The 4th MOBISTYLE meeting was hosted by the project partner Holonix and took place in Milan, Italy during 23-24 April 2018. The main goal of the meeting was to revise the overall project's progress until the first reporting period (March 2018). Based on this revision, a detailed plan of the MOBISTYLE related activities still to be executed was done in order to come until summer 2018 to the deployment of the first ICT solutions. The consortium partners agreed on final steps covering the three areas:
Revision of the MOBISTYLE Behavioural change action plan for each demonstration case
Integration of the developed methodology in the MOBISTYLE ICT solutions (this lead to a development of two applications: the MOBISTYLE dashboard and the MOBISTYLE game);
Demonstration case assessment and preparation for deployment.
For the first MOBISTYLE demonstration and validation cycle (starting summer 2018), it was agreed that to satisfy the identified user and demonstration case needs, the game from the mock-up of the game will be tested for the Danish and the Polish demonstration case where the first version of the dashboard will be deployed for the Italian and the Slovenian case. As realized, to nudge different behaviours it is important to connect a broad set of parameters (data types coming from the sensors) and look at the interrelations among them. The main challenge is how to connect all different sensing devices from different sources to the single central MOBISTYLE platform and how to then in semi-real time disclose the right information back to the different users (give suggestions on more energy efficient actions). Furthermore, in order to prevent that effect of raised awareness about energy conscious building usage does not die away quickly, the sufficient awareness campaigns need to be organized once the solutions will be deployed. As the MOBISTYLE team agreed, the ICT solutions deployment cannot be seen as a stand-alone measure but the aim is to embed them in long-term awareness campaigns. A well-designed communication and information strategy will be devised together with the demonstration case holders and will lay a foundation for building a trust between end-users and MOBISTYLE consortium/demonstration case holders. The goal is to bring these two sides together where end-users trust the MOBISTYLE team an understand the applications operate in their interest (benefits of energy conscious behaviour presented in a language they speak).
During the first evaluation period, the building occupants will be included in the usability testing and engaged learning to see whether they find the solutions attractive and how do they use the solutions. Their feedback will be used to improve the solutions for the second demonstration cycle as this is one of the aspects of the people-centred approach: create with and for people.
During the meeting, there was also a 2 hours joint workshop to exchange lessons learnt between MOBISTYLE and its sister project H2020 enCOMPASS project (funded in the same call 2016) where enCOMPASS coordinator Professor Piero Fraternali (POLIMI) joined the MOBISTYLE meeting. Both project representatives agreed that this workshop was useful to not just exchange lessons learnt so far but also to brainstorm on current and future challenges in the area of ICT solution development encouraging behaviour change. This also led to a decision that MOBISTYLE will host a workshop as a pre-conference event during the BEHAVE conference on 5 September 2018, 9.00-12.00, together with the MOBISTYLE H2020 sister projects financed between 2014 and 2016; MOBISTYLE, ENTROPY, ChArGED, PEAKapp, GAIA, GREENSOUL and GREENPLAY. It is possible to register for the conference and the MOBISTYLE workshop at the following link: https://www.zhaw.ch/en/about-us/news/events/behave/#c95797
The goal of the workshop is to come to an exchange of ideas between the projects, share the projects’ lessons learned, brainstorm on current and future challenges in the area of ICT solutions encouraging behavior change. Outcomes of this workshop intend to document actionable new ideas in a form of a position or white paper. This paper will help improve the H2020 projects’ progress and maximize the European replication impacts.
Figure: H2020 sister projects MOBISTYLE and enCOMPASS exchanging lessons learnt so far during the 4th MOBISTYLE consortium meeting.