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Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Smart City Handbook Thailand

The UK Embassy in Bangkok has produced an awesome detailed handbook about smart city initiatives, policies and methods in Thailand.

It’s really well written and the authors worked closely with depa and Smart City Thailand Office to produce this really wonderful account. Please download and take a look!

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Kristina Gorr, Communications Manager , posted

MozFest's Call for Session Proposals is OPEN!

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MozFest is a unique hybrid: part art, tech and society convening, part maker festival, and the premiere gathering for activists in diverse global movements fighting for a more humane digital world.

That’s why I’m excited to invite you and your community to participate in the first-ever virtual MozFest! There will also be a local taster event in Amsterdam.

Submit A Session Idea for MozFest This Year: mzl.la/proposals2021

We’re excited to use the programming that we’ve honed over a decade of festivals – participant-led sessions, immersive art exhibits, space for spontaneous conversations, inspiring Dialogues & Debates – to address current and global crises. Through our Call for Session Proposals (where you're invited to propose an interactive workshop to host at the festival), we’ll seek solutions together, through the lens of trustworthy artificial intelligence.

Anyone can submit a session – you don’t need any particular expertise, just a great project or idea and the desire to collaborate and learn from festival participants.

If you or someone you know is interested in leading a session at MozFest this year, you can submit your session idea here! The deadline is November 23.

Details and submission page: mzl.la/proposals2021

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Jochem Kootstra, Redacteur at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Repurpose: kinderwagen wordt zeepkist

HvA-studenten werken samen met bedrijven aan een nieuwe bestemming voor gebruikte producten en materialen.

Gebruikte stoffen van een tentoonstelling uit het Rijksmuseum en Bugaboo-kinderwagens waar de kinderen niet meer in passen. Het zijn materialen en producten die te waardevol zijn om weg te gooien na gebruik. We kunnen ze namelijk een herbestemming geven. Dat weten HvA-studenten Product Ontwerpen maar al te goed: zij deden in samenwerking met bedrijven onderzoek naar nieuwe ontwerp-, productie- en businessmodelstrategieën voor dit soort ‘Repurpose’-toepassingen. “Laten zien wat er allemaal mogelijk is, dat levert inspiratie op!”

CIRCULAIR PRODUCT ONTWERPEN
Een (deel van een) object opnieuw gebruiken met een ander doel, dat is Repurpose. Het is een interessante optie voor reststromen die te waardevol zijn voor recycling of zelfs verbranding. Bij Repurpose gaat de waarde, die in het productieproces of tijdens de gebruiksfase aan het materiaal is toegevoegd, niet verloren. De unieke vorm, kleur of samenstelling van een voorwerp wordt bijvoorbeeld behouden in een nieuw product.

De leerroute ‘Product Ontwerpen’ is verbonden aan het lectoraat Circulair ontwerpen en ondernemen, waarin Repurpose centraal staat. De nieuwe lichting afstudeerders ontwierpen verrassende circulaire producten, en presenteerden hun resultaten in een interactieve digitale sessie aan hun opdrachtgevers: onder andere Rijksmuseum en Bugaboo.

BUGABOO-KINDERWAGEN WORDT BOLDERKAR
Kinderen groeien al snel uit de kinderwagen. Zonde, het zijn prijzige producten die je maar kort gebruikt. Met die gedachte werkte Bugaboo (producent van duurzame kinderwagens) samen met HvA-student Stern Gelein om een nieuw leven te geven aan de kinderwagen. Stern: “Ik heb van de Bugaboo Bee-kinderwagen een bolderkar gemaakt, voor wanneer de kinderen groter worden. Daarmee blijft Stern dichtbij de doelgroep, branding en markt. En dat wordt gewaardeerd door Bugaboo. “Naast dat de materialen worden hergebruikt, levert het nieuwe handel op. En nog een leuke bijkomstigheid: de tweedehandsmarkt van Bugaboo-producten wordt er kleiner door.” Aldus Mark Lepelaar, projectleider Repurpose.

De bolderkar is gebaseerd op het wiegje en 12 inch-wielen van de kinderwagen. Het onderstel is gemaakt van multiplex. De wagen kan compleet verkocht worden of geheel in lijn met de circulaire transitite: als een ombouwset voor de Bugaboo Bee-wieg van de klant zelf.

MEER BEWUSTWORDING CREËREN
HvA-afstudeerder Janne Jansen werkte samen met duurzaam bouwatelier Fiction Factory om stofresten die vrijkomen bij de productie in de stoffeerafdeling nieuwe waarde te geven. Maar ook om dit te verminderen. Tijdens het onderzoek kwam uit het project van de Rijksmuseum -tentoonstelling Caravaggio Bernini 800 meter reststof tevoorschijn en deze heeft Fiction Factory opgeslagen uit liefde voor het materiaal. Om dit productieafval in de toekomst te verminderen heeft Janne haar onderzoek hier op gericht.

Janne: “Ik heb het stappenplan ‘De kunst van het oplappen’ gevisualiseerd op een poster. Dit begint bij goede communicatie en keuzes bij alle betrokken partijen. Van te voren bepalen hoeveel stof je écht nodig hebt om reststoffen te voorkomen, is daar een van. Zijn die er toch? Dan helpt mijn stappenplan ook bij het correct inzichtelijk maken hiervan, van materiaal wegen tot documenteren en opslaan. Daarna behandel ik nog het bepalen van de waarde van de reststoffen en hoe je die uiteindelijk kunt toepassen.”

EDUCATIEPROJECTEN
De stoffen van het Rijksmuseum worden nu gebruikt in twee educatieprojecten waarbij studenten aan de slag gaan om deze her te gebruiken in onder andere de stoffering van poefjes naar ontwerp van Miranda Groen. Alles in samenwerking met studenten. “Het stappenplan dient in de basis voor elke afdeling in ons bedrijf en alle andere ondernemingen die met reststromen te maken heeft,” zegt Marije van Fiction Factory. “Met name het visuele aspect van het stappenplan is erg waardevol. De tastbaarheid maakt de opties overzichtelijker en keuzes makkelijker.”

FEEDBACK UIT DE PRAKTIJK
Alle digitaal aanwezige vakpartners zijn lovend over de waarde van Repurpose, maar zien ook uitdagingen. “Bewustwording is een ding”, aldus Marije van Fiction Factory. “In het geval van reststromen documenteren en opslaan, moet er wel bereidheid zijn bij medewerkers. Het kost extra werk, tijd, geld. Dat is extra lastig bij grote bedrijven die moeten communiceren tussen meerdere afdelingen. Er is een interne of externe prikkel nodig om die mindset te veranderen. Het vergt een lange adem.”

“Daarnaast ligt er een kans voor ons om een netwerk in Amsterdam te creëren om circulaire ambities bij elkaar te brengen en te versterken”, sluit Inge Oskam af, lector Circulair ontwerpen en ondernemen. Instanties die bezig zijn met Repurpose-toepassingen werken nu vaak nog versplinterd, terwijl ze samen de circulaire transitie verder kunnen brengen.

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Anja Reimann, Projectleider at City of Amsterdam: Chief Technology Office, posted

Project Scale up - verslag marktconsultatie beschikbaar!!

Hartelijk dank voor je deelname aan de marktconsultatie Scale up | Bezoekersstromen in september/begin oktober 2020. Het infowebinar werd goed bezocht, en we hebben extra sessies moeten inplannen om de individuele gesprekken te kunnen houden. Veel verschillende organisaties met verschillende specialiteiten hebben interesse getoond, wat ons heeft geholpen bij het aanscherpen van de projectopzet. In de bijlage vind je een kort verslag van de thema’s die tijdens de marktconsultatie aan bod zijn gekomen.

Dankzij jullie input hebben we een aantal belangrijke inzichten op gedaan die ons helpen om het proces verder vorm te geven. Eén van de belangrijkste wijzigingen is dat we aan jullie vragen om je in te schrijven als keten (!)

Dit betekent dat je zelf samenwerkingspartners vindt waarmee je kan voldoen aan de drie competenties (data aggregeren, voorspellen, gedragsbeïnvloeding). Je kiest dus zelf je partners om aan de ketenoplossing te werken. De precieze voorwaarden en manieren waarop je dan samen inschrijft, vind je in de selectieleidraad die op 5 november 2020 online komt. We organiseren een aantal sessies waarin we toelichten hoe je samen inschrijft, en er komt een besloten LinkedIn-groep waarin je een oproep kunt plaatsen voor ketenpartners.

Wil je op de hoogte blijven?
Volg het project Scale up op LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/-scale-up-oplossingen-opschalen/

Vervolgstappen
Op 5 november wordt de selectieleidraad gepubliceerd, op dat moment komt alle informatie online te staan om je in te schrijven. We gebruiken graag nog eenmalig je e-mailadres om je hiervan op de hoogte te stellen. Wil je dat niet, laat het dan even in een reactie op deze e-mail.

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Herman van den Bosch, Curator at Amsterdam Smart City; professor in management education , posted

There is probably no relation between urban compactness and the spread of Covid-19

American newspapers suggested a direct link between urban compactness and the spread of Covid-19. The Washington Post even considered the suburbs as the secret weapon against corona. Research shows that there is no statistical indication of such a relation. My newest blogpost discusses this research (in Dutch).

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Karolina Sawicka, Business Developer & Innovator at Spatial Experience, posted

Open Call for Innovative Concepts for emerging real estate

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Have you developed a promising concept that can transform emerging real estate?
Are you working on an idea and looking for support on your way to success? Discover how we can jointly build impactful ventures.

SPX Studio is the first Venture Builder aimed at solving challenges of emerging real estate sectors. We grow concepts into scalable solutions.

We invest selected resources into processes that nourish the growth of valuable companies. From the early stage, we collaborate to co-create experience-driven operating systems for a shared living (e.g. student housing, coliving among others) and mixed-use concepts, enhanced by technology.

Joining forces, we are enabled to deliver high-level business performance, learn from each other and evolve together. SPX Studio's objective is to establish long-lasting partnerships and convert them into profitable business ventures. We are helping promising entrepreneurs and start-ups to achieve their potential, while also growing with them.

We empower sustainable transformations within cities and communities while enabling innovation in the real estate industry. If you would like to learn more about SPX Studio, visit our web page (https://www.spatial-experience.com/spx-studio) or read the article about the launch in the third edition of Coliving Insights (https://www.spatial-experience.com/spx-lab/publications/coliving-insights-no3-q4-2020).

Are you a tech enabler, a think-tank or a visionary real estate investor? Get in touch to discover ways to collaborate through the email: venture@spatial-experience.com

About SPX:
Spatial Experience (SPX) is an innovation hub working in the intersection of design, technology and research to shape the future of living. Through a 360 approach, SPX drives impact in real estate by the work of three pillars: SPX Agency, which provides Branding & Marketing Creative Solutions to real estate brands; SPX Lab, a Research & Development platform exploring future development; and SPX Studio, our own Start-up Studio bridging the digital and real world.

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Ioana Biris, co owner at Nature Desks, posted

How to make cities #GreenerHealthierWilder! Voices from around the world.

Save this date - 29.10 - and register for #GreenerHealthierWilder, an event brought to you by our friends from National Park City Foundation, Salzburg Global Seminar and World Urban Parks.

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1 day, 3 sessions, 50 voices! 🌳🌎
From #Amsterdamm Daan Bleichrodt #tinyforests - from #ClujNapoca #SomesDelivery - from #Bogota Maria Mejia & many many others.

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Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Lessons for Green Recovery from the Amsterdam region

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‘Collaborate, put technology to the benefit of the people and use this crisis to become more sustainable’, those were the three lessons vice-mayor of Haarlemmermeer Marja Ruigrok presented at the Mayors’ Summit of the EU’s Intelligent Cities Challenge. This initiative from the European Commission unites 126 cities, among which 20 mentors, to work towards green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis and the transition towards a sustainable digital society. Around 200 mayors and other representatives joined the Summit, where Ruigrok held a keynote speech.

You can read the full speech below.

EU 100 Intelligent Cities Challenge Mayors’ Summit

Speech by vice-mayor of Haarlemmermeer Marja Ruigrok on behalf of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area

Honorable guests, ladies and gentlemen, It is a great pleasure and honor for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Region region and to me personally, to be invited as mentor region to the Mayors’ Summit of the Intelligent Cities Challenge by the EU. I would like to express my gratitude to the European Commission for launching the Intelligent Cities Challenge. With this programme you have recognized the power of cities in the transformation of Europe to an intelligent, green and healthy continent, you see the need for support to cities to make this transition happen, and in this programme, you facilitate the network that cities can create.

Today I am proud to represent the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. This region consists of 32 municipalities and two provinces with 2.5 million inhabitants, an international hub covering 20% of the GDP. As vice-mayor, I am responsible for Economy, Innovation and Mobility in Haarlemmermeer, a municipality of 150.000 inhabitants in the center of the region, home to the international airport Schiphol.

As you can imagine, COVID19 has changed our regional economy rapidly with a decrease of 29%. But during the lockdown, we saw a lot of creativity. For example, logistics employees who suddenly had no work at the airport anymore could be connected to the supermarkets in our region, where there was an adaptation needed to a whole different logistics chain in order to keep supplying our citizens with food and other essentials. Another example is the accommodation of hotels in the region and creative thinking in attracting leisure stay due to the loss of business overnight stay.

But before I zoom in further on crisis and recovery, I’d like to emphasize one thing. As a region, we gladly accepted the invitation to become a so-called mentoring region in this programme, because we strongly believe in the power of sharing experiences and knowledge with other cities and regions - my personal motto is, if you are not able to share, you cannot multiply. Nevertheless, let me assure you that we may be called mentor here, but we also learn by seeing what other cities do. The success story of our region has likewise been established by knowledge and innovation coming from your cities, and from the cooperation between European cities and regions. These bridges between our cities and regions are crucial, and I’m grateful for the opportunity to help strengthen them.

We all know the COVID19-crisis has hit cities the hardest. The density of the city population, and the social exchanges between our citizens make it so easy for a virus to spread. At the same time, cities are the stakeholders Europe needs to climb out of the crisis. In cities, we are creating the ideal circumstances for social distancing and by helping our citizens, our companies, our institutes, and our schools cope with the new situation. And in the longer term, cities are the places were intelligent and sustainable recovery measures are developed and implemented.

And that is also why we applaud the European Commission and the Intelligent Cities Challenge Team: they were actively helping cities in sharing their COVID19 related best practices, even before the Challenge officially started.

Now I would like to share what my region is doing right now. I will focus on three lessons we have learned.

First lesson: collaborate and be a facilitator to all your stakeholders

For a local or regional government, it can feel tempting because it obviously will be faster, to create an entire strategy for making the city smarter, and present that to the companies and research and educational institutes in your municipality. We have learned - and I hope you will follow us in this vision - to do it the other way around: we involve all relevant stakeholders in order to create the strategy together, because from their perspective, they know better than we governments do what is necessary for our region. You know the old saying: if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together. So, going far together, really going the distance, is at the core of our strategy.

In order to involve all the relevant stakeholders, we created an independent and neutral organisation, the Amsterdam Economic Board, and its programme Amsterdam Smart City. Here, local government, knowledge institutes and companies work together to establish the actions we need to become a future proof, intelligent, green, and healthy region that is inclusive for all citizens. Amsterdam Smart City is an active innovation platform that brings together all relevant stakeholders, including citizens, collaborating towards innovative solutions for the city. This platform is open to the international community, so I would like to invite all ICC cities to join our Amsterdam Smart City platform.

Second lesson: put technology to the benefit of people, not the other way around

In all our initiatives, we try to put our citizens in the center of developments. Of course, you cannot involve all your citizens in every decision, but in the end, it is the citizen that is the core. I will give an example to explain. When the schools had to close because of COVID19, we saw that the schools and most students and their parents easily adapted to online learning, but in the whole country, we realized we also lost a group of children. At home, they didn’t have easy access to a computer or internet, or their parents couldn’t help them because they were not able to work from home. This was a serious problem. Therefore, in various places in the country, actions were started to provide these children with second hand laptops to help them connect to their schools. Several companies sponsored this action.

Creating access to the internet is also a means of democratizing technology, and therefore creating an inclusive society. This is just one example, but as general rule: we should support the creation of new business models in the data economy, but we should also be aware who has access to data. My core message is: always be careful to put the citizen in the center of your ambitions. In other words: focus on people first, not (only) the technology.

And that brings me to the third lesson learned: never waste a good crisis

Just like the EU, our Amsterdam Metropolitan Region is aiming for a green and inclusive recovery. That is why we are working on our own regional Green Deal, together with the business and knowledge sector. While I cannot share the outcome of this process yet, as that is expected in December, I can provide you with some examples today. Together we will establish programmes in which we will reskill and upskill citizens who have lost their jobs due to the crisis towards green and tech jobs. This is a short-term measure, with initiatives that have already started and will be replicated and upscaled. We will also join forces to change the relevant curricula of all levels of education towards a greener economy, which is a measure for the longer term.

To reinforce economic development and sustainability, we will redefine building plans to accelerate towards fully energy neutral and circular new buildings. To take into consideration is the need for shorter food-chains ánd living, working and recreation within a short distance, so called the 20 minute-society. Relevant to mention as well are the agreements with organizations and employers to avoid rush hour, accelerated by the crisis and the fact that many more people use the bicycle (well at least in the Netherlands). And there is a lot more. So, to wrap up: even when times are hard, push your ambitions to create a better, more inclusive, economic sustainable world. See the energy transition as a job creator. See every crisis as an opportunity to get better.

In conclusion, I would like to affirm that this is just the start of the dialogue with you all on the issues that we as cities and regions are sharing together. I have not given you the recipe for the cities’ intelligent recovery from the crisis or the transition to a green sustainable society, because there is not one recipe for this. For now, I have given a glimpse of how we work in our region and what lessons we learned. Please feel free to follow us, to replicate the elements that would benefit you, but also do share your knowledge with us.

That way, my fellow mayors, we can walk together, on this path towards greener and more inclusive European cities.

Thank you.

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Yiwen Shen, MSc. Industrial Designer (TU/e) | UX & Building Services Designer , posted

Personal User Interface for Office Climate

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Hello all,
I am proudly sharing and same time invite you for visiting my exhibition at the Dutch Design Week #ddw20. My Final Master Project is selected as a part of Drivers of Change under the categories of sustainable future hosted by the Technical University of Eindhoven.

My project is a cross-faculty project at the Department of Industrial Design and Building Services Research Group at TU/e. I designed and programmed a smart user interface for a personal cooling system, which not only collects data in real-time for the development of machine learning models, but also creates an easy and intuitive way for users to achieve a comfortable thermal climate. This graduation project scored an 8 as a result.

Thanks to the industry and academia for their recognition and support of my graduation project, with special thanks and respect to my graduation mentor Professor Mr Loe Feijs.

The #ddw2020 shall be online and free of charge!
SEE YOU ALL THERE.
https://ddwtue.nl/projects/the-cooling-stat/

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Urban and Smart City Professionals Invited to Join Online Smart City Course: Transferring the Amsterdam Approach to the Brazilian Context

Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) and Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUSA) have teamed up with Insper to develop a course focused on transferring the Amsterdam smart city approach to the Brazilian context. The course is designed to introduce Brazilian urban and smart city professionals to collaborative innovation and governance topics. The course will enable participants to understand the possibilities of technical innovations for the benefit of a liveable city as well as the socio-economic preconditions that make these projects possible. Participants will better understand technological trends, discover opportunities for metropolitan improvements and learn how to organize and scale up smart city projects.

Course Overview:
· Dates & time: Nov 17, Nov 19, Nov 24, Nov 26, Dec 1, Dec 3 from 9:00-11:00 BRT / 13:00-15:00 CET
· Assignment: participants will work on an assignment that will apply the concepts from the course to a Brazilian case study
· Discount: organizations which enrol two employee will benefit from a 50% discount for the second registration

For more information and to apply visit: https://www.insper.edu.br/cursos-online/smart-city-transferring-the-amsterdam-approach-to-the-brazillian-context/

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Amsterdam Smart City, Connector of opportunities at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

The innovations Amsterdam Smart City partners are currently working on

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This September, the 20 partners of Amsterdam Smart City came together to present the progress of innovation projects, ask for input, share dilemmas and involve other partners in their initiatives.

Following the thought that nobody wants to live in a smart city but in a nice, friendly, cosy city we work on challenges in which people play a central role. These gatherings are called Demo days and occur every 8-10 weeks. Get a quick overview of the topics and projects about to happen in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area and let us know if you want to be involved!

Taskforce Circular Economy

The circular economy is a concept not understood by a lot of people, public and professionals. To make the circular economy better known and more accessible, Dimitri Bak of the City of Amsterdam, together with the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Metabolic, the province of North-Holland and the Amsterdam Economic Board set up a ‘taskforce for the Circular Economy.’ They all communicated about the circular economy, but seperately. The new strategy is to strengthen each other with communications and show companies the new business opportunities of the circular economy. This joint effort should accelerate the region’s economy and stimulate circular behaviour. Soon you will find articles, webinars, podcasts, showcases and more. Which circular business in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area cannot be missed? Let us know!

Grassbloxxx

An interesting circular product is Grassbloxxx. Joost de Waard from KplusV converts roadside grass into fibers for biobased building materials, such as the insulation material for housing. Their French/Swiss partner Gramitherm has similar (or better) properties for heat and sound insulation and moisture absorption than the materials used nowadays. There are agreements on delivering the grass with, among others, Rijkswaterstaat and the province of North-Holland and the production is planned in the Port of Amsterdam. Grassbloxxx is still looking for more launching customers of the building material.

Innovation Agenda Amsterdam Climateneutral

Last year the City of Amsterdam and AMS Institute came to the conclusion that we need to gain more insights into current and necessary innovations in the field of energy. The Innovation Agenda Amsterdam was born. The agenda focuses on the most important uncertainties to achieve the CO2 reduction of 55%. Now, the agenda is there, with ten important tasks. The partners are ready for the next step: operationalizing it. Where to start and with whom?

On the demoday, AMS Institute and the City of Amsterdam showed other partners the innovation questions and asked for input. The questions vary from: where to store energy in the city? How to make datacenters more sustainable? Where are insulation measures in housing most needed? Conclusions were that there is not one best project or best party; various approaches are required. And these questions cannot be solved on an Amsterdam scale, we have to involve the region.

Deep Retrofit

Amsterdam and EIT Climate KIC are looking for an integrated approach to make our homes fully sustainable. The aim is not only to lower the total energy costs, but above all increasing the social benefits: sustainability, liveability and affordability. The questions the City and EIT Climate KIC have:
• How do we reason from the perspective of the citizen and not from the project logic of the municipality?
• How do we speed up the renovation process and make it circular and scalable?
• What is the role of the municipality in the large-scale renovating homes?

One of the ideas was building a trial home so that people can experience a preserved home. How about linking this trial house to a competition? Then it is not only functionally deployable, but it will reach a large group of people. The importance of peer-to-peer communication was also mentioned: if your neighbour has a nice insulated house, you don't want to be in a cold one, right? Housing associations own around 41% of the total Amsterdam housing stock. Can they exert more power and speed up the renovation process? Is this something we can also use to make homes fully sustainable?

Project Scale-up

Project Scale-up is a cooperation between various authorities (municipality of Amsterdam and provinces of Flevoland and Noord-Holland) and knowledge partners (AMS, Floriade and Johan Cruijff ArenA) that want to buy innovative market solutions. These parties look for companies with one of the core competencies data aggregation, predicting or influencing behavior. After selection, the knowledge institutions will work with these parties, during which the products can be tested by the interested governments. This should ultimately lead to an end product that governments want to buy.

Crea.vision

Verali von Meijenfeldt van Arcadis talked about a start-up from the United Kingdom that deals with automatic analyzing camera information: Crea.vision. Their technology and algorithms are already used to identify and analyze traffic, but these can also be used for flows in public space. During covid-19 you can make heatmaps and dashboards to see to what extent visitors can keep a distance from each other. Then you can identify where interventions are needed. The privacy of the filmed persons is of course guaranteed. Verali looks for parties that are interested to test this technique. Possibilities our partners thought of were the Living Lab on the Marineterrein, the Johan Cruijff ArenA and the City’s Metro and Tram.

Smarter Procurement

Joris de Leeuw from the City is looking for an accessible way for (relatively) inexperienced and small innovative start-ups and SMEs to become aware of the tenders from governments. Therefore, a digital purchasing platform has been developed to bring the demand and supply of innovative, smaller companies together. It should be a kind of Tendernet lite, where young and small companies get an easy overview of funding, tenders, co-creations and test locations available to them.

On the demoday, the partners present saw great value in such a platform, however with some preconditions. For example, there must be no obstructive legislation surrounding this way of purchasing and this platform should become "the talk of the town". Because of the buzz, governments will be more inclined to publish their request and companies to offer their services.

Mobility during Covid-19

The longer the Covid-19 crisis takes, the more difficult we find it to stay a meter and a half away from each other. And although many of us already notice this in their everyday life, there are few places where this issue so clear as it is at the Johan Cruijff ArenA. In september, 15,000 visitors were allowed in the stadium. After the game they all have to go home at the same time. How can the largest football stadium in the Netherlands organize a Covid-19 proof departure of 15,000 people?

Maurits van Hövell is looking for creative, out of the box ideas. The experts in the session came with multiple ideas. From offering a beer in the third half, to making the sitting down a game ( “who can sit still the longest?”), the most creative ideas to get visitors to stay in their seats were discussed. People thought about the usage of technology to inform every visitor what time he has to leave to be exactly on time for the train, about combinations of color areas on the ground and quiet music on the air. On the big screens in the stadium you could show images of the current traffic at the station. Hopefully the Dutch football stays corona proof!

Master Applied AI

The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) is developing a master Applied AI. Katrien de Witte and Pascal Wiggers are looking for the expertise, qualities and skills that the graduate students should develop in order to get a job easily. The AUAS formulated five skills already:

  • AI techniques
  • Design thinking
  • Ethical awareness and value-driven design
  • Interprofessional working
  • Learning capacity

All the partners confirmed the high demand for this type of student. The conversation that followed emphasized how important the practice-oriented view of students is. The easier it is for students to work within an organization immediately, the more interesting this is for organizations. It is precisely the practice-oriented view that is the distinctive character of the future AAI students. Also the ability of the soft skills of students was touched upon: how to make the translation between the organizations needs and the technical aspects. Nice follow-up steps were taken: Dell, Deloitte and City of Amsterdam are looking for this type of students and would like to help shaping the Master AAI.

New ideas, new initiatives and projects, covid-19 doesn’t stop us from being creative and willing to make better streets, neighbourhoods and cities. Amsterdam Smart City strives for liveable cities in which technology might play a role. But technology is never a goal, it a means to achieve something. Tech is giving direction and determining our behaviour, therefore our underlying values are of great importance. Just as cooperation! Did you read about an interesting initiative and would you like to know more? Let us know by dropping a line below. We will be back in December!

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Marjolein Bot, Challenge Lead Energie at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

LEAP blog door DELL!

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Bij de Amsterdam Economic Board hebben we de rol als ‘transitiemakelaar’; we mobiliseren partijen op onderwerpen om beweging krijgen in een systeem. Soms gaat dat makkelijk als je gelijkgestemden spreekt, soms zijn de belangen net wat anders en moet er meer gebeuren. Zo ook bij het onderwerp waar ik mij nu mee bezig houd – verduurzaming van ICT in datacenters. Dat wat binnen het datacenter afspeelt met dataservers. Je staat er niet bij stil maar het is essentieel voor ieders digitale leventje.

We werken met verschillende partijen samen om met name kennis en bewustwording te creëren om met bestaande mogelijkheden energie te besparen. Ook met grote international hardware leveranciers die een stap maken in het adviseren van klanten waar het gaat om energie-besparen. Dat is namelijk altijd goed.

Daarom zijn we blij dat DELL een podcast heeft opgenomen om hier aandacht voor te vragen, ook ter bewustwording van hun achterban. Bekijk de podcast bij @DellTechNL: https://lnkd.in/dpupEV6

En wat ook leuk is dat we zijn genomineerd voor de #ComputableAwards2020 in de categorie #Duurzaamheid en #MVO. Help ons vooruit door op LEAP te stemmen: https://lnkd.in/dTtb5W5

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Cornelia Dinca, International Liaison at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Join CityFlows Webinar #2 Big Data & IoT for Crowd Management on October 13

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What are best practice and lessons learned when it comes to data collection and management for crowd management? CityFlows project partners will share their experience during the second CityFlows webinar on Tuesday, October 13. Join in and contribute to the discussion with fellow crowd management practitioners and researchers.

Program
11:50 – 12:00 Zoom meeting room open
12:00 – 12:05 Welcome & introductions
12:05 – 12:20 Best practices & lessons learned from Barcelona by Jordi Ortuño, Maziar Ahmadi & Chloe Cortés
12:20 – 12:35 Data source integration for tourism flows governance and safety by Mauro Annunziato & Piero De Sabbata
12:35 – 12:40 Reflection from Amsterdam
12:40 – 13:00 Q&A with the audience
13:00 Program end

For more information and registration visit the CityFlows project page: https://cityflows-project.eu/event/webinar-2/

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Jorden van der Hoogt, Assistant Technical Specialist , posted

Two different technical specialist job opportunities

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Are you interested in a career where you help shape the future of mobility? We are looking to potentially hire two Technical Specialists to join our team on a full-time (37 hours per week) / permanent basis. The roles of Technical Specialists cover a range of expertise and experience levels. You would become part of a small but growing team of experts in Amsterdam. We also work closely with our strategic partner Cenex in the UK. Cenex Nederland is a relatively flat organisation, fostering a work environment where we both support each other and encourage self-initiative and independence, and where communication is key.

For the current positions, we are looking for people with a good match in two different specialism areas. Does this peak your interest? Check out both applications, download the individual job vacancy specs on our website:

Technical Specialist – Circular, LCA and Eco-design
Technical Specialist – Zero-Emission and Smart Mobility

Please read the vacancies for further details and how to apply. We would love to hear from you!
https://cenexgroup.nl/2020/10/08/two-different-technical-specialist-job-opportunities/

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Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

EC 2020 Strategic Foresight Report: Charting the course towards a more resilient Europe

This first annual Strategic Foresight Report outlines how foresight will inform
policies with a view to strengthening the EU’s resilience in four interrelated
dimensions: social and economic, geopolitical, green, and digital. It analyses the EU’s
resilience in response to the COVID-19 crisis in the context of the acceleration or deceleration
of relevant megatrends, long-term driving forces that will likely have a large influence on
the future. This Communication shows how policies to improve resilience, by mitigating
vulnerabilities and strengthening capacities, can open new opportunities in each of the four
dimensions. This includes reconsidering the future of wellbeing, work, labour markets and
skills, reconfiguring global value chains, supporting democracy, reforming our rules-based
trading system, building alliances in emerging technologies, and investing in the green and
digital transitions.
This new focus on resilience calls for close monitoring. This Communication proposes
to move towards resilience dashboards, which, once fully developed in cooperation with the
Member States and other key stakeholders, should be used for assessing the vulnerabilities
and capacities of the EU and its Member States in each of the four dimensions. Such analysis
can help answer the question: are we, through our policies and recovery strategy, effectively
making the EU more resilient?
The strategic foresight agenda will encompass horizontal foresight activities and
thematic forward-looking exercises. For the upcoming year, these include: open strategic
autonomy, the future of jobs and skills for and in the green transition, and deepening the
twinning of the digital and green transitions. This agenda will bring a dynamic perspective
of synergies and trade-offs among EU policy goals, thereby supporting the coherence of EU
policies.

https://ec.europa.eu/info/sites/info/files/strategic_foresight_report_2020_1.pdf

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Anouk van der Laan, Marketing Manager at Check Technologies B.V., posted

Check introduceert de Parkeer Check: beter parkeren voor deelscooters

De opmars van de elektrische deelscooter is onmiskenbaar: het aantal Nederlandse steden waar het mogelijk is om een elektrische deelscooter gebruik te maken schoot het afgelopen jaar omhoog van 3 naar 14. De voordelen zijn evident: voor gebruikers levert het tijd en gemak op, en voor alle inwoners van de stad leidt het tot een schonere lucht, minder geluidsoverlast en een betere doorstroming van het verkeer. Toch zijn er ook minder positieve geluiden, met name rondom fout geparkeerde scooters in de openbare ruimte. Aanbieder Check voegt vandaag een nieuwe functionaliteit aan haar service toe om dit probleem tegen te gaan: de Parkeer Check.

Check zet in op bewustwording bij gebruikers
De introductie van de Parkeer Check gaat gepaard met een grootschalige campagne waarmee Check haar gebruikers bewust maakt van het belang van goed parkeren. Paul van Merrienboer, mede-oprichter van Check, vertelt: ​‘Het is belangrijk dat onze gebruikers zich bewust zijn van het feit dat ze een scooter in de openbare ruimte parkeren. We willen toe naar een situatie waarin gebruikers niet alleen zichzelf maar ook elkaar verantwoordelijk houden voor hun parkeergedrag. We introduceren daarom een nieuwe functionaliteit in de app waarmee ze dit op een laagdrempelige manier kunnen doen.’ ​De Parkeer Check stelt gebruikers in staat om met een druk op de knop fout geparkeerde scooters te melden.

Een oplossing samen met de gebruiker
Gebruikers klikken in de app op de betreffende scooter en kunnen een melding maken met de knop ‘Meld parkeerprobleem’. Er wordt direct een foto van de situatie doorgestuurd waarna de vorige gebruiker een waarschuwing krijgt over zijn/haar parkeergedrag. Check volgt een strikt protocol: na 3 waarschuwingen is het voor de foutparkeerder (tijdelijk) niet meer mogelijk om van Check gebruik te maken. En moet de scooter verplaatst worden? Dan volgt een boete van € 50,-.

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Folkert Leffring, Digital Media Manager , posted

Amsterdam and Helsinki launch AI registers to detail city systems

The cities of Helsinki and Amsterdam have worked together to each launch a first-of-its-kind Artificial Intelligence Register.

“Together with the city of Helsinki, we are on a mission to create as much understanding about algorithms as possible and be transparent about the way we – as cities – use them,” commented Touria Meliani, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam (Digital City).

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★John van Dijk, Project manager , posted

Pilot Smart Parking Haarlemmermeer van start

Niet meer eindeloos zoeken naar een plek voor je auto als het druk is, maar direct naar straten met vrije parkeerplaatsen rijden. Dat kan dankzij een nieuwe parkeerapp. In Hoofddorp is hiermee vorige week een proef van zes maanden gestart. Iedereen die in Hoofddorp woont, werkt of er regelmatig komt, kan de app gratis testen en feedback geven.

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Frans-Anton Vermast, Strategy Advisor & International Smart City Ambassador at Amsterdam Smart City, posted

Amsterdam and Helsinki first cities in the world to launch open AI register

The City of Amsterdam, Helsingin kaupunki – Helsingfors stad – City of Helsinki, in collaboration with Saidot, launched the first Public AI Register. The Algorithm Register is an overview of the artificial intelligence systems and algorithms used by the Cities of Amsterdam and Helsinki. Through the register, you can get acquainted with the quick overviews of the city's algorithmic systems or examine their more detailed information based on your own interests.

If you're interested in learning more, here's something for you. The new white paper that was co-written by Linda van de Fliert, Pasi Rautio and Meeri Haataja. They really hope this will part some conversation and most importantly, help other government organisations address #transparency and take their first steps in implementing #AI #governance.

You can also give feedback and thus participate in building human-centered algorithms in Amsterdam. The register is still under development.

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