Smart Citizen talks #4
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Next Generation Cities

On June 21st, Waag hosts a full-day conference at WeMakeThe.City with inspiring keynote speakers, break-out sessions and panel discussion on Strategies for Inclusive Digital Transformation. 

About the programme

The question 'Who owns the city?' has become increasingly relevant in a time where data and technology influence and alter cities all over the world. While new technologies can offer solutions to urban challenges, their implementation often obstructs the inclusive character of digital cities. How can we design cities from which all urban stakeholders can benefit?

During the full-day conference Next Generation Cities, we will explore the necessary (alternative) strategies for inclusive, democratic and responsible urban digital transformation. How can you as a citizen, designer, policymaker or developer contribute to inclusive and fair cities? And how can we implement digital technologies in a responsible way?

In presentations and workshops, experts from around the world will share and discuss their experience and strategies on how to implement algorithmic transparency; develop and safeguard digital rights; facilitate citizen-ownership of personal data; create data commons; organize collaboration between government and civic tech communities and much more.

This event is organized by Waag, Amsterdam Smart City, the CTO Office of the City of Amsterdam, Pakhuis de Zwijger, Maastricht University, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and DI020.


Confirmed speakers for the conference are: 

  • Farid Tabarki - Studio Zeitgeist (moderator) 
  • Touria Meliani - Aldermen for art & culture and ICT City of Amsterdam
  • Francesca Bria - Chief Technology Officer Barcelona 
  • Marleen Stikker - Founder & Director of Waag 
  • Richard Stallman - Chief GNUisance of the GNU Project & President of the Free Software Foundation
  • Theo Blackwell - Chief Technology Officer London
  • Dan Hill - digital designer and urbanist
  • Miguel Gamiño - Former Chief Technology Officer City of New York
  • Ger Baron - Chief Technology Officer at City of Amsterdam




Q-Factory, Atlantisplein 1, 1093 NE, Amsterdam


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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 732546.