Great success for the first CATALYST annual event!
Co-located with CAPS2014, the first edition of the CATALYST annual event has been praised by all the 70 participants who attended both the presentations session in the morning and the interactive posters session in the afternoon.
CAPS2014 gathered more than 240 attendees on its OFF part on July 1 at The Egg, a creative venue located in the city of Brussels. While 15 workshops runned in parallel, CATALYST was clearly one of the most attended. With even people queuing outside the room to grasp the state of the debates, Roger Torrenti, CEO of Sigma Orionis, opened the workshop by delivering an overview of project objectives and results to date.
Once the context and environment was thus introduced to the audience, a set of presentations delivered by the project partners followed to explain the different aspects of the work undertaken through project activities, regarding the ecosystems of collective intelligence tools and methodology, or the preparation of the trial phase.
Moreover, in front of such an interested audience, it was the most opportune occasion to officially launch the Open Call for collaboration, inviting community partners to submit their proposal to try and test the CATALYST tools and methodologies among their own communities.
In the afternoon, the CATALYST technical partners represented by Michelle Bachler (Open University), Quentin Grimaud (Imagination for People) and Alberto Cottica (Wikitalia) invited the audience to test the functionalities of the developed tools (Assembl, DebateHub, LiteMap and Edgesense), through several related demos.
Participants had the opportunity to try in real conditions the current components, walking from one computer to another and provided the partners with their feedback to consider possible paths of improvement. Besides the demonstrations, an interactive posters session provided a dynamic forum presenting CATALYST use case partners (Imagination for People, Purpose, Euclid Network, CSCP and Wikitalia) to the audience and inviting the participants to discuss the potential use range of CATALYST tools.