Each of Waag's Research Labs works on one or multiple projects at a time. They are executed in collaboration with partners on the local, national and international level. The projects featured on this page are currently running.

Local Color

local color
Local Color is a two-year project researching the conditions for a regenerative city that facilitates the growth of local biochromes to be used for closed-loop, local production on a small city scale.


PublicSpaces_Waag Futurelab
Future Internet Lab
Waag is a co-initiator of the PublicSpaces Foundation, a coalition of now 70 public organisations working together on a digital ecosystem based on public values.

Charging the Commons

Commons Lab
Charging the Commons is a project exploring the design of digital platforms for resource communities.

Technological Citizenship

Maker Education Lab
An investigation into the role of creative making processes in developing citizenship skills among young people in a digital society.

Energy Reference Architecture

Energie Referentiearchitectuur, Waag, 2023
Commons Lab
In opdracht van Topsector Energie Digitalisering en de Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO) onderzoekt waag een referentiearchitectuur voor de Nederlandse energie infrastructuur.  

Open Business Models

Open Businessmodellen, Waag, 2023, Ross Sneddon via Unsplash
Future Internet Lab
In this project, Waag and HvA investigate the conditions for digital public spaces and the fundamental aspects of a digital open market.

Open HEM now!

Open HEM nu, Waag, 2022, Vivent Solar via Unsplash
Commons Lab
Commissioned by the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland and Top Sector Energy, Waag is developing a Public Stack for home energy management systems: Home Energy Management Systems (HEMS).

Masterclass Net Politics 2022

Masterclass Netpolitiek, Waag, 2022
Future Internet Lab
Together with ISOC, Waag organises an annual Masterclass Net Politics where people working on digital society learn about topics such as digital transparency, public values on the internet and decision-making regarding large tech platforms.


CATRIN project, Waaag, 2022
Future Internet Lab
Controllable, Accountable, Transparent: the Responsible Internet. Waag is working on a foundation for a new internet to increase trust in the digital world.

VU Humanities Lab

VU Humanitieslab, Waag, 2022, Gunnar Ridderström via Unsplash
Future Internet Lab
Commissioned by the Vrije Universiteit, Waag is conducting an exploration of the digital resources that can be used by humanities students and what digital skills students need to take advantage of these resources.

Good Game

Maker Education Lab
A theater performance made by gamers about gaming, also for those who don't understand anything about it.

Platformcoöp Incubator

Platformcoöp Accelerator-programma
Commons Lab
Together with the Commons Network, Waag is working on a Platform Co-op Accelerator programme that will connect and advance start-up initiatives that work with the commons. This way, we are encouraging a circular, local and fair economy.

Quantum Inspire

Maker Education Lab
The potential of quantum technology is enormous, but how do we get the conversation in society started about the impact?

Living Lab Open Cultuurdata

Future Internet Lab
Making cultural events easier to find with open-source technology. By NPO, Sound & Vision, PublicSpaces and Waag.


Asunder - Silicon Valley
Space Lab
The way people imagine the planet substantially impacts the environment. More-than-Planet will address a crisis of planetary imaginary.

Evaluation NWA-route Big Data

Big Data
Future Internet Lab
Beleidsmakers, private ontwikkelaars en wetenschappers bespreken vragen over big data van de Nationale Wetenschapsagenda.

World Weather Network

World Weather Network
Space Lab
Waag is part of the World Weather Network, a global coalition of artists and organisations formed in response to the climate crisis.

Tactical Media Room

Waag opent haar deuren
Future Internet Lab
The Tactical Media Room aims to support independent tactical media, journalists, newsrooms and civic initiatives from Ukraine, Russia, and Belarus.

NWA Route Smart Liveable Cities

NWA route Smart Liveable Cities
Smart Citizens Lab
Waag organises the route management around public programmes relating to ‘Smart, liveable cities’, aiming to better connect science with society.


Photo by Dylan Gillis on Unsplash
Future Internet Lab
How innovative online revenue models can improve the independence of makers.

Police Drones and ethics

Politiedrones en ethiek - Christopher Burns via Unsplash
Future Internet Lab
The Dutch national police plans to use more drones. Waag organises citizen focus groups to research the ethical considerations necessary.


Smart Citizens Lab
Together with citizens, investigative journalists and scientists, Waag research heat stress in the Netherlands.


Health and DNA
Open Wetlab
GeneConsent gives genetic research participants complete control over their data by providing a dynamic informed consent service.


Open Wetlab
In BioCommons, we investigate how we as a society can deal with our biological and genetic data, and how this data can be seen as a commons.