#Tech4Society seeks to address the long-term challenges of our societies, including economic and social consequences of the coronavirus pandemic, the climate crisis, tomorrow’s work and economy, demographic changes, regional imbalances and the increasing political polarisation in democracies.

Technological change must not be an end in itself. New technologies need to tackle the big challenges of our time. Linking challenges with solutions requires bold thinking and forming broad alliances in society. It also requires finding solutions to political conflicts of interest on the basis of societal dialogue, democratic participation, and mutual trust. We believe that only then can society benefit from new technologies.

New technologies must be at the service of people – promoting economic progress, social cohesion and individual well-being. Together with a diverse consortium of partners from academia, civil society, the public and private sector, we seek to develop new and practical policy solutions. Together with a diverse consortium of partners from academia, civil society, the public and private sector, we seek to develop new and practical policy solutions in a co-innovative dialogue.


Which new technologies are needed for societal progress? 

With  #Tech4Society we take a value-based approach to technological change with the goal of promoting economic, social and ecological progress. Starting point of the conversation and deliberation process is the fundamental question of how new technologies can work best for societal progress by taking into account the perspectives of the society, the economy and the individual.

Economy How can new technologies contribute to a social and ecological responsible economic model? 

Society How can new technologies foster social cohesion? 

Individual How can new technologies help secure individual and societal welfare?



#Tech4Society dove deep into each dimension during a series of workshops in summer/autumn of 2020 and will take a broader approach to the topic looking into today’s value creation and the policy lessons in our launch and closing event.

The first event is about necessary changes in modern economies and value-creation due to innovations and their connected economic, ecological and social costs and opportunities. Here you can find the event. 
What role can new technologies play in maximizing economic and social value that support an economic recalibration and transformative action for beyond the crisis? How to craft an innovation-based economic stimulus package after the crisis that links technological change with inclusive and sustainable growth? Which potential do the shifts in value creation from a brick and mortar to a digital economy have for connecting rural and urban regions? Here you can find the event. 
How can policymakers together with social partners and civil society develop concepts for reforming existing institutions by unleashing the benefits of AI and others while ensuring that democratic values, social cohesion and liberal norms are protected and promoted? How does the corona pandemic affect the efficiency, inclusiveness and accessibility of public services and how could new tech have helped? How do we rethink democratic governance and public administration to adapt to the changing needs of its citizens? Here you can find the event. 
How can new technologies and big data help to tackle challenges and improve our individual wellbeing in the short and long run? What are future trends of new technologies in how to address the most significant challenges in healthcare, including Covid-19 crisis management, the demographic changes in developed economies, multiple chronic diseases and the preparation of the workforce? What are the priorities for policymakers in facilitating the use of new technologies in healthcare and leverage economic and social value?
The event ‘Which Tech for Society?’ constitutes the closing of the innovation series #Tech4Society and focuses on the political frame requirements of techno-societal change. During the event, we ask how the state and private sector can use the potential of new technologies for the amelioration of social welfare for everyone.


The #Tech4Society consortium