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A working session was held on 25 April this year with the aim of setting up a network, establishing connections and providing support for the social digital innovation community, open technology and the maker movement in Barcelona, particularly in the Poblenou neighbourhood. The session looked at common experiences and projects under way, identifying needs and how to make improvements from a grass roots level upwards as a way of developing the local network. It provided a chance to hear about shortcomings detected and suggested improvements from those involved, as well as to promote the creation of a cluster to facilitate communication between different parties involved.

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Got an urban technology initiative you want to share on the Barcelona City Council stand at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017?

If so, your business, association or civic technology organisation has the chance to be presented on the Barcelona City Council stand at the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017, from 14 to 16 November. The event brings the latest developments and trends from this sector together under one roof in Barcelona.

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Barcelona City Council is taking part in the In(3D)ustry fair and the IOT World Congress to help the digital revolution improve quality of life in the city and create opportunities for local talent.    

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The commissioner believes that the blocking of websites is a worrying sign, as it represents an attack on the freedom of expression and information and the rights of citizens in Catalonia to access a free and open internet. Bria also explained that we need to jointly condemn these attacks and promote privacy in the use of technology as a way of standing up for citizen’s rights.

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Barcelona Open Data Challenge is an educational pilot scheme designed to get teenagers using the Open Data BCN portal, the City Council’s main website offering public data about the city.

The project consists of a competition for pupils in their third or fourth year of secondary school, their teachers acting as the channel to reach them. The aim is to create a space for pupils to put together proposals to improve the city of Barcelona by making use of over 420 datasets available on the Open Data BCN site.

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Barcelona City Council and ESADE organised an event held on 25 November entitled “Data Driven Cities”, to discuss Barcelona's future as a data-driven city.

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Barcelona City Council presented its ‘Barcelona, Digital City’ plan at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) 2016, as the roadmap for technological sovereignty for 2017-2020 and centring on the values of an open, equal, circular and democratic city.

The ‘Barcelona, Digital City’ plan, headed by the Commissioner for Technology and Digital Innovation, Francesca Bria, sets out how Barcelona can go beyond being a smart city and become a leader in technology, with a clear public and citizen leadership.