Ivonne Jansen-Dings


How can we make citizens resilient to the onset of smart city technologies; that is the question that drives my work at Waag Society. By raising awareness about the risks for society, I hope to empower people and help them to create viable alternatives. Although we should not be naive about the way our personal lives and democratic structures are being influenced by centralized and closed technology, I am optimistic about the different ways people are finding to harness the same power for social innovation and the common good.

Coming from an Interaction Design background I have been a project manager, project developer and team leader for many years in the ICT and innovation domain. My expertise lies in understanding the uncertainties disruptive technologies can bring and building practical bridges between the different stakeholder in involved. Wether this is through agile development approaches, co-creation workshops, hackathons, manifesto's, labs, pilots or other types of creative research.

As Head of Program at Waag Society I have lead large European projects like Apps for Europe and am now spearheading the Smart Citizens Lab. From the beginning of the Open Data movement in the Netherlands I have been a vocal advocate of Open Government practices, through projects like Apps for Amsterdam, Code for NL, Making Sense, Clarity and E-Dem.nl. I specialize in the way peer to peer technology and bottom up participation influences the policy making process.

Currently I am a board member of the ISOC foundation and Code for NL and am a mother of three children.