On the 29th and 30th of March Waag Society, the City of Amsterdam and ESADE University held the Commons4EU kickoff event in the RAI venue of the City of Amsterdam. The first afternoon the focus was on Open Innovation Policy and the effects of the Commons4EU for Amsterdam. The second day had a workshop character, involving the audience in a lively discussion about ‘smart city solutions’ and ‘opening up city apps’.
View the video impression of the event, showing the keynote speakers’ vision on Commons4EU, Code for America and Open Innovation
Cities face a scenario characterized by shrinking budgets, increasing demands of services from their citizens and the need to reinvent themselves in their quest to become Smart Cities. Simultaneously, the Internet brings new opportunities to orchestrate collaboration, fostering the creation of a large base of commons in code, user generated contents and even telecom infrastructures with the emergence of Bottom-up-Broadband networks. Organizations like Code for America are showing how they can effectively and successfully intermediate between citizens and cities and help in closing this gap. Commons4EU (http://commonsforeurope.net/) aims to build on the shoulders of this experience with an initial core team of 7 cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Helsinki, Manchester, Rome and UK-NESTA (UK cities involved in the project through NESTA) working together in 2 main areas.
Enjoy the full presentations of the keynote speakers, showing their view on innovation initiatives within cities:
- Henk de Jong, General Director City of Amsterdam: “The importance of Open Innovation in Amsterdam”
- Esteve Almirall, Ass. Professor ESADE University and Project Lead Commons4EU: “Open Innovation Policty in a city context”
- Nigel Jacob, Policy Advisor Boston City Hall: “Innovative projects like Citizen’s Connect”
- Joel Mahoney, Code for America Fellow 2011: “The innovation process of creating an app”
- Katalin Gallyas, Policy Advisor Economic Affairs Amsterdam. “Framing Commons4EU for Amsterdam”