The next 28th and 29th of September, Citilab will receive 50 students…
iCity is a European project promoting the co-creation of services of public interest, by third parties in areas of smartcities. Participants include innovation ecosystems, such as Living Labs -social innovation citizen laboratories such as Citilab— in the whole co-creation project with own methodologies.
The project converges available public data (open data), infrastructures and digital technologies, with needs for various agents to create services of public interest. It is a new focus on open infrastructures in available ICT municipal networks, which are already deployed in urban areas. They are available and accessible (especially to SMEs), with the aim of maximizing the number of deployed public interest services.
Citilab started up iCity, taking over the methodological work package for user engagement, and encouraging the Living Lab in the innovation ecosystem open in each member city of the project (Barcelona, Genoa and Bologna).
How can a normal citizen take part in the design of a smart city? It involves studying whether new technologies could facilitate a more participatory and innovative model of urbanism, based on three scenarios: environment (sensor platform: air quality, rubbish, information on parks and beaches, etc.); mobility (parking, traffic, etc.) and citizenship (opening of information systems, such as incident management, agendas, etc.), in order to be integrated in a unique API, that gives access to developing city applications.
With the deployment of iCity, a project of maximum complexity has been achieved, which develops and tests co-creation tools and methods in an environment of real experimentation (Living Lab). The results of the Citilab participation are given below:
- 3H Methodology: Co-creation methodology and Living Labs designed by Citilab, have been tested and refined during the project, in order to adapt to the reality of ecosystems of participating member cities.
- Methodological Documentation: The Citilab team has drawn up a document on co-creation, and another on the requirements of users, based on activities undertaken in the so-called 1st, 2nd and 3rd iteration meetings (iCity Camp).
- Snapi!: A tool to enable schoolchildren to work with data of their city, and which could be key in facilitating innovation open to citizens. It is a field that can continue researching and disseminating in the future, with the aim of enhancing the co-creation of solutions for the city, in which citizens themselves can be the developers.
The global project has constructed a portal for application developers, the iCity app store. using the APIs of the cities involved. The aim was the co-creation of applications based on information systems accessible via the iCity platform and their API. It also involves citizens beyond the end user role of city applications.
Various players of the innovation ecosystem of cities, have taken part in the project, based on the quadruple helix (government and public sector, industry and private sector, university and citizens).
The starting point of the project are the players of thelocal public administration of the cities involved. At political level, the project works in the field of opening of information systems, with an impact on the field of data opening and on the co-creation of public interest services, developing a new way of public-private relations. The second profile involved in the framework of local public management are the technical managers of digital infrastructures (information systems).
From the field of companies, application developers have mainly participated. Work has been done on the involvement both of companies dedicated to the development of apps, and independent professionals. SMEs have also been involved, dedicated to producing services related to the smart city environment.
In the last phase of the project, a pilot was developed with SEAT/Volkswagen, with open information systems, to improve driving experience in the city.
In the field of research, we have had the participation of application developers and potential users of the iCity API, which have taken part in meetings and the competition of application development. The consortium has worked towards involving universities. Dissemination actions and workshops have been undertaken, in order to channel the productive and creative potential of students from the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), of the Master Degree inSmart Cities of La Salle and, at local level with students of the Application Development Training Cycle of the Esteve Terrades Secondary School of Cornellà.
Citilab also decided to include social agents to democratize innovation, incorporating citizens in the design and development process. Some of the agents come from the open data movement, which besides developers, also mobilizes other groups such as data journalists and also citizens, concerned and interested in topics referring to the privacy of their data and the management of transparent public resources. They were able to participate thanks to the development of Snapi!.