Digital Barcelona: 5 Reasons to work in tech in the Catalan capital
Work in digital? Barcelona’s got you covered, with startup success stories, awesome quality of life and ‘smart’ city credentials.
Digital has been firmly on Barcelona’s agenda of late. The city’s GDP is 4th highest
among European cities (after London, Paris and Madrid.) Such economic success is boosted in no small part by a thriving tech economy.
...and a thriving tech economy means ample opportunities for those seeking work in tech and digital companies
. That's one of the reasons we're opening a brand new office
in the city this Autumn. To get started, we thought we’d share some of the main benefits you can expect working in tech in Barcelona.
1 - Quality of life: One of the world’s ‘Most Contented Cities’
Image: Paul Guell park Barcelona. Source: Wanderluxue
Quality of life in Barcelona is highly regarded. The 2016 book Global Happiness
puts the city in its Top 20 ‘Most Contented World Cities’, calling it “one of the most charming, enjoyable and most liveable large cities in the world. Residents and visitors alike adore it for its climate, architecture, cultural life, nightlife, public spaces, cuisine and sun-soaked beaches.”
2 - Gaming successes: King.com and beyond
Image: King.com's CEO and founder Riccardo Zacconi rings the NYSE bell. Source: Newstalk
Buoyed by the mobile gaming showstopper Candy Crush Saga, developer King.com
are Barcelona’s most prolific – and profitable – game development companies. The company serves over 500 million monthly users. With new games and innovative ideas always on the cards, King.com is undoubtedly one of the most exciting places to work in Barcelona.
If King.com achieved gaming startup nirvana, others are hot on their heels. SocialPoint
– producers of Dragon City, World Chef and Monster Legends – boast an impressive 50 million users worldwide. There are also numerous independent, small and mid-size studios dotted around the city. Enough for any budding game developer to get their teeth into.
3 - Tech giants tapping into local innovation
Image: Telefonica's Barcelona base in the Torre De Hielo building. Source: Wikipedia
Aware of the city’s tech credentials and entrepreneurial vibe, some of the world’s most successful tech companies have chosen to base R&D and innovation operations in Barcelona. European mobile operator Telefonica
develop new multimedia services in their office in the sleek Torre De Hielo building, and the city's also home to an Innovation Centre
run by international IT giant IBM.
Perhaps not quite a ‘giant’, but certaintly a global brand, Skyscanner
also does much of their new development from their Barcelona base.
4 - Accelerators, capital funding and opportunity for tech entrepreneurs
Image: 'Up to speed', accelerated completers of Barcelona's Startupbootcamp.
Fostering entrepreneurial spirit has been a clear focus for Barcelona in recent years. That’s evidenced by the support programmes, collaboration opportunities and cold hard cash that’s available to working residents. This video, from the Fest-UP Startup EXPO (May 2014) paints a great picture:
Fest-UP | Startup EXPO from alcafilms on Vimeo.
Entepreneurs in Barcelona are given every chance to succeed. Accelerators currently operating in Barcelona include Wayra
. Events and networking opportunities across the city are publicised by community forum website, Barcinno
. There’s even an interactive map of Barcelona startups
connecting the community and encouraging collaboration.
5 - Smart city (WiFi everywhere and USB ports at bus stops!)
And yes, there’s ubiquitous WiFi
, provided free around the city by the local council. A tech specialist’s dream!
Discover Your New Career In Barcelona…
Barcelona’s tech industry is growing from strength to strength. As an attractive, convenient and ‘smart’ city, it’s already proved a popular choice for tech talent who’ve flocked to the city from across Europe and worldwide.