Operationalising the Concept of the Smart City as a Local Innovation Platform: The City of Things Lab in Antwerp, Belgium

  • Nils WalravensEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9704)


This paper gives an overview of two divergent approaches to what the Smart City can be, based on evolutions in the market today. A very top-down view on the Smart City sees corporate interest as a main concern, while purely bottom-up initiatives face challenges of scale, incentive and sustainability. This paper then proposes a point of view that bridges these two and makes an appeal for the city as a local innovation platform that balances different interests. Rather than remaining theoretical, we introduce the City of Things Lab that explicitly puts this approach into practice.


Living labs Smart city Local innovation Platforms 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.iMinds-SMITVrije Universiteit BrusselBrusselsBelgium

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