Tech gap ?
• Local governance is decentralized,
‘silo’ culture. Incredibly tough to
introduce cross-sectoring theme’s
• Challenged by budget cuts.
• Generally risk-averse.
• 24 hours connected, action-minded
• Craving for immediate feed-back
• Cities are less adoptive with new
• They do care about the living,
reshaping the city
Different velocities - Citizens & their city…..
An encounter between digital
pioneers and an overcautious
>>Open innovation offers a way to cities to create
a more participatory government
and makes the best use of novel ICT solutions
while enhancing the creativity of the city based
entrepreneurs, hackers, civic innovators.
>>>Enabling a modern 21st century civil services
Open Innovation brought us back to
Citizen Engaging Platforms
Smart Toolkits (air pollution)
Integrated part of Amsterdam Smart Cities
PPP- > Smart Citizens Program
• 3 hackathons (apps for
• 68 city apps
• 22 workshops for civil servants
• 1 person responsible for data
• 1 strong integral Open Data
Open Innovation Evolution in Amsterdam
• An established Civic Innovator, hacker network (2.600
• OPEN DATA release & business incubation
• 300 datasets open in 2013
• 2010 – 0 eur budget
• 2013 – 1,5 M EUR budget
• Amsterdam local crowdsourcing portal
• Rich network of EU cities, SME’s, innovation agencies that help
• 6 crowdsourced city challenges, 3 ICT fellows, a robust ICT back
end architecture from citySDK
Economic relevance op Open Innovation
• Transparency, participatory budgeting
• Start Up business Acceleration.
• Working towards a Civic Apps Store/ Marketplace
• Ecosystem of cities, app developers, innovation agencies
strong USP for investors.
Conclusions Citizen Engagement
Commit from policy level
Save money on interface interoperability
Power of Social Media
Power of Ecosystem
Look for EU collaborations (FI-PPP, Horizon 2020, ENOLL, Eurocities)
Create local hero’s for Civic engagement(policy level)