How can you design, validate and roll-out an innovative policy on “City Data & IoT” taking into account the viewpoints of all different stakeholders: companies, knowledge institutions and living labs? An unmanageable task to bring together and combine sometimes controversial views becomes possible through co-creation involving all stakeholders! Join this workshop to learn about the successes of the City of Eindhoven with developing the Smart Society IoT charter, an innovative Open data and IoT practice-based policy, and shape the future developments together.

As the city IoT layer grows, citizens, government officials and commercial stakeholders are facing complex and urgent questions. Whom does the data collected in the public space belong? What are the consequences for the privacy of our citizens? Who has access to Smart Grids and networks? How do you prevent vendor lock-in and keep the new infrastructure open to facilitate further innovation? Facing these issues in practice as the new technologies grow into the city digital infrastructure layer, the City of Eindhoven is proactively developing and issuing policies that support innovation and encourage socially responsible developments, in cooperation with living labs, industry and research partners. During this workshop you will learn more about the Smart Society IoT charter & other existing IoT policies and then get to work to create one together.

Target audience: Government officials, LL practitioners, industry / SME & researchers


PART 1: EXPLORATION. Do we need a city IoT policy?

  • Introduction to the City of Eindhoven, its living labs and the IoT charter
  • Overview of various existing IoT policies and initiatives
  • Practical discussion (in groups & plenary) to identify the most important policy issues and project them on your own situation

PART 2: CO-CREATION Stakeholders perspective on IoT policy: step into each other’s shoes

  • Introduction to the co-creation session & explanation on the roles (citizen, government official, large enterprise, SME / start-up, research partner)
  • Short discussion on the roles & standpoints within you stakeholder’s group
  • Design session to create your own IoT policy with other stakeholders
  • Plenary presentation of the results and discussion

Related projects:

IoT design manifesto:

Workshop organisers:

Olha Bondarenko works as a strategic advisor on innovation, data and IoT policies within the city’s CIO office.

Wim De Kinderen is representing the City of Eindhoven within the Brussels based ‘Brainport Eindhoven EU Office’.

Niels Wiersma is currently occupied as a senior business consultant for the city of Eindhoven. In this role, he is responsible for the alignment of IT and business interests for innovative projects in the areas of smart lighting, open data, and living labs.


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