IIK Events

The Citisense 2014 Conference celebrated on Sunday 16th at ESADE and monday 17th at Fira de Barcelona became the meeting point of the most influential policy makers in Open Innovation and Smart Cities around the world.
Lead by the Center for Innovation in Cities (CIC) at ESADE and the World Bank, the conferences on Sunday were TED-style talks and Pecha-Kucha presentations with speakers like the CIC’s director, Esteve Almirall, among many others.
The workshop on “Transparency and Open Data in local government: Challenges and Opportunities”, organized the 14th of July 2014 by the ESADE Center for Innovation in Cities brought together more than a hundred people last monday at ESADEForum.
One of the highlights of the event was the presence of Kevin Merritt, founder and CEO of Socrata a pioneer company in open data in the United States.
Also as part of this workshop at ESADE, the municipalities of Rubí and Gavà expressed its commitment to transparency and innovation by presenting its new web portals with open data technology, developed by Socrata.
More information can be found here.
Brookings Institution and ESADE organized on december 9th-10th the forum Getting Smarter about Smart Cities, a meeting to adrees the need to effectively apply new technologies to cities economy and organization and how to make it possible.
The forum featured civic leaders from North America and Europe that are using emerging technologies and presented the keynote speaker Chris Vein, Chief Innovation Officer for Global Information and Communications Technology Development, World Bank.
You can take a look on the conclusions here.
On February 23rd representatives from ESADE travelled to Washington DC to present their latest research findings on open government and open innovation at the Sustainable Development Forum 2012, an event organised by the World Bank.

Jonathan Wareham, ESADE’s Vice-Dean of Research and Director of the IIK was the keynote   speaker at the session entitled “Open Innovation in Public Services Across Sectors". Wareham presented the latest work by ESADE researchers on smart cities and open data, and discussed the research challenges that remain to be addressed regarding the social significance of new technologies.

Esteve Almirall, ESADE professor in the Department of Information Systems Management, presented new research findings on these subjects from Open Cities, a collaborative European project led by Almirall which promotes open innovation with the aim of developing new public services for citizens. He also highlighted the major goals of Commons for Europe, another of ESADE’s major open innovation projects also led by Almirall, which brings together web experts, technology industry leaders and representatives of a number of European cities to develop new types of public services.
More information about this event is available here

Information systems academics and professionals from around the world met at ESADE on 10th-13th June 2012 to showcase latest research in the field at the 20th European Conference on Information Systems (ECIS 2012). ESADE was the host of this year’s conference, which is considered the premier information systems event in Europe.
“The conference showcased 23 innovative tracks that encouraged academic rigour while embracing intellectual risk and exploration,” according to Jonathan Wareham, Vice -Dean of Research at ESADE and General Chair of the conference. Among others topics, tracks included Business Intelligence and Knowledge Management, IS Security and Privacy, Enterprise Transformation, IT for Global Welfare and Sustainability, E-health, IT Global Services and Cloud Computing, and Mobile and Pervasive Computing.

More information about this event is available here.

The European Union has selected an ESADE-led project, Commons for Europe, to form part of the EU Competitiveness and Innovation Programme. This innovative project will promote the research and development of mobile and web applications that will bring useful public services to citizens.

Commons for Europe has been selected by the EU for its innovation and openness, as well as for its high degree of utility for institutions and citizens. The EU will contribute the equivalent of 50% of the project's total budget, which amounts to 5 million euros. The consortium comprises 14 European partners, including the cities of Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Manchester, Rome and Barcelona, as well as universities and research institutions that are on the cutting edge of this field. The project is expected to last three years.

Commons for Europe is also supported by the World Bank, which has expressed interest in collaborating with ESADE in the future to promote ideas that arise from the project in developing countries.

More information about this event is available here

Other events of interest

The Smart City Expo 2014 was one of the main meeting points for professionals and academics interested in more efficient, engaging, human and environmentally-friendly cities.
The Center for Innovation in Cities director, Esteve Almirall, and its co-director, Mila Gascó, participated moderating two workshops.
The DRUID 2013 conference will be hosted by ESADE in June 2013.
The call for abstract for the conference is open till February 28th. More details is available on the conference website.
The Open Cities App Challenge and the Urban Lab Challenge form part of the EU-funded and ESADE-coordinated Open Cities Project, which explores how open data systems can provide access to public data so that they can be shared and used by companies, thereby enabling the creation of mobile applications that improve life in seven major European cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bologna, Helsinki, Paris and Rome.
The Open Cities App Challenge was designed to put the power of open source information and app innovation to solving everyday urban problems.  The contest celebrated its final in the Smart City Expo World Congress held in Barcelona in November 2012. 

Watch the video here

Read more about the Open Cities App Challenge here.


ESADE is proud to be co-sponsoring the Strategic Management Society Special Conference on “Strategizing Practices from the Outliers: Enabling “Big Bang” Innovations.” The Conference is sponsored by IMD, CERN, ESADE, EPFL & Boston Consulting Group.
The Special Conference will have an intimate, workshop-like atmosphere and will be held at Lake Geneva, Switzerland on March 20-23, 2013.

As CERN is one of the main organizers, conference participants will be invited to visit the particle accelerators as part of the conference activities.

Keynote speakers will include recognized academics such as: R. Burgelman, S. Winter, H. Chesbrough, J. Birkinshaw, C. Markides, C. Christensen and others.

More information about this event is available here

Commons for Europe and Open Cities are European projects that aim to translate the experience of Code for America to Europe.
Code for America is an organization born in 2011 that taps on volunteers to bring fresh and new air to City Halls, providing to cities the kind of apps that are changing our lives.
The success of Code for America has been highly acknowledged with participating cities such as Boston, New York, San Francisco or Chicago and success stories such as adopt a Hydrant, an app that has been translated to different cities and contexts.
On March 28, 2012, both projects were presented at ESADE.
Watch our videos
Barcelona, March 6, 2012
The World Bank is actively collaborating in ESADE's European research projects Open Cities and Commons for Europe