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Rachid Kherrazi, CTO , posted

Robotica en programmeren voor kinderen

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Gastworkshop Stadsplein: leer programmeren met een Arduino │10 - 18 jr.

Met een Arduino bouw en programmeer je een afstand-apparaat, dat piept als je te dicht bij iemand staat. [EN] With an Arduino you build and program a remote device that beeps when you are too close to someone.
Deze herfstvakantie geeft Wail Kherrazi (14) de workshop Bouw en programmeer een corona 1,5 meter afstand-melder, in de Maakplaats van de Bibliotheek Amstelland. Je leest hier meer over Wail en zijn afstand-melder.
Wil jij leren programmeren met een Arduino? Wil jij een afstand-melder maken, onder leiding van Wail? Grijp dan je kans en neem deel aan zijn workshop op 19 oktober!
Deze workshop is echt iets voor jou als:

  • je houdt van techniek
  • je graag creatief bezig bent
  • de workshop geschikt is voor jouw leeftijd
  • je het leuk vindt om samen te werken (tip: neem je vriendjes en vriendinnetjes mee, dan is samenwerken nog leuker!)

Let op: wil je meedoen? Leuk! Vergeet je dan vooral niet aan te melden, want vol=vol!

registration can be done via: https://amstelland.op-shop.nl/466/maakplaats-stadsplein-bouw-en-programmeer-een-corona-15-meter-afstand-melder-vanaf-10-jr

Meet-up on Oct 19th
Philippos Papadopoulos, Founder , posted

Deep Linking Financial and Energy Accounting

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How can we ensure financial and energy accounting and disclosures of organizations reconcile at a fundemental level? At the macro / statistical level we have environmentally extended input-output frameworks that connect the dots between sectors and help trace benefits and responsibility across the economy. In a new white paper we explore how we can achieve a rigorous linkage of energy flows to monetary flows from an individual accounting entity perspective.

The proposed integrated accounting framework imposes on energy related non-financial disclosures the same double-entry balance constraints that apply to conventional financial accounting and statements. We identify the key ingredients required for a rigorous multidimensional accounting framework in terms of concepts, postulates and design choices, and we illustrate these ideas with a worked-out example of linking financial and energy accounts.

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Puck Hoogenboom, Communication at Waag, posted

Quantum: nieuwe regels of een heel nieuw spel?

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‘Als je denkt dat je de quantummechanica begrijpt, dan heb je het niet begrepen.’ Dat stelde de quantumgeleerde Richard Feynman. Quantumcomputers zijn snel, krachtig en revolutionair, als je de experts moet geloven. Maar het mysterie rondom de technologie lijkt bijna wel kunstmatig gecreëerd en in stand gehouden. Tijdens het vrijdagprogramma van het Better Future Now Festival gaan we in de Waag in gesprek vanuit verschillende invalshoeken.

Wat zijn de mogelijke toepassingen voor de samenleving en de gevolgen daarvan? Wat hebben we er als mensheid aan? Welke problemen gaat de technologie voor ons oplossen? De Nederlandse overheid investeert de komende jaren 615 miljoen euro om een leidende positie te verwerven op het gebied van quantumtechnologie. Maar waarom precies? Hoog tijd om eens te kijken naar de technologie vanuit een maatschappelijke bril.

Tijdens dit publieksprogramma, onderdeel van Better Future Now Festival, gaan we in gesprek vanuit verschillende invalshoeken. We krijgen een introductie in quantum, kijken naar impact op beleid en wie er straks aan de knoppen zullen zitten.

Het programma begint om 16:00.

Lecture / presentation on Sep 23rd
Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Data Dilemmas: Fair data sharing with Amsterdam Data Exchange (AMdEX)

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Data promises to unlock solutions to many of the major challenges of our time. Unfortunately, accessing this data is not as easy as it seems. Who wants to share business-sensitive data with a competitor? Or privacy-sensitive data? Due to uncertainty about security, privacy and data ownership, less than 1% of all data is actually used, shared and analysed. At the same time, as individuals and organisations we often give away our data – without even realising it. Large tech parties collect, process and use data to make a profit.

In response to these challenges, Amsterdam Data Exchange (AMdEX) aims to shape the future of a fair data economy where data owners can securely share their data. Central to AMdEX is the premise that data are not shared without permissions from data owner. What conditions would you set before sharing your personal data? Or competitively sensitive information? Or your research data? The session presents key experiences, dilemmas and lessons learned from the AMdEX initiative and invites the audience to contribute to the discussion.

Agenda

  • 15:50 – 16:00 Walk-in
  • 16:00 – 16:10 Welcome and introductions, Leonie van den Beuken (Amsterdam Smart City)
  • 16:10 – 16:20 Introduction to AMdEX, Joep Meindertsma (Dexes)
  • 16:20 – 16:30 AMdEX case study: Marineterrein Sensor Data, Tom van Arman (Tapp)
  • 16:30 – 16:40 Future of AMdEX, Jan van Boesschoeten (AMS-IX)
  • 16:40 – 16:45 Critical reflection by Waag (speaker TBA)
  • 16:45 – 17:00 Panel discussion
  • 17:00 – 17:30 Wrap-up and networking drinks

About Data Dilemma Series
Data Dilemmas is a collaboration between Amsterdam Smart City and the City of Amsterdam’s Data Lab. Three times a year we explore the possibilities for using data and new technologies to address urban and societal challenges, with a focus on responsible digitalization. The goal is to use data to make cities more safe, clean and accessible. But what happens to all the data that is collected? Which dilemmas do we encounter when we collect (personal) data to improve the city? These questions are important for everyone: governments, knowledge institutions, companies, and civil society. Amsterdam Smart City would like to explore with you which decisions are needed for responsible use of data.

Registration
To join us please register via Evenbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/data-dilemmas-fair-data-sharing-with-amsterdam-data-exchange-amdex-tickets-411897114357

The development of AMdEX is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund
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Amsterdam Smart City's picture Meet-up on Sep 29th
Julie Chenadec, Head of Communications at SDIA - Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, posted

Let's measure the environmental impact of digital products & applications.

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On September 16 we are inviting the Dutch Tech & IT community to an in-person workshop & knowledge-sharing sessions on measuring the environmental impact of digital products and applications.

We believe the key to reducing the environmental impact of the digital ecosystem is to make it transparent to the user of an application - to raise awareness of the environmental costs of their digital usage.

Join us !

Julie Chenadec's picture Masterclass / workshop on Sep 16th
Responsible Sensing Lab, posted

Interactive installation about sensors in the smart city

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Discover how sensors make Amsterdam a smarter city. What measurements are taken and how is data being collected?

The Responsible Sensing Lab created the interactive installation Senses of Amsterdam that is currently exhibited at the public library of Amsterdam (OBA) location Slotermeer! Read more about this project on our website: https://responsiblesensinglab.org/news/senses-of-amsterdam-exhibited-at-oba-slotermeer

After traveling from NEMO Science Museum to Arcam, Senses of Amsterdam can now be visited free of charge at Slotermeerlaan 103E from Tuesday until Saturday.

The exhibition at OBA Slotermeer ends on 25 September 2022. Grab your chance!

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Isis Woutersen, posted

Gezocht: Online Marketing Communicatie expert a.i.

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Help jij bedrijven, onderwijs en overheden om in contact te komen met samenwerkingspartners voor talentontwikkeling in de regio Amsterdam? Heb je succeservaringen met het online activeren van proposities voor talentontwikkeling bij de juiste doelgroepen?

Wie zijn wij?

De mismatch op de arbeidsmarkt, door een kwalitatief en kwantitatief tekort aan de juiste talenten, is een groeiend probleem in de Metropool Amsterdam. Ons initatief TOMAS zorgt voor een structurele oplossing met een matching platform voor talentontwikkeling voor bedrijfsleven, onderwijs en overheden om samenwerkingspartners voor talentontwikkeling te vinden.

Bekijk het matching platform vraaghettomas.nl.

TOMAS geeft eenvoudig overzicht en toegang tot alle talentinitiatieven in de Metropool Amsterdam. Van Haarlem tot Hilversum en van Uitgeest tot Uithoorn. TOMAS staat voor Talent Ontwikkeling, Match & Select. Daarmee koppelen we vraag en aanbod van alle mogelijkheden voor omscholing, bijscholing en talentontwikkeling.

Hierdoor komen de juiste mensen met de juiste skills op de juiste plek. TOMAS is een samenwerking tussen gemeente Amsterdam, Hogeschool van Amsterdam | Digital Society School, Metropoolregio Amsterdam, StartupAmsterdam en Amsterdam Economic Board.

Online Marketing Communicatie expert: de functie

Het initiatief TOMAS is op zoek naar een tijdelijke communicatie expert (zzp’er) met sterke online marketing ervaring. Wij starten graag per direct voor 8-12 uur per week voor een periode van 5 maanden (augustus-december 2022).

Heb jij ervaring met online marketing & communicatie in arbeidsmarkt en onderwijs? Vind jij het een uitdaging om met behulp van campagnes en scherpe content partijen te mobiliseren en ze in contact te brengen met samenwerkingspartners voor talentontwikkeling? Heb je strategisch inzicht, ben je zeer bedreven met social media, SEO, een doener en neem je ook graag het voortouw? Bel ons.

Als Online Marketing Communicatie expert vervul je een belangrijke rol in het aantrekken van relevante doelgroepen, zoals werkgevers in de regio, om ze in contact te brengen met initiatieven voor talentontwikkeling en het promoten van TOMAS, een unieke B2B-tool voor bedrijven, kennisinstellingen en overheden. De focus is op initiatieven voor omscholing en bijscholing van tech en ICT-talent. Met de tool vinden bedrijven hun weg in het aanbod voor talentontwikkeling, zoals opleidingen voor tech-banen of omscholing naar ICT.

Samen met de kwartiermaker en de community manager van TOMAS en communicatie professionals van samenwerkingspartners werk je aan de marketing en communicatie. Jij pakt daarin de lead en maakt helder wie wat doet en wanneer.

Wie ben jij?

  • Je bent een ervaren online marketing communicatie expert, je hebt een visie en kunt inhoud scherp en snel vertalen naar aansprekende communicatie voor diverse doelgroepen;
  • Je bent behendig in het verzamelen en creëren van uitdagende en inspirerende content op maat per doelgroep (video, tekst, beeld);
  • Je hebt ervaring in het doorvertalen van proposities en kpi’s naar een social strategie en campagnes/boodschappen;
  • Je hebt veel ervaring met o.a. Google Analytics & Ads, SEO, SEA, Mailchimp, LinkedIn en WordPress;
  • Je hebt bij voorkeur ervaring met design programma’s;
  • Je hebt ruime aantoonbare ervaring (minimaal 5 jaar) als online marketing communicatieadviseur:
  • Je beweegt je gemakkelijk in een complex speelveld;
  • Je hebt affiniteit met de grote maatschappelijk uitdagingen van deze tijd;
  • Je bent resultaatgericht, een zelfstarter, hands-on, flexibel, creatief, een team player en je hebt lef;
  • Je neemt van nature graag de leiding;
  • Je hebt wo/hbo werk en denkniveau, bijvoorbeeld op het gebied van communicatiewetenschap;
  • Je beschikt over uitstekende mondelinge en schriftelijke vaardigheden in de Nederlandse en Engelse taal.

Wat ga je doen?

  • Je communiceert over het doel en toegevoegde waarde van TOMAS naar relevante doelgroepen via de juiste kanalen;
  • Je trekt relevante doelgroepen naar het platform en events;
  • Je ontwikkelt nieuwswaardige en relevante content en je haalt aansprekende content op in het netwerk;
  • Je ontwikkelt content voor socials, filmpjes, presentaties, nieuwsbrieven en uitnodigingen voor events en draagt actief bij aan de uitrol en het succes van de tool. De ontwikkeling hiervoor kan deels worden uitbesteed bij een vormgever/redacteur en doe je in samenwerking met communicatie professionals werkzaam bij de samenwerkingspartners.

Wat wij bieden

Wij bieden je een aanstelling voor de duur van 5 maanden (augustus – december) voor 1 tot 1,5 dag (ofwel 8-12 uur) per week. Standplaats is Marineterrein Amsterdam (kantoor Amsterdam Economic Board) / Thuiswerken. Uurtarief maximaal 80 euro per uur.

Ben je enthousiast?

Neem contact op met Andrea Joosse via a.joosse@amecboard.com en 06 23 06 38 38.
Wij stellen acquisitie n.a.v. deze vacature niet op prijs.

Wie is Amsterdam Economic Board?

Amsterdam Economic Board is hét netwerk van organisaties met wie je samenwerkt aan innovatie voor de slimme, groene en gezonde Metropool van Morgen. We werken samen met honderden organisaties uit de Metropool Amsterdam. Partijen die bepalend zijn op weg naar een nieuwe economie. Van bedrijven, tot kennis- en onderwijsinstellingen, gemeenten en provincies en maatschappelijke organisaties. Van klein tot groot. De focus is op thema’s die belangrijk zijn voor inwoners van de Metropool: duurzame en gezonde leefomgeving, waardevol werk voor iedereen en verantwoorde inzet van data en technologie. TOMAS is een van de initiatieven waar wij met onze partners aan werken.

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Joyce Overklift Vaupel Kleyn, Communication advisor at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Lector Nanda Piersma (HvA) benoemd tot hbo-kroonlid Sociaal Economische Raad

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We zijn trots bij de Hogeschool van Amsterdam met de benoeming van lector Nanda Piersma tot kroonlid van de Sociaal-Economische Raad (SER). De ministerraad stemde vrijdag in met haar benoeming. Het is de eerste keer dat een lector kroonlid wordt van de SER.

Piersma is benaderd vanwege haar expertise op het gebied van digitalisering. Volgens de SER is digitalisering in steeds meer kwesties actueel. Piersma is lector Responsible IT bij de HvA. Ook is zij wetenschappelijk directeur van het HvA Centre of Expertise Applied Artificial Intelligence. Daarnaast is Piersma betrokken bij verschillende landelijke netwerken rondom datawetenschap zoals het platform Praktijkgericht ICT-onderzoek (Prio) en de Nederlandse AI coalitie (NLAIC). Lees meer.

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Intelligent Cities Challenge - 5th City Lab

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The fifth and final ICC City Lab will take place June 14 - 23. This special edition will focus on Local Ecosystems Mobilisation and Urban Innovation following feedback received from cities and experts on previous ICC City Labs.

The City Lab will launch on June 14th with sessions open to the ICC community and the public. Week 1 will be dedicated to mentor led Thematic Network sessions, where the ICC Mentor Cities will present successful solutions and good practices implemented in their cities. During week 2, the Peer Reviews sessions and Transversal Network sessions on Open Data and Public Procurement will be in the limelight. The closing event is scheduled for June 23rd.

As ICC mentor, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region will contribute to the following sessions:

  • Thursday, June 16, 11.30-12.30 Mentor session Amsterdam Metropolitan Region: Building Talent Development Ecosystems (open to ICC community)
  • Tuesday, June 21, 12.00-13.30 Public session 2 – Artificial Intelligence – Redefining Urban innovation (open to the public; registration possible via the this link)
  • Wednesday, Jun 22, 10.00-11.30 Transversal workshop on Public Procurement (open to ICC community)

Joining a session
Are you a stakeholder from the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region and would like to participate in any of the sessions dedicated to ICC community?  Please send a short email to Cornelia Dinca via cornelia@amsterdamsmartcity.com indicating which session(s) you would like to join in order to receive the relevant calendar invite(s).

For more information and the complete program please visit: https://www.intelligentcitieschallenge.eu/events/5th-icc-city-lab

Cornelia Dinca's picture Online event from Jun 14th to Jun 23rd
Kristina Gorr, Communications Manager at Mozilla Foundation, posted

MozFest Trustworthy AI Working Groups - Call for Projects

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Trustworthy AI Working groups are made up of community members who come together to work on technically focused projects that aim to build more Trustworthy AI. They meet from September 2022 through April 2023.

Trustworthy AI is artificial intelligence that is helpful — rather than harmful — to human beings. For us, this means two things: human agency is a core part of how AI is built and integrated and corporate accountability is real and enforced. AI  impacts nearly every digital technology we interact with today, and how we approach AI determines how much privacy, safety, trust, transparency, and fairness we create for ourselves and one another online and off.

We think of AI Builders as people who create TAI and machine learning (ML) products, like data scientists, developers, engineers, and product and project managers. 

We think of Civil Society Actors as people outside government and industry working in their local and global communities through art, journalism, policy-making, research, scholarship, activism and technical literacy efforts, who care about the impact of artificial intelligence.

These communities convene to promote Trustworthy AI through building better tools and technology and to think critically about how they impact our local and global societies.

More than ever, our online lives and societal issues are interconnected, and Artificial Intelligence is at the nexus. We know what’s at risk if AI is not trustworthy: our safety, security, privacy, and equality. 

But at Mozilla, we don’t shy away from tackling big issues — like ensuring the technology embedded in our daily lives helps, rather than harms, humanity. 

We are welcoming submissions from potential project leads who would like to join a Trustworthy AI Working Group and have an interest and/or expertise in either:

  • Building a prototype of a tool or technology that promotes Trustworthy AI for the Building Trustworthy AI Working Group. 
  • Launching a project or community of practice that helps civil society actors understand and promote Trustworthy AI as an essential part of their work for the Civil Society Actors for Trustworthy AI Working Group.

 

As we seek to support the MozFest community in building more tools and technology that promote Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, we would like expert AI Builders to work alongside highly engaged Civil Society Actors in envisioning a more equitable automated future.
Will you join us? Propose a Project

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Julie Chenadec, Head of Communications at SDIA - Sustainable Digital Infrastructure Alliance, posted

Training Workshop on Recycling, Reuse and Eco-Design of Data Center Equipment

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Are you a data center user, manufacturer, operator or recycler? Are you using or requesting a data hosting provider?

This free online training program will help you design, choose and better recycle computer storage systems to make them more sustainable. This session will also allow you to assess the potential for reusing, recycling and extending the life of computer servers.

This online session is scheduled for the 20th of June at 10:00 AM CET and you can register through this link.

We will dive into the following key topics:

  • Life Cycle Sustainability Assessment
  • CDCC (Circular Data Centre Compass) – an online tool designed to assist SMEs in IT (design/procurement/end-of-life) decision making
  • Break-out session to discuss recycling, product life extension and Ecodesign

This training is in English and is free, organised as part of the CEDaCI project (Circular Economy for the Data Center Industry). The project aims to suggest ways to improve the recycling, reuse and eco-design of computer servers.

More information about the training sessions can be found here.

Julie Chenadec's picture Online event on Jun 20th
Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Amsterdam Smart City Demo Days #16: Open for Applications

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On June 14 and 21 the 16th edition of our Demo Days will take place. This will be the first Demo Days on location (will be announced soon) since COVID-19. Our themes for these upcoming Demo Days are:

14 June: Energy & Mobility

21 June: Circular & Digital

What are the Amsterdam Smart City Demo Days?
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. In small groups we work on concrete questions.

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

That’s where you come in!
Not only are the Demo Days open for our community, but we 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.

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 to sophie@amsterdamsmartcity.com or let us know in the comments. We would be happy to discuss if it's a match!

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Gijs Boerwinkel, Head of communications at Waag, posted

Public Spaces Conferentie 2022

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Op 17 en 18 mei 2022 slaan honderden professionals, expertspolitici en beleidsmakers uit heel Europa in Pakhuis de Zwijger de handen ineen, om te werken aan een digitaal ecosysteem gebaseerd op publieke waarden.

Kom tijdens de conferentie alles te weten over de laatste ontwikkelingen van PublicSpaces en de 45 aangesloten partners, (inter)nationale wet- & regelgeving en alternatieve tools en platforms.

 Beide programmadagen zijn van 10:00 tot 17:00 uur. De opening en afsluiting zijn in ieder geval plenair, maar daarnaast kun je ook in een kleiner gezelschap de diepte induiken tijdens verschillende deelsessies.

Gijs Boerwinkel's picture Conference from May 17th to May 18th
Hanna Rab, Communication advisor at City of Amsterdam: Digitalization & Innovation, posted

Metaverse en Amsterdam

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Kom op donderdag 19 mei naar de eerste Metaverse Meetup in Amsterdam en laat je verwonderen door de nieuwe werkelijkheid van de Metaverse. Samen met experts gaan we in gesprek over welke invloed deze nieuwe dimensie van het internet kan hebben op ons leven. Het evenement is een samenwerking tussen gemeente Amsterdam en Sharing Cities Alliance.

Programma:
16.00 inloop
16.15 opening door Douwe Schmidt (Digitalisering & Innovatie, Gemeente Amsterdam) en Harmen van Sprang (co-founder Sharing Cities Alliance)
16.30 presentaties door de sprekers (info volgt)
18.00 borrel
19.00 afsluiting

Over de metaverse
Biedt de metaverse ons nieuwe kansen voor de toekomst of is het een bedreiging voor ons opgebouwde bestaan? Is het een plek van en voor ons allemaal of bepalen platformen steeds meer hoe we leven, werken en spelen? Het fenomeen metaverse spreekt tot de verbeelding van velen maar roept ook veel vragen op. Gemeente Amsterdam wil op een verantwoorde manier inspelen op deze technologische veranderingen.

Over dit evenement
Tijdens dit gratis evenement verkennen we samen met Amsterdammers hoe we de metaverse zo kunnen vormgeven dat deze een verrijking is van ons leven en van onze stad. Aan de hand van de inspirerende sprekers vanuit verschillende organisaties duiken we dieper in het thema. Elke spreker vertelt kort over zijn of haar visie en kennis over het onderwerp en gaat in gesprek met het publiek.
Na afloop drinken we met elkaar een borrel en praten we na over hoe jouw metaverse eruit ziet.

Meer info
https://www.sharingcitiesalliance.com/

Meet-up on May 19th
Gido van Rooijen, Researcher , posted

Rapport 'Beter beslissen over datacentra' (Rathenau Instituut)

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In de afgelopen maanden is de maatschappelijke en politieke discussie over de vestiging van datacentra in een stroomversnelling geraakt. Naar aanleiding van de plannen voor de bouw van een groot datacentrum bij Zeewolde is veel gesproken over nut, noodzaak en wenselijkheid van vestiging van dit soort faciliteiten in Nederland. Daarbij kwamen zorgen naar boven over de verhouding tussen het energie- en grondstoffengebruik van datacentra en hun maatschappelijke en economische meerwaarde. Ook was er kritiek op hoe de besluitvorming over de vestiging van datacentra bestuurlijk is ingericht.

Het rapport 'Beter beslissen over datacentra' van het Rathenau Instituut onderzoekt de maatschappelijke betekenis van datacentra en de besluitvorming over hun vestiging. Het maakt inzichtelijk wat datacentra zijn, hoe ze werken en hoe ze onderling van elkaar verschillen, welke kwesties er spelen en hoe deze kwesties op dit moment bestuurd worden op lokaal, regionaal en nationaal niveau. De analyse mondt uit in vijf aanbevelingen voor een goede publieke governance van de digitale infrastructuur.

Het Rathenau Instituut pleit ervoor om bij de ontwikkeling van beleid, niet te focussen op de (grote) datacentra die nu volop in de belangstelling staan, maar te kijken naar de hele infrastructuur die de digitalisering van onze samenleving mogelijk maakt. Daarbij gaat het ook om kabels, zendmasten, ontvangers, schakelaars en routers, plus de functies die zij in samenhang vervullen. Wat willen we in Nederland met deze infrastructuur? Die vraag zou het voorwerp moeten zijn van een maatschappelijk debat. Naast bestuurders en deskundigen, moeten ook burgers daarbij betrokken zijn. Om het debat te voeden, is ook meer kennis nodig, bijvoorbeeld over de financieel-economische voordelen van datacentra.

De digitale infrastructuur is inmiddels zo belangrijk geworden voor de samenleving dat ze kenmerken heeft van een nutsvoorziening: een essentiële voorziening van algemeen belang. Dit betekent dat publieke waarden leidend moeten zijn bij de governance van deze infrastructuur. Het bestaande energiebeleid kan daartoe als model dienen. Het onderzoek laat zien dat relevante publieke waarden voor de digitale infrastructuur, veel gelijkenis vertonen met de waarden die ten grondslag liggen aan het Nederlandse energiebeleid. Ook hier immers gaat het om betrouwbaarheid, veiligheid, betaalbaarheid, duurzaamheid en goede ruimtelijke inpassing.

Meer hierover kunt u lezen op https://www.rathenau.nl/nl/digitale-samenleving/beter-beslissen-over-datacentra.

Foto bij bericht: Shutterstock

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Validation Workshop: How can European cities and regions use “sandboxing” to develop their data ecosystems?

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How can European cities and regions use “sandboxing” methodologies to develop their data ecosystems? This is the central question explored in the project: "Regional and local data-driven
innovation through collective intelligence and sandboxing”.

The purpose of the project is to support the Joint Research Centre (JRC) in identifying and assessing the impact of the development of regional and local data ecosystems on policy and data-driven public sector innovation.

The project has analyzed existing data ecosystems at local and regional level and has supported the cities of Barcelona, Helsinki, Milan and Poznan in experimenting with different sandboxing approaches, aiming to strengthen their data ecosystems, and draw policy lessons for data-driven innovation.

Defining "Sandboxing"
In the context of this project, “sandboxing” refers to testing solutions in a safe environment, with a focus on technical and organizational innovations to enable more efficient and effective delivery of public services through data sharing and reuse. As a result of ongoing interaction with cities, we learnt that it is helpful to differentiate between three types of sandboxing:

  • Technical sandboxing: This refers to the process of safely developing and testing new applications before operationalising them. Within the project, technical sandboxing focused on enabling more visualization and analytics tools, as different data sources were combined.
  • Traditional (technical) sandboxing: Traditionally, new applications are developed and tested in an isolated technical environment or sandbox before incorporating them into the operating environment. This continues to be a well-used and effective mechanism. There are, however, other options that allow development and testing to take place in a carefully managed way within an operating environment.
  • Institutional sandboxing: While the sandbox is primarily a technical environment, the main barriers to developing and producing value in data ecosystems are non-technical. Institutional sandboxing refers to activities aimed at developing and testing solutions to these institutional barriers. Within the project, the institutional sandboxing focused on best practices and policies for Business to Government (B2G) data sharing, such as
    incentives, contracts and partnerships to acquire private sector data.

Validation Survey
To better understand the experience from other European cities and their stakeholders in using sandboxing to improve data-driven innovation, the project team invites all stakeholders to share their experience with using sandboxing activities to develop data ecosystem via our short Validation Survey which should only take 10-15 min to complete: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcucuuprDIvH9z1j6XP-fMtM6dxgYuySWaX

Validation Workshop
All interested stakeholders are also invited to participate in a Validation Workshop on April 28, 14:00-16:00 CET, where the project team will present and validate the key findings from the project which focus on challenges and best practices in implementing sandboxing to develop data ecosystems.

The agenda for the workshop will be communicate shortly. Registration is possible via the following link:
https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcucuuprDIvH9z1j6XP-fMtM6dxgYuySWaX

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Tom Kuipers, Programme Developer at AMS Institute, posted

Join a Virtual Reality experiment in Amsterdam

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Would you like to take part in a Virtual Reality experiment? Then we are looking for you!

What is it? An indoor experiment about using Virtual Reality (VR) to study pedestrian crossing behaviour. Virtual Reality can be a powerful tool in the future to experiment with new settings and implementations before putting them into practice. Are you interested? Register or get in touch with us.

When? From 11 April until 6 May for the duration of 60-90 minutes per participant

Where? AMS Institute, Marineterrein Amsterdam, Kattenburgerstraat 5

Who? Everyone is welcome! We are looking for participants who want to join and help us make it a success! Each participant will receive a €10,- gift voucher

Register now! Here

Thanks

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Responsible Sensing Lab, posted

Responsible Sensing Toolkit is live!

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Met trots presenteren we de Responsible Sensing Toolkit die vorige week werd gelanceerd. Deze Toolkit helpt gemeenten en organisaties die op een verantwoorde manier sensor-technologieën willen inzetten in de openbare ruimte.

Ben jij een stadsinnovator die zich bezighoudt met de inzet van sensoren? En wil je meer te weten komen over hoe je daarbij maatschappelijke normen en waarden als uitgangspunt kunt nemen? De Responsible Sensing Toolkit helpt je in zes stappen op weg.

Bekijk de Responsible Sensing Toolkit op de website van het Responsible Sensing Lab.

In de Toolkit vind je allerlei hulpmiddelen die je op weg helpen met jouw sensing-project. Bijvoorbeeld ons Responsible Sensing Toolkit Decision Canvas en video's waarin experts hun inzichten delen. Ook kun je je aanmelden voor een van onze workshops, zoals de Quickscan die je helpt bij het maken van een heldere roadmap naar een verantwoord en ethisch sensing-project. In sommige gevallen bieden we deze workshop gratis aan. Lees hier meer over deze workshop.

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We proudly present to you the Responsible Sensing Toolkit that was launched last week. This Toolkit empowers municipalities and organizations that want to implement sensing technologies for public space in a responsible manner.

Are you a city innovator thinking about deploying sensors? And do you want to learn more about how societal values could guide you in doing so? The Responsible Sensing Toolkit will help you on your journey in 6 steps.

Check out the Responsible Sensing Toolkit on the website of the Responsible Sensing Lab.

The Toolkit offers many resources that will help you on your way with your sensing project. For instance our Responsible Sensing Toolkit Decision Canvas or our videos in which experts share their insights. We also offer workshops, like a Quick scan that helps you set up a clear roadmap to a responsible and ethical sensing project. In particular cases this workshop is free of charge. Read more about this workshop here.

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Manon den Dunnen, Strategisch specialist digitaal , posted

Sensemakers latest on Metaverse/Extended Reality

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This evening we will meet at NewBase on the Marineterrein, after a short introduction about the Metaverse (context and hype) Daniel Doornik and others will share the latest insights and their latest applications in VR, AR and MR.
There also will be the opportunity to try it out!

Really looking forward welcoming you offline again!! As there is limited catering, feel free to bring your own! Presentations usually start at 19h & end around 20.30 with "open mic" when you can share your own story/event/question.

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Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

Smart grids: where social and digital innovation meet

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The 20th episode of the Better Cities - The contribution of digital technology-series is about electrification, as part of climate adaptation. Based on this theme, both the role of digital technology and the relationship between digital and social innovation will be illustrated.

The Dutch government has dug deep into its pockets to get citizens and companies to cover their roofs with solar panels and to encourage the construction of solar meadows. Favorable tax facilities have been created and a generous so-called ‘salderingsregeling’ has been set up, and with success.

Solar energy and grid overload

Most citizens are very satisfied with solar panels and their impact on the energy bill. So far, no audit office has checked what the government pays for a kilowatt hour of electricity that citizens produce on their roofs. This includes the costs of the aforementioned (tax) facilities and subsidies, as well as the billions in investments in grid reinforcement resulting from the large-scale (re)delivery to the grid of decentral generated energy. In fact, when there is more supply than demand for electricity on the grid, the wholesale price of electricity is negative. In that case, thanks to the ‘salderingsregeling’, the electricity company pays back the full amount and also has to pay(!) companies that buy electricity at that time!

And now? Now the government suffers the consequences and is limiting the growth in the number of solar panels. Many requests for the large-scale generation of solar energy are waiting for a license because the electricity grid in large parts of the Netherlands is overloaded.

There are three ways to solve this problem. The first is to increase the capacity of the high-voltage grid. The second is large-scale storage of electricity, both for the short and the long term. The third is network management. The least elegant solution here is curtailment which means that the capacity of all solar meadows and wind farms is only used for 70%. A better alternative is the construction of smart grids; this is what this article is about. Smart grids have more to do with digitization than with extra cables. *A smart grid is an energy system in which PV panels, electric cars, heat pumps, household appliances, large but also small-scale storage systems and substations are intelligently connected.*However, more attention to energy storage is desperately needed too and high-voltage grid reinforcement will also be inevitable locally.

From centralized to decentralized electricity supply

Electricity infrastructure around the world is designed for centralized electricity generation, characterized by one-way traffic from producer to consumer. Now that many consumers have also become producers ('prosumers') and solar meadows and wind farms are being developed in many places in addition to the usual power plants, the network structure of the future must be decentralized. It will consist of two or three levels. Together, these will ensure a stable system in which much more electricity is used than today. This new structure is at the forefront of development. In 2016, approximately $47 billion was spent worldwide on infrastructure and software to make the electricity system more flexible, integrate renewable energy and better serve customers. The book Promoting Digital Innovations to Advance Clean Energy System (2018) is an excellent overview of these developments. This book can here be downloaded for free.

Most prosumers supply an average of 65% of the generated electricity back to the main grid. Own storage capacity is part of the solution and creates a mini grid that significantly reduces the need to supply back. Otherwise, there are times when the main grid benefits from supplying back locally generated power. Therefore, the next step is for main and mini grids to communicate with each other. In this case we speak of a smart grid: The management of energy production in large-scale power stations (including wind and solar parks) will then take place in conjunction with the regulation of the inflow and outflow of electricity from the main grid to the mini grids. This may also include signals to households to charge or discharge batteries, turn on the boiler, postpone charging the car or stop the production of energy. An automated monitoring and control system is a necessary enabler here.

The exchange of data between mini grids and the main grid has many privacy aspects, especially if the grid operator can influence what goes on 'behind the meter'. An intermediate layer between main and mini grids offers a solution. We then speak of a microgrid. This is a kind of switch between the main grid and the micro grid, that enables the micro grid even to function autonomously in the event of a failure of the main grid.

microgrid contains three elements:

1. Installation(s) for local energy production for more than one user (usually a neighborhood): solar panels, wind turbines, cogeneration, heat pump(s), biomass power station, hydropower turbine and possibly an emergency production system (generator).

2. A storage system: home and neighborhood batteries and in the future also supercapacitors and chemical latent heat storage.

3. A digital management system to guarantee the balance between the production of and the demand for electricity, to determine how much energy is taken from or returned to the main grid and which calculates the costs and benefits per household.

The micro-grid

In a micro grid, households can exchange their surpluses and shortages of electricity without the direct intervention of the grid operator or the electricity producers. These are solely related to the surpluses and deficits of the entire microgrid, eliminating the need to interfere in the mini grids of individual households. Thanks to the real-time monitoring of electricity production and consumption, the price of electricity can be determined minute by minute. For example, the households that are part of the microgrid can agree to purchase as much electricity as possible when the price is low. At such moments, home batteries, electric cars, any neighborhood battery and boilers and hot water barrels will be charged and heated. This can be done fully automated. For example, the Powermatcher, an open-source application developed by TNO, which now employs 1000 people in the Netherlands. This video illustrates how a microgrid works.

A microgrid gains extra value if the users form an energy cooperative. Here it is possible to decide about the algorithms that regulate the circulation of the current in the microgrid. A cooperative can also take care of the management and maintenance of the solar panels of other collective facilities such as a neighborhood battery, local energy sources (wind or solar park or geothermal heat). The cooperative is also a good means of negotiating with the network operator and the energy company.

The virtual power plant

By linking heat pump technology, energy generation and energy storage at the district level, a significant step can be made with the energy transition. Here are some examples.

The Amsterdam virtual power plant
An almost classic example of a microgrid is the Amsterdam virtual power plant. Here, 50 households produce electricity with solar panels, store it in-house and trade it according to availability when the price on the energy market is most favorable.

Future Living Berlin
This is a nice small-scale practical example developed by Panasonic. Future Living Berlin consists of a neighborhood with apartment buildings for a total of 90 households. The residential buildings are equipped with 600 solar panels that, together with a collective battery system, provide a constant flow of sustainable energy. Among others, to power the seventeen central air/water heat pumps, of which two to five per residential building are installed in a cascade and provide heating and hot tap water. The shared cars and communal washing machines are good for the environment, and they also promote neighborly contact. The Internet of Things also plays a role in controlling the heat pumps. Installers maintain remote access to these systems via a cloud platform.

Tesla's Virtual Power Plant
Tesla has built a virtual power plant in Australia for 50,000 households. Every household has solar panels, with a capacity of 5 kilowatts and a Tesla Powerwall battery of 13.5 kilowatt-hours. As a result, the power station has a capacity of 250 megawatts and a storage capacity of 675 megawatt-hours. Here too, every household charges the battery and possibly the car with self-generated energy and with cheap energy if the supply is large, and they supply the energy they have left to the electricity companies at the market price. In this way the participants save 20% of the annual energy costs.

The ultimate step: autarky
Companies that want to use solar panels and supply the surplus of energy back to the grid are also increasingly encountering the capacity limitations of the main grid. The result is that an increasing number of businesses take power supply into their own hands and even completely refraining from being connected to the grid. Commercial solutions for local virtual power grids are now available, for which companies such as Alfen and Joulz are involved. One of the options is Energy-as-a-service, where the business customer does not invest in an installation but pay a fixed amount per month.

The use of blockchain

Blockchain enables exchanging surplus energy between prosumers without human intervention. Brooklyn Microgrid is a 'benefit corporation', to which every resident who has solar panels can connect and buy energy directly from or sell energy to another user (P2P), without the intervention of the electricity company. Blockchain provides a secure, transparent, and decentralized ledger of all energy production and consumption data and transactions based on 'smart contracts'. These are self-executing programs that automate the exchange of value (here, the amount of electricity) on bilaterally agreed terms. Home and neighborhood batteries, individual and collective heat pumps and charging stations for cars can also be connected to this system.

A similar pilot with blockchain is taking place in the southern German town of Wilpoldsried. Project partners Siemens, grid operator AllgäuNetz, Kempten University of Applied Sciences and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology (FIT) have jointly developed the platform and an app, considering the given load capacity of the grid.

Digital twins: need for oversight

Smart grids, ranging from local mini and micro grids to regional applications, are a substantial alternative to grid reinforcement. At the same time, they create new electricity flows, especially where there is a direct exchange between smart grids and the main grid. That is why there is a growing need to map these flows and regulate them where necessary. Digital twins can be helpful here.

Delft University of Technology has developed a small digital twin for a quarter of the Dutch high-voltage grid. This will gradually be expanded to encompass the entire network. To this end, the existing high-voltage hall of TU Delft will be converted into an Electrical Sustainable Power Lab, which will mirror the electricity network, including high-voltage pylons, sources of wind and solar energy, energy storage and distribution networks. This allows, for example, to simulate the effect of linking a new wind farm. As a result, it provides an overview of all bottlenecks and thus lays the foundation for better network management or the choice for grid reinforcement.

But there are also many promising developments at the local level. For that we must be in the US for the time being. The Cityzenith company, together with Arizona State University, has developed the SmartWorldOS digital twin and is making it available to Phoenix, Las Vegas and New York. Each of these cities is building a digital twin of a part of the center. The twins comprise all the buildings, transportation systems and infrastructure of the affected areas and are powered by sensors sent over a 5G network. They aggregate 3D (space) and 4D (time) data about the actual energy use and visualize and analyze it. Subsequently, the impact of other forms of lighting, heating, but also electricity generation with solar panels on the roof, on the facades and in the windows can be simulated and measured and a decision can be made about their implementation.

I have compiled a dossier on many aspects of the use of solar energy. This dossier deepens this article in several respects. Innovations in solar panels, the use of window glass to generate energy, the growth of solar energy in the Netherlands and the storage of electricity are discussed. Those who are interested can find this file by following the link below.

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