Amsterdam and the New Media Scene

Amsterdam is a vibrant city for people that are interested in new media.
Here you find an overview of related institutions and collectives that are based in Amsterdam.

1. Academic research centers and university labs

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  • The Netherlands Research School for Media Studies
    Spuistraat 210, room 1.25, 1012 VT Amsterdam
    The Netherlands Research school for Media Studies (RSMS) is a national network of academic experts in media research. It aims to provide excellent, state of the art education in media studies to PhD candidates and research master students. Also, it’s ambition is to provide a platform for academics who want to exchange expertise, build coalitions between various research groups, to coordinate and prepare joined grant applications, and to represent the field of media studies at national and international levels. Further, it tries to offer a platform for Dutch graduate students in media research at various universities in order to build academic networks with their peers and to get acquainted with specialist research and researchers in their field. Finally, it aims to offer an international platform which represents Dutch media scholars in international networks, funding bodies, and scientific/academic councils. The participating universities are the Erasmus University Rotterdam, Leiden University, Maastricht University, the Radbout University Nijmegen, the University of Amsterdam, Utrecht University and VU University of Amsterdam.
  • University of Amsterdam
    Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012 XT Amsterdam
    The University of Amsterdam offers a Master’s in New Media and Digital Culture, and a Research Master’s in Media Studies, both international focused.
  • Utrecht University
    Muntstraat 2A, 3512 EV Utrecht
    Utrecht University offers a New Media and Digital Culture Programme for master students. Together, the students generate digital magazines and articles on different new media topics, events and discussions on their website.
  • Institute of Network Cultures (INC)
    Rhijnspoorplein 1, 1091 GC Amsterdam
    Connected to the Department of Media and Culture of the University of Amsterdam and the School of Interactive Media (Hogeschool van Amsterdam), the Institute of Network Cultures (the INC) focuses on analysing, researching and shaping the field of Internet and other new forms of media. Through events, publications and online dialogue, the Institute of Network Cultures actively contributes to the terrain of new media. The mission of the Institute of Network Cultures is to explore, document and feed the potential of new media to generate socio-technological change. The Institute of Network Cultures was founded by Geert Lovink following his appointment as Professor within the School of Interactive Media at the Hogeschool van Amsterdam (Amsterdam Polytechnic).
  • The Center for the Study of Digital Games and Play (GAP)
    Muntstraat 2A, 3512 EV Utrecht
    The Center for the Study of Digital Games and Play (GAP) examines digital games as well as the role of play in our contemporary culture. It’s research focuses on the increasingly saturation and changing of games and playing with reference to other cultural practices, both in terms of content and use.
  • Digital Methods Initiative
    Turfdraagsterpad 9, 1012XT Amsterdam
    The Digital Methods Initiative is a contribution to doing research into the "natively digital". It is connected to the University of Amsterdam. The focus is on how methods may change, however slightly or wholesale, owing to the technical specificities of new media. The effort is to bring together in one realm the expertise developed over the past number of years for the purposes of information and data-sharing, teaching and research, in what some call a 'collaboratory'. In particular the initiative seeks to invite Internet researchers into a particular strand of thought concerning the specificity of the new medium and the distinctive approaches to its study.
  • UvA Efgoedlab
    Oude Turfmarkt 129, 1012 GC Amsterdam
    The aim of the Erfgoedlab is to explore the interaction between heritage, collections, science and audience. As a platform for research and experimentation, it brings together scientists, students and artists to present exhibitions on a variety of themes related to heritage, such as media art.
  • HvA Medialab
    Eerste Boerhaavestraat 1, 1091 RZ Amsterdam
    MediaLAB Amsterdam conducts applied research on innovative interactive media applications together with partners from the creative industries and education. The research projects focus on urban screens, locative media, data visualization, interactive TV, gaming, the future of publishing and e-learning. At their core, the focus of all research projects is the innovative character of the digital applications.
  • Center for Creation, Content and Technology
    University of Amsterdam, Science Park 904, 1098 XH Amsterdam
    The Center for Creation, Content and Technology is a collaboration between institutes and groups of several faculties of the University of Amsterdam and the Hogeschool van Amsterdam, which work together on a project basis in the field of content and technology. The aim is to combine the strengths of these groups in research and education in a unique multi-disciplinary setting, and preferably in collaboration with the (creative) industries in and around Amsterdam.

2. Non-academic research centers

  • Waag Society
    Piet Heinkade 181a, Amsterdam
    Waag Society, institute for art, science and technology, develops creative technology for social innovation. The foundation researches, develops concepts, pilots and prototypes and acts as an intermediate between the arts, science and the media. Waag Society cooperates with cultural, public and private parties.
  • Virtueel Platform
    Damrak 70, Amsterdam
    Virtueel Platform stimulates and strengthens cultural innovation in the Netherlands by sharing knowledge about e-culture and increasing its visibility and scope.
  • Mediamatic
    Vijzelstraat 72, Amsterdam
    Since 1983 Mediamatic has been active as a cultural institution. Mediamatic is interested in cultural developments that foster new technologies, and new technologies that spur cultural developments. Mediamatic has produced CD-ROMs and magazines, exhibitions, workshops, salons, dev camps and other get-togethers. They contribute to the development of software and art, and occasionally act as a publishing company. was launched in 1994 and has been a growing online social network since 2002.
    Achtergracht 19, Amsterdam
    STEIM (the studio for electro-instrumental music) is an independent live electronic music centre unique in its dedicated to the performing arts. The foundation’s artistic and technical departments support an international community of performers and musicians, and a growing group of visual artists, to develop unique instruments for their work. STEIM invites these people for residencies and provides them with an artistic and technical environment in which concepts can be given concrete form. It catalyzes their ideas by providing critical feedback grounded in professional experience. These new creations are then exposed to a receptive responsive niche public at STEIM before being groomed for a larger audience.
  • Submarine Channel
    Rapenburgerstraat 109, Amsterdam
    Submarine Channel is a research center and production company for transmedia dramas, documentaries and genre-defying entertainment. From studios in Amsterdam and L.A, Submarine Channel creates content that exploits new technologies to tell stories in visually exciting, multiple format-friendly ways – including motion comics, online games, web documentaries, and video portraits about pioneering creatives from all over the world. The popular website streams authored content as well as the best in next-gen cinema by peer creators, attracting a global following of creative professionals across the spectrum.
  • De Balie
    Kleine Gartmanplantsoen 10, Amsterdam
    De Balie is a platform for debates, seminars and films focussed on cultural, artistic, political and social issues.
  • NIMk Artlab
    Keizersgracht 264, Amsterdam
    The Artlab is the department within the Netherlands Media Art Institute that is responsible for research. Artlab supports research by artists into the use of new media within the visual arts. Here artists can experiment, make contact with one another, cooperate and create new work. Through the Artist in Residence program artists are invited to submit project proposals in the field of streaming media, wireless and 3D applications. The Artist in Residence program is a structural part of the Institute. In addition there is occasional research done into tools that can be of service in the process of presentation, production, post-production and distribution of streaming media. As a research center, the Netherlands Media Art Institute focuses first on professional specialists, but students can also approach it with problems they may encounter. With the aid of the open source and open content principle, as much knowledge and expertise as possible is made available by the internet.
  • Pakhuis De Zwijger
    Piet Heinkade 179, Amsterdam
    Pakhuis De Zwijger is a platform where creatives, professionals and amateurs meet each other and share knowledge and experience. It’s a place for meetings, lectures, workshops that are all related to creation and innovation.
  • Open State Foundation
    Tolhuisweg 2, Amsterdam
    The Open State Foundation is an organization created out of a merger between former ‘Stichting Het Nieuwe Stemmen’ (or: The New Voting Foundation) and the ‘Hack de Overheid’ collective (or: Hack the Government). Hack de Overheid wants governments to share more data with the public. As such, it focuses on the Open State Foundation pointer of open government. Moreover, Hack de Overheid stimulates open data usage and creation in order to develop valuable online applications. These applications can be used in a variety of areas, ranging from society to business life.

3. New Media Art Spaces, Galleries & Museums

Art Institutions

  • Netherlands Media Art Institute
    Keizersgracht 264, Amsterdam
    Open until December 31, 2012 with the exhibition “Yes We’re Open” exploring the subject of openness in art.
    NIMK has functioned as a comprehensive space. It put on 4 exhibitions a year, supported the Artlab research space for artists in residence, and developed media conservation research. Its collections and research are being contributed to a new foundation called Formerly known as MonteVideo , as well as anew institute under development by SMART Project space: NASA (New Art Space Amsterdam). Materials will also be shared with a new media center in the Hague called THX.
  • SKOR Foundation for Art and Public Domain
    Ruysdaelkade 2, 1072 AG Amsterdam
    This Dutch cultural organization’s mission it to contribute to the ongoing debate on public space and the public domain. It develops art projects with artists concerning the definition and use of public space and and its relationship to society, art, architecture, and urban planning.
  • Rijksakademie
    Sarphatistraat 470, 1018 GW Amsterdam
    An artist institute based on the classic concept of the Academy where artists, philosophers, and academics incubate and discuss ideas. It offers up to two-year residencies to approximately 50 international artists at a time and presents occasional exhibitions of these resident artists.
  • Foam
    Keizersgracht 609, 1017 DS Amsterdam
    This museum contains four different gallery spaces, a café, and a lending library and bookshop containing photography books. It also publishes a magazine and other photography related publications.
  • Stedelijk Museum
    Museumplein 10, Amsterdam
    Founded in 1874, and about to experience its grand reopening after extensive renovations on September 23, 2012, this museum is dedicated to modern and contemporary art as well as design. It features one of the three largest modern and contemporary art libraries in Europe including not only books but also exhibition catalogues, subscriptions, out-of-print journals, and dvds. The museum curates a video channel, ARTtube, which features interviews with artists and videos on art topics, and offers gallery talks, film screenings, music and performance events.
  • De Appel Arts Center
    Prins Hendrikkade 142, 1011 AT Amsterdam
    An exhibition space for visual arts as well as performance, dance, and theatre events, it showcases work by major players in the art world. The center programs talks and conferences under the name Appel on the side and publishes books, monographs, and essay collections. It organizes an 8 month Curatorial Programme in which young international curators are trained and given the opportunity to gain curatorial experience. It presents both solo and group shows as well as longer installations.
  • SMART Project Space
    Pathological Anatomical Laboratory Building, Arie Biemondstraat 101-111, 1054 PD Amsterdam
    Founded in 1994, this mixed use space features 12 artist studios, 6 for Dutch artists and 6 for international ones, as well as 2 apartments for guest curators and critics traveling to Amsterdam for research. It also houses a cinema with near daily film screenings and a café, Media Café Lab 111. Its website is rather clunky, but includes the fantastic SMART Video Server, a collection of video art and art cinema available for streaming.

Commercial Galleries

  • Galerie Fons Welters
    Bloemstraat 140, 1016 LJ Amsterdam
    Founded in 1988, this contemporary gallery represents primarily Dutch but also international emerging artists. Its mission is to help young artists develop their careers. The gallery also features a front room project space called Playstation, featuring younger artists.
  • Annet Gelink Gallery
    Laurierstraat 187-189, 1016 PL Amsterdam
    This professional commercial gallery includes both a main project space and a smaller one called Bakery which occasionally puts on supplementary exhibits. The gallery also has a publications shop.
  • Galerie Juliette Jongma
    Gerard Doustraat 128a, 1073 VX Amsterdam
    Founded in 2004, this contemporary gallery features a small roster of artists and programs mostly solo shows of their work. It also has produced a small number of publications, available in the gallery.
  • Galerie van Gelder
    Planciusstraat 9a, 1013 MD Amsterdam
    This contemporary commercial gallery represents a hefty roster of internationally known artists (both living and deceased) such as Joseph Beuys, Olafur Eliasson, Marlene Dumas, and Jenny Holzer. Their website is unfortunately awkward to navigate, but it contains a vast array of artwork, as well as artist editions and books for purchase.
  • Galerie De Expeditie
    Leliegracht 47, 1016 GT Amsterdam
    Contemporary art gallery representing a small number of both local and international artists with a focus on more experimental and avant garde works.
  • Upstream Gallery Amsterdam
    Van Ostadestraat 294, 1073 TW Amsterdam
    Founded in 2003, this highly professional gallery concentrates on the international art market and represents artists both from the Netherlands and abroad. It presents a mix of solo and group shows.
  • Jeanine Hofland Contemporary Art
    De Clercqstraat 62, 1052 NJ Amsterdam
    Founded in 2010 in an old grocery store, this gallery’s mission is to support young and emerging artists. It puts on approximately approximately 7 shows per year and focuses on building long-term connections with artists, like traditional galleries, while programming content-based exhibitions that are more in line with the programming in alternative spaces. It also features a side project Alongside# which complements exhibitions with artist lectures, screenings, and performances, and has an annual curatorial residency for young curators.
  • Galerie Diana Stigter Amsterdam
    Elandsstraat 90,1016 SH Amsterdam
    This small, more experimental gallery represents fewer artists than most of their commercial counterparts. They also release occasional publications. Their website is under construction.
    Lijnbaansgracht 317, 1017 WZ Amsterdam
    A contemporary gallery with a focus on experimental work and the use of art as a form of communication, it represent a small group of artists spanning a broad range of media.
  • Gallery Paul Andriesse
    Westerstraat 187N, 1015 MA Amsterdam
    This contemporary gallery opened with a focus on a variety of works by German artists but since then has widened its geographic scope and begun to highlight photography especially.
  • Ellen de Bruijne Projects
    Rozengracht 207A, 1016 LZ Amsterdam
    This commercial gallery has an experimental bent and features performance in addition to 2D, 3D and time-based media. The gallery also programs a project space, Dolores, and releases occasional books.
  • Ronmandos
    2 Locations: Prinsengracht 282 , 1016 HJ Amsterdam , Rodenrijselaan 24 , 3037 XE Rotterdam
    Focused on presenting current developments in contemporary art and giving a platform to experimental works, this gallery represents a roster of artists but features guest artists as well.
  • Vous Etes Ici
    Ms. van Riemsdijkweg 41A, 1033 RC Amsterdam
    Founded in 1990, this contemporary gallery represents European and American artists. It offers a contemporary art course for emerging collectors, and its website features several interesting videos of conversations between art professionals.

Alternative Spaces

  • Goleb
    Burg. de Vlugtlaan 125, 1063 BJ Amsterdam
    An artist-run alternative space on the 2nd floor of a former school building. It includes 9 studios with international resident artists working in a variety of visual media including photography, video, installation, and painting. It also houses a project space featuring film screenings, performances, and lectures. Its site is not frequenty updated with upcoming events, but there is a facebook page as well:
  • W139
    Warmoesstraat 139, 1012 JB Amsterdam NL
    Founded in 1979 as an anti-institutional squat, W139 is now an alternative art space working in harmony with local institutions. It seems to take risks and exhibits a variety of media including performance with short consecutive exhibitions. It also includes an independent space within it called BARRY which programs lectures, performances, and film screenings.
  • BERM Collectief
    Krugerplein 36 A, 1091 LA Amsterdam
    This experimental art project space concentrates on issues of society and community and curates exhibitions as well as workshops and film screenings.
  • Kulter
    Sanderijnstraat 21, 1055 BN Amsterdam
    An underground art space where two artists are invited to make work around a theme and create pieces which respond to one another’s. The exhibition is then mounted in an intimate space where the artists and the public share a meal and discussion. The venue also features music performances and other events.
  • Outpost
    Jan Toroopstraat 35, 1062 BK Amsterdam
    This alternative, artist-run gallery and project space was founded in October 2009 as a squat in an old Thai restaurant. It hosts concerts and food nights in addition to exhibitions.
  • Schrank8
    Wagenaarstraat 331, Amsterdam Oost
    In a local graphic designer’s living room lives a German cabinet from the 1930’s. Every 2 months, the designer invites different artists to exhibit their work in her cabinet and hosts an opening reception in her home.
  • Teto Projects
    Haarlemmermeerstraat 89-2, 1058 JS Amsterdam
    Founded in 2009, a local apartment serves as a non-profit project space and exhibits the work of young artists, mostly recent local graduates. Its mission is to generate cross-disciplinary discussions around its programming.
  • PAKT
    Zeeburgerpad 53, 1019 AB Amsterdam
    This alternative venue exhibits contemporary large scale solo exhibitions, allowing each artist’s vision to be more fully realized. It also sublets 10 studios to artists, designers, directors, writers, composers, and editors.

4. Music and performance spaces

  • MC Theater Westergasfabriek
    Polonceaukade 5, Amsterdam
    Theatre and production house with a focus on young, dynamic and multidisciplinary productions, aiming to represent the multicultural reality of Europe today.
    Theatre and more Multiple art forms are accommodated in this theatre and production house: in addition to theatre performances, there is space for music, new media, dance, exhibitions and more.
    Located in the Westergasfabriek area, the MC Theater houses two studios, a theatre seating 200 and a restaurant/meeting place for dining, dancing or just hanging out.
  • De Melkweg
    Lijnbaansgracht 234a, Amsterdam
    The Melkweg is one of the most well-known cultural centres within and outside the Netherlands, and is unique because of a programme that unites five artistic disciplines under one roof: music, dance/theatre, film, photography and media art. Concerts, dance events, theatrical and dance productions, films, media art presentations and photo exhibitions are staged in five halls and several small rooms.
  • Paradiso
  • Weteringsschans 6, Amsterdam. Paradiso is a concert hall, club and cultural centre. Throughout the year, the big stream of concerts and other events is changed up withfestivals, such as the Britpop oriented London Calling festival and 5 days off, the festival for electronic music and media art.
  • Trouw
    Wibautstraat 127, Amsterdam
    Trouw is a music venue, nightclub and event space housed in a former newspaper printing facility. Aimed at combining music, food and arts, Trouw also features a restaurant and concrete walls covered with art and graffiti.
  • Sugar Factory
    Lijnbaansgracht 238, Amsterdam
    The Sugar Factory is a cutting edge multi-disciplinary night theatre. It is the perfect place to dive into dance, live music, live art, poetry, theater and cabaret. The Factory is located next to the Leidseplein, the centre of Amsterdam night life, and this club is an absolute must for everyone who loves art and disco until dawn.
  • Westergasfabriek
    Klönneplein 1, Amsterdam
    A gas factory founded in 1883 that reopened in 2003 as an arts and cultural center. The site comprises 13 monumental buildings of various sizes that play host to film and theater companies, fashion shows, corporate functions, movie shoots, art exhibitions, operas, techno parties, and assorted festivals. There are also bars, nightclubs, and restaurants.
  • Bimhuis
    Piet Heinkade 3, Amsterdam
    The Bimhuis provides a perspective on Dutch and international music in more than 300 concerts annually, in which a variety of jazz and improvised music can be enjoyed.
  • Heineken Music Hall
    Arena Boulevard 590, Amsterdam. A musical arena in the ArenA complex. The Heineken Music Hall regularly plays host to pop, rock and dance acts who are too big for the more central venues. Its modern design lacks character but makes up for it in acoustics.
  • De Nieuwe Anita
    Frederik Hendrikstraat 111, Amsterdam
    A new fixture in Amsterdam's subculture, DNA has become a sparkling promoter of fresh talents in the world of independent rock and electronica.
  • Hotel Arena
    s-Gravesandestraat 51, Amsterdam
    Another multi-purpose venue, these beautiful buildings were once an orphanage, before changing into a youth hostel. From there, it was only a short step to becoming a trendy hotel, bar and restaurant.
  • Studio 80
    Rembrandtplein 17, Amsterdam
    Creative platform for new electronic music focussing on young talent.
  • Odeon
    Singel 460, Amsterdam
    This three-storey, 1662-built venue comes complete with restaurant, cocktail bar, café, disco and cultural activities. It's hot with the students on Thursdays, and weekends see various local electro DJs.
  • Bitterzoet
    Spuistraat 2, Amsterdam
    This busy and casual bar is a venue for theatre and music. Both bands and DJs tend to embrace the jazzy, world and urban side of sound.

5. Collectives and hacker spaces


  • Meetup
    Meetup is the world's largest network of local groups. Meetup makes it easy for anyone to organize a local group or find one of the thousands already meeting up face-to-face. More than 9,000 groups get together in local communities each day, each one with the goal of improving themselves or their communities.
    Meetup's mission is to revitalize local community and help people around the world self-organize. Meetup believes that people can change their personal world, or the whole world, by organizing themselves into groups that are powerful enough to make a difference.
    The Hackers and Founders Amsterdam website is a Dutch variety who are looking for hackers that are building interesting and awesome things, and in some cases with the possibility to found a company on. The Dutch hackers are especially interested in startups.
  • Club of Amsterdam
    Pieter Aertszstraat 83hs 1073 SL Amsterdam
    The Club of Amsterdam is an independent, international, future-oriented think tank involved in channeling preferred futures. It involves those who dare to think out of the box and those who don't just talk about the future but actively participate in shaping outcomes. We organize events, seminars and summits on relevant issues and publish findings & proceedings through various off-line and online media channels. Our goal is to become a global player and catalyst for innovation in industries, science and society. The Club of Amsterdam is a not-for-profit foundation registered in The Netherlands.
  • SLUG
    The SLUG is the Squatter Linux User Group from Amsterdam. Its main goal is to introduce open source solutions to a wide group of Amsterdam activists still struggling with proprietary software. We give workshops on how to install, configure and use Linux operating system in general. We also give workshops about all variety of free software available (from using gimp, through pure data, to network tools).
    Also as a part of our philosophy we believe that there is no over dated computers. Therefore we love to build machines from recycled hardware which you can find lying everywhere in the streets, attics, basements of Amsterdam. There is no such thing as ‘too old’ computer. It all depends on a destination of your freshly built machine.
  • Bits of Freedom
    Bickersgracht 208 1013 LH Amsterdam
    Bits of Freedom stands up for your freedom and privacy on the internet. These rights are essential for development, technological innovation and the law. But this freedom isn’t obvious. Your information is stored and analyzed. Your Internet traffic is pinched and blocked. Bits of Freedom ensures that your internet stays your case. Bits of Freedom is an influential civil rights movement.
    We ensure that government and business reverse malicious policy and input good policy. To achieve this, we work closely with our supporters. Our strength is our combination of our expertise, constructive lobby where possible and sharp action where necessary. And it works. Political parties listen to us, the industry is asking us for advice and more and more Dutch stand behind our goal: An internet that is open to everyone, where everyone can share information digitally and that private communications remain private.
  • Occupy Amsterdam
    The Occupy movement is: Independent, A movement, which consist of people with divergent opinions, The occupy movement is from the people, The Occupy movement is not from unions or parties
    We saw the #occupywallstreet demonstrations occur on 17 September 2011. They demonstrate for freedom and equality for all, and therefore look to Wall Street. Everyone should not only fair access to the riches of the world, but also to have equal decision-making power. Not just a few! Choosing representatives who fail to meet them is NOT democracy. A country that is in debt by the monopoly of the banks printing money is NOT a free country.
    We want through peaceful action draw attention to these issues. We invite everyone to join us to find solutions and our produce an improvement! Progress, striving forward, cooperation and awareness are the keywords of these activities. Occupy Amsterdam has no leaders or representatives. This is a motion on behalf and for all.
    Location: Pakhuis de Zwijger Piet Heinkade 181A 1019 HC Amsterdam
    PICNIC is a leading European platform for innovation and creativity. We function as an incubator and accelerator for game changing ideas, concepts, products and services. Through our activities, we address the mega trends of our time and explore how to creatively apply technology in order to meet business, social and environmental challenges.
    Why We believe that innovation and creativity are powerful forces that should be used to meet the world’s challenges head on.
    How Today’s big challenges can’t be solved by one company or one industry. PICNIC believes that bringing together people from many industries, companies and fields and encouraging them to create solutions together is how the world’s big challenges should be solved. We create informal environments where people can step out of their comfort zone in order to collaborate.
    What PICNIC organizes activities that inspire, broaden and challenge. We encourage participants to improve, re-imagine and develop unexpected but useful ideas which lead to a better world. For whomPICNIC participants are curious, engaged and action-oriented. They’re committed to broadening themselves professionally and personally and are looking for people to collaborate with. Like PICNIC, they want to play an active role in shaping the future. Blogs
  • MediaLAB
    Studio HvA, Wibautstraat 2-4, 1091 GM, Amsterdam
    MediaLAB Amsterdam conducts applied research on innovative interactive media applications together with partners from the creative industries and education. The research projects focus on urban screens, locative media, data visualization, interactive TV, gaming, the future of publishing and e learning. At their core, the focus of all research projects is the innovative character of the digital applications.
    Students work in multidisciplinary teams guided by experts from the industry and the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. These experts are a mix of designers, programmers, social/digital media experts, researchers, copywriters and storytellers. In twenty weeks (one semester) the team develops a working prototype for a client in collaboration them.
    The team works four days a week in Studio HvA or at the client’s office. Additionally, the student has one day a week to work individually on the documentation of their internship or graduation project. The program is in English and available to all final year students from (Applied) Universities.

Hacker Spaces

  • Techinc
    Vijzelgracht 68, Amsterdam
    Techinc is a group of people from the new hacker space in Amsterdam.
    Our goal is to create a meeting space where like-minded people can meet each other and exchange ideas, learn together, work together, and have fun together. For now, our group consists mostly of IT professionals with daily jobs, or freelancers & consultants, with some students and some artists mixed in. "Hacking" is a passion and a hobby and a dream: our interests are hardware-hacking, software-hacking, hacktivism, DYI, sharing knowledge, electronics, security, science...
  • Randomdata
    Parkstraat 30, Utrecht
    Randomdata is group of people who want to do "technical" stuff. Randomdata is a hacker space. A hacker space is a real (as opposed to virtual) place where people with common interests, usually in science, technology, or digital or electronic art can meet, socialize and collaborate. A hacker space can be viewed as an open community lab, workbench, machine shop, workshop and/or studio where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to share resources and knowledge to build/make things. We build, we break, we create, we invent and of course we hack. There are no actual limits to creativity (unless it's illegal).

Amsterdam-Based New Media Blogs

  • Nalden
    Nieuwe prinsengracht 33, 1018 EG, Amsterdam
    Nalden is all about lifestyle for digital natives. Both the blog and iPad app work like an online desktop and includes stories supported by audio, video, photo galleries and shop. It's not about trends. It's a collection of curated observations.
    Hailing from Amsterdam, this creative outlet allows me to share everything I like with like minded people around the world. A discovery of music, design, fashion & tech with my own approach to distribution and content, resulting in a stream based upon the best ideas, energy & enthusiasm.
  • Masters of Media
    Turfdraagsterpad 9 1012 XT Amsterdam
    Masters of Media is the collaborative blog of the new media master students of the University of Amsterdam. The blog launched in September 2006, as part of the new media practises course taught by Geert Lovink, the founder and coordinator of this project. Now in its seventh year the blog is populated by about 60 Masters of Media students of the 2012-2013 one year New Media MA program with additional postings by those nearing completion or recently graduated.
    The MA New Media is one of the Master’s programs of Media and Cultural Studies, which is part of the Faculty of Humanities. The various courses also attract new media-oriented students from the two-year Research Master’s in Media Studies programme.
    The course New Media Practices looks to develop an understanding of the ways media, particularly new media, address people, and articulate social and cultural practice through diverse forms of engagement. To achieve this, course participation is specifically linked to interaction with the objects of study. Combining this experience with theories of new media not only helps us develop a broader understanding of advancements in technology, it also provides a basis for in-depth perspectives on shifts in our culture.
  • New Amsterdam Media
    New Amsterdam Media and Seth Shapiro supply strategic consulting to creative, financial and technology leaders across media and across the globe.
    NAM helps create great digital businesses with some of the world’s leading brands, and some of the leaders of tomorrow.
  • Anne Helmond
    Anne Helmond is a New Media PhD candidate with the Digital Methods Initiative at the Mediastudies department at the University of Amsterdam where she studied New Media from 2004-2008. She graduated cum laude with a thesis on ‘ Blogging for Engines. Blogs under the Influence of Software-Engine Relations.’ This research on the symbiotic relationship between blog software and search engines contributes to the existing research on blogs and blogging by framing it from a software-engine perspective and describing a different role of the blogger in this relationship.
    It aims to contribute to the emerging field of Software Studies which addresses the role that software plays in our society. She participated in SoftWhere 2008, the Software Studies Workshop led by Noah Wardrip-Fruin and Lev Manovich at the University of San Diego and gave a lecture on software-engine relations at the HASTACII conference at UC Irvine. Anne continues her research on software-engine relations and cross-syndication politics within social media with the Digital Methods Initiative at the University of Amsterdam.
    From 1999 – 2003 Anne studied at the Utrecht School of Arts where she received a Bachelor degree in Interaction Design and a Master degree in Interactive Multimedia. As a freelance photographer she has worked for VPRO 3VOOR12, the Institute of Network Cultures and covered various new media conferences such as New Cultural Networks, the Next Web and PICNIC. Her personal and professional pictures are located at Flickr.
    Besides blogging on her personal blog about new media and software issues she previously blogged for the Blog Herald, the Masters of Media blog and the Next Web blog.

6. New Media Companies

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New Media Strategy Businesses

    Prins Hendrikkade 21-2, 1012 TL Amsterdam
    ACHTUNG! is an interactive marketing-communications agency founded in 2005. ACHTUNG! describes itself as an agency who creates stories for brands. These stories are used to create consumer engagement by allowing the consumer to interact with the story at the time and place they want.
  • 180 Amsterdam
    Herengracht 506, 1017 CB Amsterdam
    180 is an international advertising agency with a second office in Los Angeles. Focussing mainly on brands, they call themselves a multidisciplinary group “whose sole mission is to create positive change for their clients and their businesses”
  • Boondoggle
    Czaar Peterstraat 155, 1018 PH Amsterdam
    Founded in 2007, Boondoggle is a creative agency focussed on building brands beyond the traditional skill of broadcasting a brand’s promise. Boondoggle’s method is based on digital thinking.
  • CCCP
    Herengracht 505, 1017 BV Amsterdam
    CCCP is a full service creative agency focussing on creative television production and advertising. CCCP creates and develops TV-formats, advertising campaigns and corporate films and clips. CCCP was founded as a production company, but quickly incorporated advertising in their business model. The agency is characterized by its “fresh, cheeky and unorthodox” way of advertising.
  • Conspiracy Concepts
    Helicopterstraat 3, 1059 CE Amsterdam
    Conspiracy Concepts is a communications agency specialized in multiple disciplines. They have been involved in building brands and companies and have worked on integrated campaigns, product development, advertising, events, pr, sponsorships, new media, branded entertainment and non-spot advertising.
  • IJsfontein
    Haarlemmerweg 4, 1014 BE Amsterdam
    IJsfontein is a specialist in interactive communication and media productions and has been successful for over fourteen years. Among the clients of the Amsterdam based company are broadcasting companies, museums, (consumer) brands and non-governmental organisations. A lot of IJsfontein's media have children as the main users. Their payoff is “playful solutions, serious communication.”
  • Lab1111
    Entrepotdok 86, 1018 AD Amsterdam
    Lab1111 initiates, develops and operates digital communications products together with brand advertisers, advertising agencies and media operators. They create innovative platforms, services and applications in social and mobile media.
  • Locomotive
    Sophialaan 43, 1075 BM Amsterdam
    Locomotive is an amsterdam advertising agency that focuses on creating brand stories. Locomotives believes that in a society where consumers are bombarded with content and advertisement stories are much more effective to capture the consumers’ attention. They have been active for over 25 years.
  • Ogilvy Amsterdam
    Pilotenstraat 41, 1059 CH Amsterdam
    Ogilvy Amsterdam is part of advertising agency Ogilvy which is based in 125 countries all over the world, founded in 1948 by David Ogilvy. Their motto, a quote by David Ogilvy, “If it doesn’t sell, it isn’t creative” is central to their work method. This work method has earned them a long list of high profile clients over the past years.
  • Saatchi & Saatchi | Leon Burnett
    Danzigerkade 23c, 1013 AP Amsterdam
    Saatchi & Saatchi Amsterdam | Leo Burnett is a Dutch fusion between two global agencies. The in 2010 newly established advertising agency fully integrates online, offline and activation. The agency is part of the worldwide Saatchi & Saatchi network, with 150 agencies all over the world. Saatchi & Saatchi | Leo Burnett positions itself as “the Lovemarks Company”, working on creating an emotional bond between the consumer and a brand. This strategy was founded by their worldwide CEO Kevin Roberts.
  • Wieden + Kennedy
    Herengracht 258, 1016 BV Amsterdam
    Wieden + Kennedy Amsterdam is part of international advertising agency Wieden + Kennedy, founded by Dan Wieden and David Kennedy in Portland, Oregon in 1982. Wieden + Kennedy is now based in six countries all over the world. The Amsterdam agency was founded in 1992 when Nike opened its European headquarters near Amsterdam. Wieden + Kennedy is responsible for Nike’s “Just Do It” tagline and Lance Armstrong’s Livestrong bracelet, among many other well known campaigns.
  • Blogmij
    Blogmij BV, Laurierstraat 71 HS ,1016 PJ, Amsterdam
    Blogmij is a company that focuses on advertising through social media. Daily advertisements commissioned by media agencies, advertising agencies and direct advertisers are brought to the attention of the target group through the use of influencers. The method of Blogmij is unique. The advertising message is the influencer in a unique and quirky way to his followers brought to the attention.

New Media Production & Development Businesses

  • aFrogleap
    Delflandlaan 4, 1062 EB Amsterdam
    aFrogleap is a Dutch full service mobile development agency, founded in 2009. It focusses on creating and developing mobile business solutions for service, m-commerce and advertising purposes.
  • Guerilla Games
    Herengracht 601, 1017 CE Amsterdam
    Originally founded in 2000 as the merging of three smaller companies, Guerilla Games is an Amsterdam based development studio focussing on games. The company was bought by Sony Computer Entertainment in 2005. It is known for producing Killzone 1, 2 and 3.
    Mensinge 2, 1083 HA Amsterdam
    ICEMOBILE is a full-service mobile agency founded in 2002. It helps international brands with the development of their mobile strategy through creation, conceptualization and technical development of their mobile services.
  • Innovation Factory
    De Lairessestraat 180, 1075 HM Amsterdam
    Company founded by Prof. of Technology and Innovation (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) Han Gerrits. Innovation Factory consists of both creative software developers and creative ‘Challenge Managers’.
    Innovation Factory is focussed on providing the best environment for an organisation’s ‘Idea Challenges’.
  • Layar
    Vijzelstraat 20, 1017 HK Amsterdam
    Layar is a mobile browser that enables the user to view augmented reality, founded in 2009 in Amsterdam. In 2010 the World Economic Forum elected the company as a Technology Pioneer for 2011. Besides users being able to view augmented reality outside on the street, it also enables publishers to add an interactive dimension to printed content with newly introduced Layar Creator. The Layar app already has over 3 million users.
  • Momkai
    Barentszplein 7, 1013 NJ Amsterdam
    Momkai, founded in 2002, is a digital creative agency that builds and develops interactive projects. Momkai creates design and technical resolutions. The agency has won numerous awards in the past years. They work with advertising agencies, but also directly with the brand or company.
  • Present Plus
    Nieuwe Prinsengracht 33, 1018 EG Amsterdam
    Present Plus is a company founded by Dutch entrepreneurs Nalden and Damian Bradfield. It describes itself as a team of developers, designers, videographers and creatives. Present Plus is the driving force behind the majorly successful websites/applications Kuvva and WeTransfer.
  • WeFilm
    Willemsparkweg 66, 1071 HK Amsterdam
    Dutch production company Wefilm, founded by brothers Roel and Bas Welling in 2010, creates engaging online films, virals and commercials. It has won multiple national and international awards.
Topic revision: r22 - 11 Feb 2013, RichardRogers
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