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FIWARE in ICT 2015

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Sep 182015
 
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A couple of weeks ago, we announced the Smart Urban Farming Challenge, which would encourage web developers web developers to create innovative services and solutions addressing the challenges in urban farming. Actually, it will distribute a total amount of 49,000 € among its winners in a ceremony that will take place in ICT 2015. Do you want to know which conferences and meetings will take place there? Let’s discover all of them!

ICT 2015

The biggest ICT event in the EU calendar is back! Join ICT 2015 to network, follow interesting debates in the conference, hear the latest news on the European Commission’s new policies and initiatives with regard to R&I in ICT, find information about funding opportunities and… get to know everything you ever wanted to know about FIWARE through a 3-day long dedicated event programme.

Come and join FIWARE at ICT 2015, register for this free event and follow both @FIWARE and @ICT2015eu!

Where can you find FIWARE during ICT 2015?

TUESDAY

20 OCTOBER 2015

11:00 – Opening of the Exhibition. Join the FIWARE stand at the entrance to the main exhibition hall anytime you want. Staff will be around to answer any questions you might have.

9:30 – Onsite kick-off of the FIWARE Challenge – meet the 10 top teams and hear their pitch. Come and see this hands-on competition of 10 top teams creating a FIWRE product on the spot.

Auditorium 2: The FIWARE Challenge Cockpit

16:00 –Session "FIWARE, the “Airbus” of the Future Internet"

Room 5A

14:00 – Listen to Thierry Breton's views in a panel discussion on "A Digital Single Market: The key to industrial leadership in the digital economy"

Auditorium 1

16:50 –Session "FIWARE – Meeting the Market Challenges"

Room 5A

 

WEDNESDAY

21 OCTOBER 2015

09:00 –Session "World Café: FIWARE community building at ICT2015"

Room 5A

 

09:50 –Session "Human Smart Cities Network – FIWARE driven"

Room 5A

 

THURSDAY

22 OCTOBER 2015

09:50 –Session "Open and Agile Smart Cities driven by FIWARE"

Room 9

09:00 – FIWARE in work programme 2016/17

Room A3

 

12:00 – The FIWARE Challenge Prize Ceremony

Auditorium 1

14:00 –Session "Start-ups meet open data!" by a FIWARE Accelerator

Room 5B

 

 

 

 

The challenge of Smart City App Hack and FIWARE will build new urban environments

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Sep 102015
 
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Once more, FIWARE launches, in collaboration with Smart City App Hack, a new challenge to encourage developers to test and use our technologies to improve their apps and services. You probably remember occasions in which FIWARE awarded the most remarkable apps, such as the recent Smart Urban Farming Challenge, the FIWARE Smart Society Challenge and the FIWARE Excellence Challenge, or even those challenges that were launched during the Campus Party 2014, and whose winners are still FIWARE ambassadors, as their apps are already running and, in some occasions, on the market. Do you want to know more about this new challenge? Let’s discover all you need to know!

What is Smart City App Hack?

According to their own webpage, “Smart City App Hack is an initiative by dotopen, fostered by the City of Barcelona, with the participation of the world’s leading Smart Cities in a process to actively engage citizen communities, empowering them to become effective members of the civic innovation process”.

Smart City App Hack focuses its efforts in fostering the creation of innovative services and state-of-the-art solutions to improve the quality of life in urban areas. “It does so by proposing opportunity spaces, offering resources, mentorship and support, along with the needed visibility events and communications”. In short, they seem to be building a meeting place for the different actors involved in the creation of smart urban areas.SCAH_FB_FIWARE-2-O-Comp

The FIWARE and Smart City App Hack Challenge

Last week, we already published some information about the challenge on our “News” section, which explained how FIWARE and Smart City App Hack had launched their challenge and were about to give 150,000 € in different prizes. But that is not the only reward that you can get… Some of the best applications in the fields of energy, mobility, collaboration, tourism and shopping will get all the support, mentoring and funding that only the FIWARE Accelerator Programme can provide, thanks to INCENSe and SoulFI, two of the FIWARE accelerators. Our accelerator programme has already helped about 765 teams to develop their businesses (stay tuned, because we will published these results on our blog very soon!).

How can I participate in this challenge?

If you want to know more about the challenge and to learn all the details and requirements, you can both read our “News” section or the Smart City App Hack’s web, where you will find all you need to know to submit your app. Do you want to have a more direct contact? Don’t hesitate to contact us through our social networks or to ask them through their Twitter account!

Smart Urban Farming Challenge: a new FIWARE opportunity!

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Sep 042015
 
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More than a year has passed since the last time we spoke about the use of FIWARE technologies in the field of agriculture and food production. And, if that last time, we imagined how these processes could be improved by the implementation of the latest technologies, now it is time to foster that implementation and the creation of smart services aiming to improve the consumers’ experience as well. To achieve that goal, one of the FIWARE accelerators (FRACTALS) has presented the Smart Urban Farming Challenge, encouraging web developers to create innovative services and solutions addressing the challenges in urban farming.

This challenge will distribute a total amount of 49,000 € among its winners, in a ceremony that will take place in ICT 2015, one of the biggest ICT events organized by the European Commission and which will take place from the 20th to the 22nd of October 2015 in Lisbon (Portugal).

Would you like to apply to the Smart Urban Farming Challenge?

If you want to participate in this challenge, you must consider that the whole process is divided into two different stages. According to the accelerator’s webpage, “the first stage or call for ideas invites participants to submit innovative ideas for applications that can be developed using the FIWARE technology. Proposals (up to 2 pages long) shall be submitted to the FRACTALS accelerator until the 25th of September, using the following email address: (urbanfarming@fractals-fp7.com)”. You can find a template with more details ON THIS LINK. Ten teams will be selected and will be then invited to Lisbon (with an initial prize of 900 €), where they will participate in the second stage of the process. The rest of the money will be distributed as follows:

  • First place: 20,000 €.
  • Second place: 12,500 €.
  • Third place: 7,500 €.

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What services can be included in the concept of “Urban Farming”?

  • Applications to enhance productivity in urban farms (incorporating concepts such as IoT, optimization of inputs, task planning, etc.).
  • Applications that provide urban farmers with access to markets (connecting urban farmers with customers nearby, promoting the environmental benefits of urban farming and social responsibility of consumers of urban farming products, promoting innovative business models associated with sharing economy, etc.).
  • Applications that promote networking and training among urban farmers (connecting urban farmers with each other and allowing them to promote their products collectively and exchange knowledge and experiences, promoting barter economy networks related to urban farming products, e-learning apps for urban farming, etc.).

So… what are you waiting for? Do you want to participate? Would you like to have more information about the ict_2015_lisbonchallenge? You are not really sure whether you can present your app or not? Then, find all the detailed information you may need here.

The ICT 2015 – Innovative, Connect, Transform

The Smart Urban Farming Challenge will take place in the frame of the ICT 2015, which is, as we already said, one the major ICT events organized by the European Commission. There, participants will also attend conferences and exhibitions, while having great networking and funding opportunities. If you want some more information about this event, don’t hesitate to visit the European Commission’s digital agenda, where you will find everything you may need to know. Join us during ICT 2015 to network, follow interesting debates in the conference, hear the latest news on the European Commission's new policies and initiatives with regard to R&I in ICT, find information about funding opportunities and much more!

 

FISPRINKLER: Winners of the FIWARE hackathon at Campus Party Brasil 2015

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Feb 172015
 
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If there was something at Campus Party Brasil that drew the attention of everyone, that was the award of RS 20,000 that was to be given to the app making the best use of FIWARE. Seven teams presented their proposals. They had only five days to develop their projects. During all that time, a group of FIWARE experts stayed in the FIWARE stand, so that all participants could ask their questions and remove their doubts. Finally, FISPRINKLER, an app aiming to solve the problem of severe droughts in Brazil, won the prize and received the award from the team of FI-Guardian, winners of the challenge that was launched during Campus Party Brasil 2014. And this is what the team of FISPRINKLER told us!
 
1. What does your project consist on?
 
The project is a solution to use and control of rain water in agriculture. The idea came from a critical problem in Brazil today, the lack of water. This is the worst drought we face in 80 years. Initially we thought of a solution to rainwater harvesting for residential use but during the research we found that water for exclusively human use was no more than 6% and that agriculture was the villain, consuming 72% of the drinking water.
 
2. How has FIWARE helped you develop it in just five days?
 
Five days is never enough to develop a project. But it was enough to understand the concept of FIWARE and apply. By using the FIWARE, it was possible to develop in less time, once it is a fully structured and acquainted platform.
 
3. Which Generic Enablers have you used? Why?
 
The FIWARE Lab did not work properly during the hackathon. The solution was to set up our own infrastructure. In our servers we installed and used Orion Context Broker to enable the data record.
 
4. How was your first contact with FIWARE?
 
Our first contact with FIWARE was through POLI – São Paulo University. We talked about it with some professors but we didn’t understand well. Only with the FIWARE architects during the workshops we learned enough to develop an idea. They were very attentive, we would like to thank them.
 
5. How do you plan to continue working?
 
The next step is to create our prototype. We are currently talking to a farmer who already own the whole physical part of the project, except the electronics and monitoring part. We believe that the FIWARE will speed up the process of development and release of the software because it already has several components that we can reuse in the application scope.
 
Winners of FIWARE hackathon in Campus Party

A year of innovation – FIWARE in 2014

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Dec 302014
 
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After so much work, the year 2014 is now coming to an end –a year full of great moments and memories for the FIWARE team. If we were to summarize the last twelve months in just one phrase, it would definitely be “constant growth”.  Growth in almost every level, but especially in terms of international presence and participation. In the last FIWARE blog post of the year 2014, we will see why 2014 has been a milestone for FIWARE and will analyze this year of great events, great development and, above all, great people. Come with us and let’s discover together what FIWARE has already achieved and the many pursuits that are still to come.

At the very beginning of the year, FIWARE was present at Campus Party Brazil, where the awards of both the Smart City and Smart Business Challenges were given, while also new challenges for developers were launched: the Smart Society Challenge, which promoted initiatives pursuing benefits for today’s society, and the FIWARE Excellence Challenge, which promoted those apps making the most of the FIWARE technology. As for the first challenges, the best apps received a total amount of 290,000 €, the winners of the first prizes being FI-Guardian and Foodloop. Campus Party Brazil was but the first evidence of the great wave of innovation that FIWARE was about to bring, making new space for development and entrepreneurship, as the founder of Girls in Tech said.

But, apart from attending international events such as CeBIT 2014, this year has been the year of the FIWARE expansion, with the creation of FIWARE nodes all around the world and the setting of nodes in cities like Seville, Málaga, Santander, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Valencia, Trento, Torino, Espoo or Lisbon. But this effort went beyond the European boundaries, and soon countries from other continents announced their implementation of FIWARE nodes, such as Mexico or Brazil.

After months of hard work, the winners of the challenges launched in Campus Party Brazil, Smart Society and Excellence Challenges, got their awards in an event which was held in three different Spanish cities at a time, Seville, Valencia and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. In this multisite event, a total amount of 190,000 € was delivered among the best apps using FIWARE; Cares was chosen as the best solution for today’s society, while both FI-Guardian and Fonesense were chosen as the apps making the best use of FIWARE technologies.

However, if 2014 was the year of something, it was the year of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme. It aims to pave the way for developers and entrepreneurs longing to create their own digital business by providing mentoring, support and a total amount of 80 million euros in funding for innovative solutions. After only 3 MONTHS, the programme has already received 1,842 proposals of 36 different European countries. “The Internet is an amazing opportunity for any kind of innovator”, said Neelie Kroes, former Vice-President of the European Commission. This European initiative was also presented at international events such as the European Conference on Future Internet and Smart City Expo 2014, the latter taking place in Barcelona and with a wonderful stand designed by the artists of Boa Mistura, a work of art that shocked everyone passing by, as it offered different perspectives while walking around (anamorphosis). FIWARE was then a step closer to transforming cities into engines of innovation.

And although FIWARE reached many countries through events, startup weekends, challenges and workshops, it is not the only growth that we have witnessed. The FIWARE community keeps growing all around the world, let’s now have a look at our social media! More than 1,300 people have joined our Facebook page since the beginning of the year, while in Twitter, that amount climbs up to 3,885!

For 2015, we only hope a bit more of this “constant growth”, more developers, entrepreneurs, cities, public administrations and active actors of development to join our ecosystem, so that we can make development easier and accessible to all. And meanwhile, let’s see what 2015 holds in store for us!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you all!  

 

Winners of FIWARE Challenges keep working on their apps!

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Dec 022014
 
FIWARE Challenges

In its efforts to foster young innovation and entrepreneurship in terms of digital services, FIWARE has lately organized some challenges for developers using our technology to build their own apps. Do you remember the last challenges, FIWARE Smart Society Challenge and FIWARE Excellence Challenge? Those whose prizes were awarded at a multi-site event that took place in Seville, Valencia and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (Spain) at the same time. All of the ideas were good enough to deserve an award, but only some of them could get one. And this is how some winners of the challenges see FIWARE:

We are pretty sure that some these participants may sound familiar to you. Do you recognize them? They, winners of FIWARE awards and grants, are the developers of some of the demos that were present at Smart City Expo World Congress 2014, in our wonderful stand designed by Boa Mistura. Among them, for instance, you will find OutBarriers or EsAccesibleApp. This shows that from hackathons, challenges and startup weekends, great ideas arise and become established in this ecosystem that, together with cities opening their data and developers longing to use our generic enablers, FIWARE is creating.

Outbarriers, which has placed itself as one of the examples of FIWARE success, is now not only present at our events (link in Spanish). Its technology is reaching a real market that is opening up a world of possibilities. Last month, the hotel Alhambra Palace from Granada, Outbarriers’ hometown, signed an agreement with them to equip the hotel with this system, to help blind people move safely through the hall, the corridors, the restaurant and all the different rooms. According to the information published in LaInformacion.com (in Spanish), and considering that the hotel is not only a place to stay, but also a building of artistic interest, Outbarriers may also be used as an audio guide.

Juan José Bilbao, developer of EsAccesibleApp (SP), also attended Smart City Expo World Congress, where he explained to all those who were interested how his app can summarize information about accessibility of public and private spaces all around the world. An initiative that started as a personal project has now engaged lots of people that, according to the developer himself, are now updating the data base with new places and evaluations. The presence of both Outbarriers and EsAccesibleApp at Smart City Expo reminds us that building smart cities also means building cities where all citizens can live on equal terms.

But these were not the only awarded apps at FIWARE Challenges, others like BiT, SixCampus, Cares, FI-Guardian, FoneSense or Wadjet, among others, were also recognized for the wonderful use of FIWARE that they make. FIWARE would like to congratulate all participants again; because, in the end, all of them were great examples of how to use FIWARE to build new services that can improve cities and society. We hope that events to come keep building this community around FIWARE and all the possibilities that it offers.

Keep your scanners peeled with FIWARE

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Nov 272014
 
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This post tells the use of FIWARE made by the developers of BotCar/Wadjet, winners of the mention as Best IoT Solution in the FIWARE Excellence Challenge (October 2014). Thanks to them for the collaboration!

I'm sure you remember The Knight Rider well, don't you? Many times along the TV series, Michael Knight said to KITT: "keep your scanners peeled"; and we all thought: "wow, how amazing it would be to talk to your car". Do you remember it? Well, this is what we can do with BotCar, an IoT platform that lets drivers talk to their cars and that was recently recognized as the Best IoT solution within the FIWARE Excellence Challenge celebrated last October in Las Palmas, where we competed under the Project name of Wadjet.

Nowadays a standard vehicle has among 60 and 70 sensors, such sensors are producing tons of data each time you drive. Your car is itching to share all these data with you in real time as KITT used to do, but it is simply not able to do it, it can't connect with you.

BotCar solves this for you, our solution gathers all the data produced by the car, processes them and gives back to you in real time the insights you need to save up to 20% of your fuel consumption, while letting you know, just in time, the meaning of the orange light which has just switched on again in the dashboard of your car and how to solve it, improving the safety of the passengers on board by giving the car the capability of sending an immediate alert to the emergency services in case of crash.

BotCar comprises a combination of a hardware device and a software solution developed with Node.js and Mongo.db. The hardware device is connected to the car through a plug & play solution and captures all the information from the sensors of the vehicle. As the device includes both a GSM and Bluethooth 4.0 modules, the information is sent to a server directly or via smart phone. Then the logs of data are processed in real time giving back to the user specific feedback via web service and mobile app.

As you can imagine, the architecture of BotCar fits quite well with the FIWARE Technology. On the one hand, we tackle a global need and we wish to change the world, so we need to be ready for a huge and rapid scalability. On the other hand, we face specific needs related to Big Data and to machine to machine automations based on physical sensors.

In such a context FIWARE is the perfect match, as it was designed fully focused in supporting the Internet of Things world as it was already proven in several Smart Cities across Europe. This IoT specialized approach is what makes the difference among FIWARE and other platform technologies, so, for a project like BotCar, purely IoT, FIWARE is the right choice; on the other hand, our Startup nature can leverage from the zero investment requirement of using FIWARE, which undoubtedly gives to FIWARE a singularity. Therefore we have chosen four FIWARE Generic Enablers to enhance our solution. Our selection comprises: the FIWARE Cloud GE, Object Storage GE, COSMO GE, and ORION Context Broker.

The FIWARE Cloud provides us a GUI to manage the services and resources deployed. We use the Object Storage GE to store all the logs generated in a given trip, these data is storaged in a raw manner, without any kind of processing. The Big Data needs are solved by the COSMO GE, it let us to anonymize all the data which lets us optimize data mining, providing aggregate added value to the users through benchmarking features, and to third parties like insurance companies, automotive industry, fleet transport companies, or Smart Cities. Finally, the ORION Context Broker GE gives us the capability of storing those logs specifically related to automations and alerting features like the last position in which the car was located to alert about steals or parking incidents.

So, remember, with FIWARE technologies you can say to all of your Things "keep your scanners peeled", to empower the users to interact with their Things is easier, cheaper and more scalable using FIWARE.

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FIWARE at Smart City Expo 2014

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Nov 072014
 
FIWARE at Smart City Expo

From the 18th to the 20th of November, FIWARE will be present at the Smart City Expo Barcelona, an event that has only needed three years to become a leading congress in Smart City solutions. Among the different activities that will take place during these days, you can find training, conferences and demos; so no matter what your main interest is, you will find an activity for you.

What will you find there?

WORKSHOPS: Attend the different workshops to learn all the benefits of opening data from cities and how you can make the most of FIWARE for your own application.

  • How can your Smart City application benefit from the FIWARE ecosystem? Learn how FIWARE can help you quickly and cost-effectively build a Smart City application [Wednesday 19th – 12:00; Thursday 20th – 11:00].
  • What can FIWARE do for your city? Learn what FIWARE brings to Smart Cities and why cities should invest in smart ICT infrastructures and services [Wednesday 19th – 16:00; Thursday 20th – 12:30].

BOOTCAMP: IMPACT accelerator in collaboration with the Barcelona City Council invites you to an intensive FIWARE technical bootcamp! [18th and 19th of November from 15:30 to 19:00]

DEMOS:

Outbarriers

Winners of the FIWARE Smart Society Challenge, Outbarriers has created an app that helps blind people to move safely around a city.

Smartaxi

Winners at the FIWARE Smart Business Challenge, the app helps taxi drivers find you! Not the other way around!

Adevice

Adevice is the pilot project that allows parameters such as levels of chlorine, PH or air speed to be measured at public fountains.

Virtual Oulu

Live a novel Smart city experience with Virtual Oulu, a 3D virtual reality demonstration where you wear Oculus Rift headset that shows you 3D model of the Finnish city of Oulu.

CitySense

It enables citizens to make data that is measured from their Android phones publicly available. Data on temperature, humidity, light, position can be monitored.

We build Hamburg!

“We Build Hamburg” is an app that offers a real time view of building projects in the city of Hamburg using Open Data.

ESaccesible

EsAccesible participated in the FIWARE Smart Society Challenges with and app for phones and tablets that allows users to rate and share the accessibility of places.

CONFERENCES: You will be able to attend conferences by FIWARE experts, such as “FIWARE: transforming cities into ICT enablers based on open data/APIs and the connection to the Internet of Things” [Tuesday 29th 12:15] or “FIWARE Lab and the opportunities for cities to build FIWARE-based infrastructures connected to the FIWARE Lab” [Thursday 20th 11:15].

And you can also come and enjoy the wonderful stand that will host all these events, talk to FIWARE experts and to developers who have already used it and can share their experiences with you. This is a unique opportunity to know more about both the FIWARE technical part and the FIWARE ecosystem.

Let FIWARE do the work, let yourself focus on your great innovative idea!

Consult the full agenda below these lines: