Keynote: Ger Baron

From Government to GovTech: How Technology is Changing Our Cities

Ger Baron, CTO, City of Amsterdam    

Cities are "getting digital": from public spaces to buildings to sharing platforms to interactive screens or VR.  This phenomenon will change the way we work, play and live. Amsterdammers are early adopters, but how can we make sure we leverage on the potential of technology without feeling the burn of disruption too much?

Ger Baron is the Chief Technology Officer of the City of Amsterdam. His professional career started at Accenture, where he worked as an analyst in the consulting department. In 2007, he was hired by Amsterdam Innovation Motor (AIM) in the role of project manager, specifically to develop and enhance the role of ICT. Baron was responsible for starting up the Amsterdam ICT-cluster and he initiated several projects in public-private partnership. Among these were a number of projects related to the development of Amsterdam’s Smart City initiative. Currently, Mr Baron is responsible for innovation, R&D and innovation partnerships within the City of Amsterdam. In addition, he serves as president of the City Protocol Society.