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What is an 
Innovation Camp?

This Camp for Societal Innovation is an instrument for addressing societalchallenges in a powerful and effective way. It combines an entrepreneurialway of thinking and working with a concrete process for developing breakthrough ideas and insights, aiming at producing real-world impact. Participants from diverse backgrounds, countries and disciplines worktogether to discover and leverage in-and-out-of-the-box opportunities forcreating breakthroughs in a process of collaborative solution seeking. The camps are based on an entrepreneurial discovery process anddesigned to open new thinking about complex problems and challenges,creating promising new perspectives which increase the possibility toaddress them effectively.

Innovation Camps are an international innovation instrument, and pastcamps have integrated participants from more than 30 countries in activelyaddressing societal innovation issues. In this way the Camps can build on aglobal network of more than 800 people with ‘camping’ experience.

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The Challenges

Challenges are the main drivers of the Innovation Camp, as they feed the energy of all participants for exploring, reframing and formulating new ideas.

Energy Poverty

Over 40% of the Bulgarian population is not able to sufficinetly warm up their homes during the winter months. This is one of the main reasons behind the poor air quality in Sofia.

Transport & Mobility

In recent years, the number of cars in Sofia has been growing. In 2016 in the city there were 515 cars per 1000 people, while in Vienna the ratio was 370/1000 for the same year.

The Social Effect of Innovations

Nowadays we see that governments, businesses and people are increasingly pointing to varying forms of technology as a solution to some of the most pressing challenges modern society faces.

The Challenge Owners

These are the decision-makers involved in the resolution of the challenge in their organisation


Lorita Radeva

City Councillor &
Chairperson of the Environmental Protection Commission

Hristian Petrov

Director of the
"Urban Mobility Centre"


Doncho Barbalov

Deputy Mayor of
 Sofia Municipality


29-31 March, 2019


Friday, 29 March

  • 12:30 - 13:30: Registration and lunch for the participants

  • 13:30 - 14:15: Official opening:
    - Mayor of Sofia Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova
    - Deputy Director General of JRC Mrs. Charlina Vitcheva
    - Moderator: Moderator Mrs. Malina Edreva (Sofia City Council)

  • 14:15 - 14:30: MoU signing ceremony between Sofia Municipality and Joint Research Centre

  • 14:30 - 15:00: Keynote speech by Mrs. Charlina Vitcheva on the work of JRC in the fields of the challenges

  • 15:00 - 15:15: Presentation of the methodology of the Innovation camps by Hank Kune (Educore)

  • 15:15 - 15:25: Presentation of the experience of the city of Gabrovo in organizing innovation camps by Mrs. Tanya Hristova, Mayor of Gabrovo

  • 15:25 - 15:40: Presentation of the Innovative method for measurement and visualization of air quality prepared by Economics and Business Administration Faculty of Sofia University 

  • 15:40 - 16:00: Presentation of the challenges from the challenge owners

  • 16:00 - 16:15: Coffee break

  • 16:15 - 17:45: Dividing into three groups and presentation of the participants in each group
    - Facilitators explain the process to participants
    - Facilitated discussion about the challenge to find out the real issues

  • 18:30 - 20:30: Cocktail


Saturday, 30 March

  • 10:00 - 12:30: Work in groups on the challenges
    - Working on the focus issues to find ideas and solutions


  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch

  • 13:30 - 15:30: Work in groups on the challenges
    - Enriching and combining promising ideas

  • 15:30 - 16:00: Coffee break

  • 16:00 - 17:30: Peer-to-peer feedback

    - Groups present the preliminary findings to other groups, who challenge, question, and give further impulses to the issues to be worked on day 2

    - Groups reconvene to discuss the feedback they have received


  • 17:30 - 18:00: Wrapping up the issues as they have developed in each group

  • 18:30 - 20:30: Dinner


Sunday, 31 March

  • 09:00 - 12:30: Prototyping begins: 

    - Integrating ideas into executable prototypes
    - Identifying roadmap for the prototype (6 months)
    - Roadmap responsibilities


  • 12:30 - 13:30: Lunch

  • 13:30 - 15:30: Presentation of the prototypes in finalized format as actionable items, in text and visuals

  • 15:30 - 16:30: Official closing of the Sofia Innovation Camp


Sing up NOW to take part in
Sofia Innovation Camp!

Organisers and partners

Sofia Innovation Camp is put together by:


Sofia Municipality



Sofia Development Association



Joint Research Centre



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