The Smart Citizens Lab helps people to explore tools and applications to map the world around us. Along with citizens, scientists, and designers, we deal with themes ranging from air quality to the conditions of bathing water to noise pollution.
Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab
What is the goal of the project?
The fast uptake of FabLabs and Maker Spaces is creating new opportunities for citizen-driven innovation in domains ranging from open hardware to digital fabrication, community informatics, and participatory sensing. In the past five years, the broad availability of open hardware tools, the creation of online data sharing platforms, and the easy access to maker spaces have fostered the design of low cost and open source sensors that communities can appropriate to engage in environmental action. By collectively measuring and making sense of environmental phenomena citizens can become aware of how their lifestyle affects the ecosystem and be inspired to adopt more sustainable behaviours and demand collective action.
What is the result of the project?
In the Smart Citizens Lab we help people to explore tools and applications to map the world around us. Along with citizens, scientists, and designers, we deal with themes ranging from air quality to the conditions of bathing water to noise pollution. By facilitating collective action, the city will turn into a more healthy, social and beautiful place to live & work.
Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?
The Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab was initiated by Waag Society and Amsterdam Smart City. Waag Society runs the Amsterdam Smart Citizen Lab in cooperation with the City of Amsterdam (CTO), HvA, RIVM, SenseMakers, Alterra, AMS, Amsterdam Economic Board, Fablab Amsterdam and Waag's Open Wetlab. This initiative is internationally supported by Fablab Barcelona, Microgiants, FutureEverything, the EU Joint Research Center and Dundee University, amongst others.
What is the next step?
The Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab continues to run and will refine its methodology in the EU project Making Sense (separate entry). It is open to new entrants from all walks of lives, and institutions to uptake and sustain its solutions.
What can other cities learn from your project?
The Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab has had successful editions in 2014. 2015 an 2016, and stood at the start of the international project Making Sense. Key to its success are its use and development of open, fair and inclusive technologies; its wide and deep, lasting collaborations, and it's large group of participants and supporters.