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Waag Society, institute for Art, Science and Technology, develops creative technology for social innovation. The foundation researches, develops concepts, pilots and prototypes and acts as an intermediate between the arts, science and the media. Waag Society cooperates with cultural, public and private parties. Waag Society follows the method of Creative Research; experimental, interdisciplinary research and development. Artists, creatives and end users have a central position and a large influence on the final result: Users as Designers. The classic approach of science and the standard model of research and development is enhanced by this method that cross-links arts, culture and science. Creative Research will bring applications that are suited to the needs and possibilities of their users and is related to participatory design, rapid prototyping, practice based research and tinkering. Waag Society has a strong focus to let user groups participate fully in the Internet, new media and emerging technologies that otherwise have limited access.
The Amsterdam Metropolitan Area has all of the key assets to be an innovative and economically-strong region. Thanks to strong clusters, the Amsterdam Area can play a pioneering role both nationally and internationally. In order to fully exploit this potential, collaboration between governmental agencies, research institutions and the trade and industry sector is essential. Under the umbrella of the Amsterdam Economic Board, representatives from governmental agencies, research institutes and the business world have jointly taken responsibility to work towards strengthening the economy of the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area. The Board strives to stimulate and support sustainable collaboration, innovation and growth in the region, and strengthen international competitiveness. The members of the Amsterdam Economic Board are representatives from businesses, knowledge institutes and government authorities in the Amsterdam metropolitan area who have joined forces in this strong and ambitious collaboration. Amsterdam Economic Board is a member of ENoLL.
Amsterdam is an open, inclusive city with its eyes looking out on the world. And the rest of the world continues to look back at us, seeing a beautiful and interesting city that has a great deal to offer. Around 120 international companies establish new offices in Amsterdam every year, making us one of the frontrunners in Europe. Knowledge migrants and tourists also know that Amsterdam has plenty to offer them. But this does not mean that we rest on our laurels. The city council is dedicated to setting the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area more prominently on the European stage. We believe in Europe and the added value of European knowledge sharing: between countries, regions and cities. The great challenges we now face, such as the economy, employment, environment, sustainability and energy, are similar across borders and can only be solved by working together.