Sessions

Sessions

Changing Cities – Changing Cars

Hear from the world’s leading car manufacturers on the future relationship among and between cities, cars and fuel. How are Toyota, GM, BYD and Mercedes transforming their products, services and business models for a post-carbon world? What trends do they foresee for urban driving, and what vehicles and new mobility solutions are being developed?

Great Urban Design – A Radical Act That Can Transform Cities

Sustainability is a design challenge when it comes to a community’s key infrastructure assets (water, power, and transport), its buildings and neighborhoods, and the patterns of efficient /inefficient resource consumption. Can great design solutions help us break through barriers to reach our urban/regional sustainability and livability goals? Hear from some of the leaders in this field discuss how urban design and sustainability have come together in new ways and what’s ahead.

  • Bill Moggridge, Director, Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

Is IT Innovation the Sustainability Game Changer?

Unlike some of the essential elements of life such as sanitation and transportation, energy use in the city is inherently invisible to the naked eye. That’s rapidly changing as energy management services are quickly improving by making better use of new tools and technologies. New information and communications technology solutions make it possible to visualize and quantify sustainability — in energy, transport, infrastructure etc. — in ways that were unthinkable just a few years ago. What are these new IT innovations? How, through public use and attention, are they helping cities address their seemingly intractable challenges?

  • Moderator: Nicola Villa, Senior Director, European and Emerging Markets Public Sector Practice, Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco
  • Emilio Frezza, CIO, City of Rome (via Telepresence from Rome)
  • Josep Roig, Secretary General, United Cities Local Governments
  • Ger Baron, Cluster Manager ICT, Amsterdam Innovation Motor

How Far Will Energy Efficiency Take Us?

How Far Will Energy Efficiency Take Us?

Cities are seeking greater energy efficiency and fiscal sanity by transitioning to cleaner and greener physical systems — from the big building assets to the smaller lighting solutions, both indoor and outdoor. What are the financing solutions coming out of the private sector? Hear from the lessons learned in CA, the East Coast, and Europe. What policy drivers are successfully driving energy efficiency? Where are the case studies that reveal key lessons that are replicable and scalable and transferable? Which technologies haven’t yet been scaled, but could be so? And which ones are in the pipeline?

  • Alison Peters, Managing Director of the Deming Center for Entrepreneurship at CU-Boulder’s Leeds School of Business
  • Harry Verhaar, Sr. Director Energy & Climate Change and Head of Strategic Sustainability Initiatives, Philips Lighting (via Telepresence from Amsterdam)
  • Charles B. Leitner III, Chief Executive Officer, Greenprint Foundation / Chairman, RREEF (via Telepresence from New York City)
  • Jane Pater Salmon, Associate Director, Navigant Consulting

City Learning

Cities are increasingly on the prowl looking for insights, practices and policies in other cities that solve problems and establish a competitive edge. This session will tap into the experience of selected players from across the globe to share their observations about how learning takes place and under what conditions new knowledge gets translated into innovations back home.

  • Moderator: Tim Campbell
  • Benjamin de la Peña
  • Andre Herzog
  • Anki Dellnas

Sourcing Urban Innovations from the Bottom Up + from the Top Down

City governments are employing these new technologies to outsource costly data gathering and, in the process, are engaging the public in ways that promote sustainability, smarter planning and action-oriented policy dialogue.

Transforming Lighting / Physical Assets of the City

A Big Step on the Path to Sustainability Can new lighting and control technologies enable cities to manage their assets in ways that increase economic development, reduce crime and enhance the livability of neighborhoods, downtowns and suburbs? What can companies, cities, and governments do to transition to smarter physical assets/devices? Communities are beginning to use street lighting as a new strategy to recognize energy, maintenance and economic savings. In addition, this infrastructure may be used to assist with telecommunications and Smart Grid infrastructure to deliver added benefits. How can smarter lighting solutions and other efficient technologies be adopted more quickly? Hear from experts who are working in communities around the world: Boston, China, England, California, Alaska, among others.

  • Moderator: Manuel Oomen, Senior Director Innovation Alliances, Philips Lighting
  • Nancy E. Clanton, Founder and President, Clanton & Associates
  • Bill Soards, President, AT&T Colorado
  • Cees Bijl, Global Segment Leader, Outdoor Market, Philips Lighting

New Urban Revitalization Strategies

As they search for a different and more livable future, city leaders — from public and private and independent sectors — experiment with strategies to revitalize and renew their urban communities.

  • Moderator: Relina Bulchandani, Global Lead, Connected Real Estate Practice Internet Business Solutions Group, Cisco

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