maart 17, 2024

Creating greener and safer festival grounds at DGTL Amsterdam

During DGTL Amsterdam 2024, we’ll be teaming up with various innovations from the ‘Groen & Inclusief Voorwaarts’ project. We’ve selected groundbreaking initiatives that make the festival and creative sector more sustainable, inclusive, and diverse. They will test their ideas on the 30th and 31st of March, to improve their product or service and increase their impact. Read more about the tests below.


The first innovation that we’re excited to share more about is Soulmate. Soulmate is a mobile and accessible relaxation cabin designed for festival attendees. The goal of the creator, Ruben Bruggeling, is to make sure that all festival goers can attend a festival with complete peace of mind, always having the opportunity to take a moment for themselves to unwind. “We hope that many visitors can enjoy a moment of peace and calm in our Cavus cabin. We believe that being inclusive means offering every festival visitor an opportunity to retreat from all the external stimuli to a quieter and more personal space”, Ruben says. 

At DGTL, the creators are testing how visitors experience the cabin and whether it enhances their festival experience.”A festival provides an excellent environment to test our innovation, as it attracts a wide variety of people of all ages and backgrounds. DGTL and Innofest assist us in fine-tuning the design aspects of the cabin by providing useful feedback about their experiences. This information is also very helpful for making a smooth transition to the market and refining our business concept.” 

Need a break from all the stimuli at the festival? Make sure to stop by! Soulmate is located next to the AMP stage.



Peepal’s gender-neutral urinal collects urine at DGTL, which they later turn into plant fertilizer. “We want to know if visitors will use it, if it’s comfortable for them and what would be the reason to go on the unisex instead of on the Dixi. We hope that toilet renting companies will have more implement unisex urinals”, Peter, founder of the Peepal says.

Previously, only the contents of regular urinals were used for this purpose, but Peepal’s inclusive design now allows for the utilization of urine from individuals without a penis. “We hope to achieve that all festivals and events will collect pure urine and not mix it up with fecal sludge, paper and water so treatment of the urine can take place effectively to convert it to clean water and fertilizers.”



In the battle against the 150 million cans that end up on the streets annually, TechTics developed the TinTrooper. “It’s a unique solution for human-robot interaction aimed at encouraging consumers to recycle cans more effectively and raise awareness about the importance of addressing litter”, TechTic says.

This mobile robot approaches people and collects cans. “The first prototype can store a hundred cans. We aim to create a version that can store up to five hundred. After emptying the robot, the bag of cans can be disposed of in the usual manner.”

During DGTL, the TinTrooper competes with regular trash bins to explore how people can be encouraged to recycle their cans. Oh, that’s not all, word on the street is that there will be a real-time match between the TechTic robot and regular trash cans during DGTL.



At DGTL, our mission is to provide a safe and enjoyable festival experience, and to positively impact the music industry. All of this, however, is not possible unless we create a festival environment that is safe and welcoming to all. To work towards the collective creation of safe(r) dancefloors, MusicMoves hosts a program in the Living Lab that focuses on the queer community. “Our hopes for the future of this innovation extends beyond the DGTL festival grounds. We aim to see the impact ripple into other festivals first, but after this also in society to foster a more connected and understanding world”, MusicMoves says.

Together with you, they explore solutions and ideas to make the festival more inclusive. The program is packed with interactive elements, including a pub quiz, over the line-session, meditation-session, documentary screening, spoken word, but all of them decidedly queer, of course. “Music has been a true connector of people throughout history and we hope that our initiative will continue this trend. With the success of the Living Lab, we aim to inspire similar initiatives, creating lasting positive change for more excluded groups like the LGBTQIA+ community and promoting inclusivity on a broader scale.”

We invite you to discover the innovations on March 30th & 31st at DGTL! See where you can find them on the map below.

The tests are part of the ‘Groen & Inclusief Voorwaarts’ project and powered by Creative Industries Fund NL, CLICKNL, DGTL, Revolution Foundation, and Oerol. More info about this project you can find here.

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