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Data Dilemmas: Opportunities and threats of future energy systems

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The transition from fossil fuels to clean energy in order to limit global warming is arguably the most wicked problem our society has ever faced. Besides a move to renewable energy production, experts agree that achieving the energy transition also requires a shift to more decentralized energy systems.

While digitalization promises to enable the shift to renewable and decentralized energy systems, it also raises several challenges and risks. In recent years we see privacy and security concerns emerging in line with the proliferation of smart devices which have the possibility to constantly monitor the behavior of their users. There are also questions related to large technology companies in the energy sector, and the risks associated with their monopoly position. During this Data Dilemmas, we will explore key opportunities and threats of future energy systems. How can we ensure privacy and security of smart energy systems? And what should governments do to ensure a level playing field, preventing data monopolies in the energy market?

15:50 – 16:00 Walk-in
16:00 – 16:10 Welcome and introductions
16:10 – 17:00 Pitches by Julia Jansen (Waag) and other speakers to be announced
17:00 – 17:30 Wrap-up and networking drinks

About the Data Dilemma series
Data Dilemmas is a collaboration between Amsterdam Smart City and the City of Amsterdam’s Data Lab. Three times a year we explore the possibilities for using data and new technologies to address urban and societal challenges, with a focus on responsible digitalization. The goal is to use data to make cities more safe, clean and accessible. But what happens to all the data that is collected? Which dilemmas do we encounter when we collect (personal) data to improve the city? These questions are important for everyone: governments, knowledge institutions, companies, and civil society. Amsterdam Smart City would like to explore with you which decisions are needed for responsible use of data.

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Gemeente Amsterdam valt in de prijzen bij de World Smart City Awards 2022

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De gemeente Amsterdam heeft gisteren een prijs in ontvangst genomen tijdens de Smart City Awards 2022 voor het project Hackshield. In Barcelona vond deze week het Smart City World Expo plaats waar de industrie rondom digitalisering en stedelijke innovatie bijeenkomt. In de zoektocht naar de innovatieparels uit de wereld heeft de Smart City commissie de 337 initiatieven uit 60 landen beoordeeld en vervolgens als finalisten in 10 categorieën ingedeeld. Het project HackShield valt in de categorie ‘safety & security’. Het was spannend want naast Amsterdam was een initiatief uit de Arabische Emiraten en Finland in de running voor de award.

HackShield is als initiatief onder de Digitale Veiligheids agenda van burgemeester Halsema in de stad uitgerold. Samen met de OBA, de Politie en de Johan Cruijff ArenA is o.a. de oproep via een mini-speelfilm met de burgemeester en politiechef Frank Paauw gedaan om kinderen van 8 tot 12 jaar kennis te laten maken met de gevaren in de online leefwereld. Een serious game waar kinderen op een speelse manier opdrachten doen, punten kunnen verdienen en daarmee digitaal weerbaar worden. Dit levert de cyberheld een heus cyberpaspoort op en wordt vervolgens beëdigd door de politie tot ‘Junior Cyber Agent’. Zo investeert de gemeente in deze bijzondere publiek en private partnership in de digitale vaardigheden van de nieuwe generatie ‘Y’.

Dit jaar heeft HackShield ook een prijs gewonnen bij GemeenteDelers 2022 van de VNG binnen de categorie ‘Kennis en Communicatie’. Het succes achter de laagdrempelige en deelbare aanpak kreeg daardoor nationaal veel aandacht. Daarmee hebben we andere gemeenten geïnspireerd om het initiatief over te nemen. En nu is er ook op internationaal niveau aandacht voor HackShield. Het winnen van deze award is een prachtige erkenning voor al het werk achter de schermen en ook een enorme steun in het agenderen van het onderwerp op digitale veiligheid in steden.

Meer dan een spel
HackShield behandelt verschillende thema’s zoals data, cyberpesten en geldezels. Zo heeft de gemeente Amsterdam in samenwerking met de Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam een speciale quest ontwikkeld die gaat over desinformatie. De samenwerking met verschillende partners, zoals de Nationale Politie en de Johan Cruijff ArenA maakt HackShield een community die zich inzet voor het vergroten van digitale geletterdheid en pleit voor een digitaal veilige toekomst van steden en haar inwoners.

Het winnen van een Smart City Award 2022 is wederom een waardering voor het geleverde werk van alle betrokkenen en onderstreept de ambities om het HackShield-programma ook op internationaal niveau uit te dragen.

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Recap of Demo Day #17 – Themes: Mobility, Energy, Circular and Digital

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Our network is our strength! This was proved once again at our well-attended Demo Day on October 11 this year. Pitches, work sessions and then continue talks during drinks. Everyone went home satisfied and inspired. At least that was our feeling! Read our short summary below.

About our Demo Days

The Demo Days are one of the tools we use to stimulate innovation and encourage connection between our partners and community. The purpose of the Demo Days is to present the progress of various innovation projects, ask for help, share dilemmas and involve more partners to take these projects to the next level. More information about the Demo Days can be found here.

Recap Demo Day #17

Smart Doorbells – Sofie-Amalie Torp Dideriksen from Responsible Sensing Lab

The Responsible Sensing Lab explores how to integrate public values in the design of smart systems in the public space. Sofie-Amalie Torp Dideriksen researched alternative smart doorbell designs, with the goal of redesigning the smart doorbell with a focus on privacy. During our Demo Day we talked about the power and the use of data from smart doorbells. In the Netherlands we have more than half a million bells like this. This means a lot of extra cameras on the streets, which also film public areas. At the moment, regulations regarding smart doorbells are not enforced. Additionally, smart doorbells are vulnerable to external attacks and manufacturers such as Google and Amazon are unclear about who owns the data captured by the doorbells. There’s a power difference going on, the owner has a lot more data about the visitor than the other way around.

How can we raise awareness and/or encourage discussion about smart doorbells and their impact? How can we design privacty-friendly doorbells? Responsible Sensing lab is working on this topic. Does it ring a bell?

Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab, A Regulatory Sandbox - Gianluca van der Putten & Juanita Devis Clavajio from MALL
One of the goals of Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab (MALL) is to become a regulatory “sandbox” or “free-zone”, enabling the testing of innovations which are yet not fully compliant with existing legal and regulatory frameworks. In reality, achieving this “sandbox” status is challenging as most experiments in public space require a permit.
In this work session, a mix of experts and stakeholders from Amsterdam’s innovation and start-up ecosystem were joined by colleagues from the Floriade (Almere) and Scheveningen (The Hague) living labs. One of the most important insight from the session was that rather than thinking about sandboxes as spaces where rules don’t apply, we should think of sandboxes as places where policy innovations can be tested. This requires close collaboration with policy makers who are willing to experiment with new governance and regulatory approaches.

One participant suggested positioning MALL as the “Efteling of Innovation”, taking a theme-park approach to designing a testing environment that engages, inspires, - and entertains - the public on urban innovation topics.

Scaling up the “15% GasTerug actienetwerk” – Edwin Oskam from metropoolregio Amsterdam and Marc van Gemert from gemeente Amsterdam
The ‘Actienetwerk 15% Gas Terug’ is an initiative by a coalition of partners in the Amsterdam region. This network is aiming on reduction of gas usage and demand by at least 15%. Edwin Oskam (MRA & Gemeente Amsterdam) shared various initiatives that contribute to this goal. The network is reaching out to citizens, small-to-medium businesses, office locations and business parks, with help of instruments like knowledge-sharing, campaigns and monitoring. In this session, participants shared opportunities they see in their personal or professional environment. The group also contributed on enhancing the approach of the network, by creative solutions such as involving and learning children about saving energy through escaperooms, podcast or organizing hackatons.

Do you know initiatives that could or already help reducing demand of gas? Please share this with the network, via

EU Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD) collaboration for the circular economy - Juan-Carlos Goilo from municipality of Amsterdam
How could the city of Amsterdam, companies and institutions work together to monitor the circular economy and create insight into data? The CSRD could be a starting point in this collaboration. Big companies have to report on sustainability data starting 2024.
The participants of this session discussed what kind of collaboration would be desired and possible. They concluded that data exchange between the companies and the city would already be of great use. The city could also provide monitoring models that could be used modularly depending on the company sectors and share knowledge on monitoring and preparation for the CSRD. There will certainly be more sessions on this topic with Amsterdam Smart City partners to create more clarity on the different needs and options.

Mobility poverty – Maxim Burlini from the Province of Noord-Holland
Increasing inflation and rising petrol and gas prices threaten to make mobility unaffordable for many people. How do we ensure mobility for these people to ensure that they can continue to participate in society? Maxim presented the findings of a short study into mobility poverty that he conducted. In a lively discussion a lot of input was generated. It was argued that it is about fairness, more than inclusiveness. This requires a change in the system and in thinking about this problem. Some keynotes where that shared mobility should not be left solely to market principles but should also be targeted at low-income groups. And that schemes for bikes targeted at children in deprived areas are successful to enhance biking as an alternative for (expensive) car use and public transport. This type of concrete, targeted action is much more necessary in the coming years.

In short, everyone agrees that mobility poverty is a real problem, that the problem will increase in the coming years and that we must do something about it. Together with DRIFT, the province of Noord-Holland will further develop this in one of the challenges in Amsterdam Smart City.

Want to join the next Demo Day?

Be welcome! Our next Demo Day takes place on the 13th of December in the afternoon. This will be a special edition, a lot of pitches with a focus on the progress everyone made this year. It’s all about making impact together. Feel free to get in contact Sophie via if you are interested in joining the Demo Day or let us know in the comments. We are happy to talk with you to find out if it's a match!

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Road to Decarbonisation: Clean, Smart and Secure Solutions

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This final event of the Interreg North-West Europe CleanMobilEnergy (CME) project will be a unique opportunity to understand our road to decarbonisation. Speakers from the CME project and other innovative projects and organisations will share their experiences and learnings regarding realising local energy communities, electric mobility, sustainable heating, energy storage and smart, flexible energy systems (such as V2G) from a range of perspectives including technical, financial, social, governance and legal/policy to paint a holistic picture of the future of the energy system and how we get there.

The 1.5-day conference will feature experiences from the implementation of pilots in Arnhem, Nottingham, Stuttgart and Schwäbisch Gmünd within the CME project as well as real-world implementation learnings from other state-of-the-art projects in the field. In the CME pilots, e-mobility solutions were implemented together with local renewables, storage and an open-source energy management system (the REMove tool) to connect, monitor and optimise the energy flows. By matching local energy needs with local renewables through smart solutions, such a system increases renewable energy's economic value and significantly reduces CO2 emissions. This also contributes to increased energy security and independence of European cities and regions, at a time when the cost of energy has been increasing to record levels throughout Europe.

This event is meant for forward-looking local decision makers (including local and regional governments, community organisations and cooperatives), system integrators, e-mobility providers, renewable energy providers, electricity grid operators and ICT developers, to provide a clear view of how models such as energy communities and energy management tools like ReMove can support organisations, cities and regions in their decarbonisation journeys. The event will be held in English.

Finally, the second day of this event will include a site visit to the CME project’s Arnhem pilot site, where the ReMove tool supports the supply of local renewable energy from a 14MW solar farm to river cruise ships in the maintenance harbour adjacent to the city’s industrial area through a cold ironing (shore-to-ship power) system, as well as other pilots conducted at the IPKW innovative business park such as fuelling of hydrogen vehicles.

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Amsterdam Bike City | Green Deal Fiets

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Vervoer per fiets heeft velen voordelen: fietsen is goed voor het milieu én het is goed voor de eigen gezondheid. Voor een duurzame, gezonde Metropool Amsterdam met vitale bewoners is het daarom belangrijk om het gebruik van de fiets te stimuleren. Dat doen we door organisaties te verbinden aan de Green Deal Fiets.

Op 14 december 2022 vanaf 20:00 uur vindt een event van Amsterdam Bike City plaats, dat volledig in het teken staat van de Green Deal Fiets. Tijdens dit event kom je alles te weten over hoe de Green Deal Fiets 100.000 meer fietsers gaat activeren en hoe je zelf kunt aansluiten. Het initiatief richt zich op vier thema’s: fietsservicepunten, fietsvriendelijke arbeidsvoorwaarden, meer kinderen en jongeren op de fiets en de impact van fiets stimulering.

Lees hier meer over de Green Deal Fiets, een initiatief van Amsterdam Economic Board, Metropoolregio Amsterdam, de Vervoerregio en BYCS. De locatie is in Amsterdam en het volledige programma volgt later.

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