ECIM’s first pilot in Barcelona will be tested at the Mobile World Congress

What international conferences and global cities have in common? They are both truly rich in experiences and activities but also daunting with busy roads and agendas. That is why ECIM created an application that will allow you to move through Barcelona and the Mobile World Congress venue at the touch of a button.

You will have your map, calendar, events, points of interest (eg. your hotel) and public transport information at your fingerprints. Receive reminders and get directions – all without changing screens! What is more, you won’t even have to download the app.

ECIM is looking to develop the best possible service therefore, is asking all Mobile World Congress and 4YFN participants to take part in the testing. Register here to join the group of innovators and get the unique opportunity to use the first prototype from the 2nd to 5th of March 2015. You will receive a message with the link to the application on Monday.

What is asked of you is to use the app for at least one day and tell ECIM about your experience by filling a brief questionnaire. You can also come and talk to the project team at its booth at 4YFN.

The European Cloud Marketplace for Intelligent Mobility (ECIM) is a new solution, backed by the European Commission, set to change the way we access and use transport apps for the better. In a nutshell, ECIM replaces the 100s apps cluttering up your phone with a single interface. ECIM is an event and journey planner with a difference, where you not only decide which event to attend but also manage the different transport combinations – taxi, bus, train, bicycle hire – all using your favourite apps.

ECIM, with the collaboration of ESADE, is developing a flexible cloud platform where any app or online service can be uploaded in just a few clicks. Once in our cloud, ECIM gives users the full range of available services through a single interface on their smartphone. What’s more, service providers that migrate their apps to the ECIM cloud receive access to unique features that improve the user experience for their customers. From ‘one-time’ registration for all services to a shared payment system that covers the cost of a trip in one press of a button, ECIM eliminates confusing processes to get users moving faster.

ECIM is testing several prototypes in four European cities: Brussels, Belgium; Issy-Lex Moulineaux, France; Birmingham UK and Barcelona, Spain. ECIM Barcelona app is one of the platform’s proofs of concept that once tested, will give a way to new services and solutions.

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CIC’s Deputy Director Mila Gascó at the Hawaii International Conference on Information Systems

Mila Gascó, Deputy Director at the Center for Innovation in Cities, was one of the symposium leaders at the Hawaii International Conference on Information Systems.

The conference, held the 5-8th of January, brought together researchers from all over the world to exchange scientific ideas on Information Systems.

One of the most important symposiums and the one that attracted most participants was the one leaded by Mila Gascó, ESADE professor and Deputy Director at the Center for Innovation in Cities.

As the 8thth e-Government Symposium of the Conference, the symposium debated on the challenges of open innovation in the public sector, the differences between co-creation (open innovation) and co-production (open services), their different types and its implications, factors and incentives for citizens.

Titled “Innovating together: Co-production and co-creation of public services”, the day-long meeting offered presentations of Greta Nasi and Maria Cucciniello, professors at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy) and of Russell Castagnaro, president at eHawaii.gov.

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ESADE professors and entrepreneurs at the Smart City Expo 2014

Esteve Almirall moderating the Innovation Cities conference at the Smart City Expo

The Smart City Expo 2014 has been one of the main meeting points for professionals and academics interested in more efficient, engaging, human and environmentally-friendly cities. And so, ESADE has been there too.

The Center for Innovation in Cities has been the most active academic player, with its director, Esteve Almirall, and its co-director, Mila Gascó, moderating two workshops.

The first one, moderated yesterday by Esteve Almirall, exposed different approaches to transform cities through innovations, from Dubai to Toronto with examples of Peterborough at the UK, Tel Aviv at Israel and Milano, which is preparing a Smart City Expo the next year.

Today, Mila Gascó, CIC’s co-director, moderated a roundtable with 12 experts and officers related to governance, which have explained their approach and experience on applying innovation and technology to improve the city government.

Furthermore, ESADE presence at the Smart City Expo was wider. In fact, one of the main attractions at the expo was DEA-Drones, the start-up created by ESADE ex-students and a professor offering solutions in emergencies through drones equipped with cameras.

Barcelona’s mayor, Xavier Trias, assisted at one of the demonstrations made by the DEA-Drones team and congratulated them, as did the hundreds of people passing by.

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