DSI Fair 2018 explores new digital potentials

The Digital World and especially the Internet is one of today's most prominent areas of Social Innovation. New approaches the area keeps ready particularly aim to tackle some of the major social and environmental challenges. However, the potentials and conditions of these approaches have yet to be fully explored. The Digital Social Innovation Fair (DSI Fair), which will be held in Rome on 6th and 7th June 2018, aims to contribute to this ongoing exploration by offering a two-day program of discussions, lectures and workshops. The conference is part of the EU initiative Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) which also includes concrete innovative concepts of Digital Social Innovation.



A major aim of the DSI fair is to better understand, how some of the most prominent approaches of Digital Social Innovation work and which possibilities for the future regarding an enlarged usage they provide. As the most of the concepts are fairly new, reports on practical experiences play an important role here. Discussed approaches include Open Data, Collective Intelligence and crowdsourcing, collaborative making, as well as approaches which aim to motivate behavioral changes of citizen.

The idea of Open Data is to make data, e.g. on public budgets (see https://openbudgets.eu/) or pollution (see http://www.hackair.eu/), freely available and in this way to enlighten and empower citizen who are using the data. Approaches which aim to motivate behavioral changes of citizen are similar to Open Data platforms in respect of addressing individual citizen but don't just want to inform them but also to change the way they behave, e.g. saving more food (see http://www.savingfood.eu/) or being financial aware (see PROFIT project). The concepts of Collective Intelligence and Crowdsourcing imply a more active role of citizen: They take over the role of governments and solve problems with the help of platforms on grassroot levels. Approaches of collaborative making are fundamentally different: Here, the possibility to use new technologies like 3D printers to individually design new, useful tools, independently from market demands are centered.

But discussions go beyond the application of those ideas as such. Instead, also their larger conditions are covered by the DSI Fair: E.g. connected ethical questions and questions of Data protection as well as policy requirements. Interested? Have a look on https://dsifair.eu/ to spot the detailed program. Participation is free, but a registration is required and seats are limited.

Country: Europe
Stakeholder: TU Dortmund
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