Digital Innovation task force

1. Background

With the coming of 5G, IoT, blockchain and AI, and the growing importance of data, more and more companies are looking for ways they can use innovative digital solutions to improve their processes and increase efficiency.

The Digital Innovation task force offers these businesses and organisations a platform to:

  • Exchange experiences
  • Discuss barriers and find ways to bring these to the right platforms/regulators/organisations
  • Inspire digitisation policies and act as an informal expert group for national and international (EU) interlocutors (e.g., via emerging solutions like smart contracts and self-sovereign identity)

2. Scope and mission

The Digital Innovation task force provides a platform for experts to exchange experiences and best practices. Beltug uses the findings and suggestions of the task force to inform its members, and to develop positions, papers and activities, when and if relevant.

This high-level, multidisciplinary Digital Innovation task force meets, discusses and makes suggestions and recommendations to Beltug on issues, activities and lobbying efforts that can be undertaken in the area of digital innovation. Topics can extend beyond the national borders of Belgium.

Organisation of events is not intended to be within the scope of this initiative, as that is already part of the regular Beltug activities.

Conclusions, best practices and insights will be communicated to the other members via the regular Beltug member activities.

The set-up of the task force is flexible, informal, consensual and determined together with the members of the task force. Beltug facilitates the task force. If needed, Beltug cuts the knot on decisions to be taken, always with a view on the interests of the Beltug community and the constructive functioning of the task force.

3. Members: who can apply?

Interested Beltug members can apply to

Typically, the members of the Digital Innovation task force are practitioners in matters of digital innovation. They must be Beltug members, from the user side, and participation in task forces is included in their membership (note: a Corporate Basic membership allows your organisation to participate in 1 task force, with a Corporate Premium membership, your company can have delegates in as many task forces as you want). They are knowledgeable people with a high willingness to share their expertise. Members from the ICT supplier side (Beltug Associate Members) will only be allowed in exceptional cases.

Digital Innovation task force members may therefore come from all areas of companies and organisations. However, formal membership of the task force is limited to 1 person per company.

The task force may not be used in any way for commercial purposes.

4. Participation

The Digital Innovation task force meets on a regular basis, to be determined by the Digital Innovation task force members. Digital Innovation task force members are expected to share their experiences, come up with topics, present topics in meetings, and attend the gatherings on a regular basis.

Meetings take place both online and in-person. As trust is crucial in order to share information, and this trust is built when members know each other personally, regular participation is expected.

On occasion, the task force may invite non-member guests who have specific expertise or experience in the topic being addressed.

5. Confidentiality

Meetings follow the Chatham House Rule: participants are free to use the information received, but neither the identity nor the affiliation of the speaker(s), nor that of any other participant, may be revealed. However, the conclusions of the Council’s conversations can be used to share knowledge and best practices with the Beltug community.

6. Potential conflicts of interest

In the event of a potential conflict of interest in an issue being discussed, the concerned member will not be involved in the determination of Beltug’s position.