On a weekly basis Appsterdam brings together app developers for a ‘meet and drink’ event in one of the city’s cafes. Besides organising these regular events to share experiences and toast to a shared vision of Amsterdam as the “app-developing capital of the new media world”, the non-profit organisation also organises weekly lunchtime lectures and workshops for the international app development community in Amsterdam.

Birthday party

For its birthday event, Appsterdam is planning to up its game yet again, with bike/GPS tours in the afternoon, a pre-party on Nieuwmarkt at 16:00, then an evening of (short, interesting) presentations, food, drinks and plenty of chat about Amsterdam. After all, Appsterdam may be like a new-born baby compared to the 400 years of the city’s canals, but this fledgling organisation is showing great promise and making a name for itself internationally. You can sign up for the meet-up here.

Mike Lee

Mike Lee is the founder of the Appsterdam initiative, and is the co-founder of Tapoulous, a company that created one of the first successful iPhone games (Tap Tap Revenge). After Lee left Tapoulous, he travelled extensively and came to the conclusion that Amsterdam is the most liveable city in the world. ‘’I realised a whole world of app makers were looking for a place to settle down...  so why not Amsterdam!”

Creative and digital capital

In the course of growing the Appsterdam community, Lee discovered that for software developers, Amsterdam is the perfect alternative to Silicon Valley. As well as providing great quality of life, the city is still affordable. Moreover, the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area is home to a very well developed creative industry and has an excellent digital infrastructure that draws many ICT firms to the area. Over the past few years, Amsterdam has become a place where app makers from all over the world do business.