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Collaborative Governance for Age-Friendly Cities at Samos Summit 2022

URBANAGE took to the main conference stage to showcase its work in using disruptive technologies to create more age-friendly cities.

July 2022: The 12th Samos Summit on ICT-enabled Governance offered URBANAGE an opportunity to see, interact with and influence cutting-edge Information and Communication Technologies research projects and initiatives. Attended by high caliber experts from research, administrations and enterprises worldwide, the Samos 2022 Summit focused on the newest developments of ICT applications in the area of digital governance.

On a panel entitled 'Citizen Science and Collaborative Governance' Susie Ruston McAleer from 21c presented URBANAGE's approach bringing together cloud, AI an big data in the form of a decision support ecosystem to modernise and enhance urban planning processes for the design of more age-friendly cities. Sharing the use cases from Helsinki, Flanders and Santander, Ruston McAleer shared the challenges that older residents currently face in navigating cities and the barriers to their participation in public policy debate. The ability to syncronise a virtual replica of a city to mirror real-time processes in a city (local digital twin) present new opportunities for both engaging and encouraging collaborative discussions around a common, relatable version of the truth.

Additional speeches came from Sven Schade from the European Commision Joint Research Centre, who highlighted essons learned from past citizen science experiences; and Ricjard Wacker from Yellowmap who presented the opportunities provided by SSI technologies for smart cities.

Connections after the panel was made with the city of Karlsruhe in Germany and the city of Athens among others. The conference slides will be made available here soon.

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