Apps for smart cities – vision and event details in Amsterdam – looking for speakers

I have been speaking of the apps for smart cities event/concept before and here are some more details. We are looking for speakers for this absolutely unique and fun event. I will give a short synopsis of the event itself first and then followed by details about the vision of Smart cities and apps for Smart cities.


March (27-30) at the RAI (one of Amsterdam’s largest venues)


The apps for Smart cities event is chaired by me and organised by the World Smart Capital initiative (I am on the advisory board of the World Smart Capital). The event is a part of series of related events on March (27-30) at the RAI (one of Amsterdam’s largest venues). The ‘anchor’ events on these days are intertraffic) – which relates to traffic management and Cevitts which relates to charging of electric vehicles. The apps for smart cities will be in the Perfect Storm pavilion (which relates to IT related events) and held at the RAI at the same time as Intertraffic and Cevitts

What do we mean by ‘apps for smart cities’ – Diagram

Here is an equation for what I mean by ‘apps for smart cities’ – I explain each of these terms below









Who we are looking for: We are looking for innovators/speakers who are working on some really cool applications. These should broadly conform to the idea of ‘apps for smart cities’ + themes elaborated here. We cover travel and accommodation to Amsterdam in most cases for speakers.

Pricing is free for developers: for other tickets please contact me at the email address below. Since the event is also cross promoted with other events on the day, we expect the tickets will sell out very soon.

Booths : We have some space for booths demos. Please contact me at address below

Sponsorship: We are already grateful for the support from organizations and also from various bodies in Amsterdam including the City of Amsterdam. However, we welcome sponsors. Please contact me at address below

The vision behind apps for smart cities : The Chinese premier Wen Jiabao recently said that: Internet + Internet of things = Wisdom of the earth. From Boulder in Colorado, Wuxi in China, Sondo in South Korea and even Ho Chi Minh city in Vietnam, cities are vying to be ‘Smart cities’. Mayors are becoming entrepreneurs (A City Is A Startup: The Rise Of The Mayor-Entrepreneur). In Europe, Amsterdam already has a mature program for Smart Cities.

The Apps for Smart cities event aims to accelerate that thought leadership position by building upon Amsterdam’s existing foundation by unleashing the creative potential of developers. However, I believe that to harness the true potential of Smart cities, the city must become a platform i.e. an enabler for developers, creativity and applications. In that context, Apps for smart cities could be defined as: Apps for Smart city  =  Intelligent places + Data + Mobile apps + Community + Services = City as a platform

Thus, Smart city applications are similar to conventional mobile applications, but with the following additions:

-      Apps for smart cities would include hardware – typically open source hardware – which enables ‘intelligent data’ spots in         the city

-      The apps are typically oriented towards empowerment of citizens and to enabling Smart city applications

-      Apps for smart cities could use many existing and new mobile technologies including augmented reality, Android and other platforms but they also include hardware technologies like Arduino, BUG, Funnel  ,  Gainer  ,  Make controller    , Wiring ,  Sun SPOTs   , Pinguino  , Firmata  and others

-      They could also integrate with Smart city initiatives from existing vendors and new vendors like Cisco, Pachube,  IBM and others

-      Community would be an important part of apps for Smart cities

The result is: the city itself mirrors the behaviour of the Internet i.e. it becomes a ‘platform’ an enabler for Long Tail applications created by its citizens.

From a governance, investment perspective, the world smart capital initiative offers another definition: A city can be defined as smart when investments in human and social capital and traditional (ex: transport) and modern(ex ICT) communications infrastructure fuel sustainable economic development and a high quality of life with a wise management of natural resources through participatory governance

A smart city application could have the following 7 elements: (Source: Xi She)

1)      Sensible - sensors sensing the environment

2)      Connectable - a networking devices bring the sensing information to the web;

3)      Accessible - the broader information of our environment is published on the web, and accessible to the user in web, (web);

4)      Ubiquitous - the user can get access to the information thought web, but more importantly in mobile any time, any place (mobile);

5)      Sociable - the user can publish the information though his social network

6)      Sharable – The object itself must be accessible and addressable (not just the data) in a true peer to peer networked manner.

7)      Visible/augmented - to retrofit the physical environment, make the hidden information seen not only through mobile device by individual but seen in naked eyes in more border range of the physical places like street signs

Themes (apps based on these themes)

-       Smart Manufacturing, New production tools(home produced food, energy, micro manufacturing, 3D printing)

-       Collaboration / sharing of resources via the Internet

-       Urban farming

-       Apps relating to Open data

-       Apps relating to Smart energy

-       Apps relating to Smart transportation

-       Smart health

-       Technology(especially related to open source hardware and s/w)

-       Culture(hacker movement)

-       Sustainability

-       And Art

-       If you think there are any more themes we should include please send me an email ajit.jaokar at

Why is all this important? Chris Andersen said  in Wired : Lower the barriers to entry and the crowd pours in. and Thus the new industrial organizational model. It’s built around small pieces, loosely joined

So, we could be on the cusp of something new and innovative

What kind of applications are we looking for? I gave some examples related to healthcare and smart meters in  webinos – sensor based scenarios – managed service scenarios for sensor networks ..  and also in The silence of the chips and the forget me button for smart venues through ‘webinos in a box’

Please contact me at ajit.jaokar at for more details