Ecosystem Catalyzer Events

To promote the development of an active community around the EFPF Platform, the EFPF project organises EFPF Community Events. These are unfunded events organized for researchers, students, and other interested parties to test, validate, and develop EFPF platform including the tools, services, and infrastructure (e.g., the Data Spine elements). 

Ecosystem Catalyzer Events Time Period

EFPF Community Events program will start on the 10th December 2021 and end on 2nd February 2022.

Target Community

The main target groups for the EFPF Community Events are students, researchers, SMEs focused on innovation, research and development, and research projects.


The main benefit of participating in the EFPF Community Events is to gain experience with the EFPF platform and its tools and services. In addition, participants will also benefit from:

  • Practical hands-on experience with federated digital platform, industrial IoT, and industry 4.0 topics

  • Interaction and networking opportunities with international companies

  • Chance to demonstrate technical skills

  • Support to publish results in a peer-reviewed scientific journal or well recognised conference

  • Awards: 3 Projects selected to win prizes of up to €500.00

Scheduled Events

Community Building Event: A community building event will take place on 10th December 2021. The community building event aims to introduce the EFPF platform and the federated ecosystem, providing information about the technical challenges, and introducing the details of the Hands-on event, where challenges will be executed.

Hands-On Event: A Hands-On event will take place on 2nd February 2022. The event is organised by fortiss and will involve different stakeholders, e.g., students, researchers, participants from research projects. The main goal of this event is to brainstorm solutions for the identified challenges and to test and validate various components of the platform. Awards/prizes will be given to the teams with the three best solutions. Moreover, direct networking opportunities with the EFPF partners shall be provided.

Awards Event: A physical awards event will take place on 23rd/24th February 2022 as a follow-up format to the Hands-on events. This will take place in collaboration with EFPF research partners in different locations (i.e., Germany, Greece) and aims to invite interested researches to validate specific solutions, do experiments, and bring innovative ideas in alignment with the identified challenges, Through the demonstration of technical skills, the three best projects will be selected for, and receive prizes of up to €500.00. Potentially, scientific proceedings of the results of the workshops could be published to an identified scientific target aligned with the challenge at hand.


Challenge 1: Evaluate Shop floor to platform connectivity using EFPF IoT gateway TSMatch.

  • The goal of the challenge is to assess the usability and functionality of such IoT gateways and implement potential extensions to ease the data provisioning process.

  • To assess the usability and functionality of such IoT gateways, participants are asked to use TSMatch to establish data exchange between a set of virtual IoT Things and EFPF platform more specifically EFPF data spine.

  • After that, participants are asked to propose ideas that would improve the data provisioning process, in the form of detailed specifications, mock ups, or prototypes.

Challenge 2: Creating and evaluating EFPF Apps.

  • The goal is to evaluate the usability of the EFPF SDK by creation of sample EFPF applications (Apps).

  • To validate the functionality of the SDK and its related environment, participants are asked to:

    • Follow the flow described on the EFPF User Guide 101 in order to create the development environment 

    • Participants are then asked to propose ideas for projects that may be developed using the framework

    • The application to be developed should include the following steps:

      • Designing processes

      • Integrating with the EFPF data spine

      • Developing the application backend

      • Developing interfaces and GUIs

      • Eventually, developing dashboards and graphs with output live data

      • Finalizing with the development of prototypes

      • Deployment of the prototypes in the Marketplace.

    • In the end, the participants are asked to fill a questionnaire regarding their experience using the development tools and proposing ideas to improve it.