Socratic consortium will participate next Thursday 17 November in Barcelona in an open workshop to define the initial sketch of the Next Generation Internet (NGI) research initiative – with help and collaboration of another Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation. We look forward to discussing the current plans and gathering further inputs with the engagement of civil society, researchers and entrepreneurs, profiting from the co-location with the Smart City Expo World Congress.
The Next Generation Internet Program (also NGI, NGI Initiative) is a project from the European Commission intended to drastically increase the speed of the Internet. The Internet of the future should provide better services, more intelligence, greater involvement and participation. It needs to reflect the European social and ethical values: free, open and more interoperable. Today, the internet is key to almost any socio-economic activity, a true value creator which reshapes economic and societal behaviours. This trend is irreversible and in 10 years from now the Internet will be an even more indispensable motor for socio-economic activity worldwide.
The European Commission aims to shape this future internet as a powerful, open, data-driven, user-centric, interoperable platform ecosystem. Preparations for the Next Generation Internet initiative, starting in Autumn 2016, will include:
• An open consultation where we would like to hear what you expect from the internet in the future, running from 9 November 2016 until 9 January 2017.
• Specific workshops to share expert insight and build content and credibility.
The consultation and workshops aim to reach out to the future internet researchers and innovators across Europe and beyond.
The 2016 edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) is the biggest ever, hosting the representatives of 600 cities, 450 exhibitors and 400 speakers. Over the three-day event, 15 to 17 November, Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via Exhibition Centre will be hosting some of the top experts in urban development and many of the cities that are spearheading this urban transformation on a global level, combining disciplines such as mobility, technology, energy efficiency, the environment, demographic management, urban planning and the knowledge economy.