speakers are presented in the alphabetical order by last name

Carme Badia Verdeny

e-facilitator at Telecentre Tremp

Carme Badia

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.

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Mara Balestrini

CEO of Ideas for Change

maraMara 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.

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Doug Belshaw

Open Educational Thinkerer: consultant, speaker, author

Doug BelshawDr 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


Stephanie Carretero Gómez

Senior Research Fellow, JRC – European Commission

Stephanie Carretero-GomezStephanie 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.

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Sarah Harmon

Country Manager LinkedIn Spain&Portugal

Sarah HarmonNamed 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.

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Therese Jamaa

General Manager at GSMA, Mobile World Capital

Therese JamaaTherese Jamaa is general manager of GSMA, an association that represents 800 mobile operators and more than 300 companies in the digital ecosystem.

She’s responsible for the Mobile World Capital line of business of GSMA Ltd, 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.

Before that, and as part of her work experience, Therese Jamaa was director Business Development at Qualcomm Europe and  was the representative of Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative in Europe, a corporate citizenship initiative that brings wireless technology to underserved communities around the world with a goal of creating sustainable advanced wireless projects that strengthen economic and social development.

Therese is a person of multicultural profile and speaks eight languages. 

Marianna Marcucci

Co-founder of Invasioni Digitali

SONY DSCAn 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.

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Jorgina Martinez Vernis

Director of Digital manufacturing athenaeum of Barcelona City Council

Jorgina_MartinezJorgina is a manager and promoter of educational interventions and social and cultural facilitation. She describes herself as a resource facilitator, activator of synergies, expressive of pedagogical excellence, trend hunter.

She is also working as a pedagogical and educational consultant for children and families and designs and organizes music festivals.




Ismael Peña-López

Lecturer at the Open University of Catalonia, fellow director of open innovation at the Fundació Jaume Bofill

ismael_pena-lopez_cv_hi-res_altLecturer 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).

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Roxana Rugina

Learning & Development Technology Expert, СEO and founder of Simplon Romania

Roxana RuginaI 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.

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Artur Serra i Hurtado

Deputy director of i2cat research center; Vice-President of European Network of Living Labs

Artur Serra i Hurtado

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.

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Fabrizio Sestini

Senior Expert in Digital Social Innovation, DG CONNECT, European Commission

Who's WhoFabrizio 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.

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Fernando Vilariño

Associate Director of the Computer Vision Centre and Associate Professor of the Univ. Autònoma de Barcelona

Fernando_VilarinoFernando 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).

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