Hello Future Carers, today Edgeryders CEO Nadia El-Imam is at the Shaping the Future of Digital Social Innovation in Europe conference in Brussels. In the afternoon CAPSSI programme director Fabrizio Sestini is giving a presentation about the CAPSSI call, followed by a Q&A session. So, if you have a question let Nadia know and she will ask it for you.
My own question is this. Item a in the scope of the call is called “Collective awareness pilots for bottom-up participatory innovation paradigms”. The word “pilots” makes me think of projects that emphasize field testing of tools, by applying them to social innovation and sustainability problems. This is quite different from developing new tools; development might result from finding out, during the pilot, that tools need improvements, or need to be discarded altogether. It follows that the key deliverable of CAPSSI is not technology per se, but a proof-of-concept of collective awareness tech making headway in a social innovation and sustainability problem. Is this interpretation correct? Would a project that is 90% issue-centered piloting and 10% technical innovation – demonstrably needed to tackle the problem at hand – be acceptable?