The European Commission is looking for innovative online application ideas to help improve healthcare, smart manufacturing or agriculture.
As part of the FIWARE Accelerator Programme, the commission invites SMEs, start-ups and other web-entrepreneurs to compete for €80m of funding.
The FIWARE project, part of the EU Public-Private Partnership on the Future Internet, is an open alternative to existing proprietary Internet platforms enabling easy development and deployment of advanced Internet applications.
"Many apps have already been built using the FIWARE programme – from warnings of earthquakes to preventing food waste to Smartaxi apps,” said Neelie Kroes, the European Commission vice-president responsible for the Digital Agenda. “I am happy to put into your hands today a new tool for SMEs and entrepreneurs. Use this innovative technology to develop Internet services faster and better."
The FIWARE Accelerator will select, mentor and sponsor the most promising teams and business proposals. More than 1,000 enterprises and app developers using FIWARE are expected to benefit from funding of up to €150,000.
The FIWARE Accelerator is a network of European organisations which has already launched first calls for proposals earlier this month. The remaining calls will be presented in Munich on 17 and 18 September on the occasion of the European Conference on Future Internet.
FIWARE provides enhanced OpenStack-based cloud hosting capabilities and a rich library of components. These components, called the “Generic Enablers”, provide open standard APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that make it easier to connect to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, process data and media in real-time at large scale, perform Big Data analysis or incorporate advanced features to interact with the user. In FIWARE API specifications are public and royalty-free, supported by open-source reference implementations. Thanks to that, alternative FIWARE providers can emerge faster in the market.
A series of large-scale trials is underway in companies working in the energy, health, smart manufacturing, logistics, agriculture and creative industries to test the FIWARE technology building blocks in large-scale and real-life settings.