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Tom van Arman

Smart City Architect & Future City Maker

Unleashing potential between our physical surroundings and the new digital landscape.

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*Fee ranges are an estimation for a live keynote speech in an European venue, they can vary significantly depending on the specific requests of the clients, the type of performance, the preparation time and the travel time which is requested. Travel and accommodation costs are not included.


Tom left his family farm in Vermont (USA) to pursue his dream to design future cities. After becoming an architect and urban planner in London he moved the smart city capital of Amsterdam. For the last 20 years, Tom has been using IoT, AI, API’s and open data to as a design tool to create more livable and inclusive cities.

In 2010 he founded Tapp, an award winning smart city design agency enabling local governments and industries to bridge the gap between the built environment and new digital landscape.

Tom works regularly with local governments, energy companies and mobility partners to rapid prototype solutions to solve problems for the 21st century city.

In 2020 Tom developed the worlds first privacy-by-design crowd insights monitor for policy makers and authorities manage public space during the COVID pandemic and UEFA Cup 2020 (’21) Playoffs.

Most recently Tom is consulting on responsible urban technologies to the Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions Institute, Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab (Former Navy Base), Amsterdam Chief Technology Office, Amsterdam Smart City & Amsterdam Economic Board.


AI & Big Data

Smart Energy

Urban Experimentation

Future Mobility

Living Laboratories

Partecipatory Design

Responsible Civic Tech

City Sensors

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