Amsterdam is rife with innovation within the energy sector. However, these innovators often work independently and remain invisible to others with similar ideas and goals. Our challenge was to design a platform in which findings, expertises and project outcomes could be could be shared between members. The Municipality could also contribute with resources such as office spaces and knowledge on fundings and needed permits.
After speaking to experts and potential users, we discovered that being part of a community and keeping in touch with people in the real world was an essential aspect of the platform. We also discovered that failure in finding relevant information easily and quickly caused huge frustration.