Marleen Stikker

  • Founder
    Marleen Stikker

    Marleen Stikker is founder of Waag.

    Marleen Stikker (1962) is also founder of De Digitale Stad (The Digital City) in 1994, the first virtual community introducing free public access to the Internet. She leads Waag, a social enterprise that consists of a research Institute for creative technologies and social innovation and Waag Products, that launched companies like Fairphone, the first fair smartphone in the world. She is also is advisor to the policy strategy group of the EU.

    Marleen Stikker strongly adheres to the Maker's Bill of Rights motto: "If You Can't Open It, You Don't Own It".

    Waag is actively involved in the Open Design and Creative Commons movement and believes that society needs open technologies that meet societal challenges.



  • Waag
    Marleen Stikker and Sacha van Tongeren about the breakthrough of FairPhone: "By taking the standpoint of headstrong makers instead of dependent…
  • We code
    Future Heritage Lab
    It is not that long ago that a new public domain was discovered. In 1993 the internet was a black screen with a blinking cursor that only divulged…
  • We code
    Future Internet Lab
    In order to face societal challenges, we need to use the innovation potential of the whole society. Design Thinking and creativity are crucial to the…