Crowdsourcing is a varied and growing phenomenon that makes use of digital technology and the open participation of volunteers. It leverages the so-called “wisdom of the crowd” and empowers people to address social challenges in areas as diverse as education, health care, policy making, privacy, the environment, infrastructure, and more. This paradigm has gained wide adoption for purposes that include funding personal projects, gathering ideas, design development, collective writing, or citizen science initiatives, including so-called crowdsensing. The impact and reach of such crowd-based endeavors depend mainly on continued user participation, which calls for instruments to provide rewards, incentives, and other mechanism that attract and engage volunteers to contribute to a common cause.

The CROWD4ROADS project and its consortium partners will hold a Summer School on Crowdsourcing for the Common Good in Urbino (Italy) from September 25th to 28th 2018, which includes two days of sessions about social innovation, collective intelligence, crowdsensing, data privacy, and gamification and one full day “Data Jam” event.

Summer School cover image


  • 09:30 Registration, welcome to the Summer School (Prof. A. Bogliolo)
  • 10:00 Introduction to collective intelligence and crowdsourcing (Lorenz Klopfenstein)
  • 11:00 Coffee break
  • 11:30 Introduction to mobile crowdsensing (Saverio Delpriori)
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Sensing, sensor networks, data quality (Valerio Freschi)
  • 15:00 Social media as data source (Prof. Fabio Giglietto)

  • 09:00 Machine learning for big data analysis (Dr. Dragos Sebastian Cristea)
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Machine learning for big data analysis (Dr. Dragos Sebastian Cristea, cont.)
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 14:00 Building digital commons: a focus on techno-legal aspects on digital commons and personal data (Marco Ciurcina)
  • 15:30 Coffee break
  • 16:00 Social value and transformational entrepreneurship (Dr. Richard Tomlins)

  • 09:00 Game design and gamification fundamentals (Prof. Sylvester Arnab)
  • 10:30 Coffee break
  • 11:00 Gamifying crowdsensing, specific challenges and opportunities (Prof. Sylvester Arnab)
  • 12:30 Lunch break
  • 14:00 SmartRoadSense, crowdsensing for road quality (Lorenz Klopfenstein)
  • 14:30 HackAIR, crowdsensing for air quality
  • 15:00 Gamifying SmartRoadSense (Mark Lewis)
  • 16:00 Coffee break
  • 17:00 “Data Jam” begins 🎉


The Summer School will be hosted by the University of Urbino “Carlo Bo” and will be located in Collegio Raffaello and the DATA building right in the center of the old renaissance town of Urbino (UNESCO World Heritage).

Reaching Urbino

More information

For any inquiry, please contact info@c4rs.eu.

Pictures licensed under CC by Terry Clinton and Dimitar Denev.