All does apparently not evolve around just the GSMA conference this coming week.
Many organisations and companies take the opportunity to promote their operations in conjunction to GSMA - on site, in Barcelona. Among many, one of the more interesting things that happen is the Living Labs Global Showcase Award where nine global cities have join forces to showcase innovative (mobile/internet) solutions by opening competition among international solution-, technology- and service providers.
The heart of the matter is to address major societal problems. On Sunday 14/2 the winner will be announced at a special award ceremony.
The winner will then get the opportunity to pilot their solution, hopefully proving the effectiveness and get the chance to take a first step to enter new markets internationally. Check this link out: http://www.livinglabs-global.com/award-about-showcase.asp
The cathegory partner cities are (and their progammes):
Caceres, Spain - Cultural and Societal Participation and Collaboration Tools
Eindhoven, Netherlands - ICT and Increasing Citizen Participation in Public Processes
Taipei, Taiwan - Intelligent Living Services in Taipei
Oeiras, Portugal - Improvements to Water Management in Cities to Reduce Consumption by 50%
Sant Cugat del Valles, Spain - A digitally enabled accessible ecoCity
La Selva, Spain - New Solutions to Integrate Tourism, Innovation in Gastronomy and Rural Landscapes
Chicago, U.S.A. - Solutions for Smart Cities: Integrating Health, Education, Public Safety.
Stockholm, Sweden - eServices for Citizens and Corporations
Barcelona, Spain - Automation for Urban Services for Cities
Hold your finger crossed!
And here is a video documentary about the Living Labs Global