Results of the Contest You4EU – Citizen participation 2.0

Within the You4EU project , we have selected the winner and another five best digital ideas for tools aimed at encouraging citizens’ activism. The best digital solution will receive a prize amounting 2.000€, while all six finalists, one of which is from Montenegro, will get a chance to present their ideas at the debate in September in Zagreb.

The award for the best digital solution goes to the organisation CIECODE (Centro de Investigación y Estudios sobre Coherencia y Desarrollo) from Spain. Their project „Personal Political Analyst” is conceived as a voice assistant which allows monitoring of political parties’ electoral promises within election campaigns for national, European, local and other elections.

Along with the winning solution, five other finalists will have an opportunity to present their ideas at the event that will be held in the end of September 2019 in Zagreb.

Beside the winning solution, the following ideas will be presented:

– Pin’em comes second on the list, as a mobile application which allows citizens to geographically map cases of corruption. All the identified and reported cases will constitute the corruption map of Croatia. Duje Prkut, Borna Sor and Luak Abrus make the project team which proposed the idea.

In the third place is a team of three people – Stjepan Perko, Duje Kozomara and Andrej Bodrušić, with the idea named Izbori_se. Izbori_se platform is designed as a tool for online tracking of specific law amendments, as well as for evaluating the work of independent bodies and agencies by smaller online social communities gathered around specific topics, laws and institutions.

– Parlamento 2030 comes fourth, and it was proposed by the same organization whose idea has won the contest – organisation CIECODE. Parlamento 2030 is platform aimed at facilitating monitoring of activities of the Spanish Parliament in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda.

Two ideas focused on local issues share the fifth place – “Easy Local Budget”, proposed by Bojan Milovanović, GM Optimist, and “Fix My City” proposed by NGO Active Zone from Montenegro. First one aims to enable citizens easy access to local budgets data, while the second envisages a tool for citizens to easily and quickly report infrastructural problems in three municipalities through an online map.

Within the Contest, U4EU project team received more than 40 applications from individuals and organisations across Europe, proposing ideas for a digital solution which would strengthen citizens’ activism and improve communication between citizens and decisionmakers.

The selection process for choosing the winner included two rounds. In the first round, thee international experts evaluated submitted applications according to the predetermined criteria. After that, best ten solutions were evaluated by U4EU consortium: Belgrade Open School, PiNA, Institute Alternative, Access Info Europe and Gong.

Each organisation proposed five finalists and selected winner among them.

We congratulate the winner and all the finalists and thanks to everyone who participated!

Institute Alternative organised the Contest together with partnering organisations from Croatia (Gong), Serbia (Belgrade Open School), Slovenia (PiNA) and Spain (Access Info Europe) within the Project „YOU4EU – Citizen Participation 2.0“. The Project lasts from September 2018 until February 2020 with the support of the European Union within the Europe for Citizens Programme.

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