On 2–4 April, the ON 2019 days were held. This event is organised by Castelldefels Town Council and provides a meeting point for the business sector in the Llobregat area and researchers, to take advantage of research dynamics and transfer knowledge to the business environment. This year, the latest trends in three key sectors were addressed: drones and their applications, tourism and its management, and the right food today.
The UPC formed part of the group that promoted the event, which brought together entrepreneurs and the general public interested in innovation in the areas of Baix Llobregat, Barcelona, Baix Penedès and the Garraf.
UPC technology was present in three thematic blocks:
In the first, entitled “TOURISM, collaborative and sustainable growth”, Josep Lluís Larriba, director of DAMA UPC, a group specialised in Big Data Analytics, presented the latest technologies developed by research centres in the sector.
In the session entitled “DRONES, the revolution of the present”, Manel Arrufat, from the UPC Innovation Management Service, talked about the innovation ecosystem of drones at the UPC. Miguel Valero, from the Castelldefels School of Telecommunications and Aerospace Engineering (EETAC), referred to the training and research in this area carried out in the Mediterranean Technology Park. In addition, Enric Pastor from the EETAC discussed drones and mobile technology.
In the block entitled “Food innovation day” Joan Casellas from the company Natural Machines and Quim Rigola researcher at the Heat and Mass Transfer Technology Center (CTTC) described their collaboration in the food area. Raquel Díaz and José M. Gil, from the Center for Agro-food Economy and Development (CREDA UPC-IRTA) presented some of their projects on food waste.
Among others, the initiative counted on the UPC Baix Llobregat Campus and the PMT as partners, and was jointly funded by Castelldefels Town Council, the Government of Catalonia and the Minister of Work and Social Security.