7 Jun 2017

Launch of the #Blockchain4EU project

The European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC) and Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship & SMEs (DG GROW) have launched the project #Blockchain4EU: Blockchain for Industrial Transformations, running until February 2018. The project is a forward looking exploration of existing, emerging and potential applications based on Blockchain and other Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLTs) for non-financial / industry sectors. It aims to identify, discuss and communicate possible uses and impacts of Blockchain and other DLT objects,

23 Mar 2017

How Blockchain technology could change our lives?

The Scientific Foresight Unit (STOA) of the European Parliamentary Research Service (EPRS), has recently published an in-depth analysis on Blockchain technology. We contributed to this report, co-authored with Philip Boucher and Mihalis Kritikos from STOA. Beyond the earlier controversies around Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, what has recently come to the foreground is the potential of its underlying protocol, Blockchain, in many other areas. The report provides an accessible entry point for those curious about Blockchain

14 Feb 2017

Current and emerging trends for digital social innovation

On February 7th the City of Barcelona Office of Technology and Digital Innovation, in collaboration with the European Commission, organized the Digital Social Innovation (DSI) event on "Data Sovereignty for the Collaborative Economy". DSI is an innovation field in which technology and social entrepreneurs collaborate with citizens and their communities using digital technologies to co-create knowledge and solutions for multiple social issues, from health to democracy, from consumption to transparency, from education to alternative currencies. The Digital Social Innovation for Europe platform, funded by the CAPS program (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social innovation), is currently showcasing  a community of 1198 organisations and 794 projects

5 Oct 2016

Innovating Policy: Transdisciplinary Practice and the Politics of Co-Construction in Policy Labs

As part of SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit’s 50th anniversary conference, the EU Policy Lab co-organised with the University of Sussex the Dialogue Session Innovating Policy: Transdisciplinary Practice and the Politics of Co-Construction in Policy Labs. The session took place on the 9th September and saw the participation of Adrian Smith (University of Sussex), Ann Light (University of Sussex), Lucy Kimbell (University of Arts London & UK Policy Lab), Alex Oprunenco (UNDP Moldova & UNDP

23 Sep 2016

Coming on 12th October: DIY workshop “Hack Your Food” within FOOD 2030 high level event

The European Commission is currently working on a coherent research and innovation policy framework for food and nutrition security. In this context, the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (DG RTD) is organising the FOOD 2030 high level event, which will take place on the 12th and 13th October in Brussels. The event will explore what is needed to transform and future-proof our food systems to be sustainable, resilient, competitive, diverse, responsible and performant in their

13 Apr 2016

European Maker Week: drawing citizens to the “maker world”

The European Maker Week is an initiative aiming to draw European citizens to the “maker world”, the Fab Labs, Makerspaces, Hackerspaces and the hardware startups environment. Promoted by the European Commission and implemented by Maker Faire Rome - The European Edition in collaboration with Startup Europe, it will take place from 30 May to 5 June 2016 in 28 countries. Call for the organisation of activities during the European Maker Week An open call for

18 Mar 2016

Do-It-Yourself: Exploring the potential of Fab Labs – 8th April @JRC

On April 8th, the JRC will host a half-day workshop to discuss the potential of unconventional spaces such as Fab Labs for science and technology by other means. Presentations will be complemented by projects' demos, where attendees will be invited to engage in hands-on experiments on environmental and bio-oriented bottom-up innovations with origin in a Fab Lab space. Smart Citizen Lab participantsCredit: Waag Society (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) The call by the European Commission President Juncker

2 Feb 2016

Participatory frameworks and tools for citizen-driven innovation: the Making Sense project

The kick-off meeting of the Making Sense project was held on the 13th and 14th of January in Amsterdam, hosted by its coordinator, the Waag Society – Institute for art, science and technology. The EU Policy Lab is a partner in this Horizon 2020 project under the initiative "Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation" (CAPS). What is the Making Sense project? Making Sense aims to develop participatory frameworks and tools for citizen-driven innovation.

13 Oct 2015

Collaborative Economy workshop@Business Innovation Observatory

Detail from the BIO infographic Last week I attended the Workshop on the Collaborative Economy, organized by the Business Innovation Observatory of the Directorate General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW). The aim was to discuss the opportunities, policy gaps and challenges brought by the Collaborative Economy, framed by the findings of 3 case studies - Crowdsolving, Freemium and Collaborative Production. Invited panellists included practitioners and entrepreneurs from platforms and/or start-ups, experts

20 Jul 2015

The world of Labs – LabWorks 2015

The EU Policy Lab attended the 4th LabWorks Global Lab Gathering and the Practitioner Workshop on Thursday 9th July and Friday 10th July. Both events were hosted by Nesta - the UK’s innovation foundation - in association with Bloomberg Philanthropies and with the support of its GovLab, MindLab and MaRS Solutions Lab. It was a great occasion to share experiences and build future collaboration with other public and social innovation labs, units, offices and teams