Author: OptiCits

20 Jun Resccue impulsa en Paris el diálogo con Barcelona, Bristol y Lisboa, por la Resiliencia Urbana

Sébastien Maire, Jefe de Resiliencia Urbana de París, recibió a los representantes de Barcelona, Lisboa y Bristol, junto a representantes de otras entidades, con el fin de abordar los desafíos urbanos derivados del cambio climático. RESCCUE, el primer gran proyecto europeo de innovación en resiliencia urbana, fue el eje central de este encuentro.
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19 Jun Opticits and urban resilience

The startup helps councils to simulate the response of city services due to acute shocks and chronic stresses

What happens in a city when there is flooding? There are companies that calculate the height at which the water can rise, but the question is how this crisis might affect city services. This is what Opticits does, helping cities to create urban resilience plans. The startup has created the first online platform "for local authorities and companies to study the interdependence and effects between the different services in a city during a crisis," says Ignasi Fontanals, the company’s CEO.
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12 Jun 7 key learnings from a EU startup that is “2 Years Ahead Of The Market” (2YAOTM)

    In Barcelona we have the 4YFN (Four Years From Now, the startup business platform of Mobile World Congress Barcelona), the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) and the Barcelona Resilience Days. They all talk about entrepreneurship, sustainability, resilience, technology, quantum computing... But after 2 years of experience as entrepreneur member of a EU project, I must say that we would need a new event call "2 Years Ahead Of The Market" (2YAOTM) for those who are sailing across the ocean of real entrepreneurship to provoke a paradigm shift in cities.
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03 May INTERVIEW* to Ignasi Fontanals, Opticits Co-founder & CEO

During the last decade, the concept urban resilience –the capacity of a city to recover after a shock– is becoming popular. And with reason, as confirmed by the United Nations, which asserts that "Globally, 80 per cent of the largest cities are vulnerable to severe impacts from earthquakes, 60 per cent are at risk from storm surges and tsunamis, and all face new impacts caused by climate change". In this context, the start-up Opticits proposes a web-based tool allowing cities and corporations to anticipate these challenges. That is what Ignasi Fontanals, its co-founder, has told us.
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03 Nov Bristol, Lisbon and Barcelona powered by HAZUR

  One and a half year ago, we kicked off the RESCCUE project. RESCCUE, Europe's first large-scale innovation and urban resilience project, promotes the perception of a city as a whole, i.e. as a complex system of interconnected systems. This approach will be familiar to many of our audience, because it's our same analysis vector. RESCCUE is the embodiment of our way of analyzing cities in the form of an European project.
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18 Sep Impact Business Models for a Resilient World

Impact Business Model for a Resilient World

 

THE RESILIENCE CHALLENGE

This summer Barcelona was hit by a terrible impact. First responders were the urban services working together with emergencies, police and the people facing cascading failure events between city services. Mobility was affected and taxis were taking the families outside of the area. Then, bars and restaurants offered food and water to the afraid citizens. Relatively far from the event, since the accesses to the city were closed cars had to stay on the ring road for hours suffering from high temperatures, thus needing at least some water to drink. People living nearby brought water to bring a basic service to the blocked drivers.
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16 Dec Why is the RESCCUE project disruptive? Synergies between industry and city

adobe-spark-7   In Greek mythology, Zeus asked his son Prometheus to create the human being. However, he spent so much time creating its masterpiece that he realized he had used all gifts Zeus had given to him, but that the human beings were intelligent but still harmless. Prometheus felt bad, stole Gods' fire and some tools from the Olympus and gave them to the humans to help them protecting from the climate and the hazards of the Earth. Zeus, enraged by the theft, chained and tortured Prometheus in the Caucasus, and humiliated his human beings and their cities in the Earth by sending Pandora with its box containing all the evils of the world. The human beings opened the box and its awful content spread over the Earth. Since then, human beings have needed to be resilient.
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