Smart Citizens Lab

Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab #6

7-10-15 18:30 - 7-10-15 21:15
Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, 1012 CR Amsterdam

The sixth edition of the Amsterdam Smart Citizens Lab.

We will explore tools and applications to map the world around us. Along with citizens, scientists, and designers, we deal with themes ranging from air quality to the conditions of bathing water to noise pollution.

When is the best time to take a swim in the canals? Which route is the healthiest to take to work? And what’s the real level of noise pollution in your neighbourhood? These are all examples of questions that could be answered in the Smart Citizens Lab. In each session, we will invite experts to tell us more about the possibilities, impact, and relevance of citizens who take the measurement of local, environmental data into their own hands.


  • Laurens Schuurkamp, data visualisation designer @ Philips Design
  • Nanda Piersma, researcher (big) data analytics @ Urban Technology/Clean Tech program of the HvA 
  • Ivo de Kler, software developer @ Waag. Maker of the web application Liquid Commons 

Tip: during this week (5-10 October) the Amsterdam eWeek also takes place, a multi-day festival about tech and eBunisess. Besides these topics they will also give attention to bottom-up initiatives like our Amsterdam Smart Citizen Lab. 

Knowledge through measuring

With smartphones, smart watches, and wristbands, it’s becoming increasingly simple to collect the data around us. But, open data from the municipality and DIY sensors are also playing a major role in the retrieval of (new) data. Thanks to today's technology, measuring, itself, has become much easier, and can help citizens learn more about their city, town, or neighbourhood.

Yet, simply measuring the environment around us is not enough. One must also merge and analyse the data to make the most of it. Data can lead to new connections and insights, which means that it will become easier to make our environment healthier and cleaner.