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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.

SUEZ takes part in a new edition of Imagine Express

One more year SUEZ gets on the mobile apps train in search of disruptive technological solutions linked to smart cities. The company, exclusively dedicated to the activities of water and waste, promotes the participation of three dreamers in the Imagine Express 2017: two project engineers and their first commercial. To select their participants, SUEZ has taken into account criteria such as creativity, feasibility and enthusiasm of in describing the ideas presented.

According to Catalina Balseiro, Director of Innovation at AGBAR-SUEZ Spain, they have decided to participate again in the Imagine Express because of the “cultural change” and the “energy boost” it generates in the company and its employees. In addition, Balseiro believes that the innovation programs promoted by Imagine Creativity Center

Contribute to SUEZ “what we call the ‘Beoni effect’, one of our first dreamers on the train, “an incredible change of mentality.


Betting on internal entrepreneurial talent, SUEZ presented its employees with three very important challenges for the future of the company: Industry 4.0, urban innovation and new horizons beyond water. By the hand of Imagine Express, SUEZ can identify disruptive ideas to design smart cities of the future. In addition, the dreamers of the company who get on the train learn to cultivate very important qualities: teamwork, capacity to overcome, development of creativity, and above all, the effort to fulfil dreams, not only theirs, but also of all those people who will benefit from the apps and solutions created during the trip.




¡Welcome on board influencers!

As you already know, one of the novelties this 4th edition of Imagine Express is that our new partner Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación launched a contest to take influencers of three social networks: Twitter, Instagram and Youtube on the disruptive innovation train.

We have received so many contest applications, but finally our jury, made up of social media experts from Renfe-SNCF en Cooperación and Imagine Creativity Center, has decided that the winners are:





The team 12+1

The influencers will be the 13th team of dreamers and will live the experience with Imagine with the same intensity as the rest of their teamates: nerves, tensión, excitement, emotion, motivation, ability to overcome… The challenge that these three influencers will face wont be easy: they will have to jointly make a video 1 minute in duration that summarizes each day. To create this video they will have limited time, which will be the time at which they will broadcast it in their social networking profiles at 23:59h (the last minute of the day).



5.000 minutes of travel summarized in a single minute

The last video will correspond to the last day of the program. In it they will have to summarize the 5.000 minutes of duration of the 4th edition of Imagine Express in a single minute. Until that last momento they will be filming and editing images for the last video which will also last a minute and will be broadcast during the presentation of the apps developed during the trip in the 4YFN del Mobile World Congress. The final video will be the result of a combination of the videos that have been elaborated each day with the objective of showing how they lived their experience in the Imagine Express 2017.


From Imagine CC we want to thank all of you who participated! And, of course, welcome @ninhodelosrecao and @pinapli to the mobile apps train!


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Bank Sabadell and its Foundation are back on the innovation train

One more year, Banco Sabadell and its Foundation  join Imagine Express 2017 in search for technological solutions for the future. In this edition of Imagine Express, Banco Sabadell and Fundación Banco Sabadell promote the participation of 6 dreamers: three Banco Sabadell employees selected by the Innovation Directorate, two entrepreneurs sponsored by the Fundación Banco Sabadell, from Valencialab and EDEM Escuela de Empresarios ; and a third one also sponsored by the Foundation, which won the creative contest organized by Imagine.

Thanks to Imagine Express, Banco Sabadell can find the entrepreneurial talent within its employees and identify completely disruptive ideas in the financial sector. The dreamers who get on the train learn to work in the most multidisciplinary and creative way, subsequently contributing that energy to their teams and keeping Banco Sabadell on its constant path towards innovation.

Betting on internal talent as a fundamental value, Banco Sabadell proposed to its employees three very important challenges for the future of the entity:

  • Insurance in the digital environment, a challenge represented by Esther Boneta, Treasury Analyst- Project Management of Markets and Private Banking, with her idea of insurance on digital goods.


  • The role of the bank in the collaborative economy, a challenge that will be represented by Isaac Cayellas, Innovation Delivery Manager, who proposes a platform of purchase and sale invoices based on blockchain technology.


  • The future of digital identity, a challenge that will be represented by Jose Ignacio Delgado Antón, Integral manager at Valladolid’s Main Office, multiplatform virtual identification.


The dreamers sponsored by Fundación Banco Sabadell are Liseth Monticone and Héctor Alemany, two young entrepreneurs that will participate under the category Business; and Óscar Rovira with his idea “Annona”, winnter of the creative contest organized by Imagine. Thanks to creative programs like Imagine Express, the Fundación Banco Sabadell is able to promote one of its fundamental objectives: to stimulate excellence and foster young talent.

Francesc Fajula, Banco Sabadell, Express 2017 from Imagine on Vimeo.

Otsuka and Biocat, official collaborators of 4th edition of Imagine Express

Otsuka and Biocat are the main collaborators in the health sector of the 4th edition of Imagine Express. The collaboration between both companies demonstrates their commitment to innovation with the objective of delivering technological solutions of value to patients.

This innovation program takes place during the 4-day train journey between the cities Barcelona, Paris and London. During the trip, different teams previously selected through multiple talent contests participate in this hackatrain to design and prototype mobile technology solutions through techniques based on collaborative innovation.

The contest began last December when Otsuka and Biocat launched three challenges in the field of Health where more than 100 people participated by presenting their ideas to resolve the challenges posed.

The jury that validated and evaluated all the proposals was formed by a varied representation of different institutions and public-private entities related to the field of Health. The members of the jury included professionals from the Fundación Jiménez Díaz, the Sociedad Española de Psiquiatría (SEP), the Hospital Clínico San Carlos de Madrid, la Sociedad Española de Nefrología (S.E.N), the Asociación de Enfermería de Salud Mental (AEESME), the Axencia de Coñecemento en Saúde (ACIS), the Sociedad Española de Farmacia Hospitalaria (SEFH), Institut Assistència Sanitària de Girona, the Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red (CIBERSAM), the Federación Nacional de Asociaciones para la Lucha Contra Enfermedades del Riñón (ALCER), the Sociedad Española de Directivos de la salud (SEDISA), the Societat Catalana de Gestió Sanitària (SCGS), the Consejería de Sanidad de Murcia and the Servicio Extremeño de Salud.

Núria Pastor, Psychologist and Research Assistant at the Instituto Hospital del Mar de Investigaciones Médicas (IMIM), will lead the first challenge addressed towards health professionals, institutions or patient associations. The initiative aims to create an app to empower patients, allow them to be more autonomous and to promote adherence to treatment to improve their quality of life.

Cristina Coll, Public Affairs & Patient Advocacy Manager de Otsuka, will lead the development of the solution to the second challenge, which aims to improve upon the visibility that the company currently has in Spain. This second team led by Coll will devise the development of an app that promotes digital networking between retired health professionals and those that are active, with the intention of fostering and generating knowledge.

Finally, the third challenge will be addressed to the general public and Clàudia Pardo, Business and Marketing graduate, has put forward an idea to develop a community of virtual innovation where start-ups resole the challenges that companies propose through a Lean Start-Up methodology.

The winners of the health category will have the opportunity to present the project in the 4YFN of the Mobile World Congress, along the other dreamers and mentors that participate in the Imagine Express trip next February 27th.


Óscar Alcoberro, Otsuka, Imagine Express 2017 from Imagine on Vimeo.

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