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Thank You For Coming to the FIWARE Tech Summit and See You in Porto!

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Dec 012017
 
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On behalf of the FIWARE Foundation we'd like to thank EVERYONE who attended and contributed to the FIWARE Tech Summit in Málaga for coming, and for showing their support. With the collaboration of Promálaga and the City Council, and the support of the Regional Government and initiatives already present at local and regional levels, FIWARE returned to where its first Summit took place.

Each Summit has been an opportunity to meet and greet people that are working with us, often from far away; to watch the Community expand and the Platform evolve. With a special focus on our developers, the recent Tech Summit has shown how the knowledge and the questions surrounding FIWARE Open Source components have gotten more and more insightful.

FACEBOOK_1200x630_FIWARE_dataConsidering that roughly a year ago a lot of the attendees received their first introduction to the technology, the recent gathering in Málaga has proved that FIWARE has come a long way. Today, it is being used to create smart apps, to manage data and city services, to start enhancing intelligent industrial and food production, and to connect to the IoT on a daily basis. Now, those novice developers are becoming the new masters, the tech experts that will continue sharing the message and improving the Platform, deploying new functionalities for and from it, positioning FIWARE as the driving force towards the interconnected, open future that it is designed to be.

Today, we can look back on a successful event: 2 days with 95 speakers and 21 exhibitors showcasing. Over the course of the 2-day event, the 415 attendees had the opportunity to attend 10 workshops and tech sessions, as well as 5 vertical tracks and interesting business sessions. We are growing, Summit after Summit, increasing attendance by more than 30%, and looking forward to presenting new collaborations, varied activities and their most interesting contents, whilst educating and entertaining at the same time.

The FIWARE Tech Summit hosted the 1st Spanish Industrial Data Space Meeting on behalf of the Industrial Data Space Association and Industria Conectada 4.0 initiative, as well as a special track dedicated to Smart Cities. Last but certainly not least, winners of the FIWARE Zone Challenge, the IMPACT Accelerator Startup Pitch Challenge, and the GCTC Challenge were announced! 

During the opening press conference, the City Mayor, D. Francisco de la Torre, announced the commitment between the FIWARE Foundation and the City of Málaga, to become the official headquarters of the FIWARE Tech Summit for the next 5 years. He pointed out how this event is proof of a mutual interest and support between the two parties. He also emphasized the importance of the technology and its innovative potential for urban development and the improvement of the quality of life of citizens, to overcome present and future societal and economic challenges. After that, the Mayor and the other public representatives at the press conference joined organizers and participants and visited the event, showing interest in the ‘Powered by FIWARE’ smart solutions present at the exhibition area.

The FIWARE Tech Summit may have come to an end but fear not, we already have our next event lined up for you! We therefore look forward to inviting you ALL to our next Summit in Porto, from 8-9 May, 2018.

Last Chance To Enter The FIWARE Global City Teams Challenge 2017

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Oct 182017
 

Are you looking for support to implement your idea, and do you believe in fostering cooperation and creating consolidated international Smart City communities?

Well then, you're in luck, because FIWARE Mundus has decided to EXTEND the deadlinefor participation in the FIWARE Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) until the end of this week! You now have until Sunday, October 22nd 23:59h (GMT+2) to get those applications in. Don't miss out!

Not sure what the FIWARE GCTC is all about? Allow us to break it down for you. The FIWARE GCTC 2017 aims to enable forward-looking partnerships between cities and communities in North America with organizations currently providing ‘Powered by FIWARE’ solutions in Europe. But wait, that isn't all: Your proposal could receive up to $US 28,000 to speed up a Smart City Pilot! 

APPLY NOW and get those applications in before it's too late! 

 

FIWARE GCTC Challenge 2017: cross-border cooperation USA – Europe

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Jul 132017
 
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FIWARE is launching a new competition: the Global City Teams Challenge Pilot Trials Challenge 2017. Building upon the scope of NIST’s GCTC, the challenge aims to achieve cross-border cooperation in the deployment of groundbreaking solutions based on FIWARE technology.

The FIWARE GCTC Challenge 2017 aims to drive the creation of Smart City pilot trials, designed to be replicable and scalable at a global scale, thus facilitating the creation of partnerships between urban communities in North America, with the companies that are actually providing ‘Powered by FIWARE’ solutions in Europe.

The challenge is open any project that includes at least one city/ community in North America (USA and Canada) and one Powered by FIWARE solution. Additional participation from a European city and/or from a North American organization would add value to the proposal.

PoweredByFiwareTeams will need to propose a development plan, agreed with the candidate city, local government, or metropolitan area. It must include technical issues and regulatory and administrative resources, to be committed by the involved parties. They should meet the technical know-how, the administrative drive and the resources need to design, to implement, to field-test and deploy an application that fulfils the objectives of this challenge.

Up to two trials will be selected in evaluation process. Each of the awarded solutions will receive a prize up to a maximum of 28,000 US Dollars (25,000 Euros), including the costs of the trips to North America and the budget to support the pilot deployment of the solutions.

Submissions will be open soon. Starting in July 2017, entrants will have until October 16th to submit a proposal for consideration. The winner will be announced in November 2017, at the 3rd FIWARE Summit in Málaga. The winners will have a common 6-month period to develop and field test their ideas in the respective cities, which may be presented in the GCTC Expo 2018.

Do you want to participate? Here you can download the PDF for details on submissions and evaluation criteria.

APPLY NOW!

Stay tuned to our site and social media channels for more details.
If you need support finding a partner in Europe to fit the challenges of your community or city, please contact us at fiware-gctc-challenge@lists.fiware.org 

FIWARE Mundus with GCTC: two new workshops

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Jan 262017
 
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As it was stated at the 1st FIWARE Summit, the FIWARE Mundus Committee keeps promoting the usage of FIWARE and the set-up of the FIWARE ecosystems at global level. FIWARE Mundus seeks to enlarge international membership, explore common business opportunities and foster FIWARE nodes and FIWARE instances installations around the Globe.

Following the announced course of action, FIWARE Mundus is excited to present a new participation of the FIWARE community within the context of the Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) programme of the United States. In particular, two workshops that will strengthen the international cooperation in the Smart City domain:

  • Transportation SuperCluster Workshop, hosted in Portland (OR) on February 1-2. Discussions will revolve around the future of smart transportation and make progress toward creating a shared blueprint of smart transportation technologies for cities and communities with diverse requirements. The FIWARE delegation will count with the support from the cities of Porto (Portugal) and Ancona (Italy), that will introduce an overview of their initiatives and goals; and with the participation of Ubiwhere, a "Powered by FIWARE" company. Besides the involvement in the multiple breakout sessions, FIWARE Mundus will take part in the "Smart City SDK Development Workshop" to present the FIWARE open source development community.
  • City Platform SuperCluster Workshop, hosted in Kansas City (MO) on February 7-8. During the two-day event co-hosted by NIST, the participants will come in with a list of problems and questions on City Platform and cross-cutting data management issues, and leave with a concept of how to solve that list while building a smart city. FIWARE is an official sponsor of this event, where the "Powered by FIWARE" solutions Wise Town, SmartAppCity and Ubiwhere will showcase their cooperation with the cities of Perugia (Italy), Logroño (Spain) and Porto (Portugal). FIWARE Mundus will take part in the "Smart City Data Sustainment Panel" to present the what FIWARE has learned from European cities in terms of sustainability.

The Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) is a collaborative network of project teams or "action clusters", working on groundbreaking applications of the Internet of Things (IoT) technologies within the smart community environment. These two new workshops follow the continuous collaboration between GCTC and FIWARE through the Mundus initiative, strengthening of the cooperation between cities and companies from Europe and the USA, with FIWARE as the link to ease that joining effort. As the Mundus team pointed before, this collaboration is a “turning point to accelerate the take-up of FIWARE in the USA and in other countries represented in the GCTC”.

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FIWARE at the GCTC Expo 2016

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Jul 012016
 
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The Global Cities Team Challenge Expo was an exceptional turning point, a successful closing event for the first phase of this initiative and, at the same time, the kick-off mark for a new period of development for the GCTC.
More than 2000 attendees and exhibitors joined the Expo live in Austin, Texas. The participants and attendees had the opportunity to hear from keynote speakers and participate on in-depth discussions and panels addressing the present and future challenges of smart cities and the role of synergetic relationships between the cities and the innovative IoT technologies that are spreading and scaling worldwide.

The Expo gathered Federal and Mayoral delegates, industry representatives as well as international and corporate partners, all being part of this celebration of the rich and multifaceted ecosystem that is growing around the collaborative venture to form project teams –the GCTC Action Clusters– . FIWARE’s participation as a Partner of GCTC started last year and now, also a number of our own partners and startups, are part of the Action Clusters.

FIWARE was present at the GCTC Expo as the host for some of those startups and projects, which had the chance to present their digital solutions at the event. Also, FIWARE has been invited to participate in the IES City Framework and joined its mid-project workshop in Austin. The development of a consensus Framework for Smart City Architectures that will grant portability and interoperability among the new cities’ applications and services, is an objective that is shared with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that promotes the GCTC and with other relevant projects, like the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) Initiative, for which FIWARE is providing the much needed technological standards.

The GCTC Expo was also a great opportunity fully in line with the main goal of the FIWARE Mundus Team: to promote the adoption of FIWARE technologies, the enlargement of the Open Source community worldwide and strengthen of the cooperation between cities and companies from Europe and the USA, with FIWARE as the link to ease that joining effort. The Mundus Team pointed this event as a “turning point to accelerate the take-up of FIWARE in the USA and in other countries represented in the GCTC”.

Now that the 2016 Expo is behind us, we are all looking forward to Phase Two of the Global City Teams Challenge. FIWARE and the increasing number of participants in this great venture will be mainly focusing on the deployment and the demonstration of the real impact of new solutions. As Sokwoo Rhee –Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program, NIST– has put it “We will be able to see how the efforts of 90+ teams can make a real difference in our communities over the next 12 months. Stay tuned!”

We have assembled a video-album with some of the interesting interviews that took place at the GCTC Expo 2016, with startups, teams, representatives and other partners.

FIWARE AT THE GCTC'16 – FIWARE MUNDUS – Promoting the Adoption of FIWARE Worldwide from FIWARE on Vimeo.

FIWARE at the GCTC Tech Jam –strengthening cooperation with the USA

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Mar 112016
 
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After the signature of the partnership between FIWARE and GCTC, the Global City Teams Challenge promoted by NIST, the US National Institute of Standards and Technologies, it is now time to join GCTC teams and expand FIWARE-based solutions worldwide.

The GCTC Tech Jam, organized by NIST and US Ignite on March 22-23 at NIST premises near Washington D.C., provides an opportunity to present project ideas and form global teams. The FIWARE delegation led by FIWARE Mundus is composed of representatives from European start-ups and European cities, and will be supported by Engineering, one of the FIWARE Industry Group members and one of the founders of the FIWARE Foundation. The objective of the event is to present FIWARE-based solutions ready to be adopted by European cities and join forces with US organizations and cities to strengthen such international cooperation.

In a nutshell:

  • Engineering and the City of Genoa, Italy, will present their idea to develop and deploy solutions around the prevention of environmental disasters in the city through data mining;
  • TeamDev and the City of Perugia, Italy, are focusing on the creation of a “situation room” to deal with the many challenges that cities are facing, including but not limited to emergency situations;
  • The City of Valencia, Spain, will support three initiatives to enhance the city operations. Along with Prodevelop, they will present a solution around the monitoring and promotion of city events. In addition, the city will encourage project ideas related to the creation of a smart city card access by smartphones and wearables with Pay[in], and solutions for smart parking with the SME Visiona;
  • Hostabee and the City of Saint-Quentin, France, will look at sharing solutions to better manage urban green spaces in cities;
  • And last but not least, Ubiwhere and the City of Porto will present a low cost solution to monitor environmental metrics to better define dynamic urban policies.

Besides these European cities, the City of Portland in Oregon, USA, has also decided to join the FIWARE Community through the collaboration with Ubiwhere and URBI, another FIWARE success story start-up, towards developing common solutions for smart transport mobility. Such achievement has been possible to the FIWARE Mundus’ partner in Portland, Urban Systems.

Additional FIWARE-related start-ups (Breeze and Urban Logistics, both from Germany) have shown interest but cannot attend this time. Still it is likely that they will join GCTC teams in the near future as well, thus increasing the overall usage of FIWARE in the USA and beyond.

In addition, FIWARE representatives will also participate in the IoT-enabled smart city framework on March 24-25, further to FIWARE’s involvement in the related international working group.

 

FIWARE in the CGTG Working Group to develop consensus on the Smart Citiy Architecture

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Mar 102016
 
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This blogpost reviews some news and announces that took place during the last months of 2015 and the start of 2016, around the collaboration framework between NIST, the Global City Teams Challenge and FIWARE.

FIWARE participates in the International Working Group to develop a consensus framework for IoT-enabled Smart City architectures

FIWARE was invited to participate in this initiative due to the great relevance it has in becoming the choice of many cities that are looking for open standards, avoiding locked in concrete vendors. Other  international partners supporting the initiative are: ANSI, the American National Standards Institute; ETSI, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute; MSIP, the Republic of Korea’s Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning; USGBC, the U.S. Green Building Council; and, ENEA, the Italian National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and Sustainable Economic Development.The U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several partners have launched a new international technical working group that will develop the common architectural principles for smart cities. In consultation with city stakeholders, the group will make a comparative analysis of existing architectural efforts and produce a framework. This document can then be used to bring greater coherence to standardization activities taking place internationally in various standards developing organizations and consortia.

FIWARE brings the FIWARE NGSI standard API which can work as a pivot point for Interoperability and Portability of smart city applications and services. There are already 89 cities from 19 countries that have taken the step in adopting this standard to export real-time data about what happens in cities. This becomes the fuel for new smart city applications developed by the city or third parties, and a mean for interoperability of vertical smart city solutions.  Based on this API, a wide range of other FIWARE Generic Enablers, or alternative enablers, can be integrated to deal with real-time processing, visualization or bigdata analysis of cities’ real-time and historic context information.

The kick-off workshop for the initiative will take place at NIST’s Gaithersburg, Maryland campus, on March 24th-25th, 2016, in conjunction with the NIST Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) Tech Jam. The initiative expects to draw on the expertise of GCTC project teams that collaborate on city scale applications.

A second workshop will be held, April 14th-15th, 2016 in Rome, Italy, hosted by ENEA. Both workshops will have similar structures with in-depth presentations from experts engaged in activities within the different geographic regions. Interim results will be considered at subsequent workshops in summer 2016. The hope is to produce an initial draft document by September and to finalize it by June of next year.

Participation in the activity is open to anyone. NIST has set up a collaboration website for the project which includes an email list sign-up and a briefing paper providing more information on the project.

Chris Greer, director of NIST’s Smart Grid and Cyber-Physical Systems Program, commented on the fact that, “The growth of the smart cities market is currently hindered by ICT deployments that are customized and not fully interoperable or scalable, as well as by the lack of convergence around architectural design principles and a common language / taxonomy. We want to enable the full spectrum of standards activities to cooperate and harmonize their efforts to enable smart city solutions that meet the needs of modern communities.”


GCTC_logo2016_344x105.png.300x0_q85The official FIWARE partnership with the NIST Global City Teams Challenge 2016 program

On  November 19th 2015,  FIWARE was proud to announce that the FIWARE’s participation as a Partner in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s, NIST, Global City Teams Challenge 2016, GCTC 2016, program was officially confirmed on the 12th November 2015 at the GCTC 2016 Kick-Off Workshop in Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA.

As explained by Jacques Magen, responsible for FIWARE globalization activities (FIWARE Mundus Programme), “FIWARE and GCTC share common objectives in providing cities and their stakeholders with an environment and a program that can help them replicate Smart Cities solutions and services that are efficient and scalable through replicable, standards-based collaborative platforms. This also represents a great opportunity for the FIWARE community to expand its reach internationally and contribute to boost innovation for the development of Smart Cities’ applications and services all over the world”.

“Cities around the world are looking to advanced Internet of Things concepts to make their communities safer, more vibrant, and more livable and workable,” said Chris Greer, Senior Executive for Cyber-Physical Systems at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology. “We can best achieve these goals by working together on interoperable smart city architectures that can serve as the foundation for innovation in cities worldwide and we are pleased to join with FIWARE through our Global City Teams Challenge in an international, cooperative effort.”

As stated by Juanjo Hierro, FIWARE Chief Architect, “FIWARE’s participation in the GCTC 2016 initiative has the main goal of showcasing the benefits coming from the adoption of common "de facto" standard technologies in and for Smart Cities that FIWARE has been developing over the last few years. Global de-facto standards for portability and interoperability will indeed contribute to the creation of a truly sizeable market for smart city services and applications, where developers and solution integrators can invest with a global outlook on sustainable business models.”

FIWARE provides an open source implementation of some of the key standards adopted by the Open and Agile Smart Cities initiative, which currently groups more than 60 cities from 12 different countries.

Jesús Villasante, Head of Unit at the European Commission, declared that “through its participation to GCTC 2016, FIWARE also contributes to build up and strengthen sustainable innovation ecosystems, leveraging on its valuable experience in engaging with relevant players at the European and international level.”

About GCTC 2016

The GCTC 2016 initiative has been launched by the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and several GCTC 2016 partners are merging forces to bring together on the one side communities facing various smart city challenges and, on the other, innovators with the right set of technologies to tackle and overcome such challenges.

The GCTC Program will bring smart city communities and innovators together to encourage collaboration on a range of issues from disaster response to energy management to mass transit improvement. The goal is to help communities and businesses connect to improve resource management and quality of life by using effective networking of computer systems and physical devices, including Internet of Things (IoT) or cyber-physical systems.

For further information, contact: Sokwoo Rhee (sokwoo.rhee@nist.gov), Associate Director of Cyber-Physical Systems Program

About NIST

As a non-regulatory agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, NIST promotes U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. To learn more about NIST, visit www.nist.gov.

FIWARE in 2015: A Year of Products, Partnerships and Platforms

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Dec 302015
 
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As the sun sets on the 2015 year, we celebrate and give thanks to everyone who has contributed to making the FIWARE community what it is today. This year has been about building products, forging new partnerships and stabilizing our platform, and we are excited to enter into 2016 with a string ecosystem and a new generation of smart city apps built using FIWARE technologies and support structures.

PRODUCTS
2015 has been a turning point in the growth of the FIWARE platform. 2013 and 2014 (and even the start of 2015) were often about mentoring startups, funding accelerator and incubator programs, running hackathons, and building a suite of robust and fully-functional open APIs and generic enablers. But more than ever before, the real vision of FIWARE began to take shape this year, as production-ready apps started becoming available, all built on the FIWARE platform.

Companies like 3D internet-focused startup Cyberlightning is using FIWARE’s generic enablers to enable a self-learning industrial Internet of Things network.

Cities like Porto are using FIWARE technologies to enable a new generation of context-aware, smart mapping and mobility apps: app that let you reduce your contribution to air pollution and that guide you around traffic congestion all the way to a vacant car parking space.

Apps like Outbarriers that bring a TripAdvisor-like experience to travelers with visual impairment.

Apps like MejoraTuCuidad that bring city governments closer to their residents and enable a single, seamless process flow from citizen engagement around an amenity issue (like a pothole or graffiti) through to asset maintenance (like the city’s roadworks or graffiti removal departments) and back to the citizen (to inform them of the outcome). Using technology to enable a new communication and engagement with local residents builds trust in our city governments and uses the best of tech business’ user experience focused approach to how we manage our civic society.

There are now a wave of new apps emerging that make use of FIWARE, and it can be easy to miss out on everything that is happening. So in 2015, we launched myFIWAREstory to share those apps and experiences with you and between our community members.

#myFIWAREstory is a story made up of stories: start-ups, small to large companies, public and private organizations, end users and other stakeholders. All together they are building relationships within a sustainable, open and innovative system. All those voices are important and will be heard as MyFIWAREstory grows. It is a story of community openness, full of opportunities, not locked into any vendor. It is a story of context-aware behavior, of sustainable efforts and infrastructure, of providing an enhanced user experience. A story of market-building with straightforward and simple standards, of growing a sizable market based on the development of portable and interoperable applications, a market that attracts investors and users. It is a story of innovation and support towards our shared goals. It is your story. It is MyFIWAREstory.

PARTNERSHIPS
Throughout 2015, we welcomed new partnerships into the FIWARE ecosystem and created a map to visualize the growing community of SMEs, iHubs, and accelerators that make up FIWARE in action.

One of our key partnerships with the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative saw rapid growth this year, now reaching 75 cities from 15 countries across Europe, Latin America and the Asia-Pacific. We look forward to continuing to collaborate with cities participating in OASC. Together, we use a bottom-up, real world problem-solving approach with participating cities. First we focus on solving urban challenges and offering the FIWARE platform to cities to build tech solutions. Once those solutions are being built, we look at how that can scale to other member cities, and where standards might be able to help speed up the replication of successful initiatives. We believe this model, based on lean business methodologies and recognizing the pace of change of technology today, is the most appropriate way to ensure a citizen and community-centric design of our new city technologies.

A range of our other key partnerships this year included:
●    Working with the U.S. Global City Team Challenge and began working on a new round of projects for launch in mid June 2016
●    Partnering with TM Forum, a global IT business association, to bring a new range of APIs to FIWARE that will enable developers to create new business models for their civi technologies
●    Collaborated with the European Data Portal to make open data available to FIWARE developers
●    Participating in the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona
●    Partnering with Civity, Deloitte, Elba-Rec, Onetrail and Xcellent to create the first FIWARE Lab node in The Netherlands
●    Partnering with Infotec in Mexico to create the second FIWARE Lab node and bring smart city technologies to Mexican cities
●    Participating in The Mobile World Congress’ 4YFN event.

Perhaps most significantly, as 2015 concludes, we have announced a Core Industry Group initiative with Telefonica, Orange and Atos aimed at creating agreement to push common standards in designing smart cities solutions using the FIWARE platform. This industry-wide collaboration sends a message to startups and businesses of all sizes that they can trust in building on the FIWARE platform. It allows developers and cities themselves to be confident that the tech solutions they build on FIWARE will be replicable and can be scalable as potential businesses and community solutions.

PLATFORM
Throughout 2015, the FIWARE platform continued to expand, empowering more use cases and enabling integration with a wider range of services. In July, we introduced a Governance model for the FIWARE community, enabling greater transparency and a clearer, community-driven roadmap for our work. We have also continued to partner with challenges and accelerators to enable new apps and tech solutions for urban agriculture, quality of life, tourism and cultural heritage (amongst other themes) to be built in faster time and with more scalable opportunity, as apps can be replicated in a variety of city locations using the same platform infrastructure each time.

The FIWARE platform has also been able to integrate with more external services this year. SigFox Internet of Things devices, for example, are now easily able to be connected to the FIWARE platform. GIS and mapping leader ESRI has built a connector to enable integrating ESRI map products to the FIWARE platform.

2016 will see many more new connectors and integrators built that extend the use cases for the FIWARE platform and more easily enable developers to build value chains for their city and IoT solutions that bring new solutions to the lives of residents around the world.

WHAT WILL BE COMING IN 2016?

One of the major pieces of groundwork completed in 2015 was our consultation process around a governance model for the FIWARE community. This was an important stepping stone for building a truly open source project basis for FIWARE. The FIWARE Community is an independent open community whose members are committed to materialise the FIWARE mission, that is: “to build an open sustainable ecosystem around public, royalty-free and implementation-driven software platform standards that will ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple sectors”.

Early in 2016, this work will take the next step: the launch of the FIWARE Foundation which will be the open source organization that oversees the FIWARE project. To date, we have bootstrapped an organizing body, and in early 2016 will be announcing the initial members of the Foundation that will help steer our FIWARE open source community.

In addition to this organizational work,  if 2015 has been about building products, extending partnerships and consolidating our platform, we hope a major theme of 2016 will be about bringing an equity dimension to how FIWARE is used around the globe. This has been a part of our core mission from the very start, and as we continue to grow, we do not want to lose sight of this focus and opportunity.

Already, the Open and Agile Smart Cities initiative meeting on January 21 during European Smart City Week in Brussels will have the theme of “empowering the change makers within cities”, and from February 16 – 18 in Puebla, Mexico, FIWARE will participate in the Smart City Expo with a focus on leveraging innovation to create equitable solutions across the Latin American region.

We will be working in 2016 to not only extend the FIWARE platform and to support our partnerships around the globe, but also to incorporate an equity dimension into the way we all work to build the next generation of smart city technologies.