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Dear colleagues,

Welcome to the first edition of the smarticipate e-newsletter!
This biannual newsletter is sent to smarticipate subscribers and those who signed up for the Informed Cities newsletter.

Smarticipate aims to bring the public into the urban planning process, giving citizens access to data about their city and enabling them to better support local decision-making. The platform will be trialled in three major European cities: London, Hamburg, and Rome.

The smarticipate project is coordinated by the Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research IGD and funded under the Horizon 2020 Programme of the European Commission. It runs from February 2016 to January 2019.

We hope that you enjoy finding out more about smarticipate. For the latest updates, follow us on Twitter: @smarticipate

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Kind regards,

The smarticipate team
Londoners invited to join the first SMARTATHON
The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London recognises the potential of Open Data. Together with Hamburg and Rome, it’s one of the lead cities in the smarticipate project. Kensington and Chelsea residents and businesses have plenty of ideas for the neighbourhood in which they live, work and play. Unfortunately, they don’t always have access to the right information to develop their ideas further.

To address this, we are inviting Londoners to join the first SMARTATHON in the city. There you can steer the process of developing smarticipate into a user-friendly tool that is relevant for you.

To read the full article, click here.
 1.Urban Stories illustrate smarticipate in practice
Smarticipate has the power to help citizens share their ideas and opinions on how their city should be developed, but how does it work in practice? To answer this question a series of ‘Urban Stories’ have been created, providing examples of how the smarticipate platform can be applied in London, Hamburg, and Rome.

While the stories themselves are based on the real capabilities of the platform, the characters in the Urban Stories are fictitious. They serve to display the type of common issues that citizens, public authorities and businesses have in urban areas, and how smarticipate can be used to help them tackle these issues.

To read the full article, click here.
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The Manifesto on Inclusive Smart Cities, also known as the European Manifesto on Citizen Engagement, will be launched and officially signed in Brussels (Belgium) on 23 November at a ceremony that will gather EU level networks of regional and local authorities, civil society organisations, and industry representatives. The manifesto is supported and co-created by smarticipate project partner ICLEI - Local Governments for Sustainability.

The full text of the manifesto is available online and is open for feedback and contributions until 15 September 2016.

To read the full article, click here.
2.Upgraded smarticipate website launched
The smarticipate project has launched its new website, providing the latest news, information and resources stemming from the EU-funded project in one online space. Smarticipate aims to bring the public into the urban planning process, giving citizens access to data about their city and enabling them to better support the decision-making process.

Hamburg intends to gather citizen input on topics such as the most popular locations for new playgrounds, as well as the most desirable positions for the planting of new trees in public zones. The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea aims to allow people to choose for themselves how the local government makes improvements to their area, particularly in terms of allocating certain budgets. Rome is expanding participatory processes for urban regeneration, such as involving citizens in proposing new uses for abandoned buildings.

To read the full article, click here.
4.Real Corp Conference provokes strong debate on Smart Cities
How can a city become and remain a Smart City in the long term, and does achieving this necessarily improve quality of life? These were the guiding questions of the 21st International Conference on Urban Planning and Regional Development in the Information Society, which took place from 22 - 24 June 2016 in smarticipate partner city Hamburg (Germany).

Smarticipate, together with related EU funded research projects, organised a parallel workshop session at the event, taking a holistic view of Smart City developments.

To read the full article, click here.