Exciting News!

We are pleased to announce that IFOK has joined forces with leading employee-owned strategic and technical consultancy Cadmus. Our exceptional service to all IFOK clients will continue uninterrupted, with additional support from Cadmus’ wide range of expert consultants.

Please read our press release to learn more. We welcome you to contact us with any questions.

About Cadmus

Cadmus provides professional consulting services that help clients achieve their goals and create social and economic value today and for future generations. By applying exceptional technical expertise and a highly collaborative approach, we deliver customized solutions to our clients that address complex challenges in energy, climate, all-hazard preparedness, the natural and built environments, sustainable transportation, public health, and international development. Cadmus’ more than 500 consultants serve government, commercial, and nongovernmental organizations in the United States and abroad.

Plattform Industrie 4.0

Digitization creates opportunities and challenges for the industrial sector in Germany. More flexibility, individualization and efficiency are driving forces of German businesses in the context of digitization.
New forms of “digital economy and digital labour” offer great economic potential but demand simultaneously for innovative solutions regarding possible challenges in the implementation process.
The “Digitalplattform Industrie 4.0” which has been initiated by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) aims to enable a target-oriented dialogue concerning Industrie 4.0 among actors from the political, economic and scientific sector as well as the associations. Relevant topics will be identified, societal effects analysed and a necessary framework for the implantation will be created jointly.
IFOK, together with VDI Technolgiezentrum GmBH, is in charge of the secretariat of Plattform Industrie 4.0 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. Additionally, to the organization and implementation of thematic working groups, IFOK is in charge of communication, events and provide contact persons in the context of Industrie 4.0.

First Stakeholder Forum on Digitising European Industry

How do we shape the future in the age of digital industries? Over 500 participants came together to discuss a common European vision on 31st January and 1st February 2017 at Zeche Zollverein in Essen.

The German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy and the European Commission had invited stakeholders from all EU countries.  Experts and company representatives discussed, among others, the effects of digitization on the European labour market. The topics of standardization, data security and regulatory challenges were addressed in thematic workshops on the second conference day.

Former Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society and current Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, Günther H. Oettinger, emphasized in his keynote speech the necessity for European cooperation in the context of Industrie 4.0.  European activities that serve national initiatives to exchange ideas and experiences in the context of digitizing industries have been corroborated. The “European Network of Digital Innovation Hubs” represents just one of many ways to exchange experiences and expertise in the future.

IFOK is, in its role as a consortium partner, in charge of the Secretariat of Plattform Industrie 4.0. Against this backdrop, IFOK was responsible for the conception and content of the event.

Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 drive digital transformation forward

Industrial Internet Consortium and Plattform Industrie 4.0 drive digital transformation forward
Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium promote the digital transformation together.

At the SAP Headquarters, in Walldorf / St. Leon-Rot, more than 300 experts came together for the second joint meeting of Plattform Industrie 4.0 and the Industrial Internet Consortium on 21st September 2016. The two initiatives pooled their expertise to accelerate the digitalization of industrial production. The two partners want to secure the compatibility of their respective reference architectures and facilitate companies’ access to test environments.

IFOK’s role: IFOK and the VDI Technolgiezentrum GmBH are charge of the secretariat of Plattform Industrie 4.0 on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy.
You can find more information here.

Mayors Adapt

The Mayors Adapt initiative was launched by the European Commission, building on the success of the Covenant of Mayors in climate change mitigation and aiming to meet the goals of the European adaptation strategy. This pan-European initiative supports cities in their climate adaptation activities, fosters knowledge-exchange between cities and offers cities a platform to present their activities.

Signatory cities of the Covenant of Mayors develop climate adaptation plans, or integrate these into existing policies and plans. The Mayors Adapt initiative supports their work with technical expertise and targeted tools, and progress is measured every two years. Communication on their engagement is also a key area of support from the initiative, where cities receive the opportunity to exchange ideas and network among each other, and are provided with a platform to present and gain media attention on their activities.

IFOK oversaw all communications activities of this pan-European project from early 2014 to the end of 2016. This include both the centralised communications and public relations activities (e.g. website development, EU-level public relations, social media communications), as well as support of cities in their decentralised communications work (development of guidebooks, provision of written materials, communications coaching, inquiry management, etc.).
IFOK also managed all events within the project, from event design to implementation and moderation. This included workshops with city represents from across Europe on the further development of the Mayors Adapt initiative to meet city needs; a high-level opening event in Brussels with EU Commissioner Connie Hedegaard, multiple mayors, stakeholders and the press as well as three pan-European conferences of signatory cities and mayors together with high-level representatives of European institutions.

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