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”.

For the first time the “FIWARE Mundus” offer was formally presented both at the booth and at the conference, with the motto “The Path to a Global Future Internet Ecosystem”. FIWARE Mundus is looking at expanding the FIWARE ecosystem in European regions and at international level. As Jacques Magen from InterInnov stated during the conference, “we bring FIWARE to your region”.

At this stage 13 European regions have been “pre-selected” as the most likely candidates for the “FIWARE Regions” label: Helsinki (Uusimaa, Finland); Brittany, PACA, and Paris Ile de France (France); Berlin and Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany); South East Ireland; Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna (Italy); Wielkopolska (Greater Poland); Porto (Portugal); Catalonia and Canary Islands (Spain). In addition, other regions being considered include South Moravia (Czech Republic); Copenhagen region (Denmark); Picardie (France); Basque country (Spain); and Stockholm region (Sweden). “FIWARE Regions” are defined as those regions willing to set up a sustainable FIWARE ecosystem in the medium to long term, with support from regional public authorities and other relevant players in the regional Future Internet ecosystem.

Some of those FIWARE Regions will work hand in hand with the “innovation hubs” recently selected by FIWARE. All together they will form the FIWARE European ecosystem under the FIWARE Mundus umbrella.

FIWARE Mundus is also looking at international expansion and cooperation. A FIWARE node and ecosystem is currently being set up in Mexico and should be operational in Q1 2015; contacts have been established with other Latin American countries, in particular Chile and Brazil, and with other parts of the world. More to follow in the next few weeks!

Should you wish to get more information on FIWARE Mundus, to be a candidate as a FIWARE Region, to submit a proposal for the next call for innovation hubs, or to join the federation of FIWARE nodes, one contact: fiware-mundus-req#arroba#lists.fiware.org. A dedicated web page is being set up at the FIWARE web site and will be available soon –we will keep you posted!