The aim of the DATOS project is to resolve how to activate companies and other organizations in Southern Ostrobothnia and Satakunta in promoting the introduction of digital and green growth solutions and to increase high-level expertise in the field of information technology. In addition, this project seeks to address the problems caused to businesses by the Covid-19 pandemic and seeks diverse ways to support business recovery, for example by promoting software expertise, mass data, cloud services and artificial intelligence related expertise.
The main goals of the project are to form connections with the university, companies, public services and third sector actors, to build a broad co-operation base with the university and companies, and to promote digitalization by intensifying co-operation between Satakunta and Southern Ostrobothnia. In particular, the aim is to involve SMEs in cooperation network to make use of new expertise.
The measures to be implemented in the project are e.g., developing business cooperation, practical interaction with companies, organizing technology forums, coordinating technology pilots, and anticipating educational needs. In addition, investigating the interest in piloting new learning technologies to strengthen companies' skills is a part of the project. Proximity to working life is desired for the transfer of expertise, which also increases the attractiveness of various educations. The Stakeholder and Business Cooperation Forum, which will be launched within the framework of the project, will create the necessary conditions for the consolidation of multi-site education and development work.
The most essential results of the project are a new operating model between university, companies and third sector actors, analysis, and anticipation of educational needs in cooperation with companies, as well as technology forums and the promotion of technology pilots. As the focus of the project is precisely on the field of information technology, it offers a wide range of opportunities to work with different fields, services, and partners, as the development of software skills widely cuts across the needs of society. In addition, supporting the deployment of digital solutions will support the growth of the green economy.
The project is funded by the REACT-EU Instrument as part of the European Union's response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Council of Tampere Region
Expert, Pori: Jere Grönman
Expert, Pori: Mari Saarivirta
Expert, Seinäjoki: Mikko Auranen
Project manager: Minna Haapakoski