Innovation does not occur by the individual. You need a team effort to push an idea through the innovation funnel and turn it, eventually, into an implemented product or service. The team does not necessarily have to be the same over the whole process, but a good balance in technological, business and user-insight skills are key.
Team up to innovate and stimulate business growth
Today’s innovators and entrepreneurs are more and more part of a growing community that is networked and connected in the on-and offline world to share knowledge, best practices and stories, as well as to meet potential employees, investors and clients. Having access to a local and global network is an important asset: it will help you to test assumptions, open doors and raise awareness for the change you have in store. Read more
Keeping with the spirit of “Ideas Worth Spreading,” TEDx is the locally organized spin-off of the TED speaker series that began over 30 years ago in California. On December 5th, TEDx Barcelona Women will be alongside other TEDxWomen events taking place simultaneously in 150 cities around the world. These events will connect live with the TEDWomen event held in San Francisco discussing women’s role in the spirit of Silicon Valley, with a mission to solve major global challenges.
The local edition of TEDxBarcelonaWomen will feature 15 international professionals sharing their experiences involving men into the dynamics of gender equity.
“Despite efforts over the past decades to achieve greater equality between men and women, progress has been very limited in some fields: there are still high rates of violence against women and there is a lack of women in leadership positions. The aim of this TEDx event is to emphasize that gender equality is not just a women’s issue, but rather a global need that also includes men.” Read more
This week Barcelona hosts the Smart City Expo, focusing on how smart cities can change the world. The word smart city is popping up all around us and is driving the urban innovation portfolio. Smart cities ask for clever and integrated solutions on urban complexity, traffic congestion, emission, public service coordination and energy efficiency challenges. Just to name a few. Hence, a wide and diverse audience was attracted to rethink smart city offerings and share knowledge.
An annual event gathering the world in Barcelona. An event around Smart Cities has the potential to have the same impact as the World Mobile Congress. Barcelona is internationally profiling itself as a model for smart cities* and at the same time calls itself the Mobile World Capital for 2012-2018. This directly shows the link between smart city and mobile technology opportunities, or in other words Big Data. A third topic is energy efficiency and sustainability. It’s for a reason that the Electric Vehicle Symposium was held at the same time, at the same venue. So what are we talking about? Imagine electric (zero-emission) self-driving cabs which aren’t owned, but shared by a community of citizens. We are talking about transforming cities today for sustainability tomorrow. Read more
For the third time this year, a Startupbootcamp Accelerator has chosen Barcelona as a prime startup-sourcing destination. The last time SBC Pitch Days came through town, Barcelona startups claimed three of the ten spots in the Eindhoven-based HighTechXL accelerator. On December 13th, 2013 Startupbootcamp Amsterdam will seek to repeat history as they arrive in Barcelona seeking top-notch startups for the next batch to enter their 3-month Accelerator program beginning in early 2014.
Startupbootcamp is Europe’s leading accelerator program for high-growth startups. Since 2009, the mentor-driven organization has accelerated nearly 100 ventures, of which more than 70% receive funding within 6 months of joining the program. Startupbootcamp now has programs in seven global cities, with plans for rapid expansion in 2014 including new programs located in the US, Europe and moving towards Asia. Read more
AngelHack was founded in 2011 on the premise that the top startups of tomorrow will be led by the best developers of today. It began in Silicon Valley, but quickly spread into a global movement inspiring developers, hackers and entrepreneurs around the world to come together to meet new people, learn new skills and build new ideas.
Next weekend, AngelHack arrives in Barcelona for a 24-hour mobile coding competition beginning on Saturday, November 23rd at 13:00 straight through until the winners are announced Sunday afternoon, November 24th. The event is calling on all developers – young, old, junior senior, even if you’ve never built an Android or iOS app before, there are teachers onsite to guide you along. In order to win the hackathon, you must DEMO your mobile app at the end of the program. It can be Android, HTML5, or iOS, but it must be mobile-first and it has to work for at least 30 seconds.
The 2013 Smart Fabrics Europe Conference on wearable technology was held in Barcelona last week. Don’t be fooled by the name smart fabrics. In reality, this is a multi-disciplinary topic touching upon (flexible) electronics, nanotechnology and interaction design while attracting artists, designers, manufacturers, fashion labels and large multinationals as Nokia, LG, Apple, Philips. An excellent reminder that innovation occurs at the intersection of different sectors.
This article is organized in several sections:
1) wearable technology, 2) safety, 3) multidisciplinary research, 4) flexible device revolution enabled by nanotechnology, 5) battery life time, 6) Big Data stimulating DIY, 7) Imagination and 8) Innovation lessons.
Wearable technology is ready to market. The past few years were focused on showcases, featured designs and a lot experimentation and prototyping. But soon Read more
After two extremely successful editions, the Barcelona Developers Conference is back for more and bigger than ever. With more than 1000 attendees coming out for the occasion in each of the last two years, BcnDevCon has decided to set the bar a bit higher for the 2013 event. The 4-day event will focus on Cloud, Mobile, Robitcs and Open Source technologies and will be able to spread its wings as it takes over Design Hub Barcelona smack in the middle of Barcelona’s innovation district 22@.
The Barcelona Developers Conference was originally founded by Xavier Colomer and Antonio Quiles in 2011 to offer entrepreneurs and tech enthusiasts an outlet to showcase their talents, pick up new skills and just devote a few days to doing what they love. Now, it’s evolved into a beacon event with tech junkies coming in from all over the world to take part in the action. This year’s event promises not to disappoint as BcnDevCon has teamed with Asupiva for the first ever edition of RetroBarcelona, an old-school gaming event dedicated entirely to your favorite retro videogames in all of their original glory.
In addition to epic Street Fighter II battles (dibs on E. Honda) and Mario Kart contests, BcnDevCon 13 will feature hands on workshops, expert speakers, two hackathons, a robotics contest and, of course, it wouldn’t be complete without a massive startup party blowout on Friday night on the terrace of the Hotel Silken Diagonal.
To find out more about the 2013 BcnDevCon event and reserve your tickets, click here.
Innovation does not often occur by an individual acting on their own. You need a team effort to push an idea through the innovation funnel and turn it into an implemented product or service. The team does not necessarily have to be the same throughout the entire process, but a good balance in technological, business and user-experience skills are key.
Team up to innovate and stimulate business growth
Today’s innovators and entrepreneurs are increasingly part of a growing community that is networked and connected in the on- and offline world to share knowledge, best practices and stories, as well as to meet potential employees, investors and clients. Having access to a local and global network is an important asset: it will help you to test assumptions, open doors and raise awareness for the change you have in store.
The importance of the team can also be witnessed in investor’s criteria. Just to quote a few:
- “Early stage funding is even more about the team than the idea. A team needs to have what it takes to succeed, whether they understand their proposed customer, and whether they can pivot towards a scalable business model worthy of a follow-on investment. (Innosight)”
- “A superior technical team. (Techfarm)”
- “Track record and professional background of the team. (Active Venture Partners)”
- “Experienced management team with a thorough and credible execution plan. Ensure that your team includes people who are leaders in their field, have a customer focus and understand the specific sub-segments of your target market. (MaRS)”
- “We look for teams of high-quality entrepreneurs with a track record of leadership and performance – either in the company’s specific industry or in prior entrepreneurial ventures. We also look at your team’s passion for and commitment to the new business idea, and your ability to inspire confidence among future stakeholders, including employees, potential customers, and investors. (Cambridge Angels)”
You have detected a serious challenge and need solutions to solve it? Now what? Read more
For the second time in as many years, Foundum Unplugged will be playing matchmaker in Barcelona on November 26th & 27th as they unite Europe’s most promising startups with top VCs and investors managing more than €5 billion in funds.
Foundum is the global startup ecosystem platform that connects entrepreneurs with all relevant stakeholders they need to create valuable relationships and grow their business. The Foundum platform promotes the entrepreneurial ecosystems by offering startups easy access to resources, knowledge, expertise & experienced professionals throughout the entire startup lifecycle.
This year, Foundum has upped the ante by inviting Europe’s most esteemed venture capital firms and private investors to Barcelona for two full days of startup matchmaking and workshops. Read more