Big news from the unMonastery front: applications for residencies in the world’s first unMonastery in Matera have been re-opened. Following the interest prompted by Living On The Edge 3, a new deadline has been set for the submission of the residency proposals. The proposals for the residencies can be sent from 3 December 2013 up to 20 December 2013. The assessment will be completed by 15 January 2014. To apply, read the call and complete the online application form. You may also want to read the unMonasterian’s expectation management primer, to get an idea of what is waiting for you, as an unMonasterian, in Matera.
The selection panel has already accepted several unMonasterians. Those were the ones who sent the strongest applications, expected to make significant contributions towards solving the Matera unMonastery challenges. Those who were not selected are encouraged to re-apply: the new call is also for them, to give them a chance to rethink and improve their projects.
The first unMonasterians and their projects are, in random order (drum roll):
- [Cristiano Siri]: perfecting the interface between the city and its unMonastery.
- Marco [mstn] Stenico: a web-based system to display information about Basilicata's public transport in real time.
- Francesco [immaginoteca] Cingolani: "a social database of unused spaces".
- [elf Pavlik]: crafting together a community managed and owned wireless mesh network.
- Marc Schneider: an open-source system to drive solar panels.
- [Rita O]rlando: designing the objects needed for unMonastic life.
- [Kathleen]: The Living Well – Bringing generations together to learn, share, play, take action and be present.
- Francesco Pellegrino: re-engineering Matera's water cycle for urban farming.
- and let's not forget the unAbbott [Ben] Vickers!
These eight wonderful people (not counting Ben) have applied for 25 months of residencies of the 40 available in total. We count on the second run of applicants to fill the remaining 15. Congratulations to them, good luck to the next applicants and long live the unMonastery!