Digital Poland is a non-profit foundation that brings together Polish and international companies located in Poland (e.g., Polpharma, Microsoft, Visa, T-mobile Polska, among others) to tackle the challenges faced by the country and reap the benefits of the digital transformation and economy.
Since its inception in 2017, Digital Poland has been identifying topics with profound implications for the economy, with a specific focus on Artificial Intelligence (AI), FinTech, e-Health, blockchain, and cloud computing, amongst others. The foundation's conforming groups (led by the companies, associated with the initiative) also support the development of training sessions and resources with the aim of facilitating the digital transition through sustainable upskilling of the labour force and citizens. These actions largely aim to position Poland as a leader in R&D (Research and Development) and innovation and highlight its potential on a European and global scale. Digital Poland provides an open innovation platform, which connects innovators and start-ups with some of the largest corporations in the Central Eastern Europe region. The platform also offers hackathons, challenges and competitions throughout the year.
Digital Poland also provides information on digital trends throughout the world, as well as reports on the status of key technologies, like AI or 5G, and potential contributors to its development in Poland. Reports zoom in on specific industrial and economic sectors and their level of adoption and uptake of advanced technologies, with some examining the situation on a local and regional level too. The foundation's AI Poland initiative targets the Polish AI ecosystem on a broader level, providing support to, and enabling collaboration between Polish and international organisations in several areas, such as business cooperation, fundraising and the development of new initiatives and actions.
Digital Poland's positive impact is largely due to the initiative's success in mobilising a wide community of stakeholders: participating companies have actively contributed to inform policymakers and citizens on the key challenges of the digital transformation. Other upskilling activities are being coordinated by member organisations based on the identified challenges. The initiative's outcomes are well-documented - Digital Poland has participated in the production of over 20 reports in a wide range of topics on the topics of emerging technologies and the digital transformation. In addition, around 20 sister projects on different topics are coordinated by the network of member companies. Digital Poland is scalable, with actions carried out by the foundation steadily increasing in scope and impact since its start in 2017. The website of Digital Poland is user-friendly and contributes to an accessible user experience: it is available in both English and Polish and incorporates an easy-to-use interface.