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 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.