This summer we will organise a very special summer school. More than ever we will bring the smart city into practice and combine urbanism with technology and digitalisation. Do you want to learn everything about data-driven design and policy-making? Register for the summer school ‘Design our future with data’, August 26th, 27th and 28th 2019 at several locations in Zuid-Holland, the Netherlands. In 3 days we will build a digital twin (a digital 3D-version) of (a part of) the province of Zuid-Holland, which measures and predicts (an aspect of) the happiness and quality of life of the people living in this province. This summer school is commissioned by Province Zuid-Holland.

So, are you a tech who wants to know exactly how data will change the world: join our summer school! Or are you an urbanist or future policy-maker and do you want to learn how data-driven design and policy-making works? join our summer school! We guarantee that you will learn more in 3 days than you usually learn in one month.

With a sincere sorry to the seniors among us, this summer school is only for young professionals (max. 27 years old).


What is it about?

The province of Zuid-Holland wants to become the happiest province of the Netherlands. Of course. Who doesn’t? But in reality, the province does not know so well how happy it is. Or in spatial terms: what the status quo is of the quality of life. That is difficult, because policy is only based on assumptions. The Province wants to get rid of that. The Province believes in measuring = knowing. But how do you make quality of life measurable? Which data is already available and what do you want to measure? And how do you translate quality of life into policy or an urban design?


What is it about?

The province of Zuid-Holland wants to become the happiest province of the Netherlands. Of course. Who does not? But in reality, the province does not know so well how happy it is. Or in tech terms: what data they need to measure their happiness. Policy-making is usually only based on assumptions and a few reports of a consultancy. The Province wants to get rid of that. The Province believes in measuring = knowing. But how do you collect the right data, in the right format? And which correlations and relationships can you find within and between datasets? And how do you visualise data so you can make a clear analysis which is understandable for policy- and decision-makers?


What are we going to do?

That is why we are going to develop a ‘digital twin’ for Zuid-Holland. The basis is a 3D map of an area. We complement this with data of environment and planning policy. But we want to take it a step further, by making the quality of life predictable. That does not work for the entire province, of course (three days is a bit short). So for 3 days we start thinking about it and we work on the research question:

Develop a digital twin of (a part of) Zuid-Holland that measures and predicts (an aspect of) the happiness and / or quality of life of the people living there.

We do this with the support of data experts from Civity and the Future City Foundation. They are working on the Smart Urban Development project. The outcomes of this summer school are part of this project.

Why partcipate?

  • You learn about data, digitization, smart cities and the future of our living environment and spatial planning, planning and urban planning.
  • You get to know the province as an organization and you meet a very interesting network of companies and stakeholders.
  • You enjoy working on substantive and innovative topics in multidisciplinary teams.
  • And want to have three days of fun with them.
  • And have a chance to win € 2000 cash and a excursion to the digital twin of Antwerp!


You can participate if you are still studying or just started working and understand that simple answers are not enough for complex problems. And sometimes do. You have a background in data science, technology, smart city, GIS, Geo and media design, gamification, public administration, urban design, (spatial) planning, or something other interesting, because out-of-the-box is always welcome. We are happy with thinkers and viewers. Young professionals are no more than 27 years old and have maximum 3 years working experience.

24 young professionals can participate in this summer school. They are divided into 6 groups of 4 participants who compete with each other. The best group wins 2000 euros.


Program & participate

We are currently working on fine-tuning the program. We travel through Zuid-Holland for 3 days and sleep in The Hague, in an accommodation in the middle of the local city park.

Participation is free for young professionals (food, drinks and sleeping included).

Please note: the official registration will close on July 31st 2019. Applications received afterwards will be placed on the spare list.

Win 500 euros and a fieldtrip to Antwerp!

During the summer school the 6 groups compete with each other. The best group wins 2000 euros (500 euros per person) and can join the Digital Twin Network Excursion to Antwerp on September 5th 2019. There you will become acquainted with a super interesting network of speakers, businesses, knowledge institutions and governmental organizations from the Netherlands and Belgium.

With who?

This summer school is commissioned by Province Zuid-Holland.

What is a summer school?

A summer school (which we also like to organise in spring, winter or autumn) is a pressure cooker session in 3 days. The main question is slowly peeled into a concrete product. You do that in a team and with the help of external experts. You get to know the assignment step by step through lectures, work sessions, tours and research. And you work on an answer.

Day 1 – The first day starts broadly. We invite speakers to introduce us to the theme and the case. It is a knowledge-intensive day, in which the participants are divided into multidisciplinary groups. In the evening the groups present to each other what they have learned.

Day 2 – During day 2 we work with the case. We speak with stakeholders and learn from their insights. We plan an interesting excursion in the afternoon. In the evening we provide a workshop to get the problem clear.

Day 3 – On the third day, the participants fully focus on turning their idea into a product and prepare the final presentation to be held in the afternoon for a jury of experts.

What previous participants say 

In total, more than 300 young professionals participated in our summer schools. And they are more than satisfied. Our summer schools generally score a grade of 8.5 or higher. Read here what they think.

Procedure and conditions

1 – With more than 24 registrations, we make a substantive selection. We look for an interesting mix of participants in terms of backgrounds and experience. We look at your study background and your motivation to participate.

2 – You will be informed one month before the summer school starts whether you are among the invitees. There is no correspondence about the selection.

3 – Participation in summer school is free (including food, drinks, and overnight stays). Drinks in the evenings are for your own account.

4 – If you are invited, we also assume that you will come. If you do not arrive without a timely notice (up to 10 working days in advance), we will charge an expense allowance of 150 euros.

5 – During the event, photos and film recordings will be made that we use for communication purposes.

6 – Participation is at your own risk. We recommend that you take out adequate insurance.

7 – By registering, you authorize Kennislab voor Urbanisme, Provincie Zuid-Holland and the Future City Foundation to contact you about other activities of Kennislab voor Urbanisme, Provincie Zuid-Holland and/or the Future City Foundation.

“Het was fantastisch om binnen een team zeer gemotiveerde en ambitieuze studenten te mogen werken aan een maatschappelijk vraagstuk, onder begeleiding van mensen die uitvoerig en zo vol van spontaniteit kunnen vertellen over hun werkzaamheden/belang. De energie en wilskracht die er hing was zo powerfull, er was een bepaalde drive, dat als het ware de materie van informatie als een spons opzoog en zich uitte in kennisuitwisseling. Prachtig!”

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