Throughout Europe and internationally the Free State of Bavaria leads the way in the field of information and communication technology (I&C) with more than 300,000 employees in more than 20,000 companies. As basic technologies, software and microelectronics determine the innovation capacity in virtually all application areas. More than half of industrial production, most modern services, and 80 percent of exports depend on the use of I&C.
Special opportunities for growth are opening up in the future for I&C companies, particularly in the convergence areas to and between other industry and economy sectors, as well as in the ever-increasing internationalization of this area. The I&C cluster, BICCnet, particularly focuses on these industries, it actively and intensively networks I&C companies, universities, colleges, as well as non-university research institutes, and thus promotes the transfer of knowledge.
To implement such networking in a manner that is as effective and optimal as possible, the BICCnet has been integrated as a strategic unit in the Bavarian Digitalization Center since 2016. This ensures a fruitful and beneficial exchange between cluster and the Bavarian Digitalization Center, above all in the areas of internationalization, cooperation support, and knowledge transfer.
In this context the Bavarian Digitalization Center offers six platforms for the topics digital production, network mobility, cybersecurity, digital health/ medicine, digitalization in the energy sector and in the education/ science/ culture areas that work closely together with the cluster.