The Barcelona FC Camp Nou Experience tour ticket gives you access to the ‘behind the scenes’ action at the club as well as access to the FC museum and the multimedia centre. The tour is ‘self-guided’, meaning that there are no tour guides.
Live the performances of the Havanan groups that participate in the 53rd edition of the meeting in Calella de Palafrugell.
The Habanera Song of Calella de Palafrugell, which reaches its 53rd edition, is a festive and musical event that has become a cultural event of the first order. As every year, the performance can be followed live by TV3.
This year, La Cantada will feature the music of groups such as Puerto Bo, Arjau, Son de La Habana and Neus Mar. With Míriam Riau in the presentation, the broadcast will begin minutes before the performances of the groups to capture the atmosphere and talk with the protagonists.
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World Roller Games 2019
Barcelona will live from July 4 to 14, 2019, the biggest world event that groups the world championships of all roller sports disciplines.
Throughout eleven intense days of competition, the World Roller Games will see in action more than 4,000 athletes, the big names of small wheel sports.
The WRG will crown the best in the world of eleven disciplines as diverse as Alpine, Artistic, Freestyle Roller, Downhill, Inline Freestyle, Line Hockey, Roller Hockey, Roller Derby, Scooter, Speed and Skateboard.
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The Catalan capital is postulated to lead the development of new
technology that can boost important advances in areas as varied as
health or mobility.
The Mediterranean flavor of Barcelona dazzles the Mobile World Congress
3G came to bring the Internet to phones much more comfortable and deep than GPRS and GSM. The 4G – the technology that is used at the moment: it surpassed it to popularize the consumption of audiovisual content in a fluid way on smartphones and tablets. And the next stage in the path of the evolution of communications is the 5G, which will provide the ability to transmit information in real time. And it is that when some element is now displayed in supposedly direct – a Facebook Live, for example – there are always a few seconds of delay between the action and the moment in which it is played. A delay that the experts call latency and that the 5G eliminates by reducing it to the minimum expression.
Although it may seem subtle, the change represents an authentic revolution just when the fourth industrial revolution is underway, with the digitalization of production processes and the internet of things. For example, the road to the autonomous vehicle will be paved and will lead to disruptive advances in areas as varied as health or logistics. This special supplement from Avantgarde explains some of the most advanced applications, but there is still a lot of ground to explore. The change of paradigm is about to begin, it is expected that between 2019 and 2020 the foundations will be felt, and the year of the definitive takeoff of 5G should be 2021.
The change supposes a true revolution just when the fourth industrial revolution is under way, with the digitalization of the productive processes and the internet of things
In this context, Barcelona is running to lead the development of this nascent technology thanks to a city alliance: 5G Barcelona. “The objective is to get the city to be placed in the 5G Championships”, defines the 5G director of the Mobile World Capital Barcelona (MWCapital), Eduard Martín. It is a public-private collaboration tool sponsored by MWCapital and of which the City Council of Barcelona, the Generalitat de Catalunya, the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), the i2CAT foundation, the Technological Center of Telecommunications of Catalonia ( CTTC) and Atos, among other companies. “Barcelona must be one of the big cities in the deployment of 5G technology. It is not only that the new services are tested here, but that they are consolidated in the territory “, clarifies Martín. It is structured in two aspects: first, “possible services are identified and to develop prototypes and pilot tests”, and secondly, “new technology laboratories” are created with the aim of providing services to companies and entrepreneurs, explains the director of the MWCapital. His other great support is the 5G National Observatory.
The Catalan capital is well located, and this public-private partnership has been working intensively since last year. “In addition to being a city with an evident innovative and entrepreneurial tradition, Barcelona has a good ecosystem for new technologies since the 1992 Olympic Games, it has a specialized district like the 22 @ and it can not be forgotten that with The celebration of the MWC is the mobile world capital and between 2014 and 2016 it was the first European capital of innovation “, argues Eduard Martín.
An alliance of woven city with public-private collaboration and that begins to bear its first fruits
“The 5G will be one of the major themes of the MWC this year and I think that will continue for a couple of more editions,” predicts the MWCapital spokesperson. “The change will be transversal, the 5G is a great vehicle for new services and to improve current ones; Can you imagine living a rock concert or an opera from the point of view of artists through immersive reality? ”
“In 2025 there will be 200 million objects connected to the internet, the 5G will have the ability to manage them,” he adds. It is not just a technology 100 times faster than 4G. The change that is coming is deeper, and Barcelona is ready for the challenge.
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Barcelona consolidates its position as a technological hub with the arrival of more global firms
Barcelona consolidates, even more, as a technological and innovation hub. The arrival or expansion of activities of up to ten international firms in the last four months gives the Catalan capital a power that has allowed it to attract giants such as Facebook, Lidl or Mediamarkt. They are joined by Amazon‘s biggest bet, which was already present, or the arrival of reference startups in their sectors such as N26 or Chartboost.
Access to talent, quality of life and lower costs are some of the keys that push companies to install their innovation centers in the city.
MediaMarkt, the last example
The last to announce the installation of an innovation center was MediaMarkt. The German trade giant announced earlier this month that it will launch an international technology center in El Prat de Llobregat (Barcelona) this year. This tech hub will aim to develop technological solutions for the retail trade.
In June, the German fintech N26 announced that in September it will open its second European headquarters in Barcelona. From these offices, about one hundred engineers will work on the development of the product and the technology of the company. In two or three years, the workforce could double.
May, key month
Looking back a little, May was another key month for business investments in Catalan territory. Several large movements are counted. The first, that of the Argentine satellite company Satellogic which opened its offices in Barcelona. These offices will be the European headquarters of the company, which plans to create 100 jobs by 2020.
Another great announcement was that of Lidl, who will install its European center of excellence in Plaza Catalunya, right in the center of Barcelona. From there he will provide e-commerce and customer relationship management services at regional level in Europe and will employ 250 people.,
The Australian Moodle will also disembark in the Catalan capital. The company that aims to revolutionize education with its software, intends to create 40 jobs (it will start with ten) and has opted for Barcelona to open its first office outside its country of origin.
Although smaller, the American Chartboost, founded by two Catalans, opened an engineering office in Barcelona at the end of May. Currently, they employ 20 people.
The bet of Facebook
At the beginning of the month, the most mediatic announcement was that of Facebook. The social network made public the opening of a fake news control center that will run the Austrian company Competence Call Center (CCC). The offices will be located in the Torre Glòries, entrance door to 22 @, and will employ 500 people.
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Barcelona will host the next great European supercomputer
The Barcelona Supercomputing Center– (BSC-CNS) will house one of the next big supercomputers in Europe, as announced by the European Commission today. The machine will be called MareNostrum 5 and will have a maximum output of 200 petaflops (200,000 trillion operations per second), which will multiply by 18 the core of the current MareNostrum 4 (11.1 petaflops), the center’s main supercomputer.
Until now, each member state of the EU had to finance its own machines, but, to compete globally in this area, European countries decided to join forces through the EuroHPC initiative (HPC stands for High Performance Computation, computer high performance in English). The European Commission will finance with 840 million euros the construction of eight new supercomputers that must enter service before 2021, three of them called pre-exescale (more than 150 petaflops) and five petascale (petaflops). The three most powerful machines will be located in Barcelona (MareNostrum 5 itself), in Bologna (Italy) and in Kajaani (Finland).
These new supercomputers will be the first step of a plan of the Commission to promote supercomputing in Europe and not be left behind in this strategic area that worldwide lead the US, China and Japan, currently with machines of 122, 93 and 10 , 5 petaflops. The next goal will be to build ex-escale supercomputers, that is, with an ability to calculate exaflops (one trillion operations per second), which are foreseen for 2023.
In the case of MareNostrum 5, the Commission will contribute 100 million euros. The rest of the cost, another 100 million, will be assumed by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Generalitat de Catalunya, both bosses of the BSC, and the states that supported their candidacy: Portugal, Turkey and Croatia, although it has not yet been done official the distribution of the investment.
“I am convinced that the new supercomputers […] will boost Europe’s competitiveness in the digital area. We have demonstrated the strength of our European approach, which will bring concrete benefits to our citizens and help our small and medium-sized companies, “said Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, in a statement from the European Commission. The new arsenal of supercomputers “is a big step forward for Europe to reach the next level of computing capacity; It will help us advance in future-oriented technologies such as the internet of things, artificial intelligence, robotics and data analysis, “according to Andrus Ansip, vice president of the Digital Single Market.
Another crucial objective is that European science and industry can process their data within the European Union, without having to rely on machines from other regions – right now, the EU consumes more than 30% of the world’s supercomputing resources, while within its territory only contributes 5% -.
The European consortium Cineca and the Finnish center CSC, which had the support of the northern countries, as well as the BSC, were presented in April to host the three pre-exescale supercomputers. The BSC had the backing of the Spanish State, the Generalitat, and the governments of Portugal, Croatia, Turkey and Ireland, which will be the six members of the consortium that will lead the MareNostrum 5.
The European Commission has selected the candidates by technical criteria on the planned location, which the BSC complied with, followed by a political negotiation in which the support that each candidature had attracted was assessed. All three have gotten the approval of the Commission.
“We are very excited that Spain is in the forefront after the work done for many years in supercomputing in Europe, which will put us in a very favorable position to address the developments in artificial intelligence that the country needs in many areas,” he said. Pedro Duque, Minister of Science, Innovation and Acting Universities, during the press conference following today’s Council of Ministers. “It is the culmination of a long Spanish tradition of support and strong commitment to supercomputing, which began in 2004 with the creation of the National Supercomputing Center and the launch in 2007 of the Spanish Supercomputing Network.”
The president of the Generalitat, Quim Torra, has stated that the selection of Barcelona as the seat of one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe “will guarantee” that Catalonia “leads the digital and technological revolution”