The International Center for Digital Transformation and Digital Skills was established in June 2020 by Cisco in collaboration with the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the Ministry of Digital Governance and the Ministry of Development and Investments, under the auspices of the Office of the Prime Minister in Thessaloniki.
Its purpose is to enhance innovation, accelerate digital transformation, enhance digital skills as well as promote digital culture.
More specifically, at the Center, Cisco with the support of the Municipality of Thessaloniki, its partners, the academic community and start-ups, will create teams that will analyze, design and propose solutions that concern any area of economic and social life. At the same time, the Center will have a training department - Cisco Networking Academy (www.netacad.com) - as well as STEM and Robotics departments, which aim to enhance the digital skills of pupils, students and professionals who want to acquire specialization equipment, which are in now days required by the labor market.
The International Center for Digital Transformation and Digital Skills is housed in the building of the Old Slaughterhouse, in the Western part of Thessaloniki.
The decision of Cisco Hellas, for the creation of the Center, is part of the Cisco strategy for the enhancement of the digital transformation and the digital skills in Greece, through the technological innovation for the strengthening of the country's economy and consequently the development. The center will be a reference point for innovative technological solutions that Cisco will develop with its partner ecosystem, start-ups and educational and research institutions in sectors such as life quality (e.g. smart cities), health, rural development, tourism, environmental protection, civil protection and many others, not only for Greece but also for the Balkans and Southeastern Europe.
The company is committed to continue to support in every way in this direction and will always be a helper in efforts aimed at technological progress and consequently the economic development of Greek society.
Cisco has a network of innovation centers where, with the help of partners, startups and academia, they analyze and propose solutions that concern any area of economic and social life.
Below are the solutions that will be immediately available for operation and demonstration to the visitors of the Center. Also, the center in collaboration with local partners will develop solutions to issues that concern the Greek Public Sector and Local Government as well as private companies. For this purpose, it will host new startup companies and will cooperate with local universities and research institutes in the area.
The Center will host startups, which will study and develop innovative technological solutions to existing social problems. Also, in collaboration with the Municipality of Thessaloniki, the center will organize cultural events, such as concerts, theatrical performances and art and technology exhibitions, with live broadcast via the internet.
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Mayor of Thessaloniki Mr. Konstantinos Zervas: "This is a very important moment for the city of Thessaloniki, as it is the beginning of a systematic effort we make to change radically for the better. Less than a year has passed since our first contacts and meetings with Cisco, which began in September 2019 until today. "Which proves that when there is a will, things move fast", he also stated. "Greece must change. In order to do this, we must be strengthen the Greece that produces. The Greece that innovates. Must be set up next to our heavy industry, which is tourism and services, other new ones with added value. And the role of Thessaloniki in this is to become a second development pole, a center of entrepreneurship, innovation, trade, tourism, technology production. In addition to what already exists in Attica. Not competitive, but parallel. This is a national demand and requirement."
Ministry of Development and Investments. Minister Mr. Adonis-Spyridon Georgiadis: "Cisco's decision to establish this digital acceleration center in Thessaloniki, one of 15 in the world, is an extremely joyful event and obviously the Government and the Ministry of Development support it."
Ministry of Digital Governance. Minister Mr. Kyriakos Pierrakakis: “Greece has huge work force and huge potential. But it does not have the necessary conditions to be able to release them. What is happening today in Thessaloniki is great. It is great that we are all together and open a new era for our country. And it's great to think that technology empowers people."
Antonis Tsimpoukis, General Manager, Greece, Cyprus, Portugal and Malta, Cisco: "It all started with an intention to cooperate with the Municipality, the Ministry and the Office of the Prime Minister in Thessaloniki and just 8 months later we reached an investment phase that will give new life, not only to the city but to the whole country. At this center we want to show what technology can do, not in theory but in practice. Technology, solutions, will be here. Each visitor will be able to see them in real operation and most importantly, to use the infrastructure and know-how of the center to develop solutions that will solve problems. At the same time, the center will operate a digital skills center, where certifications recognized by the market will be given, with the aim of providing today the supplies for a better tomorrow."
The companies from the Cisco Partner ecosystem that collaborate and are hosted at the Center, aim to study and develop innovative technological solutions, as well as to present these solutions to the visitors of the Center.
The Center will have a training department Networking Academy as well as STEM and Robotics departments, which aim to enhance the digital skills of pupils, students and professionals who want to acquire specialization equipment, which are in now days required by the labor market.
Cisco International Center for Digital Transformation and Digital Skills is located in the old Slaughterhouse on the west side of the city of Thessaloniki, near the building that will host the new facilities of the Federation of Industries of Greece.
For your visit to the Center or for the expression of interest for holding an event, it is necessary to complete the relevant electronic application.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Center operates in full compliance with the rules established by the state through the National Public Health Organization (EODY) and the General Secretariat for Civil Protection (GSCP). More information from the secretariat of the Center and the website of EODY and GSCP.
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Special prices for the visitors of the Center