SICSA Research Challenge Future Cities: The Economy of Collaboration

Date(s) - 02/03/2017
9:45 am - 4:00 pm

University of Dundee

The SICSA Future Cities Research Challenge Workshop ‘The Economy of Collaboration’ is taking place on Thursday 2 March 2017 at the University of Dundee

Following on from the SICSA Future Cities “Bottom-Up” workshop 2014, this one-day workshop will return to explore current and future initiatives in grassroots future cities, focussing the role of digital technologies and the collaborative economy: the mobilisation and infrastructuring of communities for engagement, resource sharing, empowerment, and innovation.

Amidst the drive toward smarter cities, there is a growing movement of technologists, innovators and makers who are developing inspiring digital solutions to local issues and social challenges. Examples range from collaborative economy applications to support better sharing of resources, to initiatives that harness the collective awareness and intelligence of people environmental monitoring.

These movements demonstrate the potential for bottom-up approaches to cities. However, this grassroots vision of future cities must overcome many challenges and barriers to participation, including access and ownership of data, human-centeredness and comprehensibility. At the same time, there are obvious and nuanced challenges to collaboration and innovation, including trust, reliability, competition and privacy.

This workshop will frame and explore and highlight the current and state of the art, discuss research questions and computing and design challenges for developments that support a collaborative economy.

Themes and provocations include:

  • Resilience to global and local threats
  • Decentralisation of ownership and control to allow communal use and innovation
  • New models for small cities of the future
  • Citizens’ understanding of smart cities and ability to leverage them to their advantage
  • Data context and the lived experience

Mara Balestrini – Participatory Sensing in Barcelona, Making Sense H2020. IAAC and Ideas for Change
Dr Drew Hemment – City Verve – Bottom up and collaborative approaches in the UK’s most recent Smart City Demonstrator, Manchester.
Dr Nick Taylor – Grassroots Innovation around Community Technologies in Ardler, Dundee. ESPRC Hacking for Situated Civic Engagement.
Stewart Murdoch – Smart City notes from a Small City Dundee City Council (tbc)
– further announcements to come

For more information on the workshop and details of registration please visit the Economy of Collaboration Eventbrite page

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