Big Data is once again the hot topic of Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. The challenge no longer lies in how to analyze vast amounts of data to give us a global view of society, but how to convert this information into user experiences.
Projects such as an application for moving violations or a digital map of microbus routes –previously non-existent– are just two of the innovative projects handled by Gabriella Gómez Mont, founder and director of the Laboratorio para la Ciudad (Laboratory for the City), along with other organizations, to improve the lives of the capital’s residents. She is one of the 33 innovators in the ebook Hablan los protagonistas.
With 40% of its population under 25 and a 95% cell phone penetration rate at the end of 2014, Turkey has positioned itself as a highly attractive market for mobile banking.
A few months ago, I left Simple, the company I co-founded in 2009, took some time out – including a visit to India with my daughter Asha- and then joined BBVA in a newly created-role as Head of Open APIs. At parties, when talking about the move, I often get quizzical looks asking “Why?” Why would I leave a young, fast-growing financial business that I founded, and go and work for a bank?
The Mexican company Sisoft is a startup that focuses on technological innovation and developing custom software. It develops technology and patents based on different electronic and physical theories. This is done through a group of teams that develops solutions like Li-Fi, vision systems for people who cannot see and robotic hands.
It isn’t common to come across a 500 euro bill, but now it’s possible that they may disappear completely. In their last meeting, European Union economics and finance ministers (Ecofin) considered removing 500 euro bills from circulation. It is also being explored by the ECB. Why? To help reduce possible financing sources for illegal activities.
The Grupo Bursátil Mexicano has been in the Mexican financial markets for over 35 years, but it was a little over five years ago when it forged closer links with everyone interested in investing, thanks to its digital platform. Javier Martínez Morodo, one of the 33 innovators in the ebook Hablan los protagonistas ( The key players speak), is convinced advantages of exploiting the boom in information technologies to transform the socioeconomic landscape.