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Amsterdam Smart City partners at Smart City Expo Barcelona - part 5: Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

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Next week the Amsterdam Smart City team travels, together with a couple of our program partners, to the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. This is THE leading event for cities in the world. Main goal of the event is to empower cities and collectivize urban innovation across the globe. We asked our partners why they will join the Dutch innovation mission to Barcelona. We introduce you….. Mark van Wees and Marije Poel of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, who will present one of their most recent projects: ATELIER.

How is the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences contributing to the smart city?

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences serves as a knowledge hub for Amsterdam Smart City. We develop knowledge, research and education about the do’s and don’ts of smart city projects. Our goal is to accelerate and elevate your smart city project, as we unravel the ‘Amsterdam’ approach and the key elements of making an impact in Amsterdam’s innovative ecosystem. We’re involved in several local and European Smart City projects. We aim for a multi-disciplinary approach to smart city development: technology, business, design, citizens engagement, governance, urban planning and psychology.

What is your vision of a smart city?

We believe that smart city projects can create more impact – and more effective ecosystems – if we learn from each other and share the tools and skills needed to make our cities smarter. We are starting a H2020 Lighthouse project with focus on positive-energy-districts and demonstrations in Amsterdam (Buiksloterham) and Bilbao. In the project one of our tasks is cross-project and cross-city cooperation.

What are your plans for the Smart City Expo in Barcelona?

We would like to meet people who want to join our learning community. Are you interested in learning about scaling up, business models, citizen involvement or smart city governance? Let us know! We would really like to learn from other smart city learning platforms as well.

And more specifically, as University of Applied Sciences, we just joined the SCC01 community as partner of project ATELIER, leading the cooperation with European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities and Communities-network. We therefore also want to reach out to other Horizon2020 SCC-EIP projects within the SCC community we can learn from and cooperate with.

Marije Poel

Mark van Wees

At the Smart City Expo Barcelona, you can find The City of Amsterdam, Eurofiber, Amsterdam Smart City and other Dutchies a lot at the Dutch Pavilion. Street D, Stand 473.

Do we see you there?

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Amsterdam to lead cross-city start-up collaboration

Amsterdam is in ongoing discussions with Barcelona and Dublin to work closer to emulate and scale up its successful Start-up in Residence programme.

The Dutch capital has just concluded its fourth edition of the 12-week programme which partners with start-ups to innovate to solve city challenges which can then be procured.

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Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab

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Do you have an idea for the livable city and are you looking for a location to conduct an experiment? That is now possible at the Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab!

The Marineterrein Amsterdam will become available to research, experiment and test in a real-life setting. Today, June 21th, the Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab (MALL) will be launched with the core partners in this project: Bureau Marineterrein, AMS Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS Institute), Amsterdam Smart City and Amsterdam Economic Board and NEMO Science Museum.

Main goal is to develop scalable innovations that make and keep cities livable. To develop, test and apply solutions to global urban challenges, the partners bring together their expertise, network, and communities in the field of research, innovation, urban development and experimentation at this unique location in Amsterdam.

Whoever enters Marineterrein Amsterdam will immediately notice that it is a special part of Amsterdam. The wall, the surrounding water, the tranquillity, the greenery and various image-defining buildings appeal to the imagination and make this area a place that stands out from other places in the city.

Everyone is welcome to test at the Marineterrein. Given the special location, high demands are made on parties who come to develop and test on the Marineterrein. In addition to thematic alignment with the themes of the parties, careful consideration is given to whether the applications are innovative, whether they ensure connection between people and knowledge and to opt for a clear focus within a relevant issue.

Look here for more information, contact details and the registration procedure.

© foto: Siebe Swart (2014)

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Becoming smart? My advise to a mayor

Until recently, no mayor asked me how to become a smart city. Recently, I talked to an audience of mayors and civil servants in Zagreb. When I told them that the first step to become smart is not about technology, their attention was caught. Then I advised them to go through six steps. Does your attention be caught too? Read my post.
You will find a Dutch version here: https://wp.me/p32hqY-1Ll

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€300,000 available to build Platform for Cycling Innovations & Showcase Amsterdam as a Knowledge Cycling City

Are you . . .
* Passionate about the role that the bicycle plays in keeping Amsterdam and the metropolitan area accessible and livable?
* Playing an active role in sharing this knowledge internationally?
* Experienced with building digital platforms and innovation ecosystems?

If so, the City of Amsterdam and the Vervoerregio (Amsterdam Transport Region) could select your organization as the collaboration partner to support the following goals:
* Develop and share knowledge about cycling
* Stimulate innovation and experimentation in the field of cycling
* Profile Amsterdam nationally and internationally as a knowledge cycling city
* Stimulate bicycle use to achieve these goals

In its Multi-year Bicycle Plan (MJP), the municipality of Amsterdam profiles itself "nationally and internationally as The Knowledge City in the Field of Cycling.” According to the MJP, the City would like to create more room for experimentation in order to solve Amsterdam’s unique cycling challenges, and testing of innovative bicycle concepts plays an integral role in finding those solutions.

Amsterdam has been building on knowledge development in the field of cycling in a compact city, and the municipality is now taking a deliberate path toward a stronger profile of sharing knowledge and supporting innovation and experimentation. To achieve these goals, the municipality of Amsterdam and Vervoerregio seek support for the following activities:

1. Digital Knowledge & Innovation Platform
Knowledge sharing leads to concrete ideas, projects or initiatives. The winning proposal will need to detail plans for a digital platform which will be in both Dutch and English, through which knowledge and innovations concerning cycling in the Amsterdam region will be bundled and made accessible. It will provide a shared bicycle platform for companies, citizens, academic, municipality, and transport region and social organizations in the field of cycling for the Amsterdam region. The platform will also offer the opportunity to showcase Amsterdam as a cycling city internationally. The platform must be fully transferable, so that it can be managed and further developed by the municipality or third parties at the end of the term of the agreement.

2. Expanded Network in the Field of Cycling
The winning proposal will be charged with setting up, mobilizing, and stimulating a powerful network organization. Through this network, the makers, inventors, implementers and policymakers will share bicycle knowledge and will be empowered and supported to develop innovative ideas in close collaboration with the commissioning parties.

3. Receive Delegations
The Bicycle platform for knowledge sharing, innovation and experiment has a leading role in receiving international delegations, giving and organizing presentations, and arranging excursions for the many delegations that are expected in Amsterdam and throughout the region.

Deadline for proposals is May 14 at 14:00 via TenderNed. All relevant documents and information can be found in Dutch via: https://www.tenderned.nl/tenderned-tap/aankondigingen/162544

Good Luck!
The wining proposal will play an important role in strengthening Amsterdam visibility as a cycling city nationally and internationally!

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Summer School Urban Entrepreneurship Bootcamp

The world around us is asking for innovative and entrepreneurial action. This two week summer course will challenge you to find entrepreneurial opportunities that contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s).


• Take a deep dive into the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and the role of innovation and entrepreneurship for a real and lasting impact
• Experience the potential of innovation driven entrepreneurship and technological innovations for the creation of new business models
• Explore your own capability for opportunity recognition and motivation for entrepreneurship, innovation and impact

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Looking back on 101 Amsterdam Smart City delegations hosted in 2018!

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ASC receives a lot of requests from international delegation interested in exchanging experiences and exploring collaboration opportunities. In this post we look back on 101 delegations we hosted from more than 20 countries in 2018.

What kind of groups visit Amsterdam Smart City and why?

Nearly half (47%) of delegations that visit Amsterdam Smart City are governmental groups and another 23% are academic. The rest are private sector (15%), press (8%) and public-private groups (5%). Most groups visit in hopes of meeting with relevant experts and stakeholders and learning from best practices. Another reason for visiting is to connect to innovative organizations and startups and to explore possibilities for collaboration. About 25% of delegations came from South Korea where the concept of smart or “ubiquitous” city originates. Other delegations come most often from USA, Japan, Germany, Finland, Denmark, Taiwan and UK.

Here are the top 10 things delegations tell us they find most inspiring about visiting Amsterdam:

1. Innovative area development — Amsterdam has a long history of innovative area development, with the Canal Belt from the 1600’s as one of the world’s most famous master plans. This culture of innovation is thriving in Amsterdam, with districts such as Circular Buiksloterham and climate-neutral Houthavens providing inspiration and best practices for master planning new city districts or transforming post-industrial areas.

2. Smart and innovative mobility solutions – While most are aware of Amsterdam’s position as a leading cycling city, many are surprised to discover Amsterdam is also a leader in electric and shared mobility. This can be seen in the form of Tesla taxis and electric buses across the city, as well as more than 2,000 electric vehicle-charging stations installed in public space. What is often most inspiring for groups is to learn that these approaches are not at all new - Amsterdam launched its first electric car-sharing system in 1974!

3. Johan Cruijff Innovation Area – Home of Ajax football club, Johan Cruijff Arena is one of the most innovative stadiums in the world. Instead of depending on diesel, the Arena constructed a micro-grid which provides uninterrupted power supply during events. It uses second life Nissan-fuel cells which store the renewable energy generated by its PV panels. The Arena is also a testing ground for innovative mobility, digital connectivity, crowd management and fan experience projects.

4. De Ceuvel Living Lab — A former shipyard now converted into a small office park for creative companies, De Ceuvel launched Jouliette, Amsterdam’s first block chain project for energy. In collaboration with CITI-XL, De Ceuvel also makes it possible for international delegations to test their technologies. Lora-enabled smart water meters from South Korea are currently being tested on the site.

5. Circl Pavilion — The Dutch government has laid out an ambitious plan to transition to a fully circular economy by 2050. Circl, a new circular building in Amsterdam’s Zuidas district offers some insight into achieve this goal. An initiative of ABN AMRO, the pavilion showcases new circular construction methods and business models. Almost all of the materials used in creating Circl are second-hand or are easily disassembled for reuse. For many delegations, Circl inspires and stimulates discussion about the transition to a circular economy.

6. Amsterdam is an ethical and responsible digital city — Digital connectivity and digital transformation are “buzz-terms” of interest for most visiting delegations. Many groups are initially disappointed to find out that Amsterdam is not the most advanced city when it comes to connected sensors, cameras and IoT devices. Instead, the focus is on the principles and values necessary to become an ethical and responsible digital city. This is best illustrated in the ‘Tada – data disclosed’ manifesto where six principles were spelled out for ensuring Amsterdam’s transition to a digital society which benefits everyone. Amsterdam also teamed up with Barcelona and New York to launch the Cities Coalition for Digital Rights, laying out five key points regarding universal Internet access; privacy, data protections and security; transparency and accountability; participatory democracy; and open and ethical digital standards. Other cities are welcome to join!

7. Vibrant startups and innovation ecosystems — Visits to hubs such as B Amsterdam, TQ and Startup Village make it possible to experience Amsterdam’s thriving startup ecosystem first hand. But, what’s most inspiring for professionals working with startups on a daily basis is Amsterdam’s approach to inviting startups to help solve urban challenges through the city’s Startup in Residence program. Now in its fourth year, the program has expanded to other Dutch municipalities and ministries.

8. Amsterdam’s approach to open engagement and dialogue — Among the highlights for many delegations is the opportunity to join open events like those hosted by Pakhuis de Zwijger, Waag Society or DataLab, where various stakeholders come together to discuss and co-create solutions to urban challenges. All of this in-person interaction is matched with the opportunity to engage online via various community engagement, participatory budgeting, and crowd funding platforms such as Voor je Buurt, West Begroot, Gebied Online, Argu and Amsterdam Smart City’s very own platform of over 6,000 members!

9. Abundance of bottom-up and community initiatives – Amsterdam’s rich ecosystem of bottom-up and community lead initiatives is according to many experts the very reason why Amsterdam was named Europe’s Innovation Capital (iCapital) in 2016. Delegations are often inspired by these initiatives, be it neighbourhood lead worm-composting or off-grid urban-farm cafes. The Amsterdammers, Make your City contest and the We Make The City innovation festival are great examples of Amsterdam's commitment to further strengthening bottom-up initiatives.

10. Innovating through public-private-partnerships (PPP’s) – More than any specific project or technology, delegations are most impressed by Amsterdam’s approach to innovation through public-private partnership and community platforms. As neither a governmental organization nor a company, Amsterdam Smart City brings together public private partners and stakeholders motivated to work on the city of the future. Governmental delegations especially divulge that they struggle to find private sector partners who are committed to collaborating, and they are curious about Amsterdam's "secrets" to working in this way.

***Are you involved in an innovative project in Amsterdam or the metropolitan Area which you would like to showcase to national and international delegations in 2019?

Share your ideas and suggestions in the comments section below or send an email to cornelia@amsterdamsmartcity.com.***

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How to buy / sell smart cities

Worthwhile read by James Blackman.

Some of my observations / suggestions:
1) too much top-down: it doesn't focus (enough) on the end user / citizens who should play the central role in any smart city activity

2) page 4 'how to monetise the data from cities': cities do not own data they only store data that is owned by its citizens

3) page 5 'In Europe, most projects retain central government funding' and 'Governments typically offer subsidies, grants or tax breaks' Mr Citron hasn't looked at the Amsterdam Smart City model I am afraid, where governments in the Amsterdam Region invest instead of subsidise

4) page 10 who owns the data that goes through the 'smart light poles' ? Will US citizens be as enthusiastic when a foreign (for example Russian or Chinese) carrier would deploy the smart light poles in a city?

5) shift from this single silo approach (lighting) to a more holistic approach

6) regarding platform approach: Shouldn't all these developments be open source to prevent the vendor lock-in? There is no one size fits all platform nor in different parts in a city nor in different cities. One should choose little tailored made open platforms also from the perspective of a potential vendor lock-in

If you use the approaches mentioned in the article and local governments do nothing, platform companies will control the different smart cities chains from user to supply

Positives for local governments of these approaches are:
+ Developments will come naturally
+ best offer wins
+ government has little to do (one tender)

Negatives could be
- vendor lock-in
- Huge investment, high risk
- Market is still too uncertain  no room is left for failure and uncertainty
- Might loose control and steering as a local government

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How Amsterdam is fast tracking innovation

Jonathan Andrews reports from Amsterdam on how the city government has developed an eco-system for start-up launches with the intention of positioning the city as both accelerator and customer.

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Apply now for the Startup in Residence Amsterdam Metropolitan Area programme

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Startup in Residence Amsterdam is going regional!

For the first time nine municipalities join forces to connect startups, scale-ups, innovative SMB’s and social enterprises with key social and urban challenges in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area.

This regional program is a collaboration across the following municipalities: Haarlem, Haar-lemmermeer, Velsen, Diemen, Lelystad, Almere, Purmerend, Zaanstad and Amsterdam. Together they defined 7 challenges. These range from ‘how do we decrease loneliness’ to ‘how do we counter building subsidence’. The complete list of challenges is available at startupinresidence.com/ama.

Are you a startup, scale-up, innovative SME or social enterprise and are you working on social and urban challenges in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area?
Come and join our programme, applications open from August 14 until October 14 2018 23:59!

Startup in Residence Programme
The programme invites both Dutch and international entrepreneurs to social and urban chal-lenges in collaboration with the local government. Their innovative solutions impact the region as well as its citizens. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area can significantly benefit the prospects of a startup, scale-up, innovative SMB or social enterprise ,by investing and/or becoming a launching customer or partner. We bring together a network of committed entrepreneurs, mentors, civil servants and partners which benefits both the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and you.

More Info
There will be an information meeting on 20th September for all startups and scale ups that are interested. Here, they will have the opportunity to ask questions about the challenges, the incubator programme and the (registration) process.
For more information please visit the website (https://startupinresidence.com/ama/) or send us an e-mail. (sir.ama@amsterdam.nl)

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We Proudly Present Our Partners: Part #4 AMS Institute

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On the 21st of June we kicked off a new phase of Amsterdam Smart City. Amsterdam Smart City is an open collective of citizens, businesses, knowledge institutions and public authorities that are convinced that the changes necessary for the city and region, can only be achieved through collaboration.

More partners than ever are pooling their networks, knowledge and skills. Who are they? We will present some of them one by one. Now AMS Institute: ‘Creating value for all involved parties including citizens makes the process of innovation more complex, but leads to better results.'

What is the main reason for you to join the open collective Amsterdam Smart City?

The main reason to join the ASC coalition of the willing is to co-develop and accelerate urban innovations that create true value, matter to citizens and help solve some of the most pressing challenges in our city (and cities worldwide). By joining forces we hope to speed up the process of innovation, create more value for society and reduce the risks associated to new solutions. AMS Institute is able to contribute with cutting-edge research and knowhow to co-create urban solutions that work.

What is your ambition for the city and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area?

We aim to help create and (re-)design the city into a sustainable, resilient, intelligent and creative city with a very high quality of life for its citizens and visitors. This is to create a prosperous future. We bring together some of the brightest minds and knowhow in technology, engineering and design to make work on the topic of urban innovation.

What do you think is the biggest challenge for the city and the region in the future?

Working towards the most prosperous, sustainable and creative region in the Netherlands, and even Europe, with a high quality of life for all of its citizens. This entitles solving challenges on sustainable energy transition, circular resource flows, accessible and affordable mobility, and the development of new digital technologies. On top of this, these solutions will need to be implemented in a meaningful and integrated way, in the context of highly densified areas with limited space availability. Solving these challenges in a holistic and citizen-centered way will be the biggest challenge, and opportunity.

How do you see the role of the residents and citizens in your plans?

Co-creating and co-developing urban solutions requires involvement and empowerment of citizens in the innovation process. This should enhance and facilitate the development and implementation of accepted solutions that work and create value for all involved parties, including citizens. This makes the process of innovation more complex, but should lead to better results and impact. How to organize citizen involvement and empowerment in uncertain innovation processes is something we, together with the broader ASC initiative, will have to learn and discover along the way.

What do you hope to work on in the upcoming years?

We hope to work on new solutions in the area of renewable energy integration in the city, Mobility as a Service, with solutions that are affordable and accessible to all, circular economy in the city, and adequate and meaningful digital technologies that improve city services and operations that enable citizen empowerment.

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The Road to Barcelona - The Interviews Part 1: Live & Fun

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In preparation for the Smart City Expo World Congress Barcelona, we spoke to Tania Kovalov. Together with her partner, she founded Live&Fun: a start-up and mobile app that allows users interact with virtual objects in the real world using smartphones. At the Expo (14-16 Nov), Live&Fun will be one of the companies to meet at the Holland Pavilion.

What does Live&Fun do?

Tania: ‘Live & Fun aims to stimulate desired behaviour with an app with gamification elements and rewards. Our solution is an augmented reality process where users can earn points for showing desired behaviour (think Pokémon Go).'

'Our solution provides not only a lot of fun for users, but also a way for municipalities to stimulate desired behaviour. At Rembrandtplein for instance, we have developed a quest in which we showed cyclists where they should park their bicycle. When they successfully did so, they were rewarded a free drink or ice cream from nearby restaurants. This example shows that Live&Fun is also a novel and unique advertising platform for local businesses based on augmented reality.'

Why should visitors of the Smart City Expo meet Live&Fun?

'We are a company that aims to increase social sustainability using gamification and technology. Cities face similar problems related to traffic, parking, public health, crowd-managing and tourism, but not all cities overcome these problems in a friendly way. We can provide a municipality the tools to resolve these urban problems through rewarding (instead of ticketing) people.. At the Expo, we hope to express our motto that behaviour change should be made fun. In co-creation with municipalities, we can develop solutions to urban issues that do not limit one’s sense of freedom.'

What does the future hold for Live&Fun?

'We will continue to search for cases where our solutions can be implemented. Together with our skilled team, we aim to deliver friendlier solutions to social issues within the municipality of Amsterdam. We dream of cities in which the relation between government and citizens is characterised by rewarding instead of fining: driven by positive instead of negative stimuli. We hope to create unique and interactive experiences for citizens and visitors and connect them with the city in unimaginable ways.'

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Want to know more about the Smart City Expo?

Check our introduction video here!

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