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Mar 022017
 
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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”.

_O3A0691The 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".

what ifAnother 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.

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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!

For more information and final agenda: http://www.fiwareopenday.com/
List of speakers also available: http://www.fiwareopenday.com/pdf/Speakers.pdf
Direct link to online registration: https://ec.europa.eu/digital-single-market/events/cf/fiware-open-day/register.cfm

Remember, secure your seat today! See you all in Brussels next week.

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Powered by FIWARE at #4YFN17 & #MWC17

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Feb 232017
 
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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”.

barcelonaThe 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”.

action point 2 facebookAiming 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!

As you know, FY4N is part of an (even) bigger event! If you are staying in Barcelona the whole week and visiting the Mobile World Congress 2017, do not miss the powered by FIWARE IoT Big Data demonstrations at the Innovation City, Hall 4 Stand 4A30: following the work that the GSMA is doing on this area, two showcases will be demonstrating its practical application within IoT applications and services.

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 SantanderMálaga and Nantes, before being analysed. During 2015, Telefónica started working with the GSMA in the development of an IoT Big Data Ecosystemdeploying 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!

IMPACT Growth Global Accelerator, about to kick off at 4YFN

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Feb 172017
 
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In his recent open letter to the startup community, Sebastian Muller, IMPACT Acceleration Director (ISDI), told us about the new team he is leading: IMPACT Growth. We had the chance to first meet this new project at the FIWARE Summit: after the closing of our previous programme, a new round of acceleration was announced, with two spin-off projects –the other would be frontierCities 2– that aim to drive powered by FIWARE startups even further.

This week, we had the chance to know more about IMPACT Growth first open call:

“IMPACT Growth is going to tell the world about the new equity free acceleration program. Selected startups will get at least €100,000 equity free, and training and support from IMPACT Growth’s partners, as well as enjoying the benefits of joining the FIWARE ecosystem.

More details are under wraps until the big day, but we can tell you that an unprecedented team has come together, uniting VCs, global corps and accelerators from around the world.

All the details will be announced on February 27 in Barcelona at 4YFN, the world’s largest mobile event. Check out our agenda for the event here. Join us there and be among the very first to learn about this exciting new project.”

impact facebook (1)The message and challenge that IMPACT Growth is addressing should be attracting startups, with a global reach. “Our mission is to create the best accelerator program for startups from all over Europe and the world”, expresses Nacho de Pinedo, CEO of ISDI. Continuous work is granted, under a single, strong principle that will lead this new venture to an even greater success: everything that IMPAC Growth do, must be done to benefit the startups.

“We’re bringing together a widespread, generous community of digital business and experts. Working together, we all win”, concludes de Pinedo. To achieve this goal, IMPACT Growth will be combining the forces of a diverse team of acceleration, corporate and venture capitals, like Funding Box, ISDI, Accelerace, Mobile World Capital, Invesdor, Kibo Ventures, MADE, Danone, DOCOMO Digital, Ferrovial, ISDI Mexico and the FIWARE Foundation.

FIWARE will be joining IMPACT Growth at the 4YFN stand, with seven powered by FIWARE companies presenting their solutions. Come and meet us there!

Next week, another post will be published, with more details about our presence at the event in Barcelona.

Check out the IMPACT Growth agenda for the event: http://bit.ly/2lT1FaQ

Sign up for the IMPACT Growth newsletter now, and be the first to learn about this announcement: http://bit.ly/2lPu9W9

Italian scaleup TeamDev joins EIT Digital Accelerator and the FIWARE Foundation

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Feb 022017
 
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EIT Digital Accelerator announced a few weeks ago that the Italian scale-up TeamDev has joined their acceleration program.
Founded in 2008, TeamDev was part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme… twice: with WiseTown –one of the top projects of the second open call launched by Finodex, the Open Data accelerator– and Agricolus –supported by SpeedUP! Europe.

WiseTown is a B2B solution powered by FIWARE that collects information from different data streams, to identify the issues that are affecting urban communities in several areas: public safety, transportation, urban renewal, refuse collection, social services or environmental issues. More than an application, WiseTown offers a data-driven ecosystem developed for the Smart City, a Big Data analytics platform for the public administration sector, focusing on local governments.

TeamDev has now joined the EIT Digital Accelerator to increase the access to the market, locally (in Italy) but also throughout Europe, expecting to grow their workforce as well, making use of the access to talent that the EIT Digital Accelerator provides.
TeamDev will also join the EIT Digital 'Digital Cities' Action Line which leverages the digital transformation of cities through centralised, participative and collaborative interactions between city actors: government, city service providers, industry and citizens. This transformation enables the deployment of disruptive information, mobility and safety services in cities.

logo2014"We are very pleased to welcome TeamDev to the Accelerator. They have developed a really innovative product that can adapt to any public administration setting and therefore has a Europe-wide application. We love the idea that they don't want to focus only on big cities but also on smaller towns as well. It's completely in line with our motto at EIT Digital of 'driving Europe's digital transformation”, said Dolf Wittkamper, Head of EIT Digital Accelerator.

We had the chance to talk with Andrea Cruciani, CEO and founder of TeamDev, to know more about the company joining EIT Digital Accelerator and the added value that being powered by FIWARE solutions has brought to both WiseTown and Agricolus.

He also told us about the present and future plans for the team and their projects. They were expecting for a confirmation that has come today: TeamDev has joined the FIWARE Foundation as Gold Member.

– We meet TeamDev projects (first Agricolus and then WiseTown) through the FIWARE Acceleration Programme, as “startups”. Now EIT is talking about a company that have finished the starting stage of its development and is ready to scale-up… Which would be the role of FIWARE in getting you to that point?

Our experience with FIWARE has been an important milestone in our process to reach the “scaleup” status, for several reasons. First of all, FIWARE open approach allowed us to develop an “open by default” architecture. Which we are discovering now, is one of the key-point of our business proposal.
Then FIWARE ecosystem allowed us, through the acceleration process, to open our minds and to experience an international-level approach that enriched our skills and allowed us to adapt our company to be scale-up ready. We are part of a wide and valuable international network, and it’s thanks to this that we meet EIT, during the final event of the Finodex accelerator in Trento. We can say that, without the FIWARE technologies and community, we wouldn’t be in EIT Digital scaleup program.

– Could you explain the “open by default” concept and its benefits?

Our platforms are, thanks to FIWARE, open to third parties’ integrations, to enrich our solutions with other functionalities.
Being open is a commercial advantage: our customers know that they can integrate our innovative products with other solutions because we don’t block anything. On the contrary, we see it as a competitive advantage.

– Both of your solutions are powered by FIWARE. On the technological side, do you feel that TeamDev could act as an evangelist about the benefits of the FIWARE platform for other projects that have joined EIT Digital?

Our solutions are also part of the IoT-Ready program. In the FIWARE IoT & Big Data stack we have found valuable pieces of technology that have shortened the time to get into the market during the MVP phase. And, even now, these pieces are a powerful part of our applications. As the open community that it is, FIWARE needs the support of its contributors, in order to spread the word about the benefits of such technologies. We are committed to persuade as many companies as we can, about this approach: making FIWARE a robust standard is a common goal that we are going to pursue in the following years.

– EIT will be helping you to develop a marketing plan aimed to reach further, to new investors and clients. Which would be the next markets to aim for?

During the first months of the EIT acceleration we will work on WiseTown, focusing on the countries that we will target during scaleup phase. In first instance, we are thinking in Germany, Netherlands, Spain and Denmark, but we will define these countries in a few weeks.
We will also have a look into the USA, mainly for expanding the Agricolus ecosystem.

578872157– TeamDev have been working in two projects, aiming for two of the main verticals for FIWARE: smart agriculture and smart cities. Is EIT interested in empower any kind of cross-sector vision? 

EIT Digital will mainly focus its support into the WiseTown ecosystem, our smart cities solution. But they are also going to support Agricolus scaleup process, with its Silicon Valley office pushing our solution into that market.
Both of our solutions are focused in improving daily work and quality of life, and I foresee some interesting interaction between cities and agriculture. Like the “urban farming” concept, which is becoming a need that will grow in the next decades!

– You will be joining specific initiatives within EIR (namely, the Digital Cities Action Line and the Access to Market program). Tell us something about them and, particularly, about how the Digital Cities Action Line can be in line with other initiatives that FIWARE is part of or is working with?

EIT Digital identifies cities’ digital transformation as one of the main challenges of the near future. Civic technologies –as the ones offered by WiseTown– need standards and a robust and scalable approach, to support the growing needs of digital interaction between the citizens and their local governments.
We experienced the same vision wen approaching to and working with other international initiatives, like OASC and GCTC: there’s a huge worldwide effort that we think is supporting this transition, and we expect that there will be an even tighter collaboration between all these activities. Through WiseTown, TeamDev is involved in some of them and aims to be one of the actors of this stage of the cities’ evolution.

– Now being part of EIT Digital and with the FIWARE Foundation in place, which would be the next steps to take by TeamDev?

TeamDev has just requested the admission to the FIWARE Foundation and we hope to be one of the parts that will be supporting this new adventure. We will act, as we have done so far, as direct users and supporters of the technologies among the developers community and towards other SMEs. 2017 will be a challenging year for us with the scale-up process, the creation of a dedicated spinoff for Agricolus and a lot of R&D because innovation never stops!

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FundingBox is joining the FIWARE Foundation

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Dec 232016
 
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FundingBox, the largest “go to” platform to win public funding has decided to join the FIWARE Foundation as one of its Gold members.

Fundingbox believes the FIWARE initiative has been the best initiative launched by the EC since Erasmus. FIWARE has contributed to start creating a truly European tech startups ecosystem. FundigBox was partner in two of the FIWARE Accelerators, INCENSe and IMPACT, that contributed to the transfer of new technology into the market thus setting up a community of hundreds of successful companies. The cascade funding approach of the FI-PPP in its phase 3, distributing funding among companies through a group of accelerators for them to select and support companies in their technology adoption, has made this possible. FundingBox have become the experts on identifying, obtaining and distributing cascade funding through www.fundingbox.com

Thanks to the FIWARE Accelerator Program we have supported a total of more than 100 startups with equity free funding and mentoring. The top 10 companies have then raised closed to 30M€ of private investments.

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We have been selected by the EC as the reference FIWARE Accelerator and we intend to keep doing this with our new Program, Impact Growth, where we will support a group of 28 companies with 125 k euros to keep investing in FIWARE technology.

All this experience and the community set up around the FIWARE Technology is now embodied in the FIWARE Foundation, and FundingBox wants to contribute in making this even a bigger success.

Together with the FIWARE Foundation, at FundingBox we intend to replicate this approach in other initiatives related to the Digital Single Market, in which we are having and intensive role. This is the case of the Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs), which aim at helping SMEs to master their digital transformation. Through the four DIHs is which are present and our access to its network, we believe that the FIWARE experience can be an important added value, acting as a showcase that will help traditional companies accelerate their transformation, offering them vision, technology and funding. 

Dec 192016
 
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It is a joy to be entitled to write something like this: the 1st FIWARE Summit was a complete success!
And it is not only something that can be done… it’s a must! This is the appropriate time to point out who is responsible for the Summit surpassing our most optimistic predictions: you.
We would like to thank you as part of the FIWARE Open Community for making our first Summit an occasion to remember. We are still reviewing the main assets resulting from the event and we are also focusing on what should be improved for our future events.

At this moment, we can already share some figures: during the 3 days of the event, the Trade Fairs and Congress Center in Málaga gathered 300 participants from 18 countries. The summit comprised 39 tech sessions and 13 business sessions, with the participation of no less than 37 speakers and 32 technical experts. Additionally, 11 exhibitors were showcasing their powered by FIWARE solutions.

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Keynote speakers, how-to sessions, working meetings, a developers’ primer the first day, high-level panels on each one of the main verticals and programmes around FIWARE… and coffee breaks, lunches and an evening networking event with food, drinks and music! The 1st FIWARE Summit intended to be the most comprehensive experience possible for all and each one of the attendees.

We had the pleasure to be joined by the local and regional authorities, namely the Mayor of the City of Málaga, Francisco de la Torre Prados, and the representative of the Government of Andalucía, José Sánchez Maldonado (Regional Council for Work, Industry and Trade). Both of them spoke at the opening session, emphasizing the importance of the Summit for a smart city like Málaga and for a region that has always bet on the open technology, like Andalucía is.

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The FIWARE Foundation was represented by Ulrich Ahle (CEO), Stefano de Panfilis (COO), Juan José Hierro (CTO) and Hubert Tardieu (Atos CEO Advisor) as chairman of the FIWARE Foundation Board of Directors, also including Rosalía Simón (Smart Cities Director at Telefónica), Patrice Slupowski (VP Digital Innovation at Orange) and Dario Avallone (R&D Director at Engineering).

In the closing session of the event, Ahle reviewed the main announcements that were made at the Summit. We will be going over all of them in detail, through a series of individual posts. But let’s summarize now what the different initiatives and programmes were presenting.

In brief, FIWARE announced:

  • The FIWARE Accelerate programme gets renewed, with two spin-off projects: IMPACT Growth and Frontier Cities 2. With more than 5M € to be distributed supporting powered by FIWARE projects, the new calls are announced to be open by the beginning of 2017. Frontier Cities 2 will be focusing on developing solutions for the urban communities, while IMPACT Growth will be accelerating startups across different sectors, including Smart Cities, Smart Manufacturing, Smart Agrifood and Smart Content Verticals.
     
  • The FIWARE Mundus Committee will continue promoting the usage of FIWARE and the set-up of the FIWARE ecosystems at global level. FIWARE Mundus will seek to enlarge international membership, explore common business opportunities and foster FIWARE nodes and FIWARE instances installations around the Globe. With Jacques Magen (InterInnov, FI-GLOBAL) as its provisional chairman, the Mundus Committee presented the ongoing initiatives worldwide and the list of action points to be taken in the short and long-term.
     
  • The FIWARE iHub programme, designed to act upon the global FIWARE strategy, but at a local level. With the iHubs as physical meeting points for the community, the programme aims to show the path by example, offering coaching and training for developers and SMEs, organizing hackathons, collaborating with universities, showcasing commercial solutions, etc. Also, the FIWARE Zone initiative was presented, starting with two innovation centers in Málaga and Sevilla.
     
  • The FIWARE Marketplace was launched during the FIWARE Summit, as a tool to help finding out who is offering solutions and services based on our open source technology.  It comprise a list of Powered by FIWARE solutions, FIWARE IoT-ready device manufacturers and providers of both Training and Consultancy/Integration services. The FIWARE Foundation will soon offer professional certifications for FIWARE trainers and certifiers.
     
  • The FIWARE Foundation, that was set in motion by the Core Industry Group members (Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefónica) is now joined by more Gold and individual members. FundingBox –the public funding platform upholding the IMPACT Growth accelerator–, Smart Cities Lab –the think-tank that is currently running the FIWARE activities undergoing in India– and Zabala Innovation Consultingformerly leading Finodex, the Open Data accelerator– joined as Gold Members. Plus 37 individual members who also have joined the Foundation.
     
  • Finally, the Foundation announced the 2nd FIWARE Summit, to take place in Berlin by the end of May 2017. Save the date in your agendas!

_o3a1922We have published a video overviewing what happened in Málaga. You will find it at the end of this post.
Each one of the activities in the main rooms were recorded in video. The first day developers’ prime and the panels on days 2 and 3 were live-streamed. You can find them now, in a rough edit, on our YouTube channel. Soon, individually edited videos will be shared.
Also, we will be publishing each one of the presentations that were shown at the event. Find them linked on the event’s agenda.

After all this, after all the excitement, the good news and the hard work, it is probably the perfect time to think not only about the FIWARE Community: take a minute now and think about all the people in your life. How did you initially meet? What brought you closer together? From shared interests to specific events, from scheduled activities to casual networking. Each occurrence that build upon the trust, the knowledge, the reciprocity and shared best practices that improves the quality of life within a human ecosystem and make a project thriving and resilient.

Personal relationships are built on a day-by-day basis. And a community like ours is worthing a lot more when it manages to reach new contributors, to convince them to join in and, at the same time, the engagement between present and future members is deepened.
The 1st FIWARE Summit has accomplished to do that, enriching our social capital. And that should mark the biggest difference between having a good… or a great future ahead!

_o3a2577With events like this Summit, the community members will be able to keep creating their own value. The platform will be strengthening. The technology will keep advancing and being adopted. New partnerships will be started and people new to and interested in FIWARE will find a perfect chance to be joining the community, joining our global ecosystem. In Málaga, during each one of the sessions, there was a sense of great attention and the will to participate, to be enhancing the hands-on learning process about FIWARE, thus greatly improving the direct and institutional communication and the relationship within the Open Community, always based on merit, transparency and trust.

For the 2nd FIWARE Summit we are looking forward to offer an even better experience for the community members. So, please, if you were present at the 1st Summit in Málaga or followed it online, or maybe you have a notion about how to improve the involvement and participation for the attendants… just write us! Send an email to the FIWARE Press Office.
We will love to receive your ideas and we are counting on your support to make the encounter in Berlin the perfect place and time to gather and to keep moving forward. Thank you in advance and thank you, again, for making this 1st FIWARE Summit a great success.

Together, we build FIWARE! And the best is yet to come.

FIWARE Foundation: Zabala Innovation Consulting to join as a gold member

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Dec 022016
 
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The FIWARE Foundation is now open for new members. This is just great news indeed! During the past years I had the chance to lead a wonderful team of partners into what it was a new adventure for the European Commission through the Future Internet PPP. Phase 3 they called it, the accelerators.

From Zabala Innovation Consulting we coordinated the first accelerator ever based on open data and FIWARE, no verticals in principle, although then we discovered that areas like smart cities, agro-food or health had a bigger impact than the others. Not surprising either if we see where FIWARE was and is putting their target on.
 

But this post will not talk about our accelerator anymore, you know “our story” and can have a look back as many times as you like. The reason for us is the FIWARE Foundation and the first FIWARE Summit, happening in a few days in Málaga.

The announcement is that Zabala Innovation Consulting will join the FIWARE Foundation as a gold partner. We do this without being an ICT-based company, we have no developers onboard nor develop technology as such. We are a consultancy services company with a large expertise on public funding at all imaginable levels. We work with local, regional and national authorities in our markets and of course with a number of agencies and organisations at EU-level. This is where FIWARE plays a really important role for us. Let me use the following lines to motivate this.
 

In 2013, we submitted our FINODEX proposal to the EC open call that was looking for the FIWARE accelerators. We had never had an earlier experience on Future Internet technologies, so our approach to FIWARE was due to the fact of managing open calls and being able to put our skills into practice through a new scheme for funding by the EC, the cascade-funding. ZABALA has over 30 years of experience in EU project management, we have been working on EU projects since the first framework programme with wonderful results, so approaching to new models and initiatives is as innovative as we are ourselves.

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After 27 months of FINODEX accelerator, we had the chance to discover several facts we had not imagined at the very beginning:
  • FIWARE Accelerate has created a large community of innovators around a technology.

  • It is not only the technology! Now we are one click away of mostly everyone in Europe related to innovation of ICT-services in a variety of domains.

  • Start-ups boost can also be driven with EU-funds, not only with large capital investments diluting their ownership.

  • FIWARE is here to stay in the long term, and the Foundation was the strongest evidence after the investment by the EC and a number of entities since 2011.

Being part of the FIWARE Accelerate programme as managers of one of the funds have allowed us to grow our portfolio of service and markets, now we work with a number of start-ups from many countries in Europe and we have risen the “word-to-mouth” approach that made us known in Spain to other latitudes in the continent.

At the same time we have already integrated FIWARE as part of the technical basis of a couple of EU-funded projects in the areas of Smart Cities and more specifically in waste management.

REPLICATE is a European research and development project that aims to deploy integrated energymobility and ICT solutions in city districts. It is funded by a €29m grant from Horizon 2020. The overarching vision of the REPLICATE project is to increase the quality of life for citizens across Europe by demonstrating the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services with citizens, and prove the optimal process for replicating successes within cities and across cities. There are three lead cities (called Smart City ‘Lighthouses’) which  include Bristol in Great Britain, Florence in Italy and San Sebastian in Spain. FIWARE will be one of the components to develop services related to the management and publication of open data.
 

WASTE4THINK. The main objective of this project is to move forward the current waste management practices into a circular economy motto, demonstrating the value of integrating and validating a set of 20 eco-innovative solutions that cover all the waste value chain. The cities where pilots will take place are Zamudio (ES), Cascais (PT). Part of the solutions are based on ICT technologies, and yes they are based on FIWARE. The project is lead by the University of Deusto (ES) and counts with the participation of two well-known FIWARE evangelists partners, Engineering (IT) and ourselves (ZABALA).

Therefore, we concluded that FIWARE is a key-enabler for research and innovation in Europe and beyond. The argument convinced us to be one of the first members in the Foundation, after the core group initially establishing the by-laws.
 

Being members of a technology foundation is a new and exciting adventure for us, we expect to be close to start-ups and their innovation during the following years helping as the mission states, to develop an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the creation of Smart Applications in multiple sectors. We have already started to pursue this mission so we would encourage everyone to join the Foundation and add their bit in the mission.

A good starting point to work with the community will be the first FIWARE Summit happening in Málaga next 13th to 15th of December. Besides the wonderful track of technical talks, which is impressive, the number of workshops from the different Mission Support Committees or the conference itself, it will be a great opportunity to meet everyone again and explore new endeavours for the future of FIWARE. See you in Malaga?

 

 

 

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By Miguel García (former coordinator of FINODEX accelerator
and senior consultant at Zabala Innovation Consulting)

 Posted by at 11:47 am

MVMANT: Mobility as a service for everyone

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Sep 232016
 
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Nowadays over one billion cars are circulating on our roads worldwide. This number is expected to double within the next 20 years. In the same time, over two billion will move to cities. This is the equivalent of building from scratch a city of the size of Rome or Berlin every month, for twenty years straight.

This poses many challenges to our society: city administrations need to reduce traffic congestion and offer a solution which is, at the same time, economically viable and able to foster a car-independent lifestyle. Citizens need to be able to move within the city in a convenient way, without bothering to own and operate a car. National governments have to reduce pollution to meet the always increasing air quality standards, without sacrificing economic growth.

MVMANT is a complete platform that enables urban transportation on demand. The dispatching of vehicles is managed by predictive algorithms and by requests generated through the dedicated app. This allows to dislocate the vehicles when and were needed and match the mobility needs of the citizens in the most efficient way. The immediate consequence is that a higher seat occupancy ratio can be reached, offsetting a high number of private vehicles, thus reducing the average pollution per capita and increasing significantly the revenues for the public transportation operator.

MVMANT also includes a city loyalty system, that allows local businesses to advertise inside the app and on the veichles, with demographic and geotargeted advertising and incentivize the usage of MVMANT by awarding loyalty points (MVMiles) that can be redeemed for free rides.

MVMANT was developed by the Sicilian software company Edisonweb and succesfully tested in the city of Ragusa: 2.200 subscribers in three weeks, over 13.000 km driven and tons of saved emissions.

MVMANT is powered by several FIWARE Generic Enablers that made a rapid development possible.
The test results were so succesful and promising, that MVMANT has been spun-off in an autonomous entity based in Germany, in order to further develop the business and cooperations with local governments and car manufacturers.

Mvmant – Smart Urban Mobility on demand from MVMANT on Vimeo.