Strategic initiatives

i2CAT fosters flagship projects and efforts to support ICT-based innovative strategies and policies implemented by public administrations.

The i2CAT Foundation works hand in hand with Public Administrations to promote and facilitate the digital transformation of society. The center aims at becoming the benchmark in digital innovation for Public Administrations and to contribute to the digital empowerment of citizens through digital social innovation and open and participative access to technological advancements.

i2CAT will continue working to strengthen its collaboration with Public Administrations and to play a fundamental role in the definition and deployment of digital public policies throughout the country to build the digital society of the future.

Some relevant initiatives


A public-private initiative working to transform the metropolitan area of Barcelona into a city-wide open lab for the validation and adoption of 5G technologies.

The initiative creates synergies within the ecosystem and offers an experimental infrastructure to test, prototype and implement new digital solutions in the city. 5GBarcelona wants to stimulate the existing innovation in Barcelona, help to attract foreign investment, boost tech start-ups and generate an entire industry around 5G technology. The initiative was founded and powered by the Government of Catalonia, Barcelona City Hall, Mobile World Capital Barcelona, i2CAT, CTTC, Atos and the UPC.


SmartCatalonia is the strategy of the Government of Catalonia that, fully aligned with the Europe2020 strategy of the European Commission, carries out a program that integrates and coordinates local initiatives, supports companies and deploys Smart initiatives throughout the territory. It aims at taking advantage of the use of technology and digital information to innovate in public services, boost economic growth and promote a smarter, sustainable and inclusive society. i2CAT is collaborating in the following projects created under the SmartCatalonia strategy:

IoT Catalan Alliance

An initiative managed and promoted by i2CAT that brings together all the players in the Catalan Smart ecosystem to raise awareness of the potential we have as a country to foster collaboration and the generation of projects in the area of Internet of Things.

SmartCatalonia Laboratori

An initiative that launches pilot tests of innovative solutions to solve technological challenges identified by Catalan municipalities.

SmartCatalonia Challenge

An initiative that promotes entrepreneurship by providing solutions to challenges presented by cities or the non-profit sector to improve the quality of life of citizens.


A social innovation project designed to strengthen the social ties of elderly people who feel lonely and to improve their well-being with the aid of new technologies.


The Center of Innovation for Data tech and Artificial Intelligence (CIDAI) is a key piece in the AI Strategy of the Government of Catalonia. The i2CAT Foundation is one of its promoting partners, together with the Ministry for Digital Policy and Public Administration, the Barcelona City Council, the Barcelona Supercomputing Center, the Centre de Visió per Computador, Eurecat, Everis, Microsoft and SDG Group.

It promotes the transfer of knowledge and the implementation of joint projects between knowledge-generating entities (universities, research and innovation centers), technology and saervice providers, and user companies and institutions demanding innovative solutions in applied artificial intelligence.

ICT can boost your innovation

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