CITIXL - The City Innovation Exchange Lab

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Creating quick win collaborations by leveraging the power of the crowd in Living Labs. CITIXL is about exploring and experimenting with socially impactful innovations from around the world.

What is the goal of the project?

Cities are not equipped to work fast or use agile methodologies, so it’s difficult to move in pace with technology. The CITXL helps cities identify common problems, co-develop solutions, identify technology and social impact to find the sweet spot for quick wins that make a difference in people’s lives.

What is the result of the project?

A city’s most valuable asset are the people and the communities where they live. We work with multiple cities and their citizens to design, rapid prototype, test, implement and share innovative solutions for social impact. To speed this up, we help cities connect with their people and create Living Labs to crowdsource solutions in communities.

Who initiated the project and which organizations are involved?

Paul Manwaring of the IoT Living Lab and Tom van Arman of in co-operation with the CTO office of the City of Amsterdam. Other partners and collaborators include Amsterdam Smart City, HvA, Data Lab, Makerversity, RVO and Metabolic.

What is the next step?

As the CITIXL grows its testing activities in Amsterdam Living Labs we are also growing our international activities around Europe, Asia and the US. We hope to demonstrate accelerating social impact by effective use of Living Labs in these regions as well as we build our relationships in lasting, meaningful collaborations.

What can other cities learn from your project?

The way we work with cities and their citizens is fast and effective. We use a framework we co-developed with our partners – THINK, CREATE, SHARE, NURTURE. We have a six step process that makes it simple and fast for cites to become agile and use the Living Lab way of working. Our core values of speed, social inclusion, citizen empowerment, simple and effective solutions, quick wins, social impact and nurturing growth to scale, guide us in a rapidly changing world. If you share these values, work with us and help us unlock the power of your people.