As ‘predicted’ last week, this newsletter is arriving a day late, due to the obligations on Monday (more below), and a bumpy train ride. Thanks for reading. Let me know if you have any questions or comments!
Typing this in an ICE back from Munich. Monday 11 October was an important moment for Cities of Things Knowledge Hub, the activity I have been setting up the last year and since this summer in a separate foundation. At already beginning of 2020 we were invited to contribute to the renewal of the Creative Embassy Munich-Amsterdam with the establishment of a field lab. We formed the first consortium of interested companies and had two online sessions with both the Dutch and the German interested organizations. We organized a symposium at ThingsCon and MAB20, everything online. Yesterday we were finally able to have a in person event in Munich to sign the letter of intent for the CE and field lab. Referent Clemens Braumgärtner of Munich and Alderman Victor Everhardt of Amsterdam signed the LoT together with representatives of multiple other locations. In a workshop, we discussed the challenges in the Munich context.
The day was very fruitful if only to meet the fellow organizers in person. More reports will follow soon, including an aftermovie. This moment is only the beginning of the field lab forming, starting up projects and collaborations. Let us know if you like to be involved. Keep an eye on the Cities of Thiings website.
And we will not limit it to the Amsterdam creative ecosystem of course.
Preparing for this event including making a presentation and video took a great part of last week. But I had also some time for other projects and follow parts of the Cross Media Cafe 100st edition, Data Transparency in Privacy Space conference by UTente and AMS. Especially the talk of Kars Alfrink on contestability.
Next tot that Lisa kicked off officially her graduation project that I commissioned together with PGGM, research the potential role of predictive knowledge for pension planning of young people.
And I had two good meetings with both Creating010 and Dcode project to organize workshops in the Rotterdam Salon part of this year’s ThingsCon event.
In this week – next to the Munich trip, I will do a walking tour of the smart & liveable city in Rotterdam organized by Waag, and check in with O’Reilly Radar Data & AI on Thursday. I let you know how it was. Tomorrow evening another edition of General Seminar is planned. On Crypto Gaming; a view spot are left at the moment I am typing this. Or you dive into the disruption of urban logistics in this webinar.
Dutch Design Week is also starting this weekend. I will be there on Monday and Wednesday probably next to visiting DRIVE of CLICKNL ao. Have to check what tips, like this one. Also, next week but worth mentioning is the next edition of the workshop on Embodied AI & Ableism.
Some articles from the news of last week. Could only make a quick scan now…
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