During the 2nd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities hosted at the city of Puebla, a group of local and international FIWARE experts and collaborators were part of the FIWARE Workshop. The day long workshop consisted of a series of 4 talks and a training session. Doctor Hugo Estrada from INFOTEC, started the Workshop introducing attendees to the “FIWARE Ecosystem” while providing some highlights related to México’s Future Internet National Laboratory and the infrastructure it possesses which entitles the country to be one of FIWARE’s certified nodes. Following such presentation, Dr. Antonio Jara from HOPU presented “A practical experience of context information management using FIWARE for Smart Points of Interaction (Smart POI) and environmental monitoring”. Dr. Jara described the company’s involvement on the creation and integration of devices that work seamlessly in a Smart City environment and what it takes to develop such solutions. José Gonzalez from Interinov, on the other Hand outlined the different elements that constitute FIWARE, the stakeholders involved, the principle upon FIWARE’s applications are conceived and created. Finally, Dr. Nestor Velasco-Bermeo presented different “FIWARE applications and real-life Scenarios” derived from the work that the Smart SDK project has created in Mexico based on three main Scenarios (Smart Cities, Smart Security and Smart Healthcare). Regarding the training Session, MCS Joanna Alvarado and Dr. Yair Barrera conducted the “Introduction to FIWARE’s generic enabler: Orion Context Broker”, it’s main goal was to describe the importance of context for a FIWARE application and along the same lines outlined the steps to install and use the Orion Context Broker within a test scenario.
To broaden the FIWARE Workshop hosted by the 2nd International Conference on Smart Data and Smart Cities a Hackathon was carried out thanks to the jointed sponsorship provided by UDMS, TECNOLOGICO DE MONTERREY, UDLAP, INAOE, BUAP, T-SYSTEMS and IEEE-PUEBLA. On October the 7th, 2017 on the premises of the Tecnológico de Monterrey Campus Puebla also in the city of Puebla was the meeting point for the participants that the day before learned and had their first hand-on experience with FIWARE technologies at the FIWARE Workshop. The Hackathon provided participants the opportunity and tools to conceive and plan a FIWARE based application that would be used on a crisis relief situation. The challenge was based on the latest events that affected Mexico, natural disasters such as the September 19 earthquake or the various hurricanes depicted a series of inquiries due to the urgency and amount of support required by those affected. One of them – among the most important – is specifically the collection and timely delivery of supplies to support the rescue and recovery activities (food, clothing, medical equipment, rescue equipment, etc.) also described in the literature as: “Humanitarian Logistics”. The teams devised solutions to stablish and better coordinate collection points according to the number of people affected on a specific zone along with the coordination related with volunteers by implementing an integrated and fast way of specifying the amount of people working at a center at any given moment and hence avoid volunteers being rejected or under participate. By the end of the Hackathon two comprehensive and intricate solutions were envisioned, participants presented their insights and impressions.