Horizon Cloud Summit 2021

December 8, 2021 – December 9, 2021 all-day
Messe Frankfurt, Halle 3.1
Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1 60327 Frankfurt am Main


Europe is looking towards a green digital transformation to shape its future. Cloud technologies will be key enablers towards this transition that will unleash the potential of the European data economy and ensure its industrial competitiveness while making them sustainable. To grow its impact and effectively shape Europe’s digital future, the European Cloud Computing community needs to overcome fragmentation of efforts, ensure proper know-how and tech transfer from research to industry, create the most favourable policy and regulations conditions and raise investments, both on the private and public sides.

The Horizon Cloud Summit 2021 – at its second edition – aims at gathering innovators and researchers, Cloud adopters, policy makers, as well as Cloud initiatives, and open source projects to shape the EU digital transition.

The main objectives are to:

  • Discuss priorities for Europe at different levels and for different actors, supporting the consolidation of a Strategic Agenda for Research, Innovation and Deployment of Cloud Computing in Europe as a crucial step to guide future public and private investments, by identifying future challenges to be covered in Horizon Europe, Digital Europe, and other EU programmes.
  • Explore the last evolution of Cloud Computing in Europe, giving spaces to cutting edge research outcomes, innovative open solutions,  and emerging use cases.
  • Discuss latest developments in the EU policy landscape, influencing the Cloud market, and how the Cloud stakeholders plan to support Digital Decade ambition toward green digital transformation, i.e. achieving “10,000 climate neutral highly secure edge nodes”.
  • Explore the role of open source strategies, standards and business models in shaping EU digital autonomy.
  • Increase collaboration among Cloud stakeholders and foster the creation of synergies across the European Cloud Computing ecosystem, that will ensure its growth.


Why participate?

The Horizon Cloud Summit 2020 will be an opportunity to:

  • Contribute to the shaping of priorities for Cloud computing in European programmes.
  • Follow inspiring talks and meet Cloud Computing experts and prominent representatives from inside and outside the European Cloud Computing community.

Call for participation

HORIZON CLOUD invites the European Cloud Community to actively shape Horizon Cloud Summit 2021. Interested Cloud stakeholders are encouraged to submit suggestions for paper presentations, workshops, posters, panels, and demos. The Call for Submissions will be published soon. Subscribe to our newsletter to stay tuned!


Day 1 – 8 December

10:15 10:45 Opening Session
Welcome and Keynote Session.

10:50 11:50 High-Profile Panel: Building European Digital Autonomy in the Computing Continuum
In this high-profile panel session, experts from academia, industry, and public institutions discuss the future of Cloud Computing in Europe and set the scene for the Horizon Cloud Summit 2021.

13:00 13:50 Cloud Standardisation and Open-Source for a Robust Digital Cloud Landscape
This plenary session focusses on trends in Cloud Standardisation and Open-Source that will shape a robust digital Cloud landscape.

15:00 15:50 Cloud Success Stories, Demos, Best Practices, and Use Cases from the European Cloud Community
This plenary session introduces success stories, best practises, and use cases from the European Cloud Community.

Day 2 – 9 December

09:30 10:00 Opening Session
Welcome and Keynote Session.

10:00 10:50 Cloud Computing Research Challenges
This plenary session discusses future Cloud Computing research priorities for Europe.

11:00 11:50 Accelerating Cloud Business Innovation
This panel session focusses on Cloud innovation business acceleration in Europe.

13:00 13:50 Cloud Success Stories, Demos, Best Practices, and Use Cases from the European Cloud Community
This plenary session introduces success stories, best practises, and use cases from the European Cloud Community.

15:00 15:30 Closing Session
This plenary session wraps up the lessons learned during Horizon Cloud Summit 2021 and discusses the next steps of HORIZON CLOUD.


This event will be held physically and will abide by all COVID-19 regulations; reduced seating capacity to ensure distancing, rapid testing centre, entry via COVID-19 certificate, tracing app. Our guests also receive VIP passes to attend the co-located events. Please take this opportunity to meet your peers! For those, who cannot travel due to COVID-19 restrictions, streaming of Summit sessions will be facilitated.