About us

Excellence · Commitment · Inspiration · Collaboration

Building the digital future together

The i2CAT Foundation is a CERCA research and innovation centre based in Barcelona.

Since 2003, it is committed to designing and building the future digital society by leveraging the knowledge gained from cutting-edge European and local R&D projects in the fields of 5G/6G, IoT, immersive and interactive technologies, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, blockchain, space communications and digital society technologies. 

Fostering collaboration to design the digital society of the future.

i2CAT wants to lead the challenge of designing the digital society of the future based on research and innovation in advanced digital technologies.

The center promotes mission-driven knowledge to solve business challenges, co-create solutions with a transformative impact, empower citizens through open and participative digital social innovation with territorial capillarity, and promote pioneering and strategic initiatives.

Through talent generation, cooperation, and the commitment of its members, i2CAT envisions Catalonia as a creative, empowered, and innovative society, where knowledge and digital technology are at the service of people.

i2CAT's activities

i2CAT’s activities comprise Research, playing a key role in the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation; Strategic Projects, leading local initiatives that strengthen the digital policies of public administration, and Technology Transfer, fostering R&D collaboration with companies to develop innovative market-oriented solutions.

Core values

Excellence

Commitment

Talent, knowledge,
experience, cutting-edge
Integrity, trust,
proactivity, impact.

 

Inspiration

 

Collaboration

Creativity, vision,
leadership, motivation.

Cooperation, co-creation,
empowerment, integration.

Four pillars define our identity to advance towards a new digital society and economy.

Funding

5,7M€

Income Breakdown (%)

Core funding Government of Catalonia 10%
Public competitive funding 54%
R&D Services 18%
Public & Private Contributions 18%

Staff

102 employees

Staff

Research and Development 44
Innovation 22
Support Staff 28
Administration and Management 8

Projects

71 R&D projects

R&D Projects

R&D On-Demand Services 20
Competitive Projects 39
Strategic R&D Projects with Public Administration 12

Growth Rate

+56%

2015-2019

Our organization

Mrs. Laura Vilagrà Pons, President, Minister of Presidency of the Government of Catalonia
Mr. Daniel Crespo, Vice-President I, Rector of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Mr. Carles Salvadó Usach, Secretary of the Board, Head of Telecommunications Service for the Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and Digital Society Department, Government of Catalonia
Mr. Sergi Marcén, Secretary of Telecommunications and Digital Transformation, Government of Catalonia
Mrs. Gina Tost, Secretary of Digital Policies, Government of Catalonia
Mrs. Núria Cuenca, Secretary General of Presidency, Government of Catalonia
Mr. Víctor Vera Vinardell, Key Account Territorial Director, Orange
Mr. Albert Castellanos, Chief Executive Officer of ACCIÓ
Mr. Joan Gómez Pallarès, Director General of Research, Government of Catalonia
Mr. Climent Molins, Vice-rector for Transfer, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Mr. Jordi Llorca, Vice-rector for Research at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Mr. Josep Lluís Larriba-Pey, delegate of the UPC Rector at the Mobile World Congress
Mr. Xavier Milà Vidal, Managing Director for the Centre of Telecommunication and Information Technologies, Government of Catalonia
Mr. Lluis Rovira Pato, Director at CERCA Institution
Mr. Alejandro Carballo, Director Public Administrations at Catalunya and Aragón at Vodafone
Mr. Albert Armengol López, Director for the Public Sector at Fujitsu Technology Solutions
Mr. Francesc Bert i Josa, General Manager at Cisco Systems in Catalonia
Mr. Gemma Ribas, member of the Governing Council at CCMA
Mrs. Carme Torras, Research Professor at the Spanish Scientific Research Council (CSIC) and Head of research line Perception and Manipulation, Institut de Robotica i Informatica Industrial (IRI)
Mr. Óscar Pallarols Brossa, Director of Strategy for Product and Innovation at Cellnex Telecom
Mr. Pol Pérez, Director of the Information Systems Area, Servei Català de la Salut
Mr. Jordi Teixidó, Vice-Rector for Research and Innovation at Universitat Ramon Llull
Mr. Michael Donaldson Carbón, Commissioner for Digital Innovation, Electronic Administration and Good Governance, Barcelona City Council
Mr. David Noguer i Bau, Regional Manager at Juniper Networks
Mr. Ernest Pérez-Mas, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer, Parlem Telecomunicacions, S.A
Mr. Josep Pallarès, Rector at Universitat Rovira i Virgili

Mr. Lluís Rovira i Pato, President, Director at CERCA Institution
Mr. Carles Salvadó Usach, Vice-President of Delegate Committee, Head of Telecommunications Service at Secretary of Telecommunications, Cybersecurity and Digital Society
Mr. Sergi Marcén, Secretary of Telecommunications and Digital Transformation, Government of Catalonia
Mrs. Gina Tost, Secretary of Digital Policies, Government of Catalonia
Mrs. Montserrat Cereza Carril, Territorial Manager of Institutional Relations at Orange
Mr. Lluís Anaya Torres, Data and Innovation Manager for the Centre of Telecommunication and Information Technologies, Government of Catalonia
Mr. Jordi Aguasca, Technology Transformation and Disruption Manager at ACCIÓ
Mrs. Rosa Maria Alsina, Engineering Professor at Universitat Ramon Llull
Mrs. Cristina Villà, Research and Innovation Director at CCMA
Mr. José Antonio Aranda, Product Strategy and Innovation Director at Cellnex Telecom
Mr. Eugeni Fernandez, Director at TIC Salut Social Foundation
Mr. Álex Carballo Romero, Sales Manager of Government and Public Services at Vodafone
Mr. Albert Armengol López, Director for the Public Sector at Fujitsu Technology Solutions
Mr. Xavier Azemar Mallard, Head of Barcelona Innovation Center at Cisco Systems
Mr. Francisco Rodríguez, Managing Director at IMI (Barcelona City Council)
Mr. David Noguer i Bau, Regional Director at Juniper Networks
Mr. Jordi Llorca, Vice-rector for Research at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Mr. Josep Lluís Larriba-Pey, delegate of the UPC Rector at the Mobile World Congress
Mr. Tomàs Roy, Director of the Cybersecurity Agency of Catalonia, Government of Catalonia
Mr. Boris Bellalta Jiménez, Teacher of the ICT Department at Universitat Pompeu Fabra
Mrs. Mª Carmen Fernández, Innovation Manager at Media Pro
Mrs. Manolo Ginart, Head of Telco Operations at Parlem Telecomunicacions, SA
Mr. Jordi Castellà, Vice-rector for Research at Universitat Rovira i Virgili
Mr. Julián Vinué Biarnés, Digital Innovation Manager and Institutional Relations at Telefónica

Professor PhD Dimitra Simeonidou

High Performance Networks Faculty of Engineering, University of Bristol

Professor Dr. Carsten Bormann

Computer Science, Center for Computing Technology (TZI), Universität Bremen

Professor Dr. Jos Baeten

Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), Universiteit van Amsterdam

Inder Monga

Executive Director ESnet, Division Director Scientific Networking

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