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IMPACT Connected Car’s First Open Call Closes With Over 500 Applications

Fri, 01/26/2018 - 09:15

Great news for IMPACT Accelerator as their IMPACT Connected Car open call closed with over 500 applications coming from 41 countries across the globe, with some coming from the FIWARE Community. Spain, Poland, Italy and France led the numbers of startups and SMEs applying to the first call.

IMPACT Connected Car, led by ISDI and project led by FundingBox, offers startups and SMEs a six-month acceleration program, and will distribute up to €2.1 million equity free. Selected applicants will enter a three-stage smartization program and will receive up to €60,000 per startup, equity free, in grants and up to €50,000 per startup equity free. In addition, winners will have access to experts in business, technology, corporations, and funding, as well as a fantastic community. 

The increased importance of new mobility solutions made the open call an attractive opportunity for many connected car companies, and it, in turn, also sparked the interest of the European Commission, who funded the program. IMPACT has stated that:

"IMPACT Connected Car supports, connects and funds companies with innovative projects in the fields of wireless chargers, cyber security measures against hackers, smart mobility and zero emission transportation. Not only are these developments important for the continued safety and welfare of citizens and infrastructure, but this market is expected to represent a €141 billion business opportunity by 2020."

FIMAC Innovation Hub Presentation

Wed, 01/24/2018 - 11:30

FIMAC advises and trains 16 Macaronesian (Canary Islands, Madeira and Azores) SMEs to develop their business with the Internet of the Future, greatly improving the competitiveness of their business. The selected companies will be part of FIMAC Community and will receive 60 hours of customized strategic consultancy. Each SME – with the support of FIMAC experts – will develop a project based on FIWARE tools in order to create new international business opportunities.

FIMAC International Forum will be the event where the SMEs will present the projects. An international experimented jury will evaluate their advances and results in order to select four companies with the greatest international projection. These four selected companies will receive specific training in internationalization.

The formal presentation of FIMAC will take place on January 25 at the University of La Laguna (ULL). The companies will present themselves and describe the projects they will be developing throughout 2018. It will also be a great opportunity to establish collaboration links between them. All selected companies will be present, as well as the Cabildo de La Palma (Project Leader), the Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade (ICEX) and the General Foundation of the University of La Laguna (FGULL). 

FIMAC recently became one of the 11 new FIWARE iHubs. The FIWARE iHubs Programme supports the creation and operations of local digital hubs worldwide to build a network of tech-enabling communities and to encourage the formation of internet-based businesses at a local level. For more information about the function of FIWARE iHubs, the benefits of becoming one, current powered by FIWARE innovation centers and information regarding the Open Call, which remains open at all times, please visit the FIWARE iHubs Page.

Guest post by Belén Canitrot (FIMAC)

Global City Teams Challenge – FIWARE Challengers in the US

Mon, 01/22/2018 - 15:36

The FIWARE Tech Summit 2017 was an outstanding opportunity to showcase how the initiative is growing day by day, creating more and more impact at worldwide scale. The expansion of the FIWARE community in the US is one of the best examples of this, now entering a new exciting phase with the first public-private projects between ‘Powered by FIWARE’ companies and US public administrations.

Since 2015 FIWARE is an official partner of the Global City Teams Challenge, the Smart City initiative led by the US’ National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). As part of this involvement, the FIWARE Mundus Team has been working to explore and make possible opportunities with relevant stakeholders and communities. For this reason, we launched the FIWARE GCTC Challenge in 2017, an ambitious competition with the goal to replicate top smart solutions based on FIWARE in US cities.

These are the 2 winners of the Challenge that were announced during the FIWARE Summit and will obtain financial support of 25,000€ to achieve their objectives:

  • WiseTown: TeamDev -member of the FIWARE Foundation- is partnering with the City of Independence (Oregon) to create an event management system capable of coordinating the city’s workforce for the July 4th Independence Day celebration. WiseTown Situation Room will enable a centralized dashboard to manage city events, connecting cameras, traffic information, social networks and other media that can report issues and manage city operators. This mission-critical pilot is important for the city, which is experiencing a growing issue in managing city events and the amount of data coming from different data streams that affects events management.

  • RAY: This solution delivers unique digital services to enable digital accessibility and true inclusiveness for the blind and visually impaired. RAY ensures that any blind person can enjoy a large set of services required for daily activities including interaction, social messaging, audio book reading and finding their way around. The company has signed an agreement with ‘Innovation Hartford’ -the commercial development organization of the state of Connecticut- to implement a telephony support center in the City of Hartford, which will be operated by visually impaired people that will support the community over the phone and using remote-support technologies.

These projects will participate at the 2018 kick-off conference of GCTC next February 6-8 in Washington DC. This and more news will follow, so stay tuned!

Guest post by Jose Gonzalez (Interinnov / FIWARE Mundus)

New Data-Based Incubator EDI is Now Ready – Up to 7M€ to Boost Big Data in Companies

Thu, 01/18/2018 - 15:41

This new incubator includes the participation of two of our FIWARE Foundation members, Engineering and Zabala Innovation Consulting.

EDI, European Data Incubator*, is a new entrepreneurship programme, backed by the European Commission under their Big Data PPP initiative. The overall programme is looking for data-based start-ups from all over Europe which are interested in sorting out major challenges for the EU industry making use of their data.

For this aim, the project will work with 15 data providers and 5 core partners who will provide free support services to the selected start-ups through three open call for proposals in the coming years. The selected start-ups will enter into an incubation phase divided in different stages and will receive up to €100,000 equity free funding.

EDI will help European SMEs and start-ups with a high computing and storage infrastructure hosted in the cloud based on FIWARE open technologies; with training and advice in the best-known tools of Big Data Analytics, including FIWARE enablers, and in the creation of business for the development of viable business ideas.

The underlying idea is that EDI will work closely with data providers, from a range of sectors, who will define a set of challenges and lend their data for start-up to solve them. At the same time there will be a chance for entrepreneurs to propose their own challenges based on the available data provided by EDI providers.

Engineering, Platinum Member of the Foundation, will be in charge of the technical infrastructure of EDI. Zabala, Gold Member of the Foundation and former coordinator of Finodex, will act as the call manager and facilitator among EDI and the data providers. The project is coordinated by the University of Deusto in Spain and supported by the participation of etVenture, former coordinator of EU-Pioneers and F6S, the start-up platform.

The first open call for proposals will be launched in spring this year and will close by the end of June. The selected start-ups will start their incubation process next September in an event in Berlin. The coming FIWARE Summit in Porto, next May, will be a perfect occasion to meet the team behind EDI and some of their data providers.

Among the data providers there is range of organisations from very different domains, such as:

  • Energy & Water: Virtual Power Solutions, Energa, Elektro-Ljubljana and Emasesa

  • Retail: SONAE and Migros;

  • Industry: Volkswagen Navarra;

  • Finance: YapiKredi;

  • Transport: RACC, TUB and Via Verde;

  • Internet & Media: Jot Internet Media, Agencia EFE and VRT.

Stay tuned for further news about this new opportunity for entrepreneurs at @edincubator.

*This project has received funding from the European Union’s H2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 779790

Guest post by Miguel García (Zabala)



IDSA at the FIWARE Tech Summit

Mon, 01/15/2018 - 13:31

On November 28th, 2017, the Industrial Data Space Association (IDSA) and its Spanish counterpart, the Industria Conectada 4.0 Initiative, came together during the FIWARE Tech Summit in Malaga, Spain to discuss recent developments and to understand what kind of projects can be devised driving collaboration between the initiatives.


IDSA “supports the secure exchange and simple linking of data in business ecosystems on the basis of standards and by using collaborative governance models”, making it a key player in the creation of a space where data is shared in a decentralized manner and, in turn, in making the Data Economy a reality.


During the event, we spoke to Sergio Gusmeroli, Research Coordinator at Politecnico di Milano. He shared that a reference architecture inspired by the Industrial Data Space reference architecture is needed. One that is “implemented by Open Source tools, […] the FIWARE tools”. Mr. Gusmeroli went on to discuss a main scenario that needs to be covered: the “Smart Factory scenario”. This involves getting “data from the production plant though the Orion Context Broker […] and then [analysing] this data in order to perform advanced analytics and advanced elaboration of the data coming from the plant”.


In turn, Ulrich Graugovel, CMO at Data Ahead GmbH, in his interview, stated that they “have chosen IDSA and FIWARE as the initiatives, which appear to [them] as the most fruitful ones to provide de facto standards in the future”. He goes on to suggest that “a good understanding of data democracy is provided best in [IDSA and FIWARE]”.


To watch the interviews with Sergio Gusmeroli and Ulrich Graugovel please visit the FIWARE Youtube page.



Jesús Villasante Discusses Future-proof Technologies and Platforms for Urban Evolution

Fri, 01/12/2018 - 11:50

Jesús Villasante, Head of the Net Innovation Unit of the Communications Networks, Content and Technology in the European Commission, recently discussed the importance of future-proof technologies and platforms for the evolution of Smart Cities, and the role of FIWARE with regards to a city’s ability to evolve and react to change.


According to Mr. Villasante, the ultimate objectives are “to make cities smarter, improve the quality of life of its citizens, and […] to provide more efficient services”, and this why it is essential that the technologies used by cities are future-proof and “able to generate innovation”. Open service platforms, like FIWARE, are therefore critical.


Over 100 cities have thus far joined the Open & Agile Smart Cities initiative, which “uses FIWARE standards” and is aimed at creating an open smart city market based on the needs of cities and communities. Mr. Villasante states that case studies have proven that FIWARE “is […] capable of collecting the data from the sensors”, adding that “the difference that we are making is that with FIWARE we collect real-time data. This is indispensable if you want to have intelligent services.” He goes on to suggests that “the choice of the technology is indispensable, is critical in order to make a city smart.” It is therefore a decision that should not only be in the remit of the IT department, “but should be at the level of the Mayor”.


When looking towards the future, Mr. Villasante is optimistic, yet he also acknowledges that there are still several technological challenges, one of these being the ability to “leverage open data”. He states that in order to use and to benefit from the data, “it is important that they are delivered in open format”. To conclude, Mr. Villasante mentions the challenge of “breaking the silos of vertical sectors”, which he suggests could be overcome by the introduction of “across-silos service platforms”.

To watch the full interview with Jesús Villasante, please visit the CitiesToBe website.


‘Powered by FIWARE’ Smart City Projects – Last Month to APPLY to frontierCities2 MAG2!

Wed, 01/10/2018 - 10:28

Acceleration programme frontierCities2 is calling all startups and SMEs with 'Powered by FIWARE' applications in the Smart Cities sector to APPLY to their MAG2 Open Call!


With up to €75,000 equity free up for grabs, 7 months of training and mentoring, as well as tailored technical and commercial support to succeed in the Market take-up phase, this is a fantastic opportunity for all SMEs and startups in the domain of Future Internet 'Powered by FIWARE' technology in the Smart Cities sector.


Curious to see if YOU are eligible for MAG2? Here are the criteria:

  • MAG2 Grants are dedicated only to powered by FIWARE applications for the Smart Cities domain, already developed during earlier EU FI-PPP programmes (Phase 1 and 2) or during the FI-PPP Phase 3 – A16 acceleration programme.
  • Applicants must be SMEs or a startups established in a EU Member State or H2020 Associated Country. (What is an SME? What are H2020 Associated Countries?)
  • Applicants must prove they had already executed a FIWARE app pilot in real life, with a relevant number of users in collaboration with a city and/or corporate/industrial partner and/or other institutional entity.
  • The solution must be FIWARE-powered!

Ready to APPLY? Head on over to the frontierCities2 website for more information about this unique acceleration programme, its value proposition and the MAG2 application process! All applications must be submitted by Wednesday, 31st January 2018 at 5 pm CET.


Acceleration for Smart City projects: FrontierCities 2 MAG2 Open Call Launched!

Mon, 12/18/2017 - 15:37

The Powered by FIWARE accelerator frontierCities2 has launched a new call for proposals, targeting startups and SMEs in the Smart Cities sector.

EU-funded, under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, frontierCities 2 is offering up to €75,000 equity free funding for projects with already developed FIWARE-powered solutions and applications in the Smart Urban domain.

This second Open Call for Market Acceleration Grants (MAG2) was launched on 29th November 2017. The deadline for Applicants is due on 31st January 2018.

Created as a leap forward towards an even bigger market, frontierCities 2 puts together the success and the expertise gathered during the first accelerator programme. This top-level spinoff is built upon an exceptional geographical reach, including FIWARE technology deployment in cities all across Europe, and 28 SMEs and startups who developed and trialed 28 Smart Mobility solutions in 45+ urban environments across the continent.

Selected startups & SMEs will have the opportunity to receive tailored technical and commercial support to succeed in their Market take-up phase. They should meet the following requirements:

  1. MAG2 Grants are dedicated only to powered by FIWARE applications for the Smart Cities domain, already developed during earlier EU FI-PPP programmes (Phase 1 and 2) or during the FI-PPP Phase 3 – A16 acceleration programme.

  2. Applicants must be startups or SMEs established in a EU Member State or H2020 Associated Country.

  3. Applicants must prove that their powered by FIWARE Application has been piloted in real life environment, with a relevant number of users in collaboration with a city and/or corporate/industrial partner and/or other institutional entity and for a reasonable period of time (Simulations are not accepted).

If you, according to these Key Eligibility Criteria, qualify to take part in this open call, you can find the Application Form on FundingBox.

Have any questions you might want to ask before starting or completing your application? Don't hesitate to contact the accelerator at, or visit the frontierCities 2 website.

Remember! All the applications must be submitted by Wednesday 31st January 2018 at 5 pm CET. Don’t miss this opportunity, and best of luck to all applicants!

Mobilize your connected car company to make an impact!

Fri, 12/15/2017 - 14:55

After a record-breaking number of 2,000 startups applying to the last IMPACT Growth open call, IMPACT offers the opportunity to accede €60+ equity free funding and top level acceleration, becoming part of a worldwide reaching network that will boost your connected car company to make an global impact.

The open call for startups and companies ends on Wednesday, January 10th. More than 200 startups have already started their applications. Don’t wait and complete yours! There are less than four week left to participate.

If you are not directly going to concur, but want to support our partner and spread the word, it is the perfect time to share the news, reach out and encourage your contacts to apply.

As a final boost for open but still to be completed applications, IMPACT Connected Car is organizing a free, global event online on Thursday, January 4th at 19h CET, where you will hear from a startup being accelerated by IMPACT and ask questions in real time.

A €141 billion market might be waiting for your winning project! Up to €2.1 million will be distributed by IMPACT Connected Car programme, partnered with global brands including PSA Group, Ferrovial Servicios, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile and FIWARE.

It’s time to start, to complete and to submit your application. Best luck!


Relive the Best Moments of the FIWARE Tech Summit 2017

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 09:37

Once again, a huge THANK YOU to everyone who attended the FIWARE Tech Summit! We can truly look back on a fantastic event: 2 days with 95 speakers and 21 exhibitors, as well as 415 attendees, attending various workshops, side events, tech sessions, vertical tracks and business sessions. 

Especially for the occasion, we have created a brand new video for you to relive all the BEST MOMENTS of the Summit. Head on over to Youtube to check it out, and don't forget to give it a thumbs up. 

The event might be over, but luckily we’re left with heaps of photos that perfectly capture its many highlights. And you know what they say, "a picture is worth a thousand words". Check out our special Photo Gallery to revisit the MANY memorable moments of the Summit. 

Wish you could have another look at all the wonderful presentations? Fear not. We’ve collected as many presentations as possible to allow you to go over all that was discussed during the event whenever you like. 

We can’t wait for our next FIWARE Global Summit on 8-9 May, so be sure to save the date! Thanks for your continuous support, and see you all in Porto, Portugal. 


Knowage Brings FIWARE to the Paris Open Source Summit 2017

Wed, 12/13/2017 - 11:13

Last week, the third edition of the Paris Open Source Summit took place in Paris, France. The event hereby replaced two pre-existing events: the Solutions Linux event and the Open World Forum. Paris Open Source is the first European Free and Open source event, aiming to exhibit the technological innovations, the reality and the economic dynamism of its solutions, as well as the societal impacts of this digital sector. The 2017 edition of the event focussed primarily on open innovation. 

Engineering, a FIWARE Foundation Platinum Member, and Knowage, the professional open source suite for modern business analytics over traditional sources and big data systems, both attended the Summit last week. In addition, Alessandro Portosa, Software Engineer and Technical Consultant at Knowage Labs, presented Knowage's contribution to FIWARE with regards to developing the new ecosystem for Smart Applications as part of the Collaborative EU Projects session on December 6th.

To watch Alessandro's entire presentation, be sure to head on over to Twitter

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

Fri, 12/01/2017 - 14:57

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.

Considering 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.