SPECIFI and the Creative Ring participated in Net Futures, event organised by the European Commission from the 25th to the 26th of March, 2015 at the EGG. During the conference the Creative Ring community delved into one of its specific themes: “ICT for tourism”. The goal was showcasing a set of innovatory tourism-related services, stimulating a lively dialogue within the community, interacting with participants at the event, via social media and on Yola, a dedicated online collaborative platform.
During the event visitors had the chance to discover:
- Playground, a smartphone game allowing users to discover urban spaces in a playful way while fostering social inclusion
- VideoVivo, a software platform to create interactive videos and digital storytelling. VideoVivo allows users combining different elements/content and displaying results on the video in an interactive way
- YOLA, a mobile application and web platform enabling large groups of people to outline new ideas together. During Net Futures Yola was used by participants during a co-creative exercise run by our team at the Idea Wall (see pictures). The Idea Wall is a physical laboratory divided into thematic areas where attendees shared their tourism-related ideas.
Net Futures Conference gave participants the opportunity to discover how the Creative Ring supports its community to collaborate and co-create combining multiple skills, technologies and talents. Many visitors from all over Europe and some non-European countries like U.S.A. came to see the Creative Ring stand (as well as the idea Wall) to discover our demos, ask information about our community and discuss possibilities for cooperation. A Creative Ring delegate, Giovanni Cortese, was interviewed by journalists and a summary of this conversation has been then published on the event website (watch video here) giving high visibility to the network and its goals.