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Join DSI4EU in Warsaw on 25 June to help shape new urban visions and explore how city governments and the DSI community can work together to improve people’s lives.

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The third call for “Impulsem el que fas” (We Boost What You Do) programme subsidies is under way. Projects in the digital social innovation category may be submitted until 29 May.

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The first session of experiences from the ‘Impulsem el que fas’ initiative was held on 2 April, bringing together all the organisations that implemented projects within the framework of the 2017 and 2018 calls.

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Four videos, eight experiences and a common goal: to achieve a digital city for the people. “The digital revolution must serve the many and not just the few.” Francesca Bria, the Barcelona City Council Commissioner for Digital Technology and Innovation. 

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“Barcelona has a strong community of digital innovators focused on social impact and the maker movement is part of it.” – Tomás Díez, Fab Lab Barcelona Director.

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In 2017, “We're promoting what you do” subsidised ten projects with a €350,000 budget. The projects funded provided a solution for high social-impact needs, such as recycling, training and digital inclusion, reducing the digital gap and fighting against energy poverty.

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The aim of the two consultations, which come from the municipal areas of Social Rights and Ecology, Urban Planning and Mobility, is to find innovative solutions that meet the challenges of the ageing population and the city’s changing energy model.

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Barcelona and New York team up to launch an international competition to find new formulas to build flats more efficiently.

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Barcelona has been unanimously selected as the deputy chair of the Eurocities European network of cities' Knowledge Society Forum Eurocities. The election took place on 18 October in the city of Zaragoza, within the framework of the autumn meeting of this forum. Barcelona’s term of office begins this month and runs until October 2020.

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Thursday 18 October saw the presentation of the FlossBcn web platform, a new tool that is meant to become a non-profit community for the field's organisations, professionals, researchers and companies. The event was held within the framework of the Thinking Biennale and in line with the City Council's commitment to investing in open-source free software.

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The meeting began with an introduction and roadmap of the symposium under the guidance of Francesca Bria, the Commissioner for Digital Technology and Innovation and in charge of the EU DECODE programme, with the aim of coordinating a strategic vision on how digital technologies can benefit an alternative political, economic and social project to the prevailing surveillance capitalism and data extractivism, controlled by a handful of companies based mainly in the United States and China.

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The World Data Viz Challenge 2018 Barcelona-Kobe is looking for the best ten projects using open data and analysing the city with visual displays and infographics.

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