Digital Innovation Hub

Digital for all: inclusive and successful digital transformation

Welcome to 4PDIH. Together we will move the boundaries of the known and possible. We will change what it means to act local today. In the community and the economy, we will innovate through the latest technologies and approaches. We’re acting today for a better tomorrow.

Innovation ecosystem

4PDIH entails private initiative and public action focused on people


Supportive environment for developing ideas, projects, offering support in acquiring different grants, info point


Transparency, accessibility, efficiency, responsibility, legality, ethics, democracy, development


Growth and development, mediation, investment


The prosperity of the people


Analysis of needs (competencies, funding), capabilities (investment, consortia, association of municipalities) with new approaches based on the use of the latest technologies (AI, ML, Big Data, Blockchain) in direction of active participation and social innovation


In the OECD working paper Automation, skills use and training, published in March 2018, in was recognised that Slovenia has the second highest share of jobs at high risk among the 32 OECD members surveyed. It is eighth when combining this share with the percentage of jobs that are likely to undergo significant change due to automation. The estimated share of jobs at a high risk of automation in Slovenia is 25%, which puts our country only behind Slovakia, where 33% of the jobs are considered highly automatable. In comparison, this is the case with only 6% of the jobs in Norway.

These numbers suggest that re-qualification and up-skilling will play a key role in mitigating the difficult transitions awaiting workers whose skills have been rendered obsolete by technological progress. With awareness of the numbers and challenges, our government has undertaken several interventions to help the companies, and especially SMEs, which represent the highest share of businesses in the Slovenian economy.

Among those interventions is the support for Public-Private-People-Partnership Digital Innovation Hub – 4PDIH, which serves as a one-stop-shop for digital transformation and digital competence development.

The aim of 4PDIH is to foster awareness and provide services to grow digital competencies, share digital experience and case studies locally, regionally and internationally, and support the government to adapt regulation and open its data to foster entrepreneurship.

4PDIH provides, connects and support knowledge, business and technology expertise, technologies, experimental and pilot environments, best practices, methodologies and other activities necessary to fully enable the Slovenian industry, public administration and communities in building digital competencies, innovation models and processes, and to support their digital transformation.

Moreover, our digital innovation hub is preparing a tool to predict the jobs and competences needed in the forthcoming years. As such, we are dealing with the challenge as a whole – by both re-qualification and up-skilling of existing workforce, but also by developing new study programs that will produce workforce equipped for the digital age.

Partners and connections

4PDIH is a diverse ecosystem involving different partners from the industry, research and educational institutions, supporting systems for businesses, municipalities and other stakeholders.

  • University of Ljubljana
  • FabLab Network Slovenia
  • Association of Municipalities of Slovenia
  • Styrian Technology Park

New partners are being added to the consortium.


Mechanisms and measures

4PDIH will provide a support environment for the development, testing and use of the solutions in the field of the latest digital technologies for the local communities, i.e. municipalities or consortia, start-ups, economic operators, scientific research institutions, educational institutions, public administrations, NGOs and individuals.

Needs analysis and current state of digitalisation in Slovenian municipalities

We started locally. We captured and analysed the needs and resources of existing service platforms based on the Internet of Things technology. Strategic guidelines and recommendations will be made to introduce these technologies into communities.

Catalogue of good practices at home and abroad (EU)

For the purpose of reviewing the competences, knowledge, technologies and other capacities of municipalities and providers of digital services and platforms, we prepared a Catalogue of Good Practices of digitalisation of cities and communities (in Slovenian), notably from the countries of the European Union. We will demonstrate the possible effects and describe ways to successfully implement digital transformation.