Future Rome, intelligent Rome. From open source to smart cities

after themeeting on May 13  on Rome Smart City with candidates and technical staff for the elections for Mayor of Rome, we were unable to meet the two final contenders for the ballot but we accepted invitations (however expressing impartiality), as this today on Future Rome, intelligent Rome. From open source to smart cities. 

It is a good opportunity to publish a report (drawn up by Myriam and shared with Marco) of that meeting on Rome Smart City which outlines a road map launched in last September at the Appia Antica Park.

A look at the room to notice it full. The issue is obviously also of interest to many citizens despite it being Monday afternoon. The members of the technical staff of the lists in support of the mayoral candidates Marino, Marchini, De Vito and Medici are also very numerous. A brief introduction by Carlo Infante, Livio De Santoli and Nello Iacono who illustrate the background to this meeting, the work elaborated on the wiki dedicated by members of the Roma Smart City project to fine-tune the agenda and the points that make it up.

In preparing the meeting, we in the project had practiced declining the acronym SMART into what, briefly, we would like to be the criteria and guiding values of the city we want. A vision to be shared with the experts present: S for sustainable, M for mobile, A, for enabling, R, for resilient, T, for transparent. In this declination there is already everything: what do our guests think? Five minutes everyone for a first round:

Maria Ioannilli, civic list for Mayor Marchini opens up a world of data collected in research commissioned by the current administration on the waste system, accessibility and the environment. Thousands of clear and available data that no one has understood, let alone used. His work starts from here, from the collection of all the information and their good use to redesign an Enabling city for citizens.

Alberto Marinelli, Monica Scanu, Paolo Pascucci and Umberto Croppi illustrate the actions on which the candidate Marino undertakes through the punctual highlighting of the correspondence between the points of our Agenda and their programme. The work presented by Alberto Marinelli is very clear and the overlapping is numerous. The need to get out of provincialism and become "intelligent" is underlined, also seizing the opportunities for EU funding for the development of projects. Projects that involve the best energies of the territory, starting from the bottom up and developing collective intelligence. Monica Scanu puts a particular focus on the need not to start from scratch but to systematize the good things done so far such as, for example, Provincia wifi and Roma provincia creative. And still thinking about the re-design of the city and the regeneration of what is there to create new living spaces, for socializing, for shared work. Then Paolo Pascucci underlines how a SMART city is also attentive to cultural differences and promotes religious pluralism.

Angelo Diario, Daniele Frongia, Luigi Plos of the Movimento 5 stelle highlight how their movement program is also completely in agreement with all the points of our agenda. They highlight how Rome is a non-resilient city: there are few hubs and many weak nodes abandoned by the Administration with a patchy wi-fi network. They are committed to promoting and supporting all coherent actions that will be proposed by the future administration in the direction of the realization of our agenda.

Time is running out: let's listen again to the candidate of the Roman Republic List x Medici Mayor Riccardo Rifici, then Fabio Alberti of Sinistra per Roma, Lorenzo Romito of Liberare Roma and Felynx Zingarelli of Roma Pirata. These are the lists that support Sandro Medici and they too express their opinion on the coincidence of some important points on which they are working to "bring Rome out of the Middle Ages". Furthermore, it is underlined that there is no participatory culture without participation, technology is a facilitator but the great work must be done to truly restore a role of protagonist to the citizens. Says Romito “for Rome, Bob Marley's verse “stop being smart, start being clever” is appropriate.

Time's up: it closes with the proposal that the Rome Smart City project play the permanent role of advocacy group and for this reason to meet periodically to verify compliance with the commitments undertaken today by the political forces.





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