FIWARE Accelerator Programme by the European Commission: The Journey to Tomorrow
Brussels, 16.10.2014: The European Commission launched the FIWARE Accelerator Programme. €80 million will be awarded to SMEs, Start-ups and web-entrepreneurs using FIWARE Technologies. The FIWARE Accelerator will select, mentor and sponsor the most talented teams and business proposals building upon FIWARE technology.
FIWARE is part of the EU Public-Private Partnership on the Future Internet and the EU commitment to help entrepreneurs thrive in Europe via the Startup Europe initiative. FIWARE is an open alternative to existing proprietary Internet platforms. It enables an easy development and deployment of advanced Internet applications.
FIWARE provides enhanced OpenStack-based cloud hosting capabilities and a rich library of components. These components, called the "Generic Enablers", provide open standard APIs (Application Programming Interfaces) that make it easier to connect to Internet of Things (IoT) devices, process data and media in real-time at large scale, perform Big Data analysis or incorporate advanced features to interact with the user. In FIWARE, API specifications are public and royalty-free, supported by open source reference implementations. Thanks to that, alternative FIWARE providers can emerge faster in the market.
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