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Harmen van Sprang, co-founder & CEO Sharing Cities Alliance , posted

AI & The City

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The Sharing Cities Alliance and the City of Amsterdam welcome you to take part in a roundtable discussion about ‘AI & The City', taking place during the Society 5.0 Festival in Amsterdam. This roundtable brings together a dynamic community of creative professionals to explore the profound intersections of Artificial Intelligence and urban life.

We'll explore the evolving landscape of AI and its transformative potential within our cities. Our discussion will touch upon the ways AI is reshaping urban environments, from livability to climate tech solutions and from transportation to the economy.

Together, we'll also delve into the ethical considerations surrounding AI deployment in urban settings, emphasizing the importance of preserving public values and ensuring positive outcomes for our communities.

Join us for a thought-provoking dialogue, where visionary minds come together to imagine and shape a future where AI and cities harmoniously coexist, fostering innovation, sustainability, and inclusivity. ‘AI & The City’ is your opportunity to be part of this essential conversation, where creativity meets technology to pave the way for brighter and more resilient urban landscapes.

#livability #climatechange #wellbeing #economy #urbanplanning #ethics #privacy #safety #trust

(Observant players might recognize the touch of generative AI throughout this invitation ;))

Harmen van Sprang's picture Masterclass / workshop on Nov 1st
Harmen van Sprang, co-founder & CEO Sharing Cities Alliance , posted

AI & The City

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Join us on 28 September to explore how (generative) AI will impact our cities and change the way we live, work & play.

From livability to sustainability, from health/wellbeing to public safety, from transportation to infrastructure, and from economic opportunities to urban planning: there are many opportunities ahead (and already happening).

From ethical implications to regulation, from awareness to safety/trust, and from data quality to technological infrastructure: we also got plenty of challenges to address and overcome.

Like to join this virtual roundtable session on 28 September? Visit http://sharingcitiesalliance.com/events to sign up (for free).

We welcome you to already share your ideas, cases as well as concerns regarding (generative) AI via LinkedIn.

AI & The City is an initiative of the Sharing Cities Alliance & Studio Sentience.

Harmen van Sprang's picture Online event on Sep 28th
Harmen van Sprang, co-founder & CEO Sharing Cities Alliance , posted

Tech Talk: 'Metaverse & de publieke ruimte'

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Lopen we straks allemaal met een Augmented Reality-bril door de stad? Waarmee je in een oogopslag de route ziet die je moet lopen, of het social media profiel van jouw tegenligger op straat kunt zien? Hoe is het dan gesteld met onze privacy in de openbare ruimte? En als de fysieke en virtuele wereld zo met elkaar verbonden zijn, is het dan nog wel duidelijk of iets ‘echt’ is?

Praat mee over de kansen en uitdagingen van Extended Reality voor de publieke ruimte. Extended Reality is een verzamelterm voor Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR) en Mixed Reality (MR) waarmee virtuele 3D werelden kunnen worden gecreëerd.

De toepassingen van Extended Reality zijn volop in ontwikkeling. Het lijkt een kwestie van tijd voordat deze een rol gaan spelen in ons dagelijks leven. Zo is het denkbaar dat Augmented Reality-brillen ons gaan ondersteunen in het onderwijs en op de werkvloer. Daarnaast is het denkbaar dat bedrijven virtuele lagen en toepassingen op de publieke ruimte projecteren waardoor deze voor iedereen verandert.

Daarom gaan we in gesprek met experts, onderzoekers en Amsterdammers over de mogelijke en wenselijke rol van Extended Reality. Gezamenlijk zoeken we een antwoord op de volgende vraag: hoe blijft de publieke ruimte een plek van en voor iedereen?


  • Geert-Jan Bogaerts, Voorzitter van PublicSpaces
  • Stefan Roolvink, Onderzoeker bij Rathenau Instituut
  • Rivke Jaffe, Hoogleraar Stadsgeografie bij Universiteit van Amsterdam
  • Esther Hammelburg, Hogeschool van Amsterdam
  • Sebastiaan Crul, Onderzoeker bij FreedomLab
  • Joris Haverkort, Director Microsoft Technology Center bij Microsoft
  • Edo Haveman, Hoofd Public Policy Netherlands bij Meta


  • Timo Nieuwenhuis, onderzoeker bij Digitalisering & Innovatie, Gemeente Amsterdam
  • Harmen van Sprang, co-founder van de Sharing Cities Alliance
Harmen van Sprang's picture Meet-up on Apr 19th
Harmen van Sprang, co-founder & CEO Sharing Cities Alliance , posted

Metaverse & The City

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We are excited to invite you to join us for our next virtual ‘Metaverse & The City’ roundtable conversation on 24 January 2023 from 16.00 - 17.00 CET.

This specific session will focus on co-creating a ‘Metaverse & The City’ Manifesto: a continuous document that outlines the values, principles, and goals that should guide the development and use of the metaverse in our cities. The metaverse has the potential to transform how we live, work, and play, and we believe that it will have a significant impact on urban life in the coming years. It’s essential to have a shared vision for its future. 

We are currently assembling a panel of speakers who will share their insights and lead the discussion, and we hope that you will bring your own perspective and ideas to the table as well.

The roundtable takes 1 hour. It will be held via Zoom and is open to all interested participants. To RSVP and receive the link to join the call, please RSVP by mid-January 2023.

Like to share your ideas and suggestions already leading up to the roundtable, please let us know. We look forward to hearing from you and building a manifesto that reflects the diverse perspectives and aspirations of the metaverse community and beyond.

We hope you can join us for what promises to be an inspiring and insightful session.

This roundtable is the result of close collaboration with our knowledge partners: New York University, Cornell Tech, and The Hague School of Applied Sciences.

Harmen van Sprang's picture Online event on Jan 24th
Harmen van Sprang, co-founder & CEO Sharing Cities Alliance , posted

Roundtable 'Sharing Cities: Shaping Tomorrow' (free)

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We need to see opportunities (including the growing momentum for building back better and accelerating transformation processes) as much as thinking of challenges. This roundtable aims to provide a creative and refreshing opportunity to focus on chances more than only challenges. We will explore how to think of opportunities, of ways forward, of hope and ambition. We want to also investigate how sharing cities are connecting and merging with different agendas and topics in Europe and around the world.

Harmen van Sprang's picture Online event on Nov 16th
Harmen van Sprang, co-founder & CEO Sharing Cities Alliance , posted


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The landscape of mobility has been in motion for some time now, but the current pandemic is accelerating a shift towards new types of transportation. Is this just a temporary occurrence or will we see a fundamental change in the way we move? As we start to leave our homes again, options to move around are limited. Our cities cannot handle more cars and the capacity of public transport is reduced dramatically. How do we keep ourselves mobile while maintaining enough distance from each other?

In several cities around the world, measures are being taken to give more space to people. Will pedestrians and cyclists get more freedom to move after the pandemic is over? There is a global bicycle boom but has the bike really become a simple, safe, sustainable, and healthy form of transport? And, what about cars. At this stage, you might prefer your own car (if you have one) over public transportation, but will this be different once we can safely sit in the same bus or train again? Will we need fewer cars if part of society continues to work from home? And what roles might spatial planning and emerging technologies play when looking at transportation in urban areas in the years ahead? Let’s explore the path forward together and reshape mobility in our cities.

Harmen van Sprang's picture Online event on Jul 16th