A handful of people were waiting what would happen at Santander’s Enclave Pronillo on Friday 20th May, when OrganiCity’s Santander community gathered to celebrate its first Clinic. Hosted by Santander City Council and OrganiCity’s partners University of Cantabria and TST, this was an occasion for resolving the doubts of potential participants interested in submitting their proposals to OrganiCity’s 1st Open Call.
The event opened with an introduction by Noelia Espinosa, Santander Councillor for Employment and Business Development. Noelia introduced OrganiCity to attendees and stressed the city’s commitment to be at the forefront of Smart Cities initiatives. OrganiCity represents another step in this direction, with its Open Call enabling citizens and local business create their own smart city experiments using OrganiCity’s tools and looking for co-creation through the interaction with the city’s community.
Next in line, Johnny Choque, from University of Cantabria, introduced the technical aspects, offering a glimpse over OrganiCity architecture and focusing in the suite of tools that experimenters will be able to use for co-creation, data exploration and development purposes to give shape to their experiments.
Just after, Juan Echevarría, from Santander City Council, explained all things related to OrganiCity Open Call, going from the most basic aspects to detailing the characteristics of both the Open Call and the “rolling” one, while also giving hints related to who is cleared to participate, what timeline do applicants need to follow, how to apportion the budget and which are the steps in the evaluation process.
Afterwards, Arturo Medela, from TST, proceeded to give an introduction to the web tool employed to submit applications, detailing the process, showing the form to use and suggesting how to fill each section in, in order to grant the proposals will be successful.
This nice and intense evening concluded with the opportunity for attendees to meet one another and ask interesting questions to the OrganiCity team. Due to the interest raised in Santander community, as indicated by the event registration numbers, a second session is planned, to be held during the first half of the month of June.
In the meantime, be sure of keeping track of OrganiCity novelties through the social media, such as Twitter or OrganiCity Santander Facebook page.