Job Spierings door Jimena Gauna voor Waag

Job SpieringsOperations Director

Job Spierings is Operations Director at Waag Futurelab. His responsibilities include the project management and internal processes of the organisation. Next to this, he specialises in coordination, process design, team development and transition management. Within the domain of team management and development, Job focuses on empowerment, flexibility and imagination.

Previously, Job was Head of Code Programme at Waag (which at the time consisted of the Future Internet Lab, Smart Citizens Lab and Commons Lab). Here, he has led research projects in the fields of digitisation of heritage collections, digital identity, participatory policy development and guidelines for algorithms.

Job is experienced in bringing together, motivating and supporting driven specialists in their work and he has extensive knowledge of innovation, and product and concept development for social technology. Job studied musicology at the Utrecht University and subsequently worked as an artist manager and managing director.

Closed projects

Health and DNA
Open Wetlab


GeneConsent gives genetic research participants complete control over their data by providing a dynamic informed consent service.
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.
Brein AI visual
Future Internet Lab

Algorithms: practical guidelines

The government is working on a framework for the use of algorithms. Waag investigates how this framework works in practice. Does it ask relevant questions? Can decisions be explained? Is it clear what the impact and responsibilities are?
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.
Amsterdam Sounds project
Smart Citizens Lab

Amsterdam Sounds

Making cooperative tools for civic participation and citizen science in the field of noise pollution.


WeMakeThe.City is the festival that makes cities better.
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.
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.
Smart retrofitting for urban housing
Future Internet Lab

Smart Retrofitting for Urban Housing

This project researches the effect of co-creation on the energy reduction during home renovations.
Amsterdam waters aerial view
Smart Citizens Lab


The Amsterdecks project aims to offer insights in the water quality and the accessibility of the public waters of Amsterdam for its citizens and visitors.
Amsterdam kaart van J. Blaeu
Future Internet Lab

Maptime AMS

Maptime was, rather literally, time for mapmaking.