Amsterdam Economic Board (City of Amsterdam) — Envisioning a Human-Centric Tech Future

Helped one of Europe’s best-loved cities re-think its future to embrace technology in a human-centric way

Background: Amsterdam will be turning 750 years old in 2025, and like anyone approaching a milestone birthday, they want to be at their best when they reach that age. So they have identified a set of pillars around which they want to improve measurably, such as achieving a fully circular economy by 2050 and being halfway to that by 2025. These pillars also include many challenges of digital transformation while remaining committed to human-centric and integrative thinking.

Our engagement: The Amsterdam Economic Board approached me to speak at a special tech-focused event with the desire for a combination of my Tech Humanist and Pixels and Place concepts to help them leapfrog from a position perceived as behind other European cities and countries where AI research and leadership are concerned into a position of modeling the way forward.

Solution: Developed and presented a “human-centric metropolis of the future” model in a keynote presentation in December 2018. Participated in a specially-organized VIP dinner with the University of Amsterdam that brought together city and regional leaders to discuss ramifications of AI and other emerging technologies.

Kate speaks to the audience in Amsterdam
Kate O’Neill presents “The Human-Centered Metropolis of the Future” to a packed audience at the innovative Startup Village in Amsterdam Science Park

Results: This model will help them carry out the next years of their growth, renewal, and improvement projects within a framework aligned around meaningful human experiences.

Key Concepts: cities, human experience, human scale, keynote speaking, strategy