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Amsterdam Smart City is your innovation platform that brings together proactive citizens, innovative companies, knowledge institutions and public authorities to shape the city of the future.

Amsterdam Smart City consists of a public private partnership and an international community. By sharing knowledge and by collaborating we come up with innovative solutions for metropolitan issues of a social, economic and ecological nature. This way we ensure that the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area remains liveable, now and in the years to come.

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The Demo Days – our instrument to boost innovation

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On 10 and 17 March the 15th edition of our Demo Days will take place. Not only are the Demo Days open for our community, but we also offer you the opportunity to pitch your innovative initiative during the event. We want to involve our community more in the activities that we regularly organise, as you are an important part of the Amsterdam Smart City innovation ecosystem. That said, it’s also important to share some more background information about instruments like the Demo Days, that we use to boost innovation. Last year we told you a bit more about our instrument The Transition Days. This time, we’ll tell you all about the Demo Days. What are they and why would you want to participate?

The goal

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 to each other, ask for help, share dilemmas and involve more partners in a project to take these projects to the next level.

We have created the Demo Days as a safe place for asking input from the network. A fresh perspective from another professional can be exactly what you need to move forward. You cannot work on a transition alone, which is why it’s important to involve others in your process.

The set-up

The Demo Days are hosted a couple of times a year, usually every 2 to 3 months. We always combine two of our four themes: energy, circular city, mobility and digital. We start with the so-called inspiring 'pitches' with a short request for help for the entire group, followed by separate work sessions in which we work on some more complex questions thoroughly with a small group.

The vibe is inspiring, constructive and uplifting. Using everyone's specific background and expertise.

The first Demo Days we hosted in 2019 were just for our partner network. But as I said in the intro, we want to involve our community more in our activities. Therefore, we regularly communicate about when these events take place, the program and the recap afterwards. Giving you a chance to participate and learn from the knowledge that was shared.

Are you joining us?

For the upcoming Demo Days and each subsequent, we would like to offer you the opportunity to take the stage as one of the pitches.

Are you working on an innovative project that could use some input? Or are you preparing for an inspiring event that needs a spotlight?

If it fits within our themes, sent a message via or let us know in the comments. We are happy to talk with you to find out if it's a match!

As soon as the program is determined, we will share it on the platform and give you the opportunity to join as participant.

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Invitation to co-create European transition pathways for more resilient, greener and digital industrial ecosystems

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One of the key priorities of the European Commission is to support the twin transition to a green and digital economy.  One way the Commission is shaping this transition is by co-creating transition pathways for more resilient, green and digital industrial ecosystems, across different sectors.

Within the scope of the Intelligent Cities Challenge, Amsterdam Region contributed to a stakeholder consultation session on 9 February 2022. Mirko van Vliet, Amsterdam Economic Board  Strategic Advisor shared the region’s experience using future scenarios as a tool for assessing developments in inherently unpredictable and complex systems. In this approach, scenarios are not forecasts but alternative images of how the future can unfold. The approach can be used to stimulate discussion and action around key opportunities, threats, driving forces and no regret measures to achieve a desired vision.

Beyond visions, achieving the digital and green transition requires concrete initiatives. Mirko shared the example of LEAP,  a coalition of the willing that aims to speed up the transition to a sustainable digital infrastructure by deploying and accelerating existing and new technologies.  One of the topics explored within LEAP is the possibility of shifting away from hyper-scale, monolithic data-centers to more flexible, distributed and disaggregated infrastructures.  LEAP exemplifies Amsterdam Economic Board's approach to building a robust ecosystem through multi-stakeholder collaboration in order to transition the data-center and digital infrastructure value chains.

Would you like to help shape the transition pathways for more resilient, greener and digital industrial ecosystems?  The Commission is inviting all interested stakeholders to co-create transition pathways for three sectors / ecosystems:

Based on the results of these consultations, the Commission will organise further meetings with stakeholders to finalise the various pathways in 2022.

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Open Call for city governments and experts to pilot city-wide implementations of digital rights

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The Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, UN-Habitat, UCLG and Eurocities, in partnership with Open Society Foundation, are launching an open call to find experts and city governments in Europe to pilot the Digital Rights Governance Framework.

Selected cities will receive support to design and implement the Digital Rights Governance Framework at the local level, and will be provided with technical advice, ad hoc support and advisory input.

The goal of the project is to tackle local digital-rights challenges around digital rights thematic areas such as digital inclusion, individual’s control and autonomy of data, transparency and accountability, public participation and community engagement, privacy, digital public goods and open digital infrastructures, procurement by developing a Digital Rights Governance Framework and a capacity-building programme in these topics.

Using challenge-driven innovation, the pilot process will include assessments, workshops and a capacity-building approach that will be carried out in collaboration with the city’s local staff.

The call is open to:

  • “CITIES”, where city governments in Europe are welcome to apply by sharing local challenges in the different digital rights areas 
  • “EXPERTS”, for professionals with background in the thematic areas related to digital rights

Find out more and submit your application via:

Deadline: Sunday, 27 February 2022

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Amsterdam Smart City Demo Day #15: Open for Applications

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On 10 and 17 March the first Amsterdam Smart City Demo Days of 2022 will take place. This 15th edition will be online, and our themes are matched up again:

10 March: Circular & Energy

17 March: Digital & Mobility

What are the Amsterdam Smart City Demo Days?

Several times a year we host Demo Days. These days are part of our innovation process and intended to boost the progress of the various innovation projects, put requests for help on the table, share dilemmas and involve others in your projects or challenges. In small groups we work on concrete questions. We organize workshops with our partners to help them move forward in their process. All in a very positive, open and cheerful vibe. Invitations are sent to our partner network, but we're always open to adding a few new names to the list.

During these days, we also give the stage to community members to pitch projects and ask for input.

That’s where you come in!

Are you working on an innovative project that could use some input? Or are you preparing for an inspiring event that needs a spotlight?

If it fits within our themes, sent a message via or let us know in the comments. We would be happy to talk with you to find out if it's a match!

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You are invited to the Week of Circular Economy 2022

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Next week the seventh edition of the Week of Circular Economy will take place again! From 7 till 12 February 2022 entrepreneurs, universities, colleges, governments and all kinds of other organizations open their doors to take other professionals into the world of circular economy. Great examples are given a stage, pioneers get the chance to meet, success factors and challenges for circular business are discussed and starters are given tips to get started themselves. In short, it will be one week full of inspiring events for everyone who’s interested in the circular economy.

On the website of the organisation you will find an overview of all the events that will take place throughout the country. But instead of letting you browse all 267 events yourself, we have already done that for you. We’ve created a list with events in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area that we think you don’t want to miss out on.

7 February

13:00 - 14:00 Expedition: Upcycle Center

Almere is upcycling. This means reducing waste by reusing materials and making them valuable again. Join the digital walk through the Upcycle Center of Almere and find out more about what they have been working on these past 4 years. (also on 11 February 14:00 - 15:00)

8 February

13:30 – 15:00 There is nothing as durable as plastic

For Waternet and the AGV it’s become very normal to fish plastics out of the water. What smart things can we do with these plastics and how can we prevent it from entering the water? During this livestream the nuisance of plastic will be discussed. What floats in our waters? What are we doing about it? Who/what is needed? Upgrading or prevention? Or both?

13:30 - 14:30 Zero waste entrepreneurship

If you are an entrepreneur who wants to be more aware of the reduction and processing of your waste, then this online event is for you. Seenons, Zero Waste Nederland and YB will work with you to find out how industrial waste can be reduced and how they can help you on your way to zero waste business operations. Where do you start as an entrepreneur? How do you get your employees involved? Or your customers? Curious how your waste can have a second life, as a raw material for new products or services?

16:00 – 17:00 Talkshow: Circular Economy in Almere

During this interactive and informative online talk show you will be taken on a bird's-eye view of a number of important circular projects in Almere. The people behind these projects and who are committed to the circular economy are invited to the Upcycle Center to join the show!

16:00 – 17:00 Circular economy – is our tax system ready?

The SDG Academy event by the Amsterdam Sustainability Institute will dive deep into Sustainable Development Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. VU researchers, together with consultancies EY and Royal HaskoningDHV, concluded that entrepreneurs and consumers need to be provided with a clear long-term policy on tax effects in greening, reducing emissions and introducing circular business models. How can changing the tax system at both the European and domestic level stimulate a circular economy?

20:00 A capital spin on the circular economy

Have you ever fantasized about a future that is both circular and more equitable? A future where property disappears and is exchanged for responsibility? And where financing is also circular? The Sustainable Finance Lab will take you on a journey to this dreamlike future during their live program at Pakhuis de Zwijger.

10 February

12:00 – 13:00 Circuloco: Co-creation Session

Circuloco will be a circular pavilion on the Floriade 2022. After the Floriade Expo, the building will be dismantled and rebuilt on Steiger 66. The design, construction, implementation, completion and reconstruction: everything is done by and with local creators. It will be a stage where circularity and creativity meet. It will be a place where you can learn, experience and meet. They are now working on the last details of this pavilion – do you want to join this process?

14:00 - 15:15 #NordicTalks2022 - Food for Good

The Nordic Chamber of Commerce and the Nordic Embassies in the Netherlands invite you to explore how the Nordic countries and the Netherlands are approaching the food system transition for good together with their experts. During this online event you will find out more about topics like the food system transition, sustainable food systems, preventing the waste and role of data.

16:00 Demo Day – No Waste Challenge 2021

What Design Can Do and Impact Hub Amsterdam invite you to the Demo Day of the No Waste Challenge 2021. After taking part in the half-year Development Programme, 16 winning teams of the No Waste Challenge will present their project, business case, their ambitions and their biggest needs moving forward, such as funding to scale-up, strategic partners, launching customers and specific expertise. You get to meet these amazing creative entrepreneurs during the online event and enter in conversations with them in different breakouts.

11 February

10:00 – 12:00 The Amsterdam Circular Monitor

We are increasingly talking about making material flows circular. But what are the numbers and types of materials involved? And what impact do they have on the environment and our society? The Municipality of Amsterdam will proudly present the first version of the Amsterdam Circular Monitor. A monitor – developed in collaboration with CBS and TNO – that shows how the various material flows move through the Greater Amsterdam region. From import and production to consumption, recycling and loss.

This is just a small selection of the huge range of events that are being hosted. Curious what else there is? Then check it out on the website of the Week of Circular Economy.

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The Amsterdam Smart City network is expanding again!

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The year 2022 has just begun and we already have some exciting news for our community. We are happy to announce that in the last half year we’ve expanded our partner network again. This time not with one, not two, but with no less than three new partners: the Province of Flevoland, Cenex Netherlands and Deloitte. We are very happy that these three parties have become partners of Amsterdam Smart City and want to give them a warm welcome!

The Province of Flevoland is the youngest province of The Netherlands. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area includes Flevoland’s cities Almere and Lelystad. The connection between these cities and regions is very important because smart city developments in cities and regions are inextricably linked. People move between cities, materials flow through regions and energy innovations in one area affect people in other areas. Cooperation is needed. That is why Flevoland is a wonderful addition to our network.

To accelerate transitions, we need to collaborate, share knowledge and inspire each other. Cenex NL specialises in zero-emission vehicle and energy infrastructure, smart mobility, and related circular economy applications. It is their mission to support others in making the world a better place to live and travel in. Cenex NL develops useful knowledge and therefore helps partners to get a step further.

Accelerating transitions means working on business models, especially new business models. This knowledge is very needed in our network, a valuable contribution Deloitte can make. With their insights, research and views, Deloitte helps partners to thrive in a changing world.

Let’s continue to work together and create better streets, neighbourhoods and cities!

Find the overview of all Amsterdam Smart City partners here:

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New European Bauhaus: applications open for the 2022 Prizes

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Applications for the 2022 New European Bauhaus prizes are open. Following the success of the first prizes that received more than 2,000 applications last year, the 2022 edition will celebrate new inspiring examples of the transformations the initiative wants to bring about in our daily lives, living spaces and experiences. As in the first edition, the New European Bauhaus prizes 2022 will award young talents' ideas as well as existing projects for sustainability, inclusiveness and aesthetics bringing the European Green deal to people and local communities.

Prizes will be awarded to projects and ideas that contribute to beautiful, sustainable and inclusive places, in four categories:

  • Reconnecting with nature;
  • Regaining a sense of belonging;
  • Prioritising the places and people that need it most;
  • Fostering long-term, lifecycle and integrated thinking in the industrial ecosystem.

Applications are open until 28 February 2022 at 19:00 CET.

For more information and to submit your application visit:

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Some of the most inspiring projects of 2021 during our 14th Demoday!

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On December 14 2021, we had a very special demo day. Of course, it was the last of the year. As the Amsterdam Smart City core team, we are very proud of all the collaborations our partners and community started and that's why we wanted to highlight a few of them. To give the demoday a typical Christmas vibe, the pitchers had a 'gift' for the participants: their lessons learned that everyone could benefit from. And the participants had a gift in return: answers to the questions of the pitchers. In short, a demo day with new projects, questioning and sharing insights!

Responsible Sensing Lab and Drones
Hidde Kamst of the City of Amsterdam tells the participants about the Responsible Sensing Lab, a collaboration between the municipality and AMS Institute. This Lab works on the implementation of (social) values in technology in the city. Cameras and sensors in public space can put values such as privacy and anonymity under pressure. The Responsible Sensing Lab researches and designs alternatives. This also applies to the subject of Responsible Drones. A group of civil servants, companies and knowledge institutions worked on a vision on the responsible use of drones. The subjects 'proportionality', 'communications' and 'rules of the game' were discussed.

Hidde’s lessons learned: behind the scenes there are many parties working on drones, but the involvement of residents and civil society is low. It is important to change this because drones can have a big impact on our society. In addition, it is a complex topic where more research is needed. Hidde's request for help 'How do you convey the urgency of a subject that is important, but not yet urgent?' was very recognizable for the participants. A selection of their ideas: repeat the urgency over and over again, visualize the urgency, use storytelling and name the risks.

Shuttercam and Measuring Public Space
Pitch 2 had a big link with Hidde's story. Tom van Arman does various sensing projects on the Marineterrein, also covered by the Responsible Sensing Lab. An example is the Shuttercam, a camera that citizens can put on or off. In this way they can have an influence on the technology in the city. We start Tom's pitch with a question to the participants. Do they find it important that we measure a lot and collect data to improve the city or would they rather see more privacy for residents? A question that provokes discussion.

Tom has been engaged in measuring and testing in the public space for years, with an important role for public values. That's why he learned a lot of lessons: make sure you take the time to get legislation in order, take vandalism into account, do everything you can to make your work understandable for citizens. And a very nice one to remember: a hot camera attracts many insects. They block the image or get into the devices. One of the best tips he got from the participants: let passers-by write down what they see. That way you can get great feedback.

Braking energy and Pilot OV E-hub
André Simonse from Firan (Alliander) introduced us to the 'braking energy' issue, or as it is now is called: the OV E-hub pilot. This started as a search with partners such as AMS Institute, Arcadis, the City of Amsterdam, the
VRA and Alliander. Now the process evolved into a collaboration between Strukton Rail, Hedgehog Applications and Firan. Big cities can no longer cope with the increasing demand for sustainable energy. This makes it more difficult to access mobility hubs, such as stations, to provide electricity. It is therefore important to use existing energy smartly.

The lessons learned in this pitch were about taking action. Although talking is important for ideation and understanding and trusting each other, the art is to work together on a targeted plan for implementation. André's request for help was on how to organize political support. Willem from the City of Amsterdam wants to be part of the initiative and can help to achieve official support.

Social side of hubs
Willem van Heijningen of the City of Amsterdam took the floor to tell us more about its hub mission. A hub can organize mobility in an effective way. Together with others, he is looking how Q-park Europarking in the center of Amsterdam can be transformed to a hub. Think of shared mobility, charging cars and logistics, while preserving the monumental character of the city. Hearing the word ‘hub’, many people will think of a place to connect different forms of mobility. But it is also about energy. At some point, vehicles, vessels or even drones will come by. Since we want to get rid of fossil fuels, a hub will also become the place where these forms of mobility are charged. The success or failure of hubs is all in the hands of people. It depends on their behavior whether hubs will be useful. Until now, they have got too little attention. T

his is where Willem could use some help: What is needed to bring the social aspect of hubs further? How does the hub prove its effectiveness towards humans? A selection of the answers from the group: investigating the needs of the residents, connect with existing social initiatives in the city, involve local entrepreneurs.

ArenAPoort LIFE
Else Veldman and Hans Roeland Poolman from AMS Institute took us on a tour to their Southeast Energy Lab. This is a collaboration to accelerate sustainability in the southeast of Amsterdam through practical research, meetings and concrete projects. One of the current projects is the LIFE project, an open platform to plan energy supply and demand in a smarter, inclusive way. An enormous ambition that is driven by partners such as Johan Cruijff ArenA, Alliander, Spectral, CoForce and the Utrecht University. AMS Institute is committed to ensuring this platform is not only a technical contribution to the energy transition, but also provides social value to the inhabitants of South-East.

Hans and Else asked the network to think about the latter. The result was a tidal wave of tips to involve residents: co-develop communication strategies such as storytelling and visualization, pay attention to the result, the dream, show what it means to participate in the process, and above all, invest time.

New narrative for the energy transition
The last pitch was about the New Narrative where Kennisland and What Design Can Do on behalf of RES Noord-Holland have been working on. Dave van Loon from Kennisland told us that a new story about the energy transition is being developed to move away from the negative image, people's concerns and to give a new impulse to the energy transition. This narrative is based on a design thinking process. Subsequently, the organizations developed building blocks to focus on:

  1. a shared sense of urgency
  2. a positive future perspective
  3. inspiration by concrete and recognizable examples and success stories
  4. a sense of pride
  5. a way to take of action

Dave's request for help was for a reflection on this process. And the reactions were praising. On the one hand, the feedback focused on how to make the story as concrete as possible for the target groups and on the other hand on reaching the masses, while incorporating those who are left behind.

The next demoday will take in place in February or March. Do you have a nice story to tell or would you like to join as audience? You are more than welcome! Drop a line below to let us know!

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