Urban Designer, Senior Public Participation Expert
The Municipality of Neapoli-Sykies is one of the largest municipalities of the Thessaloniki Metropolitan Area and is located north-eastern part of Thessaloniki. The biggest part of the Municipality is the Seih Sou Forest. As one of the most central and historical areas of Thessaloniki, the Municipality of Neapoli-Sykies has always attracted not only a significant number of tourists but also many citizens. Furthermore, due to its location Municipality has always been at the center of economic and transport evolvement and its contribution to the sustainability of Thessaloniki is crucial.
The Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT) is part of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), a non-profit organization that directly reports to the General Secretariat for Research and Technology of the Greek Ministry of Development and Investments.
HIT’s main objective is the conduct and support of applied research activities on transportation in Greece, more specifically on issues relating to the organization, operation, planning, and development of infrastructure, the standardization, economic analysis management, vehicle technology, and the impact assessment of land, maritime, air, and multimodal transport services. HIT’s services also include providing training and education activities in related fields, the dissemination of research activities, and the Representation of Greece in Transport Research and other relevant scientific for abroad.
There are 44 playgrounds in the Municipality, 26 kindergarten and elementary schools, and 18 low-secondary and upper-secondary schools. The municipality tries to ensure the safety of the daily mobility of students by implementing structural and functional interventions. The perspective and needs of the citizens are the first priority for the municipality. The challenge is to create solutions that will support the municipality’s efforts to provide security for children’s accessibility to schools and playgrounds. We are looking for solutions that would facilitate accessibility along with solutions that enhance awareness and support educatively the safe and healthy mobility.
Seih Sou is a landmark for the city and its role as a main attraction for visitors for leisure activities could be enhanced. Accessibility of trail paths and facilitation of activities on the forest could enhance economic development of the whole municipality. The challenge is to reach more visitors that will be able to access the forest. We are looking for solutions that provide the means tools and services for facilitating accessibility and leisure activities in the forest.
The dominant mean of transport in the Municipality of Neapolis-Sykies is the car and this fact affects seriously the air quality of the city, causing congestion and noise that degrades the quality of life. The challenge is to enhance the usage of micromobility means of transport like bikes and e-scooters and also promote active mobility. We are looking for solutions that either raise awareness of the citizens or introduce new solutions related to micromobility.
Inauguration ceremony / Hackathon
8:30 – 9:00 Registration/ Accreditation
9:00 – 9:05 Intro
9:05 – 9:15 Welcome Speech from EIT
9:15 – 9:30 Welcome Speech from HIT representative – TBD
9:30 – 9:45 Welcome Speech from City representative & Partners – TBD
9:45 – 10:00 Presentation of Challenges
10:00 – 10:15 Mentoring session
10:15 – 11:15 Workshop sessions
12:00 – 12:30 Coffee break/ snack
12:30 – 12:45 Inspirational talk- Q&As
12:45 – 16:00 Working Time
16:00- 16:30 Mentoring
19:00 – Citython Continues
Hackathon & Announcements
8:30 – 9:00 Intro
9:00 – 11:00 Working Time
11:00 – 11:15 Inspirational Talk
11:15 – 11:30 Preparation of presentation
11:30 -12:30 Workshop Session
12:30 – 13:00 Submission of Candidates’ Proposals
13:00 – 13:30 Coffee break/snack
13:30 – 15:30 Presentations of Proposals
15:30 – 16:00 Jury deliberation
16:00-17:00 Result Announcement-Award Nomination
End of RIS Citython
12th -13th November 2022
Municipality of Neapoli-Sykies, Thessaloniki
Organizers will follow up with all participants via email and will provide a link to online platform.
Online participants will have a possibility to follow all presentations and workshops using this platform and will also have a possibility to interact with speakers.
Speakers presenting online will connect using the same link and their talk will be streamed in the main meeting room as well as online. Both in-presence and online participants will be allowed to ask questions. More specific instructions will be provided before the event.
Dedicated Slack workspace will be also available to all participants and will be used as the main communication channel before and during the event. Online participants will also have a moderator available who will facilitate the communication with the organizing team and mentors. We encourage participants to login and regularly check the slack channels divided into thematic groups (general talks, logistics, challenges, etc.).
Online participants will be requested to sign up for mentoring sessions available on Saturday and Sunday and use a platform offered by each mentor. Online participants are excepted to deliver their final presentations pre-recorded respecting the same deadline as in-presence participants (will be communicated during the event).
All important information will be disseminated in advance on Slack and via email provided by participants. Slack channels will be available 24/7 during whole session.
Urban Designer, Senior Public Participation Expert
Mayor of Neapoli-Sykies
Research Director of HIT / CERTH, Deputy Director of HIT/CERTH
Civil Engineer, Auth
Josep Maria Salanoca Grau
Civil Engineer / Phd Transportation / Mobility Management
Assist. Professor., Dipl. Rural and Surveying Engineering Auth
Deputy Mayor for Environment, Neapolis-Sykies
This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union.
EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable. Learn more: eiturbanmobility.eu.