What is FIWARE?

May 17, 2011Ecosystem

FIWARE is the smart solution platform of choice and it is Open Source.

The FIWARE Community is an independent Open Community whose members are commited to materialise the FIWARE mission, that is: “to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple sectors”.

The FIWARE Community is not only formed by contributors to the technology (the FIWARE platform) but also those who contribute in building the FIWARE ecosystem and making it sustainable over time. As such, individuals and organizations committing relevant resources in FIWARE Lab activities or activities of the FIWARE Accelerator, FIWARE Mundus or FIWARE iHubs programmes are also considered members of the FIWARE community.

The FIWARE platform provides a rather simple yet powerful set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple vertical sectors. The specifications of these APIs are public and royalty-free. Besides, an open source reference implementation of each of the FIWARE components is publicly available so that multiple FIWARE providers can emerge faster in the market with a low-cost proposition.

Independence in decision making, openness, transparency and meritocracy are the cornerstone and founding principles of the FIWARE Community. An important part of the “FIWARE Culture” is also the proper balance between the individuals who invest their time and effort, the companies that build businesses on FIWARE and the application developers who build and deploy new applications based on FIWARE technologies.

The structure of the the FIWARE Community encourages all forms of contributions and provides safeguards against losing the balance between the various members of the community. The work in the FIWARE Community is organised in dedicated teams: FIWARE Chapters, Technical Committees and Ecosystem Support Committees. FIWARE Chapters and Technical Committees deal with coordination of activities that are of technical nature, while FIWARE Ecosystem Support Committees are focused in non-technical relevant activities such as those linked to the FIWARE Accelerator, the FIWARE Mundus or the FIWARE iHubs programmes.


  • Provides APIs to easily connect to the Internet of Things.
  • Reduces the complexity of context information management.
  • Offers active support to developers, understanding and using the technology.
  • Grants funding and guidance to startups who want to use it.
  • Promotes FIWARE-based projects and helps corporates win business.
  • Runs Summits that educate, inform and entertain.
  • Invites you to be part of our mission: Join us!

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