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The city of Olinda welcomes BEYOND 2020 Forum

On the 27th, 28th and 29th July, the city of Olinda welcomes the BEYOND2020 Forum. The event is the result of an international organization of the Brazilian Human Smart Cities Network, Pointify and Update Cities bringing to Pernambuco a group of thinkers, activists, government officials, entrepreneurs and decision makers in their respective areas of work, both from the public and the private sector.

The aim is to contribute to the vision that cities have to become increasingly smarter and human – in which the focus of urban innovation ecosystems aims at ensuring that the technology works as a support tool for the citizens.

“In the current context of mobility, investment, innovation and entrepreneurship, in which cities act as “living beings”, we want to highlight and strengthen the role of humans as the core of the transformation of the city and improve its intervention in this new stage of evolution of our planet”, said the organizing committee.

The debate about openness, security and transparency of the use of data requires the involvement and active participation of central and local government and all stakeholders in the different areas of intervention and experience of the cities, especially cities that want to become Smart and Human.
For two days, the Forum will feature FIWARE workshops and the first meeting to the Open and Agile Smart Cities Initiative in Brazil.

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Hackacity – 6 cities, 22 ideas, 1 goal: Improve the life in the city

Hackacity took place on the 27th and 28th May in 6 cities across the world. Hackers got together to improve the life in the cities by using big data.

94 hackers gathered for 24 hours to work non-stop to develop applications using big data provided by Amersfoort, Utrecht, Santander, Olinda, Recife and Porto.

It all started last year when city of Porto and 7Graus got the tech community together to create interesting technological solutions and ignite a co-creation mindset. With the results from the first edition, Porto challenged other cities that decided to join the movement. In 2016, with the support of OASC initiative (Open and Agile Smart Cities), the European Commission, FIWARE, Grow Smarter and Ubiwhere, cities worked together as a first attempt to implement an integrated approach of the use of data for the creation of innovative solutions.

Cities provided data in the fields of mobility, tourism, environment and security, so the participants could develop applications that will improve the lives of the residents and the experience of the tourists.
22 applications were developed. While in The Netherlands the winner was a transient app that provides information on local companies, facilities, people and events in a certain radius, in Brazil an app to empower women and help reporting cases of sexual abuse got the first place. The winner in Porto was an app that lets you know with precision when a bus will arrive at a stop.

Participants used the FIWARE Platform, which provides a rather simple yet powerful set of APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that ease the development of Smart Applications in multiple vertical sectors, whose specifications are public and royalty-free. With a common technology and data sharing, there’s an endless pool of opportunities for collaboration among cities, that can have an impact on the citizens’ lives.

Hackacity shows that when you put bold creative people together with relevant data, you’ll get big smart creative solutions and co-create opportunities for those who live or work in the city or the experience of the ones who visit it.
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About Hackacity
Hackacity is a hackathon that aims to test big data and promotes its use to develop solutions that will have an impact in the city, but also foster collaboration amongst stakeholders. For 24 hours, participants get together to develop solutions based in open source platforms to address challenges faced by the citizens, using data provided by the city.

UMANICK presents its secure patient identification solution to a delegation from Hengqin (China)

The goal of the meeting was to showcase the FIWARE-based Smart City Platform of the City of Valencia, as well as some business solutions from the local ecosystem, among which UMANICK’s secure patient identification system UMANICK Identity for Health stands out, and foster new ways of cooperation. The meeting has been organized with the collaboration of the Valencia InnDEA Foundation. As part of the same mission, the Chinese delegation also plans to visit Paris and Brussels to get to know a total of nine projects, including UMANICK’s, which FIWARE has selected for this purpose among the more than 1,000 companies that form its community.

Hengqin is a 100 square kilometres coastal island tucked into the southern corner of the city of Zhuhai in Guangdong Province. Because it is adjacent to Macau, which is no more tan 200 meters away, the island has been designated by the Chinese government as a New Area of ​​development in order to enhance economic ties with Hong Kong and Macau.

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The Hengqin New Area, which was officially established on December 16, 2009, has experienced great economic expansion with the support of preferential policies, attracting investment by developing a variety of sectors: finance, business services, tourism, culture, traditional Chinese medicine, research and development, education, and high tech industry, becoming home to a satellite campus of the University of Macau and several state-owned banks, including the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, Agricultural Bank of China and Bank of China.

To UMANICK this is a great opportunity to come into contact with the Chinese market. A market that shows great potential, as growing security concerns, lack of data protection and mounting cyber crimes is raising the demand for biometric solutions in this country.

Check the succesful implementation of UMANICK Identity for Health at the Onco-Hematology Day Hospital of the Arrixaca Hospital (Murcia, Spain) in this video:

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Engineering Ingegneria Informatica takes FIWARE to Japan

Engineering Ingegneria Informatica takes FIWARE to Japan, in the context of the EU-Japan cooperative project FESTIVAL.

During the first 18 months of the FESTIVAL project (FEderated interoperable SmarT ICT services deVelopment And testing pLatforms) the first deployment of FIWARE Generic Enablers in Japan has been successfully carried out. In particular, the Japanese partners, JR West Japan Communications Company (Japan Railways) and Kyoto Sangyo University, in collaboration with Engineering, deployed an experimental IoT platform, for the environmental monitoring, based on FIWARE in the new railways station “Maya station” (Kobe, Hyogo). The system, currently in testing phase, is running on the Cloud-IoT environment JOSE (Japan-wide Orchestrated Smart/Sensor Environment).

FESTIVAL project main aim is the federation of experimental infrastructures (testbeds) in order to provide experimenters with an integrated platform to access heterogeneous resources (Cloud, IoT, Open Data, Living Lab) to execute and monitor different kinds of distributed experiments. In the project, coordinated by CEA-Leti (France) and Osaka University (Japan), Engineering plays both roles of core technological partner, involved in the design and development of the federated experimental platform, and of FIWARE provider through its own FIWARE-Lab node that will be federated with the other testbeds, such as the already mentioned JOSE, the French IoT experimental environment “IRT-Nanoelec PTL” (Grenoble) and the Spanish smart city infrastructure “SmartSantander” (Santander).

The FESTIVAL experimental platform will be released in October 2016 and freely accessible for external experimenters by January 2017.

This will be an important step to demonstrate the FIWARE platform capabilities but also the flexibility and interoperability with other technologies and the possibility to be enhanced by the contribution of different experimenters and use cases.

FESTIVAL website: http://www.festival-project.eu

FESTIVAL news link: http://www.festival-project.eu/en/?p=871

Engineering website: http://www.eng.it

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FIWARE at the Heart of the Smart City Innovation in the USA

Following up on the activities of FIWARE Mundus in the Global City Teams Challenge, FIWARE is going back to the USA, and this time with an even more significant presence. In the week of June 13-15, Austin, Texas, will become the epicentre of the Smart City Innovation in the United States and the FIWARE Community will be represented by 35+ participants, including the European Commission, European city representatives, industry members, academia and startups.

NIST, the US National Institute of Standards and Technologies, and US Ignite will host the GCTC Expo 2016 on June 13-14, where 9 FIWARE-driven teams will showcase their projects and will feature speakers and panelists on a wide range of smart city topics. The two-day event will include an exhibition hall with trade-show spaces and the FIWARE teams will be invited to present their initiatives on Monday 13th June:

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  • "EnvyPorto" is a collaborative project between the cities of Porto (Portugal) and Portland (OR, USA) that strives to monitor environmental metrics and better define dynamic urban policies based on the solution provided by Ubiwhere. urban.systems is the local solution integrator that will contribute to enhance the impact;
  • "Leisurity" is a project that will bring together the cities of Valencia (Spain), through the Valencia InnDEA Foundation, and Lindale (TX, USA) into the common challenge of revitalizing the city through smart leisure. The solutions from Visiona in smart parking and Prodevelop in monitoring and promotion of city events will complement the infrastructure of Verizon Wireless;
  • JIG Internet Consulting will showcase their Open Data-based application "SmartAppCity" in collaboration with the city of Logroño (Spain), aiming to unify all the services of the city in one single App;
  • The startup OpenMove will present their plug&play platform for mobile ticketing, making emphasis on their experience and achievements within the city of Trento (Italy);
  • The Italian cities of Genoa, Milan and Turin will participate in a joint initiative together with Engineering to address the shared challenges in preventing environmental disasters, smart parking and waste management;
  • TeamDev is focusing on improving citizens' quality of life through their product "WiseTown". The engagement of the city of Perugia (Italy) will prove the effectiveness of the urban planning strategy and management in order to optimize and modernize public services;
  • The partnership between the city of Eindhoven (The Netherlands) and Atos is leading to the project "MyCity", where a FIWARE smart city platform will cope with the data and organize the traffic of the information;
  • Telefonica and HERE GPS-based maps platform will promote a smarter car navigation experience on route. This showcase, which currently works with real data from the cities of Santander (Spain), Seville (Spain), Porto (Portugal) and Antwerpen (Belgium), fosters the vision on how cities can support the Economy of Data;
  • Telefonica will exhibit another pilot involving the city of Guadalajara (Spain) with the goal of making accesible information about incidents/tickets for the urban waste management through a participation portal.

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In addition to the GCTC Expo, there will be two co-located events where the participation of FIWARE is planned:

  • The 2016 Smart City Innovation Summit, taking place on the June 13-15, that will bring together over 200 cities and their respective representatives. A FIWARE booth will be present in the exhibition area on Wednesday 15th.
  • The IES City Framework Workshop, taking place on June 15-16, where it will be reviewed the progress of the three working groups coordinated by NIST. FIWARE is an official partner of this initiative that was launched on March 24-25 aiming to convene an international task force to compare and distill from architectural efforts and city stakeholders a consensus framework of common architectural features to enable smart city solutions that meet the needs of modern communities.

These activities are part of the FIWARE Mundus efforts to promote and extend FIWARE beyond Europe, and more in particular, strengthen the cooperation between European and US cities.

Seeking more information? Visit FIWARE Mundus or contact fiware-mundus-req@lists.fiware.org

– Published (13.3.2016)

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Creative Ring Challenge results in 19 projects who will receive support from CreatiFI and cities in Europe

CreatiFI is proud to announce the 19 winners of its Creative Ring Challenge. These entrepreneurs will receive up to 25,000 Euro in funding to further develop their projects over the coming few months.

The Creative Ring Challenge took place simultaneously in Barcelona, Ghent, Eindhoven, Brussels, Helsinki and Trentino. Each of the hubs identified a theme in which they were looking for solution to implement in their city environment.

Cities are in a constant state of flux and often their available infrastructure and solutions no longer fit the proper needs in this eternally evolving society. Museums and cultural institutions are also hungry for creative, ICT and mobile solutions, and the Creative Ring Challenge wants to reward innovative entrepreneurs  that are ready to offer smart services and solution.

Selected projects get access to the resources of CreatiFI and start developing their application with FIWARE technology. They will work closely together with their local creative hub to test and implement their project in an urban environment.

The winners in the different challenges are:

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Topic:  Connected and Participatory Arts. The target of this challenge was to create innovative multi-site street art performances that will enhance the experience of citizens participating in city festivals using FIWARE and ICT technologies in order to keep the festivity closer to citizens and the city reality.

Winners:

  •     Croma – HandmadeDance – ES – CROMA explores the interaction between different spaces and the public in a context of contemporary art explored through dance and technology
  •     The Citizens Constellation – ES – Citizens Constellation is a space for open discussion over the reality of the cities.
  •     MultiplayerQuiz – Appnormals  – ES – MultiplayerQuiz is about gaming: a Multiplayer Quiz with questions about Barcelona in the shape of cool pixel art illustrations and animations
  •     Connected Bodies – MID  – ES – CONNECTED BODIES is an audiovisual interactive environment as well as a networked experience, standing between performance and installation, that allows two or more people in geographically separate spaces to interact simultaneously using their bodies.
  •     Here: Happen in there – Col-lec  – ES – The idea is to create a collaborative musical/sound piece during the nights of the Mercè Festival. This piece is created through the citizen interaction through swinging on backlit swings.


Creative ring Challenge Helsinki

Topic: Hack4FI – Hack your Heritage –hackathon. The target of this challenge was to find new  solutions and services which are using any kind of open data related to culture, museums, archives, or other cultural heritage.

Winners:

  •     Eventmore – Eventman Oy – FI – We offer people an easy way to find exciting things to do around the world.
  •     Brandsome.fi – FI – Brandsome online service collects statistical data from the different social media channels of a of a brand and compiles it into clear and easily understandable data and statistics.
  •     Smart Data Hub – Smart Data Hub Oy – FI – Our Data Store offers instant access to huge selection of high-quality, standardized open and public data sets as well as AI-enriched aggregates of those.
  •     Top Data Science Ltd. – FI – Similar Image search and tagging engine targeted for cultural organizations. It is a time and money saving image search tool for cultural organizations with large image sets.

Creative ring Challenge Trentino

Topic: MUSEUM-FI, Creative Business for Museums.  Museums and cultural institutions are hungry for creative, ICT and mobile solution. Innovative entrepreneurs are ready to offer smart services and solution. We are happy to let these two worlds meet!

Winners:

  •     GipsTech s.r.l. – At GiPStech is indoor localization, at its best, for retail and industry: the most advanced technologies to locate in enclosed environments, where GPS doesn’t work.
  •     Dimension s.r.l. – Integrate the museum app “NUNTIUS” into messaging systems such as Telegram, Whatsapp or Messenger.
  •     OcLab – Specific museum application, allowing video STREAMING and full HD video Internet transmission from a client to a server located under the QuVi holographic projector.
  •     mARc Project s.r.l. – gets visitors through a territorial gamified tour of local cultural and historical sites. Challenging plot, nice character and video previews will push visitors to discover Judicaria Eco-museum and all the Eco-museums in Trentino.
  •     Belka s.r.l. – A solution for automating marketing for museums. We want to enable visitors to generate and share content to create buzz and WOM in social networks.

Creative ring Challenge Benelux (Ghent, Eindhoven, Brussels)

Topic: Smart Society Apps. Amaze us by showcasing your application, which can be implemented in musea, at festivals, sport events or even bell towers. Any kind of creative urban innovation is welcome.

Winners:

  •     OJOO  – BE – We are the WordPress for mobile experiences; allowing everybody without budget or technical skills to create engaging mobile experiences!
  •     Open Track  – UK – We are building a new platform, OpenTrack, to manage athletics and running competitions more efficiently.
  •     sCool  – BE – sCool tackles the digital, new media and STEM challenges that primary schools are facing offering a learning platform and a free community for school kids.
  •     Open Move  – IT – OpenMove is a software solution for smart mobility that allows to create, edit and sell digital tickets of transport and parking via app or webapp.
  •     eVAPP  – BE – EVapp is a smartphone-application that in case of an emergency mobilizes medically trained volunteers to overlap the time between the occurrence of an emergency and the arrival of the emergency services.

 

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Novi Sad Fair in cooperation with FRACTALS Consortium

On the 14th-20th of May 2016, Novi Sad Fair will be hosting the 83rd International Agricultural Fair in the city of Novi Sad, Serbia.

The International Agricultural Fair is one of the five largest European events in the field, the event being one of the 15 annual fairs hosted in Novi Sad.

This Novi Sad International Fair stands out as a prestigious event, gathering over 1,500 exhibitors from more than 60 countries worldwide and is visited by a great number of experts and a general audience around innovation in the agricultural area. It’s the perfect display for products and services and a professional environment where numerous new contacts, deals and agreements can be made.

The International Agricultural Fair confirms and enlarges its reputation year after year, as one of the most important business events in the field of agriculture around the Western Balkans, and it’s easily among the top ten agricultural fairs in Europe.
It brings together the cutting edge and most important companies and the last achievements in the field of agricultural production, food and beverage production, agricultural machinery and equipment for the food industry, chemicals and pesticides, organic food and other products and services in the agribusiness sector. During the Fair, the city itself turns into a meeting point for farmers and business representatives.

The 2016 edition of the International Agricultural Fair outlines include:

  • Italy will be present as the partner country for the 83rd International Agricultural Fair,
  • Collective shows will be arranged, including exhibitors from Austria, Croatia, the Netherlands, China, Hungary, Republika Srpska (one of two entities within Bosnia and Herzegovina), Turkey, etc.
  • Several B2B meetings will be set up for startups and companies representatives.
  • The organic food focus will include the presentation of organically grown products. Also, products with protected geographical indication will be in the spotlight.
  • An agricultural machinery showcase will take place. Also the biggest National Cattle Show will connect with the latest deployments in technological advancement for the livestock.
  • Representatives of state bodies in charge of agriculture, chambers of commerce and association will also be present at the event.

For the first time, the AGRO BIT exhibition will take place. It will be a unique opportunity for outstanding companies that are using IT solutions to empower their applications and services, to underline the disruptive value of such technologies and how they can, not only boost agricultural developments, but also make them sustainable over time.

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FRACTALS is one of the 16 accelerators, part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme. Its aim is to support the community of innovative ICT SMEs and web-entrepreneurs to develop FIWARE based applications with high market potential, addressing the needs of the agricultural sector. FRACTALS Call has been open to all European SMEs and web-entrepreneurs, additionally focusing on areas which are considered as "white spots" (Balkans, South East Europe).

FRACTALS has offered technological and business mentoring and up to 150,000€ to the selected SMEs and web-entrepreneurs, so that they can develop applications based on FIWARE technologies for the Agricultural Sector. FRACTALS accelerator has distributed a total amount of €5.52M among startups from 26 countries.

Agribusiness is one of the most vital domains where smart technologies are needed. Among the challenge of the smart agricultural area we can find: the rising global populations that require a larger and optimized food production; the more frequent extreme weather events that may destroy crops or affect livestock; the exodus of young people from farming and rural communities to cities; the high levels of waste in our food and energy systems from traditional industrial and agricultural practices.
An ample range of startups and business innovators are applying the FIWARE Open Source platform to create new technologies that address these challenges. Leveraging mobile, web and data technologies to disrupt current agricultural and food distribution systems is essential to enable a continuous and sustainable production after healthy food for our populations.

For more information, visit the official website: http://www.sajam.net/live/Events/Fairs/2016/Agricultural+Fair

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The new frontier of the geospatial information in agriculture

'Le nuove frontiere dell’informazione geospaziale in agricoltura' conference will be held at Rome, on April 21st. It will be co-organized by TeamDev. The spanish company Libelium team will be participating, explaining how they are equipping 2.0 farms.

More information (in Italian) about the event, and link to registration, here: /event/le-nuove-frontiere-dellinformazione-geospaziale-in-agricoltura/


Nowadays precision farming has become a necessary tool for sustainable development of agriculture. On this subject, geospatial information is fundamental in order to support advanced technologies for targeted crop improvement.

In this context, the Conference aims to explore new frontiers of agricultural computerization. The attention is focused on Geographical Information Systems and their linked applications, created to support future agricultural practices.

There will be showed national and international case studies, in order to allow operators and stakeholders to know the recent progresses on precision farming technologies. Advantages and future development perspectives will be highlighted. A particular attention will be payed to the brand new DSS. This system, created by Assoprol Umbria, has been improved for the fight against the Olive fruit fly (Bactrocera oleae). DSS represents an important join-venture between public and private sector. Moreover it represents an important instrument to support decisions in line with European legislation and policies. Indeed, new orientations of European policies are focused on improving agricultural innovation through the diffusion of Information and Communications Technology (ICT).

Libelium is the Spanish company which has developed the sensor platform Waspmote Plug and Sense. TeamDev has chosen Libelium and its Waspmote platform in order to collect targeted, accurate weather information focused on single plots. This information is fundamental to support the agricultural sector management.

Waspmote Plug & Sense collects sensors data about soil and leaves moisture, as well as temperature, precipitations, atmospheric pressure and so on. This platform keeps continuously under control the environment in which crop grows. Moreover it offers a multiplicity of channels for real-time connections to the Agricolus suite. Among these channels there is 3G and the brand new LoRaWAN.

Libelium has proved to be a reliable and competent partner whose commitment is to find innovative solutions.

logo2014TeamDev is a company that operates in the area of technological innovation and geographical sciences. It offers customized solutions, consultancy services and assistance to public and private enterprises. The commitment of TeamDev is to enhance quality of life by developing technological innovative solutions.

TeamDev is a future oriented company with solid roots in its successful past. It pursuit its aims without forgetting the human dimension of market and its actors. TeamDev develops applications and multi-devices suites based on Fi-ware technologies. Its main sectors are smart-tourism, smart cities and agriculture, with a particular focus on precision farming and IoT.

TeamDev has two headquarters in the Central Italy, one is in via Tiberina 70/i, Collazzone (PG). The other is in Polo Lionello Bonfanti, loc. Burchio-Incisa Val d’Arno (FI). TeamDev has also an European headquarter in 3, Fruebjervej street, 2100, Copenhagen, Denmark.

– Published (13.3.2016)
http://www.esriitalia.it/component/eventiesri/calendario/148/le-nuove-frontiere-dell-informazione-geospaziale-in-agricoltura

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Call for papers: IISSC 2016

IISSC 2016, the 2nd EAI International Conference on ICT Infrastructures and Services for Smart Cities, will take place in Brindisi, Italy on 14-16 September, 2016. The event will be co-located with the 2nd EAI International Conference on Cloud Networking for IoT Systems (CN4IoT 2016).

The core mission of the conference is to address key topics on ICT infrastructure (technologies, models, frameworks) and services in cities, in order to enhance performance and wellbeing, to reduce costs and resource consumption, and to engage more effectively and actively with their citizens.

Potential topics of interest to IISSC 2016, which can be investigated from different perspectives (social, organizational, technological) include:

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  • Agriculture and Food;
  • Smart Energy & Smart Buildings;
  • Mobility, Transports & Logistics;
  • Environment Management and Sustainability;
  • E-tourism & E-culture;
  • E-education;
  • E-government;
  • E-inclusion;
  • Urban Security;
  • Effective Experiences about smarter and sustainable cities;
  • Significant activities empowering Smart Citizenships;
  • Socio-Technical Systems;
  • Societal impact of Smart City Solutions;
  • Public-private partnerships enabling Smart City Solutions;
  • Successful projects and initiatives for Smart Cities.

Academic or industrial workshops connected with the conference aim at collecting concrete use cases and successful Smart City scenarios, leveraging ICT infrastructures as the enabling element for their sustainability. Contributions from universities, research centers, public and private firms are equally welcomed.

FIWARE Discussion Panel and Exhibition: this track aims at gathering contributions and fostering discussion opportunities about the usage of FIWARE open APIs, the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative and middleware within entrepreneurial ICT accelerators. Participants from the Apulia region, as well as Italy and other European countries are welcomed to present their successful achievements that have been awarded with finance support from the European Commission.

Accepted papers will be published in the IISSC Conference Proceedings and by Springer-Verlag in the Lecture Notes of ICST (LNICST). Proceedings are submitted for inclusion to the leading indexing services: Elsevier (EI), Thomson Scientific (ISI), Scopus, Crossref, Google Scholar, DBLP. Authors of the best papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work through the EAI Endorsed Transactions on Smart Cities.

Important dates:

Full Paper Submission Deadline: 22nd April, 2016

Workshops Proposal Deadline: 29th April, 2016

Notification Deadline: 27th May, 2016

Camera-ready Deadline: 24th June, 2016

For further information about the conference, visit the IISSC 2016 official website.
 

– Published (6.3.2016): http://blog.eai.eu/call-for-papers-iissc-2016/

 

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Coachademy: Launch Web App for Corporate Wellness

Coachademy is extremely proud to announce the launch of the new web app on 1st April!
Coachademy is an app for Corporate Wellness that offers on-line coaching to manage stress, improve work-life balance and productivity. Coachademy was already available on iOS. But form 1 April it will be possible for everyone to connect to a coach in real-time from their desktop at http://web.coachademy.com  
    
22% of European workers suffer from too much stress. The stigma to ask for support is alarming: in the Netherlands, 45% of employees think it means they cannot handle their job. Coachademy is a dedicated platform that offers an accessible, empowering, and confidential channel to connect and seek the advice of licensed, professional coaches —on iOS, and now also on desktop. Users just open the app, browse through the online available professionals and immediately start a chat.


Behind Coachademy stands an international, Amsterdam-based startup with the real ambition to improve wellness at work. We grew in the beautiful landscape of H-FARM Ventures, the major Italian Incubator in Venice, Italy. Coachademy was awarded a European grant from FIWARE Finodex, a programme funded by the European Commission for the most innovative digital projects. Moreover, we count on valuable partners, including: Technogym, the University of Padova and the University of Twente.

 
Coachademy has been featured in a.o.: Wired Italia, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, Millionaire and was a TEDx speaker. For a selection of press articles, please refer to: www.coachademy.com/press

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New Portland State “smart city” lab first of its kind in the US

A new applications lab at Portland State University (PSU) – the first of its kind in the United States – promises to be a boon to the City of Portland and mobile application developers as they find ways to streamline the way Portlanders move about the city.

 The FIWARE Lab, housed in PSU’s Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Sciences, will collect, store and share data about all things related to transportation in the city – transit, car traffic, parking, bike sharing, wheelchair access, to name a few – and allow users to efficiently plan their trips.

The openly available data and the FIWARE Lab also will allow data scientists to create other “smart city” applications that will make it easy for citizens to access information about city services, such as electricity, water, gas, building permits and much more.

“The idea is to greatly simplify how a citizen can interact with the urban environment, not just transportation,” said PSU Research Professor Wilfred Pinfold, who was instrumental in establishing the FIWARE Lab.

Cloud-based FIWARE nodes are located in numerous cities in the world, particularly Europe. Portland’s node, which will be up and running this month, is the first one in the United States. PSU and Pinfold’s company, urban.systems, are partners in developing its use and making it widely available throughout the region.

“Portlanders currently have a few applications on their phones, such as the TriMet app, which makes bus and light rail transit very easy to use. The FIWARE Lab will exponentially expand the possibility for other applications, helping to make getting from one place to another virtually seamless,” said Pinfold.

Portland is one of seven cities in the United States selected as finalists (out of 78 applicants) for a $40 million US Department of Transportation Smart City Challenge grant to develop hi-tech transportation solutions. The new lab enhances Portland’s competitive position for the grant, Pinfold said. It also will enhance PSU’s ability to attract research dollars and may help bolster Portland’s tech economy by stimulating innovation and attracting more technology companies, he added.

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TM Forum {open}:hack Building Smart Sustainable Cities

As part of the TM Forum Live! 2016 schedule, ‘TM Forum {open}:hack Building Smart Sustainable Cities’ will take place the weekend before the main event, in Nice, on May 6th and 7th.

This open hack, also organized by TM Forum, is a unique opportunity to bring already developed products or to create a new prototype solution using an open ecosystem platform. The participants will be working with the Open Ecosystem Platform, with Smart City Open Data, and with TM Forum and FIWARE Open APIs, to rapidly build out products and services. They will acknowledge innovative new solutions exposed by others in the hack, and be part of a competitive and collaborative experience, and they will be given valuable, expert feedback.

The hack target is to build solutions and services for the smart sustainable cities. The most impactful Smart Climate and Smart City applications created at the open hack will be awarded. The criteria for winning will embrace the most innovative and complete solutions, the ones aimed to solve real Smart Climate and/or Smart Cities challenges, and those that make the best use of the platform provided.
There will be challenges regarding the connection of 
travel and transport, the reducetion of energy consumption and air pollution, and the interconnection of IoT devices, to improve life and healthy living.

Contestants in these challenges will be using FIWARE NGSI API and Business Framework. TM Forum supports communications standards like FIWARE NGSI REST-based APIs for real-time access to contextual information of cities, which empower the creation of effective solutions that meet the needs of modern communities, thanks to common architectural features and an open Cloud platform. The FIWARE Business Framework –that includes TM Forum’s Ecosystem APIs– enables the management and the monetization of different kinds of digital assets involving multiple partners.

OpenHack300X300BannerAd.NiceFrance20161-168x168‘TM Forum {open}:hack Building Smart Sustainable Cities’ is an open event where Application Designers, Usability Experts, Developers, Data Scientists, Entrepreneurs and Enterprise Developers, both international and local, can join in and meet their peers from Forum member companies, as well as other expert mentors. It is a great opportunity for developers around the FIWARE ecosystem, as the winners will get the chance to demo their application to a number of city directors from around the globe at the TM Forum Live event. Also, the three winning teams or individuals will receive prizes in cash.

The event aim to attract 100 top developers and entrepreneurs from across the globe, bringing in top talent, to ensure that the quality of applications created will be very high. After the hackathon, the first prize winners will be rewarded at the VIP event on Monday evening, in front of 200 of the top executives from across the industry. And all the winning teams will have the opportunity to demo their solutions at the TM Forum Live.


Registration link and prize list:

https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/tm-forum-openhack-building-smart-sustainable-cities-tickets-21561171043

Open Hack website:
http://www.tmforumlive.org/open-hack/

Event page on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/tmforumhacks/

 

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3D Printing FABulous Community Meeting in Bilbao (April 5th & 6th)

On April 5th & 6th 2016, over 200 attendees will join the inspiring and cutting-edge third edition of the FABulous Community Meeting in Bilbao. Among the participants, 25 teams of the current FABulous startup portfolio will present the most innovative commercial applications related to 3D printing and powered by FIWARE.

During 2 days, attendees will get the chance to attend a mix of hands-on workshops, real- ife testimonialspitching competition and networking. The meeting will gather the most active entrepreneurs, investors and mentors in this area. Startups from all over Europe will pitch their project to the public

The 3D Printing FABulous Community Meeting is the must attend event for all the European actors of the 3D Printing supply chain. FABulous –the Future Internet Business Acceleration Programme for 3D Printing Services–, will gather in Bilbao 25 teams of the current FABulous startup portfolio who will present their innovative commercial applications based on FIWARE for the 3D Printing consumer and industrial markets.

If you are willing to be part of this innovative sector, now you can join in and meet your future business partners: register to this event before the 1st of April.

More information, event schedule and link to registration: http://projectsevent.fabulous-fi.eu/


If you want to be part of the growing FABulous community, you can also register to the newsletter and follow FABulous on Twitter.

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Startup Europe Village matchmaking event at NET Futures 2016

On April 20th and 21st, NET Futures 2016 will be hosting a matchmaking event at the Startup Europe Village, in Brussels, Belgium.
The matchmaking event will be organised by Startup Europe Partnership (SEP), with the support of FIWARE and the Microsoft BizsPark ecosystem. During the event, selected startups will have a chance to meet and network one-on-one with corporates.

On the first day of the event, 25 startups selected from across Europe –including the most promising companies from FIWARE– will get the chance to have one-on-one closed door meetings with renowned corporates that are part of the SEP open innovation platform, like Microsoft, Enel, Telefonica, Telecom Italia, Unipol, BBVA, SKY, Cisco, Virgin and Daimler.

Day two will consist of an open panel discussion, which will be moderated by Mind the Bridge Chairman, Alberto Onetti. It will also involve senior execs and provide insights about opportunities and issues, giving startups a unique chance to interact and collaborate with large corporations. Following the panel, SEP will be presenting some recent data regarding the status of the European startup and scale-up ecosystem.

The Startup Europe Partnership is a platform where the best startups meet the best corporates, with a goal: to make things happen, whether that means procurement (corporates buy products and services from startups), strategic investments and, eventually, acquisition/acqui-hires.

Take a look at the detailed programme:
http://netfutures2016.eu/programme/startup-europe-village/

To get the tickets for Net Futures event, follow the link:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/net-futures-2016-tickets-21405618782


Startup Europe Partnership (SEP) is an open innovation platform launched by the European Commission. It is is managed by Mind the Bridge and its goal is to initiate qualified connections between top European scale-ups and medium and large corporations, in order to foster commercial and strategic partnerships.

FIWARE is an open source platform easing the development of smart applications in multiple sectors, and laying the basis for a whole ecosystem where entrepreneurs, industry, developers and cities can join in to capture the opportunities that are emerging with the new wave of digitalization. This ecosystem is growing, and has recently welcomed the creation of the FIWARE Foundation.
FIWARE open APIs are getting adopted as de-facto standards in several markets, fostering a new generation of smarter applications and services, at a lower cost. The Foundation will ensure the long-term evolution of FIWARE and its availability for users, for free and forever.

Microsoft BizSpark empowers start-ups by providing them with software development tools and cloud services free of charge. Through BizSpark, Microsoft also helps start-ups build connections with key industry players and investors, supporting entrepreneurs to kick-start and scale-up their business.

Startup Europe (SE) is an initiative supported by the European Commission that aims to strengthen the business environment for web and ICT entrepreneurs, so that their ideas and business can start and keep growing in the EU. SE works towards getting entrepreneurs more connected within the European ecosystem, where talent, investment and learning can be easily captured. SE believes that the growth of Europe will be determined by savvy startups, and wants to encourage this development.

Net Futures 2016: Driving Growth in the #DigitalSingleMarket wishes to maximize competitiveness of the European technology industry. The conference will gather over 1.000 attendees, to form an interconnected community involving companies, organizations and people in Research & Innovation, Market Validation & Living Lab Research, Business Development, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Strategy, and Policy Making. Bridging the gaps between these communities, innovations will more easily and effectively find their way to the market.

 

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FICHe accelerator closing event at Health 2.0 Europe

For their closing event, FICHe accelerator have joined forces with one of the leading digital health startup and investors gatherings: Health 2.0 Europe.

All 20 FICHe FIWARE Accelerator Programme finalists will show their demos at the exhibition floor, some of them will pitch in front of investors, others will present on main stage in front of the 600 delegates.

If you are planning to attend this important event, you can use the code 'FICHE16' to receive 15% discount on registration. More info and registration here: http://www.health2con.com/events/conferences/health-2-0-europe-2016/

This will be a unique chance to meet the 20 startups accelerated by FICHe, and also many more key stakeholders in digital health.

Confirmed keynote speakers are:

Esther Dyson, Chairman, EDventure Holdings (USA)
Dr. Rafael Grossmann, Practicing surgeon and digital health pionneer (USA)
Damien Marmion, Global Head of Health, AXA (France)
Dr. Julio Mayol, Director of Innovation, Hospital Clinico San Carlos (Spain)
Pēteris Zilgalvis, Head of Unit, eHealth and Well Being – DG CONNECT, European Commission (Belgium)

Confirmed digital health investors include:

Katrin Geyskens, Partner / ICT – Digital Healthcare & Big Data, Capricorn Venture Partners
(Belgium)
Min-Sung Sean Kim, Partner, XL Health (Germany)
Sven Lingjaerde, Managing Partner, endeavourvision (Switzerland)
Marta Sjögren, Principal, Northzone (Sweden)
Pierre Socha, Partner, Amadeus Capital Partners (United Kingdom)
Josep Lluís Sanfeliu, Managing Partner, Ysios (Spain)
Dr. Klaus Stöckemann, Managing Partner, Peppermint VenturePartners (Germany)

And here are the 20 FICHe finalists, in their own words: 

Andiamo, (United Kingdom)
Andiamo is a small team with big ambitions. We are building new healthcare solutions that will provide any person, across the globe, with the medical devices they need in less than a week. Our first challenge: Children’s Orthotics. Using 3D scanning and printing tech, we can measure and produce an orthosis in 48 hours. Shorter wait times will lead to a better outcome for the child and NHS.

Betawerk (Netherlands)
IncoSense Smart: to enhance the quality of continence care by creating patient­centered technological solutions.

Clinical Graphics (Netherlands)
We’re moving away from the times when surgeons just eye-ball your x-ray before they pick up their scalpel and start working. Clinical Graphics is the logical answer. We use software to analyze CT and MR scans of patients and provide surgery plans that are more accurate and more reproducible than what the best surgeon can come up with. We also simulate the results: what can be achieved?

HealthApp (Spain)
Healthapp is a private company dedicated to improve links between patient and therapist providing trusty information to patients and familiars about therapy and their process.

Ideable Solutions (Spain)
Kwido is a multidevice (web, mobile, tablet) cost-effective platform for caring for elderly people. Helps eldercare and healthcare organizations to save costs, reaching more clients and letting the elderly to be independent for a longer time.

Inbiolab ItoM (Netherlands)
Inbiolab has invented a unique technology for patient friendly, high quality respiratory monitoring consisting of noninvasive electrophysiological measurements of the diaphragm. Inbiolab applies this patented technology within its advanced respiratory monitor for premature born babies, the Smart Jacket. A patient friendly solution is very important for vulnerable neonates & child-mother bonding.

Medbravo (Spain)
Medbravo is a comprehensive digital solution for efficient collaborative clinical research on cancer. We have the technology needed to network hospitals, health professionals, and research personnel to streamline the referrals of cancer patients to clinical trials.
Medbravo improves collaboration of health professionals, research personnel and hospitals on cancer clinical research. By streamlining referrals of cancer patients to clinical trials, Medbravo offers more patients the opportunity to participate in the development of better cancer treatments.

Mind Myths (Ireland)
Mind Myths offers collaborative learning environments for the practice and adoption of mindfulness therapies, at a global level.
Mind Myths trainees can learn and practice mindfulness in a secure and private mindscape of their own choosing.

MYSPHERA, (Spain)
The core value of MYSPHERA is being specialized in hospital processes and workflows and our commitment to provide outstanding services and support to our clients helping them to exploit the full potential of the real-time location systems (RTLS), and to do it with the best tool available for process optimization, inventory management improvement, and safety for staff and patients.

NETICTECH, (Poland)
NETICTECH is a Polish SME company established in the ICT area. The main activities are focusing on IT consulting, supporting implementation and deployment of new technologies and services, process deployment of advanced services, starting from collecting requirements and analysis of IT processes, proposing new designs, implementation, up to final deployment.

NeuroAtHome (Spain)
We are a clinical software development company specializing in rehabilitation and telemedicine.

OurPath (United Kingdom)
OurPath is a 12-week lifestyle improvement programme that provides people with the tools that they need to prevent type 2 diabetes. This is provided to people through the web and smartphone apps. The 12-week behavioral change programme provides users with structured education, healthcare tracking devices (e.g. wireless weighing scales), and a support network of mentors and peers to help them change their behaviors.

Oviva (Switzerland)
Our technology connects dietitians with their patients via a secure smartphone app. The patient can conveniently log meals with pictures, track activity and weight and send questions real-time to his dietitian. The dietitian has a secure, cloud-based patient cockpit, with an overview of patients stats (weight, activity, etc.) and the possibility to set goals, collect data with surveys and coach

Panatomy (Germany)
PANATOMY is a visualization software for MRI-Scan-benchmark reports, enabling users to access and analyze MRI-Scans faster and more accurately than comparable products. For Radiologists, we provide an intuitive, clean and easy to use tool for high-speed reliable diagnoses. Saving time and saving lives with certainty.

PLUX – Wireless Biosignals (Portugal)
Biofeedback EMG system for rehabilitation physiotherapists

Psious (Spain)
Psious is a mobile based technology which uses hyper-realistic virtual environments to treat anxiety disorders by virtual gradual exposure. Psious improves the current existing virtual exposure technologies making them available on any mobile system such as smartphones and allowing telehealth applications. Our mission is to revolutionize the mental health care arena democratizing the virtual.

Px HealthCare (Netherlands)
Established by medical scientists, Px is improving cancer patients’ lives while advancing medical research. Px develops mobile apps for cancer patients providing them with personalized medical support. As a data-analytics venture, the company investigates the fully anonymized, aggregated data gaining insight into the effectiveness of cancer treatments aiming to improve health outcomes for cancer.

Scyfer (Netherlands)
Scyfer helps companies to maximize value of big data by analysis of millions of variables and data points. Scyfer improved current predictive models by 5-20%, implementing Deep Neural Networks, a disruptive new powerful predictive model development in artificial intelligence.

TripMedic (Malta)
Sick travelers are miserable even if they are insured & 2/3rds aren’t! TripMedic makes sourcing a healthcare practitioner (dentist, doctor, nurse) in your language quick and easy. We reduce user vulnerability for free and offer bookings and structured private feedback to healthcare professionals all in a variable cost package. Thus creating a positive loop between users and providers.

UMANICK (Spain)
UMANICK Identity 4 Health offers secure patient identification to hospitals and the rest of the healthcare sector. It uses the most advanced biometric technologies: fingerprint, face, voice and iris recognition. UMANICK Identity 4 Health avoids both medical mistakes due to erroneous identification, and fraud by identity theft. Thus improving patients’ safety, and reducing healthcare spending

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Edisonweb presents a new urban mobility solution with technical support from Mercedes-Benz Vans


Edisonweb has been selected by FrontierCities, part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme, to create an algorithm capable of solving the problems of traffic congestion.

From 18th April, the first three-week long pilot test will take place in Ragusa, Sicily, with technical sponsorship of Mercedes-Benz Vans, and it will enable the physicists and IT specialists from Catania to reach Berlin.
 

FIWARE / FrontierCities – The Accelerator Programme financed by the EU, to find new solutions to urban traffic congestion, gas emissions, parking problems, and the daily stress we experience when moving around cities.

Six-hundred small-to-medium companies and start up enterprises applied, but only 28 were the 'chosen ones'. One of these is Edisonweb, a team from Catania made up of physicists and IT specialists, selected to create a revolutionary artificial intelligence algorithm capable of creating a new model of public transport, excellent in terms of flexibility because capable of predicting the transport needs of citizens by applying statistical variables.

According to physicist Riccardo D'Angelo, CEO of Edisonweb: 'Our model is based on a technologically-advanced interpretation of the Cuban 'Taxi Particular' archetype. A shared taxi that moves along the arterial roads of the city and is available to more people at the same time. We have applied a technology called MVMANT to this reference model. MVMANT is an acronym deriving from the word 'Movement' –in this case referring to a 2.0 form of public transport and 'Ant', the insect which, according to ethologists, possesses the highest level of intelligence and collective organisation in managing its paths. Besides providing a form of collective transport, MVMANT also gives people the opportunity to book their seat in the vehicle via their Smartphone, to calculate the time they have to wait and pay directly via their phone. In brief, it is a ride-sharing system which is perfectly integrated into public transport that will not only optimise the number of places occupied in a given vehicle, but will also offer a service which is directly proportional to the demand predicted for each day of the year.

web_onboarddriver1Predictive calculation is possible via the App and is gathered via the statistical assessment of a series of variables: days of the week, season, weather conditions, ongoing events, days of work/school and bank holidays. All parameters which can be used to find out if on a given day or period there is a certain need or public transport is required along specific routes'.

The MVMANT model will be tested for three weeks starting from 18th April in Ragusa with the technical sponsorship of Mercedes-Benz-Vans which will make its entire range of mobility solutions (4 vehicles) available for the purpose of the experiment: commercial vehicles Sprinter and Vito, the multi-space Citan and the Class V people carrier. 

According to the mayor of Ragusa, Federico Piccitto: 'Our city will be the star of an experiment based on an innovative model that suits the new way of conceiving urban mobility, a priority of our administrative mandate. As a matter of fact, we believe in the value of mobility as a service and see it as the only effective way to drastically reduce use of private vehicles, which not only has positive effects on mobility per se, but also supports environmental protection and reduces of pollution. This is why we have gladly welcomed the solution put forward by MVMANT, as it is a step in the right direction, a viable solution to reduce traffic in urban city centres'.

Other cities have already expressed an interest in testing the model, such as Modena and Dubai, with the latter sending a delegation of its Roads and Transport Authority on the occasion of the pilot test in Ragusa, and Berlin, which recently sent a formal request, signed by the Director of the Berlin Electromobility Company (eMO), expressing the desire of the German capital to become a leader of the MVMANT experiment.


Information on the MVMANT model:
www.mvmant.com

Texts, images and videos for the press:
www.mvmant.com/press

Receive a digital pass and benefit from the MVMANT service for free, during the pilot in Ragusa:
http://ragusa.mvmant.com

Edisonweb Srl: 
www.edisonweb.com  (+39) 0933991199

Press office – Studio Passaparola (Giulio Santuz)
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FIWARE Mundus lands in Brazil

Last week, a FIWARE delegation took part to the Brazil-EU Cooperation on Human Smart Cities and FIWARE Workshop organized by the Brazilian Computer Society (SBC) on behalf of the the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MCTI),  in Natal (Brazil). The delegation was led by Jesus Villasante, Head of the Net Innovation Unit of DG Connect with the participation of representatives from Telefonica, Engineering and Martel.

The workshop was a great opportunity to get in touch with the growing local FIWARE Ecosystem and the representatives of Brazilian and Rio Grande Norte governments. The Smart City community is very vibrant in Brazil with already seven cities that are part of OASC. The delegation was invited to discuss with the Mayor of Natal on the priorities of the city around social inclusion and other key primary needs of the city, in light of its Smart City strategy. More and more cities in Brazil are looking into smart strategies as a way to pave the sustainable growth of their ecosystem, and FIWARE can certainly play a role in this context.

DSCN9618Several actors are already looking into FIWARE to build smart solutions for Brazilian cities. Kiev Gama, part of the team winning the third prize for Smart City App Hack with Bike Cidadao app, presented ongoing activities in Recife, while the Digital City Institute (Instituto Metrópole Digital – IMD) presented a strategy for the development of Smart services in Natal based on FIWARE technology. IMD plans include the hosting of a FIWARE Lab node in Natal, acting as hub for location innovation community.

During the meeting, the FIWARE Mundus team provided insights on the requirements for setting up a FIWARE Lab node and on the best practices to start developing Smart Applications with FIWARE. 

The workshop was also the chance for the Brazilian actors to ask questions to FIWARE industrial players on the recently announced open FIWARE Foundation and how to strengthen EU and Brazil collaboration on FIWARE and Smart Cities.

As result of the workshop, an initial action plan for the development of Smart City initiatives around FIWARE in Brazil was discussed and the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation will define a national wide strategy to support research on Smart Cities.

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FIWARE Mundus at the EU-India FI-MEDIA/Smart Cities Event (22-23 January 2016) in New Delhi

FIWARE Mundus were invited by the EU-India FI-MEDIA project to present how FIWARE can concretely be used for the development of “smart environments” in India (e.g., smart cities, smart villages, and smart campus). This event was co-located with a larger scale event held in Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) entitled International Conference on Smart Cities (ICSC 2016) held on 22nd – 23rd January, 2016, venue: IIT Delhi. The full report of the successful event can be found here.
 
The methodology developed for Senegal, Tunisia, and China has been presented and very well accepted by the ecosystem participants in India. In addition, the success of Brazil’s use of FIWARE to date was presented in the event. Now the idea is to identify an Indian smart environment program that could take advantage of the FIWARE platform.

It looks as if the Digital India program is covering such areas and there should be an opportunity for FIWARE in this context.

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(L-R): Prof. Arpan Kumar Kar (Dept. of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi), Pierre Yves Danet (Orange Labs, France, EU FIWARE Mundus program), Abhishek Sharma (Beyond Evolution Tech. Solutions, Gurgaon, India), James Clarke, (Waterford Institute of Technology, Ireland, FI-MEDIA coordinator), Prof. Flávio de Oliveira Silva (Faculty of Computing (FACOM), Federal University of Uberlândia, FIWARE node Brazil), Prof. M.P. Gupta (Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi).

FIWARE Mundus will continue to work with the EU-India FI-MEDIA project and their counterparts in the India Smart Cities programs in order to investigate this clustering opportunity and go through the methodology in order to check that the ecosystem is sufficient to ensure a sustainable usage of a FIWARE platform.
 
Stay tuned for more information to come within the next weeks and months and don’t hesitate to contact us if you can contribute to the FIWARE Mundus activities in India.

The EU-India FI-MEDIA project is an International cooperation mobility project funded by the Delegation of the European Union to India, under a programme entitled ICI+, which is instrumental in the formation of mutually beneficial EU-India cluster to cluster (C2C) partnerships in a variety of Lots, including Information and Communications Technologies (ICT), the focal point of the four year project (Dec. 2014 – Dec. 2018).

 

 

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FIWARE Consolidates as Open Source IoT-enabled Smart Services Platform of Reference With Launch of FIWARE Foundation

The open source API platform FIWARE — which, to date, has released 42 standardized software components aimed at helping startups and enterprise build the next generation of smart applications and services for cities, industries, e-health or agribusiness — has today announced the formation of the open FIWARE Foundation.

The open FIWARE Foundation includes membership from the current FIWARE Core Industry Group (Atos, Engineering, Orange and Telefonica) and will be joined by other governing members at a FIWARE Founders Forum in June (to be held in Vienna). The Foundation will support the growth of the FIWARE platform as an open source project, and be governed by a Board of Directors and CEO, serving the broader FIWARE community.

The Foundation will bring support to FIWARE activities including the continuing technical evolution and support of the platform that is necessary for the uptake in the smart cities, industrial Internet of Things and agri-food sectors, among others. FIWARE established its independent open community last year to support members to adopt best open source practices based on openness, transparency and meritocracy. This way FIWARE will become the open source community of reference for setting the platform de-facto standards used when developing sensor-enabled, data-driven, smart applications and services.

“So far we have seen some strong use cases of FIWARE creating value for startups and enterprise working in smart cities, but now we are seeing that extend to the agribusiness and other sectors,” said FIWARE Chief Architect Juanjo Hierro. “FIWARE is being recognised as the ideal platform for businesses who want to scale their applications so that they can meet needs of diverse customers across Europe and around the world. It is also emerging as the Industry Data Platform which can drive the digitization of the Industry sector.”

“Startups and enterprise users need the confidence of working with an open source platform, where they know they will not be locked into one vendor’s infrastructure as they build the next generation of applications and services for our cities, the industrial sector or in agriculture,” added Stefano de Panfilis from Engineering, one of the companies establishing the FIWARE Foundation.

During the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, where the FIWARE Foundation is being launched by the FIWARE Core Industry Group partners with the support of the European Commission, several startups are already demonstrating their commercial products built off the FIWARE platform. Showcased in the GSMA’s Innovation City, three agribusiness startups are using FIWARE to create smart farm management tools, including automated crop irrigation systems, smart livestock feed monitors, and a regional farm monitoring system that generates alerts for crop-destroying pests. Another exhibit is showcasing a car navigation tool that gives directions from a driver’s position direct to an available car parking space, based on real-time open data information published by cities using FIWARE’s standard APIs.

FIWARE is today a vibrant community of more than 5000 people from industry and the public sector, large companies as well as SMEs and startups, involving developers and users of the business and the public sector. “The move to establish the FIWARE Foundation is the next stage in our growth as an open source community,” said Hierro.

Further information:

FIWARE Press Office /press-office/

Contact Email: fiware-press-req@lists.fi-ware.org

 

 

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Enabling the smart city data economy: See the demo at MWC

Cities are sitting on masses of data. Exposing it for citizens, developers and businesses can unleash innovation, city efficiencies and new monetization opportunities.

Cities are sitting on masses of data. Exposing it for citizens, developers and businesses can unleash innovation, city efficiencies and new monetization opportunities.
By offering as rich a dataset as possible, cities can enable developers to create applications to improve life in the city and generate revenue.  And by breaking data out of departmental silos, cities can make better decisions based on data from multiple sources, such as real-time environmental data and traffic management patterns, for example. Eventually, data could even be shared across cities to support wider innovations and a smart region, smart nation approach.

The challenge, however, is creating a secure, transparent environment where public data can be exposed and businesses can also feed in their data and be paid for it.  The new FIWARE Business Framework, powered by TM Forum APIs, is addressing this challenge. The Business Framework enables the management and monetization of different kinds of digital assets involving multiple partners. The first iteration will be demonstrated at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week.

A smart city marketplace platform

FIWARE is an open cloud-based platform for the creation and delivery of applications and services, designed to deliver the key building blocks for enabling and connecting smart city ecosystems. In November last year, TM Forum and FIWARE announced a collaboration agreement and the Business Framework is being developed as part of this ongoing partnership.

TM Forum’s Ecosystem APIs, including Product Catalog, Product Ordering and Product Inventory, have now been incorporated within the Business Framework specifications and open source reference implementation. These lightweight REST-based APIs have been crowdsourced from within TM Forum’s membership over the past three years and leverage more than 25 years of TM Forum’s complex management systems expertise in billing, catalog management, service level agreements and policy.

The Business Framework will be used to create a smart city marketplace platform.  The demonstration will be based on three open datasets from the city of Porto and a made-up data set that will represent the input from a paid source, such as a garage. It will show how smart city data services from different partners can be exposed, priced, monetized and consumed within the smart city marketplace. Applications using the Business Framework to find and order smart city data services will be demonstrated, and access to the real-time data associated with the data service will also be shown.

‘For example, the developer of a location-based app might want to have more information within the app. They can go to the marketplace and find datasets on, for example, fuel and repair garages. The user can buy the datasets from within the app and once the payment has been received, see the new information appear in the app.

The economy of data

Solutions based on TM Forum Business Management APIs, like the one being developed by FIWARE, will create the foundation for an ‘economy of data’ where different business models around data and services can emerge for the benefit of all.

    Carl Piva, VP Strategic Programs and lead for the TM Forum Smart City Forum, says, “The FIWARE Business Framework, supported by TM Forum Business APIs, can help to create a solid foundation for this vision”.

    Pierre Gauthier, Chief API Architect, TM Forum, adds, “This demo will give cities and developers an insight into this economy of data model that could be around the corner. And this is just the first step – with input and feedback from cities themselves we can make the FIWARE Business Framework and the TM Forum APIs that power it even better.”

The next stage of the Business Framework collaboration will include the development of open source charging and revenue-sharing components integrated with TM Forum Billing, Product Inventory and Usage Management API-derived components.  These APIs will enable automated billing and payment, and pay-per-use, even in a complex, multi-partner context.

At TM Forum Live! in Nice, France in May, the Business Framework will also be used in the Smart, Sustainable Cities open hack. Using real-time city data, developers will compete to create innovative new applications to tackle city challenges.

Watch the demo at Innovation City (booth 3A11), Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, February 22-25.

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FIWARE participates in International Working Group to Develop Consensus Framework for IoT-enabled Smart City Architectures

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 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.

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.”

 

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.

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Seville´s local government sets up it´s Open Data Portal

Seville´s local government has set up the municipal Open Data portal in line with many other Spanish towns, in accordance with the access right to the municipal information, as set out in The Transparency Act. The portal offers information about the municipal activity and it gathers together information from the city in 75 groups, all associated with areas that will be under constant update and expansion.


In its catalogue, the initial portal includes information regarding the business sector, cultural agendas, demographics and population, the environment, contracts with the public sector, municipal budgets, public parking and buses, the state of traffic, places of touristic interest and street guides, among others, in harmony with the European guidelines on information of public interest.


The Sevillian government expect for the new access tool to work, as well as to improve the transparency of the town´s activity, to enrich the digital economy and create new job posts in the city. In this sense, the objective is that entrepreneurs and developers can make use of the available information to start business projects and create applications, as has happened in other towns.


Furthermore, the new portal, hosted on the town council´s website joins those of Transparency and Civil Participation, and acts as another element of the initiative that includes the development of Seville as a Smart City.


According to the representative of Economics, Business and Institutional Relations, Carmen Castreño, the local government finds itself in a process of modernization and development of its digital tools, focused on facilitating civic participation, a target that is also reflected in the portal of Open Data itself, which is provided with communication channels for the residents of the city and for programmers and entrepreneurs that should request information.


The Open Data Portal has been developed through a contract with the Telefonica group within the framework of the FIWARE program. FIWARE is a platform driven by the European Union for the development and global deployment of applications within the Internet of the Future.

 

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SERBIA NATIONAL DAY: FIWARE BOOSTS AGRIFOOD SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

FRACTALS Accelerator is organizing FIWARE Serbia National Day – business training sessions, pitching and high-level panel on challenges to the development of the new agrifood economy.

It will take place February 10th in Novi Sad and participation is free of charge.

FRACTALS consortium is organizing FIWARE Serbia National Day – an event focused on SMEs operating in the most innovative scope of the agrifood business.

One of the main goals is to organize a high-level panel on the challenges to the development of the new agrifood economy. Eminent international panelists will be present at the event, including experts and representatives from the European Commission and Serbian Government, industry, SMEs and scientific community.

Serbia National Day will also illustrate the advancing market adoption of new FIWARE technologies beyond EU member states, and it will show in what way Serbian SMEs can benefit from Accelerator programs like FRACTALS.
Serbia stands as the most successful associated country in the third phase of FIWARE.

SMEs present at the event will benefit from business training, pitching sessions and networking with investors and other stakeholders. SMEs will attend several business capacity build-up sessions and will be given the opportunity to pitch in front of the audience, potential investors and their peers. Also, demo sessions will be organized where SMEs will have the opportunity to showcase their innovative products.

Solutions on agrifood by FRACTALS SMEs are in their final development stages, and now market penetration is expected. Application domains within FRACTALS comprise farm management, livestock and crops optimization, business relationships creation, beekeeping, fruit and vegetables, and optimizations of fertilizers and water usage in agriculture.

Some of these projects are being developed by SMEs like Iten Enineering, Prozone and Dunavnet:

  • Iten Engineering main product is Virtual Cooperative, an application based on FIWARE and designed to help farms and conventional cooperatives to unite and join forces in purchasing and selling goods. The concept is based on virtual ‘bulletin boards’, accessible by farmers, vendors and public users, who are assigned with appropriate widgets, enabling them to create ads, filter among them and communicate with desired users.
     
  • Prozone offers Sdop –smart detection of pests–, using a combination of optical and acoustic means to analyze, trap and stop them before their multiplication. Sdop services use FIWARE technology to constantly monitor, process and Cloud-access information about field and crops from a computer or smartphone, being able to react in the optimum time and prevent pest harmful activity.
     
  • Dunavnet is specialized in Internet of Things and augmented reality. IoT innovations lead smart agriculture to an increment of quality, quantity and sustainability of production, and boost optimization and change in the agricultural sector. AgroNET solutions based on FIWARE include IoT model based irrigation, smart detection of pests, environment monitoring and digital market for fresh, locally produced food.


FRACTALS is one of the Sixteen Accelerators (A16) financed under the Seventh Framework Program that contributes to the goals of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership, in particular FI-PPP Phase 3, by facilitating the promotion and early adoption of FIWARE Technologies. The main idea and purpose of FRACTALS is to support the community of innovative ICT SMEs and web-entrepreneurs to develop FIWARE based applications with high market potential, addressing the needs of the agrifood sector. The project foresees support, which spreads on different levels, and focuses not only on the assistance during the life of sub-projects, but also aims also to ensure their sustainability in the long run.

Thanks to FIWARE and product development made by companies, FRACTALS connect ICT technologies and competitive advantage of a region from an associated country. Vojvodina region –and the rest of Serbia– traditionally bears a strong agrifood industry. Since a strong ICT sector has been emerging in the previous decade, FIWARE now brings it together with agrifood and allows IT developers to employ new technologies and apply them for the purpose of the agrifood sector.
 
FRACTALS will also be organizing Greece National Day on February 26th in Thessaloniki, focused both on FRACTALS SMEs and other FIWARE SMEs from Greece.

Timetable, venue location and more information available at the registration page: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fiware-serbia-national-day-tickets-20412953694

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FIWARE OPS Chapter submitted a proposal to the next OpenStack Summit (Austin TX – April 25-29)

FIWARE OPS Chapter submitted a proposal titled "Monitoring a multi-region Cloud based on OpenStack: the FIWARE Lab case study" to the next OpenStack Summit (Austin TX – April 25-29).

FIWARE Lab is a multi-region federated Cloud, based on OpenStack. Currently it comprises 15 regions spread all over Europe (but with a presence also in LatAm). It offers a capacity of more than 3000 cores, 10 TB RAM, 500 TB disk and is going to be further expanded with the addition of new regions/nodes.


Being FIWARE Lab the experimentation platform where FIWARE services can be deployed, FIWARE brings on top of FIWARE Lab (and consequently on top of OpenStack) an IoT platform cloud services that offers standards for IoT-enabled smart applications integrating technologies for context information gathering, management, publication, real-time processing and big data analysis.


We developed a distributed and scalable monitoring system for FIWARE Lab able to collect, process, analyse and finally present the relevant data to the interested users. Different users are animating FIWARE Lab with different needs and different profiles in terms of monitoring requirements spawning from accessing single resource metrics to having an aggregated view of the status of all the regions, from keeping data private on a given (geographical) region to sharing data among all the regions, from managing real time data to requesting intensive data analytics. All these challenges (and many more) have been tackled during the development of the FIWARE Lab monitoring system.      


The proposal submitted to the OpenStack Summit will focus on the architecture of the solution in term of: collection of custom resource metrics and sanity check measurements, data confidentiality and data replication, real time data vs historical aggregated data on different dimensions (time, tenant, “space”), data analytics, unified cross-region data visualization.

Here you have the possibility of voting for the proposal submitted. If you have a chance, Please vote! (until February, 17th): https://www.openstack.org/summit/austin-2016/vote-for-speakers/Presentation/8067

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From Portugal to Costa Rica with love: Portuguese technologic platform crosses the Atlantic to help promote culture.

This January, the Portuguese project VIRAL celebrates the first international implementation of its awarded events guide, namely in Costa Rica.

VIRAL is currently the most complete, up-to-date and organized events guide in Portugal. For the past few years, the VIRAL platform has contributed to make Portuguese cities smarter by helping citizens to easily acknowledge what is happening in their cities concerning culture and entertainment, and by helping promoters communicate their upcoming events more effectively. Built taking scalability into deep account, VIRAL is extraordinarily replicable, with the potential to become a leading events guide on a global scale.

Fueled by the participation of VIRAL in FIWARE’s acceleration program SOULFI, the implementation of the events platform in Costa Rica is the result of a partnership with the Costa Rican project GAM Cultural. Since 2009, GAM Cultural is one of the country’s main platforms concerning cultural promotion, and is also responsible for relevant actions concerning the revitalization of the historic center of S. José. “In GAM Cultural we found an ideal partner, one that shares both our mission and values. Henry Bastos, the project’s mentor, saw our technology as an opportunity to optimize his resources and to maximize the reach of the work he has been developing so far.” — explains Hugo Branco, head of communication and partnerships at VIRAL.

This partnership follows the contacts developed between 2013 and 2014 at events such as the 4th Iberoamerican Design Biennale, held in Madrid, and the 5th Iberoamerican Congress of Culture, held in Zaragoza, where VIRAL was award with several prizes and recognitions.

The platform’s implementation in Costa Rica coincides with the launch of the v2.0 of VIRAL’s web platform, which was ultimately possible thanks to the company’s participation in the SOULFI, one of FIWARE’s acceleration programs. Besides a deep renovation concerning design and user experience, the current version integrates new functionalities such as user registration, an events suggestion form and the project’s first commercial service: a wallpaper advertising system called JUPITER.

“We developed VIRAL so that it is extremely scalable and replicable: this is our first step regarding internationalisation.” — says Tiago Abelha, head of development. — “Our objective? To implement, on a global scale, the first relevant social platform exclusively dedicated to events and culture.” — concludes Carlos Quitério, responsible for design and product management.

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IMPACT announces the winners of the 3rd and last Open Call: 18 startups will join the Accelerator Program, delivering 1.8 Million Euro in total.

  • The 18 winners of the competition will join the 42 already selected during the other 2 Calls and embark on a 6 month Acceleration program.
  • IMPACT is financing and accelerating 60 European startups for a total of 6 million Euro.
  • Winners are coming from 5 different European countries: UK, Spain, Italy, Germany and Estonia.
  • The selected startups will receive 1.8 million Euro, 100,000 Euro each.


Milan/Madrid – Third and last IMPACT Open Call successfully completed: 18 additional startups have been selected to start in January the IMPACT Acceleration program and will be receiving fundings for a total of 1.8 million Euro (100,000 Euro per Project articulated as 90,000 Euro in funding and 10,000 Euro in services to be implemented through a 6 month specialized mentoring and training program).

The selection has been done by 11 evaluators from all over Europe who chose the winners of the competition among 57 projects that participated to the Jury Day on Dec 9th and 10th  in Madrid.

The 18 teams will join the 42 already selected during the other 2 Calls and will commence the 6 month specialized mentoring program held by the EU accelerator IMPACT composed by Buongiorno (via its accelerator b-ventures) ISDI, Seaya Ventures and Teknologiudviking ApS. IMPACT Acceleration Program kick-off was a Welcome Week taking place in Madrid on January 12th, 2016.

The 6 month acceleration process consists of mentoring and training with key digital ecosystem experts and entrepreneurs. The Mentoring Plan involves ‘Follow-up mentors’ (intended to follow continuously the team throughout the duration of the acceleration program) and ‘Specialized mentors’ (specialists in different strategic areas such as entrepreneurship, technology, marketing and financing).

The training plan includes:

  • a face-to-face program on entrepreneurial digital acceleration which will cover the development of start-ups, digital marketing, technology and financing, all of that focused on the mobile environment;
  • e-learning courses about specific digital tools & capabilities necessary for the development of the companies.

These 18 applications come from a total of 971 candidates, translated into 560 applications received from 29 countries. Only 57 were selected to pitch in front of IMPACT Selection Committee at Madrid Jury Day on 9 and 10 December, 2015.

A large majority of the 57 mobile internet projects were of an outstanding level in terms of the quality of the team (mastery, skills, fluency) and the worth and attractiveness of the business ideas behind. An important criteria in the selection process was that teams had already developed prototypes using selected components of the FIWARE  European digital technologies.

Each of the 18 selected participants for the 3rd Open Call IMPACT Acceleration program receives an initial injection of up to 100,000 Euro, without equity consideration. Funding is disbursed in three installments linked to the attainment of pre-defined business milestones over the 6 month period. Additionally, IMPACT will offer an Extended Investments Phase to the most outstanding projects after the 6-month Acceleration Process, consisting in fast track access to a network of international private investor and also to the IMPACT Partners investment programs.

IMPACT selected startups come from all Europe: 9 have been selected from Spain, 5 from Italy, 1 from Germany, 2 from Estonia and 1 from The UK.

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Country

Tagline

Agora Voting

Spain

Secure digital elections with open source software.

Albert

United Kingdom

The super-simple financial assistant for the self-employed on their mobile.

Antlos

Italy

Antlos is a peer-to-peer marketplace offering skippered boat holiday experiences.

Bugfender

Germany

Protect your app against bugs, low ratings and bad user reviews

Easy Stay

Spain

Easy Stay provides hospitality solutions through an innovative app that gives the user access to all of the hotels' products and services

eVeryride

Italy

eVeryride is the aggregator of all carsharing, bikesharing and scooter sharing services.

Gloveone

Spain

Touch and Feel Virtual Reality with your own hands

IMPACT results:

IMPACT accelerator is consolidating an acceleration process based on transparency and high performance which has been satisfactorily evaluated by the Startups. The training program has been evaluated with 8,2 points out to 10, and the Mentoring Program 9,4 out to 10 and, in general, IMPACT has gotten a Net Promoter Score of 84% which means that more than 80% of startups participating are really satisfied with IMPACT. Few positive results of IMPACT’s startups are:

In terms of Mentors IMPACT continuous to grow. Mentors committed to the first Open Call are: Steve Cadigan (ex VP LinkedIn), Mauro del Río (Buongiorno’s Founder), Inmaculada Martínez (London Business Cathalyst ambassador and Pread.ly CPO), Francois Derbaix (Indexa Capital and Ex Top Rural founder), Gustavo García Brusilovski (Klikin CEO and Buy VIP founder), Carina Szpilka (Partner at K Fund and Ex ING general Manager) or Didac Lee (F.C. Barcelona Advisory Board and Founder & CEO of Inspirit). Following are few mentor’s that belong to the second and third Open Call: Oscar Gallego (WW Direct at Hewlett Packard), Tony Raurich (EMEA Director at Booking.com), Javier Rodriguez Zapatero (Managing Director Spain & Portugal at Google), Arnaldo Muñoz (Managing Director Spain & Portugal at Airbnb) or Iñigo Onieva (ex VP of NH Hotels)

About IMPACT

IMPACT is one of the 16 projects supported by the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union under FP7-2013-ICT-FI, to contribute to the promotion and early adoption of FIWARE technology, i.e. FIWARE generic enablers, specific enablers and/or domain specific platforms, by supporting projects focused on mobile technologies.

IMPACT is composed by Buongiorno, a world class Global Corporation in the mobile commerce ecosystem, ISDI, the world´s first “internet only” business school providing an internet business master’s degree integrated with a full start-up support ecosystem, Seaya Ventures, a venture capital company, and Teknologiudviking ApS, a consultancy firm specialized in funding and management of competitions.

About IMPACT Partners

Buongiorno Founded in 1999, Buongiorno is known as a world class leader in m-commerce for developing and managing payments and apps which enhance consumers’ satisfaction in the use of their mobile devices. Since July 2012, after a successful public offering acquisition, it now forms part of NTT DOCOMO, a Japan based global leader in mobile technologies and communications services.

With direct connection to more than 130 telecommunications operators in 25 countries and over 15 years’ experience in the mobile ecosystem, Buongiorno makes the mobile internet experience frictionless and exciting. Our mission is to delight digital users and create value in OverTheTop Services, Mobile Payments and Financial Services.

As a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO Buongiorno shares the same vision of becoming a true smart life partner for all our customers. b-ventures is the accelerator of Buongiorno, created a year ago with a current portfolio of 10 start-ups.

ISDI (Instituto Superior para el Desarrollo de Internet), is the first business school specialized in the digital field in Spain and Mexico, created by renowned directors of the main Internet companies and known for having the most complete and distinguished training in digital business (MIB, PADIB, DiBex, InternetAcademi, MDA, DiTex, Digital Tourism, International Digital Business Seminar at RCC at Harvard).

Its mission is to develop and promote the digital ecosystem through training and advice from professionals, entrepreneurs and companies to accelerate the shift to a new and more competitive and efficient economic model.

Seaya Ventures. Seaya Ventures is a venture capital fund founded in Madrid in 2013. The firm invests in companies pertaining to the digital sector in its initial stages or growing in Spain & Mexico. The objective of Seaya is investing in innovative companies which require capital increase to grow and to convert itself into sector leaders. Beatriz González and Michael Kleindl are its founding partners.

Teknologiudviking. Danish Consulting firm specialized in identifying public funding for the research and development of advanced technology projects and to facilitate potential partners of the start-ups as well as research centers so that they can undertake its global expansion. Well-experienced in online management and monitoring of open call public processes.

For more info:
TWITTER: @IMPACT_acc
FACEBOOK: /IMPACTAcc
WEBSITE:
impact-accelerator.com | www.fundingbox.com/p/impact-accelerator/

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FIWARE FINODEX organizes an event for ICT entrepreneurs and companies

“Open data for European entrepreneurs” will take place the 2nd of March in Pamplona. The registration is already open.

The accelerator of ICT projects FIWARE FINODEX funded by the European Commission and lead by ZABALA Innovation Consulting has organized the following 2nd of March in Pamplona (Navarra, Spain) one of the stages of the FIWARE European Roadshow focused to entrepreneurs and start-ups from the ICT sector.

The event "Open data for European entrepreneurs" will introduce the FIWARE ecosystem to an expected audience of 150 people interested in innovation, entrepreneurship, Open Data and ICT. Registration is totally free and all the event will be fully hold in English. Interested professionals can register on Eventbrite.

Entrepreneurs from all over Europe will attend the event to present and share their opinions on the latest success stories of the start-ups making use of FIWARE technologies as well as their relationship with Open Data and entrepreneurship in Europe.

The conference will be opened by representatives of European, national, regional and local institutions. The first lecture of the day will be offered by Francisco Marín, managing director of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI). He has maintained a strong commitment with the community involved in the ICT industry.

In addition, the Project Coordinator of FINODEX Miguel Garcia will present the evolution of the first world accelerator to support business projects using open data. Finodex has received 500 proposals to enter to the process of acceleration.

Alberto Abella will be in charge of a talk about on open data and entrepreneurship. He is the associate director of Brain Trust CS, and responsible for this organization to develop the Citizen Experience and Open Government and Open Data related initiatives. In the academic field, he is an associated teacher at the Rey Juan Carlos University, and has performed his doctorate on the economic impact of open data and open government, especially in the field of smart cities.

Talking about start-ups, there will be a presentation by some of the most successful ones like Linknovate, Xpressomics and Fruitwatcher (Geezar). These three companies have been the winners of the FINODEX first open call and have received up to €170,000 from European funds to launch their projects.

On the other hand, some of the representatives of the other 16 FIWARE accelerators funded by the European Commission will introduce the evolution of business acceleration programs and the future plans. A discussion panel moderated by Fernando Rico (ICT-LEIT Programme Committee National Delegate) will be organized with the participation of Ingrid Willems (CREATIFI), Nuno Varandas (SOUL-FI), Francisco Buján (FABULOUS) and Rasmus Pedersen (FINODEX).

Networking will also be a key aspect. During the conference face-to-face meetings among entrepreneurs and potential investors, customers, as well as cities that are involved in the field of Smart Cities, and that may be interested in the technological solutions proposed by participants, will be organised.

For more information:

•    Agenda
•    Attendees
•    Logistics

About FINODEX

FINODEX is one of the 16 accelerators funded by the European Commission to support SMEs and entrepreneurs projects based on Open Data and FIWARE technologies. The main goal is create new ICT products and services to improve the sector’s competitiveness. FINODEX is led by the Spanish international company ZABALA Innovation Consulting and integrated by a consortium of six more European partners.

FINODEX has already selected more than one hundred innovative projects via two open calls launched in 2014 and 2015. Each project will obtain between 10,000 and 170,000 euros of equity-free funding. FINODEX is investing 4.64 million euros to support the selected projects.

Press Contact:
Susana Garayoa
Departamento de Comunicación
ZABALA Innovation Consulting
T (+34) 948 198000
www.zabala.es

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“We’re Ready To Implement Our Tech”: 50+ Startups To Share Their City Solutions in Coimbra on Feb 2 & 3

Startup Accelerator SOUL-FI will host a two-day investment match-making event in Coimbra, Portugal on February 2 & 3 to introduce over 50 startups to potential investors and to cities looking to install and run pilot projects on transport, learning, energy, the environment and smart civic technologies.

The Portuguese-based accelerator SOUL-FI (Startups Optimising Urban Life with Future Internet) focuses on supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) working on smart cities, transport, social and learning and energy and environment projects. On February 2 and 3, 57 of SMEs in FIWARE community, including many who have received startup funding support, will meet in Coimbra, Centro of Portugal, to receive feedback on their progress to date, and to be matched with potential investors and cities looking to trial new smart cities projects.

“These startups are saying we are ready to implement our technology,” said FIWARE Chief Architect, Juanjo Hierro. Hierro leads the FIWARE open API platform which is the backbone technological infrastructure being used by many of the startups receiving funding under SOUL-FI. FIWARE provides a common set of open source tools so that the startups can more quickly develop and test their prototype solutions, and in future this platform will enable those same startups to scale more quickly across Europe and around the globe where FIWARE is fast becoming an industry standard for smart cities infrastructure.

The event will be held at the Pedro Nunes Institute on Feb 2, where the focus will be on providing mentoring and peer feedback amongst the startups attending. On Feb 3, the event moves to Pavilhão Centro de Portugal where it will be open to cities and investors looking to work with the startups. Municipalities across Portugal and Spain will describe their needs for pilot projects, and business angels and venture capitalists will have the opportunity for one-to-one meetings with the startups.

Some of the startups confirmed to attend include:
Wireless Sensing Power Network: a startup that harnesses ‘waste heat’ to power a wireless sensor network and enable the transmission of data
InSymbio: an emerging network that enables one company to sell its biowaste as a resource to other companies who need it
SmartLock: intelligent Internet of Things connected door lock manufacturer
FIRERISK: an application that aggregates data to help identify and prevent forest fire risks
Arianna: a personal navigation system designed to guide visually impaired people in public spaces and increase their independence
Improve Your City: a communication platform between citizens, city council and technicians and utilities.

“FIWARE community is coming to Coimbra!More than fifty-five FIWARE startups from all Europe said present to this challenging event. Now it’s time to listen to urban decisors and investors and show what European technologies can do to improve citizens quality of life.” Carlos Bento

Press are invited to attend or to book interview times with attending cities, investors and startups by registering at goo.gl/QxbfPm 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FIware – #FICoimbra 
SOUL-FI website: http://soul-fi.ipn.pt/event/ficoimbra/

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INCENSe awards 28 startups with up to 150,000 euros each in second open call

INCENSe (INternet Cleantech ENablers Spark), the business accelerator dedicated exclusively to clean technology and energy that is being supported by the European Commission’s FIWARE Accelerate programme, has selected the 28 winning startups of its second open call during a ceremony held today  at Enel’s headquarters in Rome.

The event saw the participation of Italian Minister of Labour and Social Policy Giuliano Poletti, Enel CEO and General Manager Francesco Starace, Innovation Adviser to the Italian Prime Minister Paolo Barberis, Member of the Permanent Advisory Board for the Innovation and Digital Agenda of the Italian Government Francesco Sacco and two representatives of the European Commission, the Director of the Institute for Energy and Transport DG JRC Giovanni De Santi and the Head of Sector for the FIWARE Programme DG CNCT Ragnar Bergstrom.

With INCENSe, Enel confirms once again its commitment to support innovation, entrepreneurship as well as social and economic growth,” said Enel CEO Francesco Starace. “The work that the winning startups will carry out throughout the acceleration period is aimed at developing players capable of creating effective solutions, as can be seen with the first call winners, some of which are working on joint projects with Enel.”

INCENSe is an initiative launched by Enel, Endesa, Accelerace and FundingBox that aims to encourage innovation and high-tech employment in the European energy and cleantech sector.

Below are the 28 winning startups:

Name

Country

Isotrol S.L.

Spain

Itestit S.L.

Spain

Nnergix Energy Management S.L.

Spain

Albufera Energy Storage S.L.

Spain

Aeroum Espana S.L.

Spain

Green Momit S.L.

Spain

Interfaces Hombre Maquina Avanzados S.L.

Spain

Big Data for Business Solutions S.L.

Spain

Ezzing Building Synergies S.L.

Spain

Archon Technologies Srl

Italy

Atooma Srl

Italy

Toi Srl

Italy

Midori Srl

Italy

Greenlab Engineering Srl

Italy

Leaf S.p.A.

Italy

Scuter Srl

Italy

Leapcraft ApS

Denmark

Innogie ApS

Denmark

Modio Computing SP

Greece

Nikolaos & Marinos Livanos O.E.

Greece

AugWind LTD

Israel

Tamuz Energy LTD

Israel

Noven BVBA

Belgium

Fourdeg Oy

Finland

Ecoglobe GmbH

Germany

Ionseed Lda

Portugal

Evreka Ltd

Turkey

Aerial Power Limited

United Kingdom

 

Each  winner will receive a free grant of up to 150,000 euros without equity considerations and  support services offered by INCENSe partners. These services include a six-month acceleration programme, additional coaching sessions, tailored workshops on European funding programmes, and the business support provided by INCENSe partners and network. The startups also have the chance to collaborate with INCENSe partners in the development and testing of their projects.

In total, INCENSe, which has an overall budget of about 8 million euros funded by the European Commission, will offer its support up to 42 startups.

INCENSe’s second open call was launched in June 2015 and gathered 257 applications from Europe and Israel through the website www.incense-accelerator.com. The submissions, which came from SMEs and entrepreneurs, were classified under the following categories: Energy Efficiency & Home Automation, Renewable Energy, Renewable Forecasting Solutions, Smart Grids, Energy Storage, Advanced Diagnostic & Automation Solutions, e-Mobility, Cyber-Security and Digitalization of Energy through ICT.

The 14 startups selected in the first call concluded their acceleration programme in December and almost half of them are collaborating with INCENSe corporate partners to further develop their projects.

For further details on INCENSe: www.incense-accelerator.com.

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PORTUGUESE STARTUP SELECTED BY THE WORLD’S LARGEST HARDWARE ACCELERATOR

Currently   based in downtown   Porto.  Findster   will move part of its operations to San Francisco for the duration   of the program.   The Incubation process will begin in February and during the following 6 weeks Findster   will have exclusive access to mentorship   sessions with some of the most renowned specialists in retail, digital marketing and logistics in the world.

Findster's   selection represents HAX’s recognition tor the creation of a new technology, which differentiates itself from the competition and will establish a new paradigm in the location systems market segment, allowing their democratization. With over 70% of  Findster's  sales coming   from  the United  States,  the incubation on the 2016 edition   of the

HAX Boost  program represents a logic step In the Startup's path to entering   the US market "HAX  will allow Findster to reach  the US distribution  channels and retail  in a faster  and more  efficient  way , which  represents it pioneering step  for a Portuguese tech  product   destined to the consumer"  says David Barroso, CEO of Findster Technologies.

ABOUT FINDSTER TECHNOLOGIES

Findstor is the World's  first  location system  free of  monthly  fees, introducing a new paradigm in location tech, the system  allows real-time monitoring  and offers a preventive approach to missing cases; the user can create  virtual  security   fences,  and will  be immediately notified   the  design  security area is trespassed.

The new paradign introduced by Findster  was validated by one of  the most  successful Portuguese crowdfunding campaigns in a global  scale, raising  over  $120.000  with backers  from  52 different  countries. Taking advantage of the technological platform in question, Findster   Kids and Findster Pets were created, destined, respectively to children and pets.

Findster’s first version will reach the market In February. Production is currently being completed, and is taking place integrally In Portugal.

ABOUT HAX

HAX is the World’s largest and most prolific   Hardware accelerator having brought   over 65 products to market in the last 3 years.

HAX provides two different   service types:  the Accelerator program, based in Shenzhen (China) provides integral help to companies in pre-launch   stage, from building   their   product,   to the launch and ship stages. The Boost program, based in San Francisco (USA) is destined to companies in a later stage of development, post-launch, and its goal is to optimize sales and distribution engines.

The HAX team is comprised of a broad range of specialists, including 12 full-time experts in different areas, 200 Hardware Startup founders and 50 mentors  and advisors.

HAX is 100% owned by SOSV, a $250M venture  capital  fund with  over  300  Startups included in its portfolio.

 

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Empowering the Change Makers: FIWARE and OASC Host Connected Smart Cities Conference

Enabling change makers in cities to work with entrepreneurs and technologists, and to open up access to new investment is the goal of the Connected Smart Cities Conference, to be held in Brussels on January 21, 2016. The one-day conference, immediately following the EUROCITIES Knowledge Society Forum, is being organized by the Connected Smart Cities Network and the OASC secretariat and Task Force, in collaboration with: European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL), FIWARE, OrganiCity, SELECT for Cities, the European Commission, Committee of the Regions and EUROCITIES.

The event is aimed at both city and government representatives and the private sector and aims to encourage the emerging wave of social entrepreneurs and investors to partner with academics, NGOs, and government authorities to adopt emerging de-facto standards for smart cities like those integrated in the FIWARE platform.

Those interested in attending can register for free at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/connected-smart-cities-conference-2016-tickets-19964547499

FIWARE is an open platform of technologies available to developers through APIs and generic enablers that allow the creation of apps that combine sensor data, mobile devices, data systems, and legacy technologies so that a new generation of smart city applications can be built that focus on solving real problems facing cities around the world.

The Open and Agile Smart Cities Initiative (OASC) is a network of cities around the globe that are seeking to work collaboratively to enable a new generation of smart city technologies to emerge in a way that they can be easily standardized and shared across regions. 75 cities are currently participating from across Europe and the UK, Latin America, and the Asia-Pacific.

“The Connected Smart Cities Conference will take participants through the full journey of civic technology and is an ideal event for those both new to smart cities looking to participate, and those who want to solve their current challenges by speaking and working with experts in the field,” said Juanjo Hierro, Chief Architect of FIWARE. “The day walks through the policy and business environment that will enable smart cities technologies to flourish, and then parallel sessions dig deep into our technology platform, current examples of success, opportunities for innovation and the emerging role of standards in helping us scale new initiatives.”

“This is also the ideal forum for investors, policy actors, startups and enterprise to forge new links and start collaborating on projects that will take off in 2016,” said Hierro.

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40 emblematic establishments are now “made visible” to blind people in the city of Granada

Thanks to a mobile app, blind people will now receive valuable information regarding the establishment they wish to visit when they find themselves only a few metres away from it; a kind of “Trip Advisor for the blind”.

Renowned and touristy establishments such as the ice cream parlour Los Italianos, Chikito restaurant, Alhambra Palace Hotel, or the popular cake shop Casa Isa, famous for its piononos pastries, are only a few examples of the 40 establishments that are today “made visible” to all. They form part of the “The 40 essentials” programme with which the commercialisation of Outbarriers kicks off. 

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“Restaurant, mind the step at the door. The bar is on the left. Toilets are on the right”. This is an example message of what a visually impaired person will hear as they get close to the establishment. They only need to have the free Outbarriers app installed on their mobiles to receive these enormously helpful guidelines. 

Outbarriers is a social project that was born in 2014 after winning the third prize at the Smart Society International Competition held in Seville. Since then, this prototype has become a real product thanks to the FI-C3 European start up accelerator programme, within the FIWARE European project framework that finances Outbarriers’ development and offers advice to its team of experts. 

This project is born from the friendship of Adrian Martinez and JM Robles, two IT engineers, with Antonio, who is blind since the age of 14. Antonio, who was always complaining about how little help and even less technology they had available to simply go out for a walk, challenged his friends to do something about it. From now on, Antonio and thousands of other people with severe sight problems enjoy this audible information in the heart of the city of Granada.  

The technology that makes all this possible is really quite simple. Each of the establishments need to install a small standalone device, similar to a bollard, at the entrance to their business. When the person gets close to the establishment, that person’s mobile detects the bollard that then reproduces the associated voice message. The bollard hardly needs any maintenance at all and its battery last for over two years.

The pioneering establishments that offer this innovative accessibility solution are located mainly in Granada’s historical centre. There is no doubt this provides the opportunity to make Granada a world reference of accessible tourism thanks to the added value delivered by the Outbarriers app. In addition, a collaboration agreement has recently been signed with the association Centro Comercial Abierto. This entity has over 300 members, so the “visible” establishments’ network will increase considerably. 

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Outbarriers is not only an app for blind people; it also encourages and needs voluntary work. 

In our everyday lives, we encounter many obstacles on the streets: road works, holes in pavements, all sorts of architectural barriers, etc. Supportive citizens can contribute towards this cause informing about these barriers, in a very simple way, using the app. The obstacles are later revised and the competent authorities are informed about their whereabouts and nature. These critical spots, like for example some steep steps with no banister, can be signposted with a bollard that a business or person has previously donated.

More information:
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Call for Smart Cities and Communities lighthouse projects

The cross-cutting call 'Smart and Sustainable Cities' aims to bring cities, industry and citizens together. This will demonstrate solutions and business models that can be scaled up and replicated, and that will lead to measurable benefits in energy and resource efficiency, new markets and new jobs. The scope will include the creation of urban spaces powered by secure, affordable and clean energy, smart electro-mobility, smart tools and services, innovative nature-based solutions and showcasing economic viability.

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FIWARE shows its compliance to integrate OneM2M-based IoT systems into its Data interoperability framework

9-11 December. Sophia-Antipolis (France).
 
Today, FIWARE and OneM2M teams are demonstrating its complementary approach at ETSI M2M Workshop featuring OneM2M.
 
 FIWARE Context Information model provides a Data interoperability framework so that Applications and services may easily consume information and/or trigger actions to various systems, including IoT systems such as OneM2M.
 

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FIWARE provides the open standard backbone for 75 Smart Cities worldwide

BARCELONA, 25th November 2015.- Last week, at the Smart City Expo World Congress, the Open and Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative (http://oascities.org) announced the third wave of cities adopting de-facto standards that will give a boost to the use of real-time open data and the creation of a sustainable marketplace in which smart cities can collaborate and share actionable plans, experience and technology to transform cities into engines of growth and well-being of citizens. OASC announced today the addition of 14 more cities since March, making a total of 75 cities in 13 European countries, Brazil and Australia, each committing to eventual, implemented outcomes within a year.

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TM Forum and FIWARE Join Forces to Speed the Development of New Smart City Services

Collaboration delivers standard REST-based APIs for enabling open sustainable ecosystems

MORRISTOWN, NJ—November 19, 2015TM Forum, the global industry association for digital business, today announced that it is working with FIWARE, an open cloud-based platform for the creation and delivery of applications and services, to deliver the key building blocks for enabling and connecting Smart City ecosystems.

TM Forum is supporting FIWARE NGSI REST-based APIs for real-time access to contextual information for cities. This enables more efficient management of municipal services in areas such as mobility, water, waste, energy and environmental management, and also paves the way for the development of smart applications by third parties.

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FIWARE Partnership with the NIST Global City Teams Challenge 2016 Program Now Official!

19th November 2015.- FIWARE is 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 has been 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”.

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FIWARE and the European Data Portal announce their collaboration

FIWARE and the European Data Portal are proud to announce the beginning of a collaboration creating synergies between the two initiatives for even better serving users' needs. Data are the fuel of any smart services and open data in particular are a treasure trove for new services and applications. FIWARE is the European open service platform for building interoperable and smart Internet based services. With growing adoption comes growing demand for access to data. The new European Data Portal launched on 16 November 2015 is the major European data asset available free to use for anybody, with already around 250.000 datasets referenced through a harmonised and multilingual interface. Users are allowed to easily download data at the source or directly consume them through interactive visualization.  The collaboration with FIWARE will help bringing these data even closer to the fingertips of the growing open community of thousands of FIWARE developers, startups and new users in Europe and world-wide. In the future the two initiatives will jointly consider ways to harvest the trend towards more real-time open data by using the de-facto standard FIWARE NGSI.

This collaboration among two leading European ICT initiatives shows the interest of the public and private partnership supporting these and, our capacity to set standards and is clearly another step towards a European single digital market.

 

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Brookesia Design & Technologies, awarded with the ICT Clúster Awards

Brookesia Design and Technologies, one of the startups selected by SOUL-FI has recently received the Clúster ICT Awards award recognizing its work on ICT and new technologies. The awards were given in the framework of the LibreCon 2015, thus recognizing the work of the winners in the development of the productivity in Information Societies. Brookesia was one of the 5 winners, from a total of 34 projects that were receive, and it was selected as the best startup. Would you like to find more information about it? Just read this article and this article published in Galician newspapers.

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Don’t miss the opportunity to discover about the FIWARE Regions initiative at ECFI3 next week in Hamburg!

The FIWARE Regions initiative, which is promoted by the FI-LINKS project as part of the FIWARE Mundus initiative, has been closely working with a number of European regions in order to promote the adoption of FIWARE as a mean to efficiently boost and sustain their local innovation ecosystems. The main goal is to support decision makers, i.e. local and regional authorities, innovation agencies, industry clusters, accelerators, incubators, etc. to mobilize their innovation ecosystem (SMEs, start-ups, web entrepreneurs) so as to develop new products, solutions, applications around FIWARE.

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FIWARE and Esri announce a connector to help in the design and monitoring of the cities of the future

Esri España, a leading company in geographic information systems, together with the FIWARE open initiative, announces the revelation of a connector to improve decision making in IoT (Internet of Things).

FIWARE allows for managing and recording the information from IoT devices; and Esri, through its ArcGIS platform allows for processing advanced analysis and other geospatial functions.

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ECFI -Keep pace with the future at the heart of the net!

From the 4th to the 7th of November 2015 the largest future lab on the entire Internet will be operating in Hamburg. The FIWARE – 3rd European Conference on the Future Internet – or ECFI (www.ecfi.eu) for short – will put the historic Hanseatic city at the centre of European entrepreneurship. After a critical selection process involving over 1,000 financed projects in Europe, the 100 best start-ups with the most impressive prospects for success will be presented over a three day period, accompanied by a programme of events.

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FIWARE networking session at ICT 2015

FIWARE Networking Session at ICT 2015 in Room 5A (20th October, 16:00-17:35).

 

Through the FIWARE Initiative, the European Commision has provided and important ecosystem where entrepreneurial newcomers to the European Research and Innovation Framework Programme can acquire the technology, funding and asssistance to develop innovative applications and services using the FIWARE framework and components.

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FIWARE at the Smart City 360° Summit – 14,15 October in Toronto (Canada)

Through the active engagement of FIWARE in several international innovation initiatives, promoted within the context of the FIWARE Mundus programme, close contacts have been established in North America with various key players both in the USA and in Canada, so as to promote FIWARE worldwide.

Specific focus has been dedicated to explore concrete opportunities in the Smart Cities domain, which is a key vertical segment where FIWARE adoption has become increasingly relevant. In this context, as an important step forward, FIWARE has been invited to join the SmartCity 360° Summit, which is a world-wide event taking place simultaneously in Bratislava (Slovakia) and Toronto (Canada), during October 13-15, 2015.

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FIWARE Partnering with the NIST Global City Teams Challenge 2016

FIWARE is partnering with the Global City Teams Challenge 2016 programme, GCTC2016, which is being organised under the lead of the U.S. Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). FIWARE and GCTC share common objectives to provide cities and their stakeholders with an environment and a programme that can help them replicate smart cities solutions and services that are efficient and scalable, as announced on 16 September by NIST.

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IMPACT launches its third and last Open Call!

September, 15th 20152.2 Million to accelerate further 22 European FIWARE-based startups. IMPACT Accelerator launches today its third and last Open Call for innovative ideas and projects based on FIWARE technology related to the Mobile Internet. Start-ups and Web Entrepreneurs interested in the program can submit their projects up until October 15th through the Funding Box Platform: www.fundingbox.com/p/impact-accelerator/. The most innovative and high-growth ventures will receive around 100,000 per project without equity consideration (split into €90,000 funding + €10,000 in services) and a 6-month specialized Mentoring & Training program.

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Smart City App Hack (SCAH) and FIWARE launch their challenge for developers

150,000 € in prizes for the winners of the online competition launched by Smart City App Hack and FIWARE!

Smart City App Hack (SCAH) and FIWARE jointly launch an online competition that will distribute up to 150,000 € in prizes for developers anywhere in the world using FIWARE or those who desire to start using it.

This competition is a great opportunity for developers, entrepreneurs, companies and active citizens who have an app or a functional prototype and want to help boost their city as a Smart City.

Starting yesterday, 1st of September 2015, and until the 15th of October, the enrolment period opens worldwide for this online competition in which apps have to respond to one of the five challenges identified by SCAH to improve the citizens' lives: energy, mobility, collaboration, tourism and shopping.

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FRACTALS Smart Urban Farming Challenge – The Call

FRACTALS just launched Smart Urban Farming Challenge, a challenge for SMEs, web-entrepreneurs and startups willing to use FIWARE technologies in order to deliver innovative solutions addressing the challenges in urban farming. In total 49,000 € will be awarded to the winning projects (both as travel reimbursement and money prize) in the scope of the ICT 2015 in Lisbon (20-22 October 2015), the largest ICT event organized by the European Commission. The focus of this challenge lays on smart urban farming solutions in a wider dimension. Don't miss the date and submit your idea until: September, 25th 2015, 17:00 CET!

 

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SOUL-FI is already receiving pilot projects for the “Round B” of its acceleration programme

The FIWARE accelerator SOUL-FI is already receiving pilot projects for its “Round B” before its deadline expires (30th of September). In this “Round B”, they offer:

  • Co-funding of 75% of project budget, with a maximum of a € 75.000,00 for incentive.
  • Benefiting from a wide range of free support services to speed up the development process (tutoring, mentoring, matchmaking and networking).
  • Accessing a pro-active, networked environment to get connected with investors, potential customers and stakeholders.
  • Negotiating eventual large-scale testing of the product through in situ pilots in different EU cities (Florence, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Valladolid and Birmingham) and access to specific typology of open data.
  • Identifying additional funding (investment readiness path, crowd-funding, fundraising support).

If you are an ICT developer and you have a good idea for a smarter urban life of EU citizens, about topics like quality of life, mobility, resource efficiency, tourism, cultural heritage, health and whatever can make citizens modern life easier, you can participate directly in “Round B”, without passing through “Round A”, to develop your idea in a project.

Apply Now!

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IMPACT announces the winners of the second Open Call

Second IMPACT Open Call successfully completed: 23 additional startups have been selected to start in September the IMPACT Acceleration programme and will be receiving fundings for a total of 2,3 million Euros (100,000 Euros per Project articulated as 90,000 Euro in funding and 10,000 Euro in services to be implemented through a 6 month specialized mentoring and training programme).

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Results of the Second Open Call of the FInish Accelerator

The long expected results of the Second Open Call of the FInish Accelerator are finally available. If you were not selected, we would like to encourage you to keep on working and to find other opportunities to develop your idea in collaboration with your business partner(s). The FInish accelerator is currently planning a special opportunity for all those that submitted a proposal but could not be funded by the Second Open Call. There will be a challenge for you during ECFI 3, the European Conference on the Future Internet, in November 2015. The five winners of this challenge will be able to realize their ideas as a smaller project. On the one hand, smaller project means a clearly lower budget but, on the other hand, the full support of the FInish Accelerator and the FIWARE community. We think this is a promising opportunity for you to get started with your idea and maybe to get some additional funds.

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SIGFOX and FIWARE Announce Open-Source Connector For SIGFOX Internet of Things Network

Seamless Connector Allows Developers to Easily Connect Their SIGFOX ReadyTM IoT Devices to FIWARE Platform

SIGFOX, the pioneering provider of a global network dedicated to the Internet of Things, and FIWARE, announced a seamless connector between the FIWARE platform and SIGFOX ReadyTM devices

Compatible with the OMA (Open Mobile Alliance) NGSI standard, this open-source connector allows developers to use all SIGFOX ReadyTM devices with FIWARE Internet of Things (IoT) software enablers to gather and process data. Through the open and standard API, the connector enables developers to create IoT apps easily and quickly, and FIWARE becomes a SIGFOX Ready™ IoT platform.

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FIWARE will host new workshops in Washington D.C. on July 15th & 16th

Following our successful participation in the Global City Teams Challenge Exhibition and Workshop on June 1st and 2nd, FIWARE is organizing a new event in Washington D.C., on July 15th and 16th, 2015.

On Wednesday, July 15th, from 09.00am to 12.00am, we welcome city representatives, individuals and organisations working with and for cities, at the “FIWARE Cities Workshop”, where they will learn more about how cities can benefit from FIWARE. In addition, the “Open & Agile Smart Cities” initiative will be presented. This initiative already gathers more than 50 cities with a common goal: creating an open Smart City market based on the needs of cities and communities.

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New FIWARE tutorials by IMPACT to help developers build their projects

IMPACT, one of the FIWARE accelerators, has recently updated its Youtube channel to launch its new FIWARE tutorials. Thanks to these videos, developers aiming to build a project with FIWARE will be able to start from scratch and learn all the details about FIWARE enablers or the FIWARE Lab. Since August 2014, IMPACT has periodically published these videos, which will soon be present on our webpage too.

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More than 50 cities are now part of the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative

More than 25 new cities from 10 different countries have shown their interest to join the 2nd wave of the Open & Agile Smart Cities Initiative as the deadline to send their applications approached (last Friday, 5th of June 2015). Among them, we can find six Dutch cities from OASC NL –Amsterdam, Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Utrecht, Amersfoort and Enschede–, which sent their Letter of Intent on Thursday, 4th of June 2015.

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FIWARE goes global! Four FIWARE teams will participate to the Global City Team Challenge Festival to be held in Washington DC (USA), 1-2 June 2015

Thanks to the first steps moved by FIWARE during the US Ignite Applications Summit in March 2015 and the various presentations and discussions that happened within this occasion, we are pleased to announce that four FIWARE-based deployed applications in smart cities will participate in the Global City Teams Challenge (https://www.us-ignite.org/globalcityteams/), GCTC, on 1-2 June 2015. These activities are promoted and supported by the FIWARE Mundus programme (/mundus/), which aims to establish close connections and collaboration links with innovators worldwide to ensure broad adoption and uptake of FIWARE both in Europe and internationally.

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The Netherlands opens its first FIWARE Lab node

The Netherlands has stated that it will soon have its first FIWARE Lab node. Five companies (Civity, Deloitte, Elba-Rec, Onetrail and Xcellent), supported by the Economic Board Utrecht, have announced this initiative, which makes the Netherlands walk in the footspets of European countries such as Germany, France, Italy and Spain (as well as non-European countries such as Mexico).

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FICHe showcases 40 startups during eHealthWeek in Riga

From May 11 to 13 the FICHe project is joining the eHealthWeek event in Riga. Together with the 40 startups and SMEs that are selected for the second phase of the FICHe accelerator program, the FICHe project team is showcasing the results of the first part of the project.

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SpeedUP! Europe FIWARE Accelerator: 93 percent of startups move beyond first milestone

Nine months to a viable business model: that’s all the time the 96 startup teams have with the support of the SpeedUP! Europe FIWARE Accelerator programme. It makes sense, then, to get feedback and make any corrections quickly. The startup mentors’ approach is one of ‘milestones against uncertainty’, with startup candidates pitching their projects briefly to an external panel of judges to show that they meet the requirements. What is their technology about? Are there already any prototypes? How will potential customers be involved in the process? Those who pass this test go through to the next round. “89 teams have managed it – that’s a fantastic success!” says programme director Stefan Stengel. 96 teams in all put themselves forward to make their pitch.

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FIWARE based Electronic Health Record Enabler at Connectathon 2015

The eHealth Lab of the University of Cyprus (UCY) participated in the IHE (Integrating the Healthcare Enterprise) European Connectathon 2015 in Luxembourg, and tested and passed the IHE profiles implemented in the FI-STAR Electronic Health Record Enabler (EHR)

FI-STAR implements health related solutions based on the FIWARE enablers.

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INCENSe awards 14 startups with up to 150,000 euros each

INCENSe (INternet Cleantech ENablers Spark), the business accelerator dedicated exclusively to clean technology and energy that is being supported by the European Commission’s FIWARE Accelerator Programme, has picked 14 startups from its first open call during an awards ceremony held on the 17th of April at the INCENSE coordinator Enel’s headquarters in Rome. INCENSe is an initiative launched by Enel, Endesa, Accelerace and FundingBox that aims to encourage innovation and high-tech employment in the European energy and cleantech sector.

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2nd Wave Open & Agile Smart Cities announced

The process is now open for cities who want to join the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) global initiative as part of the 2nd wave. Deadline for signing Letter of Intent is Friday June 5, 2015, with subsequent public launch in mid-June.

Following the successful 1st wave of Open & Agile Smart Cities, where 31 cities from 7 countries in Europe and Brazil joined the effort to promote four simple mechanisms for smart city development, the OASC Task Force has held its first meeting and outlined the process for the 2nd wave.

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2nd Open Calls of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme: accelerators are already receiving business proposals

After the enormous success of the first FIWARE open calls, which gathered more than 300 selected projects (from a total of more than 3,000 proposals), a new round of calls has just been opened by FIWARE accelerators. The FIWARE Accelerator Programme is the result of a public-private partnership, co-funded by the European Commission. Thanks to it, a total amount of 80 million euros is being delivered among the most innovative and scalable business projects using FIWARE and making the most of the new digital opportunities.

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The FIWARE Accelerator SpeedUP! Europe announces commercial OpenSource FIWARE node

SpeedUP! Europe FIWARE accelerator HUB to cooperate with DTS Systems Germany. Yesterday both companies signed, at the CeBIT 2015 event, an agreement to operate a FIWARE node from 1st June 2015, with test-running to begin over the next few days. This makes this node the first commercial one of its type designed for use in the productive environment of the European Initiative FutureInternet- PublicPrivatePartnership (FI-PPP), which has been setting new benchmarks since 2011 with FIWARE.

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Cities from seven different countries boost FIWARE as standard for Smart Cities


Thirty-One municipalities from Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Spain and Brazil launch the ‘Open & Agile Smart Cities’ initiative, targeted to accelerate the adoption of common standards and principles that will transform cities into engines of growth and innovation.


Hannover, 16.03.2015. CeBIT is the place where one of the most important announcements about development of Smart Cities is to be made. The Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) initiative, signed by 31 cities from Finland, Denmark, Belgium, Portugal, Italy, Spain and Brazil, aims to kickstart the use of FIWARE standards to foster the development of Smart City applications and solutions. The commitment marks a milestone in the development of Smart Cities, boosting the transformation of cities into engines of growth and well-being through innovation. “The digital evolution of cities is a multifaceted process with a clear focus on the citizen”, says Mário Campolargo, Director "Net Futures" – DG CONNECT at European Commission. “We need to be prepared to take a holistic approach towards Smart Cities, involving IT technologies but also sociologists and architects for all-encompassing solutions”.

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FIWARE Mundus brings FIWARE to the New World!

FIWARE Mundus (via the FI-LINKS CSA and the XIFI Project) is now bringing FIWARE to North America with exciting prospects. First a FIWARE Mundus delegation will attend a meeting in Toronto, Canada on 23 March. Several representatives from Canadian public authorities and research initiatives are looking at potentially using FIWARE in addition to a local Canadian platform as foundations for smart cities platforms -a large event is currently being prepared around those ideas for September 2015 in Toronto.

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TELEFÓNICA I+D AND KT JOIN FORCES TO CONSOLIDATE FIWARE AS THE IoT STANDARD

FIWARE hopes to become the de facto standard for the development of applications connected to the Internet of Things

• In the context of the Mobile World Congress, Telefónica I+D and the Korean operator KT have today announced a strategic partnership to promote the adoption of FIWARE technologies in order to accelerate the definition of standards in the development of applications connected to the Internet of Things.

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TELEFONICA, ORANGE, ENGINEERING and ATOS join forces to push common standards for Smart Cities based on the FIWARE platform

Telefónica, Orange, Engineering and Atos have decided to join forces and announce that they will take the initiative towards creation of the FIWARE Open Source Community to foster and support the evolution of standards for Smart Cities and their spread worldwide. It is expected that the FIWARE Open Source Community will be fully operational at the end of Q2-2015.

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FIWARE Training – FIWARE Developers’ week

"FIWARE developers' week" has been designed to take place along a full week to initiate SMEs properly in the FIWARE ecosystem. The objective is to provide some initial high-level technical introduction to FIWARE with lab exercises, enabling developers to make hands on the technology and try coding. 

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FINESCE at the E-world

From 10th to 12th of February, the FINESCE-team attended the “E-world energy & water” trade fair to present the opportunities of FIWARE technology for the energy sector and the new FINESCE platform for smart energy application development.

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“Open Europe: Open Data for Open Society”, strengthening the European Information Society

Latvian Open Technology Association (LATA) in collaboration with the Centre for Public Policy PROVIDUS and the public participation platform ManaBalss.lv organizes international conference “Open Europe: Open Data for Open Society” taking place 18th-19th of February, 2015, Riga & Jelgava. The conference is financed by the Latvian state. The conference is included into official agenda of Presidency.

 

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19 startups to get 100 000 EUR each from IMPACT

Startups selected within the IMPACT Accelerator 1st Open Call have just ended the FIWARE Training Programme held in Barcelona. Their next step is participating in a 6 month specialized mentoring programme organized by the EU accelerator IMPACT – whose members are Buongiorno (via its accelerator b-ventures), ISDI, Seaya Ventures and Teknologiudviking ApS (via its acceleratorFundingBox.com).

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Net Futures 2015 FIWARE Challenge

Challenge for SMEs, web-entrepreneurs and startups that use FIWARE technologies. In Total € 75,000 will be awarded to the winning projects in the scope of the Net Futures 2015 conference. The focus of this challenge lays on perishable products and specifically food and flowers in a wider dimension.

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FIWARE will announce in CeBit its proposal to develop Smart Cities globally

In CeBit 2015, FIWARE will announce its global bet to develop Smart Cities and publish the great results of the Accelerator Programme’s first open call. In January, 2,431 projects were received, being Germany the second country in participation (10 %), together with Spain (23.6 %), Italy (9,3 %) and Finland (4,5 %).

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FIWARE Hackathon at Campus Party Brazil

Show your talent to the world developing an app based on some of the core components of the FIWARE platform. FIWARE is the open source platform that is becoming the reference choice for developing “smart” applications on the Cloud. The best application participant will win a prize of R$ 20.000. Learn about FIWARE competing for an great prize! 

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FIWARE among the global partners at 4YFN presentation

Barcelona, 26 January 2015. – 4Years From Now (4YFN), the international event for mobile startups presented by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona and GSMA, expects to double the number of entrepreneurs, startups and investors who participated in the first edition.

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The FIWARE media and content specific enablers used at the “Transmusicales” festival in Rennes

At the occasion of the French “Rencontres Transmusicales” festival, in Rennes, December 3-7, FIcontent has showcased a special application to promote the capabilities of the FIWARE media and content specific enablers. 

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FIWARE Mundus at Le Web 2014

Le Web is one of the major international events gathering the world of start-ups and entrepreneurs. FIWARE was present at the 2014 edition from 9 to 11 March with a booth and a “mini conference”.

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25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, broadcasted with FIWARE

A special broadcast for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall, with FIWARE media and content specific enablers developed by FIcontent. At the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, German broadcaster RBB organized a 25-hour media event on TV, radio and the Internet.