Here is a brief description of the workshops that have been accepted so far. Further workshops can be proposed on Monday at 5.30 pm during the ‘pitching session’, where participants can propose new workshop topics.
MONDAY (3.30 – 5.30 PM)
APPROACHES IN DATA LIBERATION AND PRIORITIZATION OF APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT (FOCUSED ON CITY-GOVERNMENTS)
Open-government and civic-government partnerships abound. Are we on the path of the highest probability of success?
- Do we need to take a step back, map open-government and civic engagement practices and poll stakeholders as to their priorities?
- What is the most successful strategy to create more ubiquitous standards, systems and procedures?
- How can funders collaborate and focus stakeholders on priorities?
ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGES OF PARTICIPATORY PRACTICES IN LEGISLATION AND POLICY-MAKING
In this workshop we will find solutions to the challenges in participatory practices in democracy. Participatory practices refer to ways in which the public can participate in legislative and policy-making process, such as the crowdsourced constitution process in Iceland and crowdsourced off-road traffic law in Finland and participatory budgeting. We will focus on four themes, which are i) How to increase the volume, diversity and quality of public participation, ii) How to define and increase the legitimacy of participatory processes, iii) How to ensure the accountability of the open policy-making process, and how do we make sure that the act of participation appears meaningful and effective to the citizens, iv) How to ensure the access to information in participatory processes, and how do we engage media to spread the word about participatory processes?
GREEN APPS FOR A BETTER ENVIRONMENT
People are using green apps to make green purchases, protect the environment, and safeguard their health. Over 170 green apps are available now and the vast majority of them are free. However, many smartphone owners still do not use green apps and their impact is not fully realized. During the workshop we will examine why people use green apps, how to help people find them, how to encourage developers, and how to ensure that apps are maintained over time. The discussion also will cover the role of data providers and citizen scientists who gather environmental data.
The workshop will cover topics such as:
- Common uses of green apps
- How to increase the use of green apps
- Challenges for the creation of useful green apps
- The roles of developers, data providers, and app funders in a sustainable green apps ecosystem
- Future directions for green apps
TUESDAY (12:30 – 2 PM)
THE DECLARATION ON PARLIAMENTARY OPENNESS: STRENGTHENING CITIZEN UNDERSTANDING AND PARTICIPATION IN PARLIAMENT
A discussion on Parliamentary monitoring technologies focused on the three broad questions below:
- What challenges in parliamentary monitoring do technologies address?
- Why is it hard to get citizens to participate and what technology solutions exist that are yet to be used to help make politics appeal to citizens at large?
- Where is technology falling short?
Other workshops for Tuesday will be determined on the Monday evening.