The City of Amsterdam is a Public Organization. Amsterdam is the capital city of The Netherlands. The City has around 838.000 residents from 180 different countries. The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has 2,2 million inhabitants. The city is exceptionally well connected both physically and digitally. Amsterdam is one of the leading ‘smart cities’ in Europe and invest in data science, big data solutions and data driven policies together with other partners. Many smart city projects start at the grass roots, not with the government but by citizens or organisations that want to make a difference. It is also a city with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and commercial competences. It has many companies, big and small, start-ups and established ones, that have the technological skills and clout to set up smart city solutions, and some of them see Amsterdam as a great testing ground for new concepts. Moreover, Amsterdam has a rich and broad knowledge base, including two research universities (University of Amsterdam and Free university), two universities of applied sciences (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences and InHolland), and a new (small) university AMS (Advanced Metropolitan Solutions) fully dedicated to ‘engineering the future city’.
In Amsterdam, the Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) platform is where smart city
projects are born, run and shared. The ASC community brings together dozens of projects whose takeholders range from private companies to public organisations and from knowledge partners to citizens. The Amsterdam Smart City platform was the winner of the European Commission’s City Star Award 2011 for its role in the use and promotion of sustainable energy. The City of Amsterdam won the World Smart Cities Awards for its Open Data Program for transport and mobility at the 2012 World Smart Cities Forum, and Amsterdam was listed second in Fast Company’s 10 smartest cities in Europe ranking for 2013 after Copenhagen. The city proudly carries the title of ‘European Capital of Innovation 2016 and 2017’. Amsterdam used the € 1 million price money to invest in social innovation; in a call the inhabitants of the city were asked to propose projects. More than 400 projects were proposed by citizens and a jury selected 40 for funding. Main tasks attributed in the project: The main task of the city of Amsterdam is to organiset he first policy & research Summit in 2020.This first summit will launch the NGI Policy manifesto and aims to make a real splash to help turn this summit into sustainable community, also beyond the NGI.