Citizens & Living

To keep Amsterdam liveable the municipality collaborates with its citizens. On average Amsterdam’s population grows with 10.000 people a year. This small big city has a density of 5065 people per square km, over 180 different nationalities. 19% of the total Dutch GDP is earned in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. Between 2015 and 2016, the amount of tourists in Amsterdam increased by 7%. To keep Amsterdam’s 162 canals, monumental centre and residential areas liveable, innovative initiatives are required. Share your innovative concepts and ideas here!

Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

International monitor of urban approaches dealing with COVID-19

Every two weeks the City of Amsterdam publishes a monitor on urban measures to deal with COVID-19. Different issues are discussed, depending on the questions we receive from within the municipal organization. It is aimed at giving a general overview of urban measures worldwide and of other information relevant for cities. It also has an overview of EU measures and of different relevant sources. Please find the 8th version of the monitor attached.
For more information about the measures in Amsterdam, please refer to this website. Earlier versions of the monitor are available through this weblink.
For any suggestions, please mail to Please refer to the same e-mail address if you would like to subscribe to this mailing.

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Folkert Leffring, Digital Media Manager , posted

Amsterdam seeks start-ups for six-month residency programme

The City of Amsterdam is seeking the latest cohort of innovators for its Start-up in Residence programme, with this year’s themes being sustainability/circular economy and mobility. During a six-month programme, selected companies get the chance to pilot their products and services in the city and at the end, the municipality may become a launch customer or collaborate with the businesses in other ways.

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Mathieu Dasnois, Communications Manager at Metabolic, posted

We will re-imagine the economy and escape the 9-5 grind.

"We need fundamental economic reform"

Our founder and CEO Eva Gladek joined Pakhuis de Zwijger together with Raise Green's co-founder Matthew Moroney to discuss what a post-COVID-19-future could look like.

Follow the link to watch the video!

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AMS Institute, Re-inventing the city (urban innovation) at AMS Institute, posted

Professor Eveline van Leeuwen appointed as new Scientific Director AMS Institute

Eveline van Leeuwen, Professor of Urban Economics at Wageningen University & Research and international expert on spatial economics, has been appointed as Scientific Director of Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute). The appointment by the board of AMS Institute is effective as per September 1st.

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Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

7e monitor internationale voorbeelden aanpak corona

Elke twee weken maakt de gemeente Amsterdam een monitor waarin je kunt zien hoe steden uit Europa en de hele wereld omgaan met de coronacrisis. Verschillende domeinen komen aan bod, mede afhankelijk van de kennisvragen die we vanuit de organisatie ontvangen. De monitor is erop gericht om een algemeen beeld te geven van de maatregelen die andere steden in Europa en daarbuiten nemen naar aanleiding van de uitbraak van Corona. Ook bevat het document een overzicht van EU-maatregelen en van informatiebronnen die relevant zijn voor steden.

Je vindt de zesde monitor in de bijlage. Oudere versies van de monitor vindt u terug via deze link. De volgende monitor verschijnt waarschijnlijk rond 17 juli.

Voor gerichte verzoeken of suggesties voor toekomstige updates inzake corona neem contact op met team Europa & internationaal via Er is ook een Engelstalige versie vanaf maandag beschikbaar. Mocht je de monitor niet willen ontvangen, dan kan je je afmelden door een mail te sturen naar ditzelfde adres.

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Amsterdam Smart City’s Knowledge Exchange Goes Online!

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Demand for knowledge and collaboration is greater than ever as cities look for innovative solutions and best practices to respond to the Covid-19 crisis. This is why Amsterdam Smart City is adapting to the corona crisis and the "new normal" by bringing its Knowledge Exchange programs online.

Any interested party, irrespective of their location, can now book one of three standard Knowledge Exchange programs hosted online, via the Zoom platform:

  • Smart City Consultation Session (45 min): This interactive session gives participants the opportunity to ask all of your questions about the Amsterdam Smart City program and projects.
  • Introduction to Amsterdam Smart City (1.5hr): This session shares the development and evolution of Amsterdam Smart City with a focus on governance, key projects and lessons learned since its inception in 2009.
  • Smart City Deep Dive (2.5hr): Dive deeper into one of four societal transitions central to the Amsterdam Smart City program: mobility, energy, circularity economy, or digital city. This session includes presentations and discussions with two experts and focuses on best practices and more than a decade of lessons learned from Amsterdam’s innovation ecosystem.

Launching New Program: Smart City Exchange

In response to demand for exchanging best practices, we are also launching a new “Smart City Exchange” to support cities and organizations with their urban innovation ambitions. During these sessions Amsterdam Smart City shares best practices and lessons learned from Amsterdam’s innovation ecosystem on a specific topic, for example mobility, energy of community-driven initiatives. In exchange we would like to hear from your city or organization’s experience and best practices on the same topic. In this way we create mutually beneficial Smart City Exchange!

To enquire about the Smart City Exchange or any of the other of our Knowledge Exchange programs, email with a brief summary of the key challenges you are working and what you hope to get out of a collaboration with Amsterdam Smart City.

Share Your Online / Virtual Program

Are you offering online or virtual lectures, master-classes, trainings, tours or demos? Share your program on the Amsterdam Smart City Visits page! Or, do you have a solution that can enable our community members to do their bring their wokshops or tours online? We would like to hear from you! Share your solution or idea below or email

About Amsterdam Smart City Knowledge Exchange Programs

Since 2016, Amsterdam Smart City has hosted more than 250 delegations from 70 countries. Over half of those visiting delegations were governmental groups interested in learning from the Amsterdam Smart City approach to collaborative innovation. Among the most popular topics for international groups are public-private partnerships, smart mobility solutions, citizen-led or “bottom-up” innovations, and living labs.

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

Affordable cities

is the title of my newest blogpost about - yes- the lack of affordability of cities (Amsterdam included).
However, if you have no proficiency of Dutch, you must wait a couple of weeks; only the Dutch version is available now. Try it.....

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

Public space, a distinguishing characteristic of cities

My newest post is about public space. In the Netherlands we have quite a lot of good examples, that came into existence in an organic way or that have been designed recently. In this post I refer a lot to Amsterdam, so don't miss it.
Smart designers also add light and smell (of oranges) to influence the mood the public.

Wie liever over publieke ruimte leest, kan terecht bij de Nederlandse versie, die al een paar weken geleden is verschenen:

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

The new commons: Empowering citizens

In a time that empowering citizens is hot, you might consider reading the seminal book of Elinor Ostrom, Governing the Commons. No time? My newest post is informative too and offers many examples of urban commons. Did you know that the commons movement in Italian cities is thriving and that Bologna is experimenting with new forms of urban government, the city as a common?

Lees de al eerder gepubliceerde Nederlandse versie hier:

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AMS Institute, Re-inventing the city (urban innovation) at AMS Institute, posted

Urban Living Lab Summit 2020: Meet over 150 international Living Lab practitioners

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In many innovation projects, scientific programs, and organizations, urban living labs are achieving good results. In this co-creative, interactive Urban Living Lab Summit, we are going to explore tools that are used and ways to standardize them.

During the Summit - Monday, June 22nd, from 2 to 6pm (CET) - we will address:

● What tools can be used for designing, measuring impact, collaborating, and learning within Living Labs?

● How have these tools been proven helpful for living labs to reach their goals?

● What are lessons/insights that have been learned by living lab practitioners during this Corona crisis?

Want to know who's speaking? Or how to register?

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C Lemckert, communication consultant , posted

Bijenhotels verstopt achter voetgangersborden

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Sinds kort heeft Spaarnelanden een aantal bijzondere verkeersborden in het Kenaupark in Haarlem geplaatst. Op de achterkant zitten 3D geprinte vogelhuizen en insectenhotels verwerkt in het ophangsysteem. Deze zijn geprint van gerecyclede petflessen. De borden zijn gemaakt van bamboe. ‘Dit is een voorbeeld van hoe de gemeente Haarlem duurzaam doet in de openbare ruimte,’ zegt wethouder openbare ruimte en ecologie, Merijn Snoek.
Lees verder:

Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Ondernemers geven samen vorm aan 1,5-meter-economie

Ruim 120 ‘corona-proof’ initiatieven in de Ondernemerspitch

‘Find Space’, ‘OrderMe’ en ‘De Groene Lobby’ hebben de drie beste initiatieven voor een 1,5-meter samenleving. Na een selectie uit ruim 120 ingezonden ‘corona-proof’-initiatieven van ondernemers uit de Metropool Amsterdam, hebben tien ondernemers in pitches van twee minuten hun idee toegelicht om de 1,5 meter-economie van Amsterdam mede vorm te geven.

Lees verder:

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Leonardo Passos, posted

Organic Mudas

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I am looking for business partners to develop an online sales network

for native and succulent trees, ornamental plants and fruit trees.
Topics are included
- Environmental planning and sustainability
- Social and voluntary program (Tree is life)
- Smart city
- Ecology
- Landscaping
- Native trees
- Ornamental plants
- Succulent plants
- Fruit trees
- Blog

Interested parties send an email to

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Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Join the Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab New Normal Challenge!

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How do we shape the new normal? Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab is looking for innovative ideas to help us safely reopen our restaurants and public spaces. Join the New Normal Challenge for a chance to test your solution on the Marineterrein!

The Coronavirus crisis has transformed our lives and its impacts will continue to be felt for months, potentially years. We are only beginning to shape the “New Normal”. What impact will keeping a 1.5 meter distance away from each other have on our lives?

Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab (MALL) is a place to develop, test and apply solutions to global urban challenges and it’s the ideal location to bring creative ideas for our post Coronavirus life to fruition. Amsterdam Smart City is a core partner of the MALL.

With The New Normal Challenge, we are looking for other innovative ideas that can help us shape the new normal. This includes spatial, technological, social, and behavioral solutions for a better living environment.

Specifically we are looking for creative solutions on three challenges:

  1. How can restaurants and cafes on the Marineterrein safely reopen and adapt to the rapidly changing governmental guidelines?
  2. How can we ensure safe access and use of public space on the Marineterrein, especially during upcoming summer months when many people use it for cooling off?
  3. How can we use the current corona crisis to support lasting change toward more sustainable practices in Amsterdam?

Join the Challenge!

The challenge is open to anyone with an innovative idea, including citizens, NGO’s, start-ups, SME’s and corporates. Interested parties should submit their proposal by Friday, June 5 at 19:00.

Selection Process

Following an initial evaluation the top three ideas per challenge will be invited to pitch their solution during an online event on Wednesday, June 10. A jury will select a winning idea based on the following criteria:

  • How well does the solution address one or more challenges?
  • How innovative, sustainable and inclusive is the solution?
  • What is the economic and social impact of the solution?
  • Can the solution be implemented quickly?
  • Does the solution have the potential to scale-up nationally or internationally?


The winning idea per challenge will receive a free experimentation slot on Marineterrein Amsterdam for 3-6 months from June – November. The winners will also get access to the Challenge partners to develop, implement and scale their solution.

About MALL

Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab (MALL) is a collaboration between Bureau Marineterrein, AMS Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), Amsterdam Smart City and NEMO Science Museum. The main goal is to develop scalable innovations that make and keep cities liveable. At this unique location in Amsterdam, various communities in the field of research, innovation, urban development bring their expertise together to develop, test, and apply solutions to global urban challenges.

Challenge Partners

The MALL New Normal Challenge is an initiative of the Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab in collaboration with the Chief Technology Office (CTO) of the City of Amsterdam, StartupAmsterdam and Amsterdam Trade & Innovate.

Questions or more information

If you have questions or would like more information about the Challenge, you can email <>. Or visit the website.

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AMS Institute, Re-inventing the city (urban innovation) at AMS Institute, posted

Social Distancing Dashboard provides roadmap for city dwellers

With growing numbers of pedestrians and cyclists returning to city streets, keeping a safe distance of 1.5m can be a challenge in many urban areas due to the way public space (or lack of it) has been designed.

The Social Distancing Dashboard, a project led by scientists from Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), in collaboration with the Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), helps to raise awareness about constraints posed by the design of public space and contributes to decision making for COVID-19 related interventions in urban planning.

The Dashboard creates city maps that show on a street and neighborhood level if social distance rules can be respected when moving in public space. It offers an overview of different factors – such as the width of the footpath and location of bus stops – affecting our ability to respect social distancing rules.

The dynamic and color-coded maps are open access and available for use by e.g. policymakers, charged with making decisions on public health and city planners, tasked with making COVID-19 related interventions in the urban space. The dashboard is also intended to raise awareness amongst city residents – especially those in risk groups – who want to navigate the city streets as safely as possible.

Read the full article here:

Or go straight to the Social Distancing Dasboard:

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Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Doe mee. Pitch je 1,5 meter-samenlevings-idee!

Ben jij een ondernemer in de Metropool Amsterdam? Stuur vóór maandag 18 mei 12.00 jouw idee naar Doe mee of deel dit met je netwerk!

Samen met Rabobank Amsterdam, Gemeente Amsterdam, ORAM, VNO-NCW, MKB Amsterdam en amsterdam&partners lanceren wij een online ideeënmarkt ter stimulering van de anderhalve-meter-economie in de Metropool Amsterdam.

10 ondernemers mogen op woensdag 20 mei digitaal hun idee pitchen aan een panel bestaande uit Femke Halsema (Burgemeester Amsterdam), Victor Everhardt (Wethouder Economische Zaken, Amsterdam), Barbara Baarsma (Directievoorzitter Rabobank Amsterdam), Mirjam Van Praag (Voorzitter College van Bestuur Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU Amsterdam)), Ruben Nieuwenhuis (Social ondernemer en oprichter TechConnect ) en Bart Jan Freriks (Managing Director ENGIE Zaanstad). 3 winnaars krijgen toegang tot ons netwerk en ondersteuning bij hun plannen.

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Tom van Arman, Director & Founder at Tapp, posted

1.5 meters is the new unit for smart city designers.

As Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc on public health and local economies around the world, one over-looked Corona casualty has been our collective space. Here in densely populated Amsterdam we are slowly, carefully, cautiously transitioning into a new urban landscape. As a smart city architect and designer, I wanted to start exploring this new 1.5 meter unit on the Marineterrein, Amsterdam’s inner-city testbed for future living environments. Using a computer fan, dental mirror, lego, and yes - a Laser pointer, I set out with my son to visualize what social distancing means on footbridges, fitness gardens, picnic tables, park benches, stairs, swimming docks and familiar Amsterdam furniture. Watch the video and learn how to build your own at

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Lauren Macpherson, Head of Growth at Eli5, posted

A community reading app for friends, colleagues, and other groups.

We're on a mission to create the best online reading experience ever. We have just added this to Product Hunt today - there is a link there to also sign up to receive beta access when we launch.

The platform is designed for those of us who share a lot of articles and online reading with our friends, colleagues, and other communities - and find lots of links to different channels, in lots of different places unhelpful (e.g. email, Slack, social media). The reader puts them all in one place, tracks your progress, allows you, and others, to highlight and comment.

Juno provides reading in a clean format, and cross-platform. It is designed in dark mode to save energy and reduce emissions.

Let us know what you think! And if you like it, please upvote on Product Hunt when you sign up for the beta.

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Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Smart Cities The Economic and Social Value of Building Intelligent Urban Spaces

A 2016 publication with a high vendor and top-down level approach.

Interesting to see how most smart cities have evolved their approaches:

from top - down to bottom - up
from centralised to decentralised
from municipality to community

from supplier to user and citizen centric
from solution orientated to problem orientated
from tech push to demand pull
from PPP to triple double helix (quintuple helix)
from 'capex' to 'opex'

from old fashioned consultancy roadmap to learning by doing
from 'talking the talk' to 'walking the walk'
from planning to design
from assessment to information
from physical to digital
from linear to circulair
from ownership to availability

from fossils to clean, creating sustainable options for ALL
from single use to restorative and regenerative use od resources
from closed to open using tech for social value
from crowded and polluting to smart and sustainable mobility solutions

last but not least: from 'EGO-systems' to 'ECO-systems'
(credit for this last one to Emil Boc, former Prime Minister of Romania and is the current Mayor of Cluj-Napoca, the largest city of Transylvania)

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sanne smeets, Marketing Communications , posted

Transforming hotels into flexible workspaces

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D/DOCK launches MEOW - My Extraordinary Workspace. We are convinced that a true revolution in hotel industry can only be successful by close collaboration. Therefore, together with 10 launching hotels, we started MEOW. MEOW is an app that enables professionals to book the most extraordinary hotels as their unique place to work.

interested in participating as hotel?
interested as a user?

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