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THE MINISTRY OF INDUSTRY, ENERGY AND TOURISM LAUNCHES INAUGURAL FICOD 2014 SPEAKER WHICH WILL NICK BILTON

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  • The Secretary of State for Telecommunications and the Information Society and the CEO of Red.es been filed with the leading representatives of the digital content industry, the 6th edition of FICOD 2014, an event organized by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism to be held from 2 to 4 December.
  • FICOD be the essential meeting point in Europe for companies, professionals, entrepreneurs, investors and students interested in the digital world in which they will demonstrate the potential of Spain as country digital creative quality products and professional trainer future .
  • This year FICOD will pivot around four themes: Industry, Finance, Talent and Congress, also incorporating a new section called “Festival” to approach the younger audience and give the evening a fun and entertaining character.

_JEM9436Madrid, October 14, 2014 – Secretary of State for Telecommunications and the Information Society, Victor Calvo-Sotelo, today unveiled the new edition of FICOD, International Digital Content Forum to be held on 2, 3 and December 4 at the Palacio Municipal de Congresos in Madrid. According to Calvo-Sotelo, “The Government has identified the digital content industry as a priority in the Digital Agenda for Spain, passed in February 2013 The digital content industry is a booming sector (video games, animation, apps, social networks, etc. .) with high growth potential, marked by innovation and also is a source of skilled jobs for our youth. ”

Calvo-Sotelo explained that to take advantage of economic opportunities in this sector and enhance the capacities of national development have been analyzed in detail the needs of the industry, “identifying specific measures to respond to the needs and designing from the consensus sector, a long-term Plan to Promote the Digital Economy and Digital Content. ” This Plan is equipped with more than 90 million euros for the period 2013-2015 budget and its fundamental objectives to increase skills in the area of digital content, support innovation, encourage investment and promote the creation of new businesses in this sector.

Later, the CEO of Red.es, César Miralles explained that “through four different axes (FICOD Congress FICOD Industry, FICOD FICOD Talent and Financing), we intend to turn Spain into a competitive market in which foreign leading companies install their decision centers, conduct their productions or provide their services. Attract international investment and show the potential of projects “made in Spain”. Promote networking between companies, entrepreneurs and investors and publicize success stories, and as a major objective is also to release all educational and training opportunities in the field of digital content, which is seen as one of the career opportunities the future for young people. ”

FICOD, which this year celebrates its 6th edition, will consist of four distinct areas:

or    FICOD Congress, where attendees can see first hand the latest trends that will shape the future of the sector along with experts from national and international prestige.

or    FICOD Industry, which will be the companies with the greatest potential in the field of digital content and digital business interrelationship of industry and business generation is encouraged.

or    FICOD Talent, a must for students interested in learning about the training available to the professions of the future area.

or    Finally, FICOD Financing, a unique opportunity to discover projects that stand out in Spain and case studies of companies in the sector. A meeting point for entrepreneurs seeking funding and investors seeking to invest interesting projects.

During the presentation, we were able to meet the star speaker FICOD 2014, Nick Bilton, a columnist for The New York Times, will speak on the future of technology trends and how it is affecting the digital revolution in the way we will do business in the future.

The names of other national and international experts who will participate in FICOD Congress: “Veronica Diquattro, business manager for Southern Europe of Spotify; Montserrat Domínguez, editor of Huffington Post; Jorge Izquierdo, young entrepreneur who just 16 years has become an international reference for their mobile applications, Ian Livingstone, co-founder of Games Workshop, co-creator of Fighting Fantasy and president of Playdemic, Midoki and Playmob; Manel Sort, head of Studio King, creators of Bubble Witch Saga or Urs CETE, manager of Bertelsmann Digital Media Investments will be the star speaker in the area of finance.

Right now open the call for selection of companies and training centers participating in FICOD the next 2, 3 and 4 December. Some of the companies and training centers that have been selected to participate in FICOD are: Plunge Interactive, Itbook Editorial, Gestionet multimedia, Multimedia Cañonazo, Tecnilógica, Stroke Advertising, Pearson Education, Gamelearn, SM Group, Lightbox Entertainment, Virtualware Group , Viko, U-tad, University Center for Technology and Digital Art; Strokes, INESDI,   IEB Madrid Business School or School of Marketing. ”

FICOD has opted this year to become a global concept with continuity over time, through its participation in major conferences on digital content held during 2014 as this year, has had a presence in Zinc Shower 2014, Sonar & D, The Pacifier, GameLab 3D Wire, eShow and The South Summit, to support events that are committed to the field of digital content and facilitating networking among all industry players.

Red.es through FICOD, wanted to be closer than ever to the players in the digital content industry, to share views and opinions and bet together for this sector. Therefore, in the official presentation of FICOD 2014 also participated featured industry representatives, who spoke on the important weight that this industry is currently in the Spanish economy: Ignacio Pérez Dolset, CEO and founder of U-tad and vice of Ametic; Claudio Biern, president and founder of BRB Internacional; José Luis Zimmermann, CEO of Adigital; Carlos Barrabés, president and founder of Barrabés; Maria Fanjul and CEO Entradas.com.

The Secretary of State for Telecommunications and the Information Society, Victor Calvo-Sotelo, closed the ceremony by inviting all attendees to participate and take advantage of unique opportunities offered FICOD 2014.

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