KT4D at the 2nd Madeira Digital Transformation Summit


The second edition of the Madeira Digital Transformation Summit will again support a forum where  the EU's Digital strategy is debated to achieve the visionary objectives at European and regional levels. Bringing together recognised individualities from the European Commission, Government, Academia and Industry, The Summit sets the scene for a human-centric vision in a digital society. 

KT4D Involvement

KT4D representatives, Bogna Gawrońska-Nowak, Piotr Lis, and Olha Zadorozhna from the Institute of Urban & Regional Development (IRMiR), participated as panelists in a workshop entitled, 'Value Sensitive Design (VSD) for a new generation of Smart City Projects', on 26 June from 15:00-16:20 CEST.

On Tuesday, 25 June, Piotr, along with colleagues from Cibervoluntarios, presented a paper dedicated to the results of a KT4D study surrounding the attitudes, fears, and hopes of groups from Spain and Portugal regarding the impact of AI on healthcare, education, entertainment, education, employment and democracy.  The paper is titled "AI: What do we fear? What do we hope for? Perception of the societal impact of AI in a European transnational cross-sectional study".

About the Workshop

New technologies present a promising opportunity for a deeper understanding of the urban environment, the challenges we face, and the translation of knowledge to a wider audience in European and world cities. Recently, solutions like digital twinning and a second generation of smart cities have gained new impetus. Implementing big data and AI-based solutions raises some questions: whether and how science and technology development can be more inclusive, more participative, socially sensitive, innovative and progressive. Underestimating social involvement when implementing new technologies may be a direct cause of the failure of smart city implementations and cause their broadly defined ineffectiveness and unprofitability.

During the workshop, panelists will share their experiences from various Horizon research projects in which they have been supporting the practical and socially sensitive implementation of digital tools in world cities. They aim to capture how a combination of new technology and various social participation forms might resonate across diverse research and policy-making contexts, leveraging the project experiences in European urban settings.

As a result of the discussions, the audience will understand the VSD approach in practice and the active involvement of communities in the design and implementation processes of new technologies. The panelists will share knowledge about the latest methods of social participation and co-creation. They will also discuss the difficulties of implementing smart city projects that ensure the involvement of local communities and thus increase the chances of successful implementation.


Involvement with other individualities from the European Commission, Government, Academia and Industry at this workshop will shed light on the importance of developing technologies that are considerate of human values in their design, advancing a fundamental pillar of the KT4D concept. 

For more about the panel and the event's registration, click here.

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