Once Coal
Now Data

Hands-On-Data (HOD):
the Ruhr area as B2B data hotspot

Instead of coal, there is a new resource in the region today: data! More precisely, industrial data that has been collected over the past decades but not yet fully exploited. That's why we invite founders and innovators to the Ruhr region.

A grown ecosystem

This is the industrial core of the region and its enormous ecosystem:

21,000 corporates, global market leaders and small- to medium-sized companies

22 universities producing future experts

Germany's largest urban area with a population of over 5 million