The Madrid City Council has signed a collaboration agreement with The GovLab to create an urban innovation laboratory in the city. This agreement was signed on november 22 within the framework of the celebration of the CONSULCon18 in which the director of The Goverment Lab, Beth Noveck, participated.
The GovLab is a research center located in the Tandon School of Engineering of the University of New York that designs, evaluates and advises governments and institutions on democratic innovation. The first center of these characteristics in Europe that will be launched in Madrid has as objectives to investigate, design pilot projects and provide training to accelerate the adoption of innovations for citizen participation in the governmental issues.
This new initiative is added to others that has already been launched by the Madrid City Council for innovation and citizen participation. Among them, the free software program CONSUL stands out, which is already used by more than 100 institutions in the world, to which New York City has recently joined.