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Towards a Citizen’s centered IoT. Panel report at Thingscon 2017.

How can we develop an IoT from a citizen’s perspective? What kind of projects have empowered citizens and what does it take to get these kind of projects of the ground? Those were…

Workshop “The Right to the Smart City”, 5-6 Sept 2017, Maynooth University

On 5 and 6 Sept 2017 I was invited to give a talk at the workshop The Right to the Smart City: Citizenship, Civic Participation, Urban Commons and Co-Creation, at Maynooth, as part of…

Video “A Walk in the smart city” (wandeling in de slimme stad) Betweterfestival 29 Sept. 2017

Recently I gave a talk (in Dutch) for the Betweterfestival in Tivoli/Vredenburg Utrecht about the increasingly dominant role of data in the ‘smart city’. The talk was called “A Walk in the smart city”…

My keynote talk at Data Publics conference Lancaster University, March 31 / April 1 & 2, 2017

Spring 2017 I was invited to give a talk at the wonderful Data Publics event at Lancaster University, March 31 / April 1 & 2, 2017. Thans to the organizers for a great program! Below…

Games for Cities Conference

City-Gaming holds great potential in addressing 21st century issues and in the Games for Cities project researchers and designers explore the role of gaming for complex urban issues. The project consisted of three…

Games for Cities – The Citizen City Talk Show

How can games improve the social ties and living conditions of unaddressed audiences in Eindhoven? In a city that is increasingly relying on technology to connect to its citizens, how can those not…

Games for Cities – The Citizen City Game Jam

What obstacles for game designers arise from the tension between gathering data from citizens and addressing a non-digital but spatially defined audience? This question arose during the Games for Cities game jam held…

Games for Cities – The Inclusive City Game Talk Show

This post will deal with The Inclusive City Game Talk Show held on the 23rd of November 2016 at Wijk & Co. in Utrecht Overvecht. Like the preceding event in Amsterdam, the talk…

Games for Cities – The Inclusive City Game Jam

How do you design useful games for a neighborhood that houses about 170 different nationalities? This question shaped The Inclusive City Game Jam held on the 23rd and 24th of November 2016 in…

Games for Cities – The Circular City Game Jam

How can city games staged in public spaces activate citizens around the theme of the circular economy? That was the central question explored in the Games for Cities training school and game jam…

Games for Cities – The Circularity Challenge Talk Show

What are the opportunities and complications of a match between city challenges and game designers? How can policy officers or ‘problem owners’ cooperate with game designers to put a specific issue, problem or…

“Binnen de lijnen” – een publiek kunstproject over de publieke ruimte en publieke zaak in de Haagse Schilderswijk

Op een zonnige woensdag op 1 oktober 2014 verzamelt zich in de vroege middag een groeiend aantal kinderen en hun ouders en begeleiders op het Oranjeplein aan de rand van de Haagse Schilderswijk….

How games are playing us – Eric Gordon on civic gaming

Many governments have over the last few years taken an interest in the use of games and playful strategies for interacting with – or even ‘empowering’ – their citizens. “How can we use…

Athens Hackable Metropolis – workshop report

Invited by prof. Dimitris Charitos from the New Technologies Laboratory in Communication, Education and the Mass Media, Faculty of Communication and Mass Media, in the School of Economics and Political Sciences of the…

“Smart City is opportunity to change the ‘defaults’ in our society” Report Meeting of the Minds Amsterdam

Last December, more than 150 professionals came together in an event organised by the city of Amsterdam, Cisco and Meeting of the Minds to debate on the trends of smart city development. One…

Exhibition review. PolakvanBekkum’s GPS Art: from a documentary to an artistic medium

Last week I visited the exhibition Move Still Move at Rento Brattinga Galerie in Amsterdam, an intriguing exploration of gps technology as an artistic medium by the artist duoPolakvanBekkum.

Report workshop day2 “Made By Us: using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage”

Report workshop day 2 “Made By Us: using smart technologies to repurpose industrial heritage” Under the motto better late than never, the second part of the “Made By Us” Beijing Design Week workshop…

Smart City World Congress Report

Last week we joined the Smart City world congress in Barcelona, a three-day event bringing together representatives of city governments, technology companies and academia with a common interest in the ways Smart Cities…

Media interventions in the city: assembling new publics of strangers (guest post by Katía Truijen)

Occasionally we post contributions from guest authors. This one below is a section from the interesting MA thesis by Katía Truijen. Enjoy! === Media interventions in the city: assembling new publics of strangers Katía…

Smart cities vs smart citizens

PBL expert meeting on Smart Cities with Dan Hill Over the last few years the South Korean New Town of Songdo has emerged as the epitome of the ‘smart city’ of the future…