Last tuesday, in a liveshow together with BTG and the City of Almere, aired from Pakhuis de Zwijger, Leonie van den Beuken, program director, officially launched the new Amsterdam Smart City platform.
Now and in the future we want to live and work in healthy, livable, vibrant cities. These are the places where we live, work, play and move. But certainly in the city, public space is scarce and you can feel the density. Cities are getting busier and we are experiencing the effects of climate change and pollution. Changes in this are not made very fast and we have to go through a lot of barriers. Technology can help to deal with the shortage of space and improve the quality of public space, if you use technology in the right way. After all, nobody wants to live in a Smart City. We do want to live in a safe, clean and pleasant city.
Another barrier for change in cities is collaboration. The challenges of today’s cities require collaboration between governments, knowledge institutions, companies and residents. But many parties who need each other do not know each other, do not know how to find each other or have different interests. Collaboration with each other requires a different mindset, the mindset to do it together and not alone.
And that is where Amsterdam Smart City comes into play. We are working on the smart, green and healthy future of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. We do this together: close by in your own street and in the region. Fortunately, our city and region are full of active communities, social organizations, cooperatives and entrepreneurs who want to contribute to this. Together they make better streets, neighborhoods and cities and are of great importance to realize the city of the future.
At Amsterdam Smart City we have developed a way to mobilize this power of society. We bring these companies, public institutions and residents to shape the cities of the future. We do this by offering an open and safe place where connection and collaboration can develop. We have been doing this for 11 years, 4 of them aslo online. A large community is active on the online platform. More than 8,000 innovators in total. People who meet, show what they do and help each other across the Amsterdam and Dutch borders.
New online platform
And now there is the renewed www.amsterdamsmartcity.com! The new platform offers more possibilities to stay up to date on specific topics, to share with an interested target group what you do yourself and to find each other. We have been working on it for a while and are very curious what our network, including you!, thinks about it! If you were already a member of the community, please log in again with a new password. If you were not a member yet, sign up now!