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Marc Tarradas, Dreamer Fluidra for Imagine Silicon Valley 2017

For the first time Fluidra is going to participate in Imagine Silicon Valley. Innovation is everywhere in Fluidra and within anyone at Fluidra. It is an important factor in today’s world, where digitalization plays a key role of change in all industries.

Fluidra is into Pool & Wellness, operates in 45 countries by way of 160 sales branches and production centres located in the main markets. All 4,300 group’s employees from 5 continents were invited to present their application to become “Fluidra Dreamer 2017” and from all candidatures received, the winner is the Marc Tarradas, from Girona.

Marc’s profile: 41 years old, Product Designer and outdoor sports lover. Since he entered the company 2 years ago, he is in charge of designing LED lighting products. Marc is a globetrotter who likes to challenge himself, with a strong passion for nature and outdoor life. He’s an expert alpinist and in 2008 he organized a sponsored expedition to climb the Mera Peak, Himalaya (6.476 m).

For this dreamer no mountain is high enough. To Marc, innovation is curiosity and freedom: the absence of prejudices and standard mechanisms. What does Marc expect from Silicon Valley? “To get new “glasses” to see the world in a different way and new tools to offer solutions to the world”, he says with a bright smile on his face.

Welcome on board Marc! Welcome to Imagine Silicon Valley 2017.

Ernesto Gámiz, Dreamer Everis for Imagine Silicon Valley 2017

For the 7th edition of Imagine Silicon Valley, one of Imagine’s regular partners Everis held the yearly international competition to choose their Dreamer.  This time the competition covered the Latin American countries: Mexico, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Brazil. Inside the company, the Imagine participance is seen as a business opportunity to develop a really disruptive and outstanding project, as well as, for the Dreamer, to discover the world of innovation, connect to an amazing network and become better in the fields he chooses during the program.  And the winner in 2017 is Ernesto Gámiz (Mexico).

Trained as chemical engineer, Ernesto entered Everis as an intern and today is a business analyst in telecom & utilities area developing strategies for top management. He is a person who likes to challenge himself, to search for new opportunities to test his capabilities, always open to new experiences and new people. The challenge Ernesto sees in Imagine is “to learn a life lesson form this dynamic, creative program, working with a team and developing ideas from scratch». He was brought up between two continents, between Mexico and Spain, which made him a traveller, photographer and triathlete. He already is a finisher of San Francisco triathlon, and this year in Silicon Valley he sets himself the goal of running the SF Marathon. In Ernesto’s opinion, the key to success in any endeavour is passion, excellency, open mind and a good sense of humor, which reflect the values of both Everis and Imagine.

You can meet Ernest here:

About Everis:

Everis, an NTT DATA company, is a multinational consulting firm providing business and strategy solutions, application development, maintenance, and outsourcing services. The company has 16,000 professionals working in offices and high performance centers in 14 countries. As part of the NTT DATA group, everis can offer a wider range of solutions and services through increased capacity as well as technological, geographical, and financial resources that help provide the most innovative solutions to customers. For more information, visit

Jan Carbonell, Dreamer 12 of Imagine Silicon Valley 2017

Jan Carbonell gana el concurso #Dreamer12 del programa IMAGINE Silicon Valley 2017.
El premio incluye  un mes de formación en el centro de creatividad Imagine en San Francisco, California.

Jan Carbonell  viajará a San Francisco con todos los gastos pagados para participar durante todo el mes de julio en el programa de creatividad Imagine Silicon Valley 2017.  Jan tendrá la oportunidad de realizar una inmersión en el ecosistema de Silicon Valley a partir de un completo programa de visitas a las empresas y universidades más innovadoras del mundo (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Stanford University, Berkley, etc.) y de conferencias de expertos internacionales en innovación y creatividad.

Jan Carbonell  ha ganado un concurso en el que participaron centenares de aspirantes. La prueba consistía en video de presentación y sus credenciales profesionales. De entre todos los participantes  se seleccionaron 10 finalistas para la última ronda de votos. Tras competir durante una semana, el concurso ha finalizado con la siguiente puntuación:

1era posición – Jan Carbonell :  41 puntos

2nd posición – Gemma Ferrer:  39  puntos

3era posición – Pol Álvarez:  38 puntos

(el detalle de las puntuaciones está a disposición de los participantes a través de: )

Los puntos, sobre un máximo de 50 posibles, se podían conseguir de los votos de un jurado de expertos, del staff de imagine, de los participantes de pasadas ediciones, de entrevistas personales y de los votos conseguidos en la página de facebook de Imagine. (Ver bases del concurso y jurado. Detalle de las puntuaciones a disposición de los participantes. Interesados contactar con

La organización de Imagine quiere agradecer su participación a todos los candidatos del concurso y, muy especialmente, a los 10 finalistas que han llevado a cabo extraordinarias campañas para conseguir apoyos en las redes sociales. Asimismo, agradecer a todos los miembros del jurado y a las miles de personas que han votado a los candidatos.

Aquí un video previo que mandó Jan Carbonell a a la organización:

Aquí el video que presentó al concurso:


IMAGINE es un Centro de Creatividad en el Silicon Valley de California para la generación de ideas que cambien el mundo y para cambiar la vida de las personas que participan en el programa. La séptima edición de Imagine Silicon Valley se pondrá en marcha el próximo 1 de Julio en el Yosemite National Park de California con 12 participantes ganadores de distintos concursos de creatividad y culminará con la exposición pública de las ideas el próximo 26 de Julio en San Francisco. El evento de presentación de resultados se llevará a cabo el próximo 20 de septiembre en Barcelona.

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Jan Carbonell Selected as Dreamer #12 of Imagine Silicon Valley 2017

The prize includes one month of training in the center of creativity and innovation, Silicon Valley.

Jan Carbonell is an industrial engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Catalunya. He will travel, all expenses paid, to San Francisco where he will participate the entire month of July in Imagine Creativity Center’s program, Imagine Silicon Valley 2017. He will have the opportunity to be immersed completely in the ecosystem of Silicon Valley and participate in a program where he will visit the most innovative business and universities in the world (Google, Facebook, Twitter, Airbnb, Stanford University, Berkley). Jan will also have the opportunity to attend conferences with international experts in innovation and creativity.

Jan Carbonell won a contest, in which more than a 1,000 people participated. The challenge consisted of putting together a video and sending their most up to date curriculum. Out of all of the participants, the Top 10 finalists were selected for the final round of voting. After a week of fierce competition, the results are:

1st place – Jan Carbonell :  41 points

2nd place – Gemma Ferrer:  39 points

3rd place – Pol Álvarez:  38 points

The points, which there were a maximum of 50, could be gained from votes from the expert jury, Imagine staff, previous participants in Imagine, personal interviews and votes earned from the Imagine facebook page.

Imagine would like to thank all the candidates for their participation, especially the Top 10 who organized extraordinary campaigns on social media. We would also like to thank the members of the jury  and hundreds of people that voted for the candidates.

Here is a preview video that Jan Carbonell sent Imagine to present his candidacy:

Here is the video that Jan Carbonell presented for the contest:

About Imagine

Imagine is a creativity center in Silicon Valley, California. It was deigned for the generation of ideas that are going to change the world and the lives of those that participate in the program. The 2017 edition of Imagine Silicon Valley will start July 1 in Yosemite National Park with 12 participants who have won various creativity contests. The program will end with a final event open to the public on July 26 in San Francisco. The final event in Barcelona will take place September 20.

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Vote for your favorite finalist to Dreamer #12 of Imagine Silicon Valley 2017

Here we present the finalists to become dreamer number 12 for Imagine Silicon Valley 2017.

The selection has been very difficult since we have received amazing candidatures. A special thank you to everyone who has participated and congratulations to ALL! With your implication you have shown that you are already working on making the world a better place.

On Sunday June 4th at 23:59 pm (Central European Time) we will notify the winner among these 10 finalists.  The winner will become dreamer number 12, being able to join the program Imagine 2017 Silicon Valley with all expenses covered.

The voting proces for the selection of dreamer number 12 will be the following:

  •  votes from the representatives of each sponsor of Imagine (maximum 10 points) **
  •  votes from Imagine 2017 staff (maximum 10 points)
  • votes from the dreamers of past editions of Imagine (maximum 10 points)
  • votes from interview between staff members and finalist (maximum 10 points)
  • Number of likes achieved on facebook (maximum 10 points)

Good luck to all the candidates and keep on dreaming!


25 finalists for Dreamer number 12 of Imagine Silicon Valley 2017

We have received amazing candidatures to become Dreamer number 12 of Imagine Silicon Valley 2017. It’s being incredible tough to judge these! Our judging team has finished the first round and has chosen the 25 finalists that will enter the second round of voting. From these 25 finalist, 10 will be selected and will be published on the Imagine Facebook page this sunday. These 10 finalists will enter the last round of voting from which the final winner will be chosen.

More information on the voting process here.

From the Imagine staff we would like to thank everyone who has submitted an application for Imagine Silicon Valley 2017 . The talent we have received has been overwhelming. Thank you, you are all amazing Dreamers!

25 finalist (first round of voting, in alphabetical order):

– Pol Álvarez
– Marta Bernabéu
– Angela Blanco
– Jordi Boix
– Jan Carbonell
– Alejandro Chueca
– Sheila Esteban
– Gemma Ferrer
– Marina Figueras
– Gloria Gubianas
– Javier Jover
– Alexander Medina
– Victor Molina
– Clara Montes
– Liseth Monticone
– Carlos Muller
– Marta Ostoja
– Dani Páez
– Esteve Pla
– Alba Rodríguez
– Alba Santamaria
– Chema Solís
– Alex Tompkins
– Lidia Zabala
– Eduard Zurita

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Searching for Dreamer number 12 of Imagine Silicon Valley 2017

We are currently in search of the 12 Dreamers for Imagine Silicon Valley 2017. Many contests are now active and we are excited to start meeting the new dreamers!

Given the success of last year’s web competition, 1 of the 12 dreamers of Imagine Silicon Valley 2017 will be selected again from among all the applications received via the webpage  The rest of the dreamers will be selected from competitions organized by various sponsors which we will be announcing soon, stay tunned!

The process for the selection of dreamer number 12 will be the following:

1. On Sunday May 21th, 10 applications will be selected among all the candidatures received via:  This selection will be conducted by a formalized committee of experts with representatives from the sponsors and the staff of Imagine.

2. On Sunday May 28th , the videos of the 10 finalists will be published on the Imagine facebook page: 

3. On Sunday June, 4th  23:59 h., dreamer number 12 will be chosen among the 10 finalists with the following voting system:

  •  votes from the representatives of each sponsor of Imagine (maximum 10 points)
  •  votes from Imagine 2017 staff (maximum 10 points)
  • votes from the dreamers of past editions of Imagine (maximum 10 points)
  • votes from interview between staff members and finalist (10 points)
  •  number of likes achieved on facebook (maximum 10 points)

Open application until May 21th >> 

Here examples of past Imagine Silicon Valley candidatures:

Laura Rivera: The experience of Vueling’s dreamer at the 4th edition de Imagine Express

Tell us a bit about yourself. Who is Laura Rivera?

Laura is a computer engineer, specialized in mobile applications, and with a great entrepreneurial spirit. She is a person with many concerns who loves to create all kinds of new ideas and always takes advantage of learning new things. She also considers herself very social person who enjoys being in company of her own and meeting new people.




How was the experience of being a dreamer of Vueling in the Imagine Express2017?

It was an incredible experience; I would have never thought that one could do so many things in four days, and on the move!

It seems unreal how so many ideas can take off in very little time.

If you had to use four adjectives to describe your way through the 4th edition of Imagine Express, what would they be?

Agile, Innovative, thrilling, risotto




How do you feel now? ¿How has Imagine Express contributed to you personally and professionally?

 After being on a cloud for a few days, I can say that Imagine Express offers another point of view.

On a personal level, I feel more energetic and keen to enjoy what I do. I also took away the experience of meeting the other Imagine dreamers, mentors and staff, who are incredible and from whom I have learned a lot.

On a professional level I have been infected with the speed of the trip; and the phrase “stop thinking and start doing” has been embedded in my day-to-day mentality. I’ve decided to accelerate some decisions in order to do what I enjoy and am passionate about: Orchidea Code (

This is my personal Project: an application development company for third parties with innovative ideas as well as for personal projects of which I hope to give you details soon enough. I will only give you a couple of hints: Escape room and augmented reality 😉



Together with your teammates, Rodulfo Rodríguez and Nizar Hasan, you developed the PipeDoctor app. What does the idea consist in?

Basically, it consists in automating and improving the process of detecting pipe failures.

We have a robot that accesses them and take photos and videos of what it detects and that, through machine learning, the system is capable of diagnosing the malfunction and providing the best solution.




How did you develop it during the trip?

 First of all, we worked on defining the idea during the train ride to Paris using the Lombard Method. Then, on Saturday, we dedicated ourselves to creating the prototype, business plan and practicing our presentation with the help of mentors, who provided us with all the information we needed.

Finally, we had the opportunity to present the Project in the London Eye and at 4YFN. 


What need, in a comprehensive manner, do you think your idea resolves?

The idea solves for the ambiguity of the present results, as well as automating a time consuming task that is too tedious to be performed by a human being. By applying our idea the results will always be consistent and won’t depend of on the level of fatigue or tedium of an operator. In addition, the speed at which the results of the process will be available will change from weeks to hours. Finally, having all this information digitalized will allow extra analysis to be conducted that could even foresee and prevent possible failures months before they occur and preventing material damages and saving a lot of money.

What did you feel when you presented the PipeDoctor Project to your teammates at the 4YFN stage?

 A mixture of sensations! Just before presenting I was nervous. I’m not used to these kinds of presentations with such a large audience, but once we were on the stage I just thought about enjoying it with the team, doing my best and sharing the project with everyone.



What have you learned about collaborative work? Do you consider it important for the development of innovation projects?

I have learned a lot from my teammates both at the level of knowledge as well as on a personal level. We were managing situations of stress, deciding together which actions to take etc..

I already had experience working in teams, but with people that also had technical profiles. I believe that working collaboratively with people from other specialities is what makes the projects work.




What do you think of Vueling offering you the opportunity to live this experience?


I just think of thanking them for giving me this opportunity, I think it’s a great experience and that everyone should try it at some point in their life. I think that these initiatives encourage creativity and innovation and this can only be sinónimos to something positive for everyone.


Had you done something like this before?


No. I had participated in other entrepreneurship programs, but nothing that resembles Imagine.


What was your objective before getting on the mobile apps train?


I already had as an aiming to undertake in a project and I wanted to do something innovative, but like I mentioned before, the train makes you see it clearer and push yourself to start.

Would you be a dreamer again?

Of course! Although I must confess that since the Imagine Express I feel like a dreamer every day and it’s already part of me.

I think all the editions of Imagine are very interesting and I don’t have any doubt that the experience can only improve.



What do you think Imagine Express provides to companies that participate as collaborators in the program? (In general and in your, Vueling).

I think it brings the opportunity to form part of an innovative program and get infected with a spirit to always think on your feet.




Describe to us an image or a moment of the experience that you will never forget. Why?

When the counter reached zero after the presentations at the 4YFN. It was the end of the journey, but the beginning of another more major one. In addition, that’s the moment in which one realizes everything done and learned during the experience and starts to process all the information and sensations.

You also realize that these strangers that we waited eagerly to know who would be in our team have become a great team of more than 36 people, including staff and mentors, who are keen continue innovating.


And finally, what dream of yours would you like to take off?

Imagine Express closes its 4th edition with the presentation of the winning apps at 4YFN

The 4YFN Nestlé Stage hosted for the fourth consecutive year the closing ceremony of Imagine Express 2017, a disruptive innovation program organized by Imagine Creativity Center, aimed at promoting and developing innovative and creative mobile applications. During a 5,000-minute journey between the cities of Barcelona, Paris and London, 36 participants, divided into 12 multi-disciplinary teams consisting of a creative mind, a software developer and an entrepreneur, have developed apps to respond to four challenges launched in the categories FinTech, Health, Smart Cities and Open by the main partners of this 4th edition of Imagine Express 2017: Banco Sabadell, Otsuka and Biocat, SUEZ and Imagine Foundation.

Imagine Express’s dreamers have worked intensively for four days, following the Lombard Method, created by Imagine CC and which has been internationally certified this year and consists of four phases: rethinking the problem, generating ideas, prototyping and communication to turn the challenges into tangible proposals. The objective of this work methodology is to advise and accompany the creation of a project: from the business plan to the presentation of the idea through a public pitch.

Ikigai, btrust, ArtUp, Mealing and Smartdog, winning apps

The team that won the health challenge launched by Otsuka and Biocat has developed Ikigai, an application to preserve the intergenerational medical legacy, which consists of putting retired doctors in contact with younger professionals. The creative dreamers of Ikigai have been: Cristina Coll (from Otsuka), Xavi Terradellas (from ShaRing & hippo technologies) and Marcos Real (from VidaCaixa).



As for the FinTech challenge, launched by Banco Sabadell, the winning app has been btrust, a platform that offers a verified identification service and associated financial information by a trusted third party. Its aim is to empower users about the data they share and secure their digital transactions. The dreamers who created btrust were: José Ignacio Delgado (from Banco Sabadell), Juan Antonio Núñez (from i2cat) and Liseth Monticone (from Sabadell Foundation & Valencialab).



The winning team of the Smart Cities challenge, proposed by SUEZ, has devised an app called ArtUp with which, when moving the mobile to an urban infrastructure, in this case a sewer cap, will show a work of art in reality augmented. In this way, Artup will allow ordinary citizens to contemplate a digital art gallery exhibited in the cities themselves and that will complement urban art. The creative dreamers of ArtUp have been: Viviane Beiró (from SUEZ), Héctor Paz (from imascono) and Paquita Puig (from VidaCaixa).



In the Open category, the winning team of dreamers has developed Mealing, a platform that delivers “tailor-made” food, according to the tastes and habits of each person. Thus, using different sources to obtain information on the preferences of users and through the application of algorithms of machine learning, this app identifies what type of food you like and what your nutritional needs. Mealing dreamers have been: Óscar Rovira (from Sabadell Foundation), Nicolas Grenie (from CDmon) and Gemma Ferrer (from Imagine Foundation).



The latest winning app was Smartdog, whose goal is for pets to help seniors or dependents through an application that will be used by the family doctor or family members to monitor their health or medication intakes, in other aspects. This app is complemented by a smart watch that will carry the older person and a necklace for the pet and their function is to synchronize them. Smartdog’s purpose is to restore autonomy to older people. Smartdog dreamers have been the youngest of this 4th edition: Joe Kirby, Esteve Pla and Marina Figueras (from Catalonia Emprèn and selected to participate in the Imagine Express 2017 during the iFest celebration on December 20th).



Thanks to everyone for an unforgettable trip! See you on Imagine Express 2018!


The Imagine Express 2017 expedition arrives this afternoon at 4YFN!

The countdown of the 4th edition of Imagine Express is already unstoppable. The 5,000-minute journey will come to an end today. This afternoon, at 6:00 pm, the five winning teams of the Imagine Express 2017 hackatrain will present at the 4 Years From Now (4YFN) Nestlé Stage the mobile apps developed during their intense disruptive innovation adventure between the cities of Barcelona, Paris and London.

To end this special day, for both dreamers and Imagine Express 2017 staff, we spoke with David Domingo, 4YFN Content Manager, to explain his experience as a jury and as a partner in this disruptive innovation program.


David, you participated as a jury in the live selection of one of the dreamers, what qualities or skills do you think a dreamer should have to get on the mobile apps train?
I was in the selection of dreamer for Business category and the qualities that I valued most were the self confidence to achieve a goal, teamwork and energy. Knowledge of the world of business, technology and economy is difficult to assess in such a short time and for me they are secondary in processes of creativity and innovation like Imagine Express.

What does Imagine Creativity Center contribute to 4YFN?
The final Imagine Express presentation event is always welcome in the 4YFN Barcelona program because it brings a flow of creativity and fresh ideas into a pre-startup state that enriches the event. In addition, we lower the average age of the attendees 😉

This year is the 4th edition of 4YFN and also the 4th edition of Imagine Express, what balance do you make of these four years of 4YFN? What happened at this time?
4YFN was born as a project of the Mobile World Capital Foundation to organize a complementary event to the Mobile World Congress for the entire startup ecosystem that flourished in Barcelona 4 years ago. Now it is a global business platform that will hold 7 events on 3 continents during 2017, as well as other innovation and business projects for startups, investors and corporations.

4YFN has its own identity beyond the Mobile World Congress, although we are also very well working with them in their congresses around the world.

The growth of 4YFN has followed the same evolution and emergence as the startup ecosystem of Barcelona in recent years, which reflects that we are in a good moment, although there is still much to do to reach all the potential that can have the city As an innovation hub.

How do you see 4YFN in four years?
In the next 4 years, our objective is to globalize the platform and geographically still further to support more startups and ecosystems, and to interconnect them, always with Barcelona as a base for the import and export of innovation. We also want to create an active and committed mass of members not only with their projects, but with the community in order to lead technological innovation.

And, of course, in four years I hope to be able to hold a 4YFN Barcelona 2021 event that occupies 8 halls of Fira Montjuïc and … welcome to the 8th edition of Imagine Express!

Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación becomes, once again, the train of innovation

Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación international trains will be the setting of the Imagine Express for the 4th consecutive year. More than 36 dreamers will travel from Barcelona to Paris and will be the protagonists of this edition.

Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación anually gets on board with this initiative in order to boost talent and support these dreamers to fulfil their goals and dreams, taking them with their trains on the road of success.

In this edition, in addition to supporting talent, Renfe-SNCF en Cooperation has launched its own initiative within the framework of the Imagine Express 2017 inviting, through a selection process, three influencers to be part of the trip and have their own challenge. The company understands the value and importance that social networks currently have.

With this trip to Barcelona-Paris-London and this experience, they have wanted to reward an influencer of each of these social networks: Instagram, Youtube and Twitter, who will be part of the Imagine Express expedition, and at the same time share their experience directly with their audience.

For the past three years, the High Speed line connects up to 21 cities between both countries and initiatives such as Imagine Express are a clear example of Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación commitment to talent, innovation and teamwork.

Will you get on board the train?


Miguel Ángel Remacha, Renfe-SNCF, Imagine Express 2017 from Imagine on Vimeo.

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