New contest supports sustainable municipal water concepts

Saturday, 20 October 2018

POWER Idea competition now accepting applications – deadline 30 November


Pisa, 5th November 2018 – The European POWER Consortium, which brings together cities, SMEs and research centres, has launched a competition to reward the most innovative sustainability ideas for the intelligent management of water resources at a municipal level.


With the POWER Idea Contest for Sustainable Communities, we want to reward everyone that has an idea worth putting into action – be they university students, concerned residents, local groups or small businesses. Everyone can help local authorities tackle their water challenges in order to become more sustainable“, explains Prof. Giuliano Manara, President of CUBIT Scarl, consortium member of the EU-funded POWER project.


The POWER project has established a ‘Digital Social Platform (DSP)’ with the aim of enhancing and improving the governance of water networks. This innovative DSP approach wants to encourage the sharing of knowledge and experiences on water issues (scarcity, safety, quality, consumption) between citizens, public bodies and companies in different areas of the European Union and worldwide, thus creating an important tool to support the European policy of managing water resources.


The contest wants to stimulate citizen participation, and to increase awareness regarding water resources. The best proposals will be selected via a mix of public and consortium voting. The ten best ideas will be awarded with direct support of experts in this field to develop them further. The proposals must deliver solutions to the challenges that local authorities face with regard to climate change, water sustainability, sustainable consumption and production, or civic engagement. Social entrepreneurs, innovators, activists, students and others from the EU or Israel may submit their ideas via the POWER city websites of one of the four POWER cities. (See below).


The deadline for submitting proposals is 30th November 2018.


Further information

The POWER Idea Contest

To submit ideas:

Cubit Contacts:

Monica Pianosi
Luciana Ferrari

The Umi Sci-Ed Project at the Internet Festival in Pisa

Monday, 15 October 2018

The Umi Sci-Ed project was presented at the Internet Festival in Pisa on 11th October 2018 with the seminar “God is in the Details – From UMI Technologies to new learning techniques aimed at training new makers starting from Communities of Practice “(Course for teachers recognized by MIUR).

The event’s aim was to stimulate new collaboration processes between schools, universities, research institutions and companies in order to enhance the importance of  balancing knowledge and expertise in the Internet of the Future developments, which are increasingly oriented towards a People’s Internet, and new actual processes rather than just connecting physical entities (smart objects) or virtual entities (cyberspace).

In an age of “clouding”, “virtualization” and “softwarization” of “everything” (Internet of Everything), students of learning have highlighted how the effectiveness of a process that should represent a continuity between the pre-school phases and long-life learning (continuous training), could increase drastically by the adoption of the Community of Practice (already adopted at international level and within large organizations). The words of Confucius, who lived over 2500 years ago: “I listened and I forgot, I saw and I remembered, I did and I understood”, express an intuition scientifically documented today by the most recent theories of learning: “to do” boosts the effectiveness of every learning process. Despite this evidence, we tend, however, nowadays, to debase any practical action as “trivial implementing activity” with respect to the theoretical part.

The event illustrated cases of value and skills building based on the application of UMI technologies and the “best practices” carried out with some schools in Tuscany, which allowed all interested parties to become part of the Communities of Practice created within the project. Luca Tavant, Cubit, presented the hardware tools used in the project.

Below a list of the speakers:

– Prof. Antonio Aiello (Psychologist, Professor UNIPI, Dept. Political Sciences)
– Eng. Giuseppe Caruso (Professor at the “Leonardo da Vinci” ITIS -Technical School in Pisa)
– Dr. Daniela Di Santo (Psychologist and Pedagogist)
– Prof. Stefano Giordano (Full Professor UNIPI Dept. of Information Engineering)
– Eng. Daniele Mazzei (Zerynth and Researcher UNIPI Dept. of Computer Science)
– Prof. Stefano Mazzantini (Vice Dean at the “Leonardo da Vinci” ITIS – Technical School in Pisa)
– Eng. Francesco Oppedisano (NetResults)
– Eng. Luca Tavanti (FW and SW Development Manager IoT Systems, Cubit European Projects Technical Manager)
– Eng. Marialaura Tamburello (Research Fellow UNIPI Dept. of Information Engineering)

UMI-Sci-Ed project to be presented on June 7, 2018 at the Sustainable Development Festival 

Monday, 4 June 2018

The Horizon project UMI-Sci-Ed (of which Cubit is partner) will be presented on Thursday, June 7, 2018 at the Department of Political Science of the University of Pisa with the workshop: Learning  by “doing together”. Building and sharing change in the teaching of Stem subjects as “active learning places”.

The event is part of the program of the second edition of the National Festival of Sustainable Development: a cultural and political awareness raising initiative across the country, attended by over 180 organizations and networks representing the civil society in the framework of the European Sustainable Development Week. The Festival aims at involving citizens in the issues of economic, social and environmental sustainability, promoting the sharing of best practices on the themes of the Agenda 2030.

The objective of the UMI-Sci-Ed workshop is the presentation of the main lines of the Project, which proposes new perspectives in the teaching of STEM subjects through the application of UMI technologies (Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Computing and Internet of Things), in order to improve the students’ skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and thus make a career in the field of UMI technologies more attractive.

Together with Cubit, the partnership comprises the following organizations:  Instituto Technologias Ypologistonkai Ekdoseon Diofantos – Coordinator (Greece), Cork Institute of Technology (Ireland), Helsingin Yliopisto (Finland), University of Pisa (Italy), Telecentre-Europe AISBL (Belgium).

Click here for more info.

Power Newsletter n. 5 is online!

Thursday, 1 February 2018

The new POWER newsletter is out. Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • 4 new Communities for water challenges faced by cities
  • a short movie about urban wetlands
  • new publications about water governance in cities
  • how towns can prepare for heavy rains
  • innovative solutions to river flooding
  • Power planned events


POWER at a glance

The project “Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges” (POWER) is funded by the European Union under Horizon 2020 programme. The POWER consortium comprises a total of 12 partners, including CUBIT,  four research institutions dealing with environmental, social and governance issues, two innovative SMEs, two European organisations and four key demonstration cities. The project runs for 48 months (December 2015-November 2019), during which the project will deliver digital products and services to citizens involving awareness-raising and new policy initiatives.

Further information on

Professor Giuliano Manara, Cubit’s President, invited to MEET 2017

Friday, 27 October 2017

Professor Giuliano Manara, Cubit’s President, was invited to participate in MEET 2017, the Meeting on Electromagnetic Engineering Technology organised by IDS in Rome at the end of September.  The 2-day conference gathered leading members of the worldwide electromagnetic engineering community, from industry, academia and research institutes, and from government institutions and the military, with the aim of sharing their experiences and ideas and creating new connections.

With over 150 attendees from countries from all around the world, including USA, China, Germany, India, UK and Belgium, MEET 2017  started with a round table on “How EM technologies boost today’s world”, with representatives from IDS, ONERA, INGV, Electro Magnetic Applications Inc. (EMA) and Siemens PLM Software on the panel. The sessions included a number of keynote speeches on subjects such as “Realizing the Digital Twin” and “Advanced Electromagnetics for the Internet of Things and Short-Range Communications”, together with presentations and case studies on a wide range of topics such as the Advances and Trends in EM Modeling Methods, Antennas, E3 and EM Spectrum Operations, radar applications, the Internet of Things (IoT) and Industry 4.0. The meeting ended with a Round Table on “Aerospace and Defense EM Technologies”.

New Digital Social Platform POWER for water-related issues is online!

Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Do you want to improve the water management in your local authority? If the drinking water in your municipality is scarce or if your population is endangered by surface water floods, then the new Digital Social Platform is the right place for you. This interactive platform is filled up with information of experts about water-related issues and used to communicate these issues to decision-makers, key stakeholders, and the public in order to increase awareness. Everyone can join in, as the platform is now activated.

The Digital Social Platform was created as part of the EU project POWER (Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges), in which among others the city network Climate Alliance, the UK cities of Leicester and Milton Keynes as well as the two water supply companies of Jerusalem (Israel) and Sabadell (Spain) are participating. Benefit from the experience of the four involved local authorities!

Do you want to share your own best practices with other municipal employees around the world? Then use the POWER platform for this purpose. It is the right place to explore and discuss experiences with the other users of the wide network of POWER cities. Learn of them and discuss their answers to water-related challenges as extreme weather events, reduction of water consumption, quality of water reuse, and variables related to water conservation.

Further information

The main goals of the four POWER cities


Through the regional water utility, Hagihon, the city is to promote water conservation behaviours, quantifiable water savings and improve awareness regarding water quality.

Join Jerusalem Water Community and

  • Immediately report any urban water burst
  • Be a partner in turning Jerusalem to a green and flourishing city by spreading knowledge to watering gardens and saving water
  • Be part of Hagihons educational curriculum
  • Water quality is a recipe for health and wellness. Learn how to make sure quality water in your house
  • Share your experience and knowledge
  • Get ready to act in the Community Gardens

Milton Keynes

In Milton Keynes water is scarce, too, therefore, with the help of social awareness incentives, total consumption should be reduced.

Join Milton Keynes Water Community and

  • Learn why people need to save water in Milton Keynes
  • Read about ideas and tips for reducing water consumption
  • Get informed about school projects and educational resources
  • Create a Milton Keynes smarter water community


Leicester aims to strengthen the awareness of extreme weather events, as it is endangered by surface water floods. It provides real-time river water levels and predictive warnings for combined sewer overflows in specific geographical areas of the city.

Join Leicester Water Community and

  • Learn about flood risk – of your home in Leicester, your neighbourhood and your city
  • Get #floodprepared with the experiences of the Leicester  #floodpreparedcommunity
  • Get involved by giving feedback, sharing know-how and experience with the #floodpreparedcommunity
  • Get ready to act in the #floodpreparedcommunity


In Sabadell water is delivered in two qualities, as drinking water and non-drinking water. The water utility CASSA wants to actively involve citizens by implementing an information system that enables real-time information about the quality and conditions of service.

Join Sabadell Water Community and

  • Know the quality of water in Sabadell
  • Learn how Sabadell saves water
  • Ask, think and participate in all areas of the water cycle, especially the water quality and use of alternative resources
  • Follow the I+D projects in the water cycle that takes place in Sabadell
  • Share what Sabadell is doing about water management and what is done in other cities in Europe
  • Engage, participate, be critical and contribute to a more efficient resource management model, thus also reducing the impact of climate change

UDOO-EDU kits are ready!

Monday, 16 October 2017

UDOO-EDU kits are ready! News We are happy to announce that assembly and packaging of 170 UDOO-EDU kits has been completed in Cubit labs. The kits will be used by the students involved in the many piloting activities provided by the UMI-Sci-Ed project. They will also be presented within relevant education events throughout Europe, such as the All Digital Summit.

The UDOO-EDU kit is a set of hardware and software tools specifically designed to learn science and technology. At the centre of the kit is the Udoo Neo board, a tiny computing board with lots of functionalities. Udoo Neo is powered by GNU/Linux, a free operating system running on millions of devices worldwide, and is compatible with Arduino, the famous electronic platform used by thousands of makers.

UMI-Sci-Ed is a Horizon 2020 project, which aims at enhancing the attractiveness of science education and careers for young people (14-16 year olds) via the use of latest technologies. Ubiquitous and Mobile Computing and the Internet of Things (UMI) is put into practice towards enhancing the level of STEM education. At the same time, we are increasing the attractiveness of pursuing a career in domains pervaded by UMI for these youths.

Learn more on UMI-Sci-Ed on the project website:

Power Project Newsletter n. 4 is online!

Thursday, 25 May 2017

POWER Newsletter n.4 – May 2017 is now online. The  4th newsletter gives insight to water governance strategy of the city of Milton Keynes, whose Council is actively seeking ways to reduce water consumption.

Besides, you will find a presentation of the new research project netWORKS 4, exploring the connections between urban development and water infrastructure.

The Project “Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges” (POWER) is funded by the EU under the H2020-ICT10c-2015 Call. The POWER consortium comprises a total of 12 Partners, including CUBIT. The Project aims to set up a user-driven Digital Social Platform (DSP) for the expansion and governance of POWER existing water networks by engaging with stakeholders in the co-creation and delivery of digital products and services to citizens.

Further information on Power Project


POWER ​project 3rd ​Newsletter is online!

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

POWER Newsletter n.3 – February 2017 is now online. The third newsletter delves into City Blueprint, a practical communicative tool that can help cities on their path to be become sustainable water-wise cities.  In 2050, 87% of the population in developed countries will be living in cities. At about that time, water supply will fall short of demand by 40%. The consequences of climate change leave cities no choice: they are forced to adapt their water cycles because the cost of inaction is very high.

To find out more about the City Blueprint® Approach, watch this video (3:57) with Stef Koop from KWR.

The Project “Political and sOcial awareness on Water EnviRonmental challenges” (POWER) is funded by the EU under the H2020-ICT10c-2015 Call. The POWER consortium comprises a total of 12 Partners, including CUBIT. The Project aims to set up a user-driven Digital Social Platform (DSP) for the expansion and governance of POWER existing water networks by engaging with stakeholders in the co-creation and delivery of digital products and services to citizens.

Further information on

The New Cubit website is online!

Friday, 24 February 2017

Welcome to the new Cubit website! Starting from today you will find new updated contents, in a completely restyled graphics, providing a better browsing experience, even from smartphones and tablets.

The new website has been co-funded by the Tuscany Region (PAR FAS 2007-2013 POR CREO ERDF 2014-2020 – Call Internationalization 2015) within the CUBUS Project (CUbit towards Brazil and Usa), aiming to stabilize the presence of CUBIT in these two high-growth markets in the ICT sector.

Hope you’ll enjoy surfing!

CUBIT. C​ubus project, co-financed under Tuscany POR FESR 2014-2020