Our Bottom-Up Broadband partners have been very active this past month. Among their other activities (details available on the BuB for Europe website), we would like to focus here on a couple of important international publications related to the project:
- First, the work done by Isaac Wilder and his colleagues at the Free Network Foundation has been mentioned in the NYT, in a very interesting article regarding home WiFi and bottom up projects around the world.
- Later on, Ramon Roca, from guifi.net, gave a workshop on large-scale BuB governance (slides available here). Arte.tv was there to film and take interviews to some of the presenters and participants, we are still waiting for the final video of this and we’ll keep you posted when it becomes available.
- Last but not least, a sensor data platform for cities has been launched just this week, it is called Sentilo and you can find more information here (http://sentilo.io).
Keep on the good work!!
Check out the first training video “Lab1: Blinking LED” from the new online course created by the BuB for Europe partners, based on the Open Sensor Networks pilot that has already been completed.
In this course we will explore the bottom-up creation of a Wireless Sensor Network (WSN) that can be used to gather and share data. This gathering and sharing of data empowers the citizenship to monitor and interact with the environment. We are interested in bottom-up models. We use the terms peer-to-peer, do-it-ourselves and bottom-up interchangeably. The idea that we want to transmit with bottom-up is that the participant takes an active role and contributes to the community rather than being a mere consumer. For this reason, we teach the first simple steps to build, configure and program a sensor, based on the Arduino open technology, that uploads the gathered data to the Internet to make it publicly available to those that are interested in it.
The course is targeted to any person with some interest in this area, especially those with few or no previous knowledge of this material.
In this first lab you will take your hands on an Arduino UNO. Also, we will upload an example code to the Arduino which will enable us to control the blink frequency of a connected LED.
For more details you can also check the complete guide at Scribd
We have just opened the application period for 2014 fellows
DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: DECEMBER 1, 2013
Have a look at this great video prepared by our BuB partners, where the BuB fellows talk about their experience during the first year of fellowships and explain the pilots they have been involved on.
The pilots cover a big variety of hot topics on Bottom Up initiatives, like economic sustainability models of BuB initiatives in cities, creation of visual app to increase the awareness of IT networks (WiFi and Sensor) in cities, cities as BuB platforms, Open Fiber networks initiatives etc.
More information on those pilots can be found on the BuB for Europe website.
Europe Commons is a new marketplace for civic innovation which features apps and digital services that improve the lives of communities. We want to encourage the re-use of impactful digital innovations in new settings across Europe.
We’re now inviting you to add your app to this community-edited resource which will show what applications have been deployed and where, and will eventually become a directory of apps with details of their impact.
After creating an account, you’ll be able to create a profile of your app/digital service with screenshots and links to demos. It will be published on the site and viewed by local governments, city leaders and civic technologists Europe-wide, showing them the potential of existing civic apps.
Visit the site: http://www.europecommons.org/
Second call for pilots: bottom up broadband
The high expectations created by the European Digital Agenda call for new models for network deployment. A combination of fiber and wireless technologies must be part of the solution to achieve the objectives in 2020.
The “Commons for Europe” competitiveness and innovation project explores “Bottom-up Broadband” (BuB) network deployment initiatives to analyze the best practices, find replicable success models and offer guidance to policy makers. In BuB networks, the users play a relevant role in planning, funding, deploying and maintaining the network. By users we mean the individuals and organizations, including commercial companies and public institutions, that benefit from the network. Network are shared as a “commons” resource by the communities for a greater benefit (and lower costs) for all the participants. The idea of BuB is closely linked to that of open access networks, which are proliferating in northern European countries.
BuB Call 2013
We are looking for BuB intiatives to be considered in the “Commons for Europe” project. These initiatives will be profusely documented and used as examples for future BuB network deployments. Each selected pilot will receive the backing of a BuB fellow for nine months.
- Proposal submission deadline: May 15th 2013
- Selection decision: June 15th 2013
- Start of the pilot phase: July 2013
For more information and the application form, check the BuB4EU website.
Last week we had the official kick-off and first training week of the Code for Europe fellows. The meeting was filled with the fellows’ energy and desire to start working on their projects, learn from each other, exchange experiences, and make their city a better place! Also participating were the fellows of the Bottom-up broadband (BuB) for Europe initiative, who are already working on the BuB pilots in various cities around Europe and were able to explain how these first months of fellowship worked out for them.
We had also the pleasure of counting with participants and keynote speakers from abroad: Code for America, Code for Kenya and the World Bank explained their experiences and motivated their fellows on their starting day with Code for Europe.
Here are some photos of this meeting:
Next fellows meeting and workshops will take place in London, on March 4. Until then, follow their work in the Code for Europe page!
While we are waiting for all the fellows per city to be concreted, have a look at our first three announced fellows for the city of Amsterdam. They are Ohyoon, Giovanni & Piotr! Welcome to Code4EU!
The application period for participating in the Code4EU fellowship program has just ended. Potential candidates will be contacted and interviewed during December and the fellowship will start on January 2013, with a kick-off + training week in Barcelona!
Fellows will be announced soon!
Apply as a Fellow and be part of cutting edge innovation happening across Europe!!
Why not try something radically different? Six european cities are launching a new city innovation model and we want fellows like you!
Code4EU is hiring talented developers, entrepreneurs and designers to help make a breakthrough in how government services its citizens. Cutting edge, smart apps will be developed and shared among six participating cities: Helsinki, Amsterdam, Rome, Berlin, Manchester and Barcelona. And you could be part of this, the inaugural year of Code4EU’s fellowship program. Code4EU believes there is so much untapped potential operating outside of local government, and we want to put that talent inside city hall to make a real impact!
To help citizens:
- save time in transit
- experience more culture within the city
- live more sustainably
- feel more connected and be heard
We want to close the gap between the current infrastructure and the great possibilities our cities can offer. Code4EU will do that by using civic innovators from outside and from within city government to realize the potential
Visit the Code for Europe website to learn more and apply, until November 4th!
- Lab1: First training video from the OSN pilot
- 17-21/09/13: OKCon and PICNIC!
- Consortium meeting in Rome