The California-Netherlands Sustainability Summit

A leadership meeting at the intersection of water and energy

The California-Netherlands Sustainability Summit, a major seminar about water and energy, took place on February 17 and was the main event during the Netherlands’ economic mission to California. Several objectives were addressed: networking; matchmaking; understanding of the Bay Area’s problems; understanding of the specific issues in the Bay Area; understanding of the Dutch Approach and exchange of knowledge between US and NL partners.

Henk Ovink,Henk Ovink, Principal Rebuild by Design and senior advisor to HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force and former Director General of the Netherlands’ Spatial Planning and Water Affairs, on the summit:

“The Summit was a special mix with a wide range of goals. That complexity brought enough comfort, informality and opportunities for networking. At the same it was tough to get enough depth in these connections and conversations.”


Photographer: Heidi Alletzhauser,

Take a look at a photo gallery of the network reception in Davies Hall here. Images of the opening reception at the TransAmerica Building can be found here.

March 23rd, 2015 by

Photo Gallery: Dutch participants of the trade mission expanded their network in Davies Hall

Take a look at the networking event in San Francisco during the economic mission in California

The trade mission from the Netherlands to California brought a large Dutch delegation of companies and knowledge institutes with an expertise in water, energy and sustainability to Los Angeles and San Francisco. The delegation members visited leading companies, workshops, summits and networking events.

On February 15, the delegations gathered in Davies Hall for a reception before listening to the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. The delegation members were lead by Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb and the Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Lilianne Ploumen. They got the opportunity to meet a part of the local network of the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco.

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March 18th, 2015 by

GDC: the world’s largest and longest-running event in the game industry

For one week San Francisco was home to more than 26.000 game industry professionals from all over the globe. Programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gathered in the Moscone Center to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry during the annual Game Developers Conference (GDC). 

This year’s GDC edition attracted more than 26.000 game industry professionals

Attendees took part in several lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on game development. The real innovations were showcased at the Expo floor, where visitors could see and try the latest developments. Different stands showcased their newest technologies that could help game developers, varying from motion-capture to forms game advertising.

Virtual Reality technology  was particularly prominent

Virtual Reality technology was particularly prominent at the GDC this year

Particularly prevalent at this year’s GDC was Virtual Reality technology. The Oculus Rift headset played an important role in many new showcased games and technologies. At their own stand, attendees could try the Oculus Rift. Oculus created some short clips that took the viewer from the top of building in Manhattan to an encounter with a realistic looking T-Rex.

Dutch developers present ‘The Flock’ 
Among the crowd one could find the occasional Dutch game professional. Some attended to expand their professional network and learn from new technologies while others were busy promoting their game. Dutch game developers Bo Zonneveld and Jeroen van Hasselt from Vogelsap were selected to showcase their game ‘The Flock‘ at the Indie Megabooth. The developers set the goals “to get feedback on the game from other (respected) developers, and get the press to play it” to help them with the launch of their game.

Where the game industry keeps growing and pushing new technology boundaries, GDC is at the forefront of bringing these innovators and technologies together. The next GDC will tell us which technologies have integrated in the gaming industry and which new trends we can expect.

March 16th, 2015 by

The Netherlands built sustainable bridges in California

New partnerships and opportunities arose during the Netherlands’ economic mission to LA and SF

During an intensive and productive week, the Consulate General of the Netherlands in San Francisco (CGSF) connected Dutch experts on water, energy and sustainability with Dutch and Californian politicians, local companies and non-profit leaders. Through summits, workshops, cultural networking events and receptions, between February 11 and February 18 the CGSF facilitated connections and new ways for California and the Netherlands to learn from each other regarding water and energy.

In Los Angeles a delegation of Dutch companies and knowledge institutes accompanied by the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, exchanged knowledge  and experiences with local counterparts during an LA River focused workshop, and during a Global Clean Port Summit at the Port of LA. Both events featured top business, governmental, and non-profit leaders.

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The delegations in the TransAmerica Building (© Heidi Alletzhauser)

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Dutch game professionals all over San Francisco during GDC

Nearly 25,000 game professionals are gathering in San Francisco this week to attend the annual Game Developers Conference. GDC is the world’s largest and longest-running professionals-only game industry event and attracts nearly 25.000 attendees. Professionals from all fields in the game industry gather at this conference to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry.

Don’t be surprised to stumble upon Dutch visitors during the conference; the gaming industry has increased significantly in the Netherlands. In the past five years, the number of people employed in the Dutch gaming industry has doubled. Dutch educational institutes have responded to these trends by developing courses and curricula to support the development in the gaming sector.

Game professionals have a professional breakfast at GDC

Prior to Tuesday’s opening of the conference, the Dutch Consulate General in SF hosted a breakfast session for Dutch and American game professionals and enthusiasts. Keynote speaker Glen Egan, President and CEO of Sanzaru Games, provided some useful tips for independent game developers.  After Egan’s presentation the stage was reserved for game developers to pitch their game initiatives for potential investors.

Key Choice Innovation Award now has a Dutch name on it

At the GDC on Tuesday there was a success for Dutch game company Game Oven, who won the Key Choice Innovation Award for ‘Bounden’, a game that makes you dance. In collaboration with the Dutch National Ballet the studio developed this highly original two-player choreography.

Gaming and networking at the Cartoon Art Museum

In the evening the San Francisco Cartoon Art Museum was the setting for Dutch game developers to showcase their new games and concepts. The ‘Creative Industries Fund NL’ organized this interactive setting and showed that playing games and doing business are an ideal combination.

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