Amsterdam has built on online platform where citizens, government and business can build and test projects aimed at guiding the city’s sustainable growth. The platform, called Amsterdam Smart City, allows everyone to share an idea for a public project and seek out partners or investment. With the smart city platform, Amsterdam hopes to use quick-moving public-private partnerships to solve urban problems.
Results & Impact
Amsterdam Smart City has has accelerated more than 90 projects with some 130 partners. The partnerships focus on solving problems around sustainability, accelerated city growth and inclusive economies, among others. One project, for example, improved the city's traffic management
The City of Amsterdam, more than 90 public, private and university partners
The Amsterdam Economic Board created the platform, where anyone can share an idea for a public project, request guidance and seek out partners and investment. Amsterdam Smart City connects residents, municipalities, academic institutions and businesses to build smart, technology-based solutions to urban problems. In return, partners get a platform to promote their innovation and company. They can use the network to seek out partners, investors and startups
Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Entrepreneurs, city dwellers
Cost & Value
Running since 2009
Amsterdam has built a smart city innovation platform that encourages citizens, companies and municipalities to solve urban problems collaboratively.
Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) is an online platform where entrepreneurs can build and test projects aimed at guiding the city’s sustainable growth. Through ASC, the City of Amsterdam aims to move away from government bureaucracy and siloed thinking, and capitalise on quick-moving public-private partnerships. Using the ASC platform, anyone can share an idea for a public project, request guidance and seek out partners and investment.
The platform has accelerated more than 90 projects with 130-plus partners. ASC was founded by the Amsterdam Economic Board and Dutch grid operator Liander in 2009, with the goal of testing solutions on a small scale before launching the most successful city-wide. One of the first steps was taking stock of the city and its services, which the Amsterdam Economic Board did by building 12,000 open source data sets across 32 city departments. The cornerstone of the ASC is open source, shareable data that cross-sector partners can use and contribute to.
The partnerships are focused on finding solutions to challenges like sustainable, inclusive economic growth, satisfying diverse populations, contending with climate change and building a metropolis that accommodates both residents and tourists.
The City of Amsterdam created the platform, and connects like-minded partners who can share expertise and accelerate projects. ASC employees introduce stakeholders from municipalities, academic institutions and businesses to help them build smart, technology-based solutions. In return, partners get a vehicle to promote their innovation and company. They can use the platform to seek out partners, investors and startups.
In one partnership, the city worked with local businesses and corporations to test sustainable solutions on Utrechtsestraat, a busy shopping avenue. The “Climate Street” initiatives included energy-efficient lighting, waste reduction and recyclable tram stops, and cut energy use on Utrechtsestraat by 10%.
In another project, Amsterdam partnered with a software and technology provider to improve on traffic management tools from 2011. As the city now has 25% less cars and 100% more scooters, Amsterdam worked with the private company to build a real-time traffic model that better accounts for cyclists and other motor vehicles.
In 2016, the European Commission crowned Amsterdam Europe’s Capital of Innovation. The award came with a $1 million prize, which Amsterdam used to scale its innovation efforts.