speakers are presented in the alphabetical order by last name
Carme Badia Verdeny
e-facilitator at Telecentre Tremp
Carme is a telecommunications engineer and master in e-facilitation of the Information and Communication Society. She started her career in Barcelona, working for EGO Appliances, as a programmer of microcontrollers. In 2004, she decided to come back to her hometown of Tremp to work for the City Council, where she has been carrying out different projects related to ICT and innovation.
She promotes and advances the implementation of electronic administration in the City Council, the collaborative work through a rural co-working and e-inclusion through Punt TIC (ICT center) e-Center Tremp. This Punt TIC is a meeting point, which boosts the technology in the rural environment through training and dissemination activities.
Carme collaborates closely with the Punt TIC Network of Catalonia. The recent projects in which she has participated are: CodeMob (Teaching coding and mobile devices in telecentres); Educational robotic games of the Punt TIC Network; Technovation Challenge (technological challenge that aims to bring programming to young girls), introducing programming with Scratch to children through the Hour of Code. She is also currently designing a programme to teach coding to the parents of these children.
CEO of Ideas for Change
Mara is a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher and a technology strategist. She is the CEO of Ideas for Change, a think tank and consultancy firm advising cities, businesses and institutions on innovation, open and collaborative strategies, civic tech, and exponential growth (see our frameworks @pentagrowth and @The Bristol approach). She is also a project manager at the Fab Lab Barcelona where she coordinates Making Sense, a European project that seeks to empower citizens through personal digital manufacturing applied to the design of environmental sensors.
Mara earned a PhD in Computer Science from the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities) at University College London (UCL). She also holds a BA in Audiovisual Communications, a postgraduate diploma in Media Arts and a MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media.
Open Educational Thinkerer: consultant, speaker, author
Dr Doug Belshaw is a consultant who works globally with people and organisations, helping them to use technology more productively. He is also co-founder of We Are Open co-op, which focuses on spreading the culture, processes and benefits of working openly.
Doug has had a varied career, working at the intersection of education, technology, and productivity. He has worked with Jisc, the Mozilla Foundation, and also as a History teacher and school senior leader.
Perhaps best known for his work around digital literacies and Open Badges, Doug advocates for a technology-enhanced world that puts people first. He’s a strong believer in his namesake Douglas Adams’ famous quotation: “We are stuck with technology when what we really want is just stuff that works.”
You can find out more about Doug via his website: https://dougbelshaw.com
- Digital Literacies
- Open Badges
- Working openly
CEO of Telecentar
Zarko has twenty years of professional experience with partners from civil, public and private sector, working with people from different countries and managing teams with variety of professional and social backgrounds. His professional interests include development of education and training programmes and the use of digital technologies in lifelong learning.
Engagement Coordinator at Mozilla Foundation
Some time ago, with a Masters’ Degree in Law and European Relations in her hands, Federica decided that a courtroom would never have been able to satisfy her curiosity and started to travel Europe to research in the field of social innovation.
After asking tons of questions and learning a lot about how communities organize themselves to solve common problems with few resources; she started to study how open digital tools could help these collaborative processes becoming more and more inclusive and sustainable. Since then, she’s never stopped exploring and researching in the line between digital innovation, entrepreneurship, and social impact.
She works as a freelancer on several community engagement projects, with a particular focus on involving women, migrants, and youth in shaping a fair and innovative shared future.
Recently, she has been working as Engagement Contractor for the Mozilla Foundation on the ChangeCopyright Campaign, connecting and empowering communities to fight for a free and open EU Digital Market.
Stephanie Carretero Gómez
Senior Research Fellow, JRC – European Commission
Stephanie Carretero Gómez is Senior Research Fellow at Human Capital and Employment Unit of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC). Prior to this, she was working as social scientist at the University of Valencia, and made postdoctoral stays at Harvard University, University of Michigan, and the Université Catholique de Louvain. Stephanie has a PhD in Psychology with honours and a MBA in Project Management.
Stephanie is currently working in scientific policy advice on the role of digital society to create growth and jobs, and she is now developing the European Framework for Digital Competence (DigComp). Her research has been funded by European research and innovation programmes and commissioned by DG EMPL and DG CNECT. Stephanie has published her work in impact factor journals (e.g. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, European Journal of Ageing) and in publishers like Palgrave MacMillan and Routledge. She has published recently the DigComp 2.1.
Country Manager LinkedIn Spain&Portugal
Named a 2014 and 2015 Top 100 Women Leader in Spain by Mujeresycia, Sarah Harmon has more than 25 years of experience focused on Internet and digital media solutions in various professional sectors. After starting her career with United Healthcare and Cerner Corporation, Ms. Harmon was a key contributor to the growth of two Internet start-up companies in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Ms. Harmon translated her Internet start-up experience to leadership roles at Microsoft in the areas of Business Intelligence, Collaboration/Social Media and SaaS (Software-as-a-Service). Since 2013, she has been leading the professional network, LinkedIn, as the Country Manager for Spain and Portugal. She joined the Board of Directors of Renta4Banco in April 2016 and is collaborating with Go Beyond/Rising Tides as a business mentor and angel investor in Spanish Start-ups. She considers her current role an ideal combination of her passion for business, technology, communications, and contributing to employability of professionals in Spain.
Harmon remains active in philanthropic, business leadership, and technology networks within Spain. She graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Communications and has a Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
General Manager at GSMA, Mobile World Capital
Therese Jamaa, is general manager at GSMA, the association that represents 800 mobile operators and more than 300 companies in the digital ecosystem.
She’s responsible for Mobile World Capital Barcelona, an initiative driving the mobile and digital transformation of society while helping improve people’s lives globally. With the support of the public and private sector throughout Barcelona, Catalonia and Spain, Mobile World Capital focuses on three areas: the digital empowerment of new generations, professionals and citizens; the digital transformation of industries; and the acceleration of digital innovation through entrepreneurship. Collectively, Mobile World Capital’s programmes are positively transforming Education, Industry and the Economy.
Before that, and as part of her work experience, Therese Jamaa was director of Business Development at Qualcomm Europe and director of Sales & Business Development of the Vodafone Global Platform in the EMEA.
Associate Professor at the Hellenic Open University
Achilles Kameas is Associate Professor with the Hellenic Open University, where he teaches Pervasive Systems and Software Design. He is the Director of the Postgraduate Study Programme on “Engineering of Pervasive Computing Systems” and the Head of DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Social Systems) Research Group. He has participated as in more than 30 EU and national R&D projects (coordinated more than 10 of them) in FP5, FP6, FP7, H2020, Lifelong Learning, Erasmus+ and other frameworks. He has published over 120 journal articles, conference papers and book chapters, and authored / co-edited more than ten books. He regularly participates in several conference and workshop committees.
He is a Board member of ALL DIGITAL European network, and member of the ESCO Reference Group on ICT Services, the CEN PC428 on e-competences and ICT professionalism, the CEN Workshop on e-Skills, the EADTU Course & Curriculum pool of experts and the CEDEFOP Community of practitioners on promoting quality in VET delivery. His current research interests include peer learning platforms and social systems, IoT and mobile computing systems, ontologies and semantic matching, profiling of emerging job roles, educational assessment and flexible learning paths.
Co-founder of Invasioni Digitali
An avid listener, Marianna Marcucci believes that change can only come from exchanging ideas and opinions. Always striving to find unexplored connections between people to create new communities, Marianna focuses on helping them develop projects linked to the world of culture and tourism while seeking fresh opportunities for communication. Over the past years, she has concentrated on the possibilities offered by the web linked to the travel, art and culture industries.
In this context, she co-founded “Invasioni Digitali” (Digital Invasions), a bottom-up initiative created in Italy in 2013. Invasioni Digitali aims to promote the value of and engagement with local cultural heritage. Its goal is to disseminate knowledge highlighting local beauty and history by using the power of internet and social media.
The claim of the 2017 edition is “Culture without borders”. Marianna believes that as never before it is necessary to focus our attention on the differences that make us the individuals we are; differences, which society instead often stifles and represses.
Marianna Marcucci completed her Degree in Pharmacy knowing that her future would develop inside a laboratory but not a pharmaceutical one. From a very early stage, she began working in tourism and attended several professional development courses to satisfy her boundless curiosity while improving her knowledge and understanding of the industry.
Diversity. Change. Innovation. Added-value creation. Future. These are the drivers of Marianna’s motivation. What inspires her to work every day to build the future through culture and communication is the possibility to make society and the world better. Empowerment through collaboration, in business and in life, is the key to success.
Jorgina Martinez Vernis
Director of Digital manufacturing athenaeum of Barcelona City Council
Jorgina manages the Manufacturing Athenaeum in Les Corts, a municipal project framed within the social and solidarity economy.
Her professional career has gone through different stages in the educational world, within the adult education, designing and planning social and cultural projects. She has been involved in tasks related to communication, publicity and public relations.
Recently, as a manager and promoter of social innovation projects and citizens participation, in the Manufacturing Athenaeum of Les Corts, Jorgina has been linked to the social world and solidarity economy.
She describes herself as a resource facilitator, an activator of synergisms, an experience squeezer, a dynamiser of experiences, an emotional sensitizer, an intention and quality generator, a trend hunter with a sensitive perspective to everything. Always linked to the social world, working to improve the lives of people. Pedagogue, labour trainer and cultural manager.
Lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia, fellow director of open innovation at the Fundació Jaume Bofill
Lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia, School of Law and Political Science, and senior researcher at Open Evidence. PhD in the Information and Knowledge Society, BSc in Economics, MSc in Ecoaudit and Corporate Planning of the Environment and post-degree in Knowledge Management.
Since 2014 he is fellow director of open innovation at the Fundació Jaume Bofill.
He works on the impact of Information and Communication Technologies in Development. Specifically, his interests focus on the measurement of the evolution of digital economies and personal digital uptake (e-readiness, the digital divide), and the impact of ICT on development and its main institutions, especially in the field of ICTs and education and ICTs and democracy. He has worked in these areas in 25 countries in collaboration with the UNDP, IDRC-CRDI, Ericsson, the Spanish Senate and Government, the Parliament and Government of Catalonia, the government of the county of Barcelona and Lleida, several city councils, the Fundació Jaume Bofill, the Fundación Esplai, Aguas de Barcelona, Ferrovial and several political parties and citizen platforms and NGOs.
He was a founding member and then director of the Development Cooperation Programme at UOC, where he mainly worked in the fields of e-learning for development and online volunteering. During 2014 and 2015 he was a senior researcher at Open Evidence. He is the editor of ICTlogy (ISSN 1886-5208).
Learning & Development Technology Expert, СEO and founder of Simplon Romania
I am a passionate edtech entrepreneur, providing consultancy in learning & development technologies. I am engaged in tech communities, social innovation and digital education as a Founder of Simplon Romania.
In 2016 I was nominated as one of 100 Changemakers in Central And Eastern Europe and Forbes 30 under 30 entrepreneurs in Romania. My personal mission is to help more people to learn how to code, develop digital & entrepreneurial skills to solve real problems and have bigger, positive impact.
Artur Serra i Hurtado
Deputy director of i2cat research center; Vice-President of European Network of Living Labs
Artur Serra is doctor in Anthropology (University of Barcelona). He has developed his ethnographic field work in the School of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University, where he met the Artificial Intelligent community, DARPA and the Internet at the 90s. Since then he has founded different centers and labs, like CANET, Center for Internet Applications and i2cat Foundation in Barcelona. Also in the middle of 90s he started to support and study community networks like Ravalnet, Nou Barris Net and CornellaNet in Barcelona. From this experience he co-created Citilab, the first European citizen laboratory inaugurated in 2007.
During that time, he joint the European Network of Living Lab, created in Helsinki in 2006, a global organization gathering more than 150 open living labs mainly in Europe but also around the world. Artur Serra has a long experience in working with citizen driven innovation networks in Europe, Canada, Latin America, and the Mediterraean. He has participated in numerous European projects in the area of Internet technologies, applying user-driven methodologies. Currently, he is head of the Strategic Working Group at EnoLL and its mission “Empowering everyone to innovate”.
More recently he is conducting a research group on Living Labs and Digital Social Innovation at i2cat, putting in place the Catlabs network, an innovative project oriented to set up a regional alliance of the different families of “labs” (living labs, fablabs, telecentres, science shops,…) as part of the Regional Innovation Strategy. The underlying hypothesis is looking for the generation of an open, collaborative and universal innovation system in Catalonia, as part of a new European citizen-centric one.
Senior Expert in Digital Social Innovation, DG CONNECT, European Commission
Fabrizio Sestini is Senior Expert in Digital Social Innovation with DG CONNECT of the European Commission. He is leading the multidisciplinary initiative CAPS “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation”, which aims at stimulating bottom-up innovative concepts for collaborative crowdsourcing platforms exploiting network effects to address sustainability challenges in environmental, social and economic areas. This area, a part of the Horizon 2020 Research & Innovation programme, involves citizens, hackers, grassroots organisations and civil society in the piloting of participatory social innovation processes exploiting hyperconnectivity.
He is also pioneering a new area of techno-social research on distributed architectures for decentralised data governance, leveraging on peer-to-peer and blockchains/distributed ledger technologies, aiming at creating a level playground for new privacy-by-design applications exploiting the full potential of open data. This area has been identified as one of the main focal points of the forthcoming “Next-Generation Internet” initiative.
In his career with the European Commission he has enjoyed launching and managing several research initiatives related to different aspects of Internet research, policies and developments, from a multidisciplinary perspective focusing on the social applications of network technologies.
Before joining the European Commission, he has collaborated with the University of Rome “La Sapienza” and worked 7 years with RAI, the Italian broadcaster, on technical and commercial aspects of databroadcasting services. He has a PhD in Information and Communication Engineering and has published some 30 scientific papers. He is an IEEE Senior Member and he has often served on boards organising scientific conferences. Fabrizio is an Internet Policy Fellow of the University of Cambridge.
Researcher at Nesta
Matt Stokes is a Researcher at Nesta, the UK’s innovation foundation. His work focuses on digital social innovation and new ways of tackling social challenges through existing and emerging technologies, with a particular interest in the fields of inclusion, democracy, housing and environment. He also works on the collaborative economy, exploring how online platforms can be used to connect people and assets to deliver social and environmental value.
Matt recently co-managed DSI4EU, a European Commission-funded study researching and supporting digital social innovation across Europe, and is lead author of the report What next for digital social innovation? Realising the potential of people and technology to tackle social challenges. He is also currently facilitating the DSI and collaborative economy networks of the Social Innovation Community project.
Prior to his current role Matt worked on education and employment projects at Nesta and on economic inclusion at the think tank ResPublica. He holds a BA with Distinction in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.
Project manager at El Teb
Esther Subias has a degree in journalism and social education; Master in Education and ICT, postgraduate in family mediation, community mediator. She is a manager of techno-pedagogical projects in Teb, specialist in the educational and social use of ICT and works as a consultant and trainer of trainers and teachers (in projects of the Generalitat of Catalonia, University of Barcelona, School of Public Administration, educational centers, etc). Esther is the author of various materials aimed at teachers for the pedagogical implementation of ICTs in education and consultant and author of materials in four university postgraduates.
Esther is a Director of the Postgraduate studies of Digital Learning at Barcelona’s University, ambassador of TechnovationChallenge in Spain, member of the Consell Assessor M4Social, and ambassador #WomanLiderTIC.
Associate Director of the Computer Vision Centre and Associate Professor of the Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona
Fernando Vilariño is Associate Director of the Computer Vision Centre and Associate Professor of the Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain. He is currently lecturing in Robotics and Multimedia Systems. His research has been linked to diverse areas of Computer Vision and Machine Learning, with a particular focus on medical imaging. He has recently led different projects related to citizen science through the implementation of a model for Living Labs, and he has participated in the different workshops and talks in the context of ICT and culture.
His current research is focused on the development of novel paradigms of responsive artworks using gaze interaction. Dr. Vilariño has been awarded with the Spanish Gov.Ramon y Cajal Grant (2010), Google Academy Award (2014) for his research, and the Barcelona Mobile Week Award for his work on re-valorisation of digital collections (2017).
You can check the speakers at our last year’s event HERE