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Explore CAPS Community

Research projects for grassroots experiments and pilots

  • Collective Awareness Platforms for Improving Accessibility in European Cities & Regions
  • User Empowerment for Enhanced Online Presence Management
  • Techno-social platform for sustainable models and value generation in commons-based peer production in the Future Internet
  • Decentralized Citizens Engagement Technologies for direct democracy and economic empowerment
  • WIKIRATE Crowdsource Better Companies
  • Collective Applied Intelligence and Analytics for Social Innovation
  • A Decarbonisation Platform for Citizen Empowerment and Translating Collective Awareness into Behavioral Change
Seed funding
Collective enHanced Environment for Social Tasks 

CHEST (Collective enHanced Environment for Social Tasks) is a 30 month Collaborative project co-financed with support from the European Commission through Framework Programme 7.

The aim of the project is to promote the development of digital based innovations that have the potential to address key societal challenges. In addition to the creation of an online community platform that will facilitate the sharing and exchanging of ideas, CHEST will invest up to 2.5€ Million in highly innovative ideas through the launch of two open funding rounds. Social entrepreneurs will be invited to not only propose new ideas with the potential to receive support but also evaluate and discuss the ideas of others with highest rated projects selected for funding.

Support Actions

Promoting visibility and networking among CAPs projects and social innovation actors by, among other activities, organizing an annual international conference focusing on CAPS

Web Communities for Statistics for Social Innovation

Involving science in societal issues

Explore the community of organizations and initiatives involved in Social Innovation.

The following initiatives are funded by the EC under FP7 objective 5.5 of Work Programme 2013 and divided into three categories as presented below. These projects are developing solutions related to social issues through the use of ICT tools. The vision behind this initiative is that individuals can collectively make things better in the society if they are given the opportunity to act socially.

These initiatives are called CAPS (Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation) and according to EC are ICT systems leveraging the emerging "network effect" by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments ("Internet of Things") in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation

Visit their websites and learn more about what they do!

View the “Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation: An Introduction” book and find more about CAPS.