The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is a private university based in the USA. The institute has over 10,000 students and more than 1,750 academic staff. The institute ranked first and fifth globally respectively in the 2015-2016 Times Higher Education ranking and in the 2016 QS World University Rankings. 87 current and former members of the institute’s community have won the Nobel Prize, including 9 current faculty members. It has a strong emphasis on scientific, engineering, and technological education and research. The MIT Senseable City Lab is a leader in ‘design science’ as applied to cities, and has been one of the world’s pioneers of the ‘smart city’ revolution.
TU Delft is a Dutch university of technology with over 17,000 students and 2,500 academic staff. In the 2012-2013 Times Higher Education ranking, TU Delft ranked among the top 40 worldwide in engineering and technology, and among the top 100 worldwide overall. The university explicitly aims at developing solutions for societal problems, creating value for the economy, and improving the quality of life of citizens. TU Delft is one of the main education centers behind the internationally acclaimed Dutch tradition of urban design. While maintaining a wide range of research in engineering and design, it has defined specific focus areas on energy, environment, transport & mobility, and health – important areas for the AMS institute.
Wageningen University and Research, a world leader in the field of life sciences, combines university and 9 market oriented research institutes. This integration allows the organisation to make significant contributions to resolving many of the current and future challenges in the domain of healthy food and living environment. WUR has a special interest in 21st century agro-production, water, sustainable use of the environment, bio-based systems and products, food & health and behaviour. It also has a wealth of experience in transitioning towards sustainable agriculture and food chain management in urban and peri-urban areas. Presently over 10,000 WUR students and 5,700 faculty and staff operate in about 30 branches and offices across the world.
TNO is an independent research organization that aims to drive innovation by connecting people and knowledge within three expertise areas: (i) technical sciences, (ii) earth, environmental and life sciences, and (iii) behavioral and social sciences. It does so through a number of cooperative instruments aimed at defining problems/demand, transferring knowledge and developing knowledge. Instruments include dedicated services for SMEs (through Syntens), organization of challenges and technology clusters, co- financing possibilities, and research programs.
TNO performs services for a broad number of parties, ranging from (local) governments to SMEs, to large corporations, to public or social institutes. As a result, its experience includes studies (e.g. industry), agenda setting, monitoring and evaluations, covering the full spectrum of the strategic/ policy level of an entire industry to the (small) company level.
Amsterdam Smart City is a partnership between businesses, authorities, knowledge institutes and the people of Amsterdam with the goal to develop the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area into a smart city. Initiated in 2009, it has grown into a broad platform, with more than 90 partners involved in a variety of projects focusing on energy transition and open connectivity. Examples of multiparty coalitions include: bottom-up sustainable renovation of 1000+ households in Amsterdam West, real time information on multimodal transport to and from the city and private companies’ cooperative production, purchase and exchange of energy.
Boston is the capital city of the US state of Massachusetts and anchor of the larger metropolitan area of Greater Boston (population of 4.5 million). The city is known as a tech, innovation and academic hub, with the highest concentration of students in the US and 58 places of higher education, 9 of which are globally renowned research universities (MIT, Harvard, etc.). Over the past several years Boston has become a leader in developing and deploying cutting edge experimental solutions to many pressing urban challenges. The city is fostering a culture of innovation that is having profound impact on the urban fabric.
Waag Society is an international Institute for Art, Science and Technology, rooted in Amsterdam. It aims to achieve social innovation by developing products, services and practices with a strong involvement of users. It has a research and development program, an events program, an academy and several facilities, amongst which Amsterdam Fablab, Open Wetlab and incubator MediaGuild. Waag Society is part of the FabAcademy, founding partner of Amsterdam Living Lab, and participates in the European Network of Living Labs. It strongly advocates open data and has developed an open source linked data platform, CitySDK, that enables developing mobile, interoperable city services.
La Fabrique de la Cité is a think tank on urban transitions, created on the initiative of the VINCI Group. From an international perspective, La Fabrique de la Cité focusses on seeing major trends and promoting pioneering initiatives by supporting exchange between various players. As an observatory on the evolution of cities, La Fabrique de la Cité contributes to creating a shared vision between architects, urbanists, builders and residents of cities.
IBM is the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with approximately 430,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. IBM helps clients become “smarter” as the planet becomes more digitally interconnected. The company helps thousands of clients in the public and private sector around the world adapt new technologies such as Big Data & Analytics, Cloud, Mobile and Social Business. This includes working with organizations and governments to build systems that improve traffic congestion, managing water, and the health and safety of populations.
Cisco is a leading player in a large number of smart community initiatives around the world and at the bleeding edge of everything from smart grids, the internet of things to the more human-centric field of ‘smart work’, learning hubs and immersive video communication. Cisco’s experience in the design, manufacture and sale networking equipment as well as its understanding of impact analysis on networks allows it to predetermine the resilience of entire communities, facilitate the “greening” of cities and redefine the way we innovate. These factors are core to successful urban regeneration.
As a world-leading player in the oil and gas industry, Shell is concerned with meeting global energy demand in a responsible way. By using advanced technologies and taking an innovative approach, Shell helps to build a sustainable energy future. Energy is vital to our daily lives; it helps us to produce food, fuel transport and power communication channels across the world. Over the coming decades, more people will gain access to energy and enjoy higher standards of living. Shell operates at the forefront of unlocking energy and making energy accessible to a growing number of people and uses.
Accenture is a world leader in the provision of management consulting, technology and outsourcing services. Accenture’s global presence consists of approximately 280,000 employees in offices in more than 200 cities around the world. Accenture’s unparalleled experience, solid competence and extensive research on the world’s most successful companies is used to help clients, transform into high-performance enterprises and governments. With these skill set, Accenture helps city governments leverage new technologies to thrive in the emerging low-carbon economy while reducing costs.
Alliander is a utility company providing the development and maintenance of more than a third of the Dutch energy network and specialized in complex private energy grids and installations. Alliander is dedicated to contributing to new development within distribution of gas and electricity. This is reflected in its involvement in various innovation projects, such as developing systems to charge electrical vehicles and developing smart energy meters. Liander, part of Alliander, is one of the founding fathers of the Amsterdam Smart City initiative.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is responsible for the development and execution of the European space program, and it ensures that the investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. Its European Space Research and Technology Center (ESTEC) is located in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, housing an operating and environmental test center for spacecraft supported by engineering laboratories. At this location, most of the ESA projects are born and guided through the various stages of development, as all managerial and technical competences and facilities are based here.
Waternet takes care of the entire water management cycle in the region of Amsterdam: from the provision of drinking water, the sewer and water management to cleaning of wastewater and maintenance of surface water levels. Waternet is always looking for sustainable solutions and new sources of energy with the aim of becoming climate-neutral by 2020. To this end Waternet collaborates with a number of research institutions such as TU Delft, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Wageningen UR, and KWR Watercycle Research Institute.
Port of Amsterdam manages, operates and develops the port. The main aim is stimulating economic activity and employment in the entire Amsterdam port region. Port of Amsterdam ensures a safe, swift and environmentally responsible management of shipping traffic within its working area. The exploitation is aimed at port sites (rental and leasing), quays and water. In the entire Amsterdam port region a yearly amount of over 94 million tons of goods is being transhipped.
KPN is the leading telecom & ICT provider in The Netherlands and is positioned at the heart of the ongoing digitisation of Dutch society. This rapid development is driven by a combination of improved telecom networks, the ever-expanding “internet of things” and the increasing availability of disruptive and innovative applications. KPN’s role in enabling this process is guided by the following strategic themes: high quality telecom and ICT infrastructure, healthcare of the future, the new way of living and working, energy-efficiency, security and privacy.