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Empowering game-changer communities in Horizon 2020


Informal occasions, decentralised organisations, socially-engaged actors, better-than-professional amateurs… This is where innovation is also made today, outside of traditional research centres and businesses. The importance of integrating new actors and hybrid models and learning from them is widely acknowledged across Horizon 2020 calls as engine for European competitiveness. Nonetheless, when they succeed to be integrated in proposals and later on in projects, these new stakeholders struggle with administrative constraints, tend to be confined to a pro forma role (for instance bringing in a ‘creative flavour’) or act at the end of the project chain (connecting it with large communities of practitioners) without being given the chance to intervene at prior stages. How can we rethink the actual framework in order to allow their seamless participation to all stages of the innovation value chain? How can their participation to H2020 be sustainable? A roundtable involving key speakers from bottom-up innovation areas will officially open CAPS2015 with a critical reflection about the role H2020 can play in empowering and scaling innovative communities and stakeholders. During the CAP2015 OFF programme the discussions will evolve through a strategic workshop.


Engaging citizens in the smart city through DIY networking


We will explore a variety of methods from the fields of urban studies, urban interaction design, engineering, and computer science for empowering citizens to build understandings of the fast evolving hybrid space of their cities and collaborate to shape it according to their own values and objectives. We will focus on a special technology, Do-It-Yourself networking, which allows citizens to build their own local networks for supporting local interactions, outside the public Internet, using low-cost off-the-shelf hardware and wireless technologies. Such networks offer a rich set of special characteristics, such as the ownership and control of the whole design process; the de facto physical proximity of those connected without the need for disclosing private location information to third parties; the easy and inclusive access through the use of a local captive portal launched automatically and by default when one joins the network; the option for anonymous interactions; and the materiality of the network itself. These characteristics can be exploited by designers to build locally owned and customized ICTs, which can encourage participation, facilitate information sharing, and promote conviviality.


Harnessing the power of collective intelligence: technologies and communities


How to efficiently manage an online community, make sense of scattered conversation and move from deliberation to action? The CATALYST project built an entire ecosystem of collective intelligence open source tools to improve the quality and density of online conversation and deliberation. Integrating the tools within existing communities sparked a reflection around how to best build technologies at the service of the end-users and make them evolve further with a continuous feedback loop.

CATALYST partners will present the lessons-learned with the support of representatives from the testing communities (including Ashoka, OuiShare, Loomio, EdgeRyders).


From IoT to IoC: from the Internet of Things to the Internet of Communities


We are makers of building blocks for systems of decision-making. What does collective awareness of this Digital Transition, fueled by Internet of Things, mean? How can we ensure that this future full of sensors will not only be in the hands of commercial companies wanting just to make money and engineers who are only able to out-optimize in their narrow reductions of the real? One possible trajectory is to take over the memes and terminology in order to envisage futures where sensors and monitoring are harnessed in a scale that can be managed on the ground by people just living their everyday life; the neighborhood. Can we rethink the smart city as an internet of communities where local platforms gather all public and private data streams in a local decentralized cloud and play back scenarios to people on food, sharing cars, local work, tools and services? How can we bring back the technology to serve real simple and mundane needs of people and their immediate allies: animals, plants and the environment as a whole?


Decentralized Citizen Action and Tools for Network Democracy


This session consists in a round table discussion with citizen activists, European policy makers and the developers of the new citizen empowering software. What kind of online tools are needed to truly empower citizens in the democratic context? What are shortfalls and strengths of government procured centralised platforms (e.g. the ECI), commercial social networking services (e.g. Facebook, Twitter) and open source civic technology initiatives (e.g. D-CENT, p2pValue, Loomio, Popolo)?


Forum of Ideas


This session will start with a series of presentations submitted through the open call for session proposals launched on CAPS2015 website. Winners will be announced by mid-May. Each of them will be given 10 minutes to pitch his/her idea or concept and answer questions from the room.  Free ground for other presentations is given to anybody in the room (prior to registration on site in the morning).


Which future for collective intelligence processes and solutions?


The past decade has seen the emergence of hundreds of innovative and powerful collective intelligence (CI) technologies and platforms, ranging from wikis to prediction markets, from social media mining to open source software development, from web forums to crowdsourcing platforms, and from argumentation systems to serious games for protein folding.

These tools have the potential to transform almost all aspects of our society in profound and positive ways, allowing us to work together to solve complex problems more effectively, drawing together human communities, and empowering the previously disenfranchised. The most important barrier to continuing progress in this realm is a two-folded one: on one side very few people have a clear sense of which tools to use for which purposes, or of how they should be used; on the other, many of these tools are abstract solutions because they have been developed without implying the ultimate users, and consequently do not satisfy or interpret correctly their needs. In this workshop animated by CATALYST partners attendees will be invited to join the debate about the future of collective intelligence developments.


The value of (Digital) Social Innovation: how to describe it and how to support its growth


(Digital) Social Innovation is a growing phenomenon all around Europe and initiatives are multiplying fast: governments and institutions are investing in the filed in order to stimulate the growth a new solutions for pressing social needs. Bottom up organization, NGOs, social enterprises, universities and research centers but also SMEs and large enterprises are producing new idea and projects talking many different topic such as global warming, climate change, waste management, unemployment, social exclusion, inequalities, etc. But how can we describe the effects of such initiatives? how can we map the value generate by the innovations proposed considering that most of them do not follow a traditional market-based approach? How can we define value beyond the traditional lents of profit and turnover? and how can government and public institutions support the generation of value thought ad hoc, new, policies and justify the investment with the public opinion if the revenue of the investment is not only or mainly expressed in monetary terms? We will discuss these questions with the help of speakers representing CAPS projects, universities and research center and representatives of public bodies. 


Statistics for Social Innovation


The seminar will look at the policy implications on the usage of data for the development of social entrepreneurship and innovation in the European Union. It will highlight the key findings from the pioneering Web-COSI project and explore what steps policy makers and stakeholders can take to stimulate a more engaging environment for social innovation.


Interactive Demos


This session will be interactive as participants will be able to get a demonstration of the whole ecosystem of tools developed within CATALYST through the “user journey” defined within the project. It is a new inclusive way to discover how the use of the tools can be articulated to improve the quality and the density of online debates and deliberations.



P2Pvalue Directory: Using a unique open resource for research and networking


The P2P Value directory is an open mapping tool and the largest collaborative dataset of Commons-Based Peer Production communities. Featuring more than 300 cases it is a unique open resource for research and networking. Discover the Directory and how to use it.


Building Networks for Good


What happens when people come together to take collective action without needing traditional organizational and institutional structures? What tools and strategies do we need for these “Networks for Good” to thrive? In this workshop, designer, storyteller, and community-builder Lee-Sean Huang will explore these questions by drawing from his own experiences building international networks like UX for Good, The Awesome Foundation, and Wisdom Hackers.


Matchmaking Session

A session facilitating the emergence of new work collaborations or to amplify the size of attendees’ contact networks. Get your business cards ready!



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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


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The open call for sessions & presentations closed on April 30: thanks to all the participants!

Winners will be announced at the end of May


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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