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 NOWand 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.
BlogComments Off on #myFIWAREstory: the stories of Smart AgriFood
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.
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.
DevelopersComments Off on New FIWARE Open Call for FIWARE Lab Nodes Support
IMPORTANT NOTICE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO NOVEMBER, 16th at 17h00 CET
Following the success of other FIWARE Open Calls, FI-Core, which helps to fund the FIWARE PPP initiative, has put aside a portion of the budget in order to fund new beneficiaries that will join the association after the project starts. These beneficiaries are selected through a competitive Open Call for those providing FIWARE Lab nodes support.
The goals of the Open Call include (1) the expansion of the FIWARE Lab Association with new nodes to provide improved facilities and services, (2) the reinforcement of the support team with addition resources for first level helpdesk, (3) the promotion of FIWARE instances with credible business plans, (4) the sustainability of FIWARE experimentation and (5) the incorporation of FIWARE players who will stay active beyond FI-Core.
Participants are expected to propose a concrete plan that enables them to achieve these goals during the given time-frame. The successful beneficiaries will be invited to refine and implement the final plan with the project coordinator and the other collaborators.
The selected beneficiaries will be assigned a maximum budget of 1.625.000 € to execute their plan between November 2015 and December 2016. Depending on the support level offered, the maximum EC contribution for individual proposals is from 250.000 € to 325.000 €. Proposals that show long term commitment with the sustainability of the FIWARE technologies will be favoured, even if the activity is limited to the mentioned period of time.
The FIWARE Lab Open Call addresses those who can demonstrate experience and references in implementation of similar plans. We mainly target those who can prove their experience with OpenStack and showing a degree of involvement in developer and user communities will be an advantage.
This announcement will also be broadcasted via Twitter, Facebook & LinkedIn. In depth information, Call details and some helpful directions to prepare your proposal can be found HERE.
BlogComments Off on FI-C3 First Open Call Statistics & Results
Now that the second FIWARE Open Calls are being opened, the accelerator FI-C3 has shared with us their results in the first one. They have finally chosen the best 12 projects from the 229 submissions they did receive. FI-C3 is considering projects related to the fields of smart territories (smart city guides; smart city platforms; smart city services…), media & contents (multimedia augmented reality; transmedia/crossmedia devices; video games…), and care & well-being (smart home; indoor position; personalized connected media…). This project is offering between 50,000 and 150,000 € to SMEs and web-entrepreneurs developing innovative services with FIWARE. Their second call will be open from the 1st to the 31st of June 2015. What are they considering when evaluating a project? Selection criteria are based on business idea, team, status and potential of the project. Do you want to submit your startup project and participate in the FIWARE ecosystem with FI-C3? You can to it here. Let's see now which the results of their first call were!
The FIWARE Accelerator FI-C3's 1st Open call was opened on the 1st of November 2014 and closed on the 30th of November 2014. For the proposal submissions, the FI-C3 project set up an ad hoc platform which was accessible through the FI-C3 website. The total number of SMEs and Individual Entrepreneurs registered in the Submission Platform was 426. That means that 426 proposals were registered and started. However, not all of them were submitted to participate in the Call.
Finally, 229 proposals were submitted, which means a 54 % of the total registered. Among the 229 submitted proposals, 23 European countries were represented. The geographical distribution of the submitted proposals is shown in the following image:
Spain submitted the maximum number of proposals (83), followed by Belgium (27), France (23), Germany (14) and Italy (14). FI-C3 projects address 3 domains:
Media & Content
Care & Well-Being
The distribution of the submitted proposals regarding these domains can be seen in the following picture:
Overall, 12 proposals have been selected in the short list and 4 remain as a back up. The proposals in the short list request 1,714,333 € out of the 1.8 M€ of the 1st Open Call. The selected proposals distribution by FI-C3 domains shows that the 5 of them addressed Smart Territories; 5 of them, Care & Well-Being; another one, a mix between Smart Territories and Care & Well-Being and, last, another one, a mix between Media & Content and Care and Well-Being.
The selected proposals where all submitted by SMEs. No proposals submitted by individual entrepreneurs were awarded in this first Open Call.
The selected proposals claim to utilise an average of 6.4 FIWARE GEs and SEs, being 11 the maximum and 3, the minimum.
The average funding request is 142,861.08 €, being 150,000 € the maximum and 108,450 €, the minimum.
As seen in the following image, nine (9) out of twelve (12) have a duration of 1 year. There is also a 9-month project, a 15-month and a 18-month project.
Finally, distribution per country can be checked in the following picture.
Please, check the results in the following (and great!) infographic:
Blog, eventsComments Off on FIWARE at 4YFN Barcelona – Telefonica, Orange Engineering and Atos joining forces to push common standards for Smart Cities
Since last Monday, FIWARE has been present at 4 Years From Now in Barcelona, an event that gathers the main actor of innovation, such as entrepreneurs, hundreds of startups and incubators. As if it was a little Silicon Valley in Barcelona, attendees have discussed about different topics that are defining the next wave of digital services and that, thanks to technologies as FIWARE, are now real.
But, why was FIWARE there? In 4YFN, FIWARE was presenting its Accelerator Programme once more, a programme that is about to open its second open call and receive thousands of business proposals, as it already happened in the first open call. So far, 346 startups have been already selected from all the 3,217 proposals that were first submitted. These startups are already taking part in training sessions, workshops and, of course, are getting into a new digital market.
In FIWARE’s conferences and workshops, attendees can not only meet the FIWARE Accelerator Programme (thanks to the presence of some of the accelerators in our stand), but also learn how to manage context information at large scale (workshop by Fermín Galán), how to connect to the Internet of Things (workshop by Carlos Ralli), how to solve IoT problems (conference by Ville Mickelsson) or how to create rich WebRTC Multimedia Applications with FIWARE and Kurento (workshop by Luis López). But, if there was a conference that was worth attending, it definitely was the KeyNote speech by Juanjo Hierro and Nacho de Pinedo. You hear them and you can be sure that your app, if developed with FIWARE, will ROCK. They taught us how to make our app become the next hit.
COMMON STANDARDS FOR SMART CITIES
Now that the concept of “Smart City” is under (r)evolution, as it is not just focused on providing more efficient services, but on transforming cities into digital platforms for innovative citizen services, four leading companies announce their agreement to push common standards and join efforts to create a FIWARE Open Source Community. These are Telefonica, Orange, Engineering and Atos. “FIWARE does not just support a more efficient management of municipal services. It brings open standards enabling to transform cities into engines of growth”, explains Marieta Rivero, Chief Deputy Commercial Officer at Telefonica. “Using FIWARE, Smart Cities can deliver the platform, combining Open Data and the APIs based on which new innovative applications can be created”, she explained. The integration of Internet of Things, Cloud and Big Data technologies, together with the support of Open Data policies, will create the conditions for a new period of intense transformation of cities into Smart Cities.
“Innovation for Engineering is a key success factor continuously pursued from its birth back in 1980 […] In this context, we see our strategic and full involvement in FIWARE. It is a set of technologies allowing us to be leaders in the market of open solutions”, states Paolo Pandozy, CEO of Engineering; while Patrice Slupowski, Vice-President of Digital Innovation, Orange, says that “there is an incredible opportunity for European cities to take advantage of open solutions and a wide community of developers, to quickly bring digital services and innovations to their citizens”.
Our motto? “Simple, Open, Free and standardized: enabling the new future for Smart Cities services”. These combined efforts will surely lead us into a new concept of cities, into new environments where we will be able to live making the most of technology.
BlogComments Off on FIWARE Accelerator Programme – December 2014 Update
€ 80 Million Direct Funding +Technical Training | Business Coaching | Networking
We are reaching out to startups and entrepreneurs all over Europe to help them create their innovative projects with FIWARE. Sixteen accelerators specialized in several business domains can provide the funding and support to jump-start your dream. Many of the accelerators have already closed their first open calls, but that does not mean that FIWARE Accelerator Programme is over. Don't panic! You still will be able to submit your project. Do you want to know how many projects have already applied? Get informed now!
There are several projects and digital services that have already presented their application to be part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme and get part of the funding and support that acccelerators, as specialists in different domains, are providing to young entrepreneurs. Let's have a look at what European countries have presented more projects!
But, although some accelerators have closed their first open calls, most of them will open a second round and will help more and more entrepreneurs and young SMEs. Funding is just a part, mentoring and support will also be given to them. Do you want to know who and how they will help? Then, do not miss our latest presentation!
An introduction to FIWARE, a future Internet platform with ready-to-use components!
Networking opportunities with FINESCE Partners who have successfully implemented a pilot application on this platform ready to share their knowledge, their data and their infrastructure with you!
The opportunity to pitch your idea to three professional accelerators. They will guide you through the difficult time of developing your application and building your business with their expertise. Get your funding up to 150.000 Euro (100% of your costs)! Click on the links to know more: SOUL-FI | INCENSe | SpeedUP!Europe
Open CallsComments Off on FIWARE Accelerators: open calls are closing!
At this point, we are sure that you all know what the Accelerator Programme is about; but, just in case you have not heard of this before, let us recall that it is an effort, co-funded by the European Commission, to encourage digital innovation all throughout Europe. For that purpose, 16 international entities (accelerators) have been chosen to select SMEs and entrepreneurs. These will receive not only funding, but also coaching, mentoring and support by technical and business experts. But apart from that, FIWARE technologies will facilitate the creation of their digital businesses, by offering a set of building blocks that can be combined and, thus, build a new app.
Of course, each and every one of the accelerators has its own requirements to apply and present your proposal. You can find more information in our webpage or you can contact us through any of our social media or means of contact. FIWARE Accelerators are already receiving projects and working on their selection, but some of them will close their open calls soon. Do you want to know all the details of their open calls and dates? Then, keep reading!
The closing dates of the accelerators are as follows:
FI-ADOPT (Until 30 Oct 2014)
FICHe (Until 31 Oct 2014)
EuropeanPioneers (Until 31 Oct 2014)
SOUL-FI (Until 31 Oct 2014)
IMPACT (Until 7 Nov 2014)
SmartAgriFood (Until 15 Nov 2014)
CreatiFI (Until 30 Nov 2014)
FI-C3 (Until Nov 2014)
FInish (Until Nov 2014)
FABulous (Until Nov 2014)
SpeedUP! (Until 10 Dec 2014)
CEED Tech (Until 15 Dec 2014)
Finodex (Until 19 Dec 2014)
frontierCities (Until 15 Jan 2014)
INCENSe (Until 15 Jan 2014)
FRACTALS (Until 28 Feb 2014)
And, what can an accerator do for you? Let's take as an example one of them, European Pioneers, which is closing its open call this week! Developers, do not miss this opportunity, because it can be your next step into the future of your business!