Twitter button @smarticipate   Newsletter, April 2017
Dear colleagues,

The first year of the smarticipate project is now behind us, with two years still to run. In the past 12 months project partners have made great efforts to elicit feedback from a wide-range of stakeholders, primarily through face-to-face events.

Stakeholders from all walks of life have provided their views and input, helping to create a truly helpful, user-friendly tool for participatory urban planning. Technical partners are currently reflecting this feedback in the development process.

All three Smartathon events have now taken place, with the latest held in January in Rome. More information on this event – including a video capturing the day – can be found in the articles below.

Further events will be held with select groups of stakeholders, with the aim to further refine the smarticipate platform technically.

We hope that you enjoy finding out more about smarticipate. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter: @smarticipate

Kind regards,

The smarticipate team
Concerns and optimism expressed by citizens at Rome Smartathon
In Casa della Cittá, a glass building that physically represents the transparency between the City of Rome and its citizens, Romans gathered on 21 January 2017 to take part in Italy‘s first Smartathon. Warming sunlight filled the exhibition space as citizens discussed the future of the smarticipate platform, sharing their concerns, ideas and needs with the project consortium. A three-minute video of the event gives an overview of the discussion, including interviews with participants and partners.

To read the full article, click here. To view the video, click here.
 The project in the partners’ own words
To better explain the smarticipate project a series of short interviews with project partners have been released on the project website. These interviews feature the partners explaining the aims of the project in their own words, as well as examining some of the theory behind public participation. Joachim Rix, the coordinator of the smarticipate project, provides a general overview of the project objectives.

To view the interviews with partners, click here.
Smarticipate cities reflect on hosting a citizen forum
Hamburg (Germany), the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London (UK), and Rome (Italy) have detailed their experiences around holding a Smartathon, a forum in which citizens are invited to give feedback on plans by the smarticipate project to use technology to increase citizen involvement in urban planning decisions. A blog post was written based on an interview with each city.

To read the article in full, click here.
Contributing to the participatory governance discussion
The smarticipate project is using its experiences and expertise to contribute to debates on open governance and smart cities in Europe. Project partners have attended a number of events in recent months, providing input and helping to shape the open governance conversation.

To read the full article, click here.
flag_yellow_low This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 693729.

The sole responsibility for any error or omissions lies with the editor. The content does not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Commission. The European Commission is also not responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained herein.

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