Living Labs Global joins forces
with Stockholm meet the challenges in our cities.
From around the world Cities, Companies and Experts will engage in
a day of networking to use innovations to turn challenges into opportunities.
- Cities will declare their challenges and intentions;
- Companies will pitch their solutions;
- Experts provide insights to trigger discussion;
- Visioning Workshops deliver future solutions.
Three areas of services in cities will be prioritised at this
Summit, allowing cities and companies to build partnerships, share
experiences, build a common understanding of future trends and the
growing demand for innovative business models.
A. Intelligent Transport & Smart Urban Living
New infrastructures have been implemented in Stockholm, are under
development in Taipei as well as many other cities that form the basis
of Intelligent Transport Systems, but also our urban living
environments - whether inside our homes, or in the public spaces that
connect us. Focusing on the end-user experience, this session will
review the solutions that are emerging to radically turn our mobility
and urban lives into an interactive, possibly more efficient and
Under moderation by Mikael Lind of the Viktoria Institute,
panellists and delegates will identify technology trends, the demand
by cities and citizens for new solutions, and experiences in piloting
innovative approaches to ling and moving in the city.
B. Solutions for Smart Urban Spaces
Sensor networks and smart infrastructures help us to understand
urban spaces not just as areas to be cleaned and maintained, but as
increasingly automated environments that provide intelligence in
real-time about e.g. incidents, waste collection, water or maintenance
needs, levels of congestion or pollution, or levels of lighting
required. Cities like Barcelona, Sant Cugat, San Francisco and
Eindhoven are partnering with innovation leaders from industry and
research to pilot and implement new approaches to increase the
efficiency and quality and minimize the environmental impact of
maintaining urban spaces.
This session will look into the real needs presented by
participating cities and their plans for investment, together with the
latest inventions, pilots and deployments from industry leaders large
and small. Is urban lighting the business of utilities, providing
illumination, collecting data or interacting with citizens? How will
the market respond to the increasing integration of open data provided
by public and private sensors, the opening of infrastructures and what
are the resulting business models for maintaining our cities?
C. Innovation Funding, Urban Entrepreneurship & Intellectual Property
Cape Town and Lagos present the challenges faced by Africa, and
recognized by cities around the world, about enabling innovation and
entrepreneurship in our cities. Entrepreneurs in cities lead the
creation of wealth, but may also lead our culture and social
development by inventing the services and solutions that can make our
cities more enjoyable, accessible, more resource efficient and secure.
Funding such entrepreneurship is a common challenge faced by all
cities, but in particular in developing countries with few established
business angel and funding instruments this challenge becomes urgent.
How can Nollywood, one of the world's leading film industries thrive
in a market in which more than 90% of its output falls victim to media
piracy? How can we spot and support entrepreneurs in Africa or Asia
that may not fulfil the classic requirements to raise venture
financing and obtain loans?
Crowdfunding, micro-lending and new distribution channels for media
are some of the issues reviewed in this panel which will bridge the
need of developed and developing cities and consider the role of NGOs,
technology providers, funding instruments and platforms to assure that
entrepreneurs have a fair chance to meet our cities' challenges.
After the Summit the winners of the Living Labs Global
Award 2011 will be announced followed by a reception at
Stockholm City Hall.