Maaike Osieck is the Communications Manager of the Amsterdam Smart City, an initiative that aims to develop the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area into a smart city. This is the second part of her guest blog where she explains why Amsterdam is THE place to host a Smart City & Living accelerator.
5. Leading Smart Cities Promote 5P Collaboration
It is widely recognised that cities must embrace collaborations with the private sector in order to finance and implement smart city solutions. The so-called public-private partnership (3P) has been applied for decades in cities, and in regional and national governments. We have been doing that in Amsterdam for centuries now. Some scientists and Smart City experts now believe that it is important to organise a more extensive collaboration model, which they have called a 5P model: public-private-people-professor partnerships.
This extended model explicitly recognises the importance of engaging local universities in the emergent open innovation ecosystems in smart cities. In Amsterdam several knowledge institutions (such as the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) are already working hard on solutions to urban challenges, while the Amsterdam Institute of Advanced Metropolitan Solutions was initiated in 2014.
6. International Interest
Amsterdam is a world leader in developing solutions to critical urban challenges, such as waste, water, lighting and energy solutions. Due to on-going global urbanisation, a vast interest exists in these typically ‘smart’ solutions developed in the greater Amsterdam Area. Hundreds of delegations visit the city every year to see it with their own eyes and to exchange knowledge with the Amsterdam Smart City organisation. Innovative start-ups are at the top of their lists. Additionally, interest in the city’s increasing number of tourists is rising. And why reinvent the wheel yourself? We believe copying proven solutions is much smarter.
7. The Amsterdam model
ASC’s efforts have garnered widespread international attention. In 2011, the initiative won the European City Star Award for successfully demonstrating sustainable energy use. The City Star is part of the RegioStars Awards. These are handed out annually in Brussels to projects submitted by European member states that serve as a shining example to other regions. ASC was the first Dutch project to win the award. Last year, the American magazine Fast Coexist published a ranking of Europe’s ten smartest cities, placing Amsterdam second (after Copenhagen) for its innovation in infrastructure, technology, entrepreneurship bottom-up organisation.
There is surely A LOT going on in Amsterdam. But we undoubtedly need the power, creativity and innovative ideas of startups to tackle the urban challenges that we are facing, not only in Amsterdam but also internationally. As such, we are looking forward to the outcome of the Startupbootcamp Smart City & Living accelerator programme.
About Amsterdam Smart City
Amsterdam Smart City is a unique partnership between businesses, authorities, research institutions and residents. By fostering collaboration, it is enabling innovative, mostly tech-driven solutions to the most pressing urban challenges. www.amsterdamsmartcity.com