[CITASA] 3rd EINS Summer School Report

Barry Wellman wellman at chass.utoronto.ca
Wed Sep 10 08:51:30 EDT 2014


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Date: Wed, 10 Sep 2014 15:35:48 +0300
From: Anna Satsiou <satsioua at gmail.com>
To: everyone-expanded at internet-science.eu
Subject: [EINS Expanded] 3rd EINS Summer School Report

Dear all,

We are happy to announce the success of the 3rd Summer School titled “From
Smart Cities to Engaged Citizens”  organized by the Network of Excellence
in Internet Science from 13th-18th of July in the city of Volos in Greece.

The topic of this summer school was chosen to investigate an
interdisciplinary approach on the design of ICT tools and urban
interventions that can support a range of local citizen initiatives in
contemporary cities including the following:

    1. Smart cities applications, crowd sourcing, citizen science
    2. Participatory urban interaction design
    3. Local hybrid communities over user-owned wireless networks
    4. Complementary currencies and local economies

The summer school attracted 39 participants from around the world (both
inside and outside EINS network) coming from various different disciplines
(computer science, networking, urban planning, civil engineering,
environmental engineering, economics, law, sociology, business and
management, media and interface design, etc), that cooperated in order to
propose smart applications for the city of Volos, under the guidance of
experienced researchers and businesspeople.

Each day was divided in a plenary morning session where prominent lecturers
(from IBM, Yahoo!, Oxford Univ. etc) presented key concepts and ideas for
each design space and an afternoon session where the different groups
gathered to work on their selected application/assignment, supervised by
both lecturers and tutors with hands-on experience on the topic. 5 basic
groups have been formed working on projects related to the improvement of
Volos economy through the use of complementary currencies, provision of
cultural information for tourists using augmented reality and web
application tools, building of a real-time map of the social heartbeat of
Volos with the use of crowdsourcing tools, motivation of citizens to
interact and get involved in the city’s matters through urban interventions
and local wireless networks, etc. The group projects have been presented
the last day of the summer school at a panel including representatives from
the city's local authorities.

The presentations and the progress of the groups in such a short duration
(3 days) impressed the audience, while an e-book is currently under
progress including the summer school material and groups’ results.

More information, documents, videos and presentations of lecturers and
groups can be found at http://internet-science.eu/summer-school-2014 and

Kind Regards,



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