Lighthouse projects in Digitalization: Bavarian government announces vast initiative package to support the digital revolution and AI in Bavaria


At their June 28, 2018 session held in the Technical University of Munich, the Bavarian cabinet of ministers presented their initiatives to support the digital revolution in Bavaria. The region invests massively in order to accelerate developments and to foster AI applications. At the core of this initiative package lies the creation of a competence network “Artificial machine intelligence”, with offices in Munich, Erlangen, Würzburg, Augsburg, Bayreuth, Ingolstadt and Weiden, as well as:

  • Strengthening the TI competences in Bavarian universities;
  • Setting up and developing a network of extra-university TI research institutions;
  • Setting up a “BRAIN-Campus” (Bavarian Research in Artificial Intelligence Network-Campus) in the greater Munich area.

Minister-President Dr. Markus Söder : „Artificial intelligence is the key to the future. (…) That’s why we are investing in a new AI strategy. Bavaria must remain a leading hub throughout the digital era. (…)”

Among other initiatives, the government’s plan sees the creation of a Bavarian Research Institute for Digital Transformation (BIT), which aims at maintaining Bavaria’s leading role in terms of economic affairs and research, as well as highlighting Bavarian initiatives in AI. Digital company creators will be supported by a dedicated financing package. Both existing MediaLabs, in Munich and Ansbach, shall now accompany company creators and strengthen the multimedia start-up scene.

Bavarian Minister of the Digital Agenda, Mr. Georg Eisenreich: “(…)  By putting together the Chancellery’s department of “Digital Affairs and Media”, the  Zentrum Digitalisierung.Bayern (ZD.B), and the new research institute for digital transformations (BIT), we want to bring together existing competences, foster local initiatives, and support entrepreneurship.”

Further measures are seen to support the digital revolution in agriculture, education (« digital classroom »), commerce, health & long-time care, infrastructure, demographic change, mobility, preservation of culture & heritage. 3D-visualization applications will be introduced in several sectors (for instance in police investigations).

To support the development of this BAYERN DIGITAL strategy, which was launched in 2017, the State of Bavaria will invest no less than 5.5 bn Euros,  of which 3 bn for the years 2018-2022 alone. Two thirds of the announced measures have already started or are set to be launched later in 2018.