Computer Architecture Department (DAC) - Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC)
Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation
05 October 2012
UPC hosted an information day of the "Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation" (CAPS) initiative, which will provide funding for research in the region of 15M Euros, within call 10 of the workprogramme 2013 of the EU ICT programme (Objective ICT-2013.5.5).
The Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging "network effect" by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments (Internet of Things), in order to create new forms of social innovation.
They are expected to support environmentally aware, grassroots processes and practices to share knowledge, to achieve changes in lifestyle, production and consumption patterns, and to set up more participatory democratic processes.
The distributed situational awareness enabled by such platforms can then have concrete impacts, for instance in empowering (and motivating) citizens to make informed decisions and consumer choices, in real time, fostering collective environmentally-savvy behavioural changes and a more direct democratic participation. These platforms would be collective tools of social innovation, to design new visions of sustainable societies and environmentally sound solutions.
From a methodological standpoint, the CAPS program will thus proceed in cooperation with the Internet Science initiative launched in Call 7 of the FP7 and currently explored by the FP7 EINS Project (Network of Excellence in Internet Science).
The call will accommodate proposals of any size, ranging from individuals or small entrepreneurs, up to NGOs, civil society organisations and larger European consortia.
The information day is the fifth event in Europe for this programme and it is open to anyone free of charge upon registration (up to the maximum number of admitted participants).
Additional information can be found at the EC web site.
What the day intends to achieve:
This information day is colocated with the International Summit on Community Wireless Networks (October 4-7) at UPC where Fabrizio Sestini will give a keynote presentation (10-11h) just before the start of this information day.
Presentations given during the event: