Citizen participation in decision making processes, in various shapes and forms, plays a significant role in urban development initiatives. In recent years, moreover, new technologies have offered powerful tools to engage citizens, allowing novel, bottom-up and collaborative modes of participation. This session will explore both the platforms available and the opportunities they yield for these democratic forms of participation. Democratic forms of participation and platforms to engage and empower citizens Hila Oren (Founder & CEO – Tel Aviv Global) Tel Aviv – Israel Lawrence Lai (Mayor – Miri City Council) Miri – Malaysia Matteo Kalchschmidt (Professor – University of Bergamo) Dalmine – Italy Rashiq Fataar (CEO – Future Cape Town) Cape Town – South Africa Renato Lucio De Castro Junior (DBA Candidate – Maastricht School of Management) SAO PAULO – Brazil