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#myFIWAREstory: the story of AEInnova

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Dec 132015
 
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The team of AEInnova was expecting to spend the 13th of November 2015 like the previous days, facing the challenges that any entrepreneurial initiative brings, especially in the R&D field. However, everything changed when they got to know that AEInnova was one of the 15 European Energy Startups to be invited to the Generate 15 Semifinals in Groningen on the 22nd and 23rd of November. The Generate 15 was the first Startup Event promoted by the Energy Academy Europe and it was built as an acceleration program to support Energy Startups from all over Europe to build scalable and innovative businesses, faster than they would be able to do on their own.

All the finalists then had to prepare for the Finals on 22nd and 23rd of November with a two-day customized programme. Together with a aeinnova1team of experienced business coaches, the top-facilitator and expert coach Neil Sheridan provided an intensive programme to sharpen the skills of the Energy Startups. As a representative of AEInnova, Gerard Altayó, AEInnova’s Business Developer, attended the two days event. After that, all Startups were ready to give their best and pitch their business ideas. Raul Aragonés, AEInnova’s CEO, did not want to miss the opportunity and joined Gerard in the semifinal pitch. Both presented their idea to a reputed group of business experts and, at the end, AEInnova was selected as one of the Final Five Energy Startups who had the chance to pitch in the Finals of Generate 15 on the 24th of November.

On the 24th, the Finals took place at the Energy Convention and five innovative Energy Startups had the opportunity to pitch in front of a high-profile jury of investors, scientists and established entrepreneurs; the winner receiving €15,000. Unfortunately, the prize stayed in the Netherlands but AEInnova’s opportunities brought to Barcelona a huge learning experience, some interesting contacts and the conviction that AEInnova’s business idea has an enormous potential. That is just the beginning. This is their story…

Connecterra wins the Alpha Pitch at Web Summit

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Nov 102015
 
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“Yesterday was a big day for us”, reads on the 18th of September the blog of Connecterra, one of the startups that have been selected for the FIWARE Accelerator Programme by Smart AgriFood. “At our first ever startup pitch event”, it continues, “Connecterra walked away with top honors with the maximum reward on offer […] Organized by Smart AgriFood, an EU sponsored AgTech accelerator, we beat 48 AgTech startups across Europe to be placed in the top 3 that share top rewards. This is a significant endorsement of our technology, approach and team for which we are proud and grateful to the organizers.”

Less than a month later, the team of Connecterra would win the Alpha Pitch at Web Summit. In its blog, the team of Web Summit shows a brief interview that they made to the winners, proving how humble they are when speaking about their work. “They like to say that they’re the ‘Fitbit for cows’.”, says this blog, “This Amsterdam-based startup’s product can analyse real-time movement data of cattle to help improve farm productivy.” According to this interview, one of the main disadvantages that the team considered that they had, in comparison with other startups, is the fact that their product is not consumer-facing and that not anyone without knowledge about the dairy industry could understand properly what it is.

Connecterra has developed a sensor that measures the activity of a cow in 3D space and by leveraging its deep learning algorithms can detect various behaviors such as walking, eating, ruminating etc. This information is then modeled to provide farmers with health insights which help them reduce labor input and improve animal health resulting in higher productivity from each cow. In addition to providing farmers with insights, their platform also enables veterinarians to observe herd data and provide suggestions to farmers on improving farm practices. This helps democratize farmer knowledge to those that need it most and especially in developing countries.

Connecterra believes the dairy service will help farmers increase productivity per animal by up to 20 % or more. This is the first such service available to dairy farmers which focuses on generating meaning from data and providing farmers with specific, actionable insights versus ‘more data’.

“I think that Connecterra”, said the founder of the startup for the blog of Web Summit, “will have big impact on real-world problems that can be solved with technology but came with an open mind to the pitch.” According to him, thanks to PITCH, they are raising a first round of $2.1 million now. This will help them talk to investors; it gets them global attention.

We hope to keep hearing great news from them, as it’s their stories which build our own.

#myFIWAREstory: the stories of Smart AgriFood

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Oct 242015
 
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This week, our most exciting news is the launch of the new FIWARE webpage, which was set in motion some days ago. It´s something we´ve all been waiting for and it gives you the chance to uncover the history and the journey of FIWARE “as a story of stories which tells the accounts of hundreds of peoples reality”. However, the story of FIWARE is only possible with the contribution of other stories; your stories. We want to hear the entirety of your story, from when you had your moment of inspiration to what gave you the motivation to advance with the innovation and how you came to get involved with FIWARE. Without your stories, we can´t tell you ours.

The accelerator programme is another imperative part of process with FIWARE as it has, and continues to help new projects of various startup´s, by offering them not only funding but once in a lifetime opportunities. It has not only substantially helped and offered support to the most innovative business projects using FIWARE but it has contributed to founding their stories. In one of the videos launched on our new webpage, you can find out more about one of our accelerators, Smart AgriFood. It has selected various ICT based SME´s to develop applications by taking advantage of FIWARE technologies “to make agriculture more high-tech, and it is giving these start-ups the opportunity to develop and bring their services into the market.

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Food production can be tricky as it requires natural resources and given a growing population, we need more resources. It is a common view that ICT is a necessary piece of the puzzle to accommodate the need for more resources. This is where Smart AgriFood comes in. It aims to offer to the end users, in this case farmers, an open ecosystem based on FIWARE to help to find a solution to the problems in Agriculture.

All that ´smart´ means in this sense, is controlling and improving production in farming and agriculture with the use of technology. This is where “you act, you get feedback from your action and you re-act on this feedback”, adjusting to the situation permanently. According to the Smart AgriFood coordinator “using experiences, data and information” from elsewhere is an important step in the path to creating and achieving an open ecosystem in the agriculture sector.

This is our story,

Which is yours?

#myFIWAREstory: the stories of CreatiFI

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Oct 212015
 
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Never will the story of FIWARE be properly understood, if not as a story of stories which tells the accounts of hundreds of people’s reality. And from now on, the floor must be, as it has always been, theirs. Our startups, our accelerators, our contributors, our technical architects, our representatives, and all of the people that are somehow involved in the FIWARE ecosystem are the ones that must now raise their voices. Let’s listen to their personal stories to build our own voice. ‘Cause that is going to be our story. Now, which is yours?

The stories of CreatiFI

Some weeks ago, one of the sixteen FIWARE accelerators gathered some of the projects that it had already selected for a pitching session where some of the startups to access the second round of acceleration would be selected. This 4-day event with CreatiFI gathered these top teams’ projects to exhibit more than just an online platform but a collaboration of inspiration, incentive and encouragement from a range of teams. It was a phenomenal opportunity “to be together, to share experiences with each other, to have the teams talking to each other and see how they can help each other”, as Ingrid Willems, from the CreatiFI accelerator, explains in the videos that have just been shared as part of our efforts to share with you all the talent that we have found in our path. The goal of events such as CreatiFI’s is to give the innovators an opportunity to “go home with something extra”, she continues, “so that they have the feeling, yes, I have something that will help my business move forward.”

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More stories to come

CreatiFI is not the only FIWARE accelerator that has shared with us the talent that they are finding (and funding). Others, such as Smart AgriFood, have also found great projects and are working hand in hand with them. Do you want to discover them all? Why don’t you visit our brand new microsite and find them all? And don’t forget to share them through your social networks, ‘cause the wider the audience our stories reach, the higher their echoes will sound!

 

THIS IS OUR STORY

WHICH IS YOURS?

FIWARE at Google Campus (Madrid)

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Oct 022015
 
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We are glad to announce you that next Monday October 5 from 15:00, there will take place the first FIWARE meetup in Spain at Google Campus in Madrid.

The 6 FIWARE accelerators appointed as geography leaders in Spain, led by IMPACT for  this first Spain Geography Meetup, have invited to participate all Spanish startup beneficiaries (more than 140 teams)

The agenda of the event will be the following:

15:00-15:05    Presentation of the event

15:05-15:25    FIWARE Presentation- by Juanjo Hierro

15:25-15:50    IMPACT 3rd Open Call- by Sebas Muller

15:50-17:20    Success stories from 6 FIWARE Accelerators (CREATIFI, FABULOUS, FINODEX, FICHE, IMPACT, SOULFI) –  by startups and SMEs

17:20-17:30    Q&A

17:30-19:00    Networking at the entrance of the Auditorium

Registration for the event is still open, tickets can be reserved online.

Which startups will you find there?

Wiffinity (IMPACT), mCityJourney4all (FINODEX), Bizzfit (FINODEX), Canard (FINODEX), 3DENT (FABulous), 3DP for GxPAINT (FABulous), MYSPHERA (FICHe), SCREENLY (CreatiFI) and Prior (IMPACT) will attend the event and will show all of their potential.

Stay tuned because, on Monday, you will find much more information about this on our social networks!

FI Business: Support Activities for FIWARE startups and SMEs

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Aug 052015
 
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The following post has been written by the team of FI Business. We would like to thank them for their collaboration and willingness to participate.

FI Business is a business support programme for the start-ups and SMEs of the 16 FIWARE accelerators. The aim is to support those participants accepted by FIWARE in their go-to-market strategy and to facilitate their access to private capital. Its services include, for example, bootcamps, webinars, online pitches and onsite investment forums. Discover more of our service portfolio and get some insights into past events:

  • Get trained on business topics with our webinars

FI Business provides free access to online training for all the participants of the 16 accelerators. Current topics covered are Management summary, Product Development, Product Innovation, Internationalization, International Marketing, International Sales, Sales Call, Finance, Teambuilding and Pitching to investors.

 

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  • Get boosted at our bootcamps

The 1st bootcamp hosted by FI Business took place on 1-3 May 2015 in Berlin. About 60 participants from all accelerators attended the bootcamp, which was packed with networking opportunities, workshops, personal coaching, seminars and investor meetings. Follow this link for more information. The 2nd bootcamp will take place during the first weekend of October in Athens, detailed information about the call for application and the programme will follow soon!

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  • Profit from individual 1:1 coaching

FIWARE participants can profit from free 1: 1 business coaching. Startups and SMEs can ask their accelerators for coaching vouchers which allow them to book a coaching session via our platform with one of our top FI Business coaches.

  • Meet your (prospective) investor at our e-Pitches & Investment Forums

FI Business provides onsite & online pitching opportunities to present business ideas to business angels and VCs.

This is the programme for upcoming e-Pitches:

  • e-Pitch “Creative & Media” on 02 Sep 2015
  • e-Pitch “Smart Cities “ on 21 Oct 2015
  • e-Pitch “Social & Education” on 25 Nov 2015

The service offer also includes a series of onsite Investment Forums. During the last event in Heidelberg, Germany, highly motivated participants presented their ideas to convince the investors and the interested audience. At the Future Internet Pitch they had the opportunity to present their venture, their idea and their strategy as well as their objectives in a short speech of 6 minutes. Watch this video to get an impression of the event:

For more Information about the FI Business services, contact details and upcoming events, please visit http:/fi-business/ and https://news.fi-ppp.eu/fi-business/.

 

The FIWARE Accelerator Programme keeps working hand-in-hand with startups

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Jun 232015
 
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Some of our latest (and greatest) news, such as new cities joining the Open & Agile Smart Cities Initiative or our participation in the Global City Teams Challenge in Washington D.C., have made us forget a little about the FIWARE Accelerator Programme! However, our acceleration programme keeps helping new projects and offering great opportunities for emerging startups. In their first open calls, the 16 FIWARE accelerators already gathered about 300 business projects and, after their first experiences, they recently opened a second round for new businesses. Would you like to know which accelerators are still receiving proposals?

If you are considering to submit your project to one of the accelerators, you may like to know that both INCENSe and FI-C3 are still open to proposals. INCENSe is aiming to foster the use of high technology in the field of energy, especially focusing on clean technology. Are you interested? You still have three months to submit your business project (until September 2015). As for FI-C3, you would only have ONE week, as its open call closes on the 30th of June 2015. FI-C3 is selecting project which are related to the fields of Smart Cities, Media & Contents and Care & Well-being.

Anyway, if you need more time to prepare your proposal, some other accelerators have not opened their second calls yet (and a third round will also be opened soon). This is the case of CEED Tech (from July to October 2015), SOUL-FI (Round B – until August 2015) or CreatiFI (from August 2015 to September 2015). As for those accelerators that already closed their second call, the results seem to be quite good. Let’s take the example of FINODEX, which received a total amount of 297 proposals (a 71.7 % of which coming from SMEs and a 28.9 %, from entrepreneurs).

Great ideas to increase the IMPACT

IMPACTFollowing the success of its first phase of acceleration, IMPACT has launched an initiative called #ShareToIMPACT, which is aiming to show the gratitude of those projects that were selected and accelerated. "This initiative starts this Tuesday, June 23rd and it aims at thanking the community, the European Union and FIWARE programme for the strong support they have given to IMPACTers, by believing in them and helping them develop their projects", IMPACT states. The best part? YOU CAN PARTICIPATE! The 19 selected startups are offering 260 gifts (for a value of 90,000 €) for anyone who may want to participate. Sounds appealing, doesn’t it? If you want to participate, you only need to click on the link on IMPACT’s webpage and then, answer some questions. In less than 5 minutes, you’ll have finished the questionnaire and will get to know all of the great projects that IMPACT is accelerating.

POST UPDATE! – EuropeanPioneers Infographic

Following the success of the FIWARE Open Calls, some accelerators are already sharing their figures with us. Let's take the example of EuropeanPioneers, which has received a total amount of 661 applications!

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The battle over the “Internet of things”

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May 262015
 
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The following post is an adaptation of the article written by Erich Möchel and published in FM4.ORF. We would like to thank him for his interest.

This week, an open-source project funded to the tune of millions by the European Commission will be making a four-day appearance in Vienna.

Starting yesterday, Vienna will spend four days at the centre of a major European Commission project called FIWARE. This research and development project has 300 million euros of funding and is a significant technical component of the European Commission's digital agenda. FIWARE is a flexible open-source cloud system with a host of standardised interfaces that are compatible with any software. This cloud was primarily developed to process data from the "Internet of Things" – such as office and building control systems, manufacturing facilities, telemedicine and smart cities.

The actual applications for this ambitious open-source project are intended to come from European small and medium-sized enterprises, for whom the workshop has been expressly designed. 80 million euros of direct funding has been set aside for SMEs. The big partners in the project (Orange, Telefonica and several other large European telecom firms) will remain in the background here, although they will provide development teams. They see good prospects of finally being able to hold their own against the Internet giants of the USA.

At the start of April, the independent IoT developers of Vienna assembled for a hackathon as part of World IoT Day. As well as the software, the hardware for almost all of the components is freely available and is thus fully customisable.

 

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Strategy and net neutrality

The Commission is working towards abolishing net neutrality, which will allow telecom firms to create a separate channel for data, particularly in mobile phone networks. These "managed services" will constitute around 20 per cent of all mobile data, according to EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger, and are intended for critical systems.

This includes applications for specific areas in healthcare, such as remote diagnostics via local sensor networks, or the remote operation of medical devices. It also includes emergency and alarm systems, all communication systems used by emergency services and governmental bodies, and the increasingly large volumes of data captured by all kinds of sensors in networked road vehicles. All of this represents an enormous emerging market that American Internet firms are not just targeting, but have already begun to capture.

The workshop in Vienna is practice-oriented, and alongside general cloud applications there will also be demonstrations of applications specially designed to connect with the Internet of things.

 

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From an ITU document on the subject of health data. Every concept beginning with an 'e' in TCP/IP jargon (such as 'e-health') has the prefix 'tele' in the telecommunications sector. However, the figure scarcely shows that the Internet plays a crucial role in the illustrated application.

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Open platforms and alliances

An open-source system like FIWARE – which is developed by a wide-ranging set of partners, follows a unified set of technical standards and is making a name for itself as an "ecosystem" – has a good chance of standing up to the American onslaught in this new marketplace. It's no accident that FIWARE is based on Open Stack – an established cloud platform that is compatible with Amazon Cloud Services. This allows even large cloud applications to be migrated from one system to another without having to reconfigure everything from scratch.

 

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Excerpt from the FIWARE developer toolkit

Open Stack was originally developed by the US cloud firm Rackspace in cooperation with NASA. The industry giants Intel, IBM, Oracle and Red Hat soon got involved, with SAP becoming the latest big addition in 2014. IBM and SAP are unsurprisingly also involved in the FIWARE project. SAP is the global market leader in enterprise software, and is naturally keen to expand into machine operation in future. IBM on the other hand is set to lose out on any alliance involving Google or Apple, since both of those firms are direct competitors of IBM in the cloud sector.

Just like the telecommunications firms, the two software companies are showing restraint when it comes to the FIWARE project. Although communal projects of this kind normally have a web presence decked out with corporate brands, the various FIWARE websites scarcely have any logos on display. The involvement of some of the big players can only be seen through the email addresses of employees assigned to the FIWARE project to work on specific modules.

The current FIWARE application catalogue and event calendar

How the FIWARE cloud works

To put it in 'cloudspeak' technical jargon, FIWARE is a full stack for infrastructure as a service – i.e. virtual machines and storage tasks. It also includes software as a service – a collection of tools for building user interfaces, 3D rendering and augmented reality, user management, monitoring virtual machines etc.

 

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As well as the aforementioned services, this software ecosystem primarily consists of interfaces and connecting units (so-called 'middleware' applications) permitting the connection of protocols and applications that are technically not directly compatible with each other. An example of this is the 'IoT Context Broker' module, which controls sensor networks and allows readings to be taken automatically. FIWARE can use a range of current protocols to communicate with users and objects. That makes the 'IoT Context Broker' compatible with very different protocols, such as COAP or ETSI M2M.

Net neutrality and GSM protocols

COAP originates from the IETF Internet standardisation body and is compatible with HTTP. This allows values transmitted by sensors to be displayed directly in a browser window. ETSI M2M, by contrast, is a completely different protocol from the telecommunications world and was developed by the European Telecom Standards Institute. It is part of the GSM family of protocols and is designed to process data that will come from the mobile phone networks' managed services channels in future. In other words, this channel is identical to the so-called 'fast lane on the information superhighway', which telecom firms originally wanted to create for broadband entertainment services such as video streaming (for an additional fee).

The ETSI is not just developing the IoT standards for telecommunications; it has also announced that it will create interfaces for monitoring IoT traffic in the same way as telephone networks, since the monitoring paradigm applies to all telecommunications data.

 

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A typical mini-Internet of things for controlling a home or office

The FIWARE framework can therefore run both on an international cloud network connected to a telecommunications network, and on a rented mini-cloud on a local data centre for the benefit of smaller companies. The COAP protocol in turn is used by independent communities of IoT developers around the world, such as small businesses, universities and individual 'makers'. Using a standard Raspberry Pi as a mini-server, Arduino micro-controllers as switches, and an ever-increasing array of sensors, it is possible to construct a basic network to control your home for less than the price of an iPhone.

Preliminary conclusion and outlook

At the same time as the event in Vienna, a two-day FIWARE hackathon is taking place in Nice with the theme "Smart Citizens in Smart Cities" and a prize fund of 20,000 euros. In May alone, a dozen FIWARE events took place across Europe, each lasting several days. Some of these were not so much dedicated to technical development as they were to financing rounds for start-ups, since FIWARE is also a kind of incubator project for new European companies.

It is impossible to give even a rough estimate as to how things will develop in the IoT sector, given the huge number of possible applications and the bewildering array of partnerships and alliances that have formed outside Europe. The only certain thing is that – in terms of volume – this is the largest initiative to promote open-source software that Europe has ever seen.