We are proud to have been part of the Innovation mission Smart Cities Barcelona. This event is dedicated to creating a better future for cities and their citizens worldwide. We like to play our part in that mission. BlindGuide wants to solve problems through innovative technology. Like for example preventing excavation damage by developing an augmented reality app which can show the necessary information when and where needed by an excavation worker. Innovation and development can’t be done alone and is a continues process. At Smart City World Congress we like to learn and get in touch with other businesses. “These events always inspire me with new ideas and hopefully we are also able to inspire others”.
We as BlindGuide have international ambitions and want to make the right contacts in the various countries. That is why we went along with the innovation mission to the Smart City Expo in Barcelona for the first time. This mission was a way for us to explore and to focus on technological cooperation.
Already at the kick-off meeting, the city of ‘s-Hertogenbosch municipality and a group of companies including BlindGuide thought about opportunities in the area of data platforms and how we can organize them as well as possible. The day before the start of the fair, the Netherlands Business Support Office (NBSO) Barcelona and the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO) organized an international business event which was well attended by various incoming foreign missions.
On all 3 exhibition days, the Holland Pavilion was all about collaboration: between companies, but also between private and public partners. Under the leadership of the municipality of Den Bosch, we spoke with cities such as Munich, Stuttgart and Dortmund about data platform possibilities. Next to that a number of large cities in Spain, United Kingdom, USA and New Zealand showed interest in our solutions.
In the coming months, BlindGuide will continue to work on its international ambitions and be present at the incoming missions of Singapore and India.
The way in which the Dutch government actually organizes these kinds of missions to encourage Dutch entrepreneurship, has surprised me in a very positive way. The organization of the incoming missions to the Business event on Monday and the Holland pavilion were very inspiring.
A responsible data-driven city of the future
On wednesday november 14th Han Beukers also spoke about creating value with data on the Dutch Pavillion, at the track Data organised by the City of ‘s-Hertogenbosch.