During the 2017 open call period, we wanted to offer potential experimenters the opportunity to meet collaborators, as well as a chance to informally meet with the OrganiCity Aarhus team.
We held two clinics and two Open Office Q&A sessions in Aarhus before and after the summer holidays.
Up to 30 people participated in the clinics. The clinics were structured around a short introduction and presentation of OrganiCity, the Aarhus city challenges and our technical environment. Two local experimenters also presented their experiments. Jonatan Marcussen from Mejlgade Lab presented how his team conducted an anthropological study on local citizens and developed a tool for participatory data collection. Jonas Pedersen from Empati Design explained the design process for how their probe took shape and how it became part of OrganiCity. Both exemplified what we mean by experimenting and demonstrated how to carry out an excellent co-creation processes.
The Open Office Q&A sessions were very informal and simply consisted of two people from the Aarhus cluster sitting at DOKK1 (the main library in Aarhus) and being available for others to ask questions. Here, the applicants could stop by for a chat and ask questions.
Both sessions were packed with potential experimenters who stopped by. The questions were often focused around budget, but also on the impact and sustainability of people’s proposals, as well as how to carry out collaboration and co-creation processes.
Just before the proposal deadline, we also participated in a Work Away Day during a week-long city festival in Aarhus, where the startup community, Culture Workspace, hosted an open office day for local entrepreneurs at the city’s central Closter Square. This event mainly raised awareness of OrganiCity and our open call amongst entrepreneurs, but we were also interviewed for their facebook page.
The Open Call is now closed, but we can’t wait to look through the many proposals!