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ESSENCE closing event: storytelling in a sentient city

Curious to hear how citizens can bring the stories of a city to life? With a wide range of data and information sources available, cities offer various storytelling opportunities. In the ESSENCE project, we investigated how we can turn the available data and information into stories that can engage citizens to further co-create and consume these.

During this closing event, the ESSENCE consortium will first demonstrate how they collected civic and local information to create stories. Then, they will present different public media for story consumption and interaction.

ESSENCE is an imec.icon research project funded by imec and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship


13:30 KEYNOTE Setting the scene - Jan Adriaenssens (CoT)
13:50 The ESSENCE approach - Sandy Claes (VRT)
14:00 A new urban storytelling language - Chaja Libot (VRT), Steven Cauwenberg (VRT) Tom Bergmans (CoT)
14:30 How to measure citizen engagement? - Ruben D’Hauwers (SMIT VUB)
14:45 Stories found in the city 
The Story maker: Processing citizen-generated videos - Klaas Baert (VRT)
RML Streamer: Connecting smart city data - Anastasia Dimou (IDLAB uGent)
Orchestration tool: Context-based urban storytelling - Steven De Block (Digitopia)

15:20 - BREAK

15:30 Stories discovered in the city 
Interactive displays in the city - Steven De Block (Digitopia)
Orchestrating public displays in-the-wild - Andrew Vande Moere (RxD)
Multi-user augmented reality experiences in the city - Christoph Stevens (Nokia)
Hyperlocal conversation agent - Marc Van Den Broeck (Nokia), Utku Gunay Acer (Nokia), Max Luykx (Sentiance)

16:20 - Q&A

16:30 - Closing