The 4th ENoLL Summer School is proud to invite the participants to get to know several EU-funded initiatives:
The European Platform for Intelligent Cities – EPIC – is a European Commission-funded project (CIP ICT PSP) that aims to wed state-of-the-art cloud computing technologies with fully researched and tested e-Government service applications to create the first truly scalable and flexible pan-European platform for innovative, user-driven public service delivery.
The EPIC platform will combine the industrial strength of IBM’s ‘Smart City’ vision and cloud computing infrastructure with the knowledge and expertise of the Living Lab approach (which expressly engages citizens in service design) to ensure the development of a European ‘innovation ecosystem’ to deliver sustainable, user-driven web-based services for citizens and businesses.
The EPIC project will help to significantly accelerate the uptake of new citizen-generated services across Europe by combining the world-leading business expertise of Deloitte Consulting with the practical, first-hand knowledge of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) to guide cities through the routes, decisions and steps they need to undertake to improve service delivery and achieve the benefits of ‘smart’ working.
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Helping cities to open their data and giving developers the tools they need, the CitySDK aims for a step change in how to deliver services in urban environments. With governments around the world looking at open data as a kick start for their economies, CitySDK provides better and easier ways for the cities throughout the Europe to release their data in a format that is easy for the developers to re-use.
Taking the best practices around the world the project will foresee the development of a toolkit – CitySDK v1.0 – that can be used by any city looking to create a sustainable infrastructure of “city apps”. The Project focuses on three Pilot domains: Smart Participation, Smart Mobility and Smart Tourism. Within each of the three domains, a large-scale Lead Pilot is carried out in one city. The experiences of the Lead Pilot will be applied in the Replication Pilots in other Partner cities.
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Focal areas that Smart Cities try to overcome are the reduction of pollution, traffic, or crime, and the introduction of models for public data. However, it is SPECIFI’s guiding principle that Smart Cities need to go beyond upgrades related to control tasks and public data. They can only become a success if they also become Smart Creative Cities, by employing open, Future Internet infrastructures to become thriving centres of arts, media and leisure. SPECIFI capitalizes on the cultural and creative richness and diversity of European cities, while overcoming some of their key weaknesses, i.e. fragmentation and isolation. SPECIFI will demonstrate the positive impacts of a European Creative Ring of Smart Cities and Regions, with real-life Future Internet (Fiber-to-the-Home and wireless) infrastructures, with real-life users and producers, and in 5 real (certified) Living Labs active in 3 smart cities and their surrounding regions.
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Networking of materials laboratories and innovation actors in various industrial sectors for product or process innovation, a project funded under the NMP (Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials and new production technologies) theme of the EC 7th Framework Programme, with the overall goal of promoting collaboration, knowledge transfer, and the creation of new alliances between materials researchers, designers in industry and Living Labs.
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IDeALL is one of six projects launched under the European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry’s European Design Innovation Initiative.
The originality of this project is to connect two user-centred communities: Living Labs and Design for All professionals.
This integration has already started with the creation of joint working groups and the enrolment of design organizations into the European Network of Living Labs, such as the Cité du Design, which is both a Design Centre and a Living Lab (as well as coordinator of the IDeALL program).
- Bring together, on the long term, two innovative and user-centred communities that do not currently interact.
- Foster interactions between academics (research centres and universities), designers and the business sectors, across Europe, especially between the “4 motors”, to increase Europe’s competitiveness.
- Integrate design disciplines into Living Lab approaches, create a common language and build a joint vision of user-centred innovation.
- Develop new methodologies thanks to interdisciplinary approaches (design, technology, sociology…), to be tested and improved via experimentation with companies and users.
- Demonstrate the added value of design and human-centred approaches in innovation processes through experimentation with Living Labs and clusters and evaluate outcomes through objective criteria.
- Disseminate best practices to design novices and raise awareness among politicians and design decision makers.
Join the IDeALL Community by sending TEMPLATE-LetterOfSupport_IDeALL and access the pilot opportunities.
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The idea of the SMARTiP (Smart Metropolitan Areas Realised Through Innovation & People) project is to take the experience developed by a wide range of existing user-driven, open innovation initiatives in Europe, particularly those developed through Living Labs, and to apply this experience to the challenge of transforming public services by empowering ‘smart citizens’ who are able to use and co-produce innovative Internet-enabled services within emerging ‘smart’ cities. The aim is to enable to adoption of open platforms for the co-production of citizen-centric Internet-enabled services in five test-bed sites, Manchester, Gent, Cologne, Bologna and Oulu. The objective is to enhance the ability of the cities to grow and sustain a ‘smart city’ ecosystem which can support new opportunities emerging for a dynamic co-production process resulting in more inclusive, higher quality and efficient public services which can then be made replicable and scalable for cross-border deployment on a larger scale. This will focus on a series of pilot projects, as outlined ‘Technical Pilots’, covering three thematic areas: Smart engagement, Smart environments, Smart mobility.
The pilots aim to act as a catalyst to stimulate citizen engagement in becoming active generators of content and applications development, as well as being more informed and involved users of the developing Internet-enabled services in ‘smart’ cities. ‘Smart cities’ require ‘smart citizens’ if they are to be truly inclusive, innovative and sustainable. The promise of the information society, to create new ways of empowering people to play a fuller and more equal role in emerging governance systems through their access to dynamic Internet-enabled services, is also proving to be its biggest challenge, as not everyone is getting equal access to the skills and opportunities that are supposed to be there.
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