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!

Imke van Moorselaar, Advisor Environment and Health at City of Amsterdam: GGD Amsterdam, posted

ClairCity: Citizen-led air pollution reduction in cities

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ClairCity is an innovative project involving thousands of people in cities across Europe, enabling us all to decide the best local options for a future with clean air and lower carbon emissions. ClairCity is funded by the European Union.
ClairCity is a four year project (2016-2020)

Katie Hans, Product Manager, Benelux - Endoscopy at Circle Economy, posted

Circle Lab

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Circle Lab is an online platform for cities, businesses, and citizens to explore, brainstorm, and implement circular business models and strategies to tackle universal and local challenges. By digitising knowledge, opening up access, and encouraging co-creation, we aim to break down information silos and fuel cross-industry collaboration and innovation. The circular economy has the potential to change the world, and we believe the time to bring the concept to the kitchen table – so that everyone, from entrepreneurs to big brands, can play a role in making it a reality – is now.

  • If you are interested in participating in one of our challenges register on the platform at
  • If you would like to provide content for our knowledge hub or are interested in placing a challenge on the platform please email us at
Matilde Laan, Communications consultant , posted

WikiHouse by Woningbouwatelier

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To put the design solutions for building low-cost, low-energy, high-performance homes into the hands of every citizen and business on earth.
To use digitalisation to make it easier for existing industries to design, invest-in, manufacture and assemble better, more sustainable, more affordable homes for more people.
To grow a new, distributed housing industry, comprising many citizens, communities and small businesses developing homes and neighbourhoods for themselves, reducing our dependence on top-down, debt-heavy mass housing systems.

For more information about WikiHouse contact Ivar Diekerhof

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Femke Bijlsma, creative strategist , posted

Hallo Brug

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The Hello Bridge is bridging an old neighborhood with a new urban development. This new project provides for a parc open to the entire neighborhood. It is on top of the parking garage, so people will have to climb a steep stairs in order to access. This bridge solves this problem for people who cannot climb the stairs. At the same time it creates a very special public space where people, strangers or not, encounter eachother and say hello.

The Hallo Brug is now being crowdfunded on

Please contribute if you believe in inclusive cities!

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Prashant Shukla, Savana Solutions , posted


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The app offers users a simple, yet effective way to manage their household waste more efficiently, as well as making sure the surrounding areas of their neighbourhood comply with waste management regulations too. Available on Google Play and Apple Store.

My Clean City App - How does it work?

My Clean City App - How To Report

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Anonymous posted

Labour Games

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Labour Games is a European project in which we explore the possibilities of working with games and data in the field of labour. One of the highlights of the project is the game jam om 23 and 24 november in Amsterdam, where we will work on game prototypes. After this one or two games will be developed.

LABOURGAMES core element is a series of four GAME JAMS in the participating countries throughout 2017. These will develop 40 preliminary ideas for games. At least four of these game ideas will be part of a professional development process leading to four actual game products. In order to generate a broad impact, the games will then be played and tested at ANCHOR EVENTS in 2018, such as Game Festivals, Youth Gatherings of Trade Unions or professional fora.

Furthermore, an UN-CONFERENCE in Berlin in December 2016 and a RELEASE CONFERENCE in Rome in April 2019 will conclude the project.

📦Peter Koreman, Marketing specialist at PostNL, posted

Decrease incorrect invoices by postmen

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At the end of each year. The accounts of Waternet will by updated with the most recent waterconsumption status. If consumers fail or forget to pass trough these status. They will get a incorrect invoice which leads to a correction and a big loss of time. PostNL helped 35% of the individuals who did not pass the waterconsumption status in zip codes 1091 to 1095 by letting the postman register it.

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Gertjan de Vries, Partner at SensorTeam B.V., posted

SensorTeam: Indoor school air quality

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How Does Indoor Air Quality Impact Children's Health and School Performance?

The classroom is often overlooked when it comes to indoor air quality. Problems with heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, known as HVAC systems can trigger a host of health problems and reduce school performance. SensorTeam is developing a smart IoT device and cloud tool that helps analyse the air in schools and shows how the indoor environment influences children's health and performance.

SensorTeam’s IoT indoor climate sensor, currently placed in a classroom on a primairy school in Amsterdam West, autonomously sends temperature, humidity, CO2 , light and motion measurement data to a cloud dashboard (internet), which provides real-time insights to teachers, parents and school management.

Data is sent using LoRa wireless network technology provided by KPN en Simpoint. This means that SensorTeam’s sensors do not need any existing network infrastructure or power.

The example below shows SensorTeam's cloud dashboard.

For further information please contact us.

Gertjan de Vries

SensorTeam B.V.

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Yanti Slaats, posted


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How can technology help to unburden informal caregivers? What are the design opportunities?

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Rozemarijn deFeijter, Development Manager Smart Living @ PostNL at PostNL, posted

PostNL Mailmen inform citizens about activities in the neighborhood

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Almost half of the citizens of Amsterdam is lonely. Therefore, Amsterdam has set up a network of stakeholders who want to fight loneliness. Cordaan and PostNL are part of this network. We see many activities that are already organized for people, that can help them to deal with loneliness. Cordaan, for instance, organizes daily activities for seniors. However, citizens are not always familiar with the possibilities to get help and the activities that are organized for them in their own neighborhoods. Only people who actively seek help themselves or get help via their general practitioner or family now profit from the help organized by welfare organizations.

To increase awareness about these activities and possibilities, and eventually increase participation, Cordaan and PostNL work together in a new experiment. This experiment is one of the 39 out of 116 experiments selected by the municipality to decrease loneliness in Amsterdam. Cordaan and PostNL will focus on lonely seniors. Cordaan will make a selection of addresses of possibly interested senior citizens in Banne Buiksloot in Amsterdam Noord and will inform them about the experiment by mail. A week later, the mailmen will ring the doorbell and ask questions such as: ‘Do you know about the activities organized for you in your neighborhood?’; ‘Would you like to participate in these activities?’; ‘Would you like to talk about the activities and possibilities with an employee of Cordaan?’. If the last question is answered with a ‘Yes’, an employee of Cordaan will make an appointment with the senior to determine which activities or what help would be suitable for that individual person.

PostNL investigates how it can react on a changing society by investigating new ways to leverage it’s network, with over 20.000 mailmen. This new role for the mailmen holds numerous advantages. The mailmen are well-know in the neighborhood and work for a trusted brand. Therefore, we believe people will be more inclined to answer their questions at the door, than they would be if the person at the door were a complete stranger. In addition, the mailmen are not affiliated with a healthcare or welfare organization, and can start a conversation from a more neutral perspective. Therefore, with this cooperation between Cordaan and PostNL, we hope to reach more seniors who would benefit from the activities and possibilities in the neighborhood. Eventually, we hope to decrease loneliness of senior citizens by increasing their network in the neighborhood and their participation in that network.

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Ruth Van Wieren, Project Manager , posted

The sustainable 100 of Amsterdam North

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One of the main goals is to create a network and help people in the neighbourhood to make business, shop and collaborate on a hyperlocal level.

One of the first step towards creating a sustainable community of entrepreneurs, freelances and locals is 'De Groenste Dag van Noord', taking place on the 8th of October.

Visit our website here

Teska Drosten, Communicator at Waag, posted

Smart Kids Lab

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The Smart Kids Lab makes it possible for children to map their environment in a playful way, by using modern technology and instruments.

Want to experience the Smart Kids Lab yourself?

You can! Waag will be present at the Marineterrein Ontdekdagen on the 9th of September and everyone can join the measurements! We collect all the measurements of the day on one big map. Then it is possible to see what are the best spots to swim, play or read a book!

More info:

Smart Stories

Check the article about the Smart Kids Lab featured in our online magazine 'Smart Stories':

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Anonymous posted

Urban Street Forest

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Educate children about the importance of a cleaner city by planting a vertical forest on balconies.

Ioana Biris, co owner at Nature Desks, posted

Somes Delivery

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