C2C Technical workshop on FIWARE for Smart Cities in Jabalpur, 25-26 Nov., 2016.
FI-MEDIA C2C networking and technical workshop
A two day National Conference on Smart Cities (NCSC 2016) was jointly organized by PDPM Indian Institute of Information Technology, Design and Manufacturing, Jabalpur (PDPM IIITDMJ) and Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) during November 25-26, 2016, in association with EU-India FI-MEDIA project, Think India Forum, and Jabalpur Smart City Limited. The conference was hosted in the premises of PDPM IIITDM Jabalpur.
The selection of Jabalpur as the venue is important since Jabalpur was announced by the Government of India in seventh place in the list of first 20 smart cities under ‘Smart Cities Mission’, where the aim is to identify challenges and explore opportunities in order to support creativity and interdisciplinary collaboration required for development of smart cities.
As part of this event, on 26th November, 2016, FI-MEDIA C2C and Smart Cities Lab India organised a full day hands-on developers workshop on FIWARE technologies specifically for Smart Cities, including IoT.
There were over 100 participants for the entire day at the FI-MEDIA C2C / Smart Cities Lab India workshop. The workshop was conducted by expert FIWARE trainers from Smart Cities Lab India and the lessons included real application for Smart cities, including those related to Internet of Things (IoT).
More information including program can be found here.
A full report of the National Conference on Smart Cities can be found here.
A full report of the C2C FIWARE workshop held on 26th November, 2016 can be found here.
Confederation of India Industry (CII)’s 13th Global SME Business Summit 2016 – 22-23rd, November, 2016 in New Delhi, India.
Confederation of India Industry (CII)’s organised their 13th Global SME Business Summit 2016 – 22-23rd, November, 2016 in New Delhi, India.
As part of this event, EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA assisted CII to organise a breakout session dedicated to India - EU cooperation.
If interested in additional information, please read a summary report of the session prepared by FI-MEDIA and visit the event web site.
CII Regional Session on Europe
Strengthening EU-India Digital Agenda 2020 – Trade, Technology and Innovation: Workshop hosted by IIT Delhi on 1st October, 2016
Mr. Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Mr. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission, and Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of the Republic of India met in Brussels on 30th March, 2016 for the 13th European Union - India Summit. They endorsed the EU-India Agenda for Action-2020 as a common roadmap to jointly guide and strengthen the India-EU Strategic Partnership in the coming years. The agenda was further built upon the shared objectives and outcomes of the Joint Action Plans of 2005 and 2008. In addition to water management, energy and climate cooperation, urban development, migration and mobility, the EU-India Agenda for Action 2020 also includes a key thematic focus related to “Information and communication technologies (ICT)”, such as:
Create synergies between the "Digital India" initiative and the EU's “Digital Single Market”, in particular by cooperating on economic and regulatory issues (e.g. market access), ICT standardization, Internet Governance, research and innovation as well as innovative start-up companies ("Startup Europe India Network") and by making good use of the annual Joint ICT Working Group and Business Dialogue.
In this context, a Workshop was organised on October 1, 2016, jointly by the EU-India FI-MEDIA partner, IIT Delhi, Department of Management Studies; The Centre for Digital Economy Policy Research; KPMG in India and the Delegation of the European Union to India to discuss and strengthen ties with EU – “Strengthening EU India Digital- Trade, Technology and Innovation”. The workshop focussed on the future prospects and areas where India and EU can work together in the sphere of Trade, Technology and Innovation.
A report of the workshop can be found here.
EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 conference, 21-22nd Sept. 2016, Goa, India
FI-MEDIA C2C networking event
The EU-India FI-MEDIA partners, Waterford Institute of Technology, IIT Delhi, and Beyond Evolution Tech Solutions, participated to the EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 conference, held on 21-22nd September 2016, in Goa, India. The event was held at National Institute of Oceanography(NIO), within its headquarters at Dona Paula, Goa. NIO is a premier marine science research institute and one of the 37 constituent laboratories of the Council of Scientific & Industrial Research (CSIR).
Organised by the Indigo Policy and Inno Indigo projects
, the EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 event brought together EU and India based researchers, SMEs and policy makers to discuss the latest policy, research and innovation developments in the field of bio-economy and offer extended networking opportunities.
The conference covered four topics:
1. Sustainable Food Security – research and innovation all along the food chain, from primary production, food processing to healthy and safe foods and diets;
2. Blue Growth –Testing, demonstrating, scaling-up and bringing to the market innovative marine and maritime technologies, products and services, as well as exploring the interactions between the oceans and human health, and strengthening the capability to observe and map oceans and seas basins;
3. Bio-based innovation for sustainable goods and services – Securing sustainable biomass supply for biobased goods and services and the future development of bio-based markets, for example by promoting stakeholder engagement; and
4. Rural Renaissance – Innovation as driver for rural development, with a particular emphasis on developing framework conditions for innovation and new business models adapted to the rural context, and support for skills development in rural communities.
Mr. James Clarke of Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), coordinator of EU-India FI-MEDIA, made a presentation as a panelist in the dedicated sessions on Rural Renaissance.
Mr. Clarke’s presentation
focused on the work being carried out in the EU-India FI-MEDIA project, which has created a cluster to cluster (C2C) partnership on Smart village ecosystems
. Mr. Abhishek Sharma, Managing Director of Beyond Evolution Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd, a Gurgaon based company working in the IOT / Mobile Solutions domain and Co-Partner to the FI-Media project, was also a panelist and gave a presentation entitled Rural Development through Innovative Approach
, citing a number of exemplar case studies for generating a Rural Renaissance, including the WIT projects, H2020 Aquasmart
Participation to this event for the EU-India FI-MEDIA partners was very fruitful and a substantial number of researchers and industry were recruited to participate to the C2C partnership on Smart village ecosystems
in the FI-MEDIA project. In addition, there was significant interest in the EU's FIWARE
platfform and the FI-MEDIA C2C on Bringing FIWARE to the India context, especially for Smart Agriculture applications.
All presentations for the EU-India STI Cooperation Days 2016 conference can be found here
FI-MEDIA C2C workshop on bringing FIWARE to the India context at IIT Delhi on 19th September, 2016
FI-MEDIA C2C Partnership workshop
As a follow up to their C2C meeting on this topic in January, 2016 and May, 2016, an FI-MEDIA C2C partnership event was held on 19th September, 2016, bringing together stakeholders from EU and India entitled "FIWARE – Industry - Developers Workshop".
is an EU led initiative that was started in 2009 as part of a Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), which is comprised of an Advanced OpenStack-based Cloud + rich library of Generic Enablers (GE) that make the development process much easier by hiding complexities (e.g. protocols) from the developers.
The FI-MEDIA project has teamed up with Smart Cities Lab India, based in Mumbai, India, with the strong support of the FI-PPP Steering Board, based in the EU.
The concept of the Lab India is to invite all interested stakeholders from students’ communities, academics and professionals’ world to join hands and spread the FIWARE platform to the advantage of a new ‘smart’ living. Together, through the FI-MEDIA C2C partnership programme, Smart Cities Lab India and FI-MEDIA are committed to expand the group and promote FIWARE by working closely with corporates, start-ups incubated within Institutions of higher learning (IITs/IIMs), and college students via workshops, internships, lab and competitive schemes.
With this purpose in mind, a full day clustering partnership event was hosted at the Department of Management Studies (DMS) at IIT Delhi on 19th September, 2016, bringing together all of the above stakeholders with a goal of showing how over 1,000 FIWARE based services are already enabling business acceleration in relevant sectors such as Smart Cities, Agri-Food and Manufacturing and to show how FIWARE’s mature technologies and wide-reaching open innovation and business ecosystem can rapidly open up new business opportunities to drive India’s digital revolution and boost the India economy.
Opening the C2C workshop, M.P. Gupta, Dhananjay Chair Professor & Head of Department, DMS, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, (IITD) and co-partner of EU-India FI-MEDIA, said, "The „Government of India (GoI)" initiatives towards developing 100 smart cities triggered enormous interest as it opened up vast opportunities to connect, collaborate and co-create a new landscape of living. Since then, in subsequent discussions fora, we feel there should be a focus on something more like 500, including smart villages, as the supply chain including "smart ICT’s" needs to be harmonised between cities and rural areas. IIT Delhi especially welcomes the EU FIWARE team from Smart Cities Lab India and we look forward in today's workshop to learn about FIWARE’s technologies and how it can open up new business opportunities in the context of smart cities and smart villages and contribute to the Digital India programme ".
According to the Technical Report
published in November 2015 from Telecommunication Engineering Centre (TEC) India on ICT deployments and strategies for India's Smart Cities:…Cities will increasingly move from being service providers to platform ones, providing an infrastructure that enables the development of a broad range of public and private applications and services. Standardized technologies and infrastructures is a prerequisite for the development of Smart Cities. "The report recommend explicit "instead of replicating infrastructure for every city in a state, ideally it makes sense that the different Smart Cities in a State leverage the State level Infrastructure".
According to Olaf-Gerd Gemein, CEO of Smart Cities Lab global network and Chair Steering Board Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), “FIWARE, as a technology agnostic and royalty-free middle-platform, can be deployed on any existing technical infrastructure, hence providing Open API north- as well southbound. By this, Smart Cities Lab, powered by FIWARE and OpenStack, enables effectiveness of delivery through integration and efficiency through dynamic workload migration and sharing of resources. A city platform based on FIWARE and OpenStack is capable of working as a „glue“, to support the many ‘smart’ projects and cases already envisaged, to allow the development of others as yet not conceived, and to enable the use of the new technologies and standards which are still evolving. The actual momentum, as 37 (plus 63 to be nominated later) cities in India facing the same challenge to choose the „right“approach, clearly making FIWARE today the platform of choice. Kickstarting with IIT Delhi in India now, we are looking forward to support all Smart Cities in India!”, concluded Mr. Germein.
James Clarke, Waterford Institute of Technology, EU-India FI-MEDIA coordinator, concluded, “The FI-MEDIA project is delighted to be working with Smart Cities Lab India in bringing FIWARE to the India context in smart cities, including smart villages, as part of one of our C2C partnerships activities, whose principle objective is to partner EU and India clusters on mutually beneficial topics. Furthermore, our C2C partnerships are designed to have sustainability as a guiding principle and having an initiative on board like Smart Cities Lab India that has business development as a core principle will ensure that sustainability will be achieved in a more commercialised setting."
In the concluding part, Abhishek Sharma, Managing Director of Beyond Evolution Tech Solutions Pvt Ltd, a Gurgaon based company working in the IOT / Mobile Solutions domain and Co-Partner to the FI-Media project, elaborated the concept of C2C partnership and explained the sustainability model as guiding principle behind effective C2C partnership. A format for identifying the common areas of interest and selection of topics of mutual interest for the C2C partnership, “C2C Cooperation Topic Matrix", was also discussed in his talk. On the role of FIWARE towards the industry, in conjunction with the FI-Media , he stated “The industry, with ever growing demands for providing more and more innovative solutions, is always hungry for tools and support platforms like FIWARE that can enhance the speed of development, quality and overall productivity of the solutions. The FIWARE platform, its enablers and various FIWARE Labs can play a very effective role in improving the capabilities of the Smart Cities’ solutions. The FIWARE platform, with its open source - open contribution philosophy, can harness the potential of the multitudes, make healthy supplements for the excellence of few and, thereby, become a superb contributor to the Software development fraternity. Smart Cities India Labs and EU-India FI-Media jointly should be able to promote the collective wisdom of the Industry and Research segments and establish Cluster to Cluster partnerships between EU and India that would become shining bright lights capable of making great contributions towards building Smart Societies."
The workshop was broken into two halves:
1. Smart City Lab India / Industry Business Opportunities session for clustering around business opportunities between the EU and India in areas related to Smart Cities, Smart Villages, and the use of EU’s platform FIWARE in these opportunities.
2. FIWARE developer workshop demonstrating the benefits of the Open platform FIWARE with tutorials and the setting up of real examples (e.g. IoT apps) for Smart City environments.
The full day C2C event covered the following aspects:
The purpose of the EU-India FI-MEDIA project in facilitating C2C partnerships between EU and India;
'Smart Cities Lab India’, a focused initiative to develop Smart Cities with FIWARE Open Platform throughout India;
FIWARE resources available in India through the Smart Cities Lab India Lab;
The plans for fostering business opportunities with FIWARE based solutions;
Training and other support activities planned for start-ups and developers in India;
Hands on Tutorials on setting up FIWARE accounts;
Presentation on Quality Assessment activities in FIWARE;
Example FIWARE services running in India and Europe for Smart cities, IoT, etc.;
Hands on Tutorial on writing applications for Smart cities and IoT with FIWARE;
Planning for follow up events at IIT Delhi and IIT Jabalpur and participation to road show style events later in the year in Q4 2016; and
Contributing to the clustering partnership programmes between EU and India.
The full report of the event is now available here
C2C Workshop held at IIT Delhi on FIWARE in the India context in June, 2016
FI-MEDIA C2C Partnership workshop
A C2C Workshop was organised by EU-India FI-Media partners at the premises of Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD) for improved understanding of the FIWARE platform and exploring the application development utilising the FIWARE tools.
The objectives of the workshop were:
1. Develop better understanding on FIWARE in general;
2. How FIWARE platform &Tools may be used for research and innovation projects;
3. How the Software industry can best exploit the FIWARE for developing the applications faster and better structured;
4. How the different entities that are working on similar/ allied areas of interest can be clustered for better cooperation and results and events planning.
A short report of the workshop can be found here
EU-India FI-MEDIA presents at the EU-India policy dialogue working meeting for 2016
Joint ICT Working Group meeting
The European Commission hosted the annual EU-India Joint ICT Working group meeting in Brussels on 13-14th June, 2016.
The coordinator of the EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project, James Clarke of Waterford Institute of Technology, was invited to participate with a presentation at the meeting.
The overall theme of the EU-India policy dialogue working meetings was "Linking Digital India and the Digital Single Market for Europe".
As presented at the meetings in Brussels, the results of the EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA project were found to be well in synchronization with both the EU and India priorities for mutually beneficial cooperation, which include topics in relation to Internet of Things (IoT), Smart cities, and 5G.
The full presentation made by Mr. Clarke at the meeting can be found here
In addition, a summary handout paper was given to the attendees, which can be found here
FI-Media coordinates with an EU delegation on FIWARE and Smart Cities Lab India.
FI-MEDIA C2C networking event
On May 11th, 2016, the FI-MEDIA project, in conjunction with a distinguished team from the EU, led by Mr. Olaf-Gerd Gemein, actually chairing the Steering Board of the Future Internet PPP and Co-Founder of the Smart Cities Lab, organized a follow up session to their C2C on Bringing FIWARE to India in the setting of Smart Villages/Cities.
The networking sessions was co-located with the 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 Expo
being held 11-13th May, 2016 in New Delhi, in which FIWARE, the EU's Open Technology Platform, was being presented.
The purpose of the networking meeting was to identify interested business partners in India and to explain the FIWARE technologies involved and benefits in more detail and talk about the establishment of real business opportunities in areas related to Smart cities and FIWARE
, and to explain a strategy for a follow-up consisting of a larger group coming to India in the autumn (currently scheduled for 1.-7. November, 2016) showcasing the potential of Smart Cities solutions with FIWARE.
These sets of meetings co-organised by FI-MEDIA resulted in the coming together of participants from FI-MEDIA project's Cluster to Cluster (C2C) members, FIWARE Mundus
, the Future Internet PPP and Smart Cities Labs will enable greater momentum of the take-off of FIWARE in India, in particular, within the important business setting of Smart Cities, including Smart Villages.
Additional information on this successful event can be found here
EU-India FI-MEDIA project C2C Partnership event held on 22nd January, 2016 at IIT Delhi
FI-MEDIA C2C Partnership workshop
The EU-India FI-MEDIA project has held its second successful Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnership event, in relation to bringing the EU's FIWARE program and examining its potential for Smart environments (e.g., Smart cities, Smart villages, Smart campus, ... ) in India.
is an EU led initiative that was started as part of a Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), which is comprised of an Advanced OpenStack-based Cloud + rich library of Generic Enablers (GE) that make the development process much easier by hiding complexities (e.g. protocols) from the developers. A number of the major differential features of FIWARE are available including those related to Cloud, Data, IoT, Smart city / energy related apps, MiWi, Security, privacy and others.
Although born in the EU, through the FIWARE Mundus
global component, FIWARE is being extended towards other regions around the world who share the ambition, including India and there is a welcomed opportunity to form a FIWARE C2C partnership with the important topics in India, such as smart campus, smart village, M2M, IoT, etc.
A co-organised FI-MEDIA C2C event on bringing FIWARE to India was held co-located with a larger scale event being held in IIT Delhi entitled International Conference on Smart Cities (ICSC 2016
) on 22nd January, 2016.
A full report of the event, including brochure, can be found here
C2C Workshop on Smart Village Ecosystems held on 18th Dec. 2015 at IIT Delhi
FI-MEDIA C2C Partnership workshop
On 18th December, 2015, the EU funded EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA and India funded UNNAT BHARAT ABHIYAN initiative organised a joint workshop on the building of an EU-INDIA Cluster to Cluster (C2C) Partnership on ‘Smart Village Ecosystems’. The full day C2C workshop was held in the Senate Room at IIT Delhi.
The main purpose of the FI-MEDIA / UBA Cluster to Cluster (C2C) workshop was brainstorming from the perspectives of both EU and India to develop clarity on various research and innovation (R&I) challenges and potential solutions related to the development of 'Smart Villages', including Pilots.
The workshop program contained the following sessions: Inaugural session, Presentations on Rural projects by IIT Madras, Clustering opportunities for Smart Village Ecosystems in India, Clustering with EU initiatives to enable solutions for Smart villages, & Sustainability: Aligning with existing Programs: Reflections on Policy.
Through the 50+ workshop participants, a wide range of stakeholders were in attendance, including research and innovation organisations, academia, industry, NGO and Government of India and EU.
The overall report of the C2C workshop can be found here