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The “We’re promoting what you do” pilot tests for 2017 come to their end

Thanks to the “We’re promoting what you do” project’s subsidies, Barcelona City Council has been promoting digital social innovation (DSI) with support for enterprises and entities with a high social impact on the city through technology, and fostering base innovation, by supporting, developing and increasing the network of DSI projects and organisations in the city.

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 – putting special emphasis on the gender perspective – and against energy poverty.


You can find out all about them below:

Beepath, from Dribia:

A project for incorporating science into Barcelona’s schools, where 3rd- and 4th-year compulsory secondary education (ESO) teachers and students have co-created routes on mobility and geolocation around their schools. Accompanied by a team of university lecturers, experts in data analysis and education professionals from the Beepath team, students were able to analyse their environment, identify its problems and offer proposals for improving it. 292 experiments were carried out with 437 people, both students and teachers, from 10 schools.


Maker ambassadors, from the Pere Tarrés Foundation:

The main purpose to the project is the active inclusion and participation of young children, teenagers and young adults in a vulnerable position in Barcelona's digital transformation. A pilot test was developed in schools to empower a group of teenagers and turn them into maker movement ambassadors for this group and among local residents. Pop-up labs were created in each of the three social-education centres, involving 40 ambassadors aged between 12 and 14.


Makers for inclusion, from Colectic:

This project is aimed at reducing the so-called second-level digital gap, which is based not just on access to the internet and communication technologies but also on mastering knowledge and advanced techniques, reserved for members of the population with a medium-to-high acquisition level. A total of 132 individuals, mostly young people and minors at risk of exclusion, benefited from the project through three workshops at several schools and ten leisure activities carried out.


A collaborative and social platform for repairing and reusing waste, for enterprises and the public authorities, from Pangea:

Creation of a collaborative social platform to repair and reuse waste for enterprises and public authorities, as well as a community and solidarity auto-repair and re-use service, for the general public, pro-commons communities and schools that apply service-learning. It succeeded in having an impact on 20 entities, while another 32 were beneficiaries of reused equipment thanks to the more than 1,300 devices received.


TimeOverFlow App (version for mobiles), from the Association for the Development of Time Banks:

An app for mobile devices has been developed and launched to facilitate management of and people’s participation in time banks. The app has been installed by 278 people, and both the app and the TimeOverFlow website are being used by over 1,200 people.


Hackató de Dades X Dones, from the Barcelona Open Data Initiative association:

This project is aimed at co-creating digital solutions with open technologies and data that help to promote the carer economy, with effective women’s-equality and co-responsibility criteria in the Les Corts, Sarrià and Sant Genís neighbourhoods. 


“Can guifi. Monitoring against energy poverty”, from the Association for Expanding the Open Network:

This is a technological and social project that operates a complex open-data monitoring and sensoring system on two Barcelona estates, based on the free and neutral open network The project will generate a device for monitoring the energy consumption of the various electrical appliances and infrastructure system in the pilot housing. Thanks to the project, 40 energy-control kits have been produced, with over 100 beneficiaries.


Raval Data Commons, from Eticas:

This project plans to pilot a responsible collaborative data model in the Raval area to generate value for the neighbourhood ecosystem. Two manuals have been prepared thanks to the 15 interviews carried out through four group meetings.


Pilot programme for the internet of things open network, from the Free Knowledge Catalonia Association:

Pilot programme aimed at disseminating and promoting reflection on the possibilities that an open and neutral telemetry network can have when it comes to scaling already existing services for the general public, generating new possibilities for the city’s service entities and enterprises and empowering the public (including a boost to the role of women in the field of ICTs). Two hackathons have been held with that aim in mind, along with 30 training workshops, and a network of 12 antennas has been set up in Barcelona.


The projects for 2018 are currently under way and are as follows:


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