I do believe the future can be much better with the possibilities technology offers us. BUT, it will always require our participation and action. We can’t expect technology to solve all our problems but it will definitely empower us to do more.
This is our vision at The Social Coin and the reason why we created Citybeats. Our CEO Ivan will be speaking at Data Natives this October about our evolution from a social movement into a civic engagement platform.
Citybeats is an upcoming evolutionary project created from the company, The Social Coin. Last June, it was awarded Best Project Worldwide for Inclusion & Empowerment by the United Nations.
It’s a tool for civic engagement with the ultimate goal of getting individuals to engage in solving their communities’ problems and in the end they will get rewarded for their actions.
Citybeats mission is to create more transparent cities. Its platform feeds on real time data, which reflects citizens’ concerns and hot topics involving the city, it delivers challenges that act upon these problems, involving and motivating citizens to participate and solve them.
But how exactly does Citybeats work? This platform will operate in a couple phases:
1st phase – Big Data Collection: Citybeats collects a lot of data from different sources such as news, social networks, sensors, and civic platforms.
2nd phase – Real Time Dashboard: In the second phase, it will be able to show via real time dashboard through Big Data the problems that a given community faces. We manage this information through Natural Language Processing in order to create a real time dashboard that citizens, governments, companies and NGOs can use to detect the issues of their cities. The dashboard will also provide a visual representation of the city’s government with a city map where they can keep track of citizens’ participation.
3rd phase – Challenges: Once the problems are detected, artificial intelligence will propose various solutions based on actions realized with anteriority and the impact ratio on each problem.
4th phase – Solving: We provide the interface to engage individuals and communities to solve those problems. The citizens will be able to decide if they act or not and which possible actions can be carried out in order to solve the questioned problems.
5th phase -Award: The platform offers cities a form to reward citizens for their efforts and actions on helping solve a problem in their city. There are two types of awards that individuals can receive. One type is targeted for the individual. This can vary from an economic award, discount, or just public recognition for their actions. The second type is collective rewarding which will focus on rewarding the community as a whole.
Citybeats will have an overall impact in engaging individuals to solve community problems and contribute to spreading the common good. There are three specific outcomes in where civic engagement will be illustrated in different views. These distinct points are political, economic, and social.
Citybeats mission is to educate and empower people to engage in hands-on democracy in order to individually and collectively take strategic actions to identify and address the root causes of local, state, federal, and global issues of social and economic injustice and concerns. The platform will strengthen the relationship between citizens and their governments by providing better communication, transparency and a positive perception in individual participation with the help of governmental institutions.
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