BluAct meeting in Koper, Slovenia!

22 + 23 June 2022: Two days of intense work and activities, participatory workshops, incredible site visits, presentations and co-operations, that gave us tools for starting up the Blue Economy in our cities from a more advanced position!

THE STORY


23 June 2022

WELCOME TO RRC KOPER

Here we go again!! Transnational Meeting number 4 for Bluact wave 2 starts in the beautiful city of Koper, Slovenia! The Director of RRC KOPER, Giuliano Nemarnik is welcoming the team and briefly presents the actions of the Center!



TEAM-BUILDING WORKSHOP

The Marshmallow icebreaking game! BluAct partners created 3 teams trying to build the highest structure using spaghetti, duct tape and string! We have a winner!! A very competitive finalist! And a pretty artistic loser! After that a very interesting presentation was delivered about team-building and its importance.



BURGAS & MATOSINHOS

Meeting again with our old friends from Burgas and Matosinhos! Our fellow partners from the first wave of BluAct, Maria and Nuno, connected online and shared their experience with the URBACT's actions in their city and the continuity of their Blue Economy Competitions! The session was streamed live and now you can watch it below:



ROLEPLAY WORKSHOP: HACKATHON

If you want to prepare a Hackathon you need to first get into everyone's shoe! A role-playing workshop with Mentors, Jury, Startups, even Politician roles! You can watch the full recording below:



SITE VISIT: NATURAL PARK

The first day finishes with a bike tour outside of the city to see the local Natural Park!



23 June 2022

SITE VISIT: IZOLA

Day 2! We grabbed our bikes and visited Izola, the beautiful nearby city. Representatives from the Development Dept. there delivered a nice presentation about the city's European route and actions about Blue Economy and sustainability!



WORKSHOP: ENGAGING POLITICIANS

Our lead expert, Jim Sims, designed this workshop on the importance of politicians engagement during the preparation and delivery of a Blue Economy Competition. The 2 tables were led by Lida Ampatzi and Avgoustinos Parianos. Very interesting approaches and experience from the 4 European port-cities. Full recording available below:



PARTNERS PROGRESS

Our partners presenting their progress into "Starting Up the Blue Economy" in their cities! Great work with an enormous potential impact! We are proud! Full recording available below:



WORKSHOP: DIGITAL NEEDS

What are the digital needs in order to prepare and deliver a Blue Hackathon? The communication officers of the network, Angelos Ploumis and Avgoustinos Parianos led this participatory workshop for participatory brainstorming on the core element: the website! Valuable insights from all the partners gave life to this session which will for sure become a tool! Full recording available below:



WRAP UP

A wrap up of our 2-days transnational meeting in Koper, Slovenia! Valuable experience exchange, knowledge gathered, ideas regenerated, willing to work harder, but most of all meeting with old and new colleagues that we now consider as friends!



After 2 intense days of team-work, the partners of #BluAct will have to say goodbye to the beautiful city of Koper! We are all sad that we have to part from each other, but also happy from all the collective knowledge and experience gathered!



Eager to work even harder now for #BetterCities See you soon! Stay Blue!