Online Partos Innovation Festival 2020

It’s time for the 7th edition of Partos’ annual Innovation Festival. The creation of an inclusive and sustainable world is what drives NGOs, civil society leaders, researchers, governments and social entrepreneurs working in the development sector. Collaboration is key to create this world we envision. Therefore, Partos, through its innovation platform The Spindle, organises the Partos Innovation Festival to celebrate innovative collaborations and to share ideas, inspiration and new trends. This year we’ve chosen a theme, that's very much of its time: Digital Civic Power. Due to the current situation and this year’s theme Partos has decided to organise this edition on the 8th and 9th of October online!

Please note:
from next week on you'll be able to register for this event. 

This year's theme

Our current world is characterised by a great interconnectedness in which the digital transformation has been one of the most disruptive trends of our time. A trend that offers a great number of challenges, but at the same time opportunities. The importance of civil society in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals is widely agreed upon. Especially its countervailing power that can point at damaging processes and measures is of great importance, as well as its convening and co-creative power. What can civic organisations learn from best practices of the use of data and digital technology? How can it strengthen civic organisations’ strategies on inclusive and sustainable development and improve their impact? In order to oversee, comprehend and harness these complex developments, the Partos Innovation Festival 2020 focusses on Digital Civic Power. The online festival is a perfect opportunity to shed light on this complexity from various angles and to showcase promising initiatives, approaches and tools. Through the festival, we hope to alert, inspire and to provide a shared agency for participants and as such fuel the civic digital power for an inclusive and sustainable world for everyone. 

Host of the Festival

We are happy to welcome Monique van Dusseldorp this year as the host and facilitator of our festival! Monique van Dusseldorp is a well-known curator of seminars and conferences on creativity, innovation, and technology. Over the last 20 years, she initiated and organised a series of internationally renowned events, all with a top line of speakers.


The Partos Innovation Festival 2020 takes place through an online format divided over three blocks. The first block focusses on civic digital power. During this block, civil society organisations and digital innovation experts share their experiences and challenges and opportunities of civic digital power. The second block addresses various inspiring digital tools needed for civic action. The third block takes us on different Digital Journeys. Click on the blocks to see the full programme. 

Block 1 | October 8 | 15.00-17.00 | What are inspiring examples of new, digitally enabled forms of civil society cooperation, that are secure, inclusive, fair and informed by a locally led agendaIn the first block of the Partos Innovation Festival, civil society organisations and digital innovation experts will share their experiences and challenges – as well as interact with an international audience of civil society organisations and activists. Read full programme. 

Block 2 | October 9 | 10.00-12.00 | What are the most inspiring digital products or services that contribute to an inclusive, just, collaborative and sustainable world? What can civic society organisations learn from best practices of the use of data and digital technology in sustainable and inclusive development?  In this session, we will dive into these questions and share ideas and inspiration about digital tools for civic action. Read full programme. 

Block 3 | October 9 | 14.00-16.00 | What is the role of digital technology in finding solutions to societal challenges? Why do we need to reclaim the internet as a force for the common good? What are the results of the different Joint Action Groups active in The Spindle’s Digital Journey? This final block of the Partos Innovation Festival will focus on Digital Journeys and Public Spaces. Read full programme. 

Partos Innovation Festival 2019