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The Powered by FIWARE accelerator frontierCities2 has launched a new call for proposals, targeting startups and SMEs in the Smart Cities sector.
EU-funded, under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, frontierCities 2 is offering up to €75,000 equity free funding for projects with already developed FIWARE-powered solutions and applications in the Smart Urban domain.
This second Open Call for Market Acceleration Grants (MAG2) was launched on 29th November 2017. The deadline for Applicants is due on 31st January 2018.
Created as a leap forward towards an even bigger market, frontierCities 2 puts together the success and the expertise gathered during the first accelerator programme. This top-level spinoff is built upon an exceptional geographical reach, including FIWARE technology deployment in cities all across Europe, and 28 SMEs and startups who developed and trialed 28 Smart Mobility solutions in 45+ urban environments across the continent.
Selected startups & SMEs will have the opportunity to receive tailored technical and commercial support to succeed in their Market take-up phase. They should meet the following requirements:
MAG2 Grants are dedicated only to powered by FIWARE applications for the Smart Cities domain, already developed during earlier EU FI-PPP programmes (Phase 1 and 2) or during the FI-PPP Phase 3 – A16 acceleration programme.
Applicants must be startups or SMEs established in a EU Member State or H2020 Associated Country.
Applicants must prove that their powered by FIWARE Application has been piloted in real life environment, with a relevant number of users in collaboration with a city and/or corporate/industrial partner and/or other institutional entity and for a reasonable period of time (Simulations are not accepted).
Earlier this month,IMPACT Connected Car, a fantastic new acceleration program led byFundingBox andISDI, and partnered by FIWARE, launched its first open call. And let me tell you, there’s an exciting amount of funding to be distributed. €2.1 million to be exact, and it’s equity free!
Over the next five years, the connected car is expected to disrupt the entire automotive ecosystem, as well as the customer market. IMPACT Connected Car aims to help SMEs and startups (that’s YOU!) to take advantage of this business opportunity.
But that’s not all. If selected, you’ll get the chance to learn from experts in business, technology, corporations, and funding. Lastly, startups will also have access to up to €60,000 per startup, equity free, in grants and up to €50,000 per startup equity free! Need we say more?
The current open call will bereceiving applications from connected car startups and SMEs until January 10th, 2018 so be sure to APPLY as soon as possible!
The 2nd FIWARE Summit, hosted by the city of Utrecht and the FIWARE Lab Netherlands, from Monday 29th to Wednesday 31st of May, has been the prime event organized by an enlarging FIWARE Foundation: with multinational corporation NEC as the fifth Platinum member, joining Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefonica as the core constituents of the Foundation.
During three days, the Summit gathered 320 attendees and up to 85 speakers, from inside and outside the FIWARE community. 29 countries were represented there. 15 exhibitors showcased their devices, their digital solutions and services at the Media Plaza. The event brought knowledge and hands-on experience around FIWARE through 28 technical sessions and numerous panels, conferences and community meetings.
More than 40% of the audience was part of the Dutch entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem, showing the commitment of the area and the city with FIWARE. Aiming to create an open smart city model, based on the needs of the market, seven cities on the Netherlands have joined the Open and Agile Smart Cities Initiative: Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Drechsteden, Eindhoven, Enschede and Utrecht are betting on FIWARE standards. They all share data portals to ease the re-usage and publication of open data, creating a complete ecosystem that connects cities, business and knowledge.
FIWARE Lab Netherlands, located in Utrecht and Amersfoort, started its activity only two years ago, but it is now well established within the region and the community, running different projects focused on the usage of open data to cooperate in local smart city programmes. It is really great to see this framework, widespreading to other communities in one of the most prosperous areas of Europe.
After a week collecting the figures, the pictures and the presentations, it is now time to go back there, to gather and share some of the vibrant insights that the event has passed on to us.
Cooperation to achieve competitiveness
Collaboration, co-creation and partnership have been the main topics to address the digital transformation in multiple sectors, from a human-centric perspective. In Utrecht, we met some of the FIWARE main partners: Joao Rodriguez-Frade, from CEF Digital and the European Commission, updated on the ongoing collaboration with FIWARE, breaking the silos and enabling digital interactions across sectors. Carl Piva, from TM Forum, elaborated on the vision of the city as a platform and the importance of connecting business models with open architectures and APIs
Working groups and keynotes presented and openly discussed different strategies on how to build a smart city models. We had the chance to meet Deloitte’s Capability Framework and Maturity Model. The TM Forum & FIWARE Frontrunner Smart Cities Workshop gathered different cities that are ahead of this maturity process, like Santander, Bristol, Utrecht, Niza, Tokio or Heidelberg.
From entrepreneurial projects to the Mayor office, a lot of urban development projects were presented. Frans Jorna, Theme Director Smart City of the City of Utrecht, talked about transformation and the need for open city innovation platforms. Ubiwhere presented their FIWARE-based city architecture, a smart solution easing the coordinated management of services for different verticals. Paolo Traverso shared the priorities of the city of Trento, to build an open government with open access to information, simplified access to public services, citizen engagement and enabling co-creation within a no city lock-in approach.
Cities, factories, food (and beyond)
Companies like Whirlpool, Siemens or Volvo, as well as I+D institutions, presented their vision on the whole life circle of a manufactured product or service. Smart Factory vertical integration with standardised open Data Models and APIs is about to create a Data-intensive service reference architecture. In that context, FIWARE is providing an easy way to interoperate with other platforms: when moving a product or service from the supplier to the customer, our open APIs help breaking the data silos, enabling bilateral communication and effective collaboration among stakeholders. A smart supply chain should integrate smart apps, IoT and Cloud platforms.
Carl Hans, from FTI Engineering Network GmbH, explained how FIWARE can support smart product-service design in a sector as diverse as aviation. Thanks to standardised interfaces for service provision and using reliable, well-tested software components, the efforts developing a product could be reduced. Also the risks concerning its obsolescence or availability.
Towards an International Data Space
Lars Nagel, Managing Director of the Industrial Data Space Association, presented the basis and roadmap of this very new initiative, that is already planning on rename itself as International Data Space, due to the cross sector, global reaching nature of its proposed framework for gathering, processing, exchange and monetizing of data among systems coming from different application domains (banking, manufacturing, logistics, smart cities).
The IDS Architecture and FIWARE Architecture are significantly aligned, therefore the FIWARE Foundation and IDS have agreed on a partnership and the work has started for the first open source based implementation of the IDS concepts based on FIWARE. The results will be showcased at the IoTSWC early October in Barcelona.
Acceleration and funding to keep scaling-up
FIWARE accelerators shared their numbers: IMPACT Growth will select 14 startups from 1.932 applications, from which 710 were completed and submitted. The programme offers 3.6 million euros of equity-free funding. The selected startups will be able to start participating in the different events organised by the 4YFN platform. A second call will open for applications on September 5, 2017, and will select another 14 startups.
Among IMPACT Growth four verticals and frontierCities2 MAG and FI-TECH Grants, powered by FIWARE open calls have reached more than 80 countries, receiving more than 2K applications. Our community is an active vehicle for financing innovative projects: Miguel García, from Zabala Consulting, explained how powered by FIWARE startups are in a great position to accede a wide array of funding opportunities, from Horizon 2020 and beyond, highlighting tools like the SME Instrument or the Cascade Funding models.
Acting local. Growing global.
The role of the FIWARE iHubs is helping the development and consolidation of the technology, while building a local community around it. Juan Marcelo Gaitán, support committee leader, represented the FIWARE Zone in Málaga and Sevilla. Two collaborative spaces, offering the knowledge of the FIWARE experts, making the technology available, teaching in the local language, boosting new projects and proposing different ways of granting the sustainability of each iHub.
FIWARE Mundus committee leader, Jacques Magen, described the recent, on course and future activities and events, at an international level. Powered by FIWARE projects continue spreading in North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia, thanks to the Mundus team shared efforts. A first Canadian workshop, focused only in FIWARE have taken place. The Ontario Precision AgriFood Association starting local pilot trial that, eventually, will be leading to a commercial deployment and to the set-up of a FIWARE instance there. A challenge for pilot trials for smart cities will be announced shortly and will be presented at the Global City Teams Challenge Expo 2017, on August in Washington D.C.
A platform, a community and a global marketplace
Hubert Tardieu, Chairman of the FIWARE Foundation BoD, presented our global vision on the industrial data platforms and multisided marketplaces. These would act as the basis to establish symbiotic relationships between stakeholders that can create great value from sharing platforms. Tardieu emphasised on the importance of APIs for the creation of a virtual space for sharing data across organisations, in multiple domains and supporting data sovereignty and data economy concepts. Aligning again with what Lars Nagel presented on his speak.
Announced at the previous Summit, a pivotal tool to the advancement of FIWARE was presented in Utrecht. To grow as an ecosystem and to achieve the marked objectives for the platform, the FIWARE Marketplace is designed to be one-stop shop for every project and deployment based on our open source technology, a useful tool to engage with and to enlarge our community. Juanjo Hierro, CTO of the Foundation, and Mayte Carracedo, from FundingBox, showed the already active webpage: every solution, device, service or deployment based on FIWARE is invited to join in and profit from it, meeting other projects, refining their offering and reaching new clients internationally.
After Utrecht. An towards Málaga (again)
FIWARE’S ambition, as Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation, pointed out, is to lead the IoT platform panorama, driving standards, partnering-up and connecting more than 100.000 developers. We are paving the path for a transition that will happen in the following years: from the consumer Internet to the Industrial Internet and beyond… to the Industrial User Internet.
“Everything that could be connected will be connected. Everything that could be digitized and transformed into data sets will be digitized and transformed into data sets. And everything that could be automated will be automated“. Everything will be transformed and FIWARE is the open source, IoT-enabled platform that lets you join this change.
Ahle also made an important announcement: the next FIWARE Summit already have a location and a date: we are excited to go and gather in Málaga again this autumn, from November 27th to 29th.
We can say it loud and proud: the 2nd FIWARE Summit has been another big success! Thank you!
We keep moving forward thanks to all our community members and partners. A special thanks goes out to our sponsors: KPN, Deloitte, EBU, the Utrecht Region and the FIWARE Lab NL.
Just a few month ago, we were presenting a new part of our ecosystem: the FIWARE ZONE, an advanced deployment of the FIWARE innovation Hubs model. Announced at the 1st FIWARE Summit, the initiative was launched with two centres being opened at the same time, one in Seville and other in Málaga, both in Andalucía and being backed-up by the local and regional governments.
After the sucessful events this week, presenting the IMPACT Growth acceleration programme in both cities, we wanted to know more about how the project is unfolding. We had the chance to talk with Juan Marcelo Gaitán, Director of Innovation Center SmarCity at Telefonica, and head responsible of the FIWARE ZONE.
The FIWARE ZONE initiative is still very recent, but it has been very active from the beginning, even from before its official launch. How would you summarize these last months?
In the few months that it has been running, the initiative is having a great implantation among the Andalusian companies. Each step we take and each event we organise is counting with the presence and interest of the public administrations, the universities and the private companies.
During these months, a number of local governments and the majority of provincial governments have been visiting us. They are asking us to tell and show them the path that they should take, to advance regarding the Smart City development. Some institutions has shown a firm purpose to create a new center, associated to the FIWARE ZONE. They believe, as we do, in the usefulness of these kind of initiatives, both for the administration and for the technological businesses around.
We are a public-private initiative, with Telefonica and the Regional Ministry of Employment and Technological Development work towards a common aim, and with other stakeholders as important as the City Governments of Málaga and Seville. It makes the whole project even more interesting and trustworthy. A big part of the success of the initiative is due to the participation of these four entities that believe in, support and endorse the smartcities’ development, upon the FIWARE platform.
Is the project meeting its targets? Which would be the next steps to take?
Not only are we achieving our goals. We are advancing and growing much faster than we expected. That is why we intend to continue the same line of work, which is presenting such good results. At the same time, we are working in parallel, revising our first objectives and updating and enlarging our action plan, to meet the over-demand that we are receiving.
FIWARE Zone is a noted example of the FIWARE innovation Hubs model. The vision is to unfold a global expansion plan, developing it locally and regionally. How does the FIWARE Zone works? Is it creating or attracting a community or a business environment around?
Regarding the technological companies, it is important to emphasise the pleasant surprise of receiving such great interest and involvement from them, since the very first day. There are more than 50 companies that, during the last three months, have contacted us. They are interested in the FIWARE technology and how can it be used for each one of the companies. We have created a FIWARE working group, inside the FIWARE Andalucía Smart City cluster, with already 14 active members, aiming to spread the use of FIWARE.
On the next days, we are going to launch a call for specialised mentoring, for companies that will receive the on-site support of FIWARE experts. They will help the team members through all the learning process and to adapt their products, integrating them into a real city platform.
To which extent, each company, organisation or individual, incorporating to the FIWARE Zone programme, is joining at the same time to the global advancement of the FIWARE initiative?
That is precisely one of our main objectives: to become the bridge and the link between the local companies and Europe. We are working closely and directly with the institutions and the FIWARE Foundation, creating the appropriate mechanisms in order to offer each company within our ecosystem to become part of the FIWARE Community, automatically.
Is there any difference between each one of the FIWARE Zone centres?
None. Both centres function as one single hub. Even more: every company from Andalusia can take part, indistinctly, in whichever activity that any of the centres is organising. To such an extent that we have the case of two different companies that, after arriving to the FIWARE ZONE centres of Seville and Málaga, realized that they solutions were compatible, and started to work together in a common product, far more attractive and more complete.
Recently, a future FIWARE Hub has been announced – to be open in The Science and Technology Park of Lleida. Do you think that the FIWARE ZONE could be an inspiration for other centres of the same kind, reaching the rest of the country and other parts of Europe? Do you see yourself giving advice about how to launch them?
We have defined a development plan, in which we firmly believe. I am sure that there are other possible options, and I am not sure to which extent what we are doing is replicable in other environments. Having said that, if anyone want to know what we are doing, and how and why we are doing it, we will be pleased to share it. We believe in a model designed for the development of innovation and the creation of an ecosystem of companies that are basing their transforming impulse in FIWARE solutions. Our first results seem to confirm that we are going in the right direction. Nevertheless, we should be realistic: we have just begun and we will have to wait and see the results with a wider perspective.
In April, during this first week, the FIWARE ZONE has been organising the info days about the powered by FIWARE accelerator programme, launched by IMPACT Growth. What do you expect, after these sessions?
We are very excited with the idea of the Andalusian companies being well-fitted to apply and submit their proposals to the European acceleration processes. We want to be able to compare ourselves with other ICT companies from another countries, in order to learn and to improve our competitiveness in a market that is becoming each day more and more
Will be any kind of follow-up from the FIWARE ZONE, after these sessions? Maybe supporting the companies willing to participate in the open calls, giving technical advice to a project that, from Seville or Malaga, would be part of IMPACT Growth or frontierCities2 international acceleration process?
Of course. We will try to help and give the best support to the companies that intend to be participating in these calls.
How would you describe the value of initiatives like IMPACT Growth, for backing-up the innovation and the creation of jobs and businesses?
Now, we are in the beginning of the establishment of one of the technologies with more potential for its development in the years to come. That is why it is still less well-known that it should be. We need to reach and to make it familiar for the true lead actors of this digital transformation: the companies and the entrepreneurs. To achieve that, we need certain incentives that would help to capture their attention and to facilitate the jump “into the unknown”: to start a project now, integrating it using the FIWARE platform.
The first acceleration programme presented a strong value in order to help the dissemination of the FIWARE technologies, as well as making them more mature by use. It made the technology advance and the community grow. Now, FIWARE is being presented more as an “added value”, another important help for the projects accelerated by IMPACT Growth or frontierCities2. What has been changing in these last two years?
Without any doubt, what has changed is the community. We are more each day, adding our part, bringing FIWARE closer to the ecosystem of developers and platform integrators. We try to make them see the advantages of this standards and the many reasons why they should start to think about using it. We are constantly receiving technological companies, visiting us because they have heard about FIWARE… but they don’t know what it is.
I think that the community is still too little and too technical. We must show how good is FIWARE, not only to the software engineers. How good it is, versus other proprietary solutions. We should be showing it also to the companies CEOs and CTOs, explaining them why they should bet on FIWARE and the benefits it will rewarding them with.
And last, one of the axis for the development of the FIWARE ZONE is the educational: that FIWARE becomes one of the digital skills being taught at the universities, maybe even in high school… That goes in line with what was said a few weeks ago, at the EU Digital Day: to grant the job creation of the future by incrementing the digital skills of the whole European population. Have you started any course of action within that focus? Which might be the role of the acceleration programmes, regarding that line of work?
We are convinced that the future goes through FIWARE. But we are even more certain that the future depends on our universities and schools. That is why is so important to introduce this knowledge in the stages previous to the incorporation to the job market.
We have reach two agreements with Andalusian universities and we are negotiating with another two. What we try to achieve is that the students of Telecomm, Computer Science and Engineering, not only will be receiving theoretical information about FIWARE, but will also be able to gain practical experience, working on IoT at our FIWARE ZONE centres. And we are also working with different professional training and business schools, to train the teaching staff so that they will be able to give at least an introductory notion about FIWARE in their respective centres.
We think that, in a few years, there will be a growing demand of personnel with this kind of knowledge. That is why, in our programme, we have presented a priority axis in that line.
Launched on February 27 at 4YFN Barcelona, IMPACT Growth is the new acceleration programme developed by IMPACT international accelerator, focusing on four verticals: Smart Infrastructure & Cities, Smart Content, Smart Manufacturing, and Smart AgriFood. The program is powered by FIWARE and by led by FundingBox, ISDI and Accelerace.
In the first stages of the program, the accelerator will start financing 28 startups with €100,000 and they will be able to achieve up to €250,000 funding, equity free. IMPACT Growth will distribute a total fund of €3.6 million, among startups from all over the world in the growth phase, plus raising further capital from private investors and funds, already focused on scalability and international growth. The final aim is identifying four European super-startups.
After 4 weeks on the programme, almost 500 applications has been started, with more than 20 completed and already submitted. Most of the applications have come from Spain (44%), with noted interest also from Italian startups (21%), and with Poland (5%), UK and Denmark (4%) as the next top countries.
To support this submission process and to help the applicants to make the most of their projects’ presentations, IMPACT is organising a series of events where the participating teams will be able to get together with the experts and mentors from ISDI, Accelerace and FundingBox, and to meet other teams and succesful use cases from the previous acceleration programme. These info sessions will provide the new applicants with valuable information, best practices examples, direct guidance and inspiration.
This week, two events will take place in Andalucia (Spain), taking advantage of the FIWARE Zone facilities, both in Sevilla and Malaga.
Remeber that, as IMPACT Growth expresses it, FIWARE is the market-ready software that is driving key standards for IoT-enabled smart solutions, following best practices of open source communities. ‘Powered by FIWARE’ and ‘FIWARE-ready’ labels will help to gain visibility, build partnerships and reach the market.
Let’s seize this opportunity to work with an innovative, mature technology while you get support and funding to scale-up your business. Come to the IMPACT Growth Info Days, apply and succed!
The powered by FIWARE accelerator frontierCities2 recently launched its new calls for proposals, with a double aim: to look for EU-based startups and SMEs that are currently starting or advancing in the process of developing and commercialising a smart cities application using FIWARE technology; and to engage the cities that are looking forward to trial and to deploy existing and future smart cities applications
After the closing of the first stage of the FIWARE Accelerate programme last year, two new accelerators have launched their open calls in 2017: IMPACT Growth and frontierCities2. Part of the European Commission funded initiative under the FIWARE Acceleration Programme, frontierCities2 is supporting SMEs and startups to develop, test and commercialise innovative smart city solutions using FIWARE. Described as best practice by an independent EC review, the previous programme –the first frontierCities– included 28 companies, trialling and deploying solutions in more than 40 cities across Europe. frontierCities2 will expand the network to more than 100 cities.
frontierCities2 Calls for Proposals are open now, bringing opportunities both for cities and for SMEs and startups. By being a trial partner in a FI-TECH Call, a city would explore existing trialled and new solutions – with an SME/Start-up applicant developing a solution tailored for the particular needs of each city
For SMEs and Start-Ups, frontierCities2 offers two calls:
Market Acceleration Grants up to € 75.000, to help the deployment of innovative new products and services, bringing existing tested solutions to new cities and markets.
The FIWARE Open Day is just around the corner. Next week, we will be meeting in Brussels, in an event focusing not only in reviewing five years of achievements, but also in analyzing the present stage in the development of the platform and community, originated by the FI-PPP. The Open Day will go on about stating the goals, facing the challenges and seizing the opportunities for the near and far future.
The work done by the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership Programme was set up and has unfolded in line with the objectives of the European Commission, towards the creation of a Digital Single Market. In the EC Communication 'Digitising European Industry', FIWARE appears as the main example of the Open Service Platforms that will be leading the global advancement of the Internet of Things and the data-driven society. Also, FIWARE is pointed out as the best example of a “network of Start-up Accelerators”.
The FIWARE Acceleration Programme, now relaunched through IMPACT Growth and frontierCities2 open calls –announced this week– and the FIWARE iHub Programme will remain as living, significant assets for the DSI strategy. The creation of a Pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs is regarded as an important part of the process. FIWARE iHub model, recently illustrated by the FIWARE Zone initiative, is referred in the aforementioned document: "EU actions supporting competence centres such as I4MS, SAE, FIWARE have shown not only an increase of competitiveness of existing industries, notably for SME and mid-caps, but also additional business creation in new digitised products and services."
One of the top level speakers at the FIWARE Open Day in Brussels will be Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General, DG CONNECT, European Commission. Rouhana will be talking about Open Service Platforms as key enablers for the European Industry. In words of Khalil Rouhana, "The FIWARE Foundation is a visible commitment of European businesses to bring more innovative internet services to consumers, citizens, businesses and the public sector. Therefore, the European Commission welcomes the FIWARE Foundation as an important contributor in making the European Digital Single Market a reality, digitising our society and economy, and helping innovation and entrepreneurship to thrive in the EU."
In a previous session, chaired by Rouhana, with the participation of Ingrid Willems, from CReatiFI FIWARE accelerator, the link between the Digitising European Industry initiative and the network of Digital Innovation Hubs was discussed. He explained why the word “hub” was chosen, a it represents a more dynamic point compared to clusters or ecosystems. “To achieve outstanding levels of digital innovation in Europe and beyond, it is essential to build digital innovation groups that are more dynamic, having the ability to build and sustain many-to-many relationships between the stakeholders involved” The many-to-many relationship give them the sense of a hub and embodies the vibrant, active nature of the FIWARE community and its members.
Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of Regions, emphasized the value of FIWARE for the smart communities and, specially, within the urban domain: "Smart cities and pioneering regions are the cradles for innovation in Europe. By developing an open and sustainable ecosystem, the FIWARE Foundation encourages organisations to become even smarter and take advantage of today's digital opportunities. These developments are crucial for the EU open service platform and the data economy to thrive".
Another noted speaker at the FIWARE Open Day will be Yasunori Mochizuki, Senior Vice President of NEC, who will share his global perspective about the role of FIWARE and Industry 4.0 in Japan. The participation of Mr. Yasunori in Brussels illustrates the extended reach of FIWARE, both into new countries and being adopted within more markets and by prominent industrial actors. "NEC, in the past, has contributed to the community of and around FIWARE to implement advanced technical features of IoT and has also brought the technical outcomes into commercial solutions/products for the Smart City business around the world. Meanwhile, the open and transparent approach of FIWARE is becoming increasingly important and also visible in the global scale, which is also the case for Japan after the government has announced the strategy (Science and Technology Master Plan) of “Society 5.0“ aiming at innovating both society and industry via cross-utilization of data through data-centric platform."
Check out the complete highlights from the opening keynotes:
Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General, DG CONNECT, will share the European Commission vision, where FIWARE and the ‘Open Service Platforms are key enablers for European Industry and the Digital single market’.
Markku Markkula, President of the European Committee of Regions, will expose ‘Sparking regional Innovation ecosystems’, like the one the FI-PPP set in motion 5 years ago and which is now expanding globally.
Dr. Andreas Goerdeler, Director for “Digital Agenda for Germany und Europe”, Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, will present how ‘Open Platforms are supporting Innovation and growth’.
Yasunori Mochizuki, Senior Vice President, NEC, will give ‘A global perspective about the role of FIWARE and Industry 4.0 in Japan’, illustrating the extended reach of FIWARE, both into new countries and being adopted within more markets and by Industry key actors.
After the introductory session, there will be a Launch Ceremony, significantly titled 'Transition from research & innovation program to a commercial product / platform – from the European Commission to industry'. The event speakers will go over a growing ecosystem and will explore the opportunities offered by the open, standardised APIs for the development of the Digital Single Market and the European Industry 4.0. Companies, institutions and individuals attending this half-day event will be present at the first stages of the go-to-market for FIWARE.
The event will also be offering a in-depth session about the FIWARE Innovation Ecosystem, consisting in speaks and panels:
‘The Industrial perspective of FIWARE Open Service Platform’ panel will present the process, originated from the assembly of the Core Industry Group, that led to the creation of the FIWARE Foundation. And will answer an important question: why big ICT and Industry players, like ATOS, Engineering, Orange and Telefónica decided to dedicate big resources to build an Open Service Platform like FIWARE?
Ilkka Lakaniemi, Future Internet PPP Programme Chair, will give an 'Introduction to the FIWARE Open Service Platform', preceding a panel including Hubert Tardieu (ATOS and Chairman of the FIWARE Foundation Board of Directors), Paolo Pandozy (Engineering), François Richard (Orange) and Rosalía Simón (Telefónica).
Pearse O' Donohue, Director Future Networks, DG CONNECT, European Commission, will propose the 'Next wave / future vision' about the development of this Future Internet initiative.
Ulrich Ahle, CEO of the FIWARE Foundation will offer the closing words, reinforcing the focus around the Foundation being the driving force for this new stage, ensuring the long-term availability of FIWARE: for all users, for free and forever.
As usual in other occasions gathering our community, networking will play an essential role: coffee breaks and a complimentary lunch at the end of the event will be the perfect moment to share ideas, to strengthen already existing links and collaborations, and to set up new ones.
The event is organised by the EC FIWARE team in partnership with the FIWARE Foundation. The Open Day will be held in Brussels on the 7th of March 2017 at the European Commission Charlemagne building, starting at 8 am, for completing the registration process, acceding the building and mingle with other participants, enjoying a drink while waiting for the action to begin!
As we anticipated in the previous post, FIWARE will be joining IMPACT Growth at the 4YFN stand, with seven powered by FIWARE projects presenting their solutions. The team members from those companies will be participating in the different roundtables taking place at the stand, addressing subjects like ‘How to build innovative apps based on IoT and BigData’ and ‘How to reach your target customers and partners through the FIWARE marketplace’.
“Internet of Things and Smart Applications technologies with the capacity for integration of multiple data sources, interoperability and scalable provisioning, are just the basis of any innovative solution”. Antonio Jara, CEO of HOPU Ubiquitous, says that for companies like his, which was part of the FIWARE Acceleration Programme and is now scaling up and developing new projects, now is the time to focus on the business itself, letting FIWARE take care of the rest: “it can really support to simplify your business development through the integration of multiple IoT technologies, a portfolio of IoT devices ready to be used and de facto standards, that guarantee your introduction into a global ecosystem in key domains such as Smart Cities, Industry 4.0 and AgriFood”.
The companies that will join us at the 4YFN will be:
Outbarriers will present how their initial app, designed to help blind people to move safely around the city, has found another line of development, focusing on smart tourism, offering a service that uses context-aware technology to present automated information to the person using it and guiding him or her through the city, highlighting shops and promotions.
Stepla’s IoT-ready collar for cattle caring, created by SensoWave, will be showcased at the event. Also the new monitoring platform for livestock cattle will be presented: Digitanimal. The platform lets you know where the animals are all times, while detects possible abnormalities based on the activity and behaviour of each animal.
HOPU Ubiquitous will demonstrate Siidi: Seeding your city, a platform for citizen engagement and co-creation. The co-creation service is possible thanks to Smart POIs technology that makes the interaction easy and agile. Already launched in Aarhus (Denmark), with Siidi the citizens will be able to collaborate in the development and maintenance of their city
Babbler is a “smart seal” and end-to-end monitoring system for supply chains, benefiting shippers, carriers and customs, detecting and solving possible incidents, reducing paperwork and liabilities, easing security inspections, reinforcing in the transportation process and the commercial relationship between the far-off actors involved in an international shipment.
Insylo remote monitoring system of silos for the livestock farming, offering an automated and secure way to control the amount of feed available, while optimizing the delivery routes and production plans for feed suppliers, reducing up to a 25% the logistics costs and CO2 emissions of the replenishment process and. In Europe only, the sector can save +2B€ each year.
Secmotic are part of the IoT-Ready among other power by FIWARE programmes: they are in the Bounty Programme hall of fame and have organized their first hackaton at the FIWARE Zone in Sevilla. The have been implementing the technology for other companies developments, using FIWARE GEs to build web platforms that are capables of IoT real-time connection, monitoring and interaction.
Everimpact, cities' climate and pollution monitoring, showcasing a real-time 3D map of CO2 emissions of the city of Nantes (France). Everimpact is partnering with Networks of Cities, Space Agencies and International Organisations, to advance in climate monitoring in order to achieve a consistent reduction of CO2 emissions.
The FIWARE Foundation will be there too, represented by its CEO, Ulrich Ahle, who will be participating in the panel ‘The smart manufacturing vision and examples of steps towards its realization’, organised by MADE.
Following Jara, “as entrepreneurs, we should focus on make the best out of our idea, demonstrating how we are able to satisfy the need that we have identified, designing an innovative application, carrying out a strong communication and sales strategy, finding investors, customers and making it works as soon as possible in the market. For all the rest: technical issues, data integration, devices and sensors… just let FIWARE take care! It is time for IoT entrepreneurs to focus just on their business development”.
Aiming to fund, assist and promote more powered by FIWARE projects, IMPACT Growth will be announcing the new acceleration program at the F4FN event: selected startups will get up to €250,000 equity free, plus training and support from top level partners, while enjoying the benefits of joining the FIWARE ecosystem. Check out the IMPACT Growth agenda for the event and don’t forget to sign up and start receiving the IMPACT Growth newsletter now. Be the first to learn about this announcement!
Telefónica and Everimpact will be presenting an environmental monitoring system, showing how CO2 emission data is collected from ground sensors and satellites in the cities of Santander, Málaga and Nantes, before being analysed. During 2015, Telefónica started working with the GSMA in the development of an IoT Big Data Ecosystem, deploying and using harmonised data models, exposed through FIWARE NGSIv2.
Orange will be demonstrating how it can deliver harmonised public transport, weather station and air quality data streaming based on heterogenous and anonymised open data sources, coming from India and France.
If you are in Barcelona next week, attending these great events, do not forget to stop by our shared stand and demos. Join the conversation online using #MWV17, #4YFN17 and #FIWARE. See you there!