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Marleen Stikker

In 1994 Marleen Stikker founded De Digitale Stad (The Digital City), the first virtual community introducing free public access to the internet. She is founder of Waag, a social enterprise that consists of Waag Society, a research Institute for creative technologies and social innovation and Waag Products, the incubator that launched successful companies like 7scenes, a mobile learning and gaming platform and Fairphone, the first fair smartphone in the world. She strongly adheres to the Maker's Bill of Rights motto "If You Can't Open It, You Don't Own It". Waag Society is actively involved in the Open Design and Creative Commons movement and believes that society needs open technologies that meet societal challenges.

Border Sessions 2014 - Wed, 12 Nov 2014

Peoples’ daily lives changed because of new developments.
During public debates, there is a tendency to talk about ‘Smart Cities’ with sociologists, policy makers or city planners. But disruptive innovations that have triggered societal change have come from industrial designers. Creators who have designed the smartphones, apps and new interactive technologies that have changed our lives this last decade. What’s their take on the smart city of the future? Two leaders in industry and research, Ad van Berlo (VanBerlo) and Marleen Stikker (De Waag Society), will discuss how they see peoples’ daily lives changed because of new developments; and in which direction they think we are headed.