Board Member for IT Security Prof. Dr. Norbert Pohlmann, Chief People Officer Lucia Falkenberg and Andreas Weiss, Head of Digital Business Models. The key developments in digitalisation and the digital economy in NRW were discussed: innovative digital business models, IT security, mobile working and digital education.
“The many innovative digital companies in North Rhine-Westphalia show: Our federal state is a sought-after digital location,” said Prof. Dr Andreas Pinkwart during the interview. “It is all the more important to be networked beyond national borders. I am pleased that eco, Europe’s largest association of the Internet industry, is at home in North Rhine-Westphalia. We need platforms like eco to continue to drive the digital transformation across sectors and borders,” he said.
ICT Summer Tour: Digital business models with Gaia-X
He also asked about the Gaia-X project. The European data ecosystem contributes to digital sovereignty in Germany. In NRW, there are already many practical use cases and companies that have developed new business models through the Gaia-X federated infrastructure. More information on the project.