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Annual Report

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Annual Report 201 5


Annual Report

201 5 SciFY

Annual Report 201 5


This what we did in 201 5!

Dr George Giannakopoulos Co-founder and CTO

Vassilis Salapatas Co-founder and Executive Manager


201 5 was a challenging year for everyone, both in

We understand, with great pleasure, that the

Greece but also worldwide. In SciFY we faced these success of our effort is not only up to us. It is up to challenges with the only way we know: action.

how many people will believe in what we do, how many will actively support our actions and how

During this last year, we managed to touch and

many will decide to join us, to form the future of

improve the lives of thousands of people, to enjoy SciFY by changing our thinking and everyday smiles on the faces of people that are being

practices.

tested, to reduce inequality and to highlight the uniqueness in people, to empower democratic

We hope that 201 6, which has proven to be very

procedures, to strengthen the world with open

challenging from its very beginning, will allow the

software, to support open knowledge, open data

development of bigger and equally worthwhile

and transparency.

projects. We strive to bring a worthy legacy to the excellent effort made by all the people of SciFY,

For us, success is not in the fact that our work was presented in the media. It is a success though, that the stories we live are worth telling. In SciFY we are not yet satisfied with what we do, because we can offer much more. We are not satisfied, because we feel that what we did could have been done better. We do not lose our enthusiasm, because we feel that the needs and challenges multiply. But as members of a group that fights in very difficult conditions, we can proudly say: we tried.

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volunteers and employees, in 201 5.


At a glance


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We Develop Projects and Produce Results


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Free Electronic Games for

Blind Children


Results:

• We created 3 free electronic games for blind children both in Greek and English. • We created an accessible platform where you can find all 3 games in 2 languages for windows, mac, linux. Explore the platform here . • Can you play tennis on the computer without seeing and without touching anything? Yes! We made a new version of Tennis for the competition LeapMotion #3DJAm! Here you can watch Electra playing !

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Impact:

• 2,500 downloads and counting... • 9/1 0 the average score of LEAP games, rated by blind children • Smiling children and acknowledgments from around the world • They said: “Super! I have no words. If I could rate until 1 00, I would give 1 ,000!" • Have a look at the results of the LEAP proj ect here


Device for People with

Motor Disabilities


Results:

• We donated over 90 FeIRd devices (universal remote control), a device which allows people with limited mobility to be able to control electric devices in their house. Do you want to see how it works? Have a look at the video here .

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Impact:

• Maximized the impact, donating FeIRd devices to 1 0 Hospitals and Institutions all around Greece. Have a look at some of the institutions which use FeIRd now. • They said: “It has helped me very much! I can now easily handle the T.V. and other devices that are controlled with a simple home infrared remote control. That gives me great independence” • See all the results and impact of FeIRd proj ect here .


Application for People with

Visual Impairments


Results:

• We developed the Application for people with visual impairments - ICSee for smartphones and tablets! People with visual impairments can now read a receipt, a business card or restaurant menu... • Many filters, to meet more needs. • No visual menu, only audio instructions because we care. • English and Greek for maximizing impact.

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Impact:

• Download the application from Google Play, here. • We developed communities. For the development of ICSee we came in touch with optometrists, ophthalmologists and with those who actually need this, in order to have the very best functionality. • They said: “it’s the first time I’ve read after 3 years” said a friend of ours that tried the application for the first time at our offices. • See all the results and impact of ICSee proj ect here .


Application for Students with

Visual Impairments


Results:

• We created an application for students with serious visual impairments - ICStudy. • Students with serious visual impairments, can now participate in the lecture, using an interactive board and two computers

Impact:

• We did our first installation of ICStudy in real conditions, at Special Primary School for Blind Children at Kallithea and we trained the staff on how to use it. You can have a look at the pictures from the ICStudy installation and the training at the School for Blind Children here .

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Platform that

Enhances Public Consultations


Results:

• We developed the DemocracIT platform. • Friendlier to use public consultations, easier comments’ analysis, empowered citizen control, OGP challenges are being met. • Visit now DemocracIT Platform and take part in the legislative procedure, expressing your opinion freely, here.

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Impact:

• We promoted the project at an international level. • We cooperated with public institutions which deal with open consultations and are discussing the use of DemocracIT by OpenGov, Municipalitιes and Non Profit Organizations.


Platform for Civil

Participation


Results:

• We implemented an Open Source Internet Platform, Active Commons which helps people participate in groups and act for a common cause. • Supporting the creation of local groups, interaction, and sharing knowledge. • Active Commons becomes a tool for citizens who deal with Civil Society and for Institutions looking for partners for their project. Read here how. • Learn about the first practical application of Active Commons in the context of the PPI proj ect here.

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Impact:

• MiTost and Bosch Foundations are already using a new version of Active Commons to help dozens of organizations all around Europe to increase their impact. Check here Actors of Urban Change.


Platform for

Volunteer Management


Results:

• We created VoluntAction, a Platform for Volunteer Management which we will offer for free to all as open source. Have a more detailed look here on how VoluntAction helps Civil Society bringing results.

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Impact:

• In 201 5 Municipality of Athens started to use VoluntAction to exploit more effectively their volunteers, which are more than 550. • We created an English version of VoluntAction so it can be used by international Institutions and Foundations. Learn here more on how you can exploit it.


Inside Information…


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SciFY’s People

The team got stronger‌ In 201 5 we managed to employ 4 new people and enrich our team with new expertise, such as Business Analysis, and improve our existing skills in domains such as: Business Development, Front-End Development e.t.c.. Meet SciFY's team in this video.


And it evolves… • 5 people from 3 higher education institutions concluded their internship at SciFY. • A dissertation about: “Mapping Skills and Creating a Skills Framework for SciFY NGO” of Foteini Galanopoulou (AUE) helped us to map our skills (competency mapping). See here some of the experience of our team. • We started organizing a Business Analysis System to monitor how efficient we are. We may be a Non for Profit Organization, but we must be effective!

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Building Skills & Gaining

Knowledge

SciFY Academy

Meteor Meetups

In 201 5 we organized and held 6 events, where up to 600 people attended, with subjects from various fields, such as Business Development, Digital Marketing, Artificial Intelligence, Sentiment Analysis‌ See all the presentations of the SciFY Academy events for 2015 here . Suggest new topics for future events and

In spring and summer of 201 5 1 0 educational Meteor Meetups were organized at SciFY. Meteor is a new platform for the creation of applications in real time. Take part in the community here .

register here to receive updates on up and coming SciFY Academy events each month .


Machine Learning‌ Theses from the expert Presentations George Giannakopoulos (Co-founder of SciFY) as a researcher at NCSR Demokritos and expert in topics such as Artificial Intelligence initiated SciFY’s team in Machine Learning through a series of seminars in SciFY. We are evolving to become better.

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4 Theses were presented by graduates of Harokopio University who concluded their internship at SciFY. The subjects of the theses were: Large scale Data Analysis, Text Analytics, Discovering users' communities in Social Networks, Data Mining. See the presentations here .


We create

cooperations • We collaborate on projects and educational events and awareness campaigns with up to 20 organizations from different fields such as Universities, Technological institutes, Companies, and Civil Society Groups, etc.

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• Some of the organizations with whom we cooperated during 201 5 and we still collaborate are: “Desmos”, GFOSS, INNOVATHENS, ΚEAT, Bodossaki Foundation, ΕΚPΟΙΖO, Municipality of Athens, NCSR “Demokritos”, Harokopio University, Ionian University, Place Identity, ATC, AIESEC, Democritus University of Thrace, Culture Polis and Latsis Foundation.


Events & Media


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Open Data Day

brainstorming, full with new knowledge, imagination and creativity, many ideas came up and started becoming Projects. See the results here .

• We participated in an Open Data Day event for the International Open Data Day 201 5 with ODI, GFOSS and INNOVATHENS. • We organized a workshop about Data Journalism: “Data journalism stories” • We had our first contact with Data Journalism, something that later evolved • We took part 1 st time in Athens Science Festival, the biggest feast of Science in to one of our favorite topics. Athens, with NCSR “Demokritos”. • For 5 days we presented 3 of our projects, LEAP, NewSum, PServer. • Thousands of people, the majority of them kids visited SciFY’s stand, where they played LEAP Games, they learned • We organised the Data Journalism about natural language recognition Hackathon 201 5 in collaboration with technologies and personalization and as NCSR “Demokritos”, GFOSS, always they amazed us with their INNOVATHENS, Oikomedia and Cafe imagination and creativity. Babel during the 1st Data Journalism • We hope to see you all again soon! Competition in Greece .

Athens Science Festival

Data Journalism Hackathon

• After a tough Weekend of coding and


1 3th Volunteers Festival

White Cane Day

• We celebrated the International White Cane Day at Technopolis, where we • For the 2nd consecutive year we were at presented some of the Assistive Thissio celebrating Volunteerism and we Technologies applications that we have welcomed old and new volunteers of SciFY. developed as open source, ICSee, ICStudy • Up to 200 people were informed for our and LEAP. See here all the SciFY team. goals and projects. • We thank all our volunteers who once again helped us .

Glovo Sparks Event

Data Journalism @ ERT

• We participated in Glovo Sparks Event and we had the opportunity to present the projects ICSee and LEAP in a targeted • We co-hosted the 1 st Seminar dedicated audience. to Data Journalism with ERT and European • The participants had the chance to try Institution for Communication titled: “The the new versions of those projects and language of numbers in the digital age of their feedback gave us joy and strength information” See the results and the to keep going! keypoints of the seminar here . • We created a LinkedIn Group for those who are interested in Data Journalism and you can find it here (in Greek).

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What Foreign Press has been

• Daphnée Breytenbach, a French Journalist on behalf of the website RUE89 interviewed us for DemocracIT. • Read the article: “ The Market of the future is the Internet” that followed up the interview.

said Fortune Greece & about ΑΝΤ1 News us

• LEAP Team gave an interview at ANAMPA journalist Georgia Barla. • At least 1 0 news sites re-published the article that followed up the interview. Some of them: Fortune Greece and ANT1 News. Read the article (in Greek).


8 o'clock News at MEGA Channel

Athens 9,84 fm

ERT- Dipli Matia

To listen to the show click here (in Greek).

In every monthly SciFY Academy Event we had a representative from radio During the White Cane Day events, SciFY station Athina 98.4 FM. Team gave an interview, that was aired at We spoke at Maria Pavlou’s radio show the 8o’clock News of MEGA Channel on called “Parallages” about the projects in the 1 5th of October. general and SciFY’s impact areas.

Vassilis Salapatas spoke for eDemocracy at ERT (Greek Public Channel) at the show Dipli Matia on behalf of SciFY. Watch the show here (in Greek).

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Our stories… During the LEAP testings there were many times when 1 0 year old children broke down stereotypes and surprised us pleasantly. We wanted to share these experiences with everyone through our stories. You can read all the blog posts here .


SciFY goes Digital…


• We reached 2,000 Followers on Facebook and we thank you all for this! • We shared the knowledge in fields such as Open Software, Transparency, Civil Society support, Assistive Technologies, Entrepreneurship and of course New Technologies. • Our goal is to make SciFY’s digital spaces information hubs on topics within our scope. • If you want to be informed about what is going on in these domains you can follow us here:

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