11 Sustainable cities and communities15 Life on Land
  • Original Title: Hoplr
  • Year: 2020
  • Award: World Summit Award
  • Category: Government & Citizen Engagement
  • Producer: Jennick Scheerlinck
  • Country: Belgium
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Engaging and activating citizens on a local level is one of the biggest challenges local governments will be facing in the coming years.


  • Social Challenge
    Traditional social media focus on the “bonding social capital” instead of bridging social capital.
  • Local challenge
    One-way communication (cfr. websites, newsletters and posters) are ineffective to build local communities.
  • Technical challenge
    Local governments often lack the technical skills and resources to develop software or technology.


Hoplr significantly boosts citizen engagement by combining the power of a social network for local communities with participation tools for local governments and the public sector. Its a social network for your neighbourhood, that brings people closer together and creates stronger communities.