The Future of the Internet - Carlos and Kroes FI-WARE Call
Here’s a quick blog post written up by our lovely roving reporter Benjamin Hayward. There’s another one following behind it quite closely, so stay tuned!
First up this morning was Neelie Kroes, fresh from last night’s opening ceremony along with Deborah Ripple, Luis Ivan Cuende and Carlos Domingo.
Talking about the future of the Internet, Neelie started by insisting Campuseros never assume they’ve reached the limit of what can be achieved. She was confident that research and innovation will continue to power transformation across Europe and encouraged Campuseros to take advantage of the Marketplace to network and find collaborators for their initiatives.
Neelie reminded the audience that innovations don’t build themselves, leading her to mention the freshly launched Fi-Lab; state-of-the-art free technology, open and accessible to everyone to build platforms, applications and whatever else they can imagine to make smarter cities and a connected continent a reality sooner rather than later.
Carlos Domingo, CEO of Product Development and Innovation at Telefónica Digital, excited much of the audience by explaining the FI-WARE consortium are ready to invest $1.1 million in prizes to reward the next big innovations in the internet using FI-WARE. (www.fi-ware.eu <http://www.fi-ware.eu> )
Not only that, but throughout 2014/15 the EU is devoting another €100 million to distribute amongst EU start-ups who choose to build their initiatives on top of the FI-WARE ecosystem; academics, entrepreneurs and co-funding for bigger companies alike.
Carlos insisted that FI-WARE is a collaboration-first initiative to empower and enable entrepreneurs rather than any one company controlling the digital toolset.
Neelie again urged everyone in the audience to read and sign http://startupmanifesto.eu/ that ‘should be common policy for all EU member states’ and Carlos Domingo advised Campuseros to think beyond their own country and at least at a European level to provide the scale needed for a new business to survive.
Following this morning’s news about Microsoft’s purchase of their device division, Carlos openly praised Nokia for looking toward the future and their other three profitable divisions, rather than the past and encouraged us all to do the same.