H I M, The Hague Innovation Motor

H I M, The Hague Innovation Motor is a platform for innovative initiatives in The Hague region. The platform joins specialists who are willing to share their knowledge and mentality to ensure innovative products, services and processes while joining hands with other parties. H I M has taken on the task to interest organisations and companies in finding together innovative, experimental solutions for the main challenges of the future

H I M’s objectives are the following:

  • Put The Hague Region ‘on the innovation map’ of the Netherlands and Europe.
  • Encourage companies, knowledge institutes and authorities to cooperate.

H I M’s activities include:

  • Set up a national/european/international LivingLab
  • Formulate innovative research tasks 
  • Organise network drinks for affiliated members
  • Coordinate the great diversity of innovation-related initiatives. 

H I M wants the Living Lab to investigate the following:

  • The Social Quality
    The Social Quality of the City tunes its investigation initially to The Hague’s disadvantaged district called Laak Noord. Partners in this project include disq, Design and Innovation on Social Quality and the hacu, the Hague Academic Coalition on Sustainable Urban Development, joined by several knowledge institutes.
  • The Public Space
    The quality and the identity of a city are partly communicated by the functioning of its public space. ict developments and social developments are causing the functionality and the public nature of this space to change continuously. In addition to these general public space features, the city of The Hague has two specific qualities: its location along the coast and the existence of many parks, public squares and green areas. From this background we plan a Living Lab to fully benefit from The Hague’s public space potency/prospect and thus contribute to the city’s identity.
  • The Green Museum
    The basic principle is an investigation into the possibilities of making exhibitions and museums more sustainable. Designers, producers and museums’ representatives can study matters together in this Living Lab and find out how the (re)use of material can lead to substantial material reduction. By making exhibition spaces suitable for suspending walls and showcases, considerably lighter constructions will be possible. Using more modular layouts can promote reuse. By developing knowledge structurally in the field of ‘The Green Museum’, it will be possible to organise better exhibitions using fewer tools.