Past Events 2019

November 19, 2019

How does IT contribute to a sustainable society?

Technology plays a crucial role in making our society more sustainable. Including our sharing economy, other business models, sustainability development goals in our purchasing conditions, sustainable data centers.


During the IT Circle "Growing Green Event"  it made clear it starts with ourselves. Sending 20 mails per day on an annual basis is equivalent to 1000 km driving by car. That brought us to the concept of IT shame. Are we going to grow data unrestrained or are we going to put a brake on it?

November 17 - 21, 2019

Smart City Expo World Congress 2019

Barcelona, Spain


As the world's leading event for cities, Smart City Expo World Congress provides a unique meeting point for the whole smart city ecosystem. Corporate leaders, public representatives, entrepreneurs, experts and academics from all around the globe come together to learn from each other, share experiences, talk about best practices, and open new paths for international collaboration. 


October 10, 2019

Utrecht Region "Get Connected"

Utrecht, The Netherlands


On Thursday 10 October the Utrecht Region Get Connected annual congress took place in Stadion Galgenwaard, Utrecht.


A regional festival with a program full of inspiration, creation, collaboration and meeting. Meet the network and contribute to the ambition of healthy urban life. 


With fifty sessions in festival style between 12.30 pm and 4 pm. In the sessions (regional) developments are discussed within the themes smart and healthy cities and villages, circular economy, human capital agenda, internationalization, financing and the tasks of Health Hub Utrecht. You can be inspired in five 'squares' in the form of sessions, discussion tables or on the exhibition floor.



September 26, 2019

Rotterdam, The Netherlands


On Thursday 26 September, more than 125 directors, managers and policy staff from many municipalities will meet again and includes round table sessions with 6 theme tables:



Smart Mobility

Healthy built environment

Urban infrastructure & safety

Data safety & security

Climate & energy

Circular city


Every municipality invests in making the smart city or municipality "future proof". Are we focusing on smart mobility, sustainable real estate or are it the energy issues that concern you? Many municipalities have already registered. Learn, meet and also participate during Smart City 2019. 


You will meet one or more decision makers from, among others: Nieuwegein, Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Zaanstad, Sluis, Den Bosch, Delft, Hilversum and many other cities and municipalities.

September 18, 2019

What does the future hold in store?

Amsterdam, Swedish Chamber of Commerce 


The Urbanisation Forum is a new series of forums aimed at businesspeople, politicians and other influential individuals who wish to share experiences, supply information on their respective areas and bring about high value networking. The theme has a specific focus on the global challenge as a direct result of the physical growth of cities. 


 More than half of the world’s population are living in urban areas and cities are set to be the future global economic engines. As the urban areas are rapidly expanding, there are several crucial challenges that must be addressed, creating a huge demand for energy solutions and infrastructure that will connect the city and make it more inclusive and sustainable. With our first Urbanisation Forum The Swedish Chamber of Commerce aims to discuss these issues and explore the challenges of today as well as the challenges of the future. With insights from SWECO and other experts, we will explore questions such as linking urbanisation with the latest innovations and technology.

September 5, 2019

Digital Twin network excursion to Antwerp


Economic Board Utrecht and Future City Foundation organized a Network Excursion to Antwerp for administrators (with delegation leader Klaas Verschuure of the City of Utrecht)   to learn about the possibilities of a Digital Twin for municipalities and provinces. To bring supply and demand together and to share knowledge, we offered tech companies and data experts the opportunity to pitch their smart city solution for an audience of 40 administrators and the top of municipalities and municipalities during the Digital Twin Network excursion in Antwerp on 5 September.


What is a digital twin?

A digital twin is a digital replica of, for example, an area. Herein data is displayed in a dynamic way and as real-time as possible about the quality of life in the area. In this way you can gain insight into the quality of life of an area, analyze and predict.


June 24 - 25, 2019

Unleash the Power of Mobility Data

Amsterdam, The Netherlands,


Europe is set to undergo a revolution in urban mobility.


Backed by billions in investment, this has created a lucrative mobility marketplace where data is king. Despite this hype, no long-term business model for mobility has been established. This needs to change.


Now is the time for cities, mobility service providers and automakers to tackle this together!


IMPACT>MOBILITY EUROPE the only conference to unite 200+ private and public stakeholders to confront the data monetisation, scalability and customer experience challenges that will move the ecosystem beyond pilots, towards a scalable long-term model for mobility as a service.

June 20 - 21, 2019

Internation Smart City Event

The Hague, The Netherlands


The 9th edition of the international Smart City Event in The Hague (The Netherlands) on the 20th and 21th of June 2019.


Looking back at a dynamic panel discussion last Friday at the Smart City Event about the best kept Smart Cities Secrets with:Michel Bezuijen, Mayor of the city of Rijswijk, Rik van Berkel, Cluster Manager Built Environment at FME-CWM, Arthur van der Wees, Co-founder at the Institute for Future of Living and Olaf Müller, City Program United Smart Cities

June 20, 2019

Inclusive Smart Cities by design

Amsterdam, Johan Cruijff ArenA


"Digitization and modern technology make cities

ever smarter. Amsterdam is also in the middle of the

digital transformation. What is the added value of

the use of smart technology for Amsterdam

Southeast and its inhabitants? Which social and

do you solve social issues? And what role do the residents of Southeast play in this this transition? "


Edwin Bijl, Envoy City Program United Smart Cities explained the Goals and Benefits of the Mondial United Smart Cities Program USC and U4SSC.

June 7, 2019

Amsterdam Business Awards Gala 2019

RAI Amsterdam
On June 7th 2019 the Amsterdam Business Award has been handed out for the tenth year in a row to one of the three nominated organizations that have proven to be an example in their way of doing business. The nominees are organizations that deserve to be rewarded because they have shown a clear contribution to the Amsterdam region by creating jobs, innovative products, social and environmental solutions, city marketing, etc. This year for the first time the Amsterdam Business Award Gala will be held in the RAI Amsterdam. A surprise chef will be responsible for the gala menu and lots of entertainment will be programmed on stage. The ultimate night for decisionmakers and their relations to relax, laugh and enjoy each others company. Winners of the award were Olcay Gulsen, Hans Brouwer from Massive Music, Raymond Cloosterman from Rituals, Guido Heezen from Effectory and Renny Ramakers from DROOG Design, Oos Kebeke from Kesbeke, Patrick Hendrikse/Bart Obertop from Brouwerij 't IJ and Philippe Vorst from New York Pizza. 
This year the nominees are: Rahma el Mouden (MAS Dienstverleners), Henk-Jan Beltman (Tony’s Chocolonely) en Henk Markerink (Johan Cruijff ArenA). The companies are assessed on innovation, sustainability, management and strategy. The jury will look in particular at the positive footprint that the company is leaving behind and at the contribution it has made to the region.

June 6, 2019

Data Dilemmas #2: Sensing the City

Datalab Amsterdam


 This week the City of Amsterdam announced that for the next 1,5 years, Google will measure the air quality in the city.


In the last couple of years, there were plenty of inspiring local initiatives measuring and sensing issues, such as air quality, water quality and amounts of people.What were the results of these experiments and projects? 


Several initiatives will present themselves, share the data they collected and tell you about the challenges they encountered. Did these examples have an influence on governmental policy? 

June 3 - 6, 2019


Brainport Eindhoven, The Netherlands


With its motto “Fulfilling ITS promises”, the 13th ITS Europe Congress is all about impactful, innovative technologies that make our life and mobility more enjoyable, safer and cleaner. The ITS congress takes place in Eindhoven from 3-6 June 2019 and is organized by ERTICO - ITS Europe, the European Commission and local host, the Brainport Eindhoven-Helmond region. It will showcase the latest ITS technologies adopted by the Brainport region and by the Netherlands as whole. A variety of Dutch public and private parties have joined forces in showing visitors what they mean by ‘Smart Mobility, Dutch Reality'.


The Brainport region is part of Europe’s technological backbone and enjoys global recognition as a centre for innovation and automotive solutions. This, combined with ERTICO’s mission and work on promoting and developing smart mobility services, promises an excellent programme and innovative live demos showcased on the roads between the Evoluon congress centre in Eindhoven and the Automotive Campus in Helmond as well as a in the surrounding area of Amsterdam and Rotterdam.


The ITS Europe Congress will host various sessions with top mobility experts speaking about key topics in the traffic and transport industry today. It presents a unique and strategic opportunity for all mobility stakeholders to come together, exchange knowledge and join forces in making smart mobility a reality worldwide.

May 22, 2019

SDG Meetup | Decent Work & Economic Growth

Amsterdam, Impact Hub


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Meetups are an accessible platform to learn about and work on the SDGs in an entrepreneurial way, facilitating collaboration and exchanging knowledge. It is an opportunity to meet social entrepreneurs, SMEs, independent professionals and established organisations working toward the same goal.


In May, we'll be focusing on SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth. As the global economy continues to recover from the 2008 economic crisis and global recession, we are seeing slower growth, widening inequalities, and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. That's why SDG 8 promotes sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.

May 19 - 21, 2019

32nd International Electric Vehicle Symposium

Eurexpo Lyon, France 


Sustainable mobility is a key issue for all industrial manufacturers and public authorities. It affects both our lifestyles and the economy in general.


The future of sustainable mobility also depends on major changes to infrastructures, such as electrification, connectivity and driverless vehicles.


To prepare for these changes, it is essential to fully understand how new technology will be used for mobility in the future, as well as the related business models and issues surrounding social acceptability.


May 16, 2019

Circular Economy Festival

Nijmegen, The Netherlands   location De Vasim


Are you involved with issues related to the Circular Economy within your organization? Or are you going to do more with circularity in the coming years? 


Do you want to hear how other organizations such as waste processing company ARN, Rabobank or the municipality of Nijmegen and the Province of Gelderland deal with this? Do you want to hear how they arrive at successful business models? How do they come to successful collaborations? And what their vision is for the future? Come to the Circular Economy Festival in Nijmegen The Netherlands. The festival consists of six specialization streams, which guarantees depth!

May 15 - 16, 2019

Strategy Platform Government and Municipalities

Location: Zwolle The Netherlands




  • One government together more together
  • Digitization: the transformation to one digital government
  • A circular government: how to establish
  • Battle for talent: the government as a boss
  • A new data age: coorporation more important then ever

May 13- 15, 2019

Smart Cities New York 2019 (SCNY19)

New York City, May 13 - 15 2019 Location Pier 36.


Smart Cities New York (SCNY) is North America's leading global conference exploring the emerging influence of cities in shaping the future. Guided by the idea that Smart Cities are truly 'Powered by People', the Smart City Conference brings together thought leaders from private and public sectors, academia and NGO's to explore the political, economic, social and technological dimensions of urban life in the 21st Century.

May 14 -15, 2019

Leap into the Tech Future

Antwerp, Belgium: FutureSummits is imec’s brand-new tech experience; a series of international events hosted by imec in different countries and continents.


The edition on 14-15 May in Antwerp is a made up of three conferences and a vast interactive demo exhibition.


Each of the three conferences presents a different perspective on our tech future:


Imec Technology Forum Belgium – Groundbreaking innovations powered by nano & digital technology 

Forward Dive – Mind-blowing visions on how technology will change the society of tomorrow 

AI Flanders – Opportunities & cases to leverage Artificial Intelligence for your business

Each conference hosts a speaker line-up of renowned experts. They’re invited to share their views and insights from a tech perspective (ITF Belgium), a societal point of view (Forward Dive), or a business perspective (AI Flanders). 


The vast tech exhibition showcases more than 50 interactive demos of tech breakthroughs, research advances, applications and solutions for Smart Health, Smart Mobility, Industry 4.0, Smart Cities, VR, Smart Energy and more.


May 7, 2019

Smart Flanders Program

Brussels (Belgium), Herman Teirlinck Building


The Urban Policy Team of the Flanders Government organizes a study day on how data and technology are used to substantiate and take policy decisions. With the Smart Flanders program, there is plenty of focus on (linked) open data and smart applications. The success of the Smart in the City call has contributed to its realization. The laureates of the "Smart in the City" grant will also be announced on the study day. The projects are given three years to implement and the amount available has been increased to 435,000 euros. Nine center cities and the Flemish Community Commission (VGC) in Brussels submitted a project proposal. The projects focus on four themes: mobility, citizen participation, services and culture.

April 25, 2019

Tribe.Space - The Beginning

Vienna, Austria  Location: Kandigasse 19-21 Wien


Opening event of Tribe.Space Vienna. Be part of the future - be part of this event.


About this Event

After our 18 months journey - the day has finally come-

we are opening Tribe.Space - a unique co-creation

space in the heart of Vienna.


A place where leaders, scientists, creatives, coders,world leading corporates & startups unite.A place where shapers meet makers. 

March 20 - April 24, 2019

Dutch solutions for Smart City Challenges in the USA

In March and April 2019, historic sailing ship 'The Amsterdam' will visit Miami, Baltimore, New York and Boston. At these cities the ship will become the stage for 'Smart City Clipper Sessions'.


During these 3-hour sessions, Dutch and American high-ranking government representatives and entrepreneurs will exchange knowledge and explore how to contribute to building sustainable smart cities.


The 4 Clipper Smart City Sessions are part of a multi-year collaboration between the Netherlands and the U.S. on Smart Cities, where we exchange knowledge, innovate, do business and work together on a sustainable future. The sessions will maximize the effectiveness of the sessions since the insights will be presented at the NYSC expo in May 2019. For this reason, the organization of the NYSC expo will co-host the sessions.

April 8, 2019

Geneva, Switzerland

The Day of Cities will bring together Mayors - including Mayor Martijn Vroom of the the Dutch UNECE City Krimpen aan den IJssel-, urban managers and other key municipal practitioners for an exchange of views and knowledge sharing of good practices and successful planning strategies. In two roundtables, participants will discuss approaches on how to create smart sustainable cities, focusing on ways to improve the quality of life of people and on improving efficiency of urban operations, services and competitiveness.

The exhibition "Smart Sustainable Cities" that will be held on 8 and 9 April 2019, will complement the program of the Day of Cities and the 68th UNECE session. Member States, International Organizations, Cities and private businesses are invited to come together to showcase their work on smart, sustainable and resilient cities, present innovative concepts, effective approaches in support of the SDGs at the Municipal, National and Regional level in the framework of an information fair.

April 5, 2019

Smart City: boring or spectacle ?

Location: Future City Foundation | Paulus Borstraat 41, Amersfoort


Looking at the controversies of the smart city. Because we do not all agree on the technological changes that are going on and the impact they have on our cities. Do you participate?


The first controversy we tackle is the liveliness of the smart city. On Friday, April 5, the University of Twente and the Future City Foundation are organizing a seminar entitled Smart City: Boring or Spectacle? In which we are going to talk about the city that has become a seduction machine because, thanks to the internet, we are no longer obliged to come to the city to meet each other.

• Be surprised by the benefits of a boring city by Jan-Willem Wesselink.

• Learn from Michael Nagenborg (University of Twente) about philosophy of technology and urban technology.

• Learn from Michiel de Lange (Utrecht University) about (mobile) media and urban culture, game and identity.

• Join the discussion in a workshop by the University of Twente and Design Innovation Group.

March 28, 2019

Beyond Data Event

On March 28th, the 10th edition of the Beyond Data Event takes place in Eindhoven, 

The Netherlands The event covers all open data challenges that transform cities into Smart Cities.



 Last year more than 350 city data experts attended the Beyond Data Event. 

  • What are the European open data projects with the most impact on safety, mobility, sustainability, urban and social challenges?
  • What are the ethical and juridical boundaries within data projects?
  • What are successful options to cooperate between a city and the industry?  How do you get the citizens involved in data projects?
  • The changing roles of government and citizens – Who owns the data?
  • How to use a variety of applications, dashboards and other tools to deliver open data to a wide audience.
  • And many more…

March 27, 2019

SDG Meetup | SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions

In the March edition of the SDG Meetup Impact Hub Amsterdam will be focused on SDG 16: Peace, Justice & Strong Institutions.


Peace, stability, human rights and effective governance, based on the rule of law, are essential for achieving sustainable development. That’s why SDG 16 promotes peaceful and inclusive societies, providing access to justice for all and building effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels.

March 18 - 21, 2019

Successful investment is one of the most important components in the life-cycle of a project. More and more investors recognize the value and future of Smart City projects, products and technologies. Especially the Construction and Infrastructure sector is receiving a lot of attention lately from investors. Quite natural, looking at all the tasks this branch will have to serve in the future.


The Infrastructure Investor Global Summit is the world’s largest summit for interested investors and influential top-notch practitioners of the Infrastructure sector to meet. It is held at the Hilton Hotel, Berlin from March 18th-21st 2019.


In front of the 2000+ attendees Kari Aina Eik will be part of the ESG & Sustainability forum and speaks on the necessity to implement smart solutions, and further invest in sustainable development regarding the infrastructure in cities worldwide.

March,14  2019

CBS Seminar Big Data Matters 2019

Location: Brightlands Smart Services Campus Heerlen Netherlands


What is happening in the area of big data innovation, both within and outside Statistics Netherlands? What opportunities does (big) data-driven work offer for national, provincial and urban policy, and what are the challenges?


After the success of the first edition of the seminar, the Statistics Netherlands Center for Big Data Statistics (CBDS) will organize the Big Data Matters seminar on the Brightlands Smart Services Campus in Heerlen on Thursday 14 March 2019 for the second time. This seminar focuses primarily on the importance of data-driven working for administrators, policy makers and content experts at municipalities, national government and provinces, but also at partners of the CBDS such as knowledge institutions, universities and companies.

March 12,  2019

Future Urban Mobility: Cabellero Factory The Hague

An accessible urban environment is crucial for a healthy, dynamic and economically viable city. How do we create smart, sustainable, compact cities with optimum traffic flow where mobility is the link between living, working and leisure?


Achieving a fully sustainable mobility system in 2050 requires drastic system changes and the deployment of a large number of CO2-reducing measures. What does this mean for the current mobility system, infrastructure and real estate?

March 8 - 11, 2019

Cities, Government & Politics Summit at SXSW

Austin, Texas 


World-famous celebration of music, comedy, film and technology and now there’s a specific channel for Cities, Government & Politics. Topics for 2019 include liveable cities and the future of urban planning, civic engagement and data tracking.

February 25 -28, 2019

MWC 2019 Barcelona

MWC Barcelona (formerly Mobile World Congress) is the largest mobile event in the world, bringing together the latest innovations and leading-edge technology from more than 2,400 leading companies, with a highly-rated conference programme assembling today’s visionaries to explore the hottest topics influencing the industry. Mobile developments are the most important building blocks of smartcities and societies..

February 7, 2019

Round Table: Issues and experiences with collecting sensor data

Location: Provinciehuis The Hague


An open invitation to engineers, project managers, advisors and policy makers from regional cities with smart and sustainable initiatives. The round table talks will cover city sensor overview, and issues with collecting and aggregating sensor data. The benefits for the smart cities is that they will learn from the past experiences of their neighbours. The benefits for Sensorgage is the learnings we expect to extract so that we can best adapt our product to smart city needs.


January 31,  2019

Conference Municipalities and BIM (Dutch)

Location: Municipality Den Bosch

with Mayor Jack Mikkers and VNG Realisatie


Digitization in the world of Constructions is accelerating. BIM (Bouw Information Model) is an application model for cooperation between Council and architects, engineers, constructors to ensure smarter and cost effective results.

January 23, 2019

BTG Event: 5G and its impact on Smart & Sustainable  Cities

New Years Event 2019 for BTG members and partners at Sociëteit De Witte in The Hague. 

  • Saskia Bruines: City of The Hague
  • Søren Albidgaard: CEO T-Mobile
  • Marijn Fraanje: CIO City of The Hague
  • Martijn Vroom: Mayor Krimpen a/d IJssel
  • Kari Aina Eik: SG United Smart Cities
  • Henk Kool: Economic Board The Hague
  • Petra Claessen: BTG
  • Dick Berlijn: former chief of defence staff

January 20-22, 2019

Bon Bini for Business Summit Curaçao with PM Rutte

Location: Willemstad Curaçao


During the Business Summit, Dutch Prime Minister Rutte and Prime Minister Rhuggenaath of Curaçao will speak with Curaçao and Dutch representatives from politics, business and knowledge institutions. They address the Curaçao business climate, trends, developments and concrete opportunities for doing business.

January 10, 2019

Enterpreneur College: edition SDG11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

Location: De Tropen café-restaurant


The Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, together with Royal Tropical Institute (KIT) hosts Entrepreneurship College – SDG edition. This monthly series of lectures discusses the ins and outs of each Sustainable Development Goal from an academic point of view, and discusses how innovation and entrepreneurship can contribute to reaching the goals. Willem van Winden gives an introduction to SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities. How can we reach the 2030 agenda of the UN? He will demonstrate this with clear local and international cases before going in to the question: how does entrepreneurship and innovation contribute to these developments?