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.
In an effort to satiate the ever-increasing demand for high-quality software engineers, a new programming school called RailsCamp is preparing to launch in Barcelona. RailsCamp is an intensive 9-week web development course with one simple goal: to give you the equivalent skill set and experience of an entry-level Ruby on Rails developer.
RailsCamp is tailored towards beginners with no prior programming experience. Over an intense nine-week timespan, students receive more than 500 hours of hands-on training, basically 55 hours a week not including home study. The school employs an “explain-challenge-review” methodology that ensures an interactive teaching environment, however, the program doesn’t stop at just learning. RailsCamp is collaborating with local companies and recruiting partners to help you find a new job before graduation. They have already partnered with Teambox, Season and itnig here in Barcelona and they are building relationships with organizations throughout Europe. Read more
One of the most talked-about solutions of the mobile smartphone era is payments. Over the last few years the mobile payments space has simply exploded, with a host of new startups popping up what seems like every week. With options such as Square, Boku, Isis, Paymill, V.me, Google Wallet and the much-hyped Clinkle, all competing for market dominance, consumers and merchants appear spoilt for choice. But are they? The reality is consumers do not have any problem with payments. People can easily use cash, any number of cards and in some places, even cheques to make payments. So, no compelling customer pain-point to solve there. To wit: despite the increasing number of solutions being rolled out, consumer adoption remains low, primarily because their value proposition isn’t that compelling. The question then becomes “do any of the current options really digitalize your wallet?” Simply put, allowing consumers to make in-store purchases virtually, using existing payment methods such as credit cards as the predominant payment method does not add much value – I wouldn’t say converting your phone into a fancy card reader makes your life any easier. Read more
TECTEC is back for the 2nd edition of their event series aimed at breaking down the barriers between hackers, entrepreneurs, investors and key influencers in Barcelona. This Thursday, September 26th, Creative HotHouse will host a wonderful evening of music, speakers, pitches and demos guaranteed to engage your inner-techie and bring the Barcelona community together.
The TECTEC gathering has a different atmosphere than your typical tech meetup. Perhaps it’s the inclusiveness of the group, the accessibility of the speakers or general attitude of the people in the room that lends itself to creating new friendships and exploring new ideas. The first TECTEC event last March provided encouragement for the Barcinno project and validated our hypothesis that Barcelona has a tremendous amount of innovative stories for us to share.
Which companies will change the world? Each year the World Economic Forum publishes a report, which announces the most distinguishing companies of the year, because technologies and innovations are constantly changing. The list for 2014 with Technology Pioneers includes 36 (startup) companies. They are selected from a list of hundreds of applicants due to their demonstrative vision and leadership, potential for growth and innovative ideas, as well as their impact on society and business.
In a previous post, I wrote about all those lists and rankings. Why is this one important? The World Economic Forum is a worldwide acknowledged independent organization that acts as the foremost global community of businesses, politics, intellectuals and other leaders of society who are committed to improving the state of the world. Previous Technology Pioneers include Google (2001), Mozilla Corporation (2007), Wikimedia (2008), Twitter (2010), Dropbox (2012) and Kickstarter (2012), among others. With this the Technology Pioneers report has proven to be a strong indicator for upcoming trends. Read more
Surfing the web and scrolling through twitter, you are blown away by the sheer volume of lists: the top 5 tips for startups, 30 best social media tricks, 20 questions with this expert, 10 lessons from that expert or the 8 newest technology trends. Some are interesting to scroll through, others you forget in a second. But the fact remains, it is an appealing way to present information and increase traffic to your site. You are triggered to get inspired or to see whether you agree with the rankings. Or, perhaps, you or your sector is featured in one list and you could use it for extra publicity. Articles that provide advice on how to write blog posts stimulate the ‘list’ manner of writing. And your Google SEO just loves it. Read more
For a while now, we (and many others*) have been writing about the potential of the Barcelona ecosystem as a hub for entrepreneurship and innovation. The “potential” being characterized by elements such as entrepreneurial tools (e.g. universities and business schools), incubators programs**, co-working facilities with fast and cheap internet, mentor programs, angel investors, and R&D facilities from MNC and top of the world knowledge institutes. But how does this scene look geographically? How big is it? Well, different platforms provide different overviews. Let’s take a look.
In order to get a well rounded understanding, today we’ll investigate the four most known maps: Barcelona Research and Innovation Map (BRIM), Spain startup map , Foundum and Startup Genome.
Scrolling through the maps, it is interesting to see the landscape with so much variety. It makes you think, what are the possibilities for synergies with my own business? Or perhaps, how could I benefit from the list of active institutions/investors based in Barcelona able to provide financial support? Read more
This morning Barcinno had the opportunity to test drive the future as the new Google Glass Explorer made it’s Barcelona debut at the Mobile World Centre in Plaça Catalunya. The highly anticipated Google Glass Project is currently only available to software developers in the United States. While Google is aiming for a December 2013 public launch date, for proprietary reasons, they have yet to share the Glass experience with the rest of the world.
Despite the long wait, Project Glass has hardly been a secret. The first leaks appeared over 2 years ago and since February 2013, when US developers first got their hands on them, Google Glass videos have exploded across the web. It was even promoted through the viral Google contest #IfIHadGlass. But in the case that you have been lost at sea for the last 2 years and Barcinno is the first website you checked since being rescued, here’s how Glass works: Read more