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Dear friends and colleagues,

The summer has started, although in some parts of Europe the weather disagrees. However, that won’t stop all of us from taking some time off to enjoy and relax. If you’re about to leave for holidays or are already sitting by the beach, here is a short recap of the IoT week 2018 including links to the presentations given – just in case you need some entertainment 😊.

IoT Week Team


startup competition 2018

After the preliminary selection, 13 startups have been accepted to participate in the IoT Week 2018 Startup Competition: IMATEK, Ironchip, Arque, Zolertia, Recycl3R, Stockare, WiseHome, SocialAndCare, IDAB-IIoT, Symplio, WICASTR, Myruns and StandardAccess.
The startup competition was held on 5th of June in Euskalduna Conference Centre.

I award – Symplio, Bilbao (Spain)
II award – StandardAccess, Dingle (Ireland)
III award – Recycl3R, Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

Jose Miguel Landeta, IK4-TEKNIKER
Alexander Gluhak, Digital Catapult
Tanya Suarez, BluSpecs / IoT Tribe
José Antonio Campos, Deusto University
Irene López de Vallejo, DEX I Ocean Protocol Foundation
Esther Paguey, BIC GIPUZKOA

Startup competition_IoT Week-Symplio
Symplio, Bilbao (Spain)

Startup competition_IoT Week

Congratulations to the winners as well as all the participants!


Startup City Web (english)
IMATEK Mungia (Spain)
Ironchip Barakaldo (Spain)
Arque Montreal (Canada)
Zolertia Barcelona (Spain)
Recycl3R Palma de Mallorca (Spain)
Stockare Bilbao (Spain)
WiseHome Sao Paulo (Brasil)
SocialAndCare Zaragoza (Spain)
IDAB-IIoT Granada (Spain)
Symplio Bilbao (Spain)
Myruns Donostia (Spain)
StandardAccess Dingle (Ireland)


Up Euskadi Tekniker IoT Forum


Digital Catapult IoT Tribe


A great week is behind us…
Previous 4 days were very intensive and extremely interesting, filled with presentations, discussions, workshops, a startup competition, a brokerage event and a hackfest.



We are only a few days away. Looking forward to seeing the IoT experts and domain leaders from around the world next week in Bilbao, the capital of IoT this June.

Register today and join us at the IoT Week and/or GIoTS



Dear friends and colleagues,

IoT Week and GIoTS are starting in just a few days. We are providing the latest updates to help you get the most of your trip to Bilbao.

See you soon!


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High level speakers at IoT Week 2018 Opening Plenary Session

The Plenary Session will gather top experts to discuss the latest developments and trends in IoT research and innovation, highlighting emerging technologies, solutions and trends in the IoT landscape:
Sébastien Ziegler, Moderator – IoT Forum
Alex Bengoa, Moderator – IK4 Tekniker
Alberto García Erauzkin, Speaker – Euskaltel
Chaesub Lee, Speaker – ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau
Matthias Scheffler, Speaker – Fritz Haber Institute – Berlin MPG
Kees Van der Klauw, Speaker – Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI)
Craig Bachmann, Speaker – TM Forum
Álvaro Nadal Belda, Speaker – Minister of Energy Tourism and Digital Agenda
Estíbaliz Hernáez Laviña, Speaker – Deputy Minister for Technology, Innovation and Competitiveness
Asier Abaunza Robles, Speaker – Councilor at Bilbao City Council



Call for Startup Competition is open until May 2nd,
do not miss the opportunity to join us at the IoT Week 2018!

The Startup Competition is mainly targeted at the following profiles:

  • Startups related to Internet of Things technologies or businesses active in any of the fields covered by the IoT Week Conference.
  • Entrepreneurs who are starting a new business related to Internet of Things technologies or businesses in any of the fields covered by the IoT Week Conference


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Where the experts meet, and the future is crafted!

This year again, the plenary session and thematic sessions will give the floor to high-level speakers on IoT-related topics. These sessions will present the latest developments and trends in IoT research and innovation, by highlighting emerging technologies, solutions and trends in the IoT landscape.


keynote present

IoT Week will yet again be a great place to be for everyone interested in IoT innovation, technology and business.
IoT Week conference has a great line-up of speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise: renown IoT experts, academia representatives, business leaders, researchers and thought leaders from all over the world who gladly share their visions and knowledge offering an exquisite learning experience for the IoT Week participants.
Let us present a series of presentations of the keynote speakers.

Lee Chaesub
Dr. Chaesub Lee
Director – Telecommunication Standardization Bureau (TSB), International
Telecommunication Union (ITU)

“Despite the rapid progress in diverse fields of technology, unceasing population growth and exponential urbanization have driven urban stakeholders to cater to these issues and explore innovative methods to boost citizen lifestyles and governance channels. We, at the ITU not only focus on the initial integration of standards for information communication technologies (ICTs) into urban operations to counter environmental sustainability barriers but also on development frameworks and KPIs which bestow aspiring cities with the essence of the concept of smart sustainable cities in keeping with their respective national goals and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), thereby focusing on better trusted real-world implementation for global human good.”

IoT Week Bilbao

IoT goes large scale – BE A PART OF IT!

IoT Week 2018 and GIoTS 2018 will be hosting a series of workshops and special sessions. Let us present some of them that you will get a chance to attend if you join us.


We would like to inform you about the opening of the pre-harvesting phase of the IoF2020 Open Call.

Following the huge interest raised for the Open Call announcement made during the Stakeholder event in Almeria on March 2, the IoF2020 team decided to support the potential participants in their proposal preparation. The pre-harvesting phase helps the participants to answer eventual questions they might have regarding the call modalities and provides guidance on the most suitable approach to describe their individual project idea.

Should you be interested in taking part in the IoF2020 Open Call, please, do not hesitate to contact the support team. The official launch of the Open Call will take place on June 5, 2018 during the IoT Week in Bilbao.

Please feel free to spread this information in your network as the IoF2020 team encourages a wide diversity of participants.

More information at IoF2020.

We are pleased to announce that we already have more than 100 confirmed speakers, with a number of new ones to be confirmed in the coming weeks! With more than 200 sessions and high number of top-level speakers, IoT Week 2018 will be a great place for all IoT devotees again.


IoT Week&GIOTS 2019 infor update

This June, the city of Bilbao will become the global IoT capital, hosting the International IoT Week conference and the Global IoT Summit (GIoTS)!
Join us in Bilbao, not only a beautiful city in the Basque region, but also an industrial centre driving digital transformation in Spain and globally.
Stay updated with IoT Week 2018 and GIoTS 2018 news.


Brockerage event 2018

IoT Week 2018 Brokerage Event is quick and easy way to meet potential cooperation partners. Join us on 6th of June 2018 at Euskalduna Conference Centre, Bilbao.
This one-day event targets innovative companies, universities and researchers interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaboration partners focused on the development and implementation of Internet of Things technologies and applications.


startup competition

Do you have a novel idea for improving yours and others life in a sustainable manner? Does your idea involve IoT technologies? This call is for you!
The main objective of the Startup Competition in the IoT Week 2018 is to provide to the best innovative startups and entrepreneurs in the field of Internet of Things: visibility, recognition and the possibility to present their products and business plans in front of potential partners, customers, and investors.


IoT Week Bilbao keynote speakers

We are pleased to welcome some of the most prominent thought leaders and world-class IoT experts to the list of the IoT Week 2018 speakers.
With more than 200 sessions and a growing list of IoT Week 2018 speakers, addressing the latest developments, research activities and trends in the IoT domain, IoT week will yet again be a great place to be for everyone interested in IoT innovation, technology and business.


The IoT Week 2018 and GIoTS 2018 will be held at the Euskalduna Conference Centre – the Apex Award winner for the “World’s Best Congress Centre in 2003”.
It is located in the centre of Bilbao, just a few minutes from Bilbao’s international airport, within walking distance of most of the city’s hotels, and stands close to Bilbao’s major museums: the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, the Fine Arts Museum and the Ria de Bilbao Maritime Museum.


The IoT Week is a global event dedicated to IoT, gathering a community of stakeholders engaged in developing new IoT technologies and solutions.
The IoT Week 2018 will entail:
• Plenary Sessions
• Thematic Sessions
• Workshops
• IEE Endorsed GIoTS 2018
• Exhibition Area
• Startup Competition
• Private Meetings


giots call for papers

GIOTS 2018 paper submission deadline for the main track is extended. The new deadline is February 20th!

Articles for General Conference should be referring to following topics:
• IoT Enabling Technologies
• IoT Applications, Services and Real Implementations
• IoT Multimedia IoT Societal Impacts
• Security and Privacy for Internet of Things
• IoT Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios

Important dates:

General Conference
Manuscripts Due: February 20, 2018
Acceptance Notification: March 31, 2018
Camera-Ready Submission: April 30, 2018

Special Sessions and Workshop proposal
Deadline for paper submission: February 28, 2018
Acceptance Notification: March 31, 2018
Camera-Ready Submission: April 30, 2018

Industry Forum Sessions proposal
Proposals due: February 16, 2018
Notification of selection: February 23, 2018


IoT Week 2018&GIOTS 2018

As every year, IoT Week conference has a great line-up of speakers with diverse backgrounds and expertise: renown IoT experts, academia representatives, business leaders, researchers and thought leaders from all over the world who gladly share their visions and knowledge offering an exquisite learning experience for the IoT Week participants.
The Global IoT Summit 2018 (GIoTS) seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of society.


Dear IoT technology vendors, solution providers, innovators, users, legislators, New 2018 is just around the corner and with it a new release of IoT week, IoT Week Bilbao.

Early Bird registration special offer ends on March 4th, 2018. Join us in Bilbao, not only a beautiful city in the Basque region, but also an industrial centre driving digital transformation in Spain and globally.

Join the Internet of Things Week 2018 – where the experts meet and the future is crafted!
Registration starts from January. Follow us.



Join experts from around the world at the second edition of the Global IoT Summit co-located with the IoT Week 2018 in Bilbao!
GIoTS 2018 call for papers is open!
Submit articles on the following topics:
• IoT Enabling Technologies
• IoT Applications, Services and Real Implementations
• IoT Multimedia IoT Societal Impacts
• Security and Privacy for Internet of Things
• IoT Experimental Results and Deployment Scenarios
Original papers are solicited in but are not limited to, the listed topics.

Manuscripts Due: January 31, 2018

Full papers should describe original research.
Suggested size accepted: four to six pages.
Papers will be fully peer-reviewed.

Submission Guidelines:
All papers must conform, at time of submission, to the IEEE Formatting Guidelines.
Papers must be submitted electronically via EDAS.
More information available at the official GIoTS website.


The City of Bilbao has been chosen as the best European city 2018 by the Academy of Urbanism headquartered in the UK. Two other finalists were Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Vienna (Austria).

The Spanish city has been awarded the City of the Year prize as during the last 30 years it has undergone great transformation to become a dynamic regional center of economy and tourism.
The finalist cities were evaluated not only in urban issues, but also in environmental, social, innovative, governance, and identity aspects.

We are delighted to have our IoT Week 2018 conference in Bilbao, as the “Best European city 2018” will at the same time become a center of the latest IoT trends and topics.

After very successful previous IoT Week editions that have been hosted in major European cities like Barcelona, Berlin, Venice, Bled, Helsinki, London, Lisbon, Belgrade and Geneva, our next stop is Bilbao. The IoT Week 2018 will be co-organized by the IoT Forum and IK4-TEKNIKER and it will take place from 4th to 7th of June 2018 at Euskalduna Conference Centre.
Once more, this unique event will address the latest trends in the IoT domain:
-Emerging IoT Researches and Technologies
-IoT Security and Privacy
-IoT and Artificial Intelligence
-IoT Industry 4.0 Market and Business Models
-IoT and Smart Cities
-IoT and Big Data
-IoT for Sustainable Development
During the IoT Week 2018, the Euskalduna Conference Centre will host prominent IoT experts, researchers, IoT focused companies, research centres, European research projects, start-ups and international organizations to meet, discuss and identify emerging trends and technologies that will impact the future. In parallel with the main conference programme, participants will have the opportunity to join workshops, take part in the hackathon competition, and attend the Exhibition Area showcasing the latest IoT-related projects, demos and products.
For the second year in a row, the IoT Week will host and co-locate the second Global IoT Summit (GIoTS) endorsed by IEEE and driven by the IEEE Subcommittee on IoT and the IoT Forum, to select and present cutting edge scientific articles on IoT innovations and latest research results. Same as last year, GIoTS registration will include a pass to the IoT Week sessions.

The Global IoT Summit (GIoTS) 2018 seeks contributions on how to nurture and cultivate IoT technologies and applications for the benefit of society. Call for papers is officially open!
Same as last year, GIoTS 2018 will be co-located with the IoT Week!


While waiting for the next IoT Week edition, check out the most important IoT Week and GIoTS 2017 achievements, report and video impressions from Geneva. We are proud to announce that once again we paved the way for the new initiatives, content and knowledge exchanges, as well as significant outcomes.


Day 4 – The Great Finale: Adoption of an International Declaration on the Internet of Things for Sustainable Development.


The final day of the exciting IoT Week 2017 brought more quality content and was concluded by the Adoption of an International Declaration on the Internet of Things for Sustainable Development.


The participants of the IoT Week 2017 conference in Geneva have adopted by acclamation the International Declaration on the Internet of Things for Sustainable Development. It presents a vision and a strategy for leveraging the Internet of things to support the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN and the international community. It intends to pave the way to a closer collaboration between the international community of experts and researchers in the Internet of Things and the UN systems in order to turn sustainable development into a reality. The Declaration will be followed up through the future editions of the IoT Week.

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IoT Week & GIoTS – Day 4 – 09.06.2017.


Panel sessions

In addition, we had some lively discussions on most recent topics such as: IoT Market Perspectives,

IoT 4 Developing countries – Emerging IoT solutions in developing countries, IoT, Smart Living & Ageing Well, Industry 4.0 & Smart Factory & Delivery, IoT 4 Developing countries – IoT Inclusion & Cooperation with the South, IoT Experimental Infrastructure, International Cooperation, IoT Networks, Drones, Privacy & Ethics.

We also had a chance to hear a session on IoT Start-ups – Accelerating Innovation and Market penetration and attend a workshop on IoT Standards Convergence.



Much attention was paid to the Hackathon presentations and awards. After three days of hacking, young developers presented their realization in front of a jury that selected three best projects: IoT-based solutions that tackled one or several of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted by the UN. This years’ best Hackathon project idea is Be Right Beach, the idea on smart, sustainable tourism about detecting crowded beaches and providing environmental protection for those beaches! The team got 5000€ from our partners Siemens. The 2nd Hackathon award (2000 CHF from ABB) went to Free Ocean project: environmental idea dedicated to protecting the oceans from plastic pollution. The 3rd prize (1000€ from Hasler Foundation) went to project team behind the idea Thinkmilk that proposes improving cows’ health and tackles the problem of milk quality in Brazil.


Board Meetings

The closing IoT Week 2017 day was an ideal opportunity for many projects to have their board meeting at the CICG conference center, including: ANASTACIA, IoF2020 PSG, CREATE-IoT Consortium,

ARMOUR H2020, F-Interorp Armour.


Announcing the IoT Week 2018 in Bilbao

The IoT Week 2018 has been announced and will be hosted by the City of Bilbao from June 4 to 7, 2018. Bilbao will host the event in a brand new international conference centre and is one of the most engaged European regions in research and development, both in terms of investments and percentage of the population active in the research domain.


Hope to seeing you next year in Bilbao!

Day 3 – IoT Perspectives


Morning keynote session brought us a hot topic: Telco Industry Perspectives on Future IoT. It was moderated by Srdjan Krco, CEO of DunavNET, who made it a lively discussion. Two telecom representatives offered their views on Telco and IoT. Vlad Trifa from Swisscom talked about how digitalisation changes every industry and that it will especially determine how businesses of tomorrow will run. Martin Bürki from Ericsson Switzerland came up with the data that 1.9 trillion dollars is predicted value-add of IoT across sectors in 2020.


Within the afternoon session on Ubiquitous IoT Perspectives, moderated by Sébastien Ziegler,

President, IoT Forum & Director, Mandat International we heard keynote speeches of Domenico Arpaia

CEO of OrbiWise SA and Andrea Onetti, Vice President & General Manager MEMS Sensor Division at STMicroelectronics.

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IoT Week & GIoTS – Day 3 – 08.06.2017.


Workshops and panel discussions

One of the most vibrant discussions was held on IoT Security & Privacy. It was followed by two interesting sessions within the same topic, titled Emerging Threats and Paradigm Shift and GDPR & IoT.

As it was the case with the previous two conference days, Day 3 was abundant with workshops on specific topics: IoT European Large-Scale Pilots Programme Session; An inside look at IoT Enablers by Swisscom; IoT Workshop on Energy and Home Comfort; Security Trends on IoT and Constrained Devices; Brazilian Initiatives in IoT – Planning, Research, Innovation and Deployments; End-user Engagement: Multi-stakeholder Co-creation for IoT Contexts; Innovative IoT Platform Technologies (EPI Workshop); FIESTA-IoT – Experimentation as a Service over Interoperable IoT Testbeds.

More interesting discussions were introduced at panels on Web of Things, IoT Standards Ecosystem – What’s new? Game Changer IoT Innovations, Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), IoT Risk Management, IoT & the Fourth Industrial Revolution, M2M Interoperability as well as several panels with focus on SDG: IoT for Inclusiveness and Reduce Inequalities (SDGs 4, 5, 8, 10), IoT for Sustainable Cities and Communities (SDG 11), IoT for Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure (SDG 9).



 The GIoTS workshops and paper sessions for this day included 3rd Workshop on Internet of Things for Active and Assisted Living (IoTAAL), Workshop on Energy Efficient Solutions based on IoT – EESIoT 2017, as well as papers sessions on IoT Enabling Technologies and IoT Security and Privacy.


Networking events

The main networking event of the Day 3 was the Official IoT Week & GIOTS 2017 Gala Dinner with a welcoming speech of Luciana Vaccaro, Rector of HES-SO University of Applied Sciences and Arts Western Switzerland. The banquet took place on board of the boat “Lausanne”. The guests had the opportunity to discover the Lake Léman (Geneva Lake) and the splendour of the Alps mountains.


The participants also had an opportunity to visit the building of one of the IoT Week’s partners – International Telecommunication Union.



Day 2 – High Level Visions on IoT

Keynotes, panel discussions, workshops, networking reception, exhibition

Following the opening conference day, the Day 2 of IoT Week 2017 started in a great atmosphere. The exhibition area offered a lot of interesting booths presenting different IoT projects.
New interesting topics made the conference rooms packed – LPSs, Networks, Data, Nanotech, Cybersecurity, GDPR, Risk Management, Industry 4.0, Fast Innovation, User-centric, Privacy, to name just a few.
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IoT Week & GIoTS – Day 2 – 07.06.2017.


The start of the Day 2 brought high-profile keynote speakers from government, research, institutions, academia and industry who presented their visions on IoT.

The event hosts Sébastien Ziegler, President of IoT Forum & Director of Mandat International and Nabil Abdennadher, Professor at HES-SO (University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland) introduced Mr. Chaesub Lee, ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau Director who gave a welcome speech to the audience.

We had a pleasure of listening to the keynote speeches of high government officials Mr. Mauro Dell’Ambrogio, State Secretary for Education and Research at Federal Department of Home Affairs – SERI who spoke about the role of governments in developing IoT, as well as Benoît Revaz, director at Swiss Federal Office for Energy, who presented a very interesting renewable energy strategy approved in Switzerland.
Once again, we enjoyed an inspiring speech of one of the “Fathers of the Internet” – Bob Kahn.
View from the industry perspective was presented by Dr. Ralf Michael Wagner, COO, Data Services at Siemens. This was followed by a vivid panel discussion, with all the keynote speakers including Nasser Saleh Al Marzouqi, Chairman of ITU-T Study Group 20 Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities and Communities (SC&C).

GIoTS session on Enabling New Generation IPv6 pointed out that the rollout of IPv6 is a key step forward in countering the rapid growth in the IoT space. GIoTS also presented a papers session on IoT Enabling Technologies and a workshop about Internet of Energy Neutral Things – IoENT 2017.

A lot of high quality workshops were held on trusted IoT, privacy, security and legal frameworks, Big Data, CPS, IoT in Medical Science and Healthcare, IoT Data Analytics, Internet of Things for Urban Innovation (INUIT), Combining IoT and Intelligent Robotics, challenges and opportunities.

The afternoon panel discussion tackled important issues such as IoT Trends in Smart Cities, SDG: IoT to overcome Hunger and Poverty, Smart Agriculture, The Future of Nanotechnologies for IoT & Smart Wearables, IoT and Big Data, IoT for Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG 16), Smart Transportation, IoT for Good Health and Well Being (SDG 3)

The networking opportunities during the second day were excellent. In addition to the coffee breaks sponsored by SIG and a networking lunch, the main networking event of the second day was the Welcome Reception with several interesting announcements.

HE Houlin Zhao, ITU Secretary General gave the opening speech for the Welcome Reception, pointing out the importance of IoT for the International Telecommunication Union.

Nicolas Walder, the Mayor of Carouge and Martin Brynskov, OASC chair announced a 6th Wave of new members working together with over 100 other cities worldwide to establish a global smart city market based on city needs.

Dimitri Konstantas, full professor at the Geneva School of Economics and Management of the University of Geneva announced cooperation between this University and the IoT Forum.

Adopted by the participants of the Internet of Things Week 2017 

on 9 June 2017 in Geneva


The Internet of Things (IoT) is emerging as a powerful enabler in many application domains, such as water and energy management, environmental monitoring, health, smart cities, smart industry and supply chain management. The IoT has the potential to address some of the most acute human, economic and environmental needs. It can also directly contribute to achieving the targets in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Accordingly, the emerging IoT paradigm has the potential to create an efficient, effective and secure ecosystem taking advantage of connected devices for managing the major global challenges faced by this, and future generations. In this context, at the 7th IoT Week, the IoT research and industry community, together with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and other stakeholders, took the opportunity to express their support for researching, developing and leveraging IoT technologies for sustainable development and for building a brighter future for our planet and its inhabitants.

International Declaration on the Internet of Things for Sustainable Development

We, the participants of the IoT Week 2017 (6-9 June 2017), strive to promote international dialogue and cooperation for innovation in IoT with regard to the following key activities 1:

  1. Promoting the development and adoption of IoT technologies for the benefit of humanity, the environment and sustainable development. This includes promoting the research and the use of IoT technologies to address the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations and the international community. Governments and policy-makers from developed and developing countries should be encouraged to examine the future challenges and benefits to their economies and accelerate global competitiveness of their economy, region, continent and people by establishing plans and strategies to leverage IoT for SDGs.
  2. Supporting the implementation of the IoT in urban and rural context to foster the application of ICTs in providing services to build smarter and more sustainable cities and communities. This will allow urban and community stakeholders to take advantage of technological advances and offer new opportunities for quality of life for different strata of society, by promoting accessibility to amenities, technologies and services (including social infrastructure, energy, water and healthcare), and by supporting IoT systems and data interoperability.
  3. Promoting a broad, vibrant and secure ecosystem for IoT, including support for start-ups and incubators. This includes promoting policies to facilitate research, innovation and development of new solutions and eliminating policies that restrict job creation, hinder economic growth or prevent innovation. It may also include appropriate incentives, and policies to promote IoT deployment, privacy protection and secure data management. This will gradually assist in fostering an IoT data market, which contributes to the consolidation of sustainable business models and cooperation among stakeholders.
  4. Encouraging the development and implementation of standards that facilitate interoperability among IoT technologies and solutions in order to pave the way to an open and interoperable IoT ecosystem, with cost-effective solutions in line with the vision for an open economy.
  5. Adopting new and innovative IoT applications to deal with challenges associated with hunger, water supply, and food security through resource monitoring to cope with the increasing consumption needs of a global population. By leveraging IoT, sensors can detect and monitor water leaks, potential contamination, soil moisture, pollutions, weather conditions, livestock movements, while remotely managing and controlling harvesters and irrigation equipment to improve the quality, quantities, yield rates, cost-effectiveness, energy efficiency and sustainability of agricultural production, including the packaging and transportation of food supplies. IoT can also be used for research and analysis into water-borne diseases and potentially new types of diseases.
  6. Galvanizing interest in the use of IoT for risk reduction and climate change mitigation, taking into consideration the diversity and complexity of the Earth’s geography and vulnerable populations. The IoT framework has the ability to gather and analyze real-time information for proactive prevention and faster response to deal with toxic wastes and pollutants, disasters and other natural calamities.
  7. Identifying and supporting the growing trend of using IoT technologies for education and improving the access of disadvantaged and excluded groups to ICT infrastructure by promoting basic ICT literacy, virtual classrooms and interactive vocational training programmes for vulnerable segments of society.
  8. Embracing the application and use of IoT for biodiversity conservation and ecological monitoring to protect the natural life and its diversity on land, air and below waters. IoT can help monitor natural ecosystems, as well as sanctuaries, detect threats linked to poaching, overfishing (or illegal fishing) and deforestation and can send alerts in real-time to authorities for immediate response.
  9. Contributing to global research and discussions on IoT for smart and sustainable cities through global initiatives such as United for Smart Sustainable Cities (U4SSC). ICT-based transformative action for sustainable urban development can help highlight efficient, transparent, and equitable regulatory frameworks, inclusive planning systems, effective financial management with increased transparency and accountability to all inhabitants and urban stakeholders alike, which should help accelerate the transition to smart sustainable cities and communities.
  10. Promoting international dialogue and cooperation on the IoT for sustainable development by bringing the various stakeholders together, including inter alia the academic and research community, the specialized international organizations and fora, the industry, SMEs and start-ups, the governments and public authorities (including smart cities), and other relevant stakeholders such as specialized NGOs and indigenous peoples.


People who read the Declaration:

   Sébastien Ziegler, President, IoT Forum & Director, Mandat International


 Bilel Jamoussi, ITU, Chief of the Study Groups Department


  Chaesub Lee, ITU’s Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, Director


  Antonio Hodgers, Canton of Geneva, Conseiller d’Etat chargé du département de l’aménagement, du logement et de l’énergie (DALE)


 Nasser Saleh Al Marzouqi, ITU-T Study Group 20 Internet of Things (IoT) and Smart Cities and Communities (SC&C), Chairman


  Ricardo Rivera, BNDES, Sectorial Manager


Marimuthu Swami Palaniswami, University of Melbourne, Professor Electrical and Electronic Engineering


Alexey Andrushevich, Hoch Schule Luzern, Senior Researcher
Alexandre Martin, Siemens, Director for Western Switzerland


   Dr Ziqin Sang, ITU-T Study Group on IoT and Smart Cities and Communities (SG20), Wuhan Research Institute of Posts and Telecommunications, Vice Chairman


   Shirin Enshaeifar, University of Surrey, Research Fellow


   Cristina Bueti, ITU, Counsellor of ITU-T Study Group 5 “Environment, climate change and circular economy” and of ITU-T Study Group 20 “Internet of things (IoT) and smart cities and communities (SC&C)”


   Martin Brynskov, OASC, Chairman of the Global Open & Agile Smart Cities Initiative
 Relationship between the Declaration and the 17 SDGs

Table 1: Mapping of the Sustainable Development Goals to the Key Activities




Gathering more than 700 participants, two major IoT events – IoT Week 2017 and Global IoT Summit (GIoTS) started today at Geneva’s International Convention Centre (CICG). The entire week, dedicated to latest developments and innovations in IoT domain, started on June 6 with opening speeches from Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum Founder and President, Sébastien Ziegler, President of IoT Forum & Director of Mandat International and Antonio Skarmeta from Odin Solutions.

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IoT Week & GIoTS kick off – Day 1 – 06.06.2017.


IoT Visions at keynote sessions

GIoTS keynote sessions started with great speeches from Patrick Wetterwald, Cisco Engineering Manager, Joe Klein  CISSP – Disrupt 6 Founder and CTO and Geoff Mulligan, LoRa Alliance Founder & Chair.

This was followed by a special video message from Vinton Cerf, VP and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, who is widely known as a Father of the Internet. The speakers also join a lively discussion, pointing out that we need to focus on interoperability, design for privacy, engineer security & think about life-cycle management.

The afternoon keynote session included an inspiring talk about digital transformation and IoT, which was delivered by Marianne Janik, Country General Manager from Microsoft Switzerland, who said that IoT means business model change. Another view from large industries was presented to the IoT Week participants by Jan Camenisch, IBM Research’s Principal Research Staff Member. He spoke about data privacy and security, pointing out that the current cost of identity theft worldwide amounts to 15 billion USD.

The session IPv6-based IoT Deployment Around the World gathered speakers from the 5 Continents to outline the deployment efforts of IPv6-based IoT research and best practices. The deployment in different countries is taking different shapes and forms considering the differing continental user requirements at this stage of deployment. We have been given different views and perspectives from all corners of the world.


Workshops on hot and emerging topics

The whole-day workshop on Globally Interoperable IoT Identification and Data Processing featured experts, such as one of the inventers of the Internet, Turing Award winner and designer of the Digital Object Architecture, Dr. Robert Kahn and Peter Wittenburg, Max Planck Computing and Data Facility RDA Director Europe.

A set of workshops covering a range of topics on smart cities was organized by SynchroniCity and Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC) with a general title “IoT Platform Convergence for Smart Cities”. They kept the attention of the audience for the entire day, so that the conference room was packed even during the last session of the day.

GIoTS Workshop “Edge Computing for Internet of Things” was organized by IEEE Consumer Electronics Society Future Directions Committee on IoT and covered Current and future trends in edge computing (EC), M2M data processing, management and storage at EC platforms, Virtualization of EC functionalities, Security, privacy and trust in IoT and EC and similar related topics.


Panel Discussion – SDG: IoT for Environment

During the panel “IoT for Environment (SDG 13,14 & 15)”,  Mr. Edwin Hecker highlighted how IoT technologies can help protect forestry and biodiversity, as well as improve the agricultural production, while reversing the land degradation. ‘’Data-driven farming does ‘more with less’. Optimization of natural resources will preserve our environment for generations to come, while enabling better yields and food products’’.

In addition to the official program, numerous private meetings were held during the first conference day, which is always a great chance for different projects’ teams to meet and discuss the next steps.

The Hackathon competition kicked off and already started with several interesting workshops. In the following three days, the teams will compete for the big prizes. Stay tuned.


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