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Smart City: Transferring the Amsterdam Approach to the Brazilian context

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This short course was developed by Insper’s Arq.Futuro Cities Laboratory in collaboration by Amsterdam University of Applied Science (AUSA) and Amsterdam Smart City (ASC).

Brazil is a highly urbanized country facing major challenges relating to urban governance, sustainability and inclusion.  The Netherlands, especially Amsterdam, is widely recognized for its leading smart city / innovation approach which is focused on public-private partnerships and multi-stakeholder collaboration. In Amsterdam, we look at the smart city as a city where stakeholders innovate together, using technology to improve the quality of life.  A key element in the collaboration is the resulting business model and the possibilities for upscaling.

This course focuses on transferring and applying the “Amsterdam Approach” to urban innovation and governance to improve the capacity of Brazilian urban and smart city professionals.  The course will help participants understand the possibilities of technical innovations for the benefit of a liveable city as well as the socio-economic preconditions that make these projects possible. Participants will better understand technological trends, discover opportunities for metropolitan improvements (on topics such as mobility, energy and governance) and learn how to organize and scale up smart city projects.


Amsterdam Smart City (ASC) 

ASC is an innovation platform that brings together public authorities, innovative companies, knowledge institutions and proactive citizens to shape the city of the future. Amsterdam Smart City consists of a public-private partnership program and an international community. Over the past ten years, ASC has been accelerating Amsterdam’s innovation ecosystem by sharing knowledge and setting up new collaborations on key metropolitan challenges. Currently the ASC program focuses on four key societal transition: energy, mobility, responsible digitalization and circular economy.


Smart City Academy at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS)

As a core knowledge partner of ASC, AUAS has set up the Smart City Academy to develop knowledge, research and education about the do’s and don’ts of smart city projects. The goal is to accelerate and elevate smart city projects, as we unravel the ‘Amsterdam approach’ and the key elements of making an impact in Amsterdam’s innovative ecosystem. The academy serves as a knowledge hub for Amsterdam Smart City. A vital part of our mission is to share this knowledge with Dutch and international students and professionals.


Course Partners

The course is offered by Insper in collaboration with Amsterdam Smart City and the Smart City Academy of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

  • Participants understand different perspectives on and concepts of smart cities and how smart city strategies contribute to metropolitan developments / challenges
  • Participants learn about different aspects of smart city projects / strategies (the role of the innovation ecosystem, technology and data, citizens and users and business cases and upscaling) and can reflect upon how they relate and interact with each other
  • Participants can apply these smart city concepts and strategies on a local / regional case

This course targets public and private professionals from Brazil and other countries, and practitioners wishing to advance their knowledge of smart city governance and urban innovation ecosystems. The participant would like to gain skills, tools and methodologies from Amsterdam, to help advance urban transformation in Brazilian cities and urban metropolitan centers. Participants should have basic knowledge or minimum one year experience with urban innovation, governance or sustainability topics.

Payment** Early Bird Discount* Insper Alumni Discount Course Fee
Cash Payment (Credit or Ticket) R$ 4.760,00 R$ 4.462,50 R$ 5.950,00
Credit Card (up to 10 installments) R$ 476,00 R$ 446,25 R$ 595,00

Special conditions for this course:

  • Customized Partners: partner companies will have a 50% discount on the full amount of the course for each enrollment made.
  • Smart City Partners: companies will have a 50% discount on the full price of the course as of the second enrollment.
  • Live Learning alumni and applicants who register: 25% discount on the full course fee for each enrollment made.
  • Former students of the Urban Innovation Executive Course: 30% discount on the full amount of the course for each enrollment made.
  • Insper Alumni Community: 2 scholarships of 50% discount on the full amount of the course for the first 2 alumni who enroll in the course.

* Early Bird (20% discount) for enrollments up to 15 days before the start of classes, applied on the full amount of the tuition cost.

** Check the number of installments available for payment by credit card. 5% discount for cash payment (discount not cumulative with EB and Alumni).

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Program Content

  • 1. Metropolitan transitions
    Introduction to key metropolitan transitions, SDG’s, the opportunities and pit-falls of smart city strategies and solutions2. Innovation ecosystems
    Introduction to innovation theory, system change, bottom-up vs top-down innovation, living labs, triple / quadruple helix collaboration models3. Responsible digitalization
    Introduction to technical preconditions for smart city solutions and ethical issues related to digitalization including privacy and inclusiveness4. Business modeling and upscaling
    Introduction to economic models and stages for smart city projects and preconditions for upscaling

    5. User-centric smart cities
    Introduction to the role of citizens, behavioral change and human-technology interface in smart cities

Action Learning Project


During the Action Learning Project, participants will work in interdisciplinary groups to directly apply the knowledge learned in this course to one of two Brazillian cities’ specific challenges. The assignment will require students to design and develop a smart city project that can help address a key metropolitan challenge. The students will reflect on the bigger picture of challenges in the city and apply the learning objectives on a more specific case within that city.


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Course Duration: approx. 17 hours*

Upcoming session: to be determined.

Limited availability.
The course will be taught in English.

Synchronous classes: 12 hours live with course instructors and other participants.

Asynchronous activities: estimated 3 hours will be dedicated to the asynchronous activities (readings, videos and case studies).

Asynchronous activities: estimated 2 hours will be dedicated to the applied project.

Course Program

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