I know the key to real innovation and growth: it lies with our entrepreneurs and startups. And I want to give them the tools and resources they need. Just earlier this week I launched the Future Internet lab. Led by industry, this is a major investment in generic technology. Focusing not on specific applications: but on the building blocks essential to creating new ideas. And as of this week, that Lab is open. Technology that is accessible, free and state-of the-art. In areas from healthcare to transport, from media to manufacturing – or for whatever creative app you can think of. That's something that you can turn into real results, real jobs, and real innovation. European platforms helping European innovation in European cities.
The city of Santander, Spain, will host a 3 day event from October 16th to 18th that will present FI-WARE and FI-Lab to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) as the ideal platform to start working on Smart City projects. There will be information sessions, conferences and a new Hackathon dedicated to Smart City applications!
Information sessions will provide orientation for SMEs, entrepreneurs and R&D Centres about Smart City projects and how private and public entities can prepare for the forthcoming call of the Future Internet Public Private Partnership and Horizon 2020.
Workshops will teach developers how to create functional software that makes use of the tools provided by FI-Lab in order to create Smart City applications. These workshops will end in a tutored Hackathon that will reward the best applications developed.
Visitors will be able to watch demonstrations of the first applications that have been integrated with FI-Lab. Those demonstrations will highlight the potential of the platform and the impact it will have in Smart Cities.
Smart Cities is a key objective in developing the FI-WARE platform. As the Vice President of the European Commision Neelie Kroes said in her speech "Smarter cities in a connected continent":
Need another reason to join us there? The event will be held at La Magdalena palace of the beautiful and smart city of Santander. Because Santander is currently one of the leading Smart Cities in Europe, with a major, Íñigo de la Serna, who presides the Smart Cities Network of Spain (RECI)