Open Call Info Webinar 2 Recap

On 22 September 2021, WeNet hosted a second info webinar on the running Open Call – which will close on 30 September 2021 – and its specifics. Here below, everything you need to know.

WeNet Project’s Coordinator, Prof. Fausto Giunchiglia from the University of Trento, kicked off the event with a presentation of the project’s vision and its main objective: the development of an online platform empowering machine-mediated diversity-aware people’s interactions. “The WeNet consortium has already run several pilots across the world in Italy, Denmark, Paraguay, United Kingdom, China and Mongolia; with the Open Call we would like to maximize the project’s impact with a larger community.” said Fausto.

Daniele Miorandi from U-Hopper, followed-up with a detailed overview of the WeNet Open Call, in particular regarding its objectives, available financial support and expected type of applications. The Open Call, as Daniele pointed out, is organized around 3 tracks, each of which targets a set of objectives and has a different budget and duration.

Track typeObjectiveMax funding per applicationMax project duration
Track A (App)Develop a new use case, a new app and run an experiment (collect data)€ 50k6 months
Track B (Data)Re-use an existing WeNet app and run an experiment (collect data)€ 25k4 months
Track C (Open)This is a free track, where proposals that do not fit Track A or B, but are relevant for the Open Call scope, can be submitted.€ 50k6 months

Daniele’s presentation continued with a thorough explanation of the WeNet technology, the main technological outputs for the various users’ communities, and relative funded tracks. More details about the WeNet technology are available in the  WeNet platform report and the WeNet online course, Track 3.  

The last speaker, Giulia Tosato from U-Hopper, concluded the info webinar providing more insights into the submission requirements, application, and evaluation process. The audience was reminded of the importance of the call’s specific proposal template, the use of which is mandatory.
As stated at the top of this article, the submission deadline is set for 30 September 2021 while the work of the selected projects is expected to start in February 2022.

Further information about the Open Call can be found in the “Open Call” section of the WeNet website that includes also a FAQ page.  Interested to apply? Submit your application via the dedicated online form.

The entire webinar presentation slide deck can be found here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the WeNet platform specifics, please refer to the dedicated public deliverable.

In case you have missed the info webinar, you can watch the video recording here below and on our YouTube channel.