In the belief that social and urban resilience go hand in hand, the Danish startup Ourhub proposes a digital platform for sharing objects to play in the city. Combined with cases that contain games “to be shared,” Ourhub seeks to develop a sociable, active, and playful neighborhood.
" OurHub is a service devoted to creating more playful cities and strengthening social bonds. We invented a social platform for sharing objects that seeks to help rediscover the pleasure of spontaneous encounters in public and shared spaces between people who didn’t necessarily know each other beforehand. Our service combines hardware and software: urban furniture for sharing games and sports equipment (to play Mölkky, Boules, Croquet, Ping-Pong, street basketball, etc.) and a matchmaking application serve to connect individuals with friends, neighbors, and even tourists. OurHub combines traditional objects and digital technologies to facilitate enjoyable, face-to-face interactions in the public space.
As people become more critical of existing digital networks, OurHub provides a creative alternative for individuals and places. The service encourages spontaneous socialization at the local level and thus fights against “connected solitude.” In an age of increasing urbanization, rediscovering public spaces as places to live and share experiences becomes an essential condition of urban resilience.”
OurHub is a Copenhagen-based start-up that intervene in the domain of “urban tech” with the aim to put the human being at the core of reflexions and actions about the smart city. Its main activity consists in the implementation of hybrid solutions (high and low tech) to reinforce social cohesion and the attractiveness of shared public spaces. Along those works, they also develop research and innovative processes at the crossroads of urban planning, urban sociology and new technologies.