W3C Day in Spain 2016 [report]

Gijón, 26th May 2016

About the event

The W3C Spain Office organized the W3C Day, its annual conference. This event, that has been held in different cities in Spain, this year was organized in Gijón, the city where the Office is located. The objective of this event is facilitating a collaborative environment that enables stakeholders to share their knowledge on ICTs. This W3C Day is considered as one of the major forums in Spain to discuss about the future of Web technologies in industry, academia, public sector, and the society in general.

This 13rd edition was focused on IoT and Industry 4.0, aiming at raising awareness about the new technologies related to IoT to boost the concept of Industry 4.0 in Spain, including the 'Web of Things' term in the road map. 

The event was a success in terms of attendance. Over 220 people attended the event. Most of them interacted with the speakers during the dynamic roundtables. Most of the the attendees come from Spain, although there were some representatives from Latin American and Eastern European countries —most of them attracted by a co-located event organized by Asturex, that invited foreign companies to attend the W3C Day. The event included different features from previous editions that made it more attractive for all audiences.

Attendance was open and free of charge.


The event agenda was composed of a series of keynotes and panels focused on the evolution of the Internet and the Web towards the Internet of Things (IoT) paradigm, framed in the potential interest for the industry —Industry 4.0. Representatives from the industry, public sector and academia took part in the discussions of the event. Most of the speeches and roundtables addressed the topics from a high perspective, useful for most of the audience to understand the concepts the speakers wanted to introduce.

Opening and Welcome by Martin Alvarez
Opening and Welcome by Martin Alvarez
Opening table by organizers and sponsors
Opening table by organizers and sponsors

The opening and welcome session was conducted by three short speeches by: Pablo Priesca (Director at CTIC), Francisco Blanco (IT Director Manager at Government of Principality of Asturias), and Pablo Junceda (Director at Banco Sabadell).

Martin Alvarez gave thanks to the attendees and W3C Members and introduced the first keynote speaker, Szymon Lewandowski (Policy Officer at DG CONNECT, European Commission), who presented the efforts of the European Commission in order to evolve industry towards a Digital Single Market. Due to agenda restrictions, Mr. Lewandowski's could not attend the event in person so he was connected by video-conference. His speech was concise, encouraging companies to evolve their strategies by the right use of data and the adoption of standards.

Szymon Lewandowski's talk
Szymon Lewandowski's talk

The main speaker was Dave Raggett (Web of Things at W3C), who presented the work of W3C in this new concept that promises solving the problem of interoperability in the IoT. His talk was titled 'Web of Things: Web standards to bridge the IoT silos'.

Public during Dave's Talk
Public during Dave's Talk
Martin giving thanks to Dave
Martin presenting Dave

After Dave's speech, a couple of experts presented their different perspectives on Industry 4.0. 

Francisco Martín (Advisor at General Secretariat of Industry and SMEs, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism) presented the strategy of the national government in order to promote the adoption of IoT technologies in the Spanish private sector (slides). The speech from the advisor of the Ministry was complemented by the perspective of the private sector. Guillermo Ulacia (President at FEMETAL) gave a keynote on the Reality and Future of the Industry. (slides).

Francisco MartínGuillermo Ulacia

At noon, a coffee break for attendees serves as important element for networking. For half an hour, more than 200 attendees continued with the discussions started previously within the main room of the conference. 

Demo areaDemo area

During the coffee break, in the same coffee room, a Demo Space was enabled in order to present applications, services and projects related to Web of Things and Industry. Attendees enjoyed the coffee while watching demonstrations of Web of Things presented by Fernando Serena (UPM) and testing some augmented/virtual reality industrial applications presented by María Saornil and Roberto González (CTIC).

Martin Alvarez (W3C Spain Office) moderated a crowded panel on Interoperability within the Industry of Things. Five panelists —Alejandro Durán (General Director at Felguera TI), Bruno Cendón (CTO at TST), Isaac Pérez (Industrial IT Director at Intermark), Jesús Fernández (Director of Manufacturing at ThyssenKrupp Norte), and Raúl García (Research Associate at UPM)— answered concrete questions introducing challenges and solutions for enabling interoperability in the industrial systems and processes. All speakers reached a consensus about the need of common standards (set up by standards bodies).

First roundtable
First panel

The second panel, Digital Enablers on the road towards Industry 4.0, was conducted by Pablo Coca (COO at CTIC) and included the following panelists: Alejandro Blanco (Enterprise Management Director at Seresco), Joaquín Reyes (Information Systems Director at CEPSA), Miguel Ángel Castillo (Deputy President of Innovation at Aernnova), and Javier Sesma (General Director at ThyssenKrupp Elevator Innovation Center).

Second panel
Second panel

After the second panel, lunch was served to attendees and demos continued at the Demo Space. During one hour, attendees and speakers had lunch together in an informal way. After lunch, the event continued with more panels.

The panel titled Cybersecurity within IoT was one of the most controversial. Panelists and public discussed on privacy and security in the industry and how this will affect the users' future. Five national experts —Luis Hidalgo (Liaisons Manager at INCIBE), Miguel Angel Royo (CIO at IoTSens – Grupo Gimeno), Pablo Oliete (Business Manager, Cellnex Telecom), and Francisco Menéndez (CEO at CONTEIN XXI)— took part in the discussions, led by Fidel Díez (Technology Lead at CTIC Centro Tecnológico).

Third panel
Third panel

Big data, cloud computing, and data analytics had their slot in the agenda. An interesting panel with different approaches about how to manage big data projects. Experts such as Sheila Méndez (Director of Innovation at IZERTIS), Juan Luis Carus (Project Manager at TSK) and Ruben Casado (Big Data Manager at Treelogic) were moderated by Bernardo Fernández (Lead of Data4Value Unit at CTIC Centro Tecnológico) at this session.

Fourth panel
Fourth Panel

The W3C Day was closed by a high-level panel, Roads to Digital Transformation in the Industry 4.0, where national experts discussed on the strategies to follow in order to transform the industry using these IoT technologies presented during the whole event. Eva Pando (General Director at IDEPA), Iñigo Felgueroso (Director at Prodintec),  Javier Ceballos (Founder of Red de Inversores Industriales – RI3) where moderated by Pablo Priesca (General Director at CTIC).

Fifth panel
Fifth panel
Public during the W3C Day

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W3C Members

Several W3C Members were represented in the event:

During the event, Members received recognition through dynamic presentations shown their names and logos on the coffee area as well as in the main room.

W3C Day welcoming session (Lluis Toyos)
Welcome and introduction. Picture taken from Lluis Toyos' tweet


Press appearances around the W3C Day:

Storify from more than 400 tweets.


Attendees were surveyed on the event in general when they left the venue. Most of them considered the event was good (19%) or excellent (73%). None of them indicated the event was poor.

Survey: 88% of satisfaction