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Barcelona is innovation

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  • GSMA Mobile World Congress

    This is the most important mobile technology fair in the world, where the latest innovations from the big companies are put on show.

  • Mobile World Capital

    Barcelona will be the world mobile capital until 2018. This means organising the Mobile World Congress every year and being a world leader in this technology.

  • decidim.barcelona

    A participatory process for citizens to set out priority areas of action for municipal government.

  • BIT Habitat

    The Barcelona Institute of Technology for the Habitat is a non-profit organisation which aims to promote economic, social and urban-planning innovation in Barcelona and respond to the new challenges facing the city.

  • Barcelona Innova Week

    Barcelona Innova Week, formerly Smart City Week, is a space for experimentation, reflection and dialogue on the relationship between people, technologies and cities.

  • Fab labs

    Fab labs aim to stimulate creativity and local talent, experimentation, research and combined learning.

Innovation in Barcelona

Talking about Barcelona is to speak about the world mobile capital and an international benchmark in the use of technology as a way of managing a city intelligently. It is the number one smart city in Spain.

Its desire to be ever more intelligent is turning it into one of the most attractive cities in the world and a great brand.

Barcelona is...

  • Smart City

    Barcelona is the number one smart city in Spain, ranked fourth in Europe, and leads the way in transforming quality of life, safety and equality.

  • Supercomputing

    Barcelona is home to the Mare Nostrum supercomputer, one of the most important research infrastructures in Europe.

  • Applications

    Barcelona is committed to developing mobile applications to improve people's quality of life.

  • Electric Vehicles

    Barcelona is committed to electric vehicles and is the testing ground for various initiatives like the "LIVE" project.

  • ICT

    In southern Europe the Catalan capital leads the way in adopting ICTs and it has one of the highest ICT penetration rates in homes and businesses.

  • Open Data

    Open Data Barcelona is at the forefront of open data. There are currently around 300 data sets on the city.

  • Mobiles

    World Mobile Capital, Barcelona is a global benchmark in the application of mobile technologies to improve quality of life.

A smart city

The continual spirit of innovation and the desire to apply these advances to many, diverse fields has made Barcelona a world leader in architecture, design, the performing arts, food, sport, tourism, scientific research, knowledge and the social environment.

Barcelona is the Mobile World Capital, the global benchmark city for innovation and talent in the field of mobile phones, and each year it organises the GSMA Mobile World Congress, which brings together over 70,000 professionals in the sector.

Living innovation

The Catalan capital has demonstrated its readiness for innovation with an advanced network of infrastructures, like Wi-Fi in the streets, meaning 500 free access points across all the city's neighbourhoods, a fibre optic network and the development of 4G technology. In addition to this, there is District 22@Barcelona, an important platform that makes Barcelona one of the most dynamic cities in the field of innovation.

The city has developed and consolidated a large number of mobile applications to make it easier for residents and visitors alike to access useful information and to make their lives easier. There are around 40 applications with almost a million downloads between them. On an international level, Barcelona is also a pioneering city for open data, and there are currently around 300 data sets on the city.

Innovation has also been applied to mobility and transport with initiatives such as the new bus network, which incorporates technological features that provide information to its users.

Barcelona also stands out in the field of energy efficiency. It already has a smart street, Avinguda de Josep Tarradellas, which incorporates presence sensors that turn up the light when they detect a pedestrian. In fact, the city has become a test bed, where technology companies such as Cisco SystemsGDF SuezSchneider ElectricHP, Microsoft, Telefònica and Abertis Telecom try out initiatives like smart traffic lights, traffic control, fibre optics, recycling bin sensors, smart domestic gas and water meters, and LED public lighting. It is also the headquarters of BIT Habitat, a foundation that encourages innovation in new urban services by collaborating with companies.

In southern Europe, Barcelona leads the way in adopting Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs), with one of the highest ICT penetration rates in homes and businesses, as well as pioneering the development of e-Government. There are 2,150 ICT-sector businesses in the city, 210 technology and research parks and centres, and 9 internationally recognised science facilities, like the Barcelona Supercomputing Centre.

  • Barcelona Urban Lab

    This is an initiative to make Barcelona a testing ground for innovative solutions for companies in areas like urban development, mobility and transport.

  • Open Data Barcelona

    Barcelona makes information from City Hall and the city itself available to users as open data.

  • LIVE: electric vehicle

    A public-private platform for promoting electric mobility and natural-gas-powered vehicles.

  • Cibernàrium

    This is one of Barcelona Activa's technological training and information programmes aimed at professionals and companies.

  • Barcelona City Council E-Headquarters

    This is a virtual office that provides Barcelona citizens with information, online services and the City Council's electronic procedures, for example, the Official Bulletin or the e-Registry.

  • Virtual Procedures Office

    The Barcelona City Council virtual procedures office lets you carry out lots of municipal procedures from home or download the documents you need for doing it in person.

  • BIT Habitat

    This organisation promotes initiatives aimed at building a more sustainable city and improving the quality of life of people who live there.