Highlights 2019

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2019 was a year full of new projects, successful events and innovative ideas. And this is all because of your contributions to our ecosystem! We’ve made a list of the top 10 most read updates, projects & requests of 2019. Enjoy!

2019 was a year full of new projects, succesful events and innovative ideas. And this is all because of your contributions to our ecosystem! We've made a list of the top 10 most read updates, projects & requests of 2019. Enjoy!


Great 5G connectivity for citizens in Amsterdam. That will be the future result of the project initiated by Chief Technology Office of the City of Amsterdam together with KPN and Johan Cruijff ArenA. Amsterdam is exploring the opportunities and obstacles on the road to a safe and useful 5G network. They are launching a field lab in Amsterdam South East & the City of Amsterdam is exploring regional, national and international collaborations.

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Sharing is caring, right?! The project BuurtBuik is all about sharing food. They cook meals from food that would be wasted otherwise. They bring people together for this free three course meal ad they can build their social network in the neighborhood. It impacts not only environmental goals but also social goals. Bridging the gap to a circular social economy.

The project already saved 10,000 kg food, served 200,000 meals to about 500 people each week. Read more about this wonderful project!

Impact Report: Startup in Residence

Startup in Residence turned 4 last year! Time for a party & to look at the impact the program have made. The aim of the Startup in Residence program is to make ‘procurement’ of products and services by the government more accessible for small parties and to boost the start-up ecosystem.

The programme has seen tremendous growth and development since its inception. For sure something to be proud of!

Download the Impact Report of the Startup in Residence here!


In this European project, called ATELIER, Amsterdam is joining forces with the Spanish city of Bilbao. Both cities are going to develop districts with a local energy market where residents can trade energy that they have generated sustainably themselves and do not need for their own use. In Amsterdam-North, the new district will also have a hub for shared electric transport.

Learn about the project here!

Long read AMS Institute - Mobility Solutions

Because of their 5-year anniversary, AMS Institute launched a series of long-reads. In these long-reads they attempt to untangle the urban challenges, celebrate successes, collaborations, steps forward, solutions they worked on and the impact they have created over the past 5 years – together with their partners.

One of the long-reads is about the quest for mobility solutions. The number of people in Amsterdam continues to rise. According to the most recent population forecast, the city of Amsterdam will have more than 1 million inhabitants in 2040 and tourism is expected to grow from 18 million people per year in 2018 to 23 million people per year in 2023. Inevitably, issues such as congestion, the misalignment of the supply and demand for public transport and air pollution are placing growing pressure on the city. Therefore the city is seeking innovative solutions for sustainable, inclusive mobility.

Grab a snack & enjoy the long-read!

Digital Perimeter

The Digital Perimeter is a project initiated by the City of Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA, the National Police and TNO. The project's goal was to find out whether the selected smart solutions and applications (facial recognition, smart infrastructure, bodycams (5G), Blue-force tracking & Smart sensors to detect weapons/firework) are feasible, scalable, accurate, user-friendly and above all ethically responsible. When the solutions match the right criteria, it could serve as a used case for other locations where large crowds may appear.

Want to know the next step or what other cities can learn from this?

Building Blocks for a new strategy Circular Amsterdam 2020-2025

Amsterdam wants to be a fully circular city by 2050. For this systemic change is needed. The city of Amsterdam is using the Doughnut economics model to build an integral circular economy strategy. This rapport outlines the building blocks towards creating a circular economy for the period in between 2020 and 2025 with a forward view to 2030. The Construction, Biomass and Food and Consumer Goods value chains have priority as the most environmental and economic impact can be achieved here.

The future of Amsterdam is Circular. Download the rapport here!


If data is the new gold, how can we ensure that we can all benefit from these opportunities? That is the question the AMDEX project want to answer by working towards an internationally trusted exchange of data. AMDEX was initiated by the Amsterdam Economic Board and was backed by Amsterdam Science Park and Amsterdam Data Science. The project is supported by the City of Amsterdam. The next step is to bring AMDEX from an idea and vision to a concept.

Read the report about the principes of AMDEX and more here!

Smart Mobility Program 2019-2025

An accessible, liveable and less polluted city: this is what we’d like to achieve for residents, visitors and businesses in Amsterdam today and for future generations. Smarter and cleaner mobility can help us realise these aims. Last year, the City of Amsterdam launched their Smart Mobility Program for 2019 – 2025. This includes shared electric transport (cars, bikes, etc.) in Neighborhood eHubs, established in cooperation with local residents. This way, more space is created in the city!

Check the full Smart Mobility Program for 2019 – 2025 here!


The EU-UIA funded the programme RESILIO, a project that aims to realize 10.000 square meters of blue-green roofs in four districts in Amsterdam. The consortium of both public and private partners aims to build an interconnected network of smart roofs, in which sensors and state-of-the-art equipment enable micro-water management on rooftops. This contributes to urban climate adaption and resilience, and can potentially evolve into a scalable solution for water management on rooftops.

Read the amazing results of the project here!

Altogether, 2019 was a stunning year. And this all because of you! Thank you for being an active community member. The Amsterdam Smart City team wishes you an innovative, creative and above all a fun 2020!