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The Connected Smart City portfolio projects (CIP) invite you to join this Pre-FIA Dublin workshop co-organised by the SMARTIP and SPECIFI projects.
This workshop includes a very special session about "THE CREATIVE RING": The Creative Ring is proposed and discussed as a new experimental community and platform for sharing creative and innovative content and activities all over Europe, using advanced Internet technologies and networks.
Working title: Connected Smart Cities and Future Internet: Open, Shared Experimental Platforms and Ecosystems
Connected Smart Cities and Future Internet: Open, Shared Experimental Platforms and Ecosystems
09.00 Welcome, Keynote presentations and panel discussion: Connected Smart Cities Network – Meeting the Challenges of the Future Internet and the Digital Agenda for Europe:
09:45 City case studies and pilot projects (part 1):
Practical experiences from the Smart Cities projects and participating cities: achievements and challenges:
10.45 Coffee break
11.15 City case studies and pilot projects (part 2):
§ Practical experiences from the Smart Cities projects and participating cities: achievements and challenges:
14.00 Special Session: Launch of the ‘Creative Ring’: Towards Connected Smart and Creative Cities and citizens
14:00h - Introduction
14:10h - Round Table: What can/should the Creative Ring be? Initial proposals
14:50h - The Creative Ring in action: let’s start!
15:20h - Questions and conclusions
15.30 Coffee break
16.00 Debate and panel discussion: Special session at Tuesday 7th May Pre-FIA Workshop Day: The Future Internet as backbone for European Innovation Ecosystems
Projects and initiatives invited: FI-PPP, FIRE, ENoLL, Connected Smart Cities, EIT ICT Labs, including:
The format is simple: representatives of the initiatives mention present their perspective to a few key questions (as below) followed by discussion. Moderator: Ilkka Lakaniemi (tbc)
Session objectives: This session will discuss the relation and potential future collaboration between several initiatives that are related to the Future Internet and to new types of innovation ecosystems. These are FIRE, FI-PPP, ICT Labs and Connected Smart Cities as well as the European network of Living Labs. With a view towards the future shape of research and innovation ecosystems at the European level, this session explores the interfaces between these initiatives from technology, business, user and societal perspectives. Opportunities will be identified for collaboration and exchange among the initiatives in the context of Horizon 2020. Ideas will be further developed regarding how interconnected research, experimentation and innovation facilities and testbeds will facilitate open innovation ecosystems across Europe as a backbone for European 2020 strategy.
Questions to be discussed include:
17:15- 17:45. Artistic demo between musicians in Barcelona, Kortrij, Trento and Dublin (in FIA Expo area)
18:00 Finish and networking (BYO drinks - ‘buy your own’).
More information about The Creative Ring: Towards Connected Smart and Creative Cities and citizens
A new generation of entrepreneurs and creative individuals is emerging in our cities. Gathered in a diverse set of urban “tribes” (wikipedians, digital artists, local media producers, fablabbers, arduins, new designers,…) they are creating new jobs and opportunities in difficult times, not just by creating and improving products and services on their own but also enriching and revitalizing existing economic activities. This informal innovative community is increasingly being discovered by scientific and cultural institutions such as universities, cultural centres, academia and also by corporations and local governments that are starting to understand this new system for innovation and try to create bridges.
However, in many cases these urban creative communities are isolated from their counterparts in other cities, and do not have access to Future Internet technologies and solutions (both in terms of high-speed wired and wireless infrastructure and in applications) which could be highly instrumental in both the creation and the exchange of innovative content and applications. As a consequence, the immense potential of the European Creative Industries, in size as well as in diversity, is currently not fulfilled.
In order to address this, the Creative Ring is proposed and discussed as a new experimental community and platform for sharing creative and innovative content and activities all over Europe, using advanced Internet technologies and networks. It is based on an open collaboration between local artists and creative industries (comprising cultural, media, arts, advertising and other sectors) with universities, local authorities and ICT companies in each city and region. This way, the Creative Ring intends to bring together solutions for infrastructure, useful and proven FI systems and applications, the Creative Industries which can experiment or deploy these systems and the resulting innovative content. During this session, the objectives, structure, composition and first plans will be discussed with stakeholders in an open way. Also, a first example of a Creative Ring inspired collaboration between Creative Industries and citizens in multiple European cities will be presented, and subsequently illustrated live during the FIA demo sessions.
In terms of projects involved, the project responsible for this session is CIP SPECIFI. However, it is the precise objective of the Creative Ring to operate independently from a specific project –in any case beyond the project’s lifetime- so as to attract members and interested stakeholders from other projects active on the crossroads of FI and the Creative Industries. In first instance, this concerns the Connected Smart City projects, the FIRE+ Community, FI-PPP and regional and national initiatives on Creativity (such as the newly established Creative Regions Network). Examples of projects we are currently already in contact with are FI-CONTENT, CityLIVE, EPIC and VISIONAIR