About Us

Who we are

DIH4S is a Digital Innovation Hub located in the North-West Region of Romania, with the headquarter in Cluj-Napoca, with local offices in the capital cities of all counties in the region; that is Oradea, Bistrita, Baia-Mare, Satu-Mare and Zalau, as well as with contact points in several capital cities of the Transylvania macro-region of Romania, such as Sf. Gheorghe, Brasov, Sibiu, Alba-Iulia, Suceava and Petrosani, and with close collaboration with some central institutions from Bucharest.

A key aspect of DIH4S ecosystem is the strong connection with end-beneficiaries of digital innovations by means of several cluster initiatives, professional associations of entrepreneurs and chambers of commerce and industry.

Our core mission is to facilitate and accelerate digitalization and digital transformation in the region, as well as to contribute to the creation and consolidation of the international networking of our region with other national and European regions in the field of digital innovations.

Our Goal

The goal of our DIH is directed on ensuring support for the wide use of digital technologies across the economy and society. Therefore, our target beneficiaries are both private and public organizations, including SMEs from any economic sector and public administration.

The Hub for Digital Innovation DIH4S has the capability – through its ecosystem of solution providers – to support applied projects and use cases on a wide range of digital innovations. In order to create the proper context for adoption of digital innovations in various social and economic sectors, DIH4S also comprises stakeholders from financial bodies, public organizations, and professionals  (e.g. ASAIA).

Beyond this, DIH4S works on specializing its digital innovations and capabilities on Artificial Intelligence and Smart Robotics to target niche areas of digitalization in Industrial Enterprises, Hospitals, Educational Institutions and Public Administration.

This is ensured by the operational synergy that uses a well-defined polycentric innovation model and a critical mass of experts in Data Science, Expert Systems, Machine Learning, Neuronal Networks, Evolutionary Optimization and Robotics, a dedicated infrastructure for prototyping, experimentation, testing and learning, to which are added teams of experts in the application fields.

The context for establishing DIH4S

The Digital Innovation Hub called DIH4S was established in 2019 by Cluj IT Cluster under the CRONOS project, financed under a national scheme of the Ministry of Research and Innovation, which supported innovative clusters to foster the structural transformation of national industry. In this framework, Cluj IT cluster set up a Digital Innovation Center that acts as an umbrella to bring together competences of IT companies and research groups focused on digital technologies, AI, data science and industry 4.0 and prepare specialized services for non-IT private and public organizations on digitization, digitalization, digital innovation and digital transformation.

To the foundation of this initiative soon joined other organizations, such as the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca and Chamber of Commerce and Industry Bistrita-Nasaud, with the support of the North-West Regional Development Agency. All these four organizations have experienced together a close collaboration since 2017 to set up a DIH initiative in the North-West Region of Romania, initiative that has been assisted by PwC under an European project.

The partnership of these four organizations at the moment of year 2019 was the result of several piloting phases run in 2018 in order to identify the right formula of cooperation. University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine from Cluj-Napoca and other 17 IT companies joined the initiative at the mid of 2019. New members have adhered to the partnership afterwards; thus, expanding the “family” of DIH4S initiative. DIH4S is open to embrace new partners that are committed to contribute to the digital transformation of industrial and public sectors of the N-W region of Romania and of the country as a whole.

People from DIH4S believe that digital technologies can strongly contribute to the foundation of a smart, safe and sustainable society. This belief is articulated in its vision that is centered on better life for citizens through a smart and ethical use of the most advanced digital technologies in various aspects that influence social and economic ecosystems.