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 Teams Up With Adobe To Build The World’s First Digital Branding Lab For Cities

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The Barcelona City Council and Adobe Systems, the multinational software company, have inked an agreement to build the City Branding Lab in Barcelona. The objective: Innovate and experiment with solutions that favor the city's competitiveness, while simultaneously improving the quality of life for its citizens. As we move ever closer towards a global society and the borders … [Read more...]

Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Runator (@runator)

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The start of this tale goes back to a wintery day during Christmas of 2013. A team of keen Spanish runners had just signed up for the 2014 New York Marathon and were planning their training to make sure they were in ship-shape for race day. Understandably as the team began to get together to prepare for the coming months, questions started to arise such as; how do you train? … [Read more...]

Taking The Stress Out of Parking: Interview with the Founders of Barcelona Startup Parkimeter

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The age-old problem of finding a place to park predates the invention of the automobile itself. Even the rough riders of the wild west sometimes had difficulty finding a post to tie up their steeds. “If only there were an app for this,” they must have been thinking. Fast forward a couple hundred years and trying to find parking in a congested urban area is a maddening … [Read more...]

Meet the 5 Barcelona Startups That Presented at the 2nd Conector Accelerator Demo Day

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Last week, Conector – Barcelona’s high-growth startup accelerator, held their second Demo Day of 2014 at IESE business school. As accelerator programs of various shapes, sizes and business models are expanding across Europe, there’s always eager anticipation to see the results. For most accelerators, those results first appear in the form of a Demo Day  – an afternoon where the … [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...]

Barcelona is the Craft Beer Capital of Europe

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If you didn’t know better – this title probably sounds like a joke. And OK, at the moment, it isn't exactly true. But it's not libel, either. Sure the plazas and Ramblas of Barcelona are a sea of Estrella-branded umbrellas shading shiny metal chairs and tables plastered with the same ubiquitous gold star. But beer lovers rejoice! Your options go far beyond Estrella Damm, San … [Read more...]

Better Know A #Barcelona #Startup: Hubbl (@hubblme)

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You’ve just ordered that awesome item you’ve been wanting for as long as you can remember. All you want is to get the package in the post, tear it open and start the fun times. You want nothing else, not even sleep. But then you get home from work and find that dreaded slip in the mailbox (or you don’t find it ever). Then that ecstasy rapidly dissipates. You commence the … [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...]