- Under the slogan “Technology for citizens”, Mobile Week will offer the public a site at which to take active part in the changes accompanying technological innovations
- The scheduled talks and workshops will, for example, enable the public to discover what happens when they agree to cookies, the potential of electric vehicles and 10 ways of improving their cybersecurity
- The fourth edition of Mobile Week Barcelona, which starts on 20 February, will include 150 activities in 10 districts and end on 1 March with the Family Day at the former Estrella Damm beer factory
Barcelona, 3 February 2020.- Mobile Week, which is being held for the fourth time, will now take place throughout Catalonia and be sited not at five but at fifteen venues, in addition to Barcelona. In Barcelona, Mobile Week will last ten days (20 February to 1 March), whereas elsewhere in Catalonia the activities will start on 6 February.
This year it will go by the slogan “Technology for citizens” and feature a programme of debates and free, open-for-all activities that prompt reflection and active participation in order to encourage the public to improve their understanding of how technology is used. The talks and workshops are focused on three core areas: robotics and artificial intelligence, for reflecting on how human and artificial intelligence are combined; data and cybersecurity, for debating how data should be used properly; and future mobility with the creation of more sustainable models.
Mobile Week, which is promoted by Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital), was first established four years ago in Barcelona in order to provide the public with a site for participation and reflection about technology.
Mobile Week Barcelona 2020
For the fourth year running, from 20 February to 1 March Barcelona will host a programme of over 150 activities throughout the city’s districts. The talks will be held at 3 different venues: ImaginCafé, the Cotxeres-Borrell Community Centre and the former Estrella Damm beer factory.
Experts from different fields will share their knowledge and vision of technology with the public. They include Alfons Cornella, founder of the innovation consultants Institute of Next; Diana Mesa, project manager of SEAT Urban Mobility; and Ander Orcasitas, Director Iberia at Dynamic Yield and an expert in customising digital services and data management.
The workshops, which will be held in different districts of Barcelona, will offer participants the chance to discover new habits for moving around cities efficiently, how to make good use of social media to prevent addiction to technology, what lies behind agreeing to cookies and how artificial intelligence could change our everyday lives.
Mobile Week will launch an interactive activity entitled “Connected Citizens”, to prompt public reflection on their level of connectivity. They will be asked a series of questions to determine their relation with technology, to compare habits by district and to generate global data on the connectivity of Barcelona’s citizens.
Mobile Week will be inaugurated at 6 pm on 20 February at the ONCE Auditorium, where a talk entitled “Té la tecnologia una discapacitat? Cap a un futur més inclusiu” (Is technology disabled? Towards a more inclusive future)” will be given by Joan Pahisa, manager of accessible technology projects and R&D of the ONCE Foundation. The programme will end on Sunday 1 March with a Family Day at the former Estrella Damm beer factory. This will feature activities at which attendees may interact with technology by building a robot, experiment with augmented reality or play electronic music. The workshops will be complemented with talks about how to educate using technology or to adopt healthy online habits.
Mobile Week Catalonia
Mobile Week, which is promoted jointly with the Regional Government of Catalonia, will extend last year’s five towns and cities to fifteen. The goal is to bring the debate on the digital revolution to the public at large with activities from 6 to 29 February.
- Barcelona Area (Begues, Mataró, Sabadell, Sant Feliu de Llobregat, Sant Pere de Ribes and Vilanova i la Geltrú). There will be sessions and talks that deal with women in the world of technology and Blockchain, an e-Sports tournament and a Hackaton on technology and challenges associated with ageing.
- Central Catalonia: Igualada and Vic. The public can attend round tables on artificial intelligence and ICT women and talks on IoT and IT security.
- Girona Area: Girona, Olot and Riudellots de la Selva. The highlights will be an educational exhibition entitled “Capacitats i preparats” (Skilled and trained) on how new digital technologies help people’s professional and social inclusion (11 to 21 February at the Cloister of La Mercè Cultural Centre in Girona), and talks on subjects that include smartphone security and privacy.
- Camp de Tarragona and Terres de l’Ebre: Reus and Ribera d’Ebre. The subjects dealt with will include rural 5G, social innovation in schools and digital skills in vocational training.
- Lleida Province and Alt Pirineu Area: Mollerussa, Alt Pirineu (with activities in the Alta Ribagorça, Pallars Jussà and Pallars Sobirà regions). Exhibition at Mollerussa entitled “Vestits de Paper i Tecnologia” (Paper Dresses and Technology), talks on the deployment of optical fibre in the Pyrenees and scratch and educational robotics activities to encourage children to programme in the Pyrenees and on mobile security for the public at large.