DEAS – Newsletter N.4

The last few months have been crucial for the DEAS project, as the pilot activities carried out by the various partners at a local level have been put into action.

By supporting and focusing on the three key sectors of the project ( Tourism/Culture, Environment and Mobility), activities were organised for start-ups, SMEs and researchers with the aim of triggering and developing new services, and exploiting Open Data and APIs.


To maximise the design and development of new business ideas in the relevant fields,

partner initiatives were divided into three stages:


● Introductory workshop 

● Hackathon

● 1:1 Assistance

Pilot Activity by partner Tubà Lyon - 3 and 4 June 2021

Tubà focused its project on individual waste management and recycling in the Part Dieu area in the city of Lyon, organising a Hackathon over several days ('Datathon') to identify and collect as much information as possible on the voluntary collection points located in the district.


It was observed that recycling and waste management in Lyon involves both public and private stakeholders and the objective of the project, outlined and developed by a group of students, was to create a single voluntary collection point by providing an exclusive API on the DEAS platform.


The idea is called 'Waste API' and will be used as a digital service (prototype app or map tool) based on the concept of the question: Where, when and how to put each type of waste in the right place?

Thus, all citizens in the Part-Dieu district can find out about the location and type of PAVs (collection points in French) in order to recycle their waste in the best possible way.


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‘Mobility Hack’ event in the city of Kontanz in Germany - 16 and 17 September 2021

The city of Konstanz has set itself the goal of making mobility greener by implementing a local pilot project called "Smart Green Mobility".


The Hackathon took place on 16 and 17 September last year and was attended by 30 people who, having been divided into groups, worked on developing ideas and solutions, such as:


  • developing an app providing an intuitive guide to the most suitable walking trails for people, taking into account the suitability of the area;
  • analysis of the cycle network in Konstanz and uploading it to the city's Open Data platform;
  • developing technology to monitor car traffic in the centre of Konstanz.


The main task of the DEAS team in the city of Konstanz is to gather the ideas developed during the Hackathon and translate them into practical solutions.

Grand E-Nov partner pilot activity - October 2021 to March 2022

Grand E-Nov coordinated a 'Datathon’ with the help of students from two schools: EMS (Masters in Tourism Management) and CESI (School of Informatics and Digital Engineering).                           Through a transnational approach based on the development of a common POI data model and an API, it sought to respond to the real challenges faced by tourism SMEs.

During the Datathon (18 October to 13 December), students specialising in tourism worked on several tours of the city of Strasbourg using Open Data and created a prototype app.


In February and continuing into the following month, there will be a Workshop, in which new services will be developed, and a 1:1 Assistance session, in which SMEs will be contacted to determine business opportunities using Open Data.

Hackathon organised by the city of Ljubljana and its technological park - 9 November 2021

Working together with the Ministry of Public Administration and Artificial Intelligence, the Slovenian city's DEAS partners organised a hackathon called "With open data to a green future", the central theme of which was Mobility.


Making sustainable mobility an alternative to car use in the city of Ljubljana was the aim of the event, seeking to develop solutions together with the public to raise awareness of issues related to food and the environment.


The initiative involved an international audience who, along with the hackers, sought innovative solutions based on Open Data. After two days of research, the most effective solutions were voted for online on 9 November.


DEAS project partners will help participants to develop and realise their ideas.

Pilot activity by our partner Piedmont - 25 November 2021

With a view to promoting the use of Open Data for the development of the local area, the city of Vercelli organised a one-day Hackathon on 25 November (both online and in person in Turin) aimed at creating a forum for sharing and comparing experiences to encourage the use of Open Data and the search for innovative solutions.


The objective of the pilot initiative was to find and create an innovative solution for developing tourism and cultural services, through the exploitation of POIs and APIs for new experiences in discovering the Alpine region.

Local pilot activity in Veneto fort the tourism sector - 1 e 2 December 2021

The Chamber of Commerce of Treviso-Belluno organised an event on the 1st and 2nd of December for individuals, teams, companies and start-ups focused on developing a concept for a service that uses Open Data to help promote sustainable tourism in the Veneto region.


The challenge launched during the hackathon was "Sustainable itineraries within the Veneto alpine area" and featured new ideas and

services consolidated by the participants during the 1:1 Assistance stage which ended in January.

DATA TOUR: The tourism hackathon organised by Upper Austria

The event will be held from 14 to 17 February and will focus on the theme of Tourism

Organised by Upper Austria, the virtual event will take place over four days with the three stages of Workshop, Hackathon and 1:1 Assistance.

Seeking to bring together tourism students, businesses and software developers, the Data Tour will look for solutions, services and new opportunities for the sector.

The oil of the future and the hummus of digitalisation - 10th March

The city of Styria has decided to participate in the project by organising a workshop on 10th March on the topic of Tourism and Environment entitled "The oil of the future and the hummus of digitalisation".

Dealing with natural hazards and in particular with floods and water levels in the city of Styria, the aim of the workshop is to find a better disaster management system by combining sets of Open Data, such as Open Street Map, social media or satellite data.

During the workshop, participants will work with flood information using freely available regional and international data, enriching it with additional relevant data in order to show organisations and communities the benefits of Open Data and how new business models can contribute in this field.

Pitching Event Open Data Innovation Ideas - 17th March

The Interreg Project DEAS (Data Economy Alpine Space) invites to the Online Pitching Event on the 17th of March from 11 am to 13.30 pm. Innovative open data ideas are represented by teams from the mobility, tourism and environment sector. These ideas will be evaluated by an experienced jury. Invited are DEAS partners, observers, experts from the sectors, representatives of public authorities, investors and other interested entities.

Are you interested in listening to innovative ideas and a fruitful exchange about open data?

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