Medialab Prado


Barcamp on the City and the Commons

18.02.2012 11:00h

Place: Medialab Prado · Plaza de las Letras, C/ Alameda, 15 Madrid

This event offers an exhibit of initiatives related to the City and the Commons in a Barcamp format. This session is to all interested persons. Submit your projects, ideas and practical demonstrations. 

The Data Citizen-Driven City

Image: Sara Alvarellos. The Data CItizen-Driven City

> Introduction
> Topics of interest
> Sign-up


Barcamp is an event format where participants sign-up on a board at the start of the day to present their projects, discussions, and practical demonstrations. The goal of Barcamp is to bring together and connect groups and individuals with proposals along the same lines as those of the City and Commons Workgroup at the Commons Lab Laboratorio del procomún.
Presentations should be 10-15 minutes long.

Topics of interest

  • Participatory Sensing: Creation of data sets by citizens, done collaboratively. They can be apps for mobile devices, open sensor networks (along the lines of Data Citizen Driven City  from Friday Openlab), sensors mounted on vehicles, etc.
  • Urban Actions: Actions that serve to dynamize public space, generating new meeting points among citizens or pointing out invisibilized aspects. Also a way to present ephemeral actions.
  • Energy Measurement: How to manage our consumption more efficiently, analyzing environmental implications and enabling improvement in the processes involved.
  • Augmented Reality: New forms of interaction in public space, using metadata over physical space.
  • Mapping of the City: A line different from data creation, focused mainly on spatial cataloguing. For example, mapping architectonic barriers for persons with reduced mobility.
  • Dystopias of the City: Presentation of projects pointing out harmful aspects of cities. For example, Sentient City Survival Kit, or “How to protect yourself in a super-invasive city”.  


Practical Information

The presentations will be:

From 11:00am  to 2:30pm : Urban Actions, Mapping of the City and Dystopias of the City.



From 4:30pm to 8:00pm: Augmented Reality, Participatory Sensing and Energy Measurement.




Participants sign up on the day of the event at the start, although in order to organize the space better, we would appreciate it if you register on the following form.  
More information on the Barcamp wiki.

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