Program 2019


09.30 – Opening by the Chairman of the day, 

Bart Rosseau, Chief Data Officer, Ghent

09.30 – Welcome

John Jorritsma, Mayor of Eindhoven

09.45 – Towards data-driven cities
  • Data as a driver for urban transformation
  • Successful data partnerships between government & industry
  • Sample projects

Amen Ra, Former Chief Analytics Officer, City of New York, Urban Analytics Lead at ESRI

10.15 – The future of Data
  • Power & possibilities of data

Melanie Peters, Director Rathenau Institute

10.45 – Policymakers and the use of data: a forced but rather unhappy marriage?

In potential the use of Data offers many advantages for policy processes and for policy makers. But often, it is more difficult then we think. Mainly because of

  • The numerous practical challenges that need to be addressed
  • The danger of thinking that everything in society can be planned and designed
  • The threat of the loss of ambiguity
  • The fairy tale of objective data
  • The divide between the world of data analysis and the world of policy/governance/politics

Marcel Thaens, Chief Information Officer (CIO), Province of Brabant

11.15 – Time for coffee

Round Table Sessions

Choose the session which fits your interests best

A table host will introduce a specific theme (by means of a case) at each table.You are invited to participate in the dialogue to exchange knowledge and experiences. You have different themes from which you can choose. There are two rounds, so you can make a choice twice.

11.45 – Round 1
12.15 – Round 2


1. Exploring the space between arts and science – communicating scientific topics through non-scientific means

Sarah Sprinkhuizen, Research Affiliate, MIT Media Lab

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Although invisible to the eye, humans live in continuous harmony with an enormous collection of bacteria on and in their bodies (almost 2 kilo!). To communicate the characteristics and importance of these bacteria, a research group at MIT decided to turn them into….music. In this project, called Biota Beats, bacteria were taken from different body parts, put on a large petri dish resembling a record, and music was derived based on the location and size of the bacterial colonies that formed.

Although unconventional in scientific terms, the audience that Biota Beats has reached is enormous. Starting with DJ Jazzy Jeff showing interest in having his own microbiome mapped into songs, followed by dedicated Biota Beats records of hundreds of people at a large conference (all combined into one song), and ultimately being included in musea in the Netherlands (Stedelijk Museum Breda) and USA (the New Jersey Science Center).

Looking at the reach and impact of a standard scientific paper and comparing that to the path that artistic means can open up for scientific topics, it is clear that exploring the space between arts and science is a very fun and worthwile adventure.



2. Analyzing data with the help of Machine Learning

Pieter Marsman, Data scientist at the Data Intelligence Team, National Police Force



3. Opportunities & challenges with data projects in Helsinki
  • Overview of successful Smart City projects
  • What are the lessons learned?
  • Successful cooperations

Tanja Lahti, Project Manager Helsinki



4. Responsible use of data @Living lab Stratumseind: next steps
  • End of 2018 the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) together with the municipality of Eindhoven organized a session with stakeholders around the living lab Stratumseind: residents, city councilors, companies, academics and civil servants;
  • The question was: how do we ensure responsible innovation where data is used transparently and with respect for privacy to enable the best solutions for public safety?
  • Join the round table to discuss the results of the session with the participants and define the next steps together!

Patrick van der Hoeven, project manager “Responsible use of data”, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK)


5. EU PoliVisu Project: Policy Development Based on data analytics

Lieven Raes, Smart City advisor at Information Flanders



6. The electric car is coming! How to plan your (public) chargers using data (tools)

Gerwin Hop and Tomas Friedhoff, PARKnCHARGE

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  • The number of electric cars is rapidly growing. Especially if, around 2021, the electric car is les expensive than a fossil car
  • This will result in a enormous demand for (public) charging infrastructure
  • How can you use data and data tooling to plan your Cities charging infrastructure, taking into account constraints on parking and quality of the public space
  • How can you use data tools to minimize objections and complaints from citizens about the vast growing numbers of electric chargers
12.45 – Time for sandwiches & drinks
13.45 – Solving crimes with the help of artificial intelligence & data
  • How does the Cold Case team of the National Police use data to reinvestigate unsolved murders on useful leads?
  • Which results have been achieved?
  • What are the important success and failure factors?

Jeroen Hammer, Innovator of the Q-team at the National Police and former project leader of the Cold Case Calendar

14.15 – Break out Sessions
  • Beyond Safety
  • Beyond Urban Planning & Sustainability
  • Beyond Mobility
  • Beyond Data Governance & Ownership

Choose the session which fits your interests best

During these sessions, you can choose from a variety of options. Each session has its own interpretation so that you can choose the content and work form that suits your interest. Interaction is paramount in all sessions and you have the opportunity to contribute your own questions.

How to solve safety challenges with data?

Can artificial intelligence indicate which people become criminals and also arrest them?

Moderator: Wim de Kinderen, International Project Manager, Brainport Eindhoven

14.15 – Keynote Opening Safety

The tracking down of radical (ideological) groups with artificial intelligence

  • How can you, with the help of artificial intelligence, track down radical (ideological) groups that hide from the sight of the government?
  • What role does the European Counter Terrorism Centre play in the mapping out of radical (ideological) groups?

Paul Minnebo – Strategic analyst at Europol and connected to the European Counter-Terrorism Centre

14.45 – Case 1: Fighting crime with open data: myth or reality?

Shintō Labs has worked together with criminologist dr. Henk Ferwerda from research company Bureau Beke and a major Dutch city to develop a model and application that gives cities insight in risks of (organized) crime. The challenge was: can we give cities these insights in ‘undermining crime’ using open data or data that easily can be obtained by any city. In this presentation both Jurriaan and Henk will present the results of this research and demonstrate a prototype of the data-driven software application.

Dr. Jurriaan Souer – co-founder Shintō Labs
Dr. Henk Ferwerda – director Bureau Beke

15.15 – Time for coffee
15.45 – Case 2: City Deal Safety
  • How do you gain insight into criminal networks with the help of Big Data?
  • How can you map out and purposefully tackle criminal networks with the help of Big Data?

Marc Noordhoek, Program manager City Deal Safety at the Ministry of Internal Affairs

How can data help with sustainable urban development & Co2 Awareness?

Can you predict the life in cities with data models?


14.15 – Keynote Opening Urban Planning & Sustainability

City as a (data) platform: Almere as an incubator for circular sharing cities

  • Growing Green Cities
  • The circular city
  • Almere’s digital twin
  • Floriade 2022
  • Trust frameworks
  • Building a nested ecosystem

Frans Jorna, Digital City Innovation Director Almere

14.45 – Responsible use of data @Living lab Stratumseind: city councilors’ perspective
  • End of 2018 the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations (BZK) together with the municipality of Eindhoven organized a session with stakeholders around the living lab Stratumseind: residents, city councilors, companies, academics and civil servants;
  • Dilemma’s and burning questions about privacy, nudging, transparency and responsible data use were discussed in an open, constructive dialogue;
  • In this session two city councilors of Eindhoven share their experiences and perspectives on the importance of an open dialogue about responsible use of data collected in public space.

Eva de Bruijn, Eindhoven council, Groen Links
Henk Jager, Eindhoven council, ChristenUnie


15.15 – Time for coffee
15.45 – Case 2: Towards a more sustainable, self-sufficient, democratic and inclusive city
  • Use data to offer better services and optimize internal processes
  • Ethical and responsible data management
  • Results and challenges of data projects in Barcelona

Maria Jesus Calvo Nuon, Chief of Statistics & Open Data, City of Barcelona

How to solve mobility challenges with data?

14.15 – Keynote Opening Mobility

European Space Agency and data solutions

  • What types of data exist?
  • How can data from ESA contribute to the development of solutions in other areas?
  • What are examples of solutions in which data has a contribution?
  • What can you learn from experiences already gained in using data?

Davide Coppola, Project Manager at the European Space Agency, an intergovernmental organisation of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space

14.45 – Case 1: Operating a Smart City Infrastructure: How do you do that?

Installing, managing and operating a smart city infrastructure requires different skills from public as well as private parties. Heijmans will share how it is changing his organisation to adapt to the new market opportunities and some valuable insights gathered in cooperation with different stakeholders.

Coen Sanderink, Business developer digital infra, Heijmans

15.15 – Time for coffee
15.45 – Case 2: Edinburgh’s Data Innovation – data evolution for a growing city.
  • Data as an asset that must be managed within this ecosystem
  • Rethinking the purpose of data
  • Lessons learned with data management in the City of Edingburgh

Sally Kerr, Digital Innovation Manager, City of Edinburgh

How to organize your data management internally?

Who actually owns your data?

Moderator: Olha Bondarenko, Strategic Advisor City of Eindhoven

14.15 – Keynote Opening Data Ownership

Citizen ownership of data within European Cities

  • Who owns the data of Cities?

Bart Rosseau, Chief Data Officer, City of Ghent

14.45 – Case 1: The Truth is out there!
  • The time has come for a radical turnaround: connect governments to what people ‘out there’ are doing, instead of trying to involve people in what governments are doing. Green Land spoke to over a hundred stakeholders. Hear the lessons learned!

Frank Verschoor, Founding Partner at The Green Land
Jochem van den Berg, Open Data Consultant at The Green Land

15.15 – Time for coffee
15.45 – Case 2: The radical transformation Common Ground with municipalities a year later.
  • Where is your Common Ground a year after the Field Lab in Eindhoven? What does the Common Ground roadmap look like for the coming years?
  • Approach and participate: community building and cooperation in the ecosystem of government, implementing organizations and stakeholders.
  • “Work differently, do differently”: the fine aspects of a promise. What is involved?

Raymond Alexander, Director ICT, City of ‘S-Hertogenbosch Project Common Ground



16.25 – Open Data and Smart Cities towards the future – how far did the frontrunners of 2014 get?
  • Looking back at trends from 2014 till now – and onwards
  • Inspiration form data projects from all over the world
  • Yes, Open Data holds economical value
  • Initiatives to liberate more data and how not to do it

Majken Sander, Data Analyst, Data Nerd, ‘’

16.45 – Data ownership as key to permission less innovation
  • Why is the current app model not sustainable?
  • How will the future Web treat our data?
  • How can we be part of the future Web?

Ruben Verborgh, Professor of Semantic Web technology at Ghent University – IMEC and a research affiliate at the Decentralized Information Group at MIT.

17.15 – Closing of the Beyond Data Event 2019

Time for drinks & networking!


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