A productive city that improves its management through technology with people in mind. These are the merits that led the European Commission to choose Barcelona as the first European Capital of Innovation: iCapital. This is a newly created award which the Mayor Xavier Trias collected in Brussels. Barcelona competed in the final stage against Grenoble (France) and Groeningen (The Netherlands).
The Capital of Innovation includes a monetary prize of 500.000€. A large part of this will be allocated to developing a new operating system. Software that will allow the management of all the information generated by the city: CityOS. It is being developed in Barcelona and the aim is for it to become the benchmark operating system for the world’s main cities.
Barcelona is a pioneer in the development of the Smart City, a self-sufficient city with productive neighbourhoods and zero emissions. The smart city can be seen in New Bus Network, a grid of public transport routes that cut down travel time and the telecare service that helps to improve the quality of people’s lives.
Another factor that makes Barcelona the most innovative city in Europe is that it is the World Mobile Capital, which is an opportunity to make industries connected to mobile technology grow.