In June we kicked off a new phase of Amsterdam Smart City. More partners than ever are pooling their networks, knowledge and skills. Who are they? We will present some of them one by one. AUAS: 'We will work on knowledge to develop projects that make an impact.'
What is the main reason for you to join the open collective Amsterdam Smart City?
We think the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is one of the frontrunners in Smart Cities. In this open collective we can achieve two things: work on the development of the area amongst transitions and projects with all relevant stakeholders in the region, whilst at the same time evaluating and reflecting on the Amsterdam approach. This knowledge helps to evaluate different smart city approaches and strategies and helps to make more impact in our collective.
What is your ambition for the city and the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area?
Our ambition is to share knowledge and by doing that, making the region really smart. We will be working on the basis of actual state of the art knowledge and use that to develop projects that make an impact. By conducting applied sciences we test, prove, roll out and evaluate, together with researchers and students. In this way we also prepare our students to make an impact in the region.
What do you think is the biggest challenge for the city and the region in the future?
One of the biggest challenges is the dilemma of stimulating transitions, innovate and speeding up, while at the same time making sure that this is happening in an open, transparent and inclusive way and under the right conditions.
How do you see the role of the residents and citizens in your plans?
Residents are always included in our plans and research. We find it important to get further insights in their needs and motivations, and to find out about new ways of cooperation together with businesses and institutions in the city.
What do you hope to work on in the upcoming years?
We are planning to start and join a couple of bigger (European) research projects on smart city development. And we are developing teaching modules and masterclasses for students and professionals about of smart city projects and their strategies (upscaling, data, business models, democracy by design).