From 20 to 24 June 2018, Amsterdam was dedicated to the WeMakeThe.City festival. Waag was co-organizer of the festival and had a packed programme of events.
We look back at:
Tuesday 19 June
Public Stack Summit @Open sea
Tuesday before the festival, a boat sailed out 'to fix a broken internet'. A day dedicated to the public stack; the collection of open, fair and inclusive alternatives for the entire stack. From open-source alternative operating systems, to decentralized social media and from cloud services without Google to secure messaging apps.
Wednesday 20 June
Setting the Urban Agenda of Tomorrow @Amsterdam Theatre, Amsterdam
During the opening programme Kate Raworth, Marleen Stikker, Toni Griffin, Francesca Bria, Gabriella Gómez-Mont, Aisha Bin Bishr, and others, answered the key questions of the first edition of the WeMakeThe.City festival: What kind of city do we want to live in, in five, ten or fifteen years time? And how do we make the city of the future; inclusive, sustainable, affordable, safe and prosperous?
Thursday 21 June
Next Generation Cities @Q Factory, Amsterdam
Waag organized a conference with inspiring keynote speakers, break-out sessions and panel discussions about inclusive digital transformation strategies. Some of the speakers were: CTO from London, Theo Blackwell and the founder of the Free Software Foundation, Richard Stallman. The main question: 'Who is the boss in the city?' is increasingly relevant and was highlighted from different angles.
Amsterdam Sounds @Waag, Amsterdam
How do you experience sound in your neighbourhood: the café around the corner, your neighbours or the nearby traffic? Or the noise level you are exposed to during a festival? During this workshop we researched noise and noise pollution, explored measuring strategies and used sensors to measure noise. Together we mapped sound in the city to then explored solutions and the possibilities of setting up a citizens' measuring network.
We Charge the City @Parool Theater, Amsterdam
More and more people live in and around cities, putting them under an increasing amount of strain. The challenge is to make our cities liveable, healthy and sustainable – now and in the future. To accomplish this we need creative, innovative solutions. Together, the creative industry and the research world offer just that: opportunities and new insights that bring the future within our grasp. Marleen Stikker discussed the topic of smart liveable cities.
'Iedereen gezond' @AMC, Amsterdam Zuidoost
The impact of an urban environment on the health of its inhabitants is significant. A large number of people on a small surface puts pressure on, among other things, hygiene, air quality, space for green and openness, and the possibility to move. (This event was Dutch spoken.)
Friday 22 June
STARS Talks 15:00-16:30 @CIRCL, Amsterdam Zuid
STARTS Talks bring prominent practitioners and speakers in combination with STARTS Prize winners, honorary mentions and nominees to present their work and vision on the interactions between science, technology and the arts, its pitfalls and challenges.
Saturday 23 June
Open Fablab & Wetlab @Waag, Amsterdam
During this extra open day you could visit the mother of maker spaces in The Netherlands! Learn about digital fabrication, the maker movement or discover our biolab, as part of weekend programme of WeMakeThe.City.