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One hand holds a cellphone inside an empty bus
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“What if...? Discussion cycle #desdecasa” is a series of virtual dialogues organised by the Fundació BIT Habitat as a window for discussion and reflection on the current health emergency and the digital transformation which may result from this exceptional time. The first session is devoted to digital rights and technological sovereignty.

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Barcelona City Council, through the Fundació BIT Habitat, is looking for SMEs and start-ups with ready-made solutions about to be rolled out which respond to one or several of the many challenges posed by the current health crisis.

The Misty II Assistance and Surveillance Robot.
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Misty II, a robot that monitors and cares for its user, and a platform for meeting elderly people's basic and care needs have won the “How to improve elderly people's quality of life using technology” challenge, organised by the City Council and Mobile World Capital Barcelona as part of the 5G Barcelona initiative. The winners will receive €100,000 to fund a pilot test to try out their solutions in Barcelona, starting this coming March.

 

Meeting of the members of the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights in Barcelona in November 2019.
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On the 19th of November, the second Members took of the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights took place in Barcelona, with a total of 15 cities present. We took the opportunity to reflect on the past  year, as well as to look forward to the next and to finalize the Coalition’s Strategy 2020.

 

Open doors at the Fab Lab in Nou Barris.
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Here we present the projects that received subsidies through the Impulsem el que fas (We boost what you do) 2018 programme in the digital social innovation (DSI) category, which has just come to an end, and those that have been selected for the 2019 programme, to be developed over the coming year.

Sant Antoni's Superblock.
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At a time when societies are tending towards an increasingly steady dehumanisation, cities have become the key to putting people at the centre of urban initiatives.

Meeting "How to protect the commons of data extractivism" from the DSIPLAY cycle.
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DSIPLAY, the series of Digital Social Innovation experiences, has closed with the session How to protect the commons from data extractivism. Open networks and open knowledge , which took place in the Hangar on 26 November. Various projects concerning digital business, the conservation of digitally generated knowledge and crowdfunding explained the problems they were facing.

Exhibition “Humanising technology for BARCELONA” in Ca l'Alier.
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The “Humanising technology for BARCELONA” exhibition shares with city residents the smart city policies and projects presented at this year's Smart City Expo World Congress and promoted by Barcelona City Council. You can visit the exhibition free of charge throughout December, at Ca l’Alier.

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The i.lab, the Barcelona laboratory for accelerating sustainable and social urban innovation, presented the results of its first year of activity at the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC). It also announced its continued collaboration with the DataCity programme, which promotes the use of data to tackle the city's challenges.

Un moment del tercer Dia i.lab, celebrat a Ca l'Alier.
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Representatives from Barcelona's i.lab and the urban labs in Amsterdam, Aarhus and Dublin reaffirm the importance of urban innovation laboratories for the continent's major cities.

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