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New technologies allow citizens to take up new roles in helping to develop and manage urban infrastructures, such as energy, waste and mobility systems. Through this process, a smart city can be developed as a commons. But what are the snags? What can digital platforms do, and how can municipalities position themselves? 


Dietmar Offenhuber is active globally as a researcher in the field of civic technologies, accountability design for urban data, and commoning the smart city. Digital platforms present new opportunities for redesigning the relationship between citizens and local government around infrastructures. Dietmar has extensively studied these possibilities, and he will share his insights with us.

A City as Smart as Its Citizens

Eindhoven aims to be a smart society – a city where technology helps to bring residents together, enables us to have some control over our environment, and helps residents and local government to work together. But how can we achieve this? What exactly does it mean? And are there examples to show us how it should and shouldn’t be done?

In the event series A City as Smart as Its Citizens, we’ll examine different aspects of the smart society. Each evening will begin with a talk by a speaker from the Netherlands or abroad. Then the audience and special guests will discuss how the issue under discussion plays out in Eindhoven.

The series is organised by the DATAstudio Eindhoven, an initiative of the city of Eindhoven and Het Nieuwe Instituut that looks at how the smart city can become a truly smart society.

The State of Eindhoven
Linda Vlassenrood

This project is part of the programme track Partner projects and the folder Research.

The multiyear cultural programme The State of Eindhoven)looks at the changing relationship between government and citizens and, specifically, Eindhoven’s twofold ambition of being a “smart city” in a participatory society.