Chairman, Blum Capital Partners & Founder and Trustee, Blum Center for Developing Economies
Imagine a world where you can send anything through the air with the touch of a button. Paola, a native from the Dominican Republic, is trying to make this vision a reality through the first smart drone for transportation - Matternet ONE. Matternet aims to revolutionize last-mile logistics, transforming the way people have access to goods and overcoming major infrastructure challenges, such as traffic congestion and lack of roads.
Congested traffic is a global phenomenon that affects the daily life of the urban-suburban population worldwide. Jerry Sanders, SkyTran’s CEO, will address how Skytran can shape the future of city mobility with its elevated, automated, high-speed, low-cost, silent and “green” transportation solution.
Could nature be the source for urban design? Biomimicry draws from 3.8 billion years of nature’s experience to produce ingenious adaptations for urban settings. Yaniv explores different projects and how biomimicry sheds light on some of the challenges we face in cities today.
What if we look beyond the obvious to ask the questions whose answers could radically improve the way people get from one place to another in cities? Ryan Chin will showcase the latest disruptive technology and innovation that can lead to new models of sustainable urban mobility.
Can rooftop farming gain high ground in cities? While rooftop space represents as much as 30% of the surface areas of major cities, very little of it is being used for productive purposes. The Lufa Farms model provides fresh, local, and responsible food for urban populations by introducing agricultural technology to metropolitan rooftops.
Is New York City more resilient after Hurricane Sandy? This session provides innovative ideas for cities to adapt to climate change. Led by the idea of "social infrastructure", Kai-Uwe shows us the use of architecture to increase environmental awareness.
How do we improve the lives of over 70 million people around the world made homeless due to natural disasters, armed conflict and other humanitarian crises? Through innovative research and design, a young Argentine has given rise to a mobile shelter that improves the quality of life of those who have been displaced from their homes.
Mapping apps help us find the fastest route to where we’re going, but what if we chose our daily commute based on our mood? Researcher Daniele Quercia demos “happy maps”, which take into account not only the route you want to take, but how you want to feel along the way.
Wouldn’t it be nice if our roads could act like solar panels? And if we could drive our vehicles with the generated solar power? In 2009, these questions formed the beginning of a vision for the future: the large-scale generation of renewable energy with the sunlight that falls on road surfaces every day. Sten de Wit will showcase what he calls a breakthrough in the field of sustainable energy supply, with the potential to supply power to homes, streetlights, traffic lights and even to the vehicles driving over the roads.
How can we use technology to create more open and collaborative cities? Beth will showcase the importance of using Open Data to foster collaborative approaches that strengthen the ability of people, governments and institutions to solve problems, make decisions, and resolve conflicts more effectively and legitimately.
Transition between closing of Demand Solutions and Venture Night kick-off.
Demand Solutions will close with an exciting Venture Night, an intense competition among innovative and disruptive startups established by young entrepreneurs from Latin America and the Caribbean. A total of 15 startups have been selected to pitch their solutions or products that are improving lives in cities. Each pitch will be evaluated by a panel of expert judges who will provide feedback to the startups. Prizes will be awarded!
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