Serón hosts the 7th edition of the ‘Almanzora Comparte. Hackathon’.

The Subdelegation of the Government of Almeria has hosted this Tuesday, the presentation of the VII Conference ‘Almanzora Comparte. Hackathon’ to be held in the municipality of Serón on 23 May. The event was attended by the Government Subdelegate in Almeria, José María Martín, the Mayor of Serón, Manuel Domene, the Vice-Dean of Information and Communication Sciences Studies at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), Sandra Sanz, and the UOC’s Vice President for Alliances, Community and Culture, Miguel Ángel García.

Martín highlighted the fact that “the Almanzora region is the destination for this conference, which aims to analyse and debate measures and initiatives to reduce territorial imbalance and at the same time generate entrepreneurial opportunities in rural areas”. The sub-delegate also had words of thanks for the UOC, which “has been working in Almeria for seven years to revitalise our region, based on the experience of the companies based in the area, the administrations and the hackathon dynamic as a way of exchanging experiences”.

In this year’s edition and under the challenge ‘How to improve the economic, social and cultural activity of the Almanzora region, will work on 5 thematic axes that will be distributed in 5 tables: tourism, depopulation, training and industry, agriculture and livestock, and sustainability and circular economy.

For the Mayor of Serón, the fact that “the UOC has decided to carry out this new edition of Almanzora Comparte in the municipality of Serón is a crucial support for our town and our people in the development of local initiatives to maintain or generate new sources of employment, take better care of our environment, the sustainability of our natural resources and the development of tourism in our region. In short, this initiative contributes to the awareness of the administrations in the fight against the depopulation of inland municipalities”.

According to Domene, “it is an honour and a source of pride to have experts in my town who can pass on innovative and successful experiences, with collaborative learning techniques, which help to strengthen companies and public institutions in the Almanzora region”. These actions, “which serve to exchange successful experiences of local development, to relate with associative, business and professional network should serve as an impetus to work together and collaboratively in the development of our people,” as noted by the mayor of Serón.

Rural development and new opportunities

Sandra Sanz, Vice-Dean of Alliances, Community and Culture at the UOC, highlighted the fact that “this year, we have the support of the Ministry for Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, which has recognised the work carried out in the region by initiatives such as Almanzora Comparte to generate opportunities and promote rural development. It is a recognition that fills us with pride and that validates the enthusiasm, the effort and the results obtained in this type of activities”.

In addition, Sandra Sanz explained that “the success of the Almanzora Comparte event undoubtedly lies in its participants who, year after year, renew their commitment and involvement and come excited to learn and share experiences. Seven months have passed since the last edition and it never ceases to amaze me the willingness with which they receive my invitation”. Finally, he assured that “adding design thinking, prospective analysis and futurisation techniques to go deeper into the ideas put forward is an evolution and improvement of the dynamics that we have been using until now. This will allow us to check the feasibility and suitability of the proposals presented. This novelty, together with the change of location, could make the 7th Almanzora Comparte the best edition yet.

Finally, Miguel Ángel García, an expert from the UOC’s Vice President’s Office for Partnerships, Community and Culture, stressed that “the experience and results obtained during the six previous editions validate Almanzora Comparte as a case of good practice in open social innovation”. García added that “in this sense, the interest received in replicating this initiative in different parts of Spain is a source of satisfaction for the whole team involved because it confirms the usefulness of the conference as an effective transfer tool”.

The Almanzora Comparte Conference will be held on 23 May at El Cocherón de la Estación de Serón from 9.30 am until 8.00 pm. Registrations can be made at the following link:

https://symposium.uoc.edu/116288/detail/vii-edicio-de-la-jornada-almanzora-comparte.html

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