Skip to main content

ICT 2020: Leading the Digital Age


The European Commission - DG Connect, together with the German Presidency and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is proud to bring you ICT 2020: Leading the Digital Age in Cologne, on 1 – 3 December 2020.

It is hard to overstate the growing impact of data and digital technologies on everyday life of European citizens, governments, public authorities and industry.

The global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting public health emergency affected the whole of Europe. While preparing an adequate response to the economic impact and social consequences, Europe was able to count heavily on digital technologies, infrastructures and know-how to ensure business continuity.

In a time of reconstruction, the next decade should witness a Europe that strives for more prosperity building on its excellence in science and technology, at the forefront of innovation.

Europe will set the rhythm of global sustainable development, fighting climate change, underpinning transformation towards carbon-neutral industrial processes, preserving our planet’s ecosystems and offering opportunities to all.

This can only be realised if Europe takes a leading role in shaping the digital age. The European digital strategy will foster technological choice and industrial competitiveness across sectors to deliver the positive impacts to society.

Making Europe and Europeans “fit for the digital age” is a key policy priority for the new Commission. For that to happen Europe must invest in the creation of knowledge and its deployment stimulating innovation across domains.

At the start of a new EU MFF (2021-2027), ICT 2020 will present collaboration opportunities offered by Horizon Europe (HE) and the Digital Europe Programme (DEP).

ICT 2020 will host a high-level policy conference, an interactive exhibition of EU-funded projects in the field of ICT, numerous networking opportunities and much more! It is a unique occasion to bring together 5 000 researchers, innovators and engineers from all ICT fields, policy and business decision makers, as well as investors and venture capitalists.


The Exhibition will include all possible domains related to Digital Innovation: from Artificial Intelligence, HPC, Cybersecurity, Block-chain, Robotics, Data, Photonics, Cloud, 5G, Next Generation Internet (NGI) to applications in eHealth, eGovernment, IoT, Digital Skills, Digital Public Services, Connected and Automated Driving, Manufacturing, Media, Digital Cultural Heritage and many more.

All EU-funded projects in the field of Digital are invited to apply, regardless of their funding programme. A special place will be dedicated to projects and innovations created in Cooperation with the EU's International partners, as well as to other EC initiatives, such as ERDF, CEF, Ideal-IST, IPR Helpdesk, MEDIA programme, Public-Private Partnerships and Flagship initiatives. A special stage within the exhibition area will give exhibitors the opportunity to present their results and innovations. It will also host an awards ceremony for the best booths across the various categories on the last day of the event.

So, if your EU-funded project displayed remarkable results, brought digital innovation to new frontiers, contributed to expand any technological field available today or made an impressive impact on people's lives and our society, go ahead...


Apply now