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.
Although many of the experiments are located in just one city, a few ambitious experimenters have proposed to carry out their experiments across multiple cities:
Leapcraft works to help smart cities plan better, improve the environment and offer citizen-facing services to reduce their exposure to air pollution by measuring the air quality levels and emission in real-time. This will be achieved by placing our CPH Sense sensor on city busses and offer a real-time visualization of the environmental data of the immediate surroundings on screens inside the busses.
El Desmarque InstaSport takes advantage of social media feeds to detect events, which are happening in nearby areas to capture real-time feedback from followers of their social media channels. The experiment will contribute to the co-creation of the OrganiCity facility by creating a new tool, which generates data insights from social media content. This tool will be validated by journalists and audiences of www.eldesmarque.com.
By communicating urban data on its place of creation, i.e. the city itself, citizens have the power to become informed and engage in public debate. Such ‘public visualization’ can touch upon a multitude of concerns and requirements that need to be addressed: waste management, energy consumption, changing demographics and so on. For instance, a concerned citizen might want to ‘hack’ a local LED sign to compare the actual air quality level to whether clouds emanate from a factory chimney nearby, while a local council wishes to compare the weekly garbage weights of similar apartment buildings to each other. This project will result in a toolbox that is designed to be open, flexible and creative, and able to adapt to the levels of conceptual and technological experience of citizens.