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Open Innovation in the Public Sector: Open Cities

The re:innovate track highlights different perspectives on Open Innovation. This session presents the view of public administration.

Open Cities “Open Innovation Mechanisms in Smart Cities (Open Cities)” started as EU funded project in the end of 2010. Within the project the participating administrations, research institutions and companies support Open Government activities. The partners from the European major cities Helsinki, Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris, Rome, Barcelona and Bologna transfer methods of Open Innovation – like Crowdsourcing, Open Data, Fibre to the Home and Open Sensor Networks – to the public sector and validate the success of the methodologies within pilot projects.

Engaging the Crowd for Redesigning your city. Wanna be co-innovator of your city? – Katalin Gallyas
Crowdsourcing is popular when it comes to businesses. To redesign a shoe or bike happens easily nowadays through Facebook communities. But when it comes to government, we lose easily the track which platform to choose for the engagement of creative citizens. The rapid emergence of new media, Internet and mobile tools are almost a headache for government how to leverage on this development. In this presentation I’ll showcase some best practices with 3 EU ICT projects how to convince governments to launch a more 2.0 mindset and tap on the creativity of the citizens when it comes to redesign the city.

Apps competitions – Ivonne Jansen-Dings
Waag Society has organized many Apps contests for all levels of government in the past couple of years and is currently working on Apps for Amsterdam II, to be launched in May of 2012. But what are the benefits and the challenges when it comes to competitions. How can you use the format to convince government organizations to release quality data and stimulate developers to create sustainable apps?

A Platform for Publishing Open Data – Ina Schieferdecker
To maximize the economic and social value of Open Data, tools, applications and platforms are needed. Within the EU Open Cities Project, Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS has developed a platform for publishing open data. The primary benefit brought by the platform is that it offers a “one-stop-shop” experience, minimizing the efforts of developers and consumers for searching, accessing, downloading and sharing data. The platform is an integrated solution that utilizes open source software.