Expert Selection: Promising Smart City projects

Joan Torres - Promising Smart City Projects
Joan Torres - Promising Smart City Projects

Joan Torres

Joan Torres is a software engineer and entrepreneur, co-founder of, a global marketplace for successful smart city projects connecting talented individuals and organizations from both the smart city supply and demand side. He lives in Barcelona and is passionate about innovation, smart cities/citizens, I.o.T. and mobile technologies.

“Ethereum is a decentralized platform that runs smart contracts: applications that run exactly as programmed without any possibility of downtime, censorship or third party interference, ensuring transparency and trust between all parties involved in an interaction. Ethereum works as a global scale computer powered by blockchain technology, where users always stay in control of their funds and personal data. The possibilities are endless: from finance to communications to governance, this platform can have massive implications on what our future looks like, and it can change the face of the global economy.”

“The Hyperloop One is a new high-speed ground transport system invented by Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX) that can send both cargo and people in a wagon capsule at a speed of 750 mph inside a vacuum tube. The first Hyperloop track is now being build in California and will start operating in 2018, allowing passengers to complete the journey between San Francisco and Los Angeles in just 35 minutes. This new ultra-efficient form of transportation will be faster, safer, cheaper and 100% powered by clean energy, what could drastically change the way we travel and live in cities.”

“The Things Network is a global, open, free and decentralized I.o.T. network based on low-power, low-bandwidth LoRaWAN technology. This solution enables all kind of objects and sensors to act as network gateways, allowing developers and innovators to easily build and deploy their smart applications on top of the open infrastructure. Unlike other smart city projects, this one is entirely crowdsourced by citizens and can provide data connectivity for an entire city in a matter of weeks at a very low cost.”