The City Innovation Exchange Lab creates social impact globally by inclusive experimentation, testing with the public in Living Labs and sharing

Experimentation as a Service

Exchanging innovation starts with sharing our expertise and experience, and we do this by speaking at special events, by providing workshops and inspirational living lab tours.  Learning from each other and exploring possibilities is how we begin.

Our Experiments

Test Solutions in Living Labs

Work with CITIXL, we leverage our wide network of Living Labs in Amsterdam to validate social impact in fast, practical experiments.  We have a proven track record of responsible experimentation in public spaces that deliver results.

Our Activities

Share Success Globally

Exchanging innovation starts with sharing our expertise and experience, and we do this by speaking at special events, by providing workshops and inspirational living lab tours.  Learning from each other and exploring possibilities is how we begin.

Our Workshops

Case Studies

Responsible Sensing in Amsterdam: A Real World Example Part 1:

How the Netherlands Police used the Responsible Sensing Toolkit (RST) a part of a project to design more ethical solutions to control weapons in public spaces. In April of 2021,  the Netherlands Police began participating in a test for the Responsible Sensing Toolkit (RST) workshops as part of several validation and refinement exercises CITIXL and the City of Amsterdam designed to optimise the toolkit so we could put it to the test in the real world and make sure it worked in practice, not just theory. 

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Recent Activities

Digital With Purpose Global Summit 2023


There is no shortage of urban mobility data as it relates to cars & trucks. For the last 30 years cities have been collecting highly detailed data like traffic flows, congestion and parking. Cities of [...]

The Urban Lab Forum 2022


At the World Urban Forum held in Katowice Poland June 25-29, CITIXL co-founder Paul Manwaring will speak about Living Lab best practices in Amsterdam and share his experiences at the Urban Lab Forum on June [...]

AMS Institute Urban Living Lab Summit 2022


Paul Manwaring and Gert- Jan Staal of The Netherlands Police will share the CITIXL story of how The Netherlands Police used the Responsible Sensing Toolkit to co-create an ethical solution to make public spaces safer.

GOTO Amsterdam 2022 June 13 – Beurs van Berlage


User Centric Digital Cities: Generating Value with Experimentation in Living Labs CITIXL co-founder Paul Manwaring will speak at GOTO Amsterdam June 13 at 16:30. The rapidly changing technical landscape is the battlefield of today’s invisible [...]



Tom and Willem Koeman of the Amsterdam Economic Board will demonstrate the AMdEX new data exchange to the public. In this demo we’ll showcase some killer cases of the urban data collected and share from [...]

Featured Workshop

Polish Urban Labs

CITIXL and Polish Institute IRMiR collaborate successfully online during the COVID-19 crises and deliver a series of workshops for cities of Gdynia and Rzeszów to kick off a three year pilot to build engaging Polish Urban Labs. 



Recreational Crowd Study

Located in the heart of Amsterdam, the Marineterrein Amsterdam has become one of the most popular recreational destinations in our busy city. As summer temperatures get hotter and hotter, this innovation district can become overcrowded with swimmers, sun bathers and picnickers who are welcome, but also create challenges related to health and safety.

CITIXL is conducting an experiment to count pedestrians, sunbathers, swimmers and night- swimmers using two smart cameras that generate valuable data while respecting privacy.


Smart Water Meter Lab

Amsterdam is not a city that needs to worry about water. However there are many cities around the world that are seeing much more extended dry periods and will soon run out of water. More and more global cities will run out of water in next few decades unless water use is radically changed.

CITIXL is now testing 15 wireless smart water meters in De Ceuvel, a clean tech living lab in Amsterdam that asks the question: How can we measure or monitor water consumption? And what new tools can we co-create that encourage water conservation?

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Smart Camera Lab

CCTV Cameras are getting really really smart. Embedded with new layers like deep-learning, wire framing, motion tracking and facial recognition capabilities, these smart cameras deliver lots of details and insights about our streets and sidewalks. 

But how will all these cutting edge cameras be used in the future? CITIXL teamed up with Smart Taipei and Umbo Camera to explore how these cameras will impact society in Amsterdam. The goal of this experiment was to use data as dialogue see what these cameras mean for our future smart city. 

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Reclaiming Space Experiment

Throughout history, the Dutch have been world famous for reclaiming land and space. Most recently, the Dutch have been leaders in incubating space to create new jobs and creative industries for students, artists, entrepreneurs and startups to flourish. CITIXL has teamed up with Boston City Council and Wentworth Institute of Technology to rapid prototype viable business models and pop-up solutions that can quickly have an impact on the District 4 communities

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Amsterdam Living Labs

Today there are over 40 “Living Labs” and hundreds of experiments, tests, pilots taking place in Amsterdam. We are asking Amsterdam’s policy makers, knowledge partners and community leaders a series of questions in fun interactive sessions with the aim to capture and visualise the various interpretations, definitions and attitudes of todays living labs. Make your opinion count! If you want to add your voice to the discussion please click the quiz button below and take the 5 minute quick-scan.

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