Marleen Stikker

Marleen StikkerDirector & Founder

Marleen Stikker is founder and executive director of Waag Futurelab in Amsterdam. Waag Futurelab reinforces critical reflection on technology, develops technological and social design skills, and encourages social innovation. Marleen leads the trans-disciplinary team of designers, artists and scientists, utilising Public Research and Key Enabling Methodologies to empower people to participate in the collective design of open, fair and inclusive futures. Marleen founded 'De Digitale Stad' (The Digital City) in 1993, the first virtual community introducing free public access to the Internet in Amsterdam. Marleen Stikker strongly adheres to the Maker's Bill of Rights motto: 'If You Can't Open It, You Don't Own It'.

Closed projects

Social Initiative in the Energy Transition

Mensen in een groene omgeving met op de achtergrond een kas met zonnepanelen
Smart Citizens Lab
Commissioned by the Nationaal Klimaat Platform (NKP), Waag Futurelab worked on the design of a programme on Social Initiative in the Energy Transition.

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.

Smart society cases

Green light
Commons Lab
In this project we sketch a picture of the dilemmas that digitisation entails within public administration and the effect this has on society.

Chamber of Commons

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

Zomergasten with Marleen Stikker

Zomergasten met Marleen Stikker visual
On August 12, 2018 Marleen Stikker was a guest for three hours in the VPRO television programme Zomergasten (Summer guests).

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.


Fairphone 2 teardown iFixit
Fairphone’s mission is to bring a fair smartphone to the market – one made entirely of parts produced and utilised without harming individuals or the environment.

Amsterdammers, maak je stad!

Amsterdammers, maak je stad!
Creative Care Lab
Through this project, we supported city-makers, active citizens and social entrepreneurs with their initiatives to make our city a better place for everyone.


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.


DSI map Europe
Commons Lab
Digital Social Innovation in Europe (DSI4EU) supports digital social innovation networks in Europe.

Masterclass Netpolitics

Open data congres Eindhoven
Future Internet Lab
Bits of Freedom, Waag, Netwerk Democratie, Open State Foundation and Kennisland organise a Masterclass Net Politics .