Roland van der Heijden

Roland van der Heijden

Programme Manager Digital City at Municipality of Rotterdam | The Netherlands

Today’s cities have arrived at a social-physical-digital level in which people move fluidly from complete digital surroundings towards complete physical ones, and every hybrid form in between. And Roland van der Heijden is researching and interpreting the respective digital transitions for the city of Rotterdam. To develop innovative approaches, he uses an iterative process between the Community of Knowledge – a collective of several institutes and other governments – and the Community of Practice – consisting of companies, non-profits, and citizens. Roland shares all their findings from this approach and hopes to change people’s image of a city being only a traditional social-physical construct, with the digital sphere seen as a “parallel reality”.