11th Catalan Telecom Day

Yesterday, Wednesday 26th, the 11th Catalan Telecom Day took place in CosmoCaixa in Barcelona, organized by the COETTC. It is one of the most important and representative events of the IT community in Catalonia and, possibly, in Spain. The Telecom Day was formed by four activities:

  • A ceremony and an inaugural conference, with the presence of Hon. Mr. Brauli Duart, president of the Corporació Catalana de Mitjans Audiovisuals (CCMA); Hon. Mr. Miquel Buch, president of the Associació Catalana de Municipis i Comarques; Hon. Mr. Joaquim Gay de Montellà, president of Fomento del Trabajo; Hon. Mr. Ferran Amago, dean of the COETTC; Hon. Mr. Josep González, president of PIMEC; Hon. Mr. Carles Flamerich, general manager of Telecomunicacions i Societat de la Informació de la Generalitat de Catalunya; and Mr. Ruben Xaus, motorcycle racer and entrepreneur.
  • A round table discussion segment, organized into 3 topics.
  • Networking.
  • Awards ceremony for Excellence in Telecommunications.

Agustín Argelich, director and founder of Argelich Network, was invited to participate in one of the round tables: “Building companies against maintaining companies.” Without neglecting his concern for building companies, Mr. Argelich, under the heading of “The need to establish a continuous improvement culture,” defended above all the maintenance of the existing ones, explaining that “we can’t be laying the first stones without having consolidated a single project.” And to prevent the death of the companies, Agustín advised that these practices had to evolve. Giving some anecdotic examples and real cases from Argelich Networks as well as quoting some authors, he talked about strategic analysis, which requires the ability to attend to important as well as non-urgent matters. Finally, speaking with some necessary frankness, Mr. Argelich referred to the fact that SMEs in Spain go under-appreciated and that to them, unlike in other countries, many doors remain closed. Agustín’s comments sparked conversation, and some of his quotes were later used as references in others; one was even tweeted by one of the assistants.

Regarding the other contributions to the round table, moderator Josep Morell, from the commissioner of the Presidencia para las TIC y Sociedad de la Información de la Cámara de Comercio de Barcelona, pointed out that “there is a lack of entrepreneurs and ingenuity.” Furthermore, the director of R+D of Laboratorios Almirall, Pere Berga, highlighted an interesting point about Internet and medicine, saying that “the internet is the best medicine for those with rare diseases” because scientific advances and advice can easily be shared. He also talked about a future where the health card will probably include our genetic code so that we will receive more personalized medicine. Jordi Hinojosa, president of ISOC.cat and partner of Dinamon Internet, spoke of the collaboration between startups and traditional companies, pointing out the importance of the product or idea as well as its marketing. Álex Daniel, assistant general manager of Seidor, shared five case studies of business efficiency though IT, followed by the founder partner of the young company PuntCentric, Sergi Baster. He spoke from the perspective of a startup company and defended the notion that the construction of new enterprises helps the maintenance of the existing ones.  Finally, Saül Gordillo, head of digital content, and Álex Poderoso, technological development chief of El Periódico de Catalunya spoke from their experience, explaining that paper is still important to them and that Internet is a tool.

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