Making Waves – the winners

During Making Waves seventeen innovations battled to represent the Netherlands at the semi-final of Ideas from Europe. The difficult task to choose one of them was in the hands of the Making Waves jury. Besides one winner, four runners-up were invited to the semi-final to broaden their international network. A worldwide audience of 1500 voters chose one innovation for the Making Waves Public award.

Jury chooses Micreos

Micreos, a company that produces an alternative to antibiotics under the same name, was selected by the jury as the winner of the Making Waves event and Dutch representative for Ideas from Europe. The jury spoke highly of its simple applicability.

Jury chair Kajsa Ollongren and winner Mark Offerhaus © Twycer /

Public award goes to Rain(a)way

A worldwide audience of nearly 1500 voters chose Rain(a)way for the Making Waves public award. Rain(a)way, a paving in which rainwater is visibly integrated, shows the natural beauty of water and addresses the rainwater problem.

Member of the jury Henk Ovink hands out the Public Award to Rain(a)way © Twycer /

Invitation for the Ideas from Europe semi-final

Four innovations received invitations for the semi-final of Ideas from Europe in Estonia in 2018: Slow Mill, Bluerise, aQuista and Villagepump. These innovators have the opportunity to travel to Estonia and broaden their international network and bring their innovations forward.

Bluerise, Slow Mill, aQuista and Villagepump received an invitation to the Ideas from Europe semi-final © Twycer /

Making Waves = Making Deals!

was all about Making Deals: throughout the day deals were made on and offline. Find a selection of the deals that were photographed by LEF and Studio Moio here. We call on everyone to follow up soon and really make it happen!


Making Waves keynote speeches

Trying to memorize that fantastic quote from one of our keynote speakers today? You can find them online here by clicking the links:

Keynote speech Kofi Annan

Keynote speech Melanie Schultz van Haegen

Keynote speech Tom Middendorp (follows)


Busses from Amsterdam and The Hague

For those of you travelling by special bus shuttle from The Hague or Amsterdam Central Station, this is the information you need. Haven’t signed up for this busservice yet? Please fill out this form first.

Busses back to The Hague and Amsterdam will depart from the venue at 6pm. Busses will be ready 15 minutes before departure time. Make sure you’re on time, at least 15 minutes before departure.

Van Heugten Tours is our operator. The busses from van Heugten Tours have a white color. In case you have any questions on the busses, please contact mrs Sies (van Heugten Tours) on +316-19710197.

In case you’ve missed the bus, you can take public transportation to busstation Den Oever and the special busservice to the venue from there.

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See you at the Afsluitdijk!

The Making Waves jury

During the Making Waves event seventeen innovations will compete to become the Dutch representative in the Ideas from Europe semi-final in Estonia. The innovations pitch their idea on stage and a professional jury selects the winner. Making Waves proudly presents the jury:

Kajsa Ollongren (chair) – City Counsel Member and deputy mayor of Amsterdam
Jim Stolze (secretary) – innovation expert and founder of TEDxAmsterdam
Marjolein Helder – founder of innovation Plant-e, generating electricity from plants
Peter Frans Pauwels – co-founder of the Dutch navigation company TomTom NV.
Pieter Waasdorp – Ideas from Europe initiator and director of entrepreneurship at the Ministry of Economic Affairs
Henk Ovink – Special Envoy for International Water Affairs at Kingdom of the Netherlands

Making Waves wishes the jury good luck with the nearly impossible task of selecting the winning innovation!

Brand new website

As you might have noticed, the Making Waves website has a brand new design! Check out all innovations on stage and in the acceleration sessions in the Innovation section, take a look at the Making Waves trailer video and get a sneak peek on the events location at the Afsluitdijk. The full program will be online soon. Stay tuned on Twitter @makingwavesNL.

Interactive sessions on stage Making Waves

Share and connect ideas during two interactive sessions on stage at the Making Waves Event! How does innovating with local communities look like and what are the challenges? And in what ways can we use waste water to provide fresh water, bioplastic, construction materials or protein? The interactive sessions are live on stage in the afternoon. Register for Making Waves to secure your seat → Or read more about the interactive sessions →

Making Waves proudly presents the winners on stage September 7th

The jury had a rough time choosing which innovations of the longlist would be on stage during the Making Waves Event. 17 innovations will pitch their ideas to reach the attention of the audience. Also, 7 innovations will share the stage in an open debate and direct call upon the audience for specific actions they need to develop their innovation. Read more

Voorronde NLingenieurs levert ingenieuze pitches op

Op 20 juni, tijdens de ALV van NLingenieurs, konden bureaus ideeën inzenden voor deelname aan de pitch voor de voorrondes van Making Waves. De aanwezigen werden getrakteerd op zeven ingenieuze, innovatieve ideeën, waarvan er drie door mogen naar de volgende ronde: H2Obarrier, Flood resilience solutions en Staat van je Straat. Read more

SolaRoad, Cliff en PlasticRoad winnen voorronde Rijkswaterstaat voor Making Waves

SolaRoad, Cliff en PlasticRoad zijn de drie innovaties die Rijkswaterstaat heeft geselecteerd om in te dienen bij Making Waves. Deze drie innovaties maken kans op een podiumplaats tijdens Making Waves, op 7 september op de Afsluitdijk.

Making Waves is een initiatief van de Ministeries van IenM en EZ om cross-sectorale innovaties met een grote maatschappelijke impact verder te helpen. Voormalig secretaris generaal van de VN Kofi Annan en Commandant der Strijdkrachten Tom Middendorp zijn sprekers tijdens dit high-level event. Rijkswaterstaat is partner van Making Waves. Read more