Last week I had an inspiring conversation with the project officer behind
After some reflection I think it could be worth exploring as a continuation of our work done around European Capitals of Culture.
It’s a lot less competitive that ECoCs and much less lead time (call opens later in Feb and closes in June, with the Capital selected for the existing year
There is alignment with other Edgeryders’ activities; such as the research network’s explorations and those of our network - in particular makerspaces, data-driven / digital democracy and biohacking/citizen science
There is EU1million prize money plus EU300K to three runners up, so distributed possibility of at least some ROI
Associate countries are also eligible - eg. Tunisia
While Paris won last year because of its grassroots partner mix, Talinn and Tel Aviv were runners up so it’s not the big cities that are the shoe-ins
The project officer likes me
Before I go ahead by researching and developing a concept note to pursue potential, I wanted to see what learnings may be relevant from your work with ECoCs @noemi @johncoate @alberto @nadia and anyone else, and if you think this is worth exploring or not.
Any stand out thoughts?