Be part of the first DTPR cohort

DTPR is an open-source "system-to-people" communication standard for transparency and accountability around digital technology in places.

Since DTPR became an independent initiative, we've piloted in Boston and spoken to many cities and organizations around the world interested in exploring new approaches to help people understand and engage with the digital technology in our communities and shared spaces.

What they have in common is that they are looking for a way to get started and learn from others embarking on similar efforts.

Therefore, we're launching a call for applications from municipalities, community-based organizations, academic institutions and private sector companies to be part of a cohort of DTPR implementation pilots.

The DTPR standard set of icons and digital channel

“We stand at a critical point in the development of our cities where technology is increasing all around us — yet most of us are oblivious to how this technology is being used and to what ends. This is a global challenge and we need global solutions."


Jeff Merritt

Head of IoT and Urban Transformation

World Economic Forum

DTPR is a featured initiative of the Future of the Connected World Global Action Plan

We are now recruiting for our first cohort to begin in October 2021 to meet the need to make the invisible tangible

Helpful Places and the DTPR Stewardship Coalition are launching a call for applications from municipalities, community-based organizations, academic institutions and private sector companies interested in exploring an implementation of DTPR in their community. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until September 17th, and a cohort of 5-10 partners will be selected for a Fall 2021-Winter 2022 cohort-based implementation program. Based on interest we will explore additional implementation programs for Spring and Summer 2022.

Program Details

Pilot locations will focus on the implementation of the DTPR standard for a single technology or use case. This includes:

  • Introductory "DTPR 101" workshop training and personalized guidance in the use of DTPR

  • Use of the DTPR Guide prototype - a digital platform designed to make it easy to try, and scale, DTPR implementations for IoT systems to improve transparency and foster feedback

  • Development and production of associated signage for the pilot

  • In-situ user research toolkit for cohort members to gather on-site feedback on the use case and support research that furthers development of the DTPR standard

Members of the cohort have the opportunity to

  • Learn directly from the creators of the DTPR communication standard

  • Engage with and learn from peer organizations implementing DTPR simultaneously

  • Lead in helping advance the DTPR communication standard

Application Details:

Applications for the cohort will be reviewed for acceptance on a rolling basis until September 17th.

Please apply if:

  • You or your organization is interested in applying DTPR to a technology use case or project in their community (Fall 2021 - Winter 2022)

  • Have the ability to secure resources to fund the implementation and support your participation in the cohort

We encourage all interested organizations to apply regardless of resources. While there will be a pilot participation fee for all accepted organizations in the Fall 2021-Winter 2022 cohort, we are open to creative sources of financing through partnerships, sponsorships or other methods. We recognize that resources may vary from organization to organization and encourage you to reach out to discuss further if you have concerns.

We also welcome suggestions and recommendations for fundraising and partnerships to help support this effort.

Questions?

Learn more below or e-mail us at dtpr@helpfulplaces.com

Download a PDF of the application here

A critical path to building trust in "smart cities" is demonstrating and communicating the benefits of the technology in a tangible way

Achieving place-based trust at scale requires advancing interoperable, legible “system-to-people” communication standards

Our goals are to support the implementation of DTPR in more locations around the world, facilitate learning and the adoption of best practices across a cohort of implementers and to improve the DTPR standard.

Learn more about DTPR

Visit us at https://dtpr.helpfulplaces.com/

Check out our overview deck here

Read and ask questions via our FAQ here

Download a PDF of the application here

Who's behind this effort?