It was competing with 57 European candidates. Reached the final with two others cities and I won the prize. Today can already boast of being the first city which wins the title of European capital of innovation. And is that, Barcelona has it all: transport, urban planning, research, sustainability, mobility, open data… Many points in favor that, guided by a clear strategy, have earned to win an award pioneer in Europe closed the Innovation 2014 Convention held in Brussels.
Barcelona already is the fourth European city in the ranking of smart city, behind Copenhagen, Amsterdam and Vienna, and in front of Paris, something which has also valued the iCapital jury, convinced by its electric public fleet network, between which are vehicles for waste collection, bus, City police cars and taxis. In addition, green Nissan, the e-NV200 van is manufactured in the Zona Franca. In addition, the city will invest until the coming year 22.4 million euros to renovate the 3 lighting of Barcelona city, directing it towards the improvement of lighting levels and energy efficiency, with LED technology and control and regulation systems. On the other hand, the traffic lights with wifi newsagents were joined this February with this free hand Gowex.
Capital of The Mobile
Barcelona already beat Paris, Munich and Milan to be with the capital’s mobile 2012 until at least 2018. The last Mobile World Congress, held this February, attracted 85,000 visitors, from 201 countries and attracted a fair with more than 1,800 exhibiting companies, hundreds of networking events and professional conferences increasingly more oriented to the presence of influential star internationals from the likes of Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Jan Koum (Whatsapp) or Virginia Rometty (IBM).
Apps as allies
Opportunities that creates the mobile sector are not limited to the celebration of the International Congress – that leaves 350 million Euros in the city – but that has been created to her about an ecosystem that is private to encourage studies of young people in the sector but also the development of the mobile business, as companies in applications or marathons of creation of these apps that bloom almost by the minute in the city.
The use of technology to get closer to citizens is one of the efforts made by the city of Barcelona and more valued by the judges. The transparency of its administration, which pushed the plan for open Government, focuses on a portal and an app that will allow, among others, the full monitor and evaluate the interventions of the Councillors, see the information on municipal procurement or forecasts of quarterly closing, to monitor budget compliance.
Gradually dissolves the trace of the Olympics and sectors as of the design are still an essential in the development of the city, where 22nd District stands out as the axis of the new economy, ICT and innovation and where he opened the Disseny Hub Barcelona, new Museum and multipurpose space that welcomes acts as the 080 catwalk.