The Digital Future Society (DFS), a “think tank for worldwide technology and citizen training” promoted by the Mobile World Capital Barcelona Foundation, began its activity on November 14 with an international meeting within the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress in which it tackled the challenges and opportunities posed by digitalization that will mark the future development of our society. As a project born with a global ambition, DFS raises its reflection to address issues of international impact that transcend traditional states or organizations. In this line, the value proposal of DFS goes further and brings to the debate a space -the city of Barcelona- where to make this reflection a reality and see how to approach certain opportunities and problems.
The program was also born with the purpose of offering concrete solutions to the new scenarios associated with digitalization, and with this objective the Global Board of Trustees met for the first time. In parallel, the summit also had a co-creation workshop in which more than 70 professionals and experts from the fields of innovation and technology, researchers, thinkers and representatives of civil society, among others, participated.
DFS has the involvement of the City Council of Barcelona, the Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) and the Ministry of Economy and Business: the session was closed by Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona, Jordi Puigneró, Digital Policy Advisor of the Generalitat, and Francisco Polo, Secretary of State for Digital Advance.
Also present at the session were Luca de Meo, president of SEAT, John Hoffman, CEO of GSMA Ltd., Daria Tataj, Strategy and Policy Advisor of the European Union, and Rahilla Zafar, Managing Director of ConsenSys, all of them members of the Global Advisory Board, as well as Arantza Ezpeleta, general director of Technology and Innovation of Acciona, Sarah Harmon, general director for Spain and Portugal of LinkedIn, and Andreu Veà, president of Internet Society in Spain, among others.
DFS is born with a structure distributed in three areas: the think tank as a center of reflection, a laboratory to test and develop the proposals of the working groups that make up this think tank from Barcelona, and a calendar of activities throughout the year, for specialized or general public, who will bring these abstract concepts closer together and train citizens to face the challenges of digitization.
After this first Summit, the DFS agenda is already scheduled to hold two specialized meetings during December in Barcelona and Madrid, and a new summit that will take place on February 24, 2019 within the GSMA Mobile World Congress.
According to La Vanguardia, DFS will have a budget of 3,5 million euros in 2019, “of which 1,5 are contributed by the foundation integrated by the City Council of Barcelona, the Generalitat, the Government and the GSMA, among others. The other two million corresponds the Secretary of State for Digital Advance, directed by Francisco Polo. The people in charge of the project are looking for three more millions in the private sector, to be able to carry out the great world forum that is called to be the culmination of everything that now starts.”