Smarticipate
 
Twitter button @smarticipate   Newsletter, November 2017
 
Dear colleagues,

The second round of Smartathons are currently underway, with the first of the series held in Hamburg on 10 November. There residents had the chance to test out a prototype of the smarticipate platform and experience its capabilities for the first time. You can find out more about the Hamburg Smartathon in the article below (for a selection of photos from the event, check out the smarticipate Flickr page).

The next Smartathon and Stakeholder Dialogue event will take place in Rome on 24 November. If you are interested in joining either event, please do not hesitate to contact us. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Smartathon is scheduled for 19 January 2018.

The feedback from these Smartathons will help our developers to tweak the smarticiplate platform, creating a tool that meets users’ needs. The Smartathons have proved to be an extremely useful means to set the priorities and direction for the smarticiplate platform, and we strongly encourage residents to join us and have their say.


For the latest updates, visit the smarticipate website and follow us on Twitter: @smarticipate

To view the latest photos from the smarticipate project, including images from the Hamburg Smartathon, check out our Flickr page.

Kind regards,

The smarticipate team
www.smarticipate.eu
 
Hamburg hosts second Smartathon
The Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg hosted its second Smartathon as part of the smarticipate project on 10 November, 2017. Citizens, city employees, NGOs, researchers and members of the business community were among the participants. In the last year, the smarticipate team has been hard at work developing the platform and example applications (“local services”) based on open data sets from the city. The second Smartathon provided an opportunity for participants to see what came of their discussions from the year before.

To read the article in full, click here.
 
Stakeholder dialogues bring views from other EU experts
As smarticipate approaches the end of its second year, the project is drawing closer to achieving its objective - a prototype platform is already being tested with citizens in each partner city. The first Stakeholder Dialogue, which took place in parallel to the second Smartathon in Hamburg, targeted other Horizon 2020 funded projects that are pursuing similar “smart city” digital platforms, especially those with a focus on open data. Representatives from the MySMARTLife, empatia and SharingCities projects attended the workshop.

To read the article in full, click here.
 
Future Cities Catapult - Building a more Innovative UK
To get an edge in a highly competitive global market place, having the reputation for being innovative goes a long way. National governments are acutely aware of the impact of perception and are taking steps to foster a culture of innovation. Future Cities Catapult is the UK government’s innovation and technology centre, tasked with advancing urban innovation, growing UK businesses, and making cities better. “Innovation is about a new way of doing things, it’s about trying things that haven’t been tried before,” says Head of Projects Stefan Webb. “I prefer the term experimentation, as innovation comes only after you’ve experimented.”

To read the full article, click here.
 
 This is how to do it - Lessons from the Smartathons
During the first round of Smarathons, held in late 2016, residents of Hamburg, Rome, and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea were asked what they would like to see in the smarticipate platform. The answers were diverse and often revealing. From the experience of holding these Smartathons, the smarticipate project has created a series of documents that outline the lessons learned, and capture the feedback provided by participants at the events. This is How to Do It, How to Organise a Smartathon, and How to Develop an Urban Story are available on the smarticipate website.

To download the documents, visit the Resources page.
 
By the public, for the public: Romans help to shape smarticipate
Rossella Caputo, Former Manager of the Urban Planning Department of the City of Rome, helped to organise the city's first Smartathon, ensuring that it was useful both for the city and the participants who gave up their Saturday to attend. "Rome is betting on technology as an instrument of transparency, one that can foster the participation of citizens. For this reason, smarticipate, with its bottom up approach, is seen as a good investment," said Ms Caputo.

To read the full interview, click here.
 
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