Make City Lab (students special) – Border Sessions

Make City Lab (students special)

The Hague is full of talented, innovative and proactive students who often want to be part of the future wellbeing and innovation of the city and by the city. On the 13th of June, we’ll bring together students as well as projects from the City of The Hague, and (international) organisations in the city. With the various international organisations residing in The Hague, we are building a platform for bright and hands-on students to explore challenges, discover new opportunities and co-create new solutions for both The Hague and other communities world-wide. Can students take action and use tech as a force for good in their own city? This lab aims to do just that! Join your fellow students and design a community that will work with (international) organizations in the Hague and gives the opportunity to do something for and with your city. You will work on humanitarian, technological and city related topics.

The main challenge for the day is how we as students can create a positive movement for interventions in and with the City The Hague, using all our skills and knowledge to add value with all the (international) organisations and professionals in this town. To test our first assumptions, choices and designs we start very concrete with at least 3 cases that are very relevant for this city.

Take innovation to a next level in a new district
One is the development of a Central Innovation District. A place just south of Central Station and North of Binckhorst that should become the breeding ground for future innovations. Not just an Urban Development in the classical sense of roads, buildings and parks, but a new ecosystem to create solutions for urgent challenges. What can you add? Borre, program manager at City Hall will tell us more.

Apply the physical internet for package delivery – Containerisation
The second challenge is the simple but yet very complex idea that we use the small city container to increase the usage of cargo bikes and small electric vehicles in a very efficient way. Easy said. But what does it take to do this in terms of storage, roads, logistics, etc. What can you as a movement do to turn this into a social concept? Jos, founder of will give us the essential insights to take up this challenge.

Create a virus
And third, Walas group is dedicated to contribute to sustainable, livable cities. They believe our behaviour is crucial. How can we start a viral campaign to address and change our current habits that still lead to waste of materials and energy? Dirk, COO at Walas will share his thoughts on this and tell us more about their vision on urban development.

09:30 Walk In
10:00 Introduction by Border Sessions, Why are we here?
10:15 Take innovation to a next level in a new district by Borre Rosema, City of The Hague
10:35 Apply the physical internet for package delivery – Containerisation by Jos Sluijsmans,
10:55 Create a hashtag virus by Remco van der Kolk, World of Walas
11:30 Working on Challenges
13:15 Lunch
13:45 World of Walas Inspiration Talk, Dik van der Ven
14:15 Working on Challenges
16:30 Wrap up – Next steps
16:45 Butterfly Works Presentation
17:00 Opening Drinks at Nutshuis

For any questions regarding participation in this lab please contact Marie Kirpach (


Juan David
Patiño Guerra