Brainport Smart District in The New York Times!

Brainport Smart District in The New York Times!

Did you see it? The New York Times in conversation with future resident Hans Moerkerk, Ben van Berkel (UNStudio) and Cathalijne Dortmans about Brainport Smart District. About living in a living lab and the challenges that go with it: “I realize we are going to live in an experiment,” Mr. Moerkerk said. “Some ideas might not work out the way we expect.”

Now available online in The New York Times and printed in the international edition!

Future thinkers wanted for Brainport Smart District User Council!

Future thinkers wanted for Brainport Smart District User Council!

How will our life look like in 20 years? And in 50 years? How is our living and working environment changing? Do we grow our own vegetables? Do we still drive to work by car? For the BSD User Council (title in development) we are looking for future thinkers who want to think about this.

Brainport Smart District wants to become the smartest city in the world. Living in the future, but already now. We want to make BSD an attractive neighborhood to live, work and stay. The BSD User Council will deal with this bridge between innovation and reality.

The user council can be asked by a company or institution to respond to an innovation project for BSD: if this idea will soon be part of the neighborhood, how would residents and visitors experience it? What should we take into account? What opportunities and obstacles do you see? In addition, the user council can also provide advice on its own initiative.

What does an innovative water-saving system actually mean for your daily shower? If the neighborhood becomes car-free, children can safely play outside, but will the neighborhood still be attractive to people with walking difficulties? Suppose we organize care locally and among ourselves, how does that change the bond between neighbors? How does a shared guest bedroom in the ward affect visiting family members?

How does it work?
We are looking for people who, with their own interest, want to think along about all questions related to BSD developments. In what form interested parties (you?) Can think along and how we will organize this? We would also be happy to discuss that with you. For example, we want to think together about the manner of consultation, cooperation, frequency, output and composition of the board. Once we have that clear, we will start substantively.

Are you joining us?
Are you interested in the latest innovations and would you like to talk about them? Or are you always sharp in your own environment on what could be done better or differently? Are you a critical thinker or can you speak from the experience of a specific target group? Then we are looking for you!

Send an email to Tove Elfferich, project leader User Council.


Q-Book 2020 available!

Q-Book 2020 available!

The ambitions in BSD are high. BSD must become the smartest city in the world. There is a lot of enthusiasm among developers, and others, to contribute to this. However, there is a need for frameworks and guidelines. That is why the BSD foundation has developed a quality manual (Q-Book).

This Quality Book (Q-Book) describes the expected level of innovation of all proposals and projects submitted. In concrete terms, this means that for all eight BSD program lines, the ambitions, indicators and specific goals are listed in this book.

With the Q-Book, we ensure that all parties involved know what to expect in BSD. The manual is an important document for the further development of BSD and is reviewed every year and amended where necessary.

Q-Book 2020 – Brainport Smart District (only available in dutch)

Click here for more information!

We are looking for candidates for the Data Governance Board!

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We are looking for candidates for the Data Governance Board!

Are you in for a challenge to shape the digital design of the neighborhood of the future in close collaboration with the Brainport Smart District program organization?

The objective of the Data Governance Board is to advise on the implementation of digital innovations, the design of digital infrastructures and the use of data in BSD. The Data Manifest BSD forms the assessment framework for this and, if necessary, the Board proposes amendments to the Data Manifesto. Experts sit on the Board in areas including:

  • Digitization of built-up urban environments, IoT sensoring and Smart Cities
  • Data management and management (collection, processing and storage)
  • IT architectures and design & management of data platforms
  • Business analytics, data science and artificial intelligence
  • Administrative law, privacy and data law

In the appendices below you will find an extensive profile for members of the Data Governance Board. You will also find rules of procedure, which describe the working method of the Board (both are only available in dutch). This is an unpaid position, the Board is expected to meet approximately six times a year. “


If you recognize yourself in the profile and believe that you can make a good contribution to the digital design of the Brainport Smart District with your knowledge and experience, we invite you to express your interest at to make.

Within a few weeks, we will appoint a chairman of the Data Governance Board. After that, the chairman, supported by a secretary, will take on the selection of the other members. We will then further inform you about further progress before 1 September.

For questions, please contact Carlien Roodink (06 14716657) project leader Data Governance Brainport Smart District.



A successful 6th edition of the Brainport Smart District Network Event took place on June 25, 2020. This time not a physical meeting, but a live broadcast that could be followed online. We develop BSD together and that is why during the entire broadcast there was the opportunity to ask questions or provide input via a temporary WhatsApp number.

During this live broadcast, which was presented by Leon van der Zanden, Cathalijne Dortmans (Alderman of the Municipality of Helmond), Peter Portheine, Edwin Schellekens (Board of BSD) updated the general state of affairs in the new normal, the implementation program, the temporary housing and the results of the Business Challenge wave 4!

Digital signature
Special attention was given to all selected parties from this wave by means of a digital signature. In addition to this signing, three parties (Selfstorage Helmond, Antea Group and Stichting Stadslandbouw Brandevoort) also came to the studio to pitch their idea in the studio.

Curious about the innovative ideas of these parties? Or curious about what else has been discussed? View the broadcast here!

Pay attention! The telephone number is no longer available. Questions can be mailed to:


Ambitions Circular Water System Brainport Smart District announced

Ambitions Circular Water System Brainport Smart District announced

Experts from the water chain partners active in Brainport Smart District have added up a report on what a circular water system in the district can look like. The report is intended to inspire residents and other initiators, to show the goals and to show that these goals are achievable. In the WaterLab, which BSD is launching with this, solutions are designed and tested to achieve these objectives. The water chain partners provide a first step in this direction with a menu of possible measures and techniques.

Download the report and attachments here (only available in Dutch):

Eindrapport Water Lab Brainport Smart District

Eindrapport Water Lab Brainport Smart District  Рbijlagen

Climate-adaptive water system
Water is an important element for energy, food and climate, among other things. A circular and climate-adaptive water system is designed in Brainport Smart District that is resistant to drought and extreme rainfall. The system thus counteracts heat stress

Inclusive and resilient water system with the residents central
It is the shared ambition of the water chain partners to create an inclusive and resilient water system, tailored to climate change. The objectives have been designed integrally with solutions for other BSD program lines, such as circularity, health, food, data and energy. The future residents of Brainport Smart District are central, which means that the system offers added value for society. Water promotes a healthy environment and the health of residents, and it offers smart innovative services that are both functional and affordable.

A next step of this report is the further elaboration of a menu for the circular water system. It contains solutions at parcel, neighborhood and neighborhood level.

Do you have any questions, comments or ideas regarding the circular water system in BSD? Register at Brandevoort LAB!

Crowdfunding Team CASA

Crowdfunding Team CASA

TU/e student Team CASA designs and develops a housing concept in BSD. The plan is to start construction this fall, but they need your help for that!

CASA has launched a crowdfunding campaign. As a donor you will also receive a kindness in return for various contributions. You can read more about this on the crowdfunding page of CASA.

Brainport Smart District warmly welcomes the initiative that the students are taking. It is precisely because we develop BSD together that the crowdfunding action is appropriate.

Read more about CASA’s plans for Brainport Smart District here.


Progess in building temporation homes

Progess in building temporation homes

BSD and Cedrus-Adriaans are currently working together on an area development plan and an allotment plan for the realization of 500 temporary homes. In June the building permit for the temporary homes will be applied for and the construction of the temporary homes will start in Q4.

The construction of the temporary houses can go very quickly, because there are different concepts that can be realized within 1 to 3 days.

Housing offer temporary homes:

  • Cedrus-Adriaans Vastgoed Ontwikkeling BV realizes 250 homes;
  • The Brainport Smart District Foundation is building 250 homes on behalf of the municipality of Helmond.

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Results Business Challenge wave 4

Results Business Challenge wave 4

The fourth wave of the Business Challenge closed on 1 March. In total, no fewer than 48 innovative ideas were submitted from companies that want to start a project in BSD. Of these, 30 proposals were presented online to the Selection Committee.

The Selection Committee has issued a positive advice to the Board of the Brainport Smart District foundation on 19 proposals. The board of the BSD Foundation has yet to formalize this selection. After this, a letter of intent is jointly drawn up with the selected parties.

The selected companies are;

  1. Baas BV
  2. De Hoven
  3. Synthus Achmea
  4. Dura Vermeer
  5. CS2 Architecten
  6. St. Compaen / NBA
  7. Stichting Stadslandbouw
  8. Eco Plus Bouw
  9. Spectral Energy
  10. Selfstorage Helmond
  11. Box Systems
  12. Antea Group
  13. Seeons
  14. Weightless Living
  15. Eco Cabins
  16. Sips Supply
  17. Solarix
  18. NBA Architecten
  19. Oosterhoff 1

Mobility Hub in BSD

Mobility Hub in BSD

Supermarkets and delivery services are working overtime due to the corona crisis. At the moment they are driving through empty streets, but without the corona crisis, the delivery services contribute to additional traffic in Helmond. Could a general collection point near the Brandevoort station in BSD help? We are investigating this in the European subsidized project SMUD and we need your opinion for that! Do you want to help us? Then complete the survey below.

In the context of increasing the sustainability, road safety and accessibility of our city, we are looking for alternatives. Collection points for goods and packages, so-called ‘Shared Micro depots for Urban pickup and Delivery (SMUD), can be a solution for this.

Mobility hubs
The meeting point will become part of a mobility hub in Brandevoort. Municipality of Helmond and BSD want to develop a number of mobility hubs on the edge of the new district. In addition to the collection point for goods and parcels, various other services will become available, such as partial transport and electric charging stations.

Would you like to help us to organize the mobility hubs to your wishes and needs? Then complete the survey!