Innovation through necessity
Amsterdam Smart City is the innovative platform where public authorities, businesses, citizens and knowledge institutes team up to tackle urban issues. They collaborate intensively with partners in fields ranging from mobility, digitisation and energy, to waste. The result: innovative projects that are making the city progressively smarter.
Their approach? To connect, accelerate and strengthen. Working with municipalities, partners and citizens of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area, to educate, learn from, and create smart solutions, market developments, and business models to accelerate their goals.
Being the innovation platform in Amsterdam, Amsterdam Smart City is aware of all that is happening around urban development in the city. This way ASC can connect partners and accelerate the startup of smart city projects. Additionally, knowledge obtained is spread out and used to scale up projects to create an impact in the city.
After all, Amsterdam is listed among the top five most innovative cities worldwide. A metropolitan city with a big social conscience, Amsterdam involves its citizens in the challenges it faces with an open approach.
A smart city with a social conscience
Here are the main focus areas of Amsterdam Smart City:
2. Citizens & Living
3. Infrastructure & Technology
4. Circular City
5. Energy Water & Waste
6. Government & Education
The main challenges Amsterdam faces today:
– Diversity: Amsterdam has one of the most diverse populations in Europe. How can we keep the city attractive and enjoyable for everyone?
– Health: City residents are living longer. How can we guarantee their quality of life?
– Mobility: 30% of the cars in Amsterdam are used less than once a week. Shouldn’t we start sharing cars?
– Education: A smart city is not just a matter of technology. Surely it requires smart citizens as well?
– Waste: An Amsterdam household produces about 550 kilos of waste per year. How can we reduce and reuse this waste?
– Environment: Climate change and increasing population density are making the city vulnerable to extreme weather. How can we keep our feet dry?
– Tourism: Last year Amsterdam welcomed millions of visitors. Can the city remain attractive for both tourists and residents?
– Smart energy: What will future energy look like? Will we generate it at home?
On April 13th we attended ASC’s “#SmartData #SmartMobility” DataLab about MaaS, Mobility as a Service, to hear talks from the pros about the future of mobility in Amsterdam, as well as hearing from other startups and SME’s that pitch their ideas.
ASC welcome you to join in the conversation, whether you’re a citizen, startup, SME, corporate or NGO. If you’d like to contribute in some way, or have an innovative idea, share it with their community. Discover more about the innovation projects we work on.