WeMakeThe.City — the festival that makes cities better — invited everyone to make cities more livable, safe, fair, sustainable, accessible and inclusive. For a whole week, the entire Amsterdam Metropolitan Area was dominated by urgent urban issues and solutions.
The festival was held for the second time from 17 to 23 June and this year Waag was again responsible for a part of the programme. Where could you find us this year?
Technology & mobility
On 18 June, Marleen Stikker participated in the Metropolitan Mobility Conference about technology and mobility in the city. Together with experts on data and mobility from all over Europe, the latest developments were discussed.
Digital rights conference
On 19 June we organised the conference Cities for digital rights at the Zuiderkerk in Amsterdam. The central question of this conference was 'How do we protect civil rights in fast digitising cities?'. Digital rights are an ongoing global challenge, with the cities in the front line. In cities we are confronted with the impact of large technology companies. Here it is often the first to feel what people need and what it is all about.
International guest at the conference was digital civil rights activist Bianca Wylie. Marleen Stikker spoke on behalf of Waag.
From 19-21 June, TextileLab Amsterdam was part of the M-ODE Expo at the Marineterrein in Amsterdam, where it presented its open-source material archive that is being developed at the lab.
Fab City Summit
Karen van der Moolen of Waag participated in the FabCity Summit at Pakhuis de Zwijger on 20 June; it was the second time this summit was organised in Amsterdam.
Outpost an Amsterdam Science Park
On Friday 21 June we opened our first outpost at Amsterdam Science Park: planet B. A place for expeditions in which citizens, artists and scientists work together on an equal footing for an inclusive and ecological future.