Blockchain for Social Good Learning Academy

On January 30th 2019, the Blockchain for Social Good Learning Academy will be held in Turin, at the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, one of the first initiatives that attracts innovators from all over Europe to discuss the possible applications of blockchain technology in the social sphere.

Following the Blockchain for Social Good event held in December 2017, Nesta Italia, together with Nesta, DSI4EU and with the support of the European Commission, wants to continue to research and support the various solutions that use this technology to generate a positive impact in Europe by using the Blockchain for Social Good Learning Academy as a platform to exchange experiences and best practices.

The goal of the Blockchain for Social Good Learning Academy is to create a space for professionals who see a strong social value in blockchain technologies. The Academy aims to provide not only the opportunity to explore how blockchain technologies can be used to address social challenges in Europe, but also the tools to implement the various blockchain for social good solutions.

The Academy will have a strong focus on blockchain solutions in the fields of: Agriculture, Democracy and Governance, Digital identity, Energy, Climate and Environment, Financial inclusion, Health, Land rights, Philanthropy, Aid and Donors, Education, Human rights.

The Blockchain for Social Good Learning Academy will offer a one-day program with international speakers, workshops, networking opportunities, and practical sessions. Due to limited places, we invite you to express your interest in attending the Academy using the following form. We will contact you to confirm your place at the Academy in the first week of January.

More details on  Nesta Italia website..

WeGovNow Local Exploitation Workshop

On January 15th at 2.30 pm the “Local Exploitation Workshop” of the European WeGovNow project will be held at Open Incet, of which the City of Turin is a partner. Purpose of WeGovNow is to test the use of a technological platform that allows to activate new forms of dialogue and collaboration between administration and citizenship, involving citizenship in the co-design of services.

In the city of Turin the main testing scenario was Parco Dora: in September 2018 a participatory planning path was activated, coordinated by the “Tavolo di progettazione civica”, aimed at co-designing an area of about 500 square meters of the Park. The co-design workshops were supported by the use of the WeGovNow online platform, which allowed to widen the audience of the participants and to trace the discussion and the results in a transparent manner.

In today’s meeting will be presented the platform and lessons learned from its use, with a final discussion and interaction with the participants to understand in which areas and future projects could find WeGovGow application.

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Torino City Lab

Starting from December 4, 2018, the commission for the evaluation of the Torino City Lab proposals is operational. Proposals are evaluated according to the criteria of consistency, feasability, innovation, economic sustainability and potential socio-environmental impact.

The first project admitted to testing is “LAURA – A new way to live the street”, an infomobility system to digitize the signals of the traffic light systems. Through an app, near the intersection, the status of the traffic lights will be displayed on the smartphone display, taking into consideration the position and associating a vocal message and a vibration to each state. The system is able to recognize the flow of data in real time on servers via web for information technology that can be developed in the future.

Torino City Lab is open to any company (Start-ups, SMEs, Social Enterprises, Industry) willing to test innovative solutions at the pre-commercial phase in any domain of the “Smart City”. Read more on