Marleen Stikker

Marleen Stikker is president and co-founder of Waag Society.

Marleen Stikker (1962) is founder of De Digitale Stad (The Digital City) in 1994, the first virtual community introducing free public access to the Internet. She is founder of Waag, a social enterprise that consists of Waag Society, 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 Society is actively involved in the Open Design and Creative Commons movement and believes that society needs open technologies that meet societal challenges.


Portrait photos of Marleen Stikker (zip-file) for publication


Posted on:
Thursday 26 February 2015

The big question is this: do administrators and politicians understand what the consequences of the “smartness” they are injecting into public infrastructures?

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Wednesday 15 January 2014

Twenty years ago, on January 15, 1994, the Internet became available to everyone – as the ‘Digital City’ (De Digitale Stad or DDS) opened its gates. Anyone with a modem (14k4 bps) was able to ‘dial in’ and explore the Internet from that moment on. Co-founder Marleen Stikker looks back.

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Monday 23 September 2013

'From creative industry to creative economy', a manifesto presented at the Amsterdam Urban Innovation Week by Marleen Stikker and jet de Ranitz.