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VIDEO: Interview with Leo Johnson – “It’s not about Smart Cities, it’s about Smart Citizens”

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Mar 312014
 
Leo Johnson

When we were at Campus Party Brazil last January, hosting the Finals of our Smart Cities and Smart Business & Industry Challenges, we had the chance to quickly interview Leo Johnson (Co-founder Sustainable Finance Ltd.) on his views regarding sustainability and what technology can do to create more sustainable socio-economic models.  

And we couldn't agree more with him. As he says in this interview:

 

(…) We are at a point of inflexion here, I think at Campus Party… where technology can either be used to accelerate consumption, to accelarate the rich getting more goods in addition to what they have already got. So we can either have a vertical use of technology or we can spread the technology thin, we can have a horizontal use, where we use technology to solve the problems of the city (…)

(…) And it's not about Smart Cities, it's about Smart Citizens. It's about open platforms putting the tools into the hands of people to solve the problems that they can identify.

Watch the full interview here:

 

Adriana Gascoigne (Girls in Tech) talks to us about entrepreneurship at Campus Party Brazil

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Feb 132014
 
Adriana Gascoigne Girls in Tech

It seems like ages ago, but it has only been two weeks since we were at Campus Party Brasil 2014 celebrating the Finals of first two FI-WARE Challenges.

Our experience resulted in a vortex of positive feelings towards innovation through technology and entrepreneurship. We took home with us a lot of sensations and that is why we want to thank the 8,000 attendees (or campuseiros) for being there, with special mention to the participants of the Smart Cities and Smart Business and Industry Challenges. They demonstrated impressive ammounts of creativity, willpower, patience and ability to learn swiftly. Any competition like the Challenges is stressful, and we know how hard you all worked. To all of you we can only say: thank you. A lot. 

In this context, surrounded by these feelings and by amazing people, we had the chance to talk to another visionary that was in Sao Paulo those days: Adriana Gascogine, founder and CEO of "Girls in Tech", a global non-profit organization focused on the engagement, education and empowerment of women in technology and entrepreneurship. Want to listen to what she told us about entrepreneurship, innovation and Campus Party? Watch the following video!

 

Thanks to Adriana for taking the time to speak to us! Go to girlsintech.org for more info. 

Video: Carlos Domingo, CEO Telefonica R&D, interviewed about FI-WARE

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Dec 272013
 
Carlos Domingo Telefonica R&D interview

If you take a look at all the partners that form FI-WARE you will see companies such as SAP, IBM, Thales, Telecom Italia, Orange, Nokia Siemens, Deutsche Telekom… a long list you may consult in our Wiki.  Within this large partnership that unites efforts from the European Commission and several public and private entities, the development of the FI-WARE platform is coordinated by Telefonica R&D

Not long after our hackathon in Campus Party Europe we had the chance to visit Carlos Domingo, President & CEO of Telefonica R&D, at his office in Madrid. He talked to us about FI-WARE's objectives, the FI-LAB platform and his views on why the European Commission has focused its efforts towards creating a platform and an innovation ecosystem for the Future Internet

What is FI-WARE? Who is it for? What are its competitive advantages? What is the commitment of European Commission towards its creation?  Find the answer to these questions and much more.