The international PICNIC Festival in Amsterdam (2006-2012) was an annual event taking place in September in Amsterdam. Three full days of information, inspiration, collaboration, co-creation and entertainment. PICNIC was for six years a leading platform for innovation and creativity. It functioned as an incubator and accelerator for game changing ideas, concepts, products and services.

PICNIC addresssed the mega trends of our time and explores how to creatively apply technology in order to meet business, social and environmental challenges. PICNIC is now an international worldwide event, with recent editions in Mexico and Brazil.

'New Ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up' in 2012
All our research labs had valuable input around the theme of “New Ownership: the shift from top down to bottom up”. With keynote speakers on the main stages but also our Waag Fair, outside the building in a tent. Here, visitors could join two of our projects: Low-cost Prosthesis and Fairphone and experience who it is to walk with a prosthesis. Fairphone held urban mining sessions, to find out what's inside our mobile phones. A mobile Fablab formed the setting for PICNIC Young in collaboration with Rijksmuseum/Rijksstudio.

This project is made possible by a subsidy from the Creative Industries Fund NL.

Project duration

1 Sept 2006 - 1 Oct 2012