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DAPSI’s incubator highlights 14 cutting edge solutions to data portability

DAPSI’s incubator highlights 14 cutting edge solutions to data portability

The latest in data portability technology will be showcased this week as the second cohort of DAPSI accelerator participants display their cutting edge solutions at a digital event. 

The Data Portability and Services Incubator (DAPSI) project is an incubator programme aimed at finding and developing the most cutting edge technology to solve the issues in data breaches and allow the way forward for a decentralized web.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in force since 25 May 2018. Specifically, Article 20 has the purpose of making it significantly easier for citizens to have any data which is stored with one service provider transmitted directly to another provider.

The teams on the DAPSI incubator are working on interoperable formats that enable data portability to combat the issues that have arisen from this move.

Removing the big data corporations allows for users to keep control over their own data and contact others in their network directly. 

The programme

DAPSI was formed, under the European Commission’s Next Generation Internet (NGI) initiative, to create incubation opportunities for innovators to research and develop solutions to the increased issues surrounding the portability of data, data breaches and the personal ownership of one’s data. Despite GDPR having been in effect since May 2018, there are still issues with the portability of data online and seamless solutions with ‘interoperable formats’ are required.

The DAPSI programme initially selects 50 teams for a nine-month programme and each team receives up to €150K of equity-free funding to help build their prototype and fund their research. The amount of equity is scaled depending on team size and progress.

Throughout the nine-month programme experts from a diverse range of fields will provide a successful working methodology, access to top infrastructure, training in business and data related topics, coaching, mentoring, visibility and community building.

The programme is supported by six partnering organisations from throughout Europe and funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme.

The showcase

The best teams progress onto phase two of the DAPSI incubator and fourteen of those winning projects are going to be showcased at the Final DAPSI Event #2 on the 2nd of February. 

Karolina Mojzesowicz, Deputy Head of Unit Data Protection at the European Commission, will deliver the keynote on data portability as a huge societal issue challenging before the DAPSI winners pitch their projects.

Hosting the event is DAPSI consortium member Cap Digital with the other DAPSI partners Zabala, F6S, IMT Starter, and Fraunhofer IAIS and Engineering

Jean-Luc Dorel, NGI Programme Officer at European Commission will open the event and F65’s EU projects manager, Miguel Gonçalves will moderate as the fourteen start-ups pitch.  

Among the fourteen winning projects showcased you’ll hear from CryptPad an encrypted collaboration suite, Orvium, an open access and multidisciplinary publishing platform for scientific and academic publications and XPORTA, which improves access and portability of XMPP accounts between providers.

The winners cover a smorgasbord of solutions to the challenges of data portability, sovereignty, transparency, compatibility, interoperability.

Rounding off the event attendees will be treated to a round table discussion, moderated by TechEU’s very own Editor-in-chief, Robin Wauters. He’ll be guiding a discussion between industry experts Philippe Page, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Human Colossus Foundation and Anne-Sophie Taillandier, Data & AI TeraLab Platform Director at the Institut Mines-Télécom Business School and former DAPSI winners including Mehdi Medjaoui, CEO of Alias and Carola Compá, VP business developer at DPella. 

The digital event, which will be delivered in English, begins Wednesday, February 2nd, at 10 am CET and runs through to 1 pm. Registration for the event can be found here. Get that date in your diary!

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