Barcelona is to host the third edition of the Sharing Cities Summit on the collaborative economy, coinciding with the Smart City Expo World Congress 2018. The international meeting comes to Barcelona having previously been held in Amsterdam and New York.
The third edition of the Sharing Cities Summit, an international meeting on the growth of collaborative economies, will be held in Barcelona next year from 13 to 18 November, coinciding with the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) 2018.
The meeting will be organised by Barcelona City Council, in collaboration with the Dimmons research group from the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; the SCEWC and the cities of New York, Amsterdam, Paris and the rest of the Sharing Cities network.
The Sharing Cities Summit is an international meeting of experts and cities which looks at the different types of collaborative economies, how they affect city life and what measures can be taken to boost their positive effects and mitigate their negative aspects.
The series of Sharing Cities Summits started two years ago in Amsterdam, with a second edition being held in New York and the third edition to be held in Barcelona.
The summit, which will further enhance the programme for the Smart City Expo World Congress 2018, is the result of internationalisation work by Barcelona City Council which has led to collaborative agreements with other global cities such as New York.
Innovation and enterprise corridor with Kyoto and Fukuoka
During the SCEWC 2017, and with a view to establishing collaboration with other global cities to boost innovation, Barcelona Activa signed an agreement with Kyoto’s Advanced Telecommunications Research Institute International (ATR) to exchange start-ups and talent, in an act attended by the vice governor for the Prefecture of Kyoto, Akimasa Yamashita. The collaboration will be implemented via the ATR.
A meeting was also held with the enterprise team from Fukuoka to look at the possibility of an agreement with the municipal agency.
Contacts and business opportunities for local companies
The SCEWC 2017 provided a setting to add vitality to the local ecosystem of technology start-ups, with backing from Barcelona Activa. One notable example was the SynergyS, a cooperation market between companies and start-ups. Another was the Job Market Place, connecting SMEs with professionals. In addition, the seventeen companies represented at the Barcelona City Council stand had the chance to promote their projects and establish contacts with forty potential customers during the event.
This networking and business cooperation activity enabled collaboration between ten major companies presenting challenges and fifty start-ups and SMEs which had the opportunity to propose solutions. Participating companies included the likes of B:SM, Ecoserveis, TEB, Port de Barcelona and Suiphos.
Job Market Place
Forty Barcelona professionals took part in this recruiting and networking event as candidates for companies in the sector such as Lavola 1981 and Biwel Salud Empresarial, which are interested in meeting and taking on up to twelve different professional profiles.
During the SCEWC 2017 the twenty finalists of the Challenge Barcelona-NY were announced, ten from the challenges organised in each city with the aim of facilitating urban mobility for the visually-impaired. Three of the finalists are start-ups from Barcelona.
The challenge is a joint initiative by the New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT), Barcelona City Council, via Barcelona Activa, the Municipal IT Institute, the Area of Mobility and the Municipal Institute for People with Disabilities.
Three proposals for the challenge in Barcelona were submitted by Barcelona companies and three were from the USA, the rest coming from other countries. The winners will be announced in December and will be able to conduct a pilot scheme in the city, receiving 40,000 euros in funds.
The finalists for the challenge specific to Barcelona are:
-AIRA, San Diego, USA
-Be My Eyes, San Francisco, USA
-Biel Glasses, Barcelona
-FeelSpace, Osnabrück, Germany
-GIngerMind Technologies, Bangalore, India
-iMERCiV, Toronto, Canada
-Right Hear, Ra’anana, Israel
-Sensible Innovations, Springfield, USA
-Xarxa Ambiental, Barcelona