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

Mensen in een groene omgeving met op de achtergrond een kas met zonnepanelen
Smart Citizens Lab

Social Initiative in the Energy Transition

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 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.
Green light
Commons Lab

Smart society cases

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

Chamber of Commons

The Chamber of Commons bolsters the interests of commons and commoners.
Zomergasten met Marleen Stikker visual

Zomergasten with Marleen Stikker

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

Amsterdammers, maak je stad!

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.
Open data congres Eindhoven
Future Internet Lab

Masterclass Netpolitics

Bits of Freedom, Waag, Netwerk Democratie, Open State Foundation and Kennisland organise a Masterclass Net Politics .