Public, Private, People Partnership

Digital Innovation Hub

Digital for all: inclusive and successful digital transformation

Welcome to 4PDIH. Together we will move the boundaries of the known and useful. We will change what it means to be local today. In the community and the economy we will innovate through the latest technologies and approaches. You don’t have to understand everything today, however, we are most certain, that tomorrow everyone will understand what we’re doing today.

Innovation ecosystem

4P DIH entails private initiative, 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

What are

Goals and outcomes

In the OECD working paper Automation, skills use and training, published 14th of March 2018, in was stated 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 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 only the case with 6% of the jobs in Norway.

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

Among those interventions is the support of the 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 the 4PDIH is to create 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 Slovene industry, public administration and communities in building digital competencies, innovation models and processes and 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 upskilling of existing workforce, but also by developing new study programs that will produce workforce necessary for the digital age.


Partners and connections

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

University of Ljubljana
FabLab Network Slovenia
Association of Municipalities of Slovenia
... adding partners to constortium in progress


Mechanisms and measures

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

Analysis of the needs and current situation in the field of digitization of Slovenian municipalities

We will start locally. We will capture and analyze the demand and supply of existing service platforms based on the Internet of Things technology. Strategic guidelines and recommendations will be made to introduce these technologies to diverse communities.

Catalog 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 will prepare a catalogue of good practices in localities and from other sources, notably from the countries of the European Union. We will present possible effects and how to implement such digital transformation.