Make Government In An AI World Lab – Border Sessions

Make Government In An AI World Lab

This lab is for all people who are dedicated to innovating their government. Government is a collection of organisations we maintain and constantly improve to shape parts of our society. It definitely is a trusted method to organise things we need for quality of life. But for many “government” is something that is not by them but merely for them or even against them. We embrace the idea that we shape our society, and thus we make our government.

This lab will take up a couple of pressing question: What kind of government do we need for artificial intelligence? How do we deal with the upcoming rise of autonomous actors in our services? What happens if we get a call from a robot? We would like to go a step further than mumbling “creepy” and actually imagine how we should deal with this and who.

In this lab, we present several speakers and workshops. For instance by Iskander Smit who will use insights from the research program PACT (Partnerships for Cities of Things). With a specially developed card game, he’ll invite you to discuss the consequences of these cities of intelligent things.

PACT research program is initiated by professor Elisa Giaccardi and visiting professor Iskander Smit of Delft University of Technology Connected Everyday Lab and has a close corporation with Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS).

This lab is organised in cooperation with PACT Partnership in Cities of Things, Social Hackathon and The Hague Tech with its members like Municipality The Hague, Jongens van Techniek, Ikea and the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs. Expect presentations, hard work and networking with government innovators.

10:00 Walk-in
10:20 Introduction Sander Klaase (Social Hackathon)
10:30 Workshop Define AI
11:00 Presentation Floris Kleinen (BZK)
11:30 Workshop Design an AI
12:00 lunch & networking
12:45 Workshop PACT – Iskander Smit
15:45 break
16:00 Workshop Design a framework for an AI
17:00 Drinks @Nutshuis


Iskander is educated as industrial design engineer and worked as designer and strategist in digital agencies. He is now innovation director at, a creative technology agency dedicated to crafting relevant digital products. He heads the innovation lab since 2012.
Iskander is initiator and co-organiser of ThingsCon Amsterdam and Behavior Design AMS meetup.
Since 2017 he is appointed as visiting professor at Connected Everyday Lab at Delft University of Technology, where he coordinates the research program PACT (Partnerships for Cities of Things).

Maria Luce Lupetti is a postdoctoral researcher working within the AMS-funded project PACT (Partnerships in Cities of Things). She did a PhD in “Management, Production and Design” at Politecnico di Torino (IT), from 2014 to 2017. Her doctoral research was about the role of Design Research within the context of Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) studies, with a focus on the theme of child-robot play. Her research was funded by TIM (telco company) and partially carried out in collaboration with X-Studio, at Tsinghua University (PRC), where she was visiting scholar from September 2016 to April 2017. She previously got a MSc in Ecodesign at Politecnico di Torino (IT), and a BA in Industrial Design at ISIA Roma (IT).

Floris Kreiken is a policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Internal Affairs. He currently works on constitutional affairs (particularly privacy), and looked at the role of government in the field of AI at the digital government department. In previous years he worked at Dutch digital rights NGO Bits of Freedom and finished a PhD at Delft University on the influence of large scale copyright enforcement on human rights safeguards. Part of this research was done at the Electronic Frontier Foundation as a Google Policy Fellow.