Finally! We have the list of selected teams for the FIWARE Excellence Challenge! FIWARE Excellence will award internet applications that truly make the most out of FIWARE technology and is open to any kind of applications. Amongst the selected teams you will find several of the teams that participated in the Smart Cities and Smart Business & Industry Challenges since those who received an evaluation above 7 automatically were admited into the selection.

But we will also find new ideas, with teams that come as far away as Cambodia and Saudia Arabia! 

Here is the list of team leaders and applications presented: 

1.    Viviane Lessa with the project called FI-Guardian 
2.    Alejandro SantaMaria Arza with the project called Sparky 
3.    Álvaro Romero Izquierdo with the project called Smart Box 
4.    Daniel Lima with the project called La urbo
5.    Marco Vereda Manchego with the project called Apparkart 
6.    Margarita Vaca Martín with the project called Cares
7.    Christoph Müller-Dechent with the project called Foodloop 
8.    Federico López with the project called SmarTaxi 
9.    Félix Joel López Salcedo with the project called Context 
10.    Christian Ryder with the project called FoneSense
11.    Xabier Chao with the project called Wadjet 
12.    Stelios Sotiriadis with the project called Interact
13.    Ihab Abusafa with the project called Mapencil (Geo Sketch)
14.    Marian Claudiu Moldovan with the project called Spring 
15.    Jorge Artieda with the project called Small Signals
16.    Beatriz Justo with the project called Midnight VIP 
17.    Mak Sophea with the project called Local Offer

Want to know a bit more about the new applications that are participating?  

FIGuardian from Brazil
Adverse circumstances such as natural disasters are more and more common worldwide. With proper warning people in Smart Cities can be well informed of these risky events, providing a safer environment for them. The objective of the application is to help intelligent cities become more resistant, aiding in communication, orientation and warning of adverse circumstances such as natural disasters. The solution consolidates tracking system data, centralising information from different sources, and carrying out customisable and intelligent remote sensor analysis, communicating risk events to citizens before they occur.

Sparky from Mexico
Finding parking in large cities is a nightmare. The Sparky team is building a mobile application and a hardware device to help parking owners share their spaces while not in use and help drivers find a short or long-term parking place.

Smart Box from Spain
The main objective is to "sensorize" cities, obtaining a huge source of useful information that consumers can check from their homes through a tv screen and a remote control. 

La Urbo from Spain
The objective is to give people the opportunity to express their feelings about the city in which they live, or even a city they are visiting. This way, users can share their feelings on issues such as fear, insecurity, satisfaction, joy, boredom, disgust, calm, excitement, etc. These feelings will be pinpointed, which means that each city will have a map of feelings and impressions of its inhabitants.

Appakart from Spain
ApparKart is an app that tells you where there is an empty parking place near you. The application detects your current location and proposes areas close to you which probably have an empty parking place. The addresses listed are captured by through active sensors embedded in parking meters. The system also provides a map to get to the suggested area. With this application citizens could save time, money, energy and, of course, reduce air pollution. Another plus: the application is free.

Cares from Mexico
Based on the motto "Intelligent Health when we want, when we need it and wherever. Thanks to sensors and information stored in the cloud, this system gives much more secure and personalized medical attention. The main goal is to reduce operating costs, improve management of large volumes of data and establish a structure of private security in information management. These advantages can benefit both governments and healthcare organizations.

FoodLoop from Germany
FoodLoop offers the food industry supply chain and sustainable optimization solutions. Users can automatically commercialize high-quality fresh products, in real time and with lower prices as expiration dates approach so they can avoid waste and reduce costs. Consumers get offers directly to their mobile phones. The entrepreneurs maximize sales revenue while minimizing the loss of perishable products, and provide more affordable fresh food by offering discounts, special offers, etc….

Smartaxi from Spain
SmarTaxi collects data about the location and condition of a vehicle in real time. The data is stored, processed and reaches the driver through Internet. This way the driver is able to access and view a "heat map" with colours that indicate areas of greatest concentration of potential customers. The only requirement is that the driver has a smartphone or tablet with Internet connection. This project that originated from the Polytechnic University of Valencia is intended increase taxi drivers income and improve city services.

Context from Spain
Context is a start-up that offers solutions based on the exchange of data through Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) sensor network services. Its concept is simple: companies interested in these services will be marked by these sensors and will be in constant contact with the user via the app. In turn, the client will benefit from the sensors by being able to get the information he needs or to shop. For example, a user checks the app and see products from different brands that he finds interesting. When he clicks on any product he will get more details and options, such as adding products to a personal collection, see which friends have it in their collections or buy it, either online or by locating through GPS which is the closest stores that sell it.

Fonesense from Ireland
FoneSense is a new mobile marketing platform that agencies can use to attract customers to the growing mobile advertising market. It uses the audio on smartphones and pays end users – smartphone owners – a reward every time the phone rings and the jingle is used. As a result, it provides advertising agencies a new channel for very targeted advertising as well as a solution to one of their biggest headaches: how to attract new consumers by moving away from traditional channels and increasingly using mobile media to entertain. Advertisers can reach their target audience through a mobile-telephone device that meets all their needs and will also provide them with detailed statistics regarding the use of their campaign

Wadjet from Spain
Wadjet is presented as an enterprise solution for systematic monitoring of field operations within a company, oferring SMEs a cost-effective solution to acquire better control and visibility of their field operations. The application is particularly suitable for fleets of vehicles and workforce management. For example: users will be able to monitor location, driving behaviour, speed, etc.

Interact from Greece
Interact is a project that unites motion sensors with gesture recognition. The basic idea is to allow people to use their hands to express themselves. This could be especially useful for different users (social networks) and people with special needs (e.g. hearing and speaking impaired people). The application would interpret up to 200 gestures and hand signals (e.g. “forgiveness”).

Mapencil (Geo Sketch) from Saudi Arabia
Mapencil (GeoSketch) lets you draw on a map with a variety of tools to express your thoughts, make a point or just simply edit things. Express thoughts quickly and easily on any location on a map! Share ideas with coworkers and friends! Since GeoSketch works in your browser, there is nothing to download or install. Publish when you are ready to share your thoughts.

Spring from Spain
What happens if we gather people, machines and cities in a global network? We have Spring: an platform where geeks, developers and users collaborate together to improve their quality of life

Small Signals from Spain
SmallSignals is an Internet of Things platform for environmental control. Using this technology, they are developing their own range of products. These products include: a Ph meter, a water temperature meter, a water flow sensor, a light-temperature-humidity module, a soil humidity sensor, a remote operated relay switch and an Ethernet gateway. A mobile app allows the user to monitor the measurements, recover the historical data and perform actions over the actuators and relays. Also data from different origins can be mashed up into the mobile or the cloud application to use it on the control logic.

Midnight VIP from Spain
Midnight VIP is a service that offers discounts and offers for a night-out. It is available on the iPhone, Android and Web. It is like the "El Tenedor" Spanish app for going out at night instead of restaurants.

Local Offer from Cambodia
With the current rise of development in Cambodia, many locals have become more aware of their options regarding shopping experiences, purchasing power, and even availing of discounts. Due to the rise and improvement of commercialism, many establishments feel the need to reach out to their possible customers in various ways. As such, LocalOffer aims to extend help to both consumers and establishments alike. For establishments and business owners, LocalOffer provides them with a way to promote their products and services to a wider range of possible consumers. For consumers, LocalOffer allows users to find the best deals and good finds, coupons, and discounts that establishments may be offering. As a result, both parties are happy as both are able to acquire some sense of gratification and both parties are also able to reap benefits by having their needs met.

Good luck to all!