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Waag is a non-profit organisation in Amsterdam developing innovative technology for society. This term connects all organisation-based content and people.


The Waag annual report for 2018 has been published. It contains an overview of the 2018 highlights and our new and current projects in the year.


In the context of the Waag foundation repair, research on the construction history of the building was carried out, resulting in a detailed report.


On Waag Academy you can find an overview of all our workshops, trainings, academy’s and speakers.


Marleen Stikker, founder of Waag, will be in a live broadcast on national Dutch television of three hours on Sunday 12 August.


Waag encourages active citizenship by developing open, fair and inclusive technology. Common themes in our work are public access to the Internet, the feasibility of technology and breaking open closed systems: 'If you can’t open it, you don’t own it.'


'What is the public stack? How can we make the public stack a more viable alternative for the private one, without having to reinvent the wheel?'


Members of 'We Are Public' will get selected Thursday evenings in the Waag offered.


We turned a page in our history. We shortened our name to just Waag - with the subtitle technology & society. And it comes with a new website, made in our new visual identity.


This has been a tough year for those who believe in the good in people. But there are a few positive notes, says Marleen Stikker.


The users of our Fablab that visit the Open Day will now find a giant new laser cutter in the space, dwarfing our previous machine.



Next steps

Technology is in all fibers of our culture. If we want to be able to keep a grip on our smart environment, then we will have to be technologically literate. Marleen Stikker about privacy, technology and the role of Waag.


An interview with Marleen Stikker, co-founder of Waag about her work, influences and social change.


What were the first years of Waag like? We asked Marleen Stikker.


We all possess a set of brains which we gratefully use every day. But how does our brain actually work? And how does our fattest organ respond to (extreme) incentives like nudity, hard house music and complex mathematical problems? To investigate this, we decided to experiment. With real subjects.




Crowdsuing is new Dutch online platform that wants to solve injustices and find the funds for possible law cases by crowdfunding.


This innovative platform, Public, gives people every month the chance to discover and visit new concerts, expositions, and other events at 30 selected museums, theaters, cinema's and cultural institutions for a sharp price. Waag is one of the partners.


AMS is a new Amsterdam based public-private institute where talent is educated and engineers, designers, digital engineers and natural/social scientists jointly develop and valorise interdisciplinary metropolitan solutions.


After each edition of the Museum Night in Amsterdam the N8 Award is handed out to the museums with the best programme. Last year's edition went to the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.


On March 1st, 2014 the Theatrum Anatomicum of the Waag had the first showing of the installation Paper Cuts by artists Mandy Smith and Hal Kirkland. Paper Cuts is an interactive paper sculpture that invites people to experience the world’s most recognizable instrument of death, head first. However, unlike it’s deadly ancestor, this blade will result in nothing more final than a ‘possible’ paper cut.


We have moved our office to 'Huis de Pinto' at the Sint Antoniesbreestraat in Amsterdam, named after a wealthy Portuguese-Jewish family of merchants.


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 March 25th, 2013, Ravi Sundaram visited Waag to give a lecture about the media boom in India and to visit old friends.


Students in Motion (SIM): more than 1800 students of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (domain Media, Creation and Information) worked a week long at their concepts for a mobile app together with specialists from Waag.


This week I attended a lecture from the Amsterdam University of Applied Science (HvA). The lecture took place in the Heineken Music Hall.


Waag's developer Lodewijk Loos made a fun drawing teacher for children. With this game kids can draw the things they love, just by following the happy bug.