Portugal, November 20, 2015
Citizens’s engagement specialists ChangeTomorrow selected has best project during startup4cities finals held at Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona.
“We’re disrupting citizen engagement with Participare. The first multilingual eDemocracy cloud based platform where face-to-face joins online.”
“Smart Cities from Spain and Portugal as urban labs for startup4cities entrepreneurs”
Smart Cities from Spain and Portugal participated in the startup4cities event held during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona and chose Participare has best project among 18 finalists.
Participare, the participatory budgeting platform developed by ChangeTomorrow, showed its unique do-it-yourself, cloud based, multilingual, anti-fraud and online/offline integration features.
Open management practices are enhanced by participatory democracy through citizen and local government engagement.
César Silva, ChangeTomorrow CEO, said “we are very grateful for this recognition. Is proof that participatory budgeting is a method acknowledged by local administration and that our product fills a need. We hope to expand rapidly to Spain as well as other countries and contribute to a better society”.
Participare was the most voted project among others such as Hackity App, Lazzus, Vadecity, Mapp4all, Danok, Shotl. The choice prevailed over citizen engagement and mobility apps.
The representatives of 111 municipalities that took part of the event acted as judges. The finalists presented their innovative projects to improve the management and quality of life of the city, and dozens of cities in the Iberian Peninsula volunteered to become urban laboratories where they can test their performance and viability as business.
This event is the culmination of the call startup4cities 2015, which since September has developed in parallel in Spain and Portugal, under the agreement of collaboration between the Spanish and Portuguese networks of smart cities, namely RECI and RENER. It has been aimed at entrepreneurs and start-ups of technology-based with innovative ideas to meet the new challenges of urban development. Of the 108 projects submitted, a jury of experts selected the 18 best of the call, which have been filed with the municipalities of RECI and RENER, and they have chosen those considered most interesting implement them in their respective cities.
startup4cities 2015, organized jointly by RECI, RENNER and their respective technical offices, Inteli Fundetec and has been supported by the public sector through Correos, ICEX, Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism and Red.es, and private industry, through Deveryware, El Corte Ingles, Endesa, ESRI, Ferrovial, Fira Barcelona, Garrigues, HP, Indra, Telefónica and ZTE.
Iñigo de la Serna, President of RECI and Mayor of Santander, congratulated all selected entrepreneurs and was very pleased with the outcome of the call startup4cities 2015: “It was a pleasure working with our neighbors in Portugal and check the quality all submitted ideas, which undoubtedly allow our cities to be pioneers in implementing innovative solutions that improve the quality of delivery of services to citizens.”
Smart City Expo World Congress was held in Barcelona from 17 to 19 November and gathered 14.288 attendees and 411 speakers.
César Silva, CEO and Co-Founder ChangeTomorrow
https://changetomorrowblog.wordpress.com/ [Official Blog, with case studies]
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5IvuynPuEg [Official Video]