The first international event on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation

July, 1-2 | Brussels



On July 1, the CAPS2014 OFF part of the event, held at The Egg, offered a dynamic schedule of talks, unconferences, workshops, hands-on sessions and networking moments. On July 2, the CAPS2014 Conference part, held at the European Commission, provided participants with an overview of current projects and initiatives, and with detailed information of the upcoming CAPS Call under Horizon 2020.



July 1
Location: The EGG

09:00 – 16:00 Workshops, roundtables and hands-on sessions

During the whole day, it will be a lively and intense succession of parallel events. Click on each title to discover the detailed programme. Participate, discuss, code and build!

Collective intelligence tools for online communities (CATALYST)


Organiser: CATALYST project
Room 5 09:00 – 13:00
Room A 14:00 – 16:00

Online communities have been playing an increasingly important role in supporting grassroots initiatives in the area of social innovation and sustainability. However, as such platforms go larger and larger, it is more and more difficult for community managers to ensure efficient debates among citizens, i.e. to ensure collective ideation, decision and action. The CATALYST project partners, tackling this issue, have been developing and testing collective intelligence tools and will make them available, as open source solutions, to any interested communities.

09:00 – 13:00 Presentations and discussions

09:00 Registration
09:30 Project overview: Roger Torrenti, Sigma Orionis, CATALYST coordinator
09:45 Progress on Deliberation Metrics: Mark Klein, MIT (Skype address)
10:10 CATALYST Tools and Methodology: Frank Escoubès, Imagination for people
10:35 Arguing on the Web for Social Innovation: Lightweight Tools, Analytics and Visualisation for Civic Engagement: Anna de Liddo, Open University (video)
11:00 Break
11:30 Networks, Swarns, Policy: What Collective Intelligence Means for the Policy Maker: Alberto Cottica, Wikitalia
12:00 Launch of the CATALYST Open Call for collaboration: Frank Escoubès, Imagination for people
12:30 From collective motion to CAPS (invited presentation): Nina Kov & Gabor Vásárhelyi

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:30 Interactive posters and demonstrations session

During this session, CATALYST partners (Open University, Imagination for people) will invite the audience to test the functionalities of the tools, through several related demos. Participants will have the opportunity to try in real conditions the current components, walking from one computer to another and to provide CATALYST partners with their feedback to help them improve the tools. Besides the demonstrations, an interactive poster session will provide a dynamic forum involving CATALYST use case partners (Purpose, Euclid Network, CSCP and Wikitalia) and the audience to discuss the potential use range of CATALYST tools.

Moderated by Benoit Grégoire (Imagination for People) and Michelle Bachler (Open University)

A new Era of Movement Organizing: Using APIs to Track and Motivate the Grassroots (Code for America)


Organiser: Code for America 
Room B 09:00 – 11:00
Room A 11:30 – 13:00

Code for America is a non-profit that brings together local governments and technologists, to make cities better for everyone. Through multiple programs, Code for America works with communities across the United States, and increasingly, the world. Supporting and coordinating this grassroots movement to change the relationship between citizens and their governments is a logistical challenge–a challenge familiar to any movement.
To address this challenge, CfA has developed a new open-source tool. The Code for America API tracks and motivates activity and participation across the civic technology movement. The tools that local groups use are all different. The CFAPI does the difficult job of being able to track these activities no matter what tools an organization is using. The participants don’t need to change their activities to be included. Data from the API can then be consumed by many different organizations, for many different purposes.
During this workshop, we will walk through the API codebase, fork the project, and begin redeploying the tool for use organizing other movements supporting sustainability and social innovation. Non-technical members of the audience will benefit from participating too, and will be able to take what they learn back to their respective organizations.
Participants will need a computer and Before the workshop, each of them should create a Github account. Working knowledge of the Python programming language will be extremely beneficial for those hoping to redeploy the API.

Networked individualism (EINS)

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Organiser: Internet Science Network of excellence (EINS)
Room 1 09:30 – 13:00

This workshop is about the societal shift from the traditional closely-knit groups of families, neighbourhoods, or work groups towards loosely bound, sparsely knit, and fragmentary social networks. It’s about networked families, networked scholars, networked activists, etc. Come and interact with researchers from various disciplines and take advantage of the research and innovation potential of the concept of networked individualism.


09:30-09:40 Welcome, Stavroula Maglavera, University of Thessaly, Greece

09:40-10:25, The emergence of Networked Individualism in America, Barry Wellman, University of Toronto

10:25-10:40, Discussion session

10:40-11:00, NETWINDI: The emergence of Networked Individualism in Europe, Thanasis Papaioannou, CERTH

11:00-11:30, Coffee Break

11:30-11:50, Social networks and diffusion of knowledge – Issues of identity in digital age, Esa Hiltunen, University of Eastern Finland

11:50-12:10, The nature of emergent societies on the Internet – Why is it so difficult to generate lasting online communities, Tamas David-Barrett, University of Oxford

12:10-12:30, Investigating and Modeling Online Social Environment and Psychological Traits, Adam Wierzbicki, PJIT

12:30-12:50 Thinking outside the Internet: DIY networking, urban interaction design, and being together in the hybrid city, Panos Antoniadis, ETHZ

12:50-13:10 Discussion Session

13:10 – 13:15 Wrap up, Antony Dupont, Sigma-Orionis

Driving Capital to Impact (Solve)


Organiser: Solve
Room 2 14:00 – 15:30

Solve brings people and capital together to create long-term system change and radical renewal in local communities and global markets.

How do we create the radical renewal of civic, economic and social systems to respond to the great challenges of our time?

This session will explore how can we use systems change thinking, collective impact approaches and impact investment capital most effectively to seed and scale long-term social change. What are the new models, who are the key actors and what is the infrastructure that needs to be built to spread this emerging approach?

Come along and join Solve in an action-oriented workshop that looks at how we invest in the real futures market.

Impact4you: hands-on-session (IA4SI)


Organiser: IA4SI project
Room 2 09:30 – 13:00

The Impact4you platform is an interactive knowledge and collaboration Web-based platform. It supports content production, thematic discussions, and stimulates collaboration among its participants! The platform’s main feature is being a tool for engaging citizens in finding out more about CAPS approach and outputs. Through the platform citizens will be able to express their point of view by answering to selected questions related to social innovation initiatives. HELP us to do better by testing it with us and improve its features!


09.30 – 10.20 Welcome message – Overview of IA4SI:Impact Assessment for Social Innovation

10.20-11.00 Impact4you platform: presentation of the functionalities and discussion

11.00-12.00 Hands on Session: Use of the Impact4you platform and feedback gatheirng

12.00-12.30 User Engagement strategy

12.30-13.00 End of the Workshop, last comments

Citizens’ Say: have your say! (SciCafé 2.0)



Organiser: SciCafe2.0
Room 3 09:30 – 11:30
Interactive space 11:30 – 15:00

The SciCafe2.0 Consortium funded under the Collective Awareness Platforms Objectives of the European Commission FP7 Research Programme is representing the convergence of motivations for both traditional Science Cafes and for supporting participative exchange and co-generation of knowledge rather than simply one way information transfer.

SciCafe2.0 has been deploying different methodologies for Participative Engagement and Leadership (PEL). This workshop will demonstrate how the Citizen’s Say tool can be used for invitational, multi-modal and live integration of meeting places and spaces opening up various routes to participative engagement and exploration of best available approaches for best attainable inclusion of the stakeholders engaged in co-creative consensus solution building.   The adoption of best practice in facilitation of PEL events is encouraged by the SciCafe Support Agency for Crowd Sourcing through evaluation of efficacy of participative engagement approaches including insights arising from crowd-sourcing facilitators’and participants’ feedback re the efficacy and quality of particular approaches to PEL as pursued and the resulting quality of experience of those involved.

The workshopwill provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders to discuss their expectations and how the SciCafe Consortium can best serve their particular contexts through the Citizen’s Say tool.

Session co-Chairs Atta Badii, Balint Balazs

Facilitators: The SciCafe2.0 Consortium Partner Representatives


  • Welcome Address, the SciCafe2.0 Mission and Approach to Participative Engagement, Atta Badii
  • The Handbook of On-line Participatory Methodologies, Adriana Valente, Tommaso Castellani
  • The Observatory for Crowd-sourcing and the CAPs Survey, Franco Bagnoli
  • The Citizens’Say Platform, Fernando Ferri, Patrizia Grifoni
  • Q&A Re the use of the Citizens’ Say Platform

Stakeholders’ Requirements and PEL Model Innovation Partnerships Scheme run through SciCafe2.0 Support Agency PEL Facilitation KnowHow Services: The European Observatory for Crowd-Sourcing:

Open parallel sessions with stakeholder sub-groups around small tables discussing their requirements; facilitated by members of the SciCafe Consortium; focused on the following 3 themes:

  • Identification of specific context of use and objectives of different stakeholders of PEL
  • Identification of the ranked requirements of distinct stakeholder subgroups of PEL
  • Identification of PEL Model Innovation Partnerships Champions for specific contexts

Closing remarks and details of the next stakeholder meeting, Atta Badii

Art Practices in CAPS (ICT ART & CRe-AM)

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Room 3 14:00 – 15:30

The ICT ART, which is looking at world-wide practices of art crossing with ICT, will bring to the roundtable representatives of artistic communities dedicated to aspects of sustainability and social innovation through ICT. The discussion will serve as leitmotiv for strong audience participation to contribute to the CRe-AM project both in creating critical mass for creativity and technology, and to the elaboration of roadmaps for action in the field. To stimulate discussion Luc Steels and Francesco Monico will present ideas and examples of artistic and art&sci actions in ICT, looking at connectedness, peer-to-peer knowledge sharing, hacktivism, hackart  and other aspects related with raising community awareness trough artistic practices in digital networks.


Welcome and Introduction by Luis Miguel Girao of the ICT ART

Short presentation by Luc Steels

Short presentation by Francesco Monico

Long open discussion and audience participation moderated by Lampros Stergioulas of the CRe-AM project.

CAPS & IoT: Towards system design


Organiser: Rob van Kranenburg. Rob is a one man company (ZZP, NL) Resonance Design, Founder of Council ( and currently working part time as Community Manager of the FP7 Project
Room 5 14:00 – 15:30

The mathematician René Thom stated very clearly „each creation and destruction of forms, or morphogenesis, can be described as the disappearance of the attractors that determined the forms that were current, and the replacement of those by capturing of the attractors that represent the eventual forms” (Thom, 1975, cited in Sheldrake, Rupert. The Rebirth of Nature, 1991)

The recent DSI Interim report shows that „The Web is today increasingly more enmeshed with our daily lives, forming a universally distributed intelligence constantly enhanced, coordinated in real time, and resulting in the effective mobilization of skills and tools for “collective intelligence”.  New attractors are collaboration, sharing, hosting and facilitating, interoperability, friendliness, balancing, stakeholder coordination. The old ones competition, isolation in patents, copyright, violence, ego, originality are fading and will never be able to manifest themselves in that iteration. Things are thus getting serious and they are getting clear. It is not the current growing collaborative ecology that is in trouble. It is the policy ecology, the 19th century pillars that institutionalized data, information and knowledge into rigid formats that were tuned to a theory-practice dichotomy. We are in realtime and the disruption is total. The next CAPS should target co-creation not only with citizens, but with institutions, democracy and the EU project itself targeting decision making processes and making the step for product and service design to system design. Internet of Things, full traceability and monitoring in all domains, on all levels will be both a huge driver of transparency in decision making as well as a particular kind of cybernetic operation itself. If we want a smart Europe for all and not just a few smart gated communities with seamless connectivity, we have to start prototyping new forms of decision making harnessed in real world environments, that are no longer projects or demo, but constitute a deep aligning of semi autonomous operations with the way decisions on infrastructure, services and applications are made on local, regional, national and supranational levels.

In this session we will focus on methodologies of co-creation, participatory design and some examples from the EU 90s project i3 and the current FP7 Socotal;eu. We will look at the 43000 people that are semi-organized in IoT Meetups, new types of networks like Council ( and bricolabs ( and projects such as Cybersyn.

P2P Food Lab: alternative food production chains


Interactive space 09:30 – 16:30

What do the Maker community, ICT, and micro-agriculture have in common? The answer is P2P Food Lab! Discover how you can build P2P Food Lab Starter Kit’s greenhouse and sensorbox and join the online community to explore new strategies for sustainable food production and distribution.

CHEST finances Digital Social Innovation


Organiser: CHEST project
Room B 15:00 – 16:00
About 60 ICT-based ideas in Digital Innovation will be funded through three Open Calls. Funded initiatives go from the simple ideas (6,000 euro award) to ready-to-market development projetcs (up to 150,000 euro co-funding). The total budget invested amounts to 2.5 Millions euro.


  • CHEST project: funding social innovation through the open calls
  • Call for Ideas: some interesting ideas about Digital Social Innovation
  • Call for Prototypes. Participation guidelines and submission process
  • Questions and Answers

Social Renaissance: challenging inequality through impact innovation (TOPix & SocialFare)


Organisers: Top-ix Consortium and SocialFare – Torino, Italy
Room B – 11:30 – 13:00

Emerging societal challenges, such as growing inequality among different social classes, unbalanced wealth distribution, accelerated urbanization and environmental stress due to the world population growth require a different concept of “Social”.

Moving away from the traditional management of emergencies, minorities and inabilities, considered as unavoidable collateral effects of a profit-driven development process, a new central role for the fundamental issues is required in order to enable a sustainable growth of society as a complex system.

“Social Renaissance” defines a process aimed at spreading awareness as regards the growing weight of the “marginalities” , in order to bring them  to the center of policy-making at any level, through innovative methodologies and impact-driven models that combine new technologies and humanities, entrepreneurial approach and civic engagement.

The Workshop will highlight how the combination of Social Dreaming, Design and Engagement,  Data-driven and lean entrepreneurial approach can foster collective awareness by enabling global-impact and sustainable societal models.

Social Renaissance as a new potential European platform of convergence via creativity, design, engagement, technology and policy-making.

The workshop will be organised on three different session with a final discussion.

14:00 – 14:00 People First: social values and  story-telling design for engagement and change – Laura Orestano (SocialFare)

14:25 – 14:45  Impact maximisation through data-driven and lean entrepreneurial approach – Leonardo Camiciotti (Topix)

14:50 – 15:10 Smart social platform: new approaches based on friendly design, easy engagement (for simple/little people) and concrete delivery for civic empowerment and community engagement tools – Lorenzo Benussi (Topix)

15:15 – 15:30 Discussion

Synergies between FI-PPP and CAPS

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Organiser: FI-XIFI project
Room 3 11:30 – 13:00

The Future Internet (FI) is an open communication infrastructure that facilitates offering of services and applications by embracing both users and physical resources. The Future Internet Public Private Partnership initiative (FI-PPP) promotes broad adoption of FI technologies by supporting the development of a common platform for large-scale trials and service offering across Europe. This is directly related to the main aims of CAPS in different ways.

First of all, the creation of a commonly deployable and accessible platform federated across distributed nodes to be broadly used by several actors in Europe (FI-PPP Phase 1) can become key for connecting citizens and final end users in different application domains. Furthermore, the experience gained by the FI-PPP Phase 2 projects in developing FI applications and services in several sectors, like health care, media, smart cities, etc., can represent a common ground of work to be shared with CAPS players. Finally, a convergence between the FI-PPP initiative and the CAPS community will increase opportunities for broader uptake of FI-PPP offering in a context where multi-disciplinary expertise is converging and bringing in new players in the ICT scene. this includes innovative SMEs that will be given a chance to join via the Open Calls the 16 FI-PPP Phase 3 accelerators will launch in September 2014.

This session will include some presentations from ongoing FI-PPP project representatives and include an interactive Question and Answers part to give the CAPS 2014 participants the chance to more actively intervene and animate the discussions.


Tentative agenda 

Welcome and opening: Dr. Monique Calisti (Martel, XIFI)

The Future Internet Public-Private PartnershipEC representative 

– The FI-PPP technology foundation: 

  • FI-WARE/FI-Lab/FI-Ops  – Maurizio Cecchi (Telecom Italia, XIFI)

– The FI-PPP applications:

  • FI-CONTENT, when technology meets citizens,  Loic Ortola & Olivier Duvoid (Ebusiness Information) 
  • FIspace: Future Internet Business Collaboration Networks in Agri-Food, Transport and Logistics, Victor Fernandez (Citdev)

– The FI-PPP Phase 3 wave:

  • FI-Adopt,  Ratislav Petras (EAI)

Q&A session: panel session with all invited speakers, plus Dr. Michael Eble (Fraunhofer IAIS, FIContent)

Summary and conclusions: Dr. Monique Calisti (Martel, XIFI)

Exhibition: Drawing Collective Awareness Platforms


Organisers: CAPS2020 project and Cartoon Movement

CAPS2020 and the Cartoon Movement are joining forces to explore perspectives on CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation). Between May 27 and June 24 we are inviting comic artists and cartoonists to reflect on CAPS as a whole, contribute to their definition and spread awareness around the topic.

Cartoon Movement is a community of political cartoonists that brings together over 250 artists from more than 80 countries. The movement publishes cartoons and comics journalism on a range of international issues, and defends the right of cartoonists to express themselves without fear of censorship or retaliation. ‏CAPS2020 is a European funded project coordinated by Sigma Orionis and dedicated to the organization of annual events on CAPS.

In the run up to CAPS2014, we invite you to challenge the power and the format of online engagement, to offer ideas for social innovation and for a more sustainable world, to turn the reflector on all the societal challenges still to be solved and to reflect on citizen engagement. We welcome cartoons and comics that touch upon any of these issues.

Visit Cartoon Movement website for the complete submission guidelines.

Living Labs and CAPS


Organiser: ENoLL (European Network of living labs)
Room 1 14:00 – 15:30

As multi-stakeholder, multidisciplinary local and regional people/citizen-centred innovation platforms, Living Labs have being acting as catalysers of change by combining the search of solutions to societal and sustainability challenges, technology, people’s wellbeing and policies.
Living Labs are evolving towards a new generation characterized by stronger embracement and engagement with social innovation and grassroots local actions, bridging initiatives internationally to build a collective intelligence in the search for new solutions for local and global sustainability problems. This new generation of Living Labs is also playing an important role in linking bottom-up innovation initiatives to researchers and innovation policies. Urban and city innovation, health and wellbeing, culture and creativity, education and entrepreneurship and sustainability are the main areas of activity.

The objective of this session is to build upon existing experiences and expertise in the Living Lab community reflecting in existing trends and future opportunities and challenges.
By joining this session you will have the opportunity to get in contact with some of the on-going experiences in this field from the Living Lab community and to join a common and open discussion about the transferability and scalability of activities and solutions, assessing how Living Labs are evolving to support this phenomena, and the role of living labs in linking Grassroots actions to research, local innovation and local, regional and international policies.


Welcome and introduction by the ENoLL Chair Mr. Jarmo Eskelinen (CEO Forum Virium Helsinki)
“Inspired to share – Inspired by sharing”
During 70 minutes some interesting cases from the Living Lab community will be shared with the audience in an interactive way (moderated by Jarmo Eskelinen)
Poznan Living Lab ecosystem (and know more about Mobilizator, Startup Poznan, Code for Poland, d.challenge) by Adam Olszewski (Innovation manager at PSNC, Poznan Poland)
Platform for Social innovation platform INNYCIA, by Lucia Aguilar Vega (Citizen Innovation Director at Consorcio Fernandez de los Rios, Andalucia, Spain)
Citilab and BcnLab by Artur Serra (Deputy Director at i2cat, Barcelona)
Human Smart Cities – A Model for the Future in Innovative Cities by Prof. Alvaro Oliveira (CEO Alfamicro, Portugal)
City Lab Coventry by Sinead Ouillon (Business developer manager at Coventry University, UK_
Smart Citizen Kit by Frank Kresin (Research director at WAAG, NL)

Have your say! The final 15 minutes will be dedicated to spontaneous contributions from the audience, combining questions, comments and sharing of other existing interesting cases that can contribute to the objectives of the session. And a final and quick wrap-up from the moderator. The discussion can continue online (@openlivinglabs #livinglabs)

15:45 – 16:30 Matchmaking session 

During the matchmaking session, participants will be invited to thematic speed networking. The ideal opportunity to meet those who may very well reveal to be the perfect partners, providers, initiators or sponsors of your future projects!

16:45 – 19:00 BeerCamp

Goteo will inaugurate the BarCamp, an unconference shaped by attendees, where each participant is welcomed to share what s/he knows, learn from others, ignite discussions, etc. and may deserve a Belgian beer for contributing (hence the “BeerCamp” name).



July 2
Location: European Commission – Charlemagne

08:30 Welcome of participants

09:30 Opening session & Ignite Talks
Opening address: Robert Madelin, Director General of European Commission’s DG Connect (video message)

Chair: Paul Adamson editor-in-chief and founding publisher of E!Sharp

10:30 Lessons learned from CAPS OFF

Moderator: Filippo Addarii, Director of International strategy, The Young Foundation

The facilitators of the parallel events of CAPS2014 OFF, held on July 1, are invited to a panel discussion on the outputs and lessons learned during this first part of CAPS2014.

11:00 Break

11:15 CAPS in a wider landscape: other opportunities for funding
Chair and opening address: Jesus Villasante,
Head of Unit, European Commission’s DG Connect

  • Wolfgang Hoefs, Head of Sector “Strategic Planning and Communication”, Smart Cities and Sustainability Unit, European Commission’s DG Connect
  • Vessela Karloukovska, Policy Officer, Stakeholder Unit, European Commission’s DG Connect
  • Jutta Koenig-Georgiades, Citizens’ programme, DG Communication
  • Horst Kraemer, Scientific/Technical Project Officer, Digital Social platform Unit, European Commission’s DG Connect
  • Xavier Le Mounier, Policy Officer, Innovation Unit, European Commission’s DG Enterprise and Industry
  • Andrea Halmos, Policy Officer, Sustainable and Secure Society Directorate, Public Services Unit, European Commission’s DG Connect

CAPS projects and initiatives address a wide range of issues (governance, social innovation, smart cities, health challenges, drivers for change, etc.). Each of these thematic issues is also subject to major projects and initiatives, funded under different calls. EC representatives will introduce funding opportunities in a wider research and innovation landscape.

12:30 Lunch

14:00 Research on CAPS: main findings to date
Chair and opening address: Roger Torrenti,
CEO Sigma Orionis, CAPS2020 project coordinator

  • Atta Badii, Director of the Intelligent Systems Research Laboratory, University of Reading, SciCafé 2.0 project coordinator
  • Francesca Bria, Senior Project Lead Nesta Innovation Lab, D-Cent and DSI projects coordinator
  • Frank Escoubès, Founder of Imagination for People, CATALYST project technical coordinator
  • Donatella Fazio, Head of Unit “R&D projects”, ISTAT, Web-COSI project coordinator
  • Ivan Ficano, Senior Researcher, Engineering Ingegneria Informatica S.p.A, CHEST project Deputy Manager
  • Karsten Gareis, Senior project manager empirica, CAPS4Access project coordinator
  • Vishal Kapadia, Executive Director, The Wikirate Project e.V
  • Adrian Popescu, Researcher, CEA LIST, USEMP project coordinator
  • Arno Scharl, Head of the Department of New Media Technology, Modul University Vienna, Decarbonet project scientific coordinator
  • Antonio Tapiador del Dujo, Researcher, Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM), P2PValue project
  • Shenja Van der Graaf, Senior Researcher & Head of CCC group at iMinds-SMIT, VUB, IA4SI project coordinator

This session starts with short presentations of the Digital Social Innovation study by Francesca Bria and of the CAPS Book Sprint exercise by Marta Arniani (Sigma Orionis), both supported by the European Commission. Then, the CAPS projects selected following FP7 Call 10 will be presented by their coordinators. A poster exhibition involving all these projects will also be held during the whole day to allow an interaction of the partners of these projects with the audience.

15:15 Call for new CAPS research projects under Horizon 2020
Fabrizio Sestini, Scientific Officer, European Commission’s DG Connect

The European Commission will devote under Horizon 2020 a higher budget to support CAPS research and innovation than the one put aside under the previous programme (FP7). During this session detailed early information will be provided on the forthcoming CAPS call under Horizon 2020 (ICT 10-2015) that will be officially opened in September 2014. A key opportunity to understand how to best shape your proposal, following two days during which intense information exchange and networking will have taken place!

16:30  Closing address by Mario Campolargo, Director, European Commission’s DG Connect

16:45  Open networking




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Why CAPS are so important?

CAPS can be described as non-commercial, open Internet platforms, connecting citizens to each other (and to the “Internet of Things” whenever necessary) and providing them with a more effective way to:

  • Spontaneously adopt more sustainable behaviours and lifestyles, based on better information (extended awareness);
  • Contribute to a low-carbon economy, for instance by lending, exchanging and reusing goods at scale, across geographic boundaries (collaborative consumption);
  • Get facts/evidence from citizens for better decision making, at personal or institutional levels (e.g. crowdmapping);
  • Develop alternative collaborative approaches to problem solving (crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, participatory design, collective intelligence, collective decisions);
  • Actively engage, innovate and act, individually or collectively, towards societally, environmentally and economically sustainable approaches and solutions to tackle societal challenges: growth and employment, environment, climate change, health and education, inclusive societies, wellbeing, etc.

Why a CAPS2014 international event?

A first round of CAPS pilots have been launched with the support of the European Commission in 2013 (following FP7 Call 10) and various CAPS initiatives have been emerging, day after day, in Europe and in other parts of the world. A second Call is foreseen within the Horizon 2020 EU research programme, opening in September 2014.

In this context of emergence and diversity, and in view of the forthcoming Call, it is important to organise an international event focusing on CAPS, in continuity with the “1st Dialogue on platforms for collective awareness and action” held at the European Commission in September 2011.

This event will provide existing projects and initiatives with an opportunity to discuss their impact, increase their visibility, develop synergies and roadmaps, and liaise with any interested stakeholders: civil society organisations, NGOs, local communities, students and hackers, academic and industrial institutions, policy makers, national agencies, new Members of the European Parliament, etc.

Who is behind CAPS2014?

CAPS2014 is organized under the aegis of the European Commission through the CAPS2020 project, coordinated by Sigma Orionis. It is one of the CAPS projects selected at FP7 Call 10. The main CAPS2020 objective is the organization of annual CAPS international conferences.

What about CAPS2015?

CAPS2015 will be organised by Sigma Orionis as well. Dates are TBC.



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