CEO and co-founder of Libelium. Expert keynote speaker in Internet of Things, AI and smart cities
Since we entered the age of information and telecommunications in the 70’s we had not seen anything similar to the Internet of Things in terms of its potential impact on process change and power to create a new business ecosystem. The IoT is more than a new generation of the Internet, it is the next technological revolution —horizontal and global— in which we will finally see the digital and physical world blended
Alicia Asín is the CEO and co-founder of Libelium, the Spanish IT company that has created “Waspmote”, a wireless, modular and open source sensor hardware platform for the Internet of Things (IoT).
As a speaker, Alicia Asín provides great insight on data mining, particularly addressing the big questions surrounding Big Data and the relevance of security and privacy in the new IoT era. In addition, thanks to her professional expertise, Asín is a revolutionary keynote on issues concerning the use of IoT to promote democracy and transparency, intelligently addressing the risks and opportunities the IoT will face on its way to 2020. On a different note, her presentations are also noteworthy for anyone interested in exploring the main cities’ challenges to be sustainable and smart.
Alicia is a computer engineer devoting her career on how the IoT can and will change our world through applications like Smart Cities and Precission Agriculture. Libelium’s technology develops projects to monitor and improve crop efficiently via environmental control systems to prevent climate change. Their IoT technology is also helping developing countries to universalize access to health care services thanks to e-health control equipment. These disruptive applications allow Libelium to be present in more than 120 countries worldwide. The Financial Times has praised Libelium after the Mobile World Congress 2016 by naming Asín’s company as one of the Spain’s baby unicorns.
Alicia has been internationally awarded for her entrepreneurial career merits and contributions to technological innovation. In 2007 she was awarded the WCEA with the highest distinction for her research in Computer Architecture. She was also the first Spanish woman to receive the National Young Entrepreneurs Award in 2014. Her merits have also allowed her to become a “Spanish with Talent”, a distinction awarded by Marca España that allowed her to lead the worldwide campaign for the international diffusion of Spain’s prestige, where she featured with figures such as the singer Alejandro Sanz. The 2016 National Computer Science Price recognized the merits of her career and role in the progression and internationalization of her company. In October 2017, Alicia Asín has received the Award “Rey Jaime I” fom His Majesty the King and Queen of Spain, the highest distinction for scientists, researchers and entrepreneurs. In June 2018 she was awarded with the 2nd position of the European Commission Price for Women Innovators.
Alicia holds a master’s degree in computer engineering from the Polytechnic Center of the University of Zaragoza and is a graduate of the Cambridge Judge Business School and ESADE.
- Data mining. Big data. Big questions.
- IoT to promote democracy and transparency
- Main cities' challenges to be smart and sustainable
- Reflections on the loT on its way to 2020: Risks and opportunities of the IoT towards a legacy of greater transparency and democracy
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