What is FIWARE Foundation?

The FIWARE Foundation is the legal independent body providing shared resources to help achieving the FIWARE mission by promoting, augmenting, protecting, and validating the FIWARE technologies as well as the activities of the FIWARE community, empowering its members including end users, developers and rest of stakeholders in the entire ecosystem. The FIWARE Foundation is open: anybody can join contributing to a transparent governance of FIWARE activities and rising through the ranks, based on merit.

THE FIWARE MISSION

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.

FIWARE TECHNOLOGIES

Using FIWARE technologies, organizations can capture the opportunities that are emerging with the new wave of digitalisation brought by combining the Internet of Things with Context Information Management and Big Data services on the Cloud. Using FIWARE technologies, developers can gather context information at large scale from many different sources. FIWARE also helps to easily process, analyse and visualize managed context information, easing the implementation of the smart behaviour and the enhanced user experience required by next-generation Smart Applications.

FIWARE COMMUNITY

The FIWARE Community comprises all individuals and organizations contributing  achieving the FIWARE Mission. The FIWARE Community is not only formed by contributors to the technology (the Open Source Community working on the FIWARE platform), but also those who contribute in building the FIWARE ecosystem and making it sustainable over time.

HOW ACTIVITIES ARE COORDINATED

The FIWARE Technical Steering Committee governs the technical direction of the FIWARE platform and activities of the FIWARE Open Source Community. Governance of the rest of activities carried out by members of the FIWARE Community is organized through Mission Support Committees.

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Goals and objectives

Empower

To build a powerful, sustainable and profitable ecosystem by available means such as organisation of all sort of events, information, discussions and other activities

DEVELOPERS
To bring best-of-breed tools to write great code, manage the development process and benefit from quality validation processes
USERS
To access great software easing the development of new solutions, making the best use of the, being able to provide feedback and benefit from large-scale testing facilities
COMPANIES AND OTHER ORGANIZATIONS
The FF’s members to organize all sorts of events, information, discussions and other activities and resources.

Promote

  • The new technologies integrated in FIWARE, fostering their adoption as de-facto standards
  • The developers producing such new technologies
  • The offering built with or around FIWARE Technologies
  • The users of the FIWARE Technologies who build such offering
  • The FIWARE ecosystem as a catalyser for economic opportunities

Augment

  • Increasing interfaces for connectivity
  • Consolidating or Promoting Standards
  • Increasing use cases for new application domains

Protect

  • The FIWARE trademark
  • The compliance with the FIWARE Code of Conduct
  • FIWARE Technologies by ensuring they remain available as Open Source
  • The openness, meritocracy and transparency which guides the decision making

Validate

  • The labelling qualifying the Quality Assurance of the FIWARE Technologies
  • Organizations that own the expertise to validate “Powered by FIWARE” solutions, “FIWARE IoT-ready” devices or people/organizations capable to provide FIWARE development, integration, training and consulting services

Membership Benefits

The members of our Foundation are pioneers where processes, methods and systems in Context Information Management and open source platforms are concerned. Benefits of the membership are:

  • Active involvement in the definition and implementation of relevant standards at general and domain-specific levels.
  • Contribution to the definition of certification criteria.
  • High visibility through events and participation on FIWARE booth at relevant market fairs and congresses.
  • Utilizing business opportunities addressed to the FIWARE Foundation or generated through the FIWARE Foundation.
  • Providing (paid) services to the FIWARE Foundation for the benefit of all members.
  • Promoting solutions and services on the FIWARE Marketplace.
  • Prominent positioning of your organization’s brand on the FIWARE website.
  • Active promotion of your organization in social networks and through press releases.
    • Networking with other FIWARE Foundation members towards the development of business opportunities and the cross-industry development of new business models.
    • Ability to create and collaborate in technical workgroups, helping to drive the definition of the FIWARE roadmap.
    • Contributing requirements into the development of FIWARE components.
    • Higher credibility in front of potential customers.
    • Unique access to a network in which cutting-edge research projects are incubated.
    • Support from FIWARE Foundation regarding definition of an open source strategy based on FIWARE.
    • Opportunities for leading FIWARE Foundation initiatives.
    • Invitations as guest speakers at FIWARE events.
    • Potential* seat on the Board of Directors driving strategic direction of FIWARE.

*secured for Platinum members, through election for Gold members.

Governance

The FIWARE Foundation is structured in the following bodies:

BOARD OF DIRECTORS (BOD)

The body responsible for the overall strategic direction, definition of bylaws of the FIWARE Foundation.

BOARD OF OFFICERS (BOO)

The body responsible for the daily operations and well-functioning of the FIWARE Foundation.

TECHNICAL STEERING COMMITTEE

The body where technical decisions are taken.

MISSION SUPPORT COMMITTEES

In order to perform some specific duties, the BoD may form dedicated Mission Support Committees that may be asked to perform support daily and mission critical tasks to pursue the FIWARE Mission.

FIWARE FOUNDATION TEAM

The people in the FIWARE Foundation that make the every day tasks happen.

GENERAL ASSEMBLY

Is the annual assembly of all members of the Foundation.

Membership

Members of the FIWARE Foundation can be individuals and organizations of any kind. There are five levels of members:
Those who, strategically committing to FIWARE, hold the key responsibility in managing the Foundation. Any legally established organization, except non-profit organisations, may apply to become PM.
Those legally established organizations committed to FIWARE having an active role in pursuing the FIWARE Mission. Any legally established organization, except non-profit, may apply for GM.
Any natural person who contributes to the FIWARE Mission.
Non-profit legal entities that do not fall under any of the categories above; and contribute the FIWARE Mission.
A special level of membership, dedicated to companies and organisations who are actually users of FIWARE-based solutions, but not developers nor providers of FIWARE or FIWARE-based solutions.

Driving adoption

FIWARE has gained relevance as the vendor-neutral platform defining standards that make it possible for all types of businesses and industries to build and share portable and interoperable smart solutions around the globe. The FIWARE Foundation business strategy is currently focused on three main application domains but may expand to other verticals based on demand:

SMART CITIES

FIWARE is enabling a new generation of smarter applications which exploit large scale, real-time ‘context information’. Our efforts focus on the promotion of the interoperability and the free flow of data within and between smart cities, the collaboration between cities for the adoption of common standards that can enable a landscape of diverse but interoperable Smart City solutions. FIWARE is boosting the creation of a sizable market on which developers can start investing and cities provide the basis for the development of an Economy of Data.

AGRIFOOD

According to recent studies, by 2050, food production must have increased by 70% to meet the demand of the growing worldwide population. Agricultural workers must take advantage of the technology available in order to optimize and correct inefficiencies through the whole process: the production of foodstuffs for citizens and livestock, the distribution and consumption of raw and processed products and the control and handling of by-products and food waste.

INDUSTRY 4.0

The digitization of the economy relies on how we take value of data. How we transform data into context information that can be processed (gathered and offered) in a standard way. A way that will enable the creation of smart digital systems based on the contextual interaction of applications, implementing processes between themselves and with physical and virtual objects, across the whole value chain. That includes connecting people by connecting their digital personas, through sensors and other devices.

Mission support comMiTtees

The FIWARE Accelerator Programme aims at promoting the take up of FIWARE technologies among solution integrators and application developers, with special focus on SMEs and start-ups. Initiating this programme, the EU launched an ambitious campaign in September 2014 mobilizing 80M€ to support SMEs and entrepreneurs developing innovative applications based on FIWARE. Similar campaigns may be defined, with private and/or public support in different regions, as part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme.

Although it was born in Europe, FIWARE has been designed with a global ambition, so that the benefits that its adoption is bringing can spread to other regions. The FIWARE Mundus programme is designed to support this effort engaging local ICT players and domain stakeholders, and eventually liaising with local governments in different parts of the world, including North America, Latin America, Africa, Asia and Australia.

Think globally but act locally is a distinguishing mark of the FIWARE ecosystem. The network of FIWARE iHubs plays a fundamental role in building the community of developers adopting and contributing to FIWARE, providing the necessary local support at local level. The FIWARE iHubs Programme aims at supporting the creation and the operations of iHubs nodes worldwide.

Join Us

The Organization or Individual who wishes to become Member of the FIWARE Foundation shall:

Apply to the Secretary and provide the information required by the Board of Directors.

Sign a Membership Agreement.

Signature of the Membership Agreement implies that the Organisation or Individual applying for membership complies with the obligations of FIWARE Foundation Members as defined in the Bylaws, the Association Code, the Fee Code, and the Code of Conduct.

Extended information about the governance bodies of the FIWARE Foundation, the membership, the specific rights and duties of each type of member and the process to become member, could be found at bylaws.

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