Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
PUSH is an innovation lab operating in the Smart Cities and Social Innovation domains, with the aim of developing efficient and sustainable solutions to face difficult social and environmental challenges. Through a multidisciplinary approach, based on service design, the lab conducts action research activities to address and solve complexity with simple ideas, which are able to trigger new urban and social dynamics. PUSH develops social innovation projects in several areas: the actions' scopes go from the streamlining of bureaucratic processes to urban policies co-design, from the safeguard and valorization of the historic and artistic assets to the processes of transformation and evolution of the urban culture. It wants to be a reference point for citizens, public administrations and authorities to foster smart city policies and transform them into realistic and efficient projects. The experience gained by PUSH over the last three years in project management, mobile software development, UX design, fast prototyping and field testing is crucial for the future developments of trafficO2. Research and implementation activities will be conducted in line with the approach adopted in this first 3 years and taking into account the results, representing an excellent starting point for the future research.
Here below a list of previous projects developed by PUSH, that are connected to the subject of this proposal: Open Tour - Gamification and realtime information for tourism; uMayor - Mobile app for civic engagement; Palermo by Bus - Smartphone app for infomobility.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
In these years, projects and researches developed by PUSH, gathered many recognitions and we are proud to have partners like UN Global Compact, World Urban Campaign, Code for Europe. Our organization usually works on a double scale: in Palermo we carry out different activities - strictly linked to the territory - aimed at bringing out its hidden value and change, as far as possible, the city in which we live.
In Palermo we have been working closely with the local public administration but also with the network of organizations and entities active in the city.
The process of collaborative problem solving, crucial in many of our projects, imply the involving of other subjects, to improve the way of facing some critical situations and make best practices.
To make this possible at a national level there’s a long collaboration with Istituto Superiore Mario Boella, a research and innovation centre operating in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) domain based in Turin and different other companies and organizations. Moreover PUSH has built an international network by taking part and actively organizing and hosting events linked to international formats in order to animate the community and give back to the territory part of the value that we collect everyday.