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Design & The City 2016

Amsterdam, April 19-22, 2016

Call for Workshop Organizers

The Design & The City conference explores citizen-centered design
approaches for the smart city, addressing how social media, big data and
other digital technologies may contribute to more sustainable, liveable and
sociable urban communities. Specific focus of the conference is on the
expanding role of designers as initiators, innovators, campaigners,
connectors, organizers, critics and imagineers of alternative urban

The conference is organized by the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences
<> and takes place at The Knowledge Mile
<>, a living lab in the centre of Amsterdam.
It takes place in the context of the Dutch presidency of the EU.

We are inviting proposals from designers, activists, researchers, media
labs, and others for workshops to be held on April 22, 2016. Workshops are
unique opportunities for engaging  practitioners, researchers and
conference attendees in a productive discussion.

This call is programmatically inclusive and broad: the Design & the City
conference welcomes proposals for workshops that connect urban spaces to
design, research, education, art, playfulness and activism. Workshops
should involve attendees in concrete discussions and hands-on activities,
with the objective of experimenting with new concepts, fostering
peer-to-peer discussion and learning-by-doing.

Workshops will take place on Friday April 22, 2016, either as a half-day or
full-day activities, ideally with a mid-morning break, a lunch break, and a
mid-afternoon break. They should bring attendees together around design
issues for citizen-centered smart cities, discussing them in a
participatory and/or practical way. Possible examples could include
co-design sessions, booksprints, roundtables, hackathons, etc. Workshops
should have some kind of tangible output, such as a shared wiki, a curated
selection of sketches, a collective paper or an artifact.

Each workshop organizer will produce their own call for participants and
will be able to select them. Conference organizers will advertise calls on
the main website, and in addition to this workshop organizers will
disseminate them in their own networks. Workshop organizers are responsible
for documenting the outputs and making them available on a platform of
their choice, which will be linked to the main conference website.
Conference organizers will arrange for food and coffee, for working space,
as well as reasonable logistics and some equipment (such as projectors,
whiteboards, wifi access...). Workshop organizers will receive free
entrance to the main conference; a small fee will be charged to workshop
participants to cover for lunch and other logistics.

Deadline for proposals is December 7, notice of acceptance can be expected
in January 2016.

Proposals should include:


   Workshop title

   Organizers’ names and short bios

   Short description of the proposed topic, and its relevance to the
   general conference theme (300 words max)

   Short description of the methodologies adopted (e.g. discussion,
   co-creation, rapid paper prototyping…) (250 words max)

   Short description of the participants’ required competences, if any, and
   necessary equipment (e.g. participants should bring a camera and a
   sketchpad) (250 words max)

   Short description of the expected outputs, as well as the strategies for
   making them accessible (250 words max)

   Duration of the workshop (full-day, half-day) and preferred location
   (e.g. classroom, open space, itinerant workshop in public areas…)

Proposals should be sent as attachments to [log in to unmask] with
“Workshop Proposal” in the subject line. You can also reach us at this
email address for any further questions.

On behalf of the Design & the City organizing committee:

Martijn de Waal (Programme Coordinator) & Gabriele Ferri (Workshop


Design & The City
Exploring citizen-centered design approaches for the smart city

Amsterdam April 19-22 2016

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