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by the Smart Eyewear team

The Port of Amsterdam, one of the largest ports in Europe, covers an area of roughly 2.600 hectares, of which approximately 1.900 hectares is public space. The port outsources the actual maintenance to third party contractors. To guarantee a constant quality level, the company monitors the work of these contractors. It is in these processes that Gradr introduces smart eyewear in combination with a management platform to effectively ensure the desired quality.
The Port of Amsterdam has many responsibilities in Westpoort, the largest connected business and port area of the Netherlands. These responsibilities include the maintenance of the 13km2 of public space in Westpoort.

The Port of Amsterdam hires different contractors to keep the area clean and safe. To make sure the companies keep doing their work properly, employees of the Port of Amsterdam conduct quality assessments on a monthly basis. These assessments are conducted on 125 randomly selected locations in Westport, which is a complex and time consuming process.

Gradr is designed to optimise and innovate the assessment processes of the public space in Amsterdam Westpoort using Google Glass. The toolkit consists of a Google Glass application and an iPad optimised web platform. The web platform helps with organising the quality assessments and assists the user when navigating through the public space. The quality assessments are conducted using Google Glass and a context aware checklist, while looking at the public space.

Coach: Tamara Pinos Cisneros


Scribe is an online platform for the investigative journalist of the future. Its main purpose is to provide them with a workspace in which they can easily organize their various sources.This is achieved by presenting them an user-friendly dashboard layout along with a combination of new technologies called “modules”. These modules offer particular features intended to speed up the workflow of the journalist, such as audio-to-text converter or automatic tagging, as well as to increase the lifespan of their stories.

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Partners: Frank Mekkelholt en Petra van Veen – Persgroep Nederland and PublishingLab.
Research partner: Miriam Rasch – Instituut voor Netwerkcultuur

Contact person: Margreet Riphagen (

Business Method Toolkit

Start and grow your own business. Develop a strategy and create impact with the Business Method Toolkit – a curated collection of more than 25 business methods perfect for lean, agile environments and multidisciplinary teams.

The methods divided into five categories build a fundamental knowledge to create a business. Indications on time, requirements and benefits to help plan and to chose the perfect method. Define a strategy, monitor impact and validate insights for your startup or existing business. 

The methods form a common language in multidisciplinary, multicultural teams and projects. Share, translate, document and validate insights. The toolkit inspires to think beyond the usual methods, it helps monitoring processes and makes them transparent. Detailed task descriptions help to divide and assign tasks between team members.
The Business method toolkit is available in printed and online versions.

For further information contact Agnes Günther or Gijs Gootjes.