Resilient Cities, Smart Citizens

How can we help cities around the world to become more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges that are a growing part of the 21st century? Resilient Cities, Smart Citizen, a five-day workshop followed by a one-day seminar about enabling citizens to make their cities more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century.

Event Details


Instituto Europeo di Design (IED) Rio
Av. João Luís Alves, 13 - Urca, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 22291-090 Brazil


May 09, 2016 11:00 am - May 16, 2016 8:00 pm America/Sao Paulo (UTC-02:00)

The Smart Citizens for Resilient Cities Initiative will land in Rio de Janeiro with a five day workshop followed by a one-day seminar about enabling citizens to make their cities more resilient to the physical, social, and economic challenges of the 21st century.

During the workshop, aimed for an audience of 30 attendees, every participant will learn how to set up their own air, water, noise and weather measurement station. During the seminar, planned for a 120 audience, representatives from Switzerland, Brazil, the Netherlands, and Italy will give a short presentation of their countries’ vision on the importance of smart, empowered citizens for building resilient cities.

swissnex Brazil, as supporter of the Smart Citizens for Resilient Cities Initiative in Rio de Janeiro brings Tina Billeter and Chloe Dickson as a panelists during the Seminar. Tina Billeter will participate on the “Policies” Subtheme sharing her experience as former collaborator for the Environmental and Health Protection Service of the City of Zurich. She helped implementing innovative projects within the city’s energy vision, the so-called 2000-Watts Society, and will highlight this initiative in the context of citizens empowerment. Chloe Dickson will participate on the “Smart Citizens” Subtheme, presenting the BeMap initiative on mobile measurement of air pollution using bikes to define healthier routes for cyclists. She will also present the measurement campaigns held in São Paulo and in Rio de Janeiro the weeks before.


Monday, 9 May – Friday, 13 May 2016 at IED Rio

Program at a glance


Day 1: Introduction

  • Inspiring smart citizen projects
  • Formation of groups and co-creation of project goals
  • Best practices in measuring, does and don’ts
  • Data interpretation: practice with example data sets
  • Co-creation of measuring strategies
jhjhj Day 2: Air quality

  • What existing and correlating data sets are available?
  • Setting up sensors
  • Planning group effort
  • Field research and data acquisition
  • First reflection on the air quality data
jhjhj Day 3: Sound

  • What existing and correlating data sets are available?
  • Setting up sensors
  • Planning group effort
  • Field research and data acquisition
  • First reflection on the sound data
Day 4: Water

  • What existing and correlating data sets are available?
  • Setting up sensors
  • Planning group effort
  • Afternoon Field research and data acquisition
  • First reflection on the water data
Day 5: Visualisation Recapping the group goals and strategies

  • Recapping the group goals and strategies
  • Gathering and correlating the data
  • Co-creation of visualisation and presentation strategy
  • Afternoon Creating the visualisations




Monday, 16 May 2016 at IED Rio

Program at a glance


08:45 – 09:15 Registration
09:15 – 11:15 Opening/Welcome and subtheme ‘Policies’ – Moderated by Arjen Uijterlinde
11:15 – 11:30 Short coffee break
11:30 – 13:30 Subtheme ‘Resilient Cities’ – Moderated by Luciana Nery
13:30 – 14:30 Lunch
14:30 – 16:30 Subtheme ‘Smart Citizens’ – Moderated by Pieter van Boheemen
16:30 – 17:00 Break
17:00 – 19:00 Visionaries – Moderated by Fabio Palma
19:00 – 21:00 Networking drinks


Subtheme ‘Policies’

Representatives from the Netherlands, Brazil and Swiss will give a short presentation of their countries’ vision on the importance of smart, empowered citizens for building resilient cities. During an extensive Q&A the audience can participate in the discussion.

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Arjen Uijterlinde, Dutch Consul-General in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

Arjen Uijterlinde is the Consul-General for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Rio de Janeiro. Between 2010 and 2013 he represented the Netherlands as ambassador in Azerbeidjan. Before being part of the Dutch diplomatic corps, he headed the Dutch Contingent within the EU Monitoring Mission to Georgia. Between 2008-2009 Uijterlinde worked as a Deputy Director West and Middle Europe / European Council of the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs
2010-2013, ambassadeur in Azerbeidzjan. Just after his role as a head of International Cultural Policies, at the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.

Arjen graduated at the University of Amsterdam on Slavic and East European Studies.

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Han Peters, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Brazil

Mr. Peters has worked as a civil servant for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands since 1984. In that period he has been stationed in countries as diverse as Kuwait, South Africa, United States (Washington) and Afghanistan, before coming to Brazil. At the Ministry in the Hague, Han also worked on domains like immigration policy and Information and Communications. Prior to his career in government, Han Peters was a teacher in history and economics.

Han studied at the University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and obtained his Master of Arts degree in Social and Economic History and a Minor in Economics.

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Claudia Gintersdorfer, Deputy Head of the European Union Delegation in Brasilia.

Before her current position, Claudia was Head of the Political, Press and Information Section in the EU Delegation to Uruguay since 2011. At EU Headquarters in Brussels, she worked for DG Enterprise (2000 to 2005) in the area of small and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurship and corporate social responsibility. At the Council Secretariat she was coordinator for the Political and Security Committee (PSC) in Brussels in 2006 and 2007 and from 2007 to 2011 she was Human Rights officer, managing EU human rights policy towards the Americas, with other geographic responsibilities including Iran and the Gulf States and Asia, and regular participation in sessions of UNGA 3rd Committee and the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. From 1994 to 1999 she worked in Mexico City at the EC Delegation in the area of cooperation and refugee projects.

She obtained an MA in European Area Studies at the University of Surrey, in Guildford, UK, 1990, and a Bachelor of Arts in “Ancient World” at University College London. She also holds a Maîtrise en Politique Internationale at the Université Libre de Bruxelles. She is married and has one child.

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Tina Billeter Weymann, Sustainability Consultant

Tina Billeter Weymann is Swiss with 15 years of working expercience in education, communication, and sustainability in Switzerland, Russia, and the United States. She holds a Master in Environmental Sciences and a Master in Teaching Sciences (both Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, ETH, Zurich). Currently she lives in São Paulo, working as an independent sustainability consultant. Experienced as project manager for private companies, governments, and NGOs, Tina joined the Environmental and Health Protection Service of the City of Zurich in 2008. She implemented innovative projects within the city’s energy vision, the so-called 2000-Watts Society. Among other initiatives, she developed Eco-Compass, Zurich’s environmental consulting service for SMEs, and lead the Eurocities’ working group Greening the Local Economy.

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Marco Contardi, Strategic Advisor, FGV Projectos

Marco Contardi has developed his career in the international consultancy company Roland Berger Strategy Consultants. He worked as senior consultant for Latin America Multilateral development banks in the establishment of the Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) Law in Brazil. Currently, he is strategic advisor at FGV Projetos and he is strongly engaged in the development of business and society shared value projects and in fostering Smart Cites projects in Brazil. He is proposing to introduce Public Private Partnerships and Stakeholder Engagement has an innovative approach to create a new generation of public  policies.

Subtheme ‘Resilient Cities’

Urban resilience is being defined as the capacity of individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems within a city to survive, adapt and grow no matter the circumstances. To build that capacity, collaboration and a shared feeling of ownership and agency by all involved are essential. During the seminar, several internationally renowned experts will share their knowledge and experience on how a city can achieve greater resilience.

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Luciana Nery, Deputy Chief Resilience Officer, Center of Operations Rio de Janeiro

Luciana Nery has been in the public sector for nearly 20 years, having worked mostly on technology, sustainability and city resilience. Worked for five years as Advisor to the Mayor of Rio de Janeiro. She has co-authored “Rio Resiliente, Diagnóstico e Áreas de Foco“, an extensive study aimed at identifying the resilience priorities of the city, prefaced by Mayor Paes and Vice-President Al Gore. Previously, she was Advisor to the CEO of Furnas Centrais Elétricas. Luciana holds a Master’s degree in International Business Administration, with focus on strategic and global networks (PUC-Rio and Université of Grenoble, France).

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Ricardo Ruiz, Project Coordinator, Inciti 

Ricardo Ruiz is a project coordinator at InCiti – Research Institute on Inovations for Cities/Federal University of Pernambuco and CEO at 3Ecologias, an IT consultancy agency for cultural and educational sectors. Has worked in dozens of Federal, State and Municipal Digital Inclusion programs.

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Clarisse Linke, Country Director, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy Brasil 

Clarisse Cunha Linke is a Brazilian with 14 years experience in social policy, planning and implementation in Brazil, Mozambique and Namibia. She holds an MSc in Social Policy, NGO and Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science, where was the winner of the Titmuss Prize. She also holds a MBE in NGO and Civil Society from the Institute of Economics, Rio de Janeiro Federal University, Brazil. From 2006-2011, Clarisse was one of the Bicycling Empowerment Network Namibia (BEN Namibia) directors, where she played a key role in the expansion of BEN Namibia’s activities, helping it develop the biggest community-based enterprise bicycle distribution network in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2010 she was the winner of the Ashoka Changemakers Challenge “Women, Tools and Technology”. Clarisse joined ITDP Brazil in January 2012.

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Catarina Selada, Head of Cities Department, INTELI Innovation Centre

Catarina Selada is the Head of Cities Department at INTELI – Intelligence in Innovation, Innovation Centre, located in Lisbon, Portugal. She has been working in several European and national projects on urban development, with a specific focus on smart cities. She is coordinator of the RENER Living Lab – Portuguese Smart Cities Network, composed of 46 municipalities, and responsible for the collaborative platform Smart Cities Portugal. She was also involved in the development of the Smart City Index 2020, which was applied to 20 municipalities in Portugal. She is member of the Advisory Board of Creative Brazil Foundation and member of the Technical Committee of the initiative Benchmarking – Indicators Brazil. Catarina was awarded with the prize “Smart Cities Personality of the Year 2016”. She received a degree in Economics and a master degree in Science and Technology Management from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal. She is a PhD candidate on “Governance, Public Policies and Innovation” in the University of Coimbra, Portugal.

Subtheme ‘Smart Citizens’

A city in its essence is a collection of systems and institutions with the sole aim to service and facilitate the lives, labor and wellbeing of its inhabitants. A resilient city can therefore only be achieved by closely engaging and collaborating with those inhabitants. Leaders from several bottom up initiatives will explain how they empower citizens to take (more) control over their urban environment and achieve improvements for their communities and the city at large.

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Pieter van Boheemen, Director, Waag Labs

At Waag Society, Pieter van Boheemen leads the Fablab Amsterdam, Open Wetlab and Open Design Lab. He develops projects, conducts research and workshops intertwining biotechnology, open innovation and arts. As founder of the Dutch DIY Bio community, he started a group of grassroots biotechnologists passioned about demystifying and democratizing science. He is founder of the international BioHack Academy and instructs, supervises and supports the users of the Waag’s biotech lab. His main interest is investigating ecological, social and cultural innovation through the intertwining of open source hardware / software / wetware.

Pieter van Boheemen has a master degree in biotechnology of the Delft University of Technology. He is a former ICT entrepreneur and co-founder of online retail shops. Currently he is cofounder of the molecular diagnostics company Amplino. Before joining Waag Society, he worked as a consultant in science based regional innovation, and was IT security consultant at Accenture.

Gabriela Augustini, Founder and Director, Olabi Makerspace

Gabriela Agustini is founder and director of Olabi Makerspace, a social enterprise focus on encouraging the use of new (and old) technologies for social change. Based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, she has traveled more than 15 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, Oceania working on projects or speaking at events related to innovation. She is currently Professor of Culture and Technology at Candido Mendes University, Visitant Professor of Entrepreneurship at Fundação Getúlio Vargas, both in Rio. And also co-organizer and co-author of “De baixo para Cima”(“Bottom-up”), a book of articles about digital culture, new economy and peripheries in Brazil. Her experience ranges from the public sector to small startups and private companies. She formed part of the House of Digital Culture, a collective pioneer in the discussion of new technologies in Brazil, where she worked as a curator and executive director of CulturaDigital.Br International Festival held in Brazil in 2011.

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Chloe Dickson, Co-Founder, BeMap

Chloe is co-founder of BeMap, an air pollution mapping device for cyclists. She is a former mountain biking and track cycling champion. With her team, she won the iCan international contest in sensor technologies in 2015. She studies microengineering at EPFL (Switzerland) and teaches robotics to children. Chloe is also active in scientific outreach and equality programs.
Chloe has been participating in conferences and workshops around the world in technologies, leadership, women empowerment and sustainable development.

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Ronaldo Lemos, Founder and Director, ITS Rio

Ronaldo Lemos is a lawyer, founder and director of the Institute for Technology & Society of Rio de Janeiro ( He is professor of law at the Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ). He is a non-resident visiting scholar with the MIT Media Lab, and its liaison officer for Brazil. He has a master in laws degree from Harvard University, and a doctor in laws degree from the University of Sao Paulo, and has been a visiting professor and scholar at Princeton University and Oxford University. He is one of the architects of the “Marco Civil da Internet”, a bill of rights for the Internet passed into law in Brazil in April 2014 protecting freedom of expression and privacy online, as well as network neutrality. He writes weekly for Folha de Sao Paulo, a major national newspaper in Brazil, and hosts weekly at Globonews, a national cable news channel, a TV show focused on innovation. He is a board member of various organisations, including the Mozilla Foundation and AccessNow. He has been appointed a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and a fellow with Ashoka.

Subtheme ‘Visionaries’

How can the concept of resilient cities and the role of smart citizens within it help to bring about massive social change, more economic equality, and help create an urban environment that is healthy and sustainable? A number of visionaries with backgrounds from education, entrepreneurship, technology and government will share their views on the future.

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Fabio Palma, Director, Istituto Europeo di Design

Fabio Palma, an Italian  from Campobasso, is the director of IED Rio – Istituto Europeo di Design of Rio de Janeiro. In addition he works as an illustrator and cartoonist for Italian and Spanish newspapers, websites and magazines.

Fabio graduated in Communications Science from “La Sapienza” University in Rome and specialised in Institutional and Business Communication. He earned his M.Sc. in Scientific and Environmental Communication from Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona (Spain), and his M.Sc in Sustainability from Fundação Getúlio Vargas, in Rio de Janeiro (Brasil).

He worked in Italy, UK, Spain and Brazil for several international companies, institutions and NGO’s as a Head of Education and Training, and as a Head of Communication. Before that Fabio worked as a teacher of Communication Sociology and Project Communication and headed the Advanced Studies department at IED Barcelona .

Fabio moved to Rio de Janeiro in 2010 to assume the role of Director of IED Rio, that will also open the Design Innovation Center of IED Group. At the Council of the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro he is in charge of developing the Strategic Plan of the City of Rio.

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Frank Kresin, Research Director, Waag Society

Frank Kresin is responsible for the research programme and chairman of the Management Team at Waag Society. The research programme consists of six research themes, aimed at healthcare, education, culture, society, the government and the business world. Frank has a background as filmmaker and holds a masters degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Amsterdam. He has worked as a programme manager at the Dutch Digital University Consortium, and filmmaker functional designer at the University of Amsterdam. He is a board member for ISOC NL and The Mobile City, and currently serves in the steering committees of Erfgoed & Locatie (Heritage & Location) and CineGrid Amsterdam.

Since 2006, he leads the programme group of Waag Society, that develops new projects and initiatives, where consortia are formed and financing is secured. He stood at the start of many projects of Waag Society as well as others and is concerned with themes like Creative Care, Future Internet, Open design and Open Data. Among the projects he (co-)founded are CineGrid Amsterdam, Apps for Amsterdam, Nederland Opent Data, Kies op Maat and Geheugen van Almere. Frank regularly presents and writes on trans-disciplinary research in the creative industry.

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Luisa Santiago, Managing Director, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Luisa joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation to implement and lead the Circular Economy 100 Brazil Programme (CE100 Brazil), leveraging her expertise and network in the Brazilian market to expand the successful model of the global CE100 Programme to its first satellite location designed to unlock local opportunities for the circular economy in the country.

Luisa has over 7 years’ experience in consulting in strategy and sustainability areas, working in collaboration with businesses, governments and the third-sector. This role has given her the opportunity to experience and learn from grass-root projects embedded in the linear model, including spending months in the Amazon and in the Middle East working with sustainability projects in mining, with some time also spent in Africa involved in environmental projects in the oil & gas industry. Luisa has also conducted an extensive study into ‘inclusive recycling’ of waste (that is, waste recycling with economic participation of the informal waste-pickers) in 15 countries in Latin America, as well as a deep collaboration of over 1 year with the City of Rio de Janeiro in building its city resilience strategy. Luisa holds a Masters in sustainable development practices, having presented the first academic essay in circular economy in Brazil.

Eva Gladek
Eva Gladek, Founder and CEO, Metabolic

Eva was born and raised in New York City immersed in the international community surrounding the United Nations. She began her career as a molecular biologist with her first laboratory job at the age of 13, and continued on to work as a science journalist and television producer before developing her expertise in industrial ecology.

Eva founded Metabolic, her second start-up, in 2012. In her years of consulting work and concept development, she has advised over 150 companies and industry leaders in sectors ranging from electronics to agriculture. She is an expert in technical environmental management techniques such as Life Cycle Assessment and Material Flow Analysis, and has developed many frameworks for systems thinking and sustainable design.

Eva has a Master’s in Industrial Environmental Management from Yale University and a Bachelor’s in molecular biology from Amherst College.

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