GovHack, the 1st Innovation Center for Digital Transformation in Public Administration and
Local Government, is launched following the positive evaluation of a proposal submitted to the
General Secretariat for Research and Innovation of the Ministry of Development & Investment.
Initially, 12 companies, 2 research institutes and 2 collective bodies will be participating in
Govhack, while it will be supported by companies and organizations from Greece and abroad.
The purpose of GovHack is to support its member companies and partners with digital
transformation in public administration (govtech), with the main goal of providing the appropriate
resources that will enable them to meet the challenges and opportunities of the industry, at
national and international level.
The Innovation Center for Digital Transformation in Public Administration and Local Government
is to develop the necessary infrastructure and know-how as well as an ecosystem to
support innovation in developing applications for the Digital Transformation of Public
Administration and Local Government, through the provision of specialized innovative
services and products as well as the transfer of know-how and technology to public sector
organizations and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
The GovTech term refers to the application of emerging technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence,
sensors, internet of things, blockchain, data processing, open data, etc.) to improve the
provision of public services by increasing efficiency and reducing costs. The GovTech sector is
estimated to be worth over $ 1 trillion by 2025 worldwide.
Digital transformation in the public sector has accelerated significantly in the last two years,
mainly due to the pandemic, and the development of new processes and digital systems has
been a priority for governments and the public sector around the world. The crisis has led
governments to redesign their services for the better. The needs created led to a new dynamic
global ecosystem and large investments in companies of the industry.
With GovHack, an open structure is created in Greece, accessible to any interested natural
person, public body, company, research institute, civil organization, etc. that wishes to actively
participate in the digitization of the public sector at national and international level. The
innovation center will enable new emerging companies and startups to engage in projects
and processes of modernizing the public sector by providing solutions based on emerging
technologies of our age, such as artificial intelligence, open data, blockchain and so on.