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A year of innovation – FIWARE in 2014

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Dec 302014
 
Geeky Christmas

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!  

 

FIWARE Challenges Skilled Developers!

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Oct 092014
 
FIWARE Challenges

During the last year, FIWARE has organized different challenges for developers to encourage and foster the creation of new ideas which could spread FIWARE’s reach. Remember FoodLoop, the app that warns you about discounts at the supermarket? They are precisely one of the apps that won one of these competitions, the Smart & Business Industry Challenge. As them, many others have climbed to the top of FIWARE apps. And the ones that obtained a mark superior to 7 in the evaluation of previous challenges have been directly selected for the FIWARE Excellence Challenge. Which are then these new competitions? What are they about? How will the teams be awarded? Keep on reading and see!

FIWARE is now rewarding developers with two new challenges: one for the creation of Internet applications that improve societal issues and another one that awards the excellent use of FIWARE technologies. Do you want to see how teams present their projects and work on them? Come and see how FIWARE rewards work and innovation!

Find more information on the two challenges and their awards ceremonies:

Smart Society Challenge

This challenge will award a total of 200,000 € to find the most innovative projects that pursue societal benefits using FIWARE Lab. Internet applications that are focused on education, health, social inclusion are just a few examples of themes that can  participate in this category. Do you want to know which teams have been selected for the final round? Among them, you can find names such as Magicbox, EruditFriend or ProHealth, find them all here!

And who will be in charge of selecting the winners? They jury is formed by:

  • Carlos Ralli (Telefonica Research & Development – Spain) (President)
  • Daniel Moral (Telefonica R&D – Spain)
  • Aitor Magán (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Spain)
  • Álvaro Arranz (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid – Spain)
  • Thomas M. Bonhert (ZHAW – Germany)
  • Pasquale Vitale (Engineering – Italy)
  • Sami Jylkkä (Cyberlightning – Finland)
  • André Driever (Jeremie Fund – Germany)
  • Marco Núñez Farfán (Soprea – Peru)

FIWARE Excellence Challenge

FIWARE Excellence will award Internet applications that truly make the most out of FIWARE technology, and is open to any kind of application. Amongst the selected teams you will find several of the teams that participated in the Smart Cities and Smart Business Challenges, since, as we have already said, those who received an evaluation above 7 were automatically admitted into the selection. If you want to know a bit more about the challenge and discover the new teams that have been selected, you can find more information here.

And, in this case, who will be in the jury?

  • Fermín Galán (Telefonica R&D – Spain) (President)
  • Juanjo Hierro (Telefonica R&D – Spain)
  • Fernando López (Telefonica R&D – Spain)
  • Thomas M. Bohnert (ZHAW – Germany)
  • Pasquale Vitale (Engineering – Italy)
  • Sami Jylkkä (Cyberlightning – Finland)
  • Gabriel de Blasio (University of Las Palmas – Italy)
  • Sebastián Müller (ISDI – Argentina) 

When will teams get their prizes?

In the course of the Multi-Site Event that will take place next week, from the 15th to the 17th of October 2014, in different Spanish cities (Valencia, Seville, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria), there will be different award ceremonies for each of the challenges (in Seville and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). Participants will show their projects and take part in workshops to improve them. Then, on Friday 17th, the jury will consider the different projects and will announce the awards.

If you want to know a bit more about how teams will present their projects, here you can find the agenda of the event:

Please, note that the Canary Islands are on a different time zone and one hour must be substracted to the hours shown here for events in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (UTC +1)

Seville (UTC +2)

Monday 13

09:00 – 14:00

 

16:00 – 20:00

Arrival of participants

 

Individual presentations of projects

Individual coaching of the jury

 

Arrival of participants

 

Individual presentations of projects

Individual coaching of the jury

Tuesday 14

09:00 – 14:00

 

16:00 – 20:00

Team work

 

 

General seminar

 

Team work

Wednesday 15

09:00 – 14:00

 

16:00 – 20:00

Bootcamp for SMEs and entrepreneurs

Team work and support

Bootcamp for SMEs and entrepreneurs

Team work and support

Thursday 16

09:00 –14:00

Bootcamp for SMEs and entrepreneurs. Team work and support.

 

At 13:00, Excellence Challenge deadline.

Bootcamp for SMEs and entrepreneurs.

 

Team work and support.

16:00 – 20:00

Evaluation

Team work and support.

22:00

 

Smart Society Challenge deadline

Friday 17

09:00 – 14:00

Free time

Evaluation

16:00 – 18:00

Deliberation

Deliberation

18:00

Awards ceremony

Awards ceremony

 

FIWARE congratulates winners and all participants in advance!

 

Review of the European Conference for the Future Internet (ECFI)

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Sep 182014
 
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At last, after so much work, the FIWARE Accelerator Programme is now being presented at the European Conference for the Future Internet (ECFI) in Munich! Some 400 people are attending this meeting point where developers, entrepreneurs and accelerators can experience this technology first hand. Within the framework of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme, the European Commission destines 80 million euros to fostering innovation and businesses on the Internet of the Future. The motto that could be heard among the conference stages and stands where the accelerators, entities in charge of distributing the funds, presented their target businesses was: “Not without FIWARE”. And the very same objective did Mario Campolargo, chair of Net Futures (European Commission), highlight when he said: “their goal is to promote business projects”.

In the style of a trade fair, ECFI showed its best face from the stands where IMG_1097the enterprises promoted FIWARE and its different strategic domains (Smart Cities, eHealth, Transport, Energy & Environment, AgriFood, Media & Content, Manufacturing & Logistics, and Social & Learning). While the press interviewed SmartCities projects’ developers (projects already in use in cities such as Málaga, Seville and Valencia), visitors exchanged their business cards and phone numbers while taking some coffee and presenting their ideas in different European languages. Representatives of other projects such as FoodLoop or Adevice were also present at the event and participated actively in it. The developers of another innovative project were also there. We are talking about Smartaxi, a Spanish app developed thanks to FIWARE, which allows taxi drivers to know where/when to find a higher number of customers. According to its webpage, the idea came to its developers’ minds thanks to a friend of theirs, who was a taxi driver himself.

In the halls of the School of Mathematics and Informatics of the University of Munich, where two big slides connect the highest floors to the main floor, different speeches showed that the technology is now a reality and that businesses are about to become real with the support of this Private-Public Partnership.

Which open calls are already open?

If you have a bright idea and you want to be part of this revolutionary breakthrough, you can also participate in the FIWARE Accelerator Programme! Six of the whole amount of 16 accelerators have already opened their open calls and are waiting for your proposal. Let’s see what they seek:

  • Soul-FI: it aims to enhance the development of Smart Cities in the areas of energy, mobility, environment, resources, tourism and quality of life.  Is that your case? You have until the 31st of October to submit your proposal.
  • FI-Adopt: it will target highly innovative, yet realistic, and sustainable applications in the areas of learning and training, healthy behaviour and social integration. You also have until the 31st of October to submit your proposal.
  • CEED Tech: it longs to help young companies build viable products, launch them quickly and successfully raise capital in the domains of Smart Cities, energy, media and content, and manufacturing and logistics. Do you want to participate? Submit your proposal before the 15th of December.
  • SmartAgriFood: this accelerator will foster smart apps and services for agriculture. Do not miss this opportunity and submit your proposal before the 15th of November.
  • EuropeanPioneers:it is boosting digital media businesses in an intensive 8-month acceleration in the domains of Smart Cities, learning, social connected TV or pervasive gaming. Does it sound interesting to you? Submit your proposal before the 31st of October.  
  • FICHe: FICHe will accelerate eHealth app development across Europe. If you want to be part of that development, submit your proposal before the 31st of October.

But these accelerators are just a part of the whole FIWARE Accelerator Programme, in coming weeks, more and more calls will be open. Submit your project and be part of the future, the change, the progress. 

 

FoodLoop: responsible consumption, sustainable society!

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Aug 282014
 
FoodLoop App

A couple of weeks ago, we already spoke about the unique opportunity that the Internet of the Future meant for the area of food and agriculture. Let’s see now how these digital dreams can come true and become one of the success stories FIWARE feels proudest of.

FoodLoop helps you organize your shopping at the grocery and make the most of your money. An alarm system in real time informs customers about discounted products at the store. This app, developed thanks to FIWARE technologies, is co-funded by the European Commission and aims at reducing the amount of waste at supermarkets, which at the European Union climbs up to 90 million tons annually. According to the developers of the project, FoodLoop is intended to be used by all supermarkets at a global scale by 2025.

Bar CodeIf you have ever walked through a supermarket, you have probably noticed that products with early ‘sell-by’ dates tend to be discounted and then, if not sold, thrown away. So did Christoph Müller-Dechent, founder of FoodLoop. To avoid the waste of eatable but not sellable food, which according to the app’s webpage rises up to 1.5 billion euros ONLY in Germany, a new barcode (which you can see at the picture) encoding ‘sell-by’ dates are put on products. Then the app works this way: your product has a discount, you get an alarm message.

This apparently simple yet effective idea came to the mind of Müller-Dechent in October 2012 during a Strategy and Entrepreneurship seminar, when he was still a student of the Media Management Master’s Programme in the University of Cologne. And then did mentoring, support and awards mushroom and lead them to success. We would gladly highlight one of the awards that they received, the “Smart Business & Industry Challenge” awarded by the European Commission with a prize of 75,000 €, after which he decided to found the company they are today.

They have also been present at other FIWARE events, such as the “Smart Products for a Smart Digital Europe” Conference in June 2014 (Brussels). According to Müller-Dechent, they have received a constructive feedback from test users that is allowing them to currently improve the app. Once FoodLoop is premiered and implemented in one German bakery and two supermarkets, it will let consumers buy for less and build a more sustainable society to live in. FoodLoop, save it all!

FoodLoop: Save it all!

 

FIWARE and the Internet of “FIelds”

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Aug 142014
 
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Imagine a world where stalks could tell farmers they need more nutrients, or where the ground could tell the sprinkler how much water it needs, or where a farm could warn others about the particular pest that infested it. Now that smart cities are on everyone’s lips, the Internet of the Future is also opening up a world of unprecedented possibilities in terms of food and agriculture. Let’s consider for a while the enormous impact that the use of Open and Big Data may have on the lives of both farmers and consumers. Smart fields would not only be more efficient, but may also reduce costs.

Four out of sixteen accelerators participating in the FIWARE Program are open to projects related to this area: Fractals, FInish, SmartAgriFood and SpeedUp! According to the SmartAgriFood’s webpage, the Internet of Things could help develop initiatives on three different domains: Smart Farming, Smart Agri-Logistics and Smart Food Awareness. Focusing on these three points, not only food processing and food manufacture would be facilitated, but also consumers’ awareness would be fostered.

But it is not all about making food production more sustainable, but also about reducing waste. In recent months, and thanks to the FIWARE technology, we have witnessed the development of an app such as FoodLoop, which has now become a remarkable success story. It allows consumers to know what products have reduced prices (due, among other reasons, to an early sell-by date) and where to get them, thus minimizing the amount of wasted food.

Does it sound interesting to you? Are you developing an app related to, say, food quality control? Then, we strongly recommend your getting informed about FIWARE and its accelerators. Let’s make smart fields as real as we said smart cities are.

Picture by Lali Masriera.

FI-WARE, FI-Lab and FI-Ops at the European Conference on the Future Internet in Brussels

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Apr 132014
 
ECFI1 in Brussels

With the title Open APIs and Open Minds: Success stories of today, opportunities for tomorrow FI-WARE held a session at the 1st European Conference on the Future Internet (ECFI1) in Brussels with several presentations that gave a broad perspective of what FI-WARE is, what achievements we've had until now and what we are aiming to in the next years. 

The audience at ECFI had the chance to listen to several points of view from different speakers involved in FI-WARE. The architechture and technological infraestructure, experiences from European cities that have adopted FI-WARE for some of their Smart City projects (in this presentation we had Trento), the tools that FI-Ops will provide and, last but not least, the experiences of entrepreneurs that have built and tested their innovative applications on FI-Lab while winning our previous FI-WARE Challenges. All of them gave their insight on the several pieces we are aligning for FI-WARE "rubik cube". 

 First of all, here's a brief explanation of the 3 keys of this session: 

  • FI-WARE is an OpenStack-based cloud infrastructure complemented with a rich set of Generic Enablers easing the creation and delivery of Future Internet applications and services at a large scale. FI-WARE API specifications are public and royalty-free, each one driven by the development of an open source reference implementation. 
     
  • FI-Lab is working instance of FI-WARE enabling free experimentation with FI-WARE technologies. FI-Lab is a place where developers and entrepreneurs can meet potential customers, investors and data providers to showcase their applications.  A genuine meeting point for innovation on the Internet.
     
  • FI-Ops is a collection of tools that ease the deployment, setup, and operation of FI-WARE instances by Platform Providers. FI-Ops is the suite of tools used to build and operate the distributed Cloud linked to FI-Lab.

All conferences were recorded and are available at ECFI's website and the FI-PPP's youtube channel. Below these lines you can watch the conferences that were given on Thursday, April 3rd. 

Welcome and Introduction to the session –  Nuria de Lama, Atos, FI-WARE

Open APIs as one of the elements of the available results

A guide to the technical part that supports the FI-WARE philosophy. This part of the session will extend the concepts and explanations introduced in the plenary presentation about the three brands and all the resources around. It will provide a sound technical overview of this Future Internet Open Innovation ecosystem. It is an essential training for anyone who wants to understand how to use FI-WARE technology and how to get started with FI-LAB.

FI-Lab: a guide to the most exciting Future Internet ecosystem – Juanjo Hierro, Telefonica, FI-WARE Coordinator

FI-OPS: access from everywhere in Europe – Silvio Cretti, Create-Net, XIFI

 

Open Minds and success stories of today

This part of the session changes the focus dramatically. It jumps from the suppliers to the real users and players of the Innovation ecosystem. On the one hand we had representatives of startups (FoodLoop and SmarTaxi) and on the other hand, on the other hand pplication sponsors, in this case a Public Administration (the city of Trento). First-hand information about the most compelling applications already developed on top of FI-WARE technology and their benefits.

The ultimate solution for Smart Cities – Marco Pistore, Research Director, Fondazione Bruno Kessler – Trento

FI-WARE in practice – FoodLoop: example of value for business – Christoph Müller-Dechent, CEO FoodLoop Mobile Solutions Inc

FI-WARE in practice – SmartTaxi: the value for a developer – Jerónimo Tocado, TIA

Opportunities for tomorrow

What you have seen until now is only the beginning of the story, and that is why this part of the session provided information on coming opportunities to become part of the community in an active way. With a special mention to the upcoming FI-WARE Challenges (Smart Society and FI-WARE Excellence) 

How to engage with us: opportunities for collaboration – Nuria de Lama, Atos, FI-WARE

FoodLoop on participating and winning the Smart Business & Industry Challenge

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Mar 112014
 
Prize Ceremony

Participating in Campus Party Brazil and connecting with so many people in the tech world, "beyond the pond", was an amazing experience for the FoodLoop team. We walked into the massive convention center Anhembi in Sao Paolo, a bit overwhelmed at first. After checking in, going through security, walking past hundreds of computers, many being occupied by gamers, others by people in all other aspects of technology, we found an open table. Our team sat down and got right to work. 
 
We began to polish our presentation for the first round of the "Smart Business and Industry Challenge". We had entered a few months before and were honored to be selected as a finalist out of 600 applicants. In brief, FoodLoop is an app that brings info on discounted food prices, approaching the best before dates, to your smartphone in real time, saving customers money, saving retailers disposal fees and labor costs, and most importantly helping the environment by reducing senseless waste and act more resource efficient.  Although FoodLoop has competed in events before, we were honored to be competing at this high level in the FI-Ware challenge. 
 
Our first presentation went quite well in front of a panel of FI-Ware coaches. Through a question and answer session, they seemed to like the idea, and gave us a few suggestions of how we could improve and implement FI-Ware technology that adds value to our technical infrastructure and business model. After that we walked through the busy convention center and sat down together reflecting on the presentation and how we could improve for the final one. 
 
The following nights leading up tot he 2nd presentation were late nights of working on the implementation of certain GE, improving the graphic user interface and networking with industry fellows like the guys from SAP South America. After all we were finally ready for the final presentation. We walked into the cool, air conditioned room, feeling confident and prepared. We presented, did a demonstration of the app, and answered any questions the evaluation committee had. It may not have been perfect, but we walked out of the room feeling good. All we could do now was wait. 

Foodloop
 
On the day of the award ceremony, we were filled with excitement. We spoke with FI-Ware members, had a couple of brief interviews and took our team photo. As we walked to the stage, we could feel the excitement growing. We had put a lot of work into developing this app and the whole concept including marketing and business model backing it up, and nothing at that moment could be more exciting that winning a prize that could help us take it to the next level. As our name wasn't called for the 2 runner up spots, the tension grew. We knew we had a great idea, and have been working hard on developing it for over a year. Was that along with our two presentations and the intial first round submitted proof of concept this week enough? FoodLoop popped up on the screen before the presenter said it. All of our eyes lit up and we screamed out in happiness and accomplishment. We walked up to the stage feeling very honored and proud of ourselves. Afterwards we thanked the Fi-Ware team and judges. 
 
Campus Party Brazil was an incredible experience. It was great to meet so many talented, skilled, and kind people. After the excitement of the award ceremony died down a bit, we began to realize that we have an incredible opportunity to take FoodLoop to the next level, and that the next year will be the hardest working on of outlives. And we could not be happier about that.

Brian Christ (CSMO of FoodLoop)

Below these lines you can see FoodLoop's CEO, Christoph Müller-Dechent, speaking at the First European Conference on the Future Internet (ECFI) about FI-WARE's advantages for his business.