i2cat

i2CAT is a CERCA research and innovation centre based in Barcelona which specializes in advanced digital technologies. Since 2003, i2CAT has been committed to designing and building the future digital society by leveraging the knowledge gained from cutting-edge European and local R&D projects in 5G/6G, IoT, immersive and interactive technologies, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, blockchain, space communications and digital social technologies. The centre partners with companies, public administration, academia, and end-users to leverage this knowledge to meet real social and business challenges.

i2CAT also operates in the Digital Social Innovation (DSI) area, which is in charge of i2CAT’s definition of the Quadruple Helix model and strategy, promoting the Living Lab and DSI approach across the R&D areas of the organisation, as well as designing, testing and evaluating new labs in Catalonia. The area is also generating its own research projects around the vision of co-laboratories as universal innovation ecosystems, based on networks of open research and open innovation labs. Thus, the Digital Social Innovation is the path to make technology work for the citizen and solve the problems and issues we face as a society.

team members

Toñi Caro

Toñi Caro

Senior Researcher
Toñi Caro coordinates the INTEGER project from her position as senior researcher at the Digital Society Technology Unit at the I2Cat Foundation. She is senior institutional capacity builder for the stakeholder engagement strategies and the implementation of societal impact; Associate Professor at Valencian International University and Founder of the Eoh-for-Good, a think tank and strategy consultancy to promote leading transformation for the common good.

She has a Ph.D. in International and Intercultural Studies and is an accomplished and motivated thought leader with a keen interest in social & digital innovation and innovation ecosystems building. She offers broad and extensive experience in academic research, policy analysis, and strategy design. A prolific author of several peer-reviewed publications on various social issues related to internationalisation, higher education, and sustainability. She has been actively promoting social impact in the Basque, Spanish and European contexts for over a decade now in connection with international peers and collaborating with the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI) and the Network for Advancing and Evaluating the Societal Impact of Science (AESIS) since their inception.

Recent achievements include the conceptualisation and publication of a chapter: Caro-Gonzalez, A. (et al.) (2022), The Three MuskEUteers: Envisaging and pursuing a "One for all, All for one'' triple transition: social, green and digital. In Petrevska Nechkoska, R; Manceski G.; Poels, G.; Facilitation in Complexity: From creation to co-creation, from dreaming to co-dreaming, from evolution to co-evolution, Springer Nature. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-031-11065-8.
Rafael Nualart Barba

Rafael Nualart Barba

Senior Innovation Project Manager
Industrial Designer for the Escola Massana in Barcelona, he is part of Fundació i2Cat since early 2018 as Senior Innovation Project Manager within the DIMO (Digital Innovation Management Office) department. With more than 20 years of experience mainly in Europe and Asia in areas such as consulting, industry, medical devices and retail, he has led teams, R&D innovation projects in different sectors and markets being an expert in opportunities identification, conception, design, development and implementation of products and services. He has worked from the initial analysis and knowledge of the needs and desires of users, identifying what motivates consumers and, at the same time, evaluating new business opportunities in collaboration with potential technology partners. In his professional career, he has defined and created several products patented by both industrial and consumer companies. Nowadays he is part of the DST (Digital Social Technologies) Area at i2Cat Foundation.
Artur Serra

Artur Serra

Director of the Digital Society Technologies Research Team
Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Barcelona with a thesis based on ethnography from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, developing a first definition of techno-anthropology as a new research area. Founder of the Catalan Chapter of the Internet Society (1995). Researcher at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), where he founded the Internet Applications Center and the i2cat project, Internet2 in Catalonia, in 1999. This project gave way to the foundation of the same name created in 2003 by the government of the Generalitat and which is deputy director. In the year 2000 he organized the First World Congress of Citizen Networks and, after this initiative, the design and construction of Citilab, the first European citizen laboratory (2007), a center of which he has been research director until 2019. Founding member of the European Network of Living Lab since 2006, he is also a member of the European Institute for Social Innovation. His current research focuses on the cultural and social design of collaboratives, open digital social innovation structures and universal innovation systems. He currently directs the DST, Digital Society Technologies, research team at the i2cat Foundation and the Col.laboratoris de Catalunya innovation program. Learn more about Artur Serra at: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8979-772X.
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