February 14, 2018 – February 15, 2018 all-day
Brussels, Belgium


How will the unprecedented hyper-connectivity enabled by digital technologies serve the social good?

How can we use these connected technologies to develop solutions for some of society’s biggest challenges?

Showcase the achievements and impact of your innovation to the digital society! Join us on 14-15th February in Brussels to exchange knowledge and experience, discuss priorities, and discover the many opportunities of a more human-centric Next Generation Internet, Keynotes, Hands-on sessions, Networking, etc.

Target audience: Digital Social Innovators, Researchers, Civil Society Players, Policy Makers



The workshop is co-organised by CAPSSI and COST.

Avenue Louise 149 – 15th floor
1050 Brussels, Belgium

Link to googlemaps


12:00 Networking lunch
Projects’ posters’ presentations: results and impact

13:00 – 13:45
Welcome and opening
  • Ronald  de Bruin, COST Director
  • Loretta Anania, Programme Officer with the European Commission, DG Communication Networks Content & Technologies, Net Innovation Unit. Download this presentation here (PDF)
Introduction and scope of the event
13:45 – 14:45
Nets, Knots, and Nuts: the Destiny of Mavericks in a Hyper-Connected World
Social media, globally connected, in good and bad
14:45 – 15:00
Collaborative definition of topics for the working groups on Connected Technology for Social Good
Introduction of the working groups using the Open Space methodology
  • Rossella Magli, COST Science Officer

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee Break

15:15 – 17:00
Working groups on The future of Connected Technology for Social Good
17:00 – 17:30
Re-cap of the working groups’ outcomes
17:30 – 18:00
A City in Common: how citizens are leading a new wave of impactful social innovation.

18:00 Networking Cocktail



09:00 – 09:30
Welcome and opening
Summary overview of main results from CAPS projects and related DSI initiatives
Digital Social Innovation manifesto
  • Stavroula Maglavera, UTH University
09:30 – 10:00
Keynote speech: Sustainability and impact
10:00 – 10:30
Keynote speech: Crowdfunding and Business Canvass
  • Oliver Gajda , Executive Director of the European Crowdfunding Network
10:30 – 11:00
“Blockchains for Social Good” Prize
  • Fabrizio Sestini, European Commission, DG CONNECT, Senior Expert, Digital Social Innovation

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break

11:15 – 13:00
Working Groups on sustainability and business model innovation

13:00 – 14:00 Lunch break

14:00 – 15:30
Major results and impact results from selected projects and initiatives
  • Participants will be invited in groups to present their main results in 2-3 minutes and then to participate in an open discussion on sustainability and networking opportunity, collaboration etc. They will be split in groups of 4-5 projects per group. The rapporteurs of each group will report on the plenary.
  • New projects/initiatives will be given the opportunity to shortly present their vision and plans

15:30 – 15:45 Coffee Break

15:45 – 16:30

Re-cap of the working groups’ outcomes

16:30 – 17:00

Closing remarks and next appointments


Fabrizio_SestiniEuropean Commission, DG CONNECT, Senior Expert, Digital Social Innovation


Fabrizio Sestini is currently leading the DG CONNECT initiative on CAPS, which aims at stimulating bottom-up innovative ideas exploiting network effects (in networks of people, knowledge and sensors) to include citizens, grassroots organisations and civil society in participatory social innovation processes. In his career with the European Commission he has enjoyed launching and managing several research initiatives related to different aspects of Internet research, policies and developments, including SAC, FIRE and, more recently, Internet Science.

annieEuropean Commission. DG CONNECT. Deputy Head of Unit Media Convergence and Social Media

Anni Hellman is the Deputy Head of Unit for the Unit Media Convergence and Social Media in DG CONNECT. The Unit is in charge of social media policy as well as research and innovation funding for media convergence and social media, creating a wide portfolio of as well scientific analysis of the social media and searching for tools to tackle some of its negative phenomena, as aiming to identify sustainable political approaches and collaboration models. She is a mathematician and a qualified actuary by training, specialised in health and non-life risks and policies.

Her unit is in charge of the ongoing EC project on combatting false information online. This work entails close collaboration with the main social media actors, as well as European media providers and fact checking professionals.

She has participated in various panels and moderated events on media literacy, social media and fake news, as well as given key notes on this area as well as on areas where mathematics and social media, big data or the DGs research and innovation challenges meet.

Mara_BalestriniCEO Ideas for change

Mara is a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher and a technology strategist. She is the CEO of Ideas for Change, a think tank and consultancy firm advising cities, businesses and institutions on impact innovation. She is also a Senior Research Fellow at the Fab Lab Barcelona where she coordinates Making Sense, a European project that seeks to empower citizens through personal digital manufacturing applied to the design of environmental sensors; and co-founder of SalusCoop, the first Spanish cooperative for citizens’ health data. Mara co-directs the Master in Design for Emergent Futures (MDEF) at the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia (IAAC).

Mara earned a PhD in Computer Science from the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities) at University College London (UCL). She also holds a BA in Audiovisual Communications and a MSc in Cognitive Systems and Interactive Media. She is Senior Faculty at the IAAC and a visiting lecturer at the the Royal College of Art (RCA).

Other appointments

Mara is also member of the UCL Engineering Exchange, advisor at the Open Faculty, contributor to the Sharing Cities Network, and co-organiser of the Ouishare Collaborative Economy Research Network. She has worked as a video journalist and has been a research assistant at the Group of Interactive Technologies (GTI), at Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona).

RdBruinCOST Director

Ronald de Bruin was appointed Director of the COST Association on 1 June 2016. Before joining the Association, Ronald was Director of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) and Head of Department of the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA). For almost eight years, he played a key role in and managing and setting up these European Union agencies from scratch. Prior to this, he was Deputy Director of a public-private partnership platform for the Information Society in the Netherlands for over three years. His main responsibilities included drafting the annual work programs including public-private partnership projects, managing the implementation of national multi-stakeholder projects, and coordinating EU-funded projects. For almost three years, he worked for a global .COM company with top-100 clients. During his one-year stay as manager at KPMG, he worked on developing e-security services for the growing e-commerce market. He started his career as Policy Advisor for the Dutch national government, where, for three years, he was responsible for developing a national policy on e-security services, and scenarios for introducing digital TV. He is Ambassador to Brussels for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership Europe and Founding Director of the Greenleaf Center in Brussels. Dr De Bruin has also authored several books on servant-leadership, digital television, and online consumer trust and computer security. He holds a Ph.D.in Law and Computer Science, an M.Sc. in Technology Management and a B.Sc. in Electronic Engineering.

Massimo-LeoneTurin University

Massimo Leone is Professor of Semiotics, Cultural Semiotics, and Visual Semiotics at the Department of Philosophy, University of Turin, Italy and Director of the MA Program in Communication Studies at the same University. He has been visiting professors at several universities in the five continents.

Massimo Leone has single-authored seven books, edited more than thirty collective volumes, and published more than four hundred articles in semiotics, religious studies, and visual studies.

He is the chief editor of Lexia, the Semiotic Journal of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on Communication, University of Torino, Italy (SCOPUS).

monique-rome-1Executive Director & Partner of Martel Innovate

Entrepreneur and ICT professional featuring a digital soul and consolidated hands-on experience in R&D innovation management and funding, technical & strategic consulting, communication and dissemination, social media marketing, as well as business development for innovative software solutions and products across several industry segments.

Monique is specialized in European Commission funding, as well as national and international grant programmes and support to innovative SMEs and Startups, with extensive domain knowledge in Next Generation Internet technologies, Digital Social Innovation, IoT, Smart Cities, 5G / wireless technologies, large-scale experimentation, Multi-Agent Systems.

Before joining Martel in 2010 as Senior Consultant and Project Manager, she worked for Whitestein Technologies as Vice President of R&D delivering extensive input to strategic business planning, development and organization Monique holds a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne, Switzerland, and a Ph.D. in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Bologna, Italy.

Antonella-Passani-Partner at T6 Ecosystems

Antonella Passani (PhD) is a sociologist with a minor in cultural anthropology. She is currently partner at T6 Ecosystems, leading the Society, Innovation and Social Capital department. She worked as senior researcher and consultant for many Italian, European and international organisations. Her current research interests include, but are not limited to: digital social innovation, interdependencies between ICT, engagement and community building processes, participatory practices and facilitation methods. In the last six years she has been involved in the development and application of impact assessment methods for different research fields including Software as Services, ICT for cultural heritage, research e-Infrastructures and Digital Social Innovation. In parallel, thanks to her studies in social anthropology, she carried out research activities and actions in schools using participatory approaches for fighting discrimination and bullism.

stavroulaElectrical and Computer Engineer, B.Sc

She focuses on high-level coordination and on strategic developments. She is specialised in the field of ICT and she gained expertise on designing and executing international scale events in ICT. Her skills encompass exploitation, promotion, and dissemination of technology, and IPR issues. Extensive experience in providing consulting services supporting Public Administration and organisations in the formation and implementation of national and regional strategies for the development and management of ICT applications. With more than twenty four years of hands-on experience in European, Nationally & Regionally funded programmes and in project management, she still maintains an active interest on design and implementation of research projects in the field on ICT. Her current research interests comprise Networked Information Systems, ICT for Health, e-Inclusion, and e-Government. She is involved in scientific and business committees dealing with medical informatics. She was the coordinator of the INCONET-GCC FP7 project. Participates is SMARTFIRE, FLEX, EINS, MAZI and CHIC projects.

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