The second edition of Barcelona Industry Week confirms digital transformation is a reality

The Internet of things, artificial intelligence, 3D printing and the digital revolution in health are here to stay. This has been amply demonstrated in the course of Barcelona Industry Week, an event organised by the second edition of the Fira de Barcelona, which ended today. It has established itself as a go-to event for industry 4.0 and the digital transformation of companies with the Healthio, In3dustry From Needs to Solutions, and IoT Solutions World Congress (IoTSWC) being held simultaneously at the venue. The latter, brought together 550 companies, more than 700 speakers, and more than 25,000 professionals from different countries over three days.

Salvador Tasqué, Director of Own Business at Fira de Barcelona, emphasised the success of the event and assured us that “this edition was marked by a high international presence and a great deal of activity, which shows that digital transformation is no longer just an idea of the future but a reality”. He added that “with Barcelona Industry Week we want to contribute to positioning Barcelona as a benchmark for Industry 4.0 but, above all, to provide companies and professionals with a framework where innovation, technology and digital transformation play a decisive role in the face of an unavoidable challenge for everyone”.

Therefore, the Internet of Things Solutions World Congress brought together around 350 companies and 16,000 visitors, confirming that the digital interconnection of things is established in all industrial and economic industries, changing business processes, business itself and society. The IoTSWC added artificial intelligence and blockchain to the commercial exhibition and the themes of its congress, as new disruptive technologies that are coming on board as part of the digital transformation that we are undergoing. IoTSWC held more than 200 conferences with 316 speakers.

For its part, In(3D)ustry From Needs to Solutions, the event dedicated to 3D printing, added sectors and new content such as advanced manufacturing, moulds and dyes, new materials and plastic transformers. With 90 exhibitors, the fair had around 5,000 visitors and hosted more than one hundred conferences, workshops and mini-courses with around one hundred speakers.

Healthio, which had more than 4,000 visitors, presented the latest advances in health that facilitate patient empowerment and decision making. The event brought 115 exhibiting companies together and there were also 25 specialised guided tours. In addition, more than 420 talks were given by 320 speakers.

Together with the Zona Franca [Duty Free Zone] Consortium as the main sponsor, Barcelona Industry Week organised over 50 activities: conferences and presentations which, with the theme Inspiring the industrial future, addressed the impact of Industry 4.0 and showed one of their most outstanding implementations at an industrial level, the Advanced 3D Printing Incubator in Barcelona’s Duty-Free Zone.

In addition, Barcelona Industry Week organised its first Cybersecurity and Ethical Hacking Congress, co-organised by Fira de Barcelona and the Light Eyes consultancy, where experts will approach the major challenges related to data protection on the internet. Leitat and Tecnalia technology centres also took part in the event.

Barcelona, 18 October 2018