application software

An application program (app or application for short) is a computer program designed to perform a group of coordinated functions, tasks, or activities for the benefit of the user.


Residents from Buitenveldert tested the MUV app during a walk through the neighbourhood. Can it be further developed?


White men are over-represented in the world of programming. That is a pity, programming is for everyone - says Erwin Rooijakkers.


Waag together with the Drenthe Archive built the interactive installation Sigismund in 2006, now in use as an educational escape room.


In Buitenveldert (Amsterdam) neighbours went out on the street and walked around their neighbourhood with the assistance of an app.


User-friendly technology is helping drivers of electric cars to efficiently share charging points around the country. Social Charging is a free app, offering a new solution to the problem that there are not enough charging points available, while some may be unnecessarily kept occupied.


Over the past few years, Apps for Europe has acted as a support network for turning data-based apps into viable businesses. While the project may have come to an end recently, the apps live on.



What the Hack?

Hackathons, as in ‘condensed timeframes were programmers come together to collectively or individually achieve something out of the ordinary’ (a more comprehensive definition can be found on Wikipedia) have existed for decades, but became wildly popular after the 2008 Apps for Democracy contest in Washington.


Following a successful International Business Lounge at FutureEverything, the winners of Apps for Europe 2015 were announced.


The latest research adventure of the Foundation Tijdgeest,, has won the Water innovation prize 2014. The project has been developed for Hoogheemraadschap Hollands Noorderkwartier and Waag earlier built the web application for the project.


Smart rules for developing ICT, the government sure can use them. Frank Kresin wrote these for smart cities, but they apply to governments too and can save a lot of trouble. Start with involving citizens, working agile, building small systems with small parties and sharing knowledge.And hire Code for NL fellows.


After some successful open data contests, it was time to develop our own app with open data, following our own ‘users as designers’ methodology.


Following a successful event at FutureEverything, we can now announce the winners of the International Business Lounge 2014: BikeCityGuide and Nostalgeo.


Apps for Europe at FutureEverything in Manchester. As part of our aims, we have been on the lookout for the very best open data applications in Europe: apps, algorithms, platforms or services.


The ten finalists of the European app contest Apps for Europe have been announced. This selection of open data business cases will showcase at the International Business Lounge during FutureEverything in Manchester 31st March - 1st April 2014.


Waag and the City of Amsterdam cooperated with the University of Applied Sciences Amsterdam for Students in Motion.


In the last weeks of July, our developers Laurens Schuurkamp and Bert Spaan were in Curaçao. They gave workshops and masterclasses on open design and coding.


On June 26th the Meester App award ceremony took place on a primary school in Den Haag.


Europeana, the European digital portal to culture, has made 350.000 images available coming from six renowned institutions in a first edition of their own (iPad) app. The app allows search in selected image collections of Europeana, Europe’s cultural and scientific heritage portal. The images included are available for free re-use and cover five themes: Maps and Plans, Art, Photography, Treasures of the Past, and Treasures of Nature. The code of the app, written by Glimworm IT, is also open source.


A nice article in the Dutch newspaper Het Parool about our Meester App event, that we organized.


The Radboud University will start with the CHASING project, that develops speech training for neurological patients by interactive gaming.


Every month we’re hosting a tech item in Zapplive. This time we showed the audience how to do prototying on paper with the app POP.


Programming is no longer restricted to programmers! On March 6, 2013 we held a workshop programming with Scratch in our series Fabschool Kids. Scratch is an application which learns children programming in a playful way.


On Monday March 18th we kicked off Mister App: a competition which allows everyone to send in their ideas for an educational app.


In the week of 3-5 March 2013, our developers Bert Spaan and Laurens Schuurkamp visited Curaçao to assist in the follow-up of a local apps contest called Apps4Curaçao. It proofed to be a successful venture, with four prototype app being developed for the island


The iPad may not seem like social tool, but the new games that Waag developed show us the opposite. You can play the games together on an iPad, and they are designed to encourage sharing personal stories. Away with those traditional board-games: from now on we gather around the iPad with our family for a nice evening!


If teachers want to use tablets in their classroom they are confronted with a universe of available apps. Eduapp, a Dutch portal for educational apps, makes it easy to find apps for school or at home.


BlindSquare, an augmented reality app that uses audio technology and crowd-sourced open data to help visually-impaired people move around and get the most out of their cities, won the first prize of the Open Cities App Challenge.