New technologies are constantly creating opportunities for novel innovative urban solutions. The increasing capacity to collect and analyse ‘big data’ is providing new insights into our common behaviour in cities. Technological developments are enabling more efficient cities, simultaneously disrupting, improving and forming a basis to imagine new services at lower costs and using fewer resources.
With the rapid transfer of technologies and new innovations around the world, it is sometimes difficult to see through the fog. Which technologies, innovative solutions or services will embed themselves across cities of all scales and complexities? Why do these new urban innovations matter? And can we foresee how such urban innovations will contribute to creating not only efficient future cities but also livable, human-centric and design-driven cities?
In collaboration with the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities, Danish Design Centre, the Danish Design Council and the International Federation of Housing and Planning we are debating urban innovations and our common urban future at the Inspiring Future Urban Innovations event in Copenhagen.
The event will be on June 8, 2016, at the vivid Copenhagen Innovation Hub, BloxHub – Fæstningens Materialgård, Frederiksholms Kanal 30, DK – 1220 Copenhagen
17:00 – 17:15 Introduction
17:15 – 17:50 Panel Lightening Presentations
17:50 – 18:05 Panel Discussion
18:05 – 18:50 Open Discussion
18:50 – 19:00 Closing Remarks
19:00 – 20.30 Drinks & Network
Inspiring Future Urban Innovations Copenhagen will utilise the knowledge and opinions of an expert panel:
Anil Menon – President of the Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) Cisco initiative, Deputy Chief Globalization Officer, Cisco Systems Inc., India and Vice-Chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities.
Brian Vad Mathiesen – Professor, PhD, Energy planning, Aalborg University, Department of Development and Planning, Denmark, Program Director MSc in Eng. Sustainable Cities. Deputy Head of 4DH Centre Research Centre. Research coordinator of The Sustainable Energy Planning Research Group, Thomson Reuters 2015 highly cited researcher worldwide, Vice-Chair of the EU’s Horizon 2020 Advisory Group for Energy (AGE)
Ida Auken – Danish politician and member of parliament for the Danish Social Liberal Party. Former Minister for the Environment of Denmark from 2011-14. Co-chair of World Economic Forum (WEF) Young Global Leader Task Force for Circular Economy
Finn Williams – Founder of Common Office, Regeneration Area Manager at the Greater London Authority, and Co-curator of the British Pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennale 2016
Jens Martin Skibsted – Chairman of the Danish Design Council, Founder & Creative Director of KiBiSi, Biomega & Skibsted Ideation A/S, Denmark and Council Member of the World Economic Forum (WEF) Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities
Urban Innovation Areas
Inspiring Future Urban Innovations provides a platform for a high level panel discussion moderated by Anne Skare Nielsen Futurist and Partner of Future Navigator. The debate will be on following 3 contemporary Urban Innovation areas as defined by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities:
Augmented Humans: The Next Generation of Mobility – The way we travel in cities affects every part of urban life, from environmental wellbeing and economic efficiency to health and happiness levels and liveability aspects. With advances in sensors, optics and embedded processors, a whole new breed of transportation solutions are emerging, with the potential to improve upon and revolutionise traditional mobility choices.
Smart Array: Intelligent Street Poles as a platform for urban sensing – New innovations in, for example, lighting technology gives cities the opportunity to turn infrastructure from a “dead asset”, which consumes energy and money, into a “live asset”, which produces secondary outputs and potential revenues. The digitisation of such infrastructure holds infinite possibilities to learn and progressively adapt urban environments.
Co-Co-Co:Co generating, co heating, co cooling – New tri-generation and future quad-generation energy plants have the potential to lower costs and reduce carbon emissions, in turn creating new business for what we currently view as ‘waste’. Such innovative technologies simultaneously contribute to achieve global emissions targets whilst improving local and regional urban environmental conditions.
The event is inspired by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on the Future of Cities publication ‘Top Ten Urban Innovations.’
Want to take part in the debate?
The Inspiring Future Urban Innovations event in Copenhagen is by invitation only. The target audience for the event will consist of high profile international and Danish professionals. But, we would like for everyone to join the debate and we are therefore live streaming the event. Take part in the discussion via Twitter and other social media by using following hashtag #UrbanInnoCph
For your information a string of other city-related events take place in Copenhagen the same week, which may make your trip even more worthwhile: