Meet the Experimenters in Aarhus
The time has come to announce the successful applicants of the first OrganiCity open call and rolling call of 2016!
The final selection was made against how well the experiments addressed city challenges and co-creation, the novelty of the idea, the use and validation of the OrganiCity facility and tools, and whether the experiment could feasibly achieve what it set out to within the limited experimentation period.
The first Aarhus OrganiCity experiments:
- Team: HOP Ubiquitous (HOPU) Experiment Title: Siidi
Siidi invites Aarhus citizens to participate in creating, enhancing and improving existing public spaces (green zones, gardens, squares etc.), as well as abandoned spaces in the city. Citizens will be invited to sow ‘virtual seeds’ in these city spaces. With a virtual seed, they hope to understand a citizen’s needs, feelings and/or ideas for making these spaces better for study, meeting others, relaxing, enjoyment and creating memories. For this purpose, a new product called ‘Siidi Spot’ will be deployed and validated using the OrganiCity facilities, contributing to maturing and enhancing the OrganiCity tools through stakeholder involvement. Siidi Spot is a low cost beacon connected to the Internet, which offers the identification and location of points-of-interest using IoT. Siidi Spot enables interaction with citizens of Aarhus and informs them about the opportunity to participate in redesigning urban spaces and communicating this input to policymakers.
- Team: Empati Experiment Title: City Experience Probe
City Experience Probe wishes to expand on, through experimentation, what is currently referred to as urban data (sometimes termed big data, open data, smart city data or IoT) to incorporate people’s in-situ experiences, attitudes and feelings. They intend to achieve this by deploying probes in the urban space, which people will interact with. Firstly, they will build a physical, wireless and digitally-connected object (probe), which will interact with people to prompt and capture user experience and aggregate data. Secondly, they will place several of these objects into the urban space of Aarhus for people to move around and interact with. Lastly, they will appropriate the data in order to make it available for those who create: municipalities, business leaders, transportation companies, restaurateurs and citizens.
- Team: Space Engagers Experiment Title: Opportunity Spaces
Opportunity Spaces is an experiment that engages citizens in mapping underused spaces and identifying opportunities to address urban challenges and co-create solutions. The challenges this experiment addresses are spaces as a limited resource and the underuse of space as a widespread problem. Underused spaces in the city might be vacant sites, flat roofs, spaces leftover after infrastructure planning or rarely used public spaces. Such spaces could be considered opportunities for a town or city to reinvent itself and to address social and ecological challenges. As a citizen, it can be frustrating to see how much space is underused in a city and people often feel disempowered in their ability to impact the issue. Opportunity Spaces aims to engage, support and facilitate citizens in proactively and co-operatively addressing social and ecological challenges in urban systems in the underused spaces of the city. The city of Aarhus will be the pilot city.
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