Being part of a global ecosystem has its perks but also can be really challenging. The startups and entrepreneurs, developers and users, accelerators and technical experts, cities and public authorities, companies and non-profit organizations, integrating the FIWARE Open Community, are well accustomed to this vibrant and demanding day-to-day.
Even for such list of test-proof members and partners, the last quarter of the year has been really action-packed. We have the FIWARE Summit coming up next week. It will be the first of a series of gatherings where our contributors will engage, will meet each other and learn about the potential of the technology, and decide the best way promote its adoption worldwide.
Being a very important date in our calendar, one that will mark the kick-off point for a new stage in the advancement of FIWARE as an Open Platform and Community, the Summit is not the only remarkable occurrence around. We have been realizing the word spreading about FIWARE, attending to top-level worldwide reaching events, like the IoT Solutions World Congress or the Smart City Expo World Congress, where we have been sharing our value proposition for the Internet of Things and for the smart urban communities.
While we were at the SCEWC, two announcements involving FIWARE were made: the first one was that, strengthening the links between the European Commission and our ecosystem, we were to join forces with Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) Digital. That is the main EU programme supporting the establishment of trans-European digital infrastructures, were FIWARE is appointed to provide the building blocks that will accelerate the testing of secure message exchange in different sectors, a key target in order to achieve a Digital Single Market.
The other announcement involved also one of our most notable partners, working together to enable a new economic model for the smart cities: TM Forum. This new collaboration is a natural extension of the previously announced partnership, with FIWARE supporting TM Forum Open APIs, making them available as part of the Business Framework components of the FIWARE platform. This partnership has been focusing on setting up the foundations to grow urban data economies, unleashing the potential of real-time open data. Now, by this renewed agreement with the FIWARE Foundation, TM Forum will incorporate the FIWARE NGSI API into its Smart City API Reference Architecture, pushing it to become the de-facto standard API for real-time open data, growingly adopted by cities.
Around the Economy of Data and joining efforts within an IoT-enabled Smart City framework, FIWARE was also recently recognized by the US White House, as a major contributor part of the global coalition that will identify pivotal points of interoperability, pointing out the standards that can enable the development of diverse but interoperable smart city solutions. Led by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the FIWARE Foundation is part of this global partnership with the American National Standards Institute, the U.S. Green Building Council, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning, the Italian Energy and Innovation Agency, and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute.
While reviewing these recent news and outcomes, we have already mentioned a couple of times the Foundation: as a matter of fact, the FIWARE Foundation was formally registered on October 28th, setting its headquarters in Berlin. It was legally constituted as a non-profit association, with Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefónica acting as founding members, and with Ulrich Ahle appointed as Chief Executive Officer.
As the voice of the Open Community within the Industry, and bringing the expertise to enlarge and manage its shared resources, the Foundation is instrumental to the achievement of the FIWARE Mission: to build an Open, sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards. The standards that ease the development of new Smart Applications in multiple verticals.
Aimed at supporting the continued growth of the community and the ongoing advancement of the technology, the FIWARE Foundation has extended an invitation to all the contributors and the people and organizations interested in FIWARE, to join us at the first FIWARE Summit that will take place in Málaga (Spain) from 13th to 15th December. An occasion that will remain as the starting mark for this series of six-monthly events.
Encompassing not only developers of the Open Source code associated with the platform, but also all those who work to promote the adoption of technology, the Summit will include several talks given by experts that, together with the testimony of users in the sectors of Industry, Cities and Agriculture, will show the full potential of FIWARE across sectors and across borders.In addition, there will be a series of working meetings to coordinate the present and future actions of the Community. As well as a space for hands-on learning, with the aim to enable developers to acquire the necessary knowledge to create smart, innovative solutions using FIWARE.
Also the event will see the launch of the marketplace, a new service that will allow developers of solutions, manufacturers of compatible sensors, and suppliers to the platform, to publicize and disseminate what they offer that is based on or compatible with FIWARE.
The event will be organized in several tracks that will run in parallel during the three days: a FIWARE Community track where members of the FIWARE Community will meet to coordinate activities. A Developer's track, targeted to developers inside and outside the FIWARE Community, including a primer during the full first day of the event and half of the second day, and several specialized "how-to" technical sessions, during half of the second day and on the third day. And a Conference track, targeted to business developers, decision makers, policy makers, startup/SME CEOs, cities’ representatives, researchers, public authorities, non-profit organizations and to the whole FIWARE Community. Plus a special evening event, on Wednesday (8.00 pm to 11.00 pm).
Check out the event updated agenda and don’t miss the opportunity to join us at the first FIWARE Summit and to discover what our Platform and Community could bring to boost your business, your project or your organization. The last tickets are still available!
With the recent announcements, the FIWARE Foundation and the first FIWARE Summit, we are moving forward, going global. Join in! Together, we build FIWARE!