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Pilots should be user-driven, involving existing communities of people, and possibly addressing a combination of sustainability areas. Participants should include not only industry and academia but also local communities, grassroots activists, hackers, social entrepreneurs, students, citizens, creative industries and civil society organisations.
Consortia are expected to be multidisciplinary in nature: participation of at least two entities from domains different than ICT technologies (e.g. social sciences, psychology, economy, art, etc.) is required.
The first of the societal challenges the EC is focusing on with the action of CAPS
is sustainability, originally understood as centring attention on the environment as a biological system that is able to endure and remain diverse. The issue at stake is to maintain a viable environment now and into the future through a wide array of practices that support reduction of well-known ecological problems, like energy and water consumption, land use, etc. The concept of sustainability has been extended, however, to include social and economic sustainability as a necessity for assuring future generations a quality of life that is at least comparable to the one available now.