On 24 May 2018 the Royal NLingenieurs and Engineeringfirm Municipality Amsterdam organized the second edition of the Engineering Dinner at TOBACCO Theater Amsterdam. With the goal to provide more attention to the importance of city engineers, the Doe & Durf (Do & Dare) competition was held, this year for the fourth time.

The Challenge’s theme focused on the “Digital revolutions: the cornerstone for our sustainable environment”. This year’s competition consisted of 12 entries, of which five were selected as finalists. The jury deciding on the winner consisted of:

  • Jacolien Eijer-de Jong; Director of NLingenieurs;
  • Nout Verhoeven; Director of Engineeringfirm Municipality Amsterdam;
  • Dorit Roest; Founder The Influencers Movement (TIM).

The five finalists were:

  • Arcadis with CrowdCreation;
  • Herman de Groot with De Vliegende Adviseur (The Flying Advisor);
  • IV-groep with Wegbeheer van de Toekomst (Roadmanagement of the Future);
  • Sweco with Dakchange (Roofchange);
  • Witteveen + Bos with Studio Straatsensor (Studio Streetsensor).

The winner of the Doe & Durf Challenge 2018 is CrowdCreation of Arcadis. CrowdCreation will be the solution for governments when the new Environmental Act comes into effect. Through this Act governments are required to employ public participation within projects. CrowdCreation knows how to link digitalisation and sustainability in an innovative manner and offers governments the solution to not only involve organisations and companies, but also other stakeholders such as residents within a project at an early stage.

CrowdCreation team wins Doe&Durf 2018 challenge of Royal NL Ingenieurs.

Due to the variation of nomination it was hard to select a winner. As such the jury decided for the well-presented and developed idea. The winning idea has managed to add a relevant new element to an existing product: they particilarly invest in the translation of plans to understandable language for residents and back. As such this will become a very relevant tool in which public participation for project can really take shape, as requested by the new Environmental Act.

The jury appreciates the consultation with residents and experts through interviews to share their idea. Through this approach they embody the principles of their own tool: carefully listen to the future users.


After winning the competition CrowdCreation will certainly not die down, the win highlights that the time is right for this tool. Our increased enthusiasm will only benefit further development, which we preferably execute together with a municipality or project developer in such a way that the right questions are presented to all stakeholders.

Article written with thanks to Royal NL Ingenieurs.