Smart strategy gives Amsterdam the edgeAmsterdam was also a "Tier 1 Top Performer" in terms of its tech strategy, beating out other European technology powerhouses such as London, Paris, and Berlin. The report mentioned Amsterdam's medium size as an advantage, as smaller cities "are more capable of experimenting and developing the right policy conditions for innovation and entrepreneurship to flourish."
Also important to Amsterdam’s high ranking was its Smart City initiative, which is an ambitious plan to reinvent how the city delivers services. Amsterdam provides startups with many opportunities to use the city itself as a "living lab" when testing out new products. The report mentions the example of local “smart thermostat” startup Quby, which works closely with the city on many innovative projects.
Making a top-performing tech city even betterAs the study’s co-author John Gibson told Wired, Amsterdam did so well in the survey because of its “city-sponsored smart districts, co-working locations and investment funds. The government just launched their Startup Amsterdam strategy to promote the community globally."
But even more important than the accolades, the report provides concrete advice that Amsterdam's policy-makers can act upon to make their tech-friendly city even more innovative than it already is.