Border Sessions – Containerisation and the Physical Internet

On the 13th of June, 2018, Jos Sluijsmans of and Tom Parr of RIPPL participated at the Make City Lab student special of the Border Sessions Festival in The Hague. They presented and participated in the challenge on how to apply the physical internet for package delivery in combination with containerisation.


The Hague is full of talented, innovative and proactive students who often want to be part of the future wellbeing and innovation of the city and by the city. On the 13th of June Border Sessions brought together students as well as projects from the City of The Hague, and (international) organisations in the city. With the various international organisations residing in The Hague, they are building a platform for bright and hands-on students to explore challenges, discover new opportunities and co-create new solutions for both The Hague and other communities world-wide. Can students take action and use tech as a force for good in their own city? The Make City Lab aims to do just that! Together the students will design a community that will work with (international) organisations in the Hague and that will give the opportunity to do something for and with the city. This community will work on humanitarian, technological and city related topics.


Photo: DHL


The main challenge for the day was how students can create a positive movement for interventions in and with the City The Hague, using all their skills and knowledge to add value with all the (international) organisations and professionals in town. To test the first assumptions, choices and designs they started very concrete with at 3 cases that are very relevant for The Hague.


1st Challenge – Take innovation to a next level in a new district

The development of a Central Innovation District. A place south of Central Station and North of Binckhorst that should become the breeding ground for future innovations. Borre Rosema, program manager of the city of The Hague explained the situation.


2nd Challenge – Create a virus

Dirk van der Ven and Remco van der Kolk of World of Walas shared their thoughts on how we can start a viral campaign to address and change our current habits that still lead to waste of materials and energy to, instead, contribute to sustainable and livable cities.


3rd Challenge – Apply the physical internet for package delivery – Containerisation

The third challenge is the simple but yet very complex idea that we use the small city container to increase the usage of cargo bikes and small electric vehicles in a very efficient way. Easy said. But what does it take to do this in terms of storage, roads, logistics, etc. What can the Make City movement do to turn this into a social concept? Jos Sluijsmans, founder of gave the essential insights to take up this challenge.

Containerisation in City Logistics


With inspiring enthusiasm the students of the TU Delft Connor McMullen and Juan David Patiño Guerra lead the hack on this subject in cooperation with Govert Wittenboer of Savana Solutions, Tom Parr of RIPPL, Satrio Wicaksono (in the morning), student at TU Delft and Mikhail Sirenko, student at TU Delft.


They ended up at the end of the day with this great presentation “Biking into the Future, Cooking Up a Container Feast”, delivering good ideas about the physical internet and containerisation.