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Elien van Riet, Data Analyst/ Growth Engineer at Urban Tribes, posted

Zuidas in Transitie

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How do we make Zuidas accessible and vibrant for and with her citizens and users? Amsterdam Smart City, Impact Hub, TransportLab and Urban Connectors will bring stakeholders of Zuidas together on Friday March 31. Municipality of Amsterdam, startups and entrepreneurs of Impact Hub will adress the challenge of Zuidas in this Innovation Lab on Urban Mobility. From 4.30PM the lab will be open for public to test the sollutions.

As the lab will be hold in Dutch, here follows more information: Het doel van dit lab is om gezamenlijk sociale oplossingen te ontwerpen voor een bereikbare en bruisende Zuidas. Daarbij richten we ons op de sociale en menselijke kant van dit mobiliteitsvraagstuk.

Deelvragen die aan bod zullen komen zijn:
- Hoe maken we Zuidas bereikbaar en bruisend?
- Welke menselijke ervaring willen we creëren voor mensen die zich in, uit en door Zuidas bewegen?
- Welke sociale interventies kunnen de bereikbaarheid en beleving van Zuidas verbeteren?

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Zuidas ligt op een strategische plek tussen Schiphol en de Amsterdamse binnenstad. Door de concentratie van bedrijven, instellingen en woningbouw is er veel dynamiek. En Zuidas is nog niet af, integendeel.
De bereikbaarheid over de weg en met openbaar vervoer is zowel de kracht van Zuidas als ook de grootste uitdaging de komende jaren.

Onderdeel van het lab is zorgdragen voor de follow-up van de oplossingen die ontwikkeld worden, bijvoorbeeld een online challenge van TransportLab.

Dit Innovation Lab is een werkwijze om overheden, bedrijven, organisaties, kennisinstellingen en bewoners samen te brengen in een aanpak van een stedelijk vraagstuk. Het is onderdeel van Impact Hub’s Unlikely Allies: The Future of Our Cities.

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First Circular Commitments signed in Amsterdam

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The first Circular Challenge on Valentine’s Day was marked by two Circular Commitments signed by AEB, Meerlanden, Exter and the Amsterdam Green Campus and completely sold out. The event was moderated by Jacqueline Cramer, former minister and ambassador of the circular economy. How to add value to waste? In a series of Circular Challenges organized by Amsterdam Economic Board frontrunners in the start-up scene, corporates and municipalities join forces to validate their business cases and work on upscaling and new business propositions. Next challenges are scheduled to take place on June 27 and November 28.

The first Circular Challenge on Valentine’s Day was marked by two Circular Commitments signed by AEB, Meerlanden, Exter and the Amsterdam Green Campus and completely sold out. The event was moderated by Jacqueline Cramer, former minister and ambassador of the circular economy. How to add value to waste? In a series of Circular Challenges organized by Amsterdam Economic Board frontrunners in the start-up scene, corporates and municipalities join forces to validate their business cases and work on upscaling and new business propositions. Next challenges are scheduled to take place on June 27 and November 28.

Biggest Circular Hub on Resources

Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has the ambition to be the most efficient Circular Hub of Europe by smart recycling of products and upcycling of resources.

Circular Commitments

The first Circular Commitment was signed by AEB and Meerlanden on regional sorting centres. Both companies agreed to further stimulate recycling of e-waste by setting up and/ or expanding their regional sorting centres. At the same time they commit to exploring new partnerships to further upgrade e-waste into valuable products.
Exter and the Amsterdam Green Campus signed a second Circular Commitment in which they confirmed their plans of processing agri-food streams into high quality resources to be used in products for human consumption. Their idea is innovative as they plan a cooperative with suppliers of these waste streams.

Challenges

The program further contained 10 pitches of WeCycle, Waternet, Meerlanden, AEB, e-waste Arcades, Rijkswaterstaat, Almere Upcycle City, Brightloops and Exter/ Amsterdam Green Campus. For more information on the challenges, please check out https://www.amsterdameconomicboard.com/nieuws/nieuw-leven-afvalberg (Dutch only).

Here you can find more information on the kick start of the circular economy by the European Parliament.

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Elien van Riet, Data Analyst/ Growth Engineer at Urban Tribes, posted

#1 Circular Challenge

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In a sequence of returning events frontrunners show how they build circular initiatives and make them thrive. Collaborating partners celebrate 'live 'Circular Commitments'to realise partnerships. Closing off with innovators pitching their ideas on a circular city with questions for the audience.

On February 14th will be the first Circular Challenge out of a sequence on closing loops of 9 selected organic stream chains. The event is completely sold out! No worries, Amsterdam Smart City will be present at the event and will keep you posted about the program and highlights via Twitter and our newsfeed.

In a sequence of returning events frontrunners show how they build circular initiatives and make them thrive. Collaborating partners celebrate 'live 'Circular Commitments'to realise partnerships. Closing off with innovators pitching their ideas on a circular city with questions for the audience.

To close the loops of 9 selected organic stream chains and the recycling of products the Amsterdam Economic Board brings parties together for upscaling and creating business cases with enough volume and sales channels. By signing a Circular Commitment parties welcome initiatives to recycle products and bring organic streams back into the recycle circle in high quality as possible.

The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is full of circular initiatives leading to circular activity and innovation. The Amsterdam Economic Board initiates these initiatives in collaboration with municipalities, knowledge institutions and corporates.

For more information please visit (Dutch only) Amsterdam Economic Board.

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The Earth Circle: making environmentalism pay its way

'Making waste a thing of the past, new ideas on the environment are reusing or regenerating raw materials so that they pay dividends for business as well as the planet.' Beautiful short docu by The Economist with great footage of Metabolic, the Ceuvel and Buiksloterham.

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Smart City Collaboration Between Dutch Cities

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Amersfoort, Amsterdam, Den Haag, Rotterdam and Utrecht will present their Smart City projects together in a Holland Paviljon during the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona, from November 15-17. Besides the cities VNG, KING and a couple of companies and knowledge institutions will also be present. Interesting fact is that 13 SME's from Amsterdam will join the pavilion. Read more (dutch only)

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NS in search of startups

Daily 1.2 million people travel with NS and the company has a central role to play as a in transport and its stations. Together with ProRail the NS works on sustainable stations by dealing with energy and waste in a smart way and improving the wellbeing of travellers. Does your startup provide a new solution? Sign up now for the matchmaking trajectory of Green Hub: https://utrechtinc.nl/greenhub/

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Opening Data Tower 7.7 Megawatt

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This week Nina Tellegen, director of the Amsterdam Economic Board, opened the Amsterdam Data Tower located at the Sciencepark. She is pleased with the tower as it strengthens the ecosystem and expands the data storage capacity with 7.7 megawatt.

According to Tellegen: 'Digital connectivity is one of the 5 urban challenges the board works on. To become one of the most innovative regions of Europe we do need datatowers such as the one built by digital realty that we are about to open.'

This week Nina Tellegen, director of the Amsterdam Economic Board, opened the Amsterdam Data Tower located at the Sciencepark. She is pleased with the tower as it strengthens the ecosystem and expands the data storage capacity with 7.7 megawatt.

According to Tellegen: 'Digital connectivity is one of the 5 urban challenges the board works on. To become one of the most innovative regions of Europe we do need datatowers such as the one built by digital realty that we are about to open.

The high digital connectivity makes Amsterdam a very attractive location and a European data hotspot – from Amsterdam companies can reach 80% of Europe in just 50 miliseconds. The Amsterdam metropolitan area houses almost 70 datacenters, and this number is growing fast. With 13% increase in capacity in 2015 we’re outpacing our European competitors – Frankfurt and London. The Amsterdam Science Park is a jewel for the region. More than 90 companies are based here and the presence of the Amsterdam Internet Exchange is an important factor in the decision of other companies to establish their business here. The combination of beta science knowledge institutes and initiatives such as SURFsara and the Netherlands science Center make this into a very vibrant and innovative area of which Amsterdam can be very proud.

More and more international companies discover the power of the Dutch digital infrastructure and enter the European market via Amsterdam. This data tower forms an important expansion and strengthens the eco-system. We need to cherish this eco-system as international competition is fierce. Herein lies a responsibility for companies and governments together, too long datacenters and related digital infrastructure has been seen as a business matter only. Recently the Dutch parliament appointed the digital infrastructure as our third national mainport – just like Schiphol Airport and the Port of Rotterdam. So we’re making good progress, now we need to join forces to really use this momentum to make it part of our national DNA.'

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Michael Jackson's Smart City

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My first two weeks have passed as new community manager of this platform. I am thrilled to follow our lead Emma van der Veen and together with Nancy Zikken share your projects, events, posts and requests on our social channels, answer your questions and connect you with the people and companies you need to thrive and innovate the city of Amsterdam or simply be inspired.

Every once in a while I'll share an update and insights of this platform, putting them in a broader perspective of the development of smart cities. For opening a window to the future I always believe in taking a look over our shoulders. That's why I'd like to start this weekend with Billie Jean!

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My first two weeks have passed as new community manager of this platform. I am thrilled to follow our lead Emma van der Veen and together with Nancy Zikken share your projects, events, posts and requests on our social channels, answer your questions and connect you with the people and companies you need to thrive and innovate the city of Amsterdam or simply be inspired. Every once in a while I'll share an update and insights of this platform, putting them in a broader perspective of the development of smart cities. For opening a window to the future I always believe in taking a look over our shoulders. That's why I'd like to start this weekend with Billie Jean!

Did you know Michael Jackson was ahead of his time publishing his smart city video clip of Billie Jean in 1983? The clip shows the King of Pop moving around a city landscape in which squares light up whenever he passes by. The same goes for the smart lights of the street responding to his presence. Not only did this short film break down MTV's racial barrier as the first video by a black artist to be aired in heavy rotation, it also showed an future vision of a smart city which has become reality.

Check out the smart light project of the Hoekenrodeplein for example: <https://amsterdamsmartcity.com/projects/smart-light>

I hope to inspire you in the future and light your way through our smart city. Does your smart city look like the one in Billie Jean?

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