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Thank You For Coming to the FIWARE Tech Summit and See You in Porto!

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Dec 012017
 
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On behalf of the FIWARE Foundation we'd like to thank EVERYONE who attended and contributed to the FIWARE Tech Summit in Málaga for coming, and for showing their support. With the collaboration of Promálaga and the City Council, and the support of the Regional Government and initiatives already present at local and regional levels, FIWARE returned to where its first Summit took place.

Each Summit has been an opportunity to meet and greet people that are working with us, often from far away; to watch the Community expand and the Platform evolve. With a special focus on our developers, the recent Tech Summit has shown how the knowledge and the questions surrounding FIWARE Open Source components have gotten more and more insightful.

FACEBOOK_1200x630_FIWARE_dataConsidering that roughly a year ago a lot of the attendees received their first introduction to the technology, the recent gathering in Málaga has proved that FIWARE has come a long way. Today, it is being used to create smart apps, to manage data and city services, to start enhancing intelligent industrial and food production, and to connect to the IoT on a daily basis. Now, those novice developers are becoming the new masters, the tech experts that will continue sharing the message and improving the Platform, deploying new functionalities for and from it, positioning FIWARE as the driving force towards the interconnected, open future that it is designed to be.

Today, we can look back on a successful event: 2 days with 95 speakers and 21 exhibitors showcasing. Over the course of the 2-day event, the 415 attendees had the opportunity to attend 10 workshops and tech sessions, as well as 5 vertical tracks and interesting business sessions. We are growing, Summit after Summit, increasing attendance by more than 30%, and looking forward to presenting new collaborations, varied activities and their most interesting contents, whilst educating and entertaining at the same time.

The FIWARE Tech Summit hosted the 1st Spanish Industrial Data Space Meeting on behalf of the Industrial Data Space Association and Industria Conectada 4.0 initiative, as well as a special track dedicated to Smart Cities. Last but certainly not least, winners of the FIWARE Zone Challenge, the IMPACT Accelerator Startup Pitch Challenge, and the GCTC Challenge were announced! 

During the opening press conference, the City Mayor, D. Francisco de la Torre, announced the commitment between the FIWARE Foundation and the City of Málaga, to become the official headquarters of the FIWARE Tech Summit for the next 5 years. He pointed out how this event is proof of a mutual interest and support between the two parties. He also emphasized the importance of the technology and its innovative potential for urban development and the improvement of the quality of life of citizens, to overcome present and future societal and economic challenges. After that, the Mayor and the other public representatives at the press conference joined organizers and participants and visited the event, showing interest in the ‘Powered by FIWARE’ smart solutions present at the exhibition area.

The FIWARE Tech Summit may have come to an end but fear not, we already have our next event lined up for you! We therefore look forward to inviting you ALL to our next Summit in Porto, from 8-9 May, 2018.

Help NYC and Barcelona Enhance Mobility for the Low Vision Community

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Oct 262017
 

 

New York City and Barcelona have joined forces to launch a joint call for innovative solutions, challenging YOU, the global technology community, to improve safety at intersections for blind and low-vision pedestrians.

 

Whether it's a smartphone application, a wearable device, or another technology solution that can help citizens with vision loss; if you can think of creative, innovative ways to leverage personal devices, location-aware technologies, and data sources ranging from NYC Open Data and Barcelona Open Data to signal timings, then this challenge will be right up your alley.

 

Interested? APPLY NOW and submit your applications before November 2, 2017 to get involved and to work towards ‘a city for all’. This could be a great opportunity for you to gain visibility and to show the strength of your projects, as well as FIWARE tech, when applied to mobility, accessibility and inclusion in Smart Cities. Winners will be eligible for funding from the selecting city to pilot their solution.

Last Chance To Enter The FIWARE Global City Teams Challenge 2017

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Oct 182017
 

Are you looking for support to implement your idea, and do you believe in fostering cooperation and creating consolidated international Smart City communities?

Well then, you're in luck, because FIWARE Mundus has decided to EXTEND the deadlinefor participation in the FIWARE Global City Teams Challenge (GCTC) until the end of this week! You now have until Sunday, October 22nd 23:59h (GMT+2) to get those applications in. Don't miss out!

Not sure what the FIWARE GCTC is all about? Allow us to break it down for you. The FIWARE GCTC 2017 aims to enable forward-looking partnerships between cities and communities in North America with organizations currently providing ‘Powered by FIWARE’ solutions in Europe. But wait, that isn't all: Your proposal could receive up to $US 28,000 to speed up a Smart City Pilot! 

APPLY NOW and get those applications in before it's too late! 

 

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!