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Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 - 18:00 to Tuesday, 21 November, 2017 - 20:00
Varkensmarkt, 15 - 1000 Brussel
Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB)

Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB) is an interdisciplinary course for students and a series of lectures and activities open to all. The third edition of Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB) explores scopes and impact of new technologies.

Accelerated technological development in the field of ICTs, app, sensoring, etc. are transforming our cities. Digital technologies spread into every corner of the city dwellers’ lives. What impact do they have on the urban public(s) and dynamics? Does connectivity help to strengthen ownership over and participation in the urban sphere? Could datafication thrive urban inclusiveness and sustainability?  What new exclusions and vulnerabilities might arise from digitalization? How do we ensure that digitization benefits the city's livability? What role is there to play for scientists, policymakers, urban designers, active citizens and artists in ‘reclaiming the city’?

On Tuesday 21h of November 2017 Redelijk Eigenzinnig / Reason and Engage (VUB) proposes several activities to explore and experience the impact of new technologies on the urban public(s). Jesse Zaman and Wolfgnag De Meuter guide a worshop <Making a citizen observatory>.

A citizen observatory is a set of ICT-tools that provides instruments to collect, analyse and visualize data such that it can be used as a policy making and evaluation instrument for improving the quality of life of citizens. In this workshop, you will build your own citizen observatory using the DISCOPAR platform. The visual interface provided by the DISCOPAR platform enables you to build your own mobile app, data processing logic, and web-based visualizations without programming a single line of code.  One idea for this workshop is to build a environmental noise mapping application and to create a noise map, by running around with your smartphone and using your own app, from the workshop’s neighborhood. However, the DISCOPAR platform can collect various types of information, so participants of the workshop are free to present, discuss, and try their own idea’s.

Jesse Zaman is a PhD-student at the Software Languages Lab (SOFT), which is part of the Computer Science Department of the Faculty of Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Jesse’s research is funded by INNOVIRIS, the Institute for the encouragement of Scientific Research and Innovation of Brussels. Wolfgang de Meuter is professor at the VUB and one of the coordinators of the Software Languages Lab.

This activity starts at BRONKS (Varkensmarkt 15 - 1000 Brussel) at 6PM.

Places are limited to 20 persons. Participants need to bring a smartphone (preferably Android) and laptob (with Chrome installed).

More information: www.redelijkeigenzinnig.be

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