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: the alternative internet

Public Stack visual
Future Internet Lab
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.

Hackathon de groene stad

campagnebeeld hdgs
Future Internet Lab
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.

Chamber of Commons

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

GammaSense 2.0

Smart Citizens Lab
With GammaSense 2.0 we develop a citizen network for the measurement of radioactive radiation.

Digital Identity Lab

Digitale Identiteit visual
Future Internet 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

Do Worry be happy visual
Future Internet Lab
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

Co-creation navigator map
Co-creation Lab
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.

Mobility Urban Values

MUV Buitenveldert
Future Internet Lab
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.

The Digital City revives

DDS Avatars
Future Heritage Lab
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

Making Sense
Smart Citizens Lab
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.