Weekly experimenters updates #16

Only a few days until the end of the OrganiCity experimentation phase! This will be our last experimenter update, some teams already finished their experiment others like ParGarCom, iRecycle, Research[x][Design, CAMoN and WearAQ ran their final workshop or user testing sessions.  


The week focused on promotion and co-creation activities and, in particular, on preparing the presentation of the ParGarCom project at Santander City Hall. 

Among the activities carried out during this week are the following:

  • We had a meeting with the Mayor of Algaida City Council, Mrs. Maria Antònia Mulet Vich, to explain her the ParGarCom, Organicity project and the advantages of working with open data.

Algaida is a municipality located in Mallorca (Balearic Islands, Spain), with several small population centres, but which, despite this, is committed to new technologies. During the meeting, the mayor showed interest in the project, in the possibilities of replicating it in the municipality and most of all we talked about how co-creation is key to developing a product that is ultimately accepted by the citizens.  

  • Meeting with the manager of the TIC Mallorca consortium, Mr. Miquel Lluís Mestre. The consortium works with more than 50 local administrations and is responsible for computerizing municipal management. During the meeting, the ParGarCom project was presented and the possibility of replicating it was discussed. The manager of the entity showed interest in going deeper into the idea put forward in the project and evaluating its feasibility for future implementation, which is why he proposed that two meetings be organized in the coming month. One of them, with the head of geographic information of TIC Mallorca and the other with the director of citizen participation of the Island Council.
  • Preparation of the paper and presentation of the project in Santander City Council through a co-creation day with local residents and entities (more information in the next blog post).
  • And last but not least, some improvements have been made to the app, as well as bug fixes, such as uploading videos, identifying the user's geoposition using an icon or improving the data load.

The main novelty for the ParGarCom experiment team was the co-creation day held last Thursday 19th in Santander. During the day, two co-creation sessions were held.

  • The first one, with different associations of residents of the city, was attended by 17 people of six different neighbour associations. Neighbours expressed their concerns about the city's parks and gardens. After an initial explanation of the operation of the app, they saw its potential utility as a two-way information interface between the city council and citizens. In particular, they saw it as a channel for communicating problems specifically related to the city's green areas.They also showed interest in using ParGarCom as a tool to transmit anecdotes or knowledge about green areas that could hardly be found by other means. Thus, for example, an attendee illustrated the little-known story of a 250-year-old holm oak tree in one of Santander's parks.
  • The second session was held with two local entities that could potentially use the app. These entities were the Local Development Agency (LDA) and the ornithological organisation SEO Birdlife,
  • Which has been collaborating with the Santander City Council since 2004. The first of the organizations saw the possibility of promoting the use of the application through training sessions offered to citizens to promote the use of technologies. The SEO Birdlife representative could see a lot of uses through the app because their relational model with final users is kind of analogical. They offered to provide information about singular species of particular parks in the city, develop monitoring programmes for specific species, including the possibility of making calls to search for nesting sites or identify specific species. Some of these ideas would require further development of the app, which should be studied in collaboration with Santander City Council.

    Finally, we are working hard to meet the deadlines and deliver the final report with our findings from the ParGarCom experiment.


This week we were busy with looking at the results and measurements from our sensors, buttons and QR code users.

We were also fortunate enough to receive data from the municipalities about the emptying times and weights from the various containers in Denmark and Spain.

Evaluating how efficiently the containers are emptied now, will allow us to calculate more accurately how much cost savings our solution can provide.

In the following week, the team prepared for the Innovation Prize 2018, where we qualified for the final.

The final was on Tuesday and we won the first prize, that was handed over by Søren Pind, the Minister for Science, Technology, Innovation and Higher Education. Otherwise, we have been working hard on analysing the data from the sensors and preparing the final report. For a sneak peek, here is some of the data that we got when looked at how the button was used by the citizens in Santander:

From the data here, we can see that there seems to be a correlation between the number of presses and the actual filling percentage of the bins. We also looked at the guesses using our QR code framework and have found a winner for Santander.

The lucky winner was only 1% off from the actual filling level of the bin, while others were off by up to 30%.



The great revolution in the development of new applications is the integration of crowdsourcing as the main tool in the co-creation exercises, fundamental for the strengthening of our project.

Enhancing the creative thinking of the co-creation groups is one of our main objectives. That is why crowdsourcing is one of the main values of the CAMoN project. The information received by the focus groups, the joint work with the citizens and the working table with the Government has allowed us to take advantage of the collective intelligence to generate feedback and creation spaces, which show the importance that the individual gives to environmental issues.


In line with giving maximum dissemination to the results of the project, a working group was formed with the Government of Colombia, sector of the department of Valle, entities such as Dagma, Gobernación del Valle, Mayor of Santiago de Cali, Ministry of Health, SETIC , IDATIC and the directors of the Santiago de Cali University. All of them, together with the CAMoN team, were present in the same work space.

At the work table, environmental problems were exposed that can be controlled with the use of the app and the air monitoring device. This allows the linked entities to manage environmental issues in an inclusive way for citizens, promoting participation and creating community.

On April 15th we carried out a co-creation activity in the Ingenio Park in Santiago de Cali, where the creativity of the team was put to the test, which designed a fun dynamic game to generate community work.

In the first instance, it was possible to interact with the CAMoN app, which was installed on mobile devices so that users could generate reports of environmental pollution in the place of the activity to later continue its use in the city.

The participative dynamics of the activity allowed the individual to contribute to the design of strategies and tools to strengthen and benefit the end user in usability, user safety or use of data, among others.


We send our congratulations to the CAMoN team members who continue to trust on the construction of smart cities. Dr. Claudia Zúñiga and Dr. Rafael Asorey are part of the winners in the CYTED program ("Ibero-American Program of Science and Technology for Development") with the CITIES thematic network ("Intelligent Cities Fully Integrated, Efficient and Sustainable") , which was presented by more than 50 institutions with presence in 15 Ibero-American countries and a duration of 4 years from 2018.

For both the users and the developers of the CAMoN services, security is an important pillar in this project in terms of privacy and data integrity. For this reason, the application has been developed in order to avoid cases of identity theft and violation of the privacy of users to protect the information provided.

The implementation of a connection method in the application that guarantees that the information of the users is not found in the service address is one of the works of the developer team. This means that the information is not stored in the navigation histories and allows its submission discreetly.



Bringing together the members of the CAMoN team from Colombia and Spain is a fundamental element for the development of the proposed activities and goals. During these meetings, new ideas are produced and solutions are given to various findings thanks to a collaborative exercise that allows us to provide solutions and optimize resources.


That is why we extend the invitation to our WORKSHOP ON CO-CREATION AND AIR QUALITY IN URBAN ENVIRONMENTS, which will be held in parallel in Spain and Colombia next Wednesday, April 25th at 6:30 PM in Colombia, in the auditorium Pedro Elías Serrano Block 4 3rd floor of the Santiago de Cali University and at 12:00 AM in Spain, in the ETSIT Degree Room of the Technical University of Cartagena.

The workshop will deal with issues related to the application, the connection with the OrganiCity framework, the calibration of the prototype of the air quality measurement device, the implementation of the network topology, the work
of co-creation with the citizens, a demonstration of the functioning of CAMoN and a citizen panel

To continue learning about the progress of our CAMoN project visit us on the web.


We have been working on making some of the final changes to the API to ease the scheduling functionality.  The front-end interface for managing the displays has also been expanded to include scheduling content. It’s now possible to plan display content for specific periods and see this reflected in a convenient calendar view.

We also continue our deployments in Leuven to gather feedback from passers-by and to improve the guidelines we will include in the documentation of the Citizen Dialog Kit methodology.

Finally, we are working on documentation. We are making a convenient booklet with guidelines for applying the methodology and providing technical instructions (along side the github readme). The website is also being updated with new photographs and sections to highlight the important features of the Citizen Dialog Kit.


Final week of workshops here in London. After having a few of them quite spread out, we finally got to a week packed with 3 workshops, the first of which occurred on Friday and the next two taking place next week.


One of the nicest aspects of these workshops is that we’re getting the opportunity to work with children in local primary schools which so far has been incredibly rewarding. Friday’s workshop took place at Marner Primary School which was the site of the original WearAQ experiment. It was nice to come back and we were happy to have our remote members be able to come into town and participate.


Working with children was definitely a nice change. For the most part, adults have brought up some interesting discussions on what they know about air quality and measures to take in their communities to affect change. But what we’ve found fascinating is how a lifetime of experience creates an almost bias in their perceptions of air quality and what are realistic steps to take. Children, on the other hand, don’t have that experience, hence no bias, and ask some poignant questions and react to the smallest of stimuli.


For example, when we brought up a discussion about particulate matter, its size and what it is, a student raised his hand to ask “do cigarettes cause pollution?”. He was so unnerved by hearing that cigarette smoke emits very fine particulate matter that while on the half-mile walk he, unbeknownst to us, counted every single cigarette butt on the ground to the tune of 176. As WearAQ aims to promote citizen participation, it was incredibly gratifying to see such initiative. An initiative that maybe would not have been taken on the part of an adult. When he shared this with us, other students were motivated and made signs to promote recycling in school and pledged to ask their parents to take public transit with them to get to school. It was nice to leave with some good data as well as have the children make even the slightest impact.

We have two more workshops to finish off the experiment and we’re looking forward to seeing how data from children stacks up to data generated by the adults and adds to the analysis. Stay tuned for next week's blog post where we wrap things upExperimenter Weekly Blog Updates #15

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