Digital for Planet Webinar – Green Cloud-Edge-IoT Computing Horizon Europe

March 11, 2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Digital for Planet Webinar - Green Cloud-Edge-IoT Computing Horizon Europe

The Green Cloud-Edge-IoT Computing Horizon Europe webinar aims to gather researchers, innovators and policy makers that are at work across a number of communities to ensure the development and adoption of eco-friendly advanced cloud-edge-IoT technologies and solutions for sustainable growth of our society and economy. The main objective is to identify research and innovation challenges and opportunities in view of the upcoming Horizon Europe Calls and discuss how to join forces within the context of the Digital for Planet – D4P framework.

A preliminary mapping of relevant Horizon Europe topics will be presented, as well as concrete activities planned by the D4P Green Cloud-Edge-IoT Computing Working Group, in preparation of selected Horizon Europe Calls.


  • Gain insights into Next generation green Cloud-Edge-IoT Computing
  • Network with researchers and innovators at work for green ICT development and adoption
  • Learn about funding opportunities within the upcoming Horizon Europe Calls in the area of Green ICT
  • Discover how to join Digital for Planet to develop synergies and work together on proposals for selected Horizon Europe Calls


10:00h – 10:15h – Welcome and introduction to Digital for Planet – D4P

  • Dr Monique Calisti, President D4P

10:15h – 10:50h – Expert Panel

  • Simon Hinterholzer, Researcher, Borderstep
    Simon Hinterholzer is an engineer for renewable energies and researches innovative technical approaches in the field of energy. He supports the Borderstep Institute as a researcher in projects about smart energy usage like WindNODE but also in projects about the energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions caused by digital infrastructures. In the course of his previous career he has successfully completed various projects for public clients (Federal Ministries, EU Commission) as well as for private sector associations.
  • Dr Federico M. Facca, CTO Martel Innovate
    Federico is the CTO of Martel since 2016 after working as Area Head in different Applied Research Centres. He is the Senior Architect behind the Orchestra Cities platform and its customisation for customers. Federico is an expert on agile methods and DevOps best practises, applying state of the art cloud and microservices solutions and modern continuous integration processes. He is a member of FIWARE Foundation Board of Directors and of the FIWARE TSC. Federico is a strong advocate of Open Source solutions (e.g. OpenStack, Apache Hadoop, Kubernates, Docker, etc) and his expertise covers Cloud computing architectures and their application to different fields, e.g. Big data, Internet of Things, Network Function Virtualization Infrastructure. In the past Dr. Facca acted as Technical Manager and Chief Architect in different large ICT projects: SmartSDK, COIN, Infinity, SemanticGov, SUperhub and XIFI. He is among the core technical figures in the FIWARE programme, within which he successfully supervised a heterogeneous team of more than 60 engineers from different ICT companies and major European research centers (e.g. Telefonica, Thales, Engineering, etc.) contributing to the FIWARE Lab activities. Previously, he worked as Area Head in CREATE-NET focusing on Cloud computing management solutions; before that he was Area Head and Institute Manager at STI Innsbruck, focusing on service-oriented architectures and service middlewares. Dr. Facca obtained his Ph.D. in Information Technology and his M.Sc in Computer Science at the Politecnico di Milano.
  • Rob Tiffany, Ericsson, MOAB Foundation
  • Babak Falsafi, Director EcoCloud, EPFL
    Babak is a Professor in the School of Computer and Communication Sciences and the founding director of EcoCloud ( an industrial/academic consortium at EPFL investigating energy-efficient and low-emission cloud and datacenter technologies. He is also the president of the Swiss Datacenter Efficiency Association ( certifying energy efficiency and emissions in datacenters. He has made numerous contributions to server design and evaluation with impact on commodity digital platforms. He is a Fellow of ACM and IEEE.
  • Nicolas Sainthérant, Innovation Manager, QARNOT
    Mr. Nicolas Saintherant is Innovation Manager at Qarnot computing, he holds an engineering degree from Paris Saclay University and a master degree in Innovation Management from Paris Dauphine University. He started as scientific project manager for the French embassy in Dublin. He then worked for 9 years as a consultant specialized in innovation management and R&D funding, setting European and French projects for startups, SMEs and large companies. He joined Qarnot in 2016 to strengthen innovation management, from prospective research and partnerships to R&D funding.
  • Q&A session

10:50h – 11:10h – Green Cloud-Edge-IoT  Computing D4P Working Group 

  • Dr Giovanni Rimassa, Vice President D4P
  • Q&A session

11:10h – 11:50h – Relevant Horizon Europe Calls and Topics

  • Dr Monique Calisti, President D4P
  • Q&A session

11:50h – 12:00h – Wrap-up and call to action 

  • Dr Monique Calisti, President D4P