SICSA Future Cities: The Economy of Collaboration

Thursday 2 March 2017
09:45 – 16:00 GMT
Dalhousie Building, Old Hawkhill, Dundee, DD1 5EN

UBDC Research Associate, Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka, will be presenting at this one-day event, which follows on from the SICSA Future Cities “Bottom-Up” Workshop 2014, exploring current and future initiatives in grassroots future cities, focussing the role of digital technologies and the collaborative economy: the mobilisation and infrastructuring of communities for engagement, resource sharing, empowerment, and innovation.

Amidst the drive toward smarter cities, there is a growing movement of technologists, innovators and makers who are developing inspiring digital solutions to local issues and social challenges. Examples range from collaborative economy applications to support better sharing of resources, to initiatives that harness the collective awareness and intelligence of people for environmental monitoring.

These movements demonstrate the potential for bottom-up approaches to cities. However, this grassroots vision of future cities must overcome many challenges and barriers to participation, including access and ownership of data, human-centeredness, comprehensibility and value exchange. At the same time, there are obvious and nuanced challenges to collaboration and innovation, including trust, reliability, competition and privacy.

This workshop will frame and explore and highlight the current and state of the art, discuss research questions and computing and design challenges for developments that support a collaborative 'Future Cities' economy.


  • Mara Balestrini - Citizen Sensing - Making Sense H2020. IAAC, Barcelona and Ideas for Change.
  • Dr Drew Hemment - City Verve - Bottom up and collaborative approaches in the UK’s most recent Smart City IoT Demonstrator in Manchester.
  • Dr Nick Taylor – Grassroots Innovation around Community Technologies in Ardler, Dundee. ESPRC Hacking for Situated Civic Engagement.
  • Dr Katarzyna Sila-Nowicka - Smart Data Collection by Citizens. Understanding of the data, related privacy issues and possible applications. Urban Data Centre, University of Glasgow.
  • Ingi Helgason - The MAZI project: developing a Do-It-Yourself toolkit for creating local community wireless networks. Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University.
  • Stewart Murdoch – Smart City notes from a Small City Dundee City Council (tbc)

Further speakers to be announced.


09:45 Registration, Tea and Coffee
10:00 Introductions
16:00 Close