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The Road to Web Summit 2018

The largest tech conference in Europe, Web Summit 2018, will start next monday 5 November in Lisbon: among the giants of the Web, industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and tech enthusiasts, the CROWD4ROADS project will also be there and join the “Social Innovation Village” hosted by the Social Good Accelerator. Read the full press release.

Come visit us at our CROWD4ROADS booth on 7 November, in Pavillion 2, E213! Also, we will be at the “Tech for Impact: focus on Sustainable Cities” event hosted by makesense at Casa de Impacto.

On that occasion, SmartRoadSense will expand to cover Portugal, which will thus be the 5th country where our road surface quality monitoring service is active.

CROWD4ROADS also launches the “Road to Web Summit” campaign: if you are traveling to (or from) the event next week, if you are taking a taxi ride, or if you are just traveling by car around Portugal, take this chance to join our initiative and download the SmartRoadSense mobile app!

(Picture by Fernando García Redondo.)

CROWD4ROADS Summer School recap

On the 25th September morning we kicked off the CROWD4ROADS “Crowdsourcing for the Common Good” Summer School, hosted by the University of Urbino at Collegio Raffaello in Urbino. 24 people registered to the school for two days of sessions about collective intelligence, crowdsensing, data privacy, and gamification and the final “Data Jam” event.

Sessions included talks by Dragos Sebastian Cristea (University “Dunărea de Jos” of Galați) about Machine Learning, Marco Ciurcina from project DECODE, prof. Fabio Giglietto (for project MINE2018) Richard Tomlins (Coventry University), prof. Sylvester Arnab, and Mark Lewis. Participants of the concluding hackaton event had the opportunity of working on real datasets provided by SmartRoadSense, HackAIR, SmartCitizen (DECODE), and MINE2018.

We would also like to thank the participants of the two teams that presented their projects at the end of the “Data Jam”, after working hard until late the night before: Francesca Buso, Paolo Cappellacci, Gian Marco Di Francesco, Antonella Milanini, Erica Scatizza, Nicolò Tambone.

Estate Marchigiana events come to a close

This year, Regione Marche and the CROWD4ROADS project have partnered in a long series of public events that were held during the summer months. All events have been promoted by the region’s administration and by local communities, promoting the adoption of SmartRoadSense and the use of trip sharing solutions such as BlaBlaCar.

The Risorgi Marche festival had a very large resonance among the local population and nearby regions, attracting more than 150.000 people to attend live music shows organized in locations hit by the recent earthquake. Similarly, the PhotoWalk2018 has brought groups of participants to lesser known places in the Marches, to explore them, discover artistic, natural, or gastronomic highlights, while sharing the trip through social media. Finally, the Camper in viaggio tour has been on the road since 21th September and will reach the finishing line in the end of October, driving through several cities within Regione Marche while using SmartRoadSense.

Interview on StartupItalia!

In a new article published on StartupItalia!, Carlo Terzano interviews prof. Alessandro Bogliolo from the University of Urbino and talks about SmartRoadSense, crowdsensing initiatives, active citizenship, and the importance road infrastructure maintenance, felt by many to be especially inadequate in the wake of the recent tragedy in Genoa.

“Roads, recent political discussions aside, are a common good and it should be in everyone’s interest, not only as drivers but as citizens, to participate in monitoring activities to ensure that they are maintained in proper order.”

Read the full interview (in Italian).

C4Rs Summer School registration is now open!

The registration process for the “Crowdsourcing for the Common Good” Summer School organized by the CROWD4ROADS project is now open!

The Summer School will be held in Urbino (Italy) from September 24th to 27th, 2018 and will include two days of sessions about social innovation, collective intelligence, crowdsensing, data privacy, and gamification and one full day “Data Jam” (a Hackaton-like all night long event). Check out the Summer School page for further details.

Submit your free registration request by August 12th: participation for confirmed attendants is free of charge, including food and drinks during the “Data Jam”. Accommodation and travel costs are not covered.

Survey for the BlaBlaCar community

BlaBlaCar, as one of our partners within the CROWD4ROADS project, has launched a short survey for its online community about road transport sustainability, digital innovation, and further SmartRoadSense developments: it will help us to gather a better understanding of these issues and the interest of the community.

Please take a moment to answer the online survey! (In Italian.)

Explore RisorgiMarche with CROWD4ROADS and SmartRoadSense

Road quality is an essential factor for the social and economic development of any territory. Timely maintenance operations of the infrastructure are paramount and rely on up-to-date knowledge about road conditions. For years University of Urbino has been developing technologies that allow all drivers to contribute anonymously to the continuous collection of road quality data.

SmartRoadSense is a free mobile app that makes use of smartphone accelerometers to automatically detect road conditions, which contribute to an open road quality dataset and are shared through an online map. Through the European project CROWD4ROADS, Regione Marche, Regione Abruzzo, BlaBlaCar, Fundatia Satean (RO), Coventry University (UK), and Buckinghamshire Advantage (UK) have joined the efforts by University of Urbino.

RisorgiMarche is a festival that will be held in July 2018 in the Marche Region zones hit by the earthquake of 2016: musical and artistic events will give people the opportunity to get back to those heavily damaged areas, re-exploring their beauty and supporting the local population. CROWD4ROADS supports the RisorgiMarche initiative by pointing its online map to the locations of the event, pin-pointing upcoming events, and inviting all participants to use the SmartRoadSense mobile app and BlaBlaCar to reach the events. This will collect precious data on road conditions, thus allowing participants to further contribute to the recovery of the affected areas.

“We often speak about smart technologies, but to put smartness into a territory we need to rely on people and data”—says prof. Alessandro Bogliolo, coördinator of the project—“technology is but the instrument that allows it to share data and reach people. RisorgiMarche is a great opportunity to bring people back to extraordinary locations, which deserve to be known and lived, in the name of music and art. SmartRoadSense allows all participants to collect data that will be useful to take care of the territory and facilitate its renascence.”

In order to monitor the status of roads everywhere you simply need to install SmartRoadSense and remember to activate it as soon as you start driving. The application does not require further interactions and is compatible with any other use of the device (including phone calls and providing driving directions).

Join us at the DSI Fair 2018!

From the 6th to the 7th of June, we will be at the Digital Social Innovation Fair 2018. The event will be held at the Campidoglio in Rome and it will be a stimulating meeting point for several European CAPSSI projects, with interesting talks, round-tables, and panels about digital innovation, digital platforms, crowdsourcing, open data, and much more…

We, together with our CROWD4ROADS partners, will be chairing the “Collective intelligence and crowdsourcing for social good” workshop, 14:30–16:00 on Thursday 7th June.

Join us in Rome and don’t forget to register to the event (registration is free)!

CROWD4ROADS gets the “Premio PA Sostenibile” award

This morning we were at the convention center “La Nuvola” in Rome, to attend the PA Forum event on sustainable innovation for the Italian public administration as members of the CROWD4ROADS project.

Among a total of 258 projects, CROWD4ROADS was selected as one of the noteworthy initiatives for public administrations to meet the innovation and sustainbility goals established by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Lorenz Cuno Klopfenstein proudly receives the award on behalf of the CROWD4ROADS project.

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