First official Programme release: March

July 7

Coming soon – Forget the classic European Commission session.

July 8

Coming soon – Take off your tie at La Tricoterie for the OFF programme: meet, share and be inspired by practitioners from all over the world. Want to be part of it? Check our Open Call below.

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What they said about CAPS2014

“A room full of energy”
Mario Campolargo, DG Connect Director
“This conference is the first event at the European Commission where attendees are not leaving immediately the room as it ends”
Fabrizio Sestini, European Commission, DG Connect
“The whole event had a disruptive design”
Filippo Addarii, Director of International Strategy, The Young Foundation


We need arms to run the event

CAPS are about participation, open culture and sharing.

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Jump on stage!

Do you have a disruptive
to share?

CAPS2015 programme committee
will evaluate candidatures
received by April 30

In case of equal ranking, early submissions (arrived before March 15) will be prioritised.


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.

Who is behind CAPS2015?

CAPS2015 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.

Why a CAPS2015 international event?

An entire ecosystem of initiatives innovates the European and worldwide societies through a plurality of voices and approaches (social entrepreneurship, crowdfunding, sharing economy, P2P, sustainable consumption, just to mention a few). What they all have in common is the use of Internet and the Internet of Things as a lever to scale, engage, ideate, debate, impact and overall tackle societal challenges.

A first batch of CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation) projects has been launched with the support of the European Commission in 2013 (FP7 Call 10). A second Call is open within the Horizon 2020 EU research programme.

This international annual event – launched in 2014 in continuity with the “1st Dialogue on platforms for collective awareness and action” held at the European Commission in September 2011 – provides 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.

Why ‘Networked Social Responsibility’?

The CAPS acronym covers a wide range of approaches, activities and paradigms, impossible to pull together without rough simplifications. Nonetheless, we believe they all have in common a social responsibility dimension, that we define as caring for the common good and fostering societal changes as immediate objective or direct consequence of one’s work or engagement. Our part in this big picture is facilitating the encounter, creative clash and collaboration of the widest number of individuals, initiatives, projects and organisations sharing this commitment.



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