BAYERN DIGITAL II: Public investment program to boost the digital revolution in Bavaria | Three billion euros over 2018-2022, 2000 jobs to be created


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The Bavarian government launches the second phase of its BAVARIA DIGITAL investment program with a new, large-scale, 10-point master plan for the digital revolution. (…) Minister-President (Governor) Seehofer: “The major issues range from digital infrastructure for the gigabit society to digital education and training, via IT security and digital applications in all areas of life. (…) The digital revolution is an enormous technological and social upheaval, the future challenges we must face with adequate concepts. The people affected by digitization should be participants and co-creators. (…)”

According to Dr. Marcel Huber, State minister in charge at the State chancellery, in a technological and economic respect it is essentially a matter of supporting the "Mittelstand" (SMEs) in mastering the digital transformations they will be confronted with. The State government also sets guidelines on issues like education and training, consumer protection, climate change or accessibility in the digital world.  Dr. Marcel Huber announced that the estimated volume of the entire master plan BAYERN DIGITAL II will approximate 3 billion euros (beginning with the supplementary budget 2018 and continuing in both upcoming State budgets), and create more than 2.000 new jobs from 2018 to 2022.

In detail, the BAYERN DIGITAL II initiatives revolve around the following guidelines:

  1. Infrastructure: Fiberglass cables all over Bavaria by 2025; expansion of Wi-Fi hotspots in public and at Bavarian schools; 5G test center at the Fraunhofer-Institute for Integrated Circuits Erlangen
  2. IT Security: Creating a central contact point for the IT security of critical infrastructure (e.g. airports); intensifying the fight against cybercrime; equipping the police force with state-of-the-art IT technology; increasing R&D for IT security
  3. Digital Education: introduction of the digital class room at all schools; computer science/information technology will be a compulsory subject; further education offensive, among others qualification campaign for IT teachers
  4. Young academics in digital core disciplines: software engineering (requirement analyses and competition for necessary new chairs across Bavaria); new courses on offer, e.g. medical engineering and date science, human centric engineering and agricultural research
  5. Digital competence in the Bavarian "Mittelstand" (SMEs): “digital transformation offensive” for small & medium companies, in cooperation with unions, chambers of commerce, associations of the Bavarian economy; modernisation of professional training for the job market 4.0 (e.g. e-commerce business diploma); promoting further education for the job market 4.0
  6. Support for key sectors of digital technologies and applications: artificial intelligence, assistive robotics, 3D-printing, development of intelligent electronic components; digital climate protection and water management, agriculture and forestry 4.0; further development of Zentrum Digitaliseirung.Bayern (ZD.B), especially around new topics like “Smart City/Construction”, “Job market 4.0”
  7. Intelligent digital mobility concept: autonomous driving, digitalisation of road infrastructure, interlinking the traffic system (e.g. expansion of dynamic traffic information or the electronic ticketing)
  8. Digital health &and care: e.g. scientific network of the Bavarian university hospitals (focus on Munich and Würzburg, Augsburg); e.g. demonstration projects of intelligent conversion of an apartment for living at home into old age
  9. E-government: universal digital administration until 2030; innovation fund for flagship projects in the domain of digital administration; e-justice (among others opening of the electronic legal communication und introduction of the electronic record)
  10. Supporting the people in the digital era: offers for senior citizens (among others on handling the digital media); barrier-free design of Bavarian ministerial services, websites and their divisions; improving consumer protection, among others through "smart services"; establishment of overall 13 BayernLabs in the rural area to make digitalisation perceptible