The first GATE workshop held on the 6th and 7th of December in Sofia Tech Park was a great success and a pivotal step towards the establishment of GATE community, by involving in fruitful discussions more than 100 participants. The workshop aimed at gathering Big Data researchers, industry representatives and policy makers, in order to jointly identify the priority research areas and potential pilots within the frame of the four innovation pillars (Data Driven Government, Data Driven Industry, Data Driven Society and Data Driven Science). The main goal was through collaboration and ideas co-creation to define the baseline for the science and innovation to be developed by the future GATE Centre of Excellence.
The participants in the workshop were welcomed online by Edward Curry, vice president of the Big Data Value Association, the biggest European initiative in the area, which main task is to boost European companies' competitiveness with large-scale innovations. Edward Curry supported GATE project in the context of its mission to build the first Big Data Centre of Excellence in Eastern Europe and shared his view that the centre will have an important role not only as a national and regional digital innovation hub but also as a valued partner in European Network of Big Data Centres of Excellence.
The three targeted sessions within the two days of the workshop allowed for focused and inspiring discussions among the project team and the respective stakeholders. Furthermore, in a series of individual talks with representatives of the academic and research community, state and municipal administration, non-governmental and business organizations, the main expectations of the future Centre for Excellence in Big Data were identified.
The workshop and its outcomes were also widely communicated through different national media publications.