Digital Ministry Unveils State Tech Collab Space

The open plan space is designed to foster collaboration and exchange (Photo © Ministry for Digitalisation)

Companies, startups, freelancers and researchers have a new location to contribute towards developing digital public services following the inauguration of the GovTech Lab.

Located at the State Information Technology Center administration building, in rue de Neudorf, the space was designed with an emphasis on openness and sharing.

“An open space, divisible into several smaller spaces that can accommodate groups of different sizes, depending on the needs of each event. The concept aims to encourage a positive emulation of ideas and sharing of experience,” the digital ministry said in a press statement.

The lab is expected to be a place for experimentation, exchange and innovation, and will host specialised events such as workshops, hackathons and training. It can also be used to experiment and test new ideas and technologies.

The idea for a GovTech Lab was first announced at the ICT Spring Conference in 2020. A joint initiative of the ministry of digitalisation and its technological arm, the lab combines governance technology and open innovation to accelerate the development and use of tech solutions in order to foster digital transformation in the public sector and improve the quality of services available to individuals as well as businesses. A strategic focus is eGovernment solutions.

Specifically, the lab calls on the experiences and ideas of non-State actors through innovation calls. Currently, the GovTech Lab has three open calls for solutions: Trust My Data, dedicated to verifiable digital attestations, myGuichet.lu video conferencing solution the Virtual Meeting Room and legal study SpeedUP procedure, providing a digital power of attorney, enabling third parties to complete administrative procedures on MyGuichet.

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