An important part of QROWD’s dissemination policy involves being actively present at relevant urban development stakeholders’ gatherings. Along the second half of 2018, two major Smart Cities international fora, the Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) and the Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), have recognised QROWD’s potential to provide innovative solutions for urban mobility and citizen engagement. Here, QROWD was able to show the solutions that Big data can provide to smart cities, but there were other opportunities as well.
In September QROWD participated in the closing panel of the workshop IoT Open Data Access to Advance Mobility in European Cities organized by the EC, ERTICO and AIOTI and devoted to the “Industrial drivers and needs for an Open Data Access platform for mobility”.
In November, QROWD’s solution to dynamically obtain Modal Split indicators was presented by Giacomo Fioroni, Head of the Smart City Office of The Municipality of Trento, one of our partners, in the Smart City Expo World Congress 2018 in Barcelona. Modal Split is a key indicator of urban mobility patterns, but it laborious and costly to produce, and consequently not done very frequently. Giacomo described the innovation brought about by QROWD in the computation of the modal split and talked about the benefits it generates for the city’s management.
The November webinar The Human Factor in Big Data, hosted by BDVA-PPP, provided an overview and technical details on how human interaction and crowdsourcing help in different steps of the data value chain.
In a seminar in December, The City of the Future: Productive, inclusive and resource efficient, the development of smart cities and related tools were discussed, and QROWD’s contribution emphasised that all smart technology must keep citizens at their core and incorporate this throughout methodologies inclusively. The citizen-centred approach is a unique aspect of the QROWD project.
Finally, in January 2019, QROWD’s Crowdsourcing framework and solutions – Qrowd and the city – were presented at the Connected Smart Cities Conference 2019, the annual event organised by Open & Agile Smart Cities (OASC), which brought together more than 300 attendees (cities, policy-makers, researchers, businesses) in Brussels. QROWD coordinator Elena Simperl was one of the panellists in the Future track of the conference.
Other actions included the Smart city Labs in Trento, where members from the municipality went around the city, talked to people and handed out informative flyers on smart services and mobile applications.