CANCELLED Future Frictions workshop – Help create ethical smart cities

Future Frictions workshop – Help create ethical smart cities
“Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities” research project

Do you want to learn about the impacts of technology in cities? Join our workshop ‘Future Frictions’. Learn about the ethical implications of using technology in cities, experience and debate about the potential impacts with other workshop participants using Future Frictions. Future Frictions is an interactive scenario-based tool that allows us to explore how prioritizing certain values in smart cities can ultimately impact our everyday lives, now and in the long term. 

Unfortunatly we had to cancel this workshop due to the covid-19 restrictions. We will postpone this workshop until further notice when measurements allow us to organise offline events again.

Date: to be announced
Location: Paulus Borstraat 41, Amersfoort
Participation is free. We will have a maximum of 25 participants. When more than 25 participants register, we will select the participants.
The workshop will be English.

14:00 hr – Welcome and introduction
14:30 hr – Workshop Future Frictions
16:00 hr – Discussion
16:30 hr – Networking drinks

This is what you will learn
By taking part in this workshop:

  • You will have a safe space to experience what our urban futures may look like
  • And (very importantly!) reflect on actions that could be taken in the present to avoid or achieve them.
  • Moreover, you will contribute to the next iteration of Future Frictions, with which we aim to increase civic engagement in imagining and debating desirable urban futures.

For who
Are you interested in the impacts of smart technology on society and the ethical implications in cities? Are you a professional, an educator or a student with an interest in the topic of smart cities, or simply someone who wishes to understand it better? Then this workshop is for you.

About the project
Future Frictions is an outcome of the project “Designing for Controversies in Responsible Smart Cities”, with input from University of Twente, Utrecht University, and a consortium of public and private partners. Future Frictions emerged through a collaboration between our project and a collective of creative coders; Creative Coding Utrecht (CCU) and Katpatat. CCU is a community of makers with the aim to share knowledge and collaboratively explore the artistic potential of self-made soft- and hardware for creative expressions.

More information on the project can be found at

We organize this workshop according to the corona measures in force at the time of the event. For your visit you need a corona admission ticket (a negative test result, a vaccination certificate or proof that you have recovered from corona). Click here for more information about the corona ticket.