- FIWARE expands its scope towards supporting the development of smart solutions by introducing a reference model for Smart Energy.
- Smart Cities, Smart Industry, Smart Energy and Smart-Agrifood are the key topics for the Summit.
- Blockchain, Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, Data Economy, Big Data and Edge Computing will also be addressed at the 2-day event.
- The Summit will hold an Investor Forum in which 16 startups will pitch their business models to experienced investors.
Berlin, October 2018. On November 27 and 28, Málaga (Spain) will host FIWARE’s second Global Summit. For two days, over 700 cities representatives, developers, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, SMEs, large enterprises and investors will gather at Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga for the release of new software, to discuss new business models and disruptive technologies for the future: all that with innovation, efficiency, growth and open source standards in mind. Organised by the FIWARE Foundation with direct participation and support from its Platinum members – including tech giants ATOS, Engineering, NEC, Orange and Telefónica -, Gold members, FIWARE Accelerators, and the FIWARE iHub network, the Summit will be supported by the City of Málaga. Francisco De la Torre Prados, the City’s Mayor, has already confirmed his presence.
Bringing together renowned speakers and leading experts in the field of smart digital solutions from Europe, India, Japan, North America, Uruguay and Brazil, the organisers have already secured the presence of Mark van Stiphout, Deputy Head of Unit – Research and Innovation at DG Energy – European Commission; Daniele Rizzi, Principal administrator – Policy officer – European Commission; Patrice Slupowski, VP Digital Innovation – Orange; Benedikt Gäch, Chief Technology Officer – Detecon International GmbH; Nestor Sosa, Technology Manager for Smart Cities – Montevideo City (Uruguay); Egbert-Jan Sol, Chief Technology Officer – TNO Industry, Francois-Frederic Ozog, Director – Linaro Networking Group, among many others. German digital visionary Karl-Heinz Land will also take to the stage to deliver the talk “Earth 5.0 – provoking the future.“
When Tech Meets Smart Cities, Smart Industry, Smart AgriFood and Smart Energy
The Smart Cities Track will discuss the goals, challenges and strategies around this digital transformation and the collaboration between companies, entrepreneurs, investors and city administrators when searching for common mechanisms and collaborations to improve the daily life of citizens and businesses.
Open source standards, and especially the FIWARE open source platform components, are cementing their role as a common ground to digitise industries across the pond. In this sense, the dedicated Smart Industry Track will go in-depth, presenting the FIWARE reference architecture for the Connected Industry, helping to understand the role of Context Information Management in Industry 4.0.
The Smart AgriFood Track will present pilot projects in Portugal, Spain and Kenya rural areas deployed upon FIWARE technology for IoT-enabled systems, as well as other FIWARE technologies currently being used in the Smart AgriFood sector.
One of the novelties of this edition is the inclusion of the Smart Energy Track. As digitalisation and data are increasingly becoming key players in the energy sector, and in society as a whole, this session will put together renowned experts from the energy and IT sectors to discuss what reference architectures are already available, how to apply the FIWARE Reference Architecture for IoT-enabled systems in the energy sector and the challenges that lie ahead for the industry. Combined, the four tracks will gather public sector representatives, business leaders as well as members from entities such as the International Data Space Association (IDSA), TM Forum, OASC (Open & Agile Smart Cities), among others.
The Developers’ Track will bring forward a unique opportunity to learn the basics for building “Powered by FIWARE” applications and will gather the whole FIWARE Community – made up of end users, developers and stakeholders worldwide – under the same roof to showcase their solutions based on FIWARE. Moreover, the technical sessions will include discussions on cutting-edge technologies such as Blockchain, Machine Learning, Industrial IoT, Robotics, Artificial intelligence, and Big Data.
Since August 2018, Context Broker – a core component of FIWARE technologies – is part of Connecting European Facility (CEF). A European Union fund for pan-European infrastructure investment in transport, energy and digital projects which aim at a greater connectivity between European Union member states (2014–2020). The CEF programme aims to contribute to the development of economic growth and the Digital Single Market in Europe. Being part of this scenario brings Context Broker to achieve a new milestone within its path towards becoming a global standard for large scale contextual information manage.
Finally, an Investor Forum is also part of the official agenda and aims to provide the 16 startups (Powered by FIWARE) – from 5 different accelerators and incubators – with the chance to pitch their solutions to experienced investors with tons of hands-on, real-life experience with top startups in Europe.
Commenting on the expectations for the upcoming Summit, Ulrich Ahle, FIWARE Foundation’s CEO has said:
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming such a talented pool of experts to discuss how we can progress towards innovative, inclusive, open and sustainable business models. FIWARE is the front-runner of a digital transformation capable of enhancing the quality of life in cities and organisations. Hence, at our Summits, we will continue striving to build an ecosystem based on trust and transparency by means of open source technology, whilst ensuring the sovereignty of data.”
About FIWARE Foundation
Founded in partnership with Atos, Engineering, Orange, and Telefónica, the non-profit organization encourages the adoption of a transparent, common, collaborative data sharing framework that will assist the IoT to reach its full potential in developing smart applications. By striving to eliminate the existing technical and commercial obstacles hindering the monetization of IoT technology, the foundation is tapping into the spectrum of smart digital solution providers that will drive the market to scale up. The organization is also in charge of driving the sustainable growth of FIWARE technologies and programmes, which spans over accelerators, innovation hubs and hundreds of developers that are contributing to the FIWARE’s components.