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The last four years have seen the Barcelona Digital City Plan turn technology into the driving force taking us to a smarter, fairer and more cohesive and sustainable city

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Four videos, eight experiences and a common goal: to achieve a digital city for the people. “The digital revolution must serve the many and not just the few.” Francesca Bria, the Barcelona City Council Commissioner for Digital Technology and Innovation. 

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“Technology and data need to serve the people. They should give back financial and democratic control.” – Francesca Bria, Barcelona City Council's Commissioner for Digital Technology and Innovation.

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“Barcelona has a strong community of digital innovators focused on social impact and the maker movement is part of it.” – Tomás Díez, Fab Lab Barcelona Director.

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“It’s amazing to be able to approach technology without any fear, such as, “I can do this, right?” – Antonia Folguera, a Sonar+D curator.

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“Governments need to change. They are no longer vending machines offering health, education, transport or lighting, but work and act as facilitators to create common solutions.” – Anna Majó, the Director of Digital Innovation Director at Barcelona City Council.

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In 2017, “We're promoting what you do” subsidised ten projects with a €350,000 budget. The projects funded provided a solution for high social-impact needs, such as recycling, training and digital inclusion, reducing the digital gap and fighting against energy poverty.

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The latest issue of the magazine Barcelona Metròpolis is out now, and is dedicated to the digital city and the round table discussion “Digitalisation in the city: how are data generated and who controls them?”, which took place at Ca l’Alier as part of Mobile Week.

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Maker Morning # 5 will take place on Wednesday 6 March at InnoBa, Barcelona Activa's new centre for social and economic innovation. It will be the first Maker Morning get-together in 2019.

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As part of the City and Science Biennale, we have designed and developed innovative solutions for four challenges relating to healthy, sustainable eating habits, together with a hundred young people aged twelve to fifteen from three city secondary schools.

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