Is Barcelona The Smartest City of Them All?

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Big data versus Big Brother. Do we want Barcelona to be the smart city to lead all smart cities? Or should the Catalan capital simply save time and money by utilizing open source code to copy other pioneering cities? The 2014 Smart City Expo at Fira Barcelona definitely talked about success being found in a mix of the two. The Mobile World Capital saw 232 businesses and a … [Read more...]

Barcelona Growth Centre Celebrates Its Launch With Fest-UP Fall Edition

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Fall has finally arrived in Barcelona and with autumn comes new changes. The Poble Nou building formerly known as MediaTIC is re-launching this month as the Barcelona Growth Centre. The innovative 6-story hub will be home to a variety of organizations and initiatives aimed at attracting more business to Barcelona and educating its citizens. To celebrate the occasion, the … [Read more...]

Live From Dublin: Web Summit 2014 Day 1 Coverage

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In case you weren't able to attend this year's Web Summit in Dublin, Ireland, here's the skinny on Day 1. In what's being dubbed, "The Greatest Tech Conference on Earth" the first thing we learned upon arrival was that there would be no WIFI. We had to ask if this was joke. It was not. Fear not! There was enough dial-up modems for all, well at least for the press. With more … [Read more...]

No Excuses: Get FREE Expert Feedback On Your Project At The Mobile Jazz UI/UX Workshop

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Mobile Jazz, arguably the most talented design and development team in Barcelona, are opening their doors for a Web UI/UX Workshop on Thursday November 6th.  Mobile Jazz is the well-known and highly respected digital team behind award winning mobile and web projects. One of their mobile apps has over 100M users worldwide - yes, that's a ONE, with 8 ZEROES behind it! What … [Read more...]

Startupbootcamp Barcelona Swings Into Action With Its First Pitch Day in BCN

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On November 7, Startupbootcamp  Internet of Things & Data is welcoming promising young startups to their first Barcelona Pitch Day. The Startupbootcamp Barcelona team will select the 10 best teams from all of the applications, and those teams will be invited to pitch, get feedback and learn more about the Startupbootcamp program. The teams chosen for the event have the … [Read more...]

Heard@ Techscout 2014: Strategic Venturing and Innovation Excellence

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An update on innovation strategy Another conference on innovation landed last month in Barcelona: the European Networking Group with its Techscout 2014:  Strategic Venturing and Innovation Excellence. Open Innovation directors from large corporates as Nestle, Unilever, General Mills, Shell and DSM shared their experience. The central question was: are we entering innovation … [Read more...]

Heard@ Next Bank Europe: Disrupting The Banking Industry

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Recently Temenos, one of the sponsors of the Next Bank Europe Conference, released a white paper on industry disruption in the banking sector. Their introduction depicts clearly the urgency to come up with new business models and value propositions. “Digitization is changing the industry’s dynamics. Cloud computing is lowering the cost of doing business. Improvements in … [Read more...]

Why Confab Europe Is The Most Important Event That You Will Attend In 2014

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It’s all around you and, by all accounts, it’s the very lifeblood of your organization. It’s the stuff that guides your team’s decision-making, attracts new customers or causes you to burn money like it’s going out of style. Sometimes it’s good, once in a while it’s great, but the vast majority globs together as an infinite landfill of clutter diluting your brand and sabotaging … [Read more...]

Barcelona Taxis Threaten Violence Against the Startup Community and Hotels As Uber Protests Escalate

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A group of professional Barcelona taxi drivers have channeled their angst against Uber onto the entire Barcelona startup community by threatening violence at a now-cancelled startup event hosted by Startup Party and Iniciador. Startup Party is a young, but rapidly growing offline community that hosts monthly informal gatherings and social events for Barcelona's … [Read more...]

Think global, act local reflections

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Last week, the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations (WCPUN) organized a multi-stakeholder platform to dialogue on the topic of local innovation for global sustainable development challenges. Citizen participation is a central tool and mechanism for the WCPUN. The objective was to discuss challenges and get local input for the global agenda, debate and connect minds … [Read more...]