Gijs Boerwinkel

Gijs BoerwinkelHead of Communications

Gijs Boerwinkel is Waag's head of communications. In his position, he is constantly looking for new ways to connect relevant target groups to the research labs and projects of Waag. He is the co-lead of Waag's Interface team.

Gijs studied political science and political communications at University of Amsterdam. Previously, he worked for Text to Change, a social enterprise that uses mobile technology to inform people in developing countries about subjects related to health and agriculture. Also, for a short period of time, he worked for the Tour de France organisation in Utrecht, where he was responsible for press relations and communications.

Closed projects

Public Stack visual
Future Internet Lab

Public Stack: the alternative internet

The internet is broken, but alternatives are available. We call the collection of these open, fair and safe alternatives the Public Stack.
Mij niet gezien

Mij niet gezien

Until summer, Waag will be experimenting with warranting privacy for participants in our public events.
campagnebeeld hdgs
Future Internet Lab

Hackathon de groene stad

In het project hackathon groene steden komen initiatieven bijeen die zich focussen op het vergroenen van steden. Waag organiseert vier groen-expedities en een hackathon.
Commons Lab
Commons Lab

Chamber of Commons

The Chamber of Commons bolsters the interests of commons and commoners.
Smart Citizens Lab

GammaSense 2.0

With GammaSense 2.0 we develop a citizen network for the measurement of radioactive radiation.
Digitale Identiteit visual
Future Internet Lab

Digital Identity Lab

The Digital Identity Lab looked for new ideas, concepts and concrete tools that can include a reliable and secure digital identity.


WeMakeThe.City is the festival that makes cities better.
Do Worry be happy visual
Future Internet Lab

Do Worry, be happy

In the blog series 'Do worry, be happy!' we talk to experts in the field of technology, innovation and ethics about new developments.
Co-creation navigator map
Co-creation Lab

Co-creation navigator

Co-creation is a powerful way to deal with 'wicked problems' and innovate your professional practice.
Open Lights, Made for my wheelchair
Care Lab


In the European project, Made4You, we're building an international learning community of makers, care recipients, and healthcare professionals over a three year period.
MUV Buitenveldert
Future Internet Lab

Mobility Urban Values

Mobility Urban Values (MUV) is a three-year European project that examines how to engage citizens with 'gamification' in stimulating towards sustainable mobility choices in their neighbourhood.
Amsterdam IJ
Co-creation Lab


Cities-4-People is a three year project that aims to implement a pilot program running at five urban and peri-urban areas where citizens, city authorities and innovation experts will work together as ‘communities’ to define the transport and mobility challenges and priorities that interest them, co-design ideas and concepts, put these concepts to the real test and then scale up those more potent.
DECODE Amsterdam
Future Internet Lab


DECODE develops practical alternatives through the creation, evaluation and demonstration of a distributed and open architecture for managing online identity, personal and other data, and collective governance in a citizen-friendly and privacy-aware fashion.
DDS Avatars
Future Heritage Lab

The Digital City revives

We aren’t doing enough to preserve our digital lives for the future, so we lose crucial information.
DSI map Europe
Commons Lab


Digital Social Innovation in Europe (DSI4EU) supports digital social innovation networks in Europe.
Making Sense
Smart Citizens Lab

Making Sense

Making Sense showed how open-source software, open-source hardware, digital maker practices and open design can be used by local communities to make sense of their environments.