Pin It in the Parks Dublin Challenge – Sign up Today, Test the Tools & Start to Play!

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Smart Dublin in partnership with the EU Horizon 2020 Route to PA project are looking for volunteers to test out their online social platform and SPOD Mobile Android App.

As an incentive to participate in this trial, we will be giving away three One4All vouchers worth €200, €150 and €100 in two categories; individual participants and group participants, just in time for Christmas!

The trial will run for 4 weeks from the 8th of November 2017 until the 6th of December 2017. Winners will be announced on the 13th of December 2017.

The aim of the Route to PA project is to help citizens make sense of information published by public bodies, use this information to start discussions and support evidence based decision making for government strategies, policies and services.


Who are Smart Dublin?


Smart Dublin is an initiative of the four Dublin local authorities – Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council and Fingal County Council.

It’s main aim is to work together, to share information and experiences and try to find solutions to challenges in the Dublin region using smart technologies.

Our Objectives

  • Provide Better Services – To develop, drive and facilitate public services which are better, easier, more efficient and accessible for citizens.
  • Promote Innovative Solutions – To provide new, innovative and better solutions to existing and future challenges which impact our citizens, businesses and visitors.
  • Improve Economic Activity – To support regional economic development by helping to create an ecosystem that attracts and provides opportunities for entrepreneurs, investors and businesses, and communicates this to the wider world.
  • Increase Collaboration and Engagement – To create effective internal and external collaborations and partnerships with local authorities, other public sector organisations, academia, external agencies, businesses, citizens and international partners.

We want to help make the Dublin region a better place to live, work, visit and do business!


What is Route to PA?

cropped-logortpa11-300x300.pngRoute to PA is a multidisciplinary innovation project. Members from areas in e-government, computer science, learning science and economy are collaborating to improve government transparency using ICT-based technology platforms.

Through the development of these tools, Route to PA aims to encourage, inform and engage citizens and residents on services and issues in their local areas.
Smart Dublin are one of the five pilots involved in the Route to PA project. Together with researchers and developers in Europe, the Route to PA project has been looking at better ways to inform and engage citizens around the topic of publicly available government information or Open Data.

The Route to PA has been developing tools to help people understand Open Data and use it more efficiently. Open Data has many benefits for local governments, businesses in a city or region and also the residents that live in these areas.


How do we do this?

We can do this is by collecting more information and making it available for everyone and by developing tools and apps which make this information more useful.

Local authorities all over the world have lots of information about the areas they are responsible for. This data can be used in lots of ways:

  • to let the public know what’s happening in their area,
  • to help councils improve services where they are needed and
  • to build apps that can help improve life in the Dublin region.

rtpiThe real time bus information is an example of open data which has been re-used and makes waiting on a bus a lot easier.

Open Data is its basic form is often easier for a computer to read and depending on each council, the information can often be collected in different ways. If information is collected in a similar way, it makes it easier to re-used. Local authorities are coming together from all over Ireland to work together to improve the information we have and share it as Open Data under Ireland’s National Open Data Strategy 2017-2022.

Smart Dublin’s Open Data portal, Dublinked publishes many open data sets which provides information about the Dublin region. By working with researchers, developers and other cities and regions we share our knowledge, develop best practices that enable us to make Open Data easier for people to understand, use and discuss and re-use.

To test the tools developed by the Route to PA project, we are inviting you to take part in a fun, free competition to collect information about things to do or use in the parks around Dublin!


What is Pin it In the Parks?

Screenshot_20171014-162944We want to know what facilities are available in the parks and where they are in the park!

Are there toilets, tennis courts, exercise machines? Is there a pond and does it have ducks? Is there a playground or a skate park? Is there a historical monument? We want to collect this information and make it available for everyone!

To help you collect the information, Route to PA have developed SPOD Mobile, an Android app that uses the camera and GPS location on your phone. Download the app here from the Google Play store and create an account to begin.

The more parks you visit, the more points you earn. For each facility you photograph, you will also get points. Participation points will also be awarded for taking part in a discussion on the platform.

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter to earn bonus points.For more details go to the “How to Play” page for further instructions.

The competition will begin on the 8th of November 2017 and run until the 6th of December 2017. At the end of each week we will post the top ten on a leader board and the the overall winners will be announced early in December 2017.