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FI-GLOBAL Report Summary

Project ID: 732056
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - FI-GLOBAL (FI-GLOBAL: Building and supporting a global open community of FIWARE innovators and users)

Reporting period: 2016-10-01 to 2017-11-30

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

FIWARE is an EU-sponsored open architecture and reference implementation providing a set of cloud-based APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that ease the development of client applications in multiple vertical sectors, such as smart cities, eHealth, agrifood, energy, manufacturing, and others. Its client-server nature, inherent to the cloud paradigm, is a good fit for a wide range of apps that need to be light on the user’s device, with the bulk of the data processed or stored away in a backend.

FIWARE ecosystems are being created all around Europe and beyond, reaching international players, organizations and initiatives all over the world. This is where FIWARE Mundus comes in, to establish worldwide links that help FIWARE to thrive within and beyond European borders by mobilizing innovation ecosystems in regions where FIWARE would help embracing the Future Internet challenges . FIWARE Mundus is particularly active at international level where it helps public and private organizations in charge of supporting the development of innovation and promoting the usage of FIWARE and the set-up of FIWARE ecosystems, with a view to make them sustainable.

The first main objective of FI-GLOBAL is to underpin the FIWARE global community, by increasing the number of FIWARE ecosystems all around the world whilst ensuring support to those already engaged.
To achieve this, FI-GLOBAL will identify and engage multiple noteworthy stakeholders: international public and private organizations and programmes that will help bootstrapping “innovation ecosystems” around FIWARE; business incubators and accelerators that will provide support to startups, having as reference the impact of the FIWARE Accelerate Programme; industry players and service providers that can enhance the open platform with additional FIWARE components and promote standardization opportunities; academic institutions, research centres and commercial organisations capable of deploying new FIWARE nodes and instances that serve to create and strengthen local ecosystems; academic institutions willing to facilitate a worldwide recognized FIWARE Master Course to educate future students around the FIWARE technology and establish international cooperation via the “FIWARE Education Community”

The second main objective of FI-GLOBAL is to incentivise the take-up of the FIWARE platform and facilitate the means for an effective cooperation among innovators, including SMEs and web entrepreneurs, and users from the global community.
FI-GLOBAL will mobilize a truly global marketplace of FIWARE applications that will stimulate new solutions and business ideas. It will also incentivize startups and SMEs to discover the open service platform and adopt the technology in their solutions.
Reaching both of these objectives will contribute to make FIWARE the “de facto” reference in terms of global/worldwide open source platform for building up Future Internet applications and solutions.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

FI-GLOBAL started with a set kick-off conferences, to start the activities, and had the first kick-off F2F meeting in Malaga, 12th December 2017.
In the first months an amendment was needed to include FIWARE Foundation which could not sign from the beginning due to administrative issues with their set up.
In addition, due to the discussions with the other projects funded under the same objective, we recognized the need to further support the installation of FIWARE Lab nodes and instances in India, in China (Hengqin city) and also in Senegal (Dakar). FI-GLOBAL did not originally include a partner with sufficient knowledge and expertise to carry out such installations. Therefore, Orange requested to sub-contract Pole Images & Réseaux, a French partner with experience in that domain.
D1.2 was delivered including the revision of the project work plan to take into account the status at administrative and consortium level, as well as the initial coordination and alignment with the other relevant FIWARE-related projects and initiatives.

Management and coordination with other projects:

In the coordination and administration we kept regular conferences and face to face meetings to track the progress and establish a solid strategy for the project development: 2nd General meeting took place 28th March and 29th March 2017 in Madrid, 3rd general meeting in Paris, 4th July 2017, and 4th General meeting in Malaga, Spain, 27th and 28th November 2017.
UPM continued the general coordination of the project by reviewing deliverables before submission, worked on financial matters for the project and organized the general meetings. General managerial and coordination activities happened inside the project and with other projects funded around FIWARE. Coordination calls with the Project Officer were regularly held.
In addition, concerning the coordination and of the FIWARE Mundus Committee, the first meeting was held on 13 December 2016 in Malaga, as part of the 1st FIWARE Summit. An interim chairperson as well as interim vice-chairs were appointed to monitor and coordinate the activities related to FIWARE on each continent that were targeted i.e. North America, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Subsequent meetings of the Mundus Committee were held and the 2nd and 3rd FIWARE Summits, which were respectively held in Utrecht, The Netherlands, on 29-31 May 2017, and in Malaga, Spain, on 28-30 November 2017 (FIWARE Tech Summit). All meetings benefited from an international audience. Individual members from Canada and from Mexico are members of the FIWARE Foundation and of the Mundus Committee. In addition, NEC, who is a Platinum member of the FIWARE Foundation, contributed to the 3rd Mundus Committee meeting and presented the situation in Japan.
Coordination with the other FIWARE Committees

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

Significant progress towards FIWARE broader adoption and pilot trials has been achieved in the USA, Canada, Senegal and China, while promotional activities have continued to happen in Chile and Colombia, Mexico, Morocco, and India. Some level of engagement has also been conducted in a few other countries. In Japan, NEC, who has joined the FIWARE Foundation as a Platinum member, is planning to build an industry-oriented ecosystem around FIWARE.
Most of the objectives defined for Year 1 of the project have been achieved or almost achieved, with the exception of international project or cooperation agreements and the engagement with an academic institution to actually launch the FIWARE Master Course. Specific attention shall be paid to those KPIs during Year 2 of the project. On the other hand, the participation in international events and workshops exceeded by far the objectives set, thus strengthening the visibility and exposure of FIWARE at global level.

FI-GLOBAL developed a tool for

FI-GLOBAL participated in many events at international level, as well as in events in Europe, in coordination with the FIWARE Foundation, notably the FIWARE Summits and the Smart City Expo World Congress. A dedicated international panel with representatives from four continents was organized in the 1st FIWARE Summit; contacts with non-European individuals and organisations interested in FIWARE happened during SCEWC both in 2016 and 2017.

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