Smart city strategist and future city maker: Creating inclusive and responsible future cities
Tom van Arman left the USA in pursuit of his dreams. He wanted to design the cities of the future. After becoming an architect and urban planner in London, UK, he moved to Amsterdam, a city regarded by many as the smart city capital of the world.
The last twenty years have seen Tom van Arman use IoT, AI, APIs, and open source data as design tools to create more livable, inclusive cities.
Tom van Arman founded Tapp in 2010. The award-winning smart city design agency enables local governments and industries to bridge the gap between the built environment and the new digital landscape. He regularly works with local governments, energy companies, and mobility partners to provide prototype solutions to 21st century problems.
In 2020, Tom van Arman developed the world’s first privacy-by-design crowd insights monitor for policymakers and authorities. It helped manage public spaces during the COVID pandemic and UEFA Cup 2020 Playoffs.
Tom van Arman has more recently consulted on responsible urban technologies for the Amsterdam Metropolitan Solutions Institute, a former navy seal base Marineterrain Amsterdam Living Lab, the Amsterdam Chief Technology Office, Amsterdam Smart City, and Amsterdam Economic Board.
A passionate speaker, Tom van Arman counts amongst his numerous and wide-ranging audiences international conferences, colleges and universities, research organisations, and governmental authorities, to name but a few.
He talks about all aspects relating to smart cities. These include urban planning, innovation, open data, and more. An American by birth, he currently resides in the Netherlands and presents in English.
“Given his broad and hands-on experience in Amsterdam’s innovation ecosystem, Tom is a highly knowledgable speaker on the topic of smart cities and urban innovation. As an engaging speaker, Tom connects well with audiences and always presenting content in a way that is most relevant to them.”
“With a unique ability to combine vision with hands on change, Tom is one of the most knowledgeable and engaging speakers on the topic of future cities.”
“Tom is a talented designer, innovator and speaker that has the unique ability to apply his urban design skills with our digital landscape that demonstrates a holistic approach to future city making”
“Tom was a great addition to our speaker line-up for IOT Solutions World Congress 2022. He is one of the most knowledgeable and visionary speakers on the topic of future cities and gave a tactical talk outlining what city planners can do to future-proof their own cities with purposeful IoT.”