Barcelona – Connected and Participatory Arts

photo by Pep Herrero

photo by Pep Herrero

The target of this challenge is to create innovative multi-site street art performances that will enhance the experience of citizens participating in city festivals using FIWARE and ICT technologies in order to keep the festivity closer to citizens and the city reality.

The Barcelona hub is proposing this challenge as a fast launch for technological and artistic companies, willing to bring their ideas into reality and boost its career at international level.

We are looking for artists, ICT developers, designers and creative communities eager to collaborate among them and produce their Future Internet Artistic Performances in the framework of the Barcelona MAC festival during La Mercè 2016.

The whole process starts with a public presentation at MWC

followed by informative sessions targeting developers and artistic communities. In late March there will be an Advisory Week. Those interested in the challenge should start building their team combining artistic excellence, IT skills and FIWARE proficiency. CreatiFI will provide support through online resources and its support service.

An Advisory event

has been designed to provide in deep information about the challenge and its link with La Mercè 2016, FIWARE technologies as well as the last recommendations to prepare a good proposal. The event will promote the networking among participants. A second day will be devoted to provide on demand artistic and technological feasibility checks in which artistic approach, FIWARE technology, and business models for artistic communities will be assessed by experts.

Once the application period is closed.

A jury, composed by experts in arts performances, experts in FIWARE technologies and in cultural industry, will select the most promising proposals based on the criteria of artistic excellence, transferability, technological excellence, business status & potential, and team excellence. These proposals will be invited to a pitching session in which the jury will select the 5 best proposals that will receive 25.000€ for the first conception and development phase. Participants will receive customised mentoring (including technological advise, production management, etc.) for 3 month.

A mid-term evaluation will take place end of June where the 5 projects will be demonstrated and evaluated by the same jury. The best project according to the jury’s criteria will continue during 3 months more with the development and mentoring process to produce the final art performance.

The city’s festival La Mercè

photo by Pep Herrero

photo by Pep Herrero

Every year, in September the 24th, Barcelona celebrates the festivity of its local patron la Mercè, with a festival of festivals, drawing more than 2 million people during its week-long run. The traditional fests, concerts and cultural and artistic performances, that take place throughout the city, are a reference for the cultural industry in Europe and worldwide. With more than 600 different activities and 2.000 artists every year, Barcelona becomes the capital of culture.

La Mercè Tecnològica part of the MAC festival (MAC stands for Mercè Arts de Carrer– Street Art Festival), focuses on street performances in which the hybridation of art and technology plays a central role. It includes dance, circus, street theatre, fire, light, and images in large scale events and large format installations.

With no doubt, La Mercè is one of the best catapults for innovative companies, at local level, but also at international level. The relevance of Barcelona, and its festivity, is for sure a reference event in the European agenda of culture and performing arts. La Mercè tecnològica is a perfect cultural test environment where to experiment and catapult new artistic creations.

Who can participate

Artist, entrepreneurs, cultural associations, cooperatives, micro companies, or SMEs, established as a legal entity registered under the laws of an EU country and compliant with the EU tax and social security obligations.

Physical presence at the Advisory event is required.


  • The Guidelines for this Barcelona challenge and information about funding and how to submit your application can be found HERE.
  • You should also read trough the General Guidelines for Creative Ring Challenge HERE.


  • March 21-24                    Creative Ring Challenge Week + Advisory days (read more after the timing)
  • March 28, 23h59 CET    Final deadline to submit application
  • April 6-7                           Pitching event and first selection of winners (5 projects max, €25k each + process guidance)
  • April-June                        implementation of your prototype
  • June: Jury                         a maximum of two projects get additional support (€25k each and coaching)
  • June-Sept                           implementation of your mature application on one or more locations
  • Oct                                    end presentation together with the winners from the other regions in Europe (Spain, Finland and Italy )

Advisory Days

All those interested in submitting a proposal for the Barcelona Creative Ring Challenge have to attend the advisory days that will take place the 21st and 22nd of March (Disseny Hub Barcelona, Plaça de les Glòries Catalanes, 37, 08018 Barcelona).

Advisory days are aimed at providing the final instructions to all the participants who have a CreatiFI proposal that is ready to go. Over two mornings, a series of interactive sessions will be organised where queries relating to the various sections to be completed in the proposal will be answered and final advice will be given to ensure that:
The proposals are in line with the challenge.
The proposals are presented properly.
The necessary information is provided.



Remember that at least one representative of the proposal must attend in person for their proposal to be accepted as a candidate for assessment.

Submitting the proposal

You can submit your proposal by Monday 28th of  March.

SUBMIT Proposal


Matchmaking and networking

Are you an artist and need a developer to help you developing your idea? Are you a skilled FIWARE developer willing to join an artistic idea, but need some help in finding one? If you need to find your perfect partner, please, access to the following link

There you can post a short description of your project idea, or a explain what is your expertise and finally get your perfect match!!
Here is a short manual on how to use the tool: How to use Trello

Do you need some help in using FIWARE technologies? Here you can find in this document some information that could be useful for the new ones! If not enough, remember that you can always contact us through the ticketing system.

Stay tunned, we will regularly update this page with Barcelona Creative Ring Challenge related news and other useful information.

Important: Information regarding the registration form for the Advisory week and the submission will be published soon.

Good Luck!



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