Immersive realities and the Internet of Things: Vilanova i la Geltrú’s technological commitment to Mobile Week 2022

Mobile Week is an initiative that aims to bring technology closer to the public and experiment with the changes of digital transformation in society. This year, 16 municipalities from all over Catalonia have taken part. Vilanova i la Geltrú has taken part for the third year in a row, presenting, on 12, 13 and 14 May, different initiatives and promoting spaces for debate and reflection on advanced technologies.

This year’s program presented by Vilanova i la Geltrú has been grouped into three complementary themes. The first day was devoted to the Innovation based on Internet of Things technology ; the second day dealt with immersive realities, with the presentation of the Immersive Experience Lab; and the third day was focused on family technology, with the organization of the Family Day.

IoT Table: An alliance of professionals for the promotion of the Internet of Things

The first day was dedicated to entrepreneurs and professionals in the IoT sector, to share experiences and future challenges in relation to the technology of the Internet of Things. The Digital Twin project of the city of Vilanova i la Geltrú was also presented. Short-term goals were set and the need to promote a shared project where the various actors in the sector could be involved.

Presentation of the Immersive Experience Lab

On the second day, the new Neàpolis Immersive Reality Laboratory was presented as a space for experimentation, design and validation of technological innovation projects, focused on virtual, augmented and mixed reality. The Agència dels Secrets, the proposal for gamified tourist experiences created in Vilanova i la Geltrú, as part of the European MedGaims project, was also presented.

Throughout the day, the laboratory was presented to different agents in the territory: tourism professionals, technology companies, the public sector and entrepreneurs. Mobile Week promotes citizens’ approach to technology throughout Catalonia. In this sense, the immersive realities were also brought closer to the citizens, with the projection of immersive cinema on the set of Neàpolis.

The presentation of the Immersive Experience Lab was attended by the Mayor of Vilanova i la Geltrú, Olga Arnau, the Councilor for Innovation, Conxi Martínez, the Director of the Digital Future Society of Mobile World Capital, Cristina Colom and the Head of Technology and innovation of the i2Cat Foundation, Sergi Figuerola.

The Immersive Experience Lab in Neàpolis aims to bring technology closer and attract talent, as well as become a training space for immersive technologies and an open innovation ecosystem.

Family Day: a day to bring technology closer to families

On the last day, a family workshop was held to learn about virtual and augmented reality, organized by the company Tecnolab. In this activity, children and teenagers could design their own virtual spaces and then interact with their creation. The other workshop was organized by FunLab, also for families who want to get into the world of metavers.