Smart Economy & Innovation

The Internet and digital technologies are changing the economy at this very moment. On a daily basis, we can see how enterprises from many different areas of the economy achieve success by using “smart” technologies.

Why is this important?

The “Smart Economy” research program is dedicated to the introduction of new technologies into the economy. The program focuses on technological innovation at the level of both individual companies and whole sectors. In-depth knowledge of user needs, the improvement and personalization of products, and the optimization of processes will create a competitive advantage and ultimately increase economic value. At the macroeconomic level, the smart economy frees reserves, improves.

dr hab. Katarzyna Śledziewska

Katarzyna is the Executive Director of DELab UW and the coordinator of the Smart Economy research program. Katarzyna has a wide array of research interests, with main focus on the role of digital technologies in new economic models, the international aspects of digitalisation, the Digital Single Market strategy, and other aspects of economic integration.

The aim of DELab research projects under the “Smart Economy” program is to better understand how new technologies are changing various areas of public services and the broader economy, as well as the conditions that cause new technologies to diffuse throughout society.

The priority sectors we deal with include: medicine and healthcare, transport, energy, telecommunications, and public administration.

The Smart Economy Program is based on advanced analytical methods with data obtained from unique sources and experienced researchers who are passionate about ICT. The premise is a platform of cooperation between companies, public administration and foreign research institutes for analysing the digital economy.

Society in Digital Age

The modern Digital Society is continuously formed through the incorporation of new technologies into everyday lives. The Internet, especially social media, fundamentally transforms social interactions, cultural engagement, and political participation. In response, our lab is currently examining these new, complex social systems.
Why is it important?

Sociologists are needed to describe social changes in a clear and easy- to-comprehend manner. Today, we are facing complex social changes that are incredibly difficult to analyse with traditional methodologies. Researching our digital society is a journey into the unknown, a rewarding challenge, and a chance to gain completely new perspectives with new and innovative methods such as Big Data.

Digital society, by actively using ICT technology, also creates a new situation for public institutions. Our research covering digital society captures the characteristics of new social systems, identifies challenges and problems, and recommends solutions for an effective and sustainable public policy.

dr Renata Włoch

Renata Włoch majored in Sociology and International Relations. She is Adjunct Professor in the Institute of Sociology, the University of Warsaw, and Coordinator of Sociological Programme “Jobs and Skills for the Future” in Digital Economy Lab at the University of Warsaw (Google institutional grant). She was the principal researcher in several action research projects (EEA grant “Civic participation: a diagnosis of barriers and creation of tools upgrading good governance”; CEE grant “Social Action 2012”, EU Commission grant “The city ghettos of today”). Since 2008 she has carried numerous evaluation research of public policies for public institutions and NGOs (Ministry of Sport, Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, MInistry of Foreign Affairs). Her recent academic interests focus on trends in digital society and digital skills, particularly in the aspect of supporting evidence-based public policy.

Jobs & Skills for the Future

A digitally skilled society is a must for dynamic economic and social development. The digital skills of enterprises enable the efficient management of resources, as well as facilitate better customer relations and the expansion into new markets.

Why is it important?

The expression “digital skills” is used in many different contexts, as it often appears in strategic documents and press releases. A precise definition and specific measurements are required to establish a digital development strategy. At DELab, a team of sociologists and economists are developing an advanced methodology for analysing the digital skills of individuals and organisations.

dr Justyna Pokojska

A sociologist, coordinator of the Programme Digital Skills within the Social Programme. Lecturer at the Institute of Sociology University of Warsaw, where in 2016 she defended her doctoral dissertation on sociology of social borders.

Two-time winner of the Scholarship of Ministry of Science and Higher Education for outstanding achievements in science.

Passionate about field research in the most remote nooks of Poland.

Data Science

The ongoing digital revolution is creating massive, unstructured data sets, often referred to as Big Data. As a result, Big Data analysis has become the primary subject of data science.

Why it is important?

Big Data frequently accelerates the development of smart e-services. Without interdisciplinary tools, economists would not be able to comprehensively understand many concepts, such as the Internet of Things.
A deeper understanding of Data Science is necessary to fully exploit the full potential of Big Data. The massive data sets have become the core of many companies’ business models, reaching far beyond the technological sector. Data analysis allows more effective decision- making, decreases business risk, and provides key information on the efficiency of business models.

The amount of data collected by society is increasing faster than ever. The skill of big data analysis is becoming a highly valued asset on the labour market. It is expected that the demand for data analytics will continue to outpace the number data specialists; therefore, DELab provides both research and training in the field.

dr Maciej Wilamowski

Maciej Wilamowski is coordinating research in the area of Data Science. In particular, he is responsible for analytical problem solving, leading DELabs analytical team and enhancing corresponding skills of the team. Maciej monitors current and emerging Data Science trends as well as keeps track of the new Machine Learning solutions.

Entrepreneurship & Academia

Our state of the art facility hosts organisations, including companies and NGOs, that are linked to the university and share our passion for entrepreneurship, innovation and technology. Together, we develop and test experimental solutions to respond to the challenges of the digital economy.

Why is it important?

We know that practical knowledge can (and should!) consistently flow between businesses and universities. The UW community, especially students, regularly and eagerly take part in our projects and activities in order to acquire practical skills.
We support UW employees in their applied research or activities by providing a workspace and meeting space. Thanks to our partners in the Entrepreneurship Lab, we also provide professional training, such as practical business development that’s based on scientific research, analytical abilities, or soft skills.

dr Agnieszka Pugacewicz

Agnieszka manages the area of Entrepreneurship & Academia and conducts research on the digital economy and innovative industries. She is interested in openness of public data and research, interdisciplinary scientific cooperation, entrepreneurship, startups, transfer of knowledge and skills between the university and their partners. She also supports many non-governmental organizations – social, legal and cultural – acting on their boards.

Manager: Dominik Jankowski

Enterprise Europe Network offers comprehensive services for small and medium enterprises and scientists to facilitate reaching their full potential and innovation capacity.
Due to many contact points, EEN is able to quickly and effectively support cooperation between businesses and scientists in the whole EU.
UW: EEN provides help in finding adequate partners for Horizon 2020 projects. It also supports the implementation of practical methods (e.g. Design Thinking).
More info on: Enterprise Europe Network UW.

Virtual Power Plant

CEO: Grzegorz Nowaczewski

Virtual Power Plant startup operates in the energetic sector and using its own advanced IT system realizes power saving plans in large buildings. It is also developing a virtual power plant, which will help managing energy reserves more efficiently.

Network of Female Entrepreneurs
CEO: Katarzyna Wierzbowska
Business in Women’s Hands program teaches women, including students, PhD students and academia workers how to plan, start and run own business.
Program starts on June every year.
Network of Female Entrepreneurs
CEO: Katarzyna Wierzbowska
BEST – Business Entrepreneurship Support Training – for female students who want to improve their skills needed for business, such as the art of autopresentation, business networking, creating a business model and much more. You can check in a friendly environment if business is something you want to be engaged in.
Program starts every year in summer (follow us on Facebook).