Concertation and Consultation on Computing Continuum: From Cloud to Edge to IoT


Scope the event

The blurring barriers between Cloud and Edge computing are giving birth to a computing continuum where services and data must be managed and secured efficiently. Especially with new trends like the Metaverse, the demand for (hybrid) cloud computing services and edge computing is expected to skyrocket. As recent studies suggest, new data processing needs are appearing at the edge. This not only for reducing latency but also to ensure data availability and privacy protection.  Running and managing data analytics and AI where it is more efficient and effective is to be supported in the Cloud-Edge-IOT continuum.

Advancing the IoT can avoid skyrocketing communication and storage costs, energy consumption and produce benefits for citizens and businesses thanks to the integration of AI and Machine Learning. 

In addition, an open ecosystem built around Open Source and Open Standards is key to unleashing the potential of the European industry in driving green and digital transformation while preserving EU strategic autonomy. Software defined infrastructures based on Open Source and Open Standards will support the next step in the Cloud-Edge-IOT continuum while preventing lock-in and favouring a competitive economy for the benefit of EU citizens.

These trends have called for a shift towards the technical and business convergence of the so-far formally separated Cloud, Edge and IoT domains, towards an open Cloud, Edge and IoT Computing Continuum. 

In the recent years, the European community of researchers and innovators at work on the next generation Cloud, Edge and IoT computing has been growing in relevance, diversity and impact. For Europe to ensure its technological sovereignty and ground the vision of a computing continuum as the backbone of an open and inclusive society, it is necessary to overcome fragmentation, bring together organisations and individuals from different communities and leverage Open Source.The Concertation and Consultation on Computing Continuum: From Cloud to Edge to IoT meeting is a 2-day physical event organised within the context of the European, Cloud, Edge and IoT Continuum initiative by the OpenContinuum consortium in close collaboration with the UNLOCK-CEI and SW Forum projects and guided by the  European Commission DG CNECT E.2 and E.4 Units.


Structure of the days

The first day of the event will be concertation oriented. The invited Horizon Europe RIAs which started in 2023 will have the opportunity to pitch their projects and introduce the plans for the future, while the more mature Horizon 2020 projects and the Horizon Europe projects started in 2022 will discuss their assets, and share lessons learned and success stories. In fact, it will be an important opportunity for the H2020 projects to further exploit and handover their results to the new RIAs, who will have a greater picture of the work they can build upon. CSAs such as EU-IoT, SW Forum and HUB4CLOUD will also demonstrate the accomplishments of the projects they have supported. There will be plenty of opportunities for networking including a cocktail dinner, and, in addition, the EUCloudEdgeIoT Cooperation Mechanisms (task forces) will be discussed.

The second day will shift to a consultation, with the goal to bring forward thinking for the next Horizon Europe Work Programme (2025-2027). Through a Call for Expressions of Interest with new trends, vision and tracks for research, it will be selected the best short papers to be presented at the event. The call is open to any interested party, from academic researchers to industrial players, funded EC projects, policy makers and SMEs. Research roadmaps will also be presented by initiatives such as SW Forum, HiPEAC, NESSI, AIOTI, European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud, INSIDE, FIWARE foundation.


Why should you attend?

  • Learn from and exchange know-how with the major EU funded initiatives and projects on data and computing technologies.
  • Showcase and promote your work within the broader European R&I context for further adoption, exploitation and impact of your project’s outcomes.
  • Establish liaisons and contacts within the European Cloud, Edge and IoT community to identify common interests and foster synergies and collaborations.
  • Learn about industrial best practices/use cases across several industrial sectors where European organisations are playing a significant role.
  • Learn about policy/funding plans priorities and help refining the plans to deliver the European Strategy for data grounding the Digital Decade vision.
  • Be part of the discussions about future R&I priorities and plans, help shaping agendas and decisions on future investments.
  • Contribute to strategic R&I roadmaps to increase the competitiveness of European industry in Europe and ensure EU’s technology independence in Software, Cloud, Edge and IoT domains.
  • The event will group the community of major players in Europe engaged in several EU funded projects, including the ICT-50-2020 (Software Technologies), ICT-40-2020 (Cloud Computing), ICT-56-2020 (Next Generation IoT), HORIZON-CL4-2021-DATA-01-05 (MetaOS), HORIZON-CL4-2022-DATA-01-02 (Cognitive Cloud), HORIZON-CL4-2022- DATA-01-03 (Swarm Computing), HORIZON-CL4-2022-DIGITAL-EMERGING-01-26 (Open source for cloud-based services). Top representatives and experts from some major relevant initiatives will also be invited (SW Forum, HiPEAC, NESSI, AIOTI, European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud, INSIDE, FIWARE foundation).

Important note:

  • Participation in this event is through invitation only.
  • Selected EoIs will also be invited to attend the event.



Day 1 | 10 May 2023: Concertation

  • 08:50 – 09:00 | Opening Doors
  • 09:00 – 09:30 Registration & Welcome coffee
  • 09:30 – 09:40 Welcome and Introduction to the event | Auditorium, Dr Monique Calisti (Event Moderator, CEO – Martel Innovate)
  • 09:40 – 09:45 Introduction to | Auditorium, Albert Seubers (Director Martel Innovate BV)
  • 09:45 – 10:15 Opening Speech by the European Commission | Auditorium, (EC Speaker TBC)
  • 10:15- 11:00 Pitch Session – Part 1  | Auditorium, (pitches from Horizon Europe Projects started in 2023)
    • Cognitive Cloud: AC3; ACES; CloudSkin; CODECO; COGNIFOG; DECICE; EDGELESS; MLSysOps; SovereignEdge.Cognit
    • Open Source for Cloud Services: AERO; OpenCUBE; RISER; Vitamin-V
  • 11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break
  • 11:15 – 11:45 Pitch Session – Part 2  | Auditorium, (pitches from Horizon Europe projects)
    • Swarm Computing: OASEES; OpenSwarm; SMARTEDGE; TaRDIS
    • Potential of drones as multi-purpose vehicle – risks and added values: SPADE
    • Technologies and solutions for compliance, privacy preservation, green and responsible data operations: TEADAL; TRUSTEE
  • 11:45- 12:15 EUCEI Cooperation Mechanisms | Auditorium (Task Forces Leaders)
    • TF1 Strategic Liaisons (5min)
    • TF2 Open Source Engagement (5min)
    • TF3 Architecture (5min)
    • TF4 Ecosystem Engagement (5min)
    • TF5 Market and Sectors (5min)
    • TF6 Communications (5min)
  • 12:15 – 12:45 Q&A Session | Auditorium
  • 12:45- 14:45 RIAs “Tour” and networking lunch | Auditorium and Mezzanine, Guided tour through RIAs banners (focus given to RIAs started before 2023)
  • 14:45- 15:15 MetaOS Presentations (TBC)
  • 15:15- 16:30 Success Stories | Auditorium (For H2020 Projects)
    • Software Technologies: COSMOS; ELEGANT; FOCETA; PIACERE; VeriDevOps; XANDAR
  • 16:30 – 17:00 Q&A Session | Auditorium
  • 17:00- 18:30 The Way Forward  | Auditorium, (EU-IoT, SW Forum and Hub4Cloud coordinators)
    • Hub4Cloud panel (30 min)
    • SW forum panel (30 min)
    • EUIoT panel (30 min)
  • 19:30 Social Dinner | Networking Space, Ticket entry


Day 2 | 11 May 2023: Consultation

  • 08:20 | Opening Doors
  • 08:30 – 09:00 Registration & Welcome coffee | Entry and Networking Space
  • 9:00 – 09:15 Welcome and Introduction Dr Monique Calisti (Event Moderator, CEO – Martel Innovate)
  • 9:15 – 09:30 Opening Speech by the European Commission | Auditorium, (EC Speaker TBC)
  • 09:30 – 11:00 Consultation on the Research Agenda 2025-2027 Part 1  | Auditorium
  • 11:00 – 11:20 – Coffee Break
  • 11:20 – 13:00 Consultation on the Research Agenda 2025-2027 Part 2  | Auditorium
  • 13:00 – 14:00 – Networking Lunch
  • 14:00 – 15:30 Research Roadmaps
    • Ovidiu Vermesan – AIOTI
    • Andreas Metzger – NESSI
    • Juncal Alonso – SW FORUM
    • Ignacio M. Llorente – European Alliance for Industrial Data, Edge and Cloud
    • Koen De Bosschere – HiPEAC
    • Clara Pezuela – FIWARE Foundation
    • Paolo Azzoni – INSIDE
  • 15:30 – 16:30 – European Commission Wrap-up and key messages
  • 16:30 Closing of the Event