Paris, January 23-24, 2024
Upskilling and reskilling in education and in professional life define the future of the current and next generations. We need to adapt to the constantly changing situation on a labour market to move on and stay competitive. How can building an innovative data space as well as working with data and data services contribute to improvements and progress? How do European countries cooperate? What must be done first?
Everybody who works in education and its development connected with data, knows that there is much to be done in this sector. Initiatives like Prometheus-X, exist to point at the importance of changes and – simultaneously – they drive these changes by inviting international partners to collaboration. Innovation is sparked by creating a concrete common vision with a clear plan and necessary assignments.
After a few months of preparations, the consortium of Prometheus-X gathered in Paris on January 23-24, 2024, to officially kick off the international initiative for the future of the European Data Spaces in education, reskilling, and upskilling. During two intense days at CNAM, Conservatoire national des arts et métiers, which is also one out of 38 participating organisations, partners discussed their main objectives and the path leading to achieving them.
Luis Carlos Busquets Pérez, DG CONNECT Programme Officer at the European Commission, joined the partners virtually and via a call officially opened the meeting. He emphasized the importance and scale of the Prometheus-X mission by saying that “Data Spaces are an important pillar for the competitiveness of the EU”.
After the short welcoming, Matthias de Bièvre, the Lead of the initiative and the CEO of Visions, a partnering company, took over and invited selected organisations: Inokufu, imc, CNAM, Rejustify, and Themis, to present their use cases and plans to achieve the common objectives in collaboration with partners. After the lunch break, it was time to discuss technical aspects of Prometheus-X. László Gönczy, Associate Professor at BME (The Budapest University of Technology and Economics), took over to introduce the audience to the operational roadmap, focussing on building blocks, modular approaches based on building blocks, as well as the general infrastructure. He also enumerated organisations which will be involved in this part most intensively.
The second part of the day was dedicated to the online public launch in which Prometheus-X and partners introduced the ideas to a broaden audience, outlined the meaning of building blocks, presented use cases, and explained the role of efficient communication for which DIO – Data Intelligence Offensive is responsible.
Roughly 170 attendees dialled in. At the end of the session, participants asked questions, shared comments, and dropped ideas. If you did not manage to join the online event on January 23rd, feel free to watch the recording here. Should you be interested in having a deeper look at content presented during the session, check the PDF presentation here.
On day 2 of the public launch, partners divided into two groups: one concentrated on use cases, another one on building blocks. Each of them has been working in a breakout session mode to focus on the most relevant questions. Outcomes of those sessions were presented by session leaders in the form of summaries followed by brief Q&A sessions.
Prometheus-X & Partners left Paris with numerous takeaways, ideas, and concrete expectations. Next steps are already set. There is no time to waste. There is only time to act. This time is now.
Stay tuned and follow the progress of Prometheus-X & Partners on LinkedIn where the most recent updates are published. Soon, you can look forward to checking a dedicated website, on which you will be able to observe the development of the initiative. If you have questions or remarks, contact Prometheus-X at email@example.com.