it's OWL

Innovation platform for SMEs

In the technology network it's OWL - Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe, more than 200 companies, research institutions and business-related organizations join forces. Together, they are opening up new fields of technology and making them available to small and medium-sized enterprises. The focus is on artificial intelligence and machine learning, platforms and new business models, and the working world of the future.  Awarded a prize in the German government's Leading-Edge Cluster Competition, it's OWL is considered one of the largest initiatives for industrial transformation in small and medium-sized enterprises nationwide.

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Currently, more than 40 projects and strategic initiatives with a project volume of 130 million euros are being implemented. In the BMBF Competence Center Arbeitswelt.Plus, for example, the potential of artificial intelligence is being tapped for workplace design, qualification, change management and co-determination.

With the AI Marketplace, a unique digital platform is being created for the product development of tomorrow. The Datenfabrik.NRW aims to set new standards in data-driven manufacturing with lighthouse factories.

Discover our innovation platform

In the future, results, solutions and applications will be prepared on the it's OWL innovation platform so that many companies can use them. At the same time, it will serve to network companies, research institutions, start-ups and networks. And the Mittelstands-Digital Zentrum Ruhr-OWL offers customized services to support small and medium-sized enterprises in their digital and ecological transformation.

We will make these and other projects tangible at the OWL joint stand. Experience at a sorting machine from Kannegiesser how artificial intelligence automatically sorts laundry and protects employees. Experiment with our Lego model to understand the functions of the AI marketplace. Discover our innovation platform and find the right support offers in conversation with our Expert:in.

Our projects at the OWL joint stand