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Program

June 7, 2017

4 PM - 6 PM

Early Registration

1 PM - 4 PM

Site Visits

June 8, 2017

8 AM - 9 AM

Registration

9 AM - 9.15 AM

Welcome by NewCities

9.15 AM - 9.30 AM

Keynote Address from the Mayor of Incheon

9.30 AM - 10.15 AM

Plenary Panel - Understanding Urban Wellbeing

With the rapid growth of cities around the world, urban wellbeing is quickly becoming synonymous with global health and wellbeing. While cities offer the promise of improved economics and access to services, rapid urbanization has placed unbalanced pressure on the budgets and reach of city governments. It is essential we start designing cities as ecosystems of wellbeing, but what does this imply and what defines a ‘healthy city’.

10.15 AM - 10.30 AM

 

We will hear from the world’s top innovative startups and social enterprises on how they use technology to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time.

10.30 AM - 11.15 AM

Plenary Panel - Setting Wellbeing Standards

Just as buildings, cars, and national governments have  enforceable and measurable standards, so should cities. With increasing the standard of urban life being the ultimate goal, cities must be judged on the activities and investments that promote wellbeing. What are the urban factors that should be held to global or regional standards? In what increments should we measure wellbeing? Who is responsible for holding cities to a standard?

11.15 AM - 11.45 AM

Networking Break

11.45 AM - 1 PM

Parallel Sessions

Breakout Panel – Harnessing Technology in Urban Healthcare

Technology is profoundly changing the way we think about urban health. Sensors and real time data  are allowing health professionals to  pinpoint the needs of urbanites and the best locations to place critical services. Technology is also allowing us to create ecosystems of wellness and health, where physical exercise and disease prevention are designed into the built environment. What are the best examples of these ecosystems? How can different stakeholders cooperate to make  urban healthcare work?

Breakout Panel – Thriving Amidst the Urban Boom

In the next 15 years, the number of urbanites is expected to rise by 1.5billion. There is thus a pressing need to increase the efficiency of urbanization while reducing the costs associated. What innovations have proven successful in doing so? Could these innovations alone solve urban issues such as housing shortages and access to affordable housing and services? What are the best practices in city growth management? Can urban densification be a sustainable solution?

Workshop – Working on our Waterways

Where water used to be the main channel of communication through cities, today, waterways as means of local transport are largely underutilized. How can cities make optimal use of their waterways? Can  water-based transport be integrated in the transit systems of our cities? Can on-demand transportation platforms make use of our waterways? Are there any examples of services that do? What are the environmental considerations?

Round Table Discussions (by invitation)

  • Fintech in the Urban Age
  • Natural Disaster Resilience

1 PM - 2 PM

Lunch

2 PM - 2.45 PM

Plenary Panel - The Social Infrastructure of Healthy Cities

Cities are hubs of interaction. The importance of these interactions cannot be underestimated - studies show  that social isolation can lead to health risks that are as significant as smoking, heart disease, and obesity. What are the social innovations that will offset isolation, disengagement, and stress? How can we avoid a social infrastructure deficit?

2.45 PM - 3.45 PM

Parallel Sessions

Breakout Panel – Culture, Community and Human-Centered Development

Human-centered urban design, which blends local culture and public space, is key to creating a thriving and healthy city. By promoting interaction and defining a city's identity, the design of public space plays a hugely important role in city dwellers' quality of life. How do we activate urban space to create interactions? Can economic development and human centered design go hand-in-hand? How can growing and greenfield cities reflect the and further embed the local culture into their development?

Breakout Panel - Building an Inclusive Urban EcoSystem

Despite its positive impact on the global economy, urbanization has deepened endemic inequality, as well as spatial, social, and economic exclusion. Empowering cities and their citizens is crucial to ensure that urban habitats of tomorrow provide better opportunities and improved living conditions for all. What are the best examples of inclusive cities? How can we ensure local governments have the capacity to answer the needs of vulnerable communities? Does technology have the potential to include the most marginalized in the decision-making process? Can cities become laboratories for change?

Workshop – Innovations in Financing Urban Infrastructure

The challenge of supporting economically viable and healthy communities through infrastructure is exacerbated for city leaders, given the rising demands of their growing populations. What are some of the emerging innovative methods of financing urban infrastructure? Where do we see the biggest gaps in  urban infrastructure financing? Are current infrastructure financing methods to blame?

Round Table Discussions (by invitation)

  • Personal Mobility
  • Affordable Housing

3.45 PM - 4.15 PM

Networking Break

4.15 PM - 5 PM

Plenary Panel - Greenfield Cities: Building Digital Native Cities

New cities have the opportunity to embed the latest technologies,  allowing them to build intelligent and connected communities from the onset. Yet, the rate at which technology is evolving also means new cities run the risk of being designed around systems which will become obsolete before they are even built. How can new cities ensure stay ahead of the curve? How can cities that are ‘digital natives’ leverage their technological head-start in order to advance their long-term success?

5 PM - 5.30 PM

 

We will hear from the world’s top innovative startups and social enterprises on how they use technology to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time.

5.30 PM - 6 PM

Keynote Conversation – The Detail is in the Data

Cities are becoming more intelligent as new technologies produce ever more refined data and allow us to map the needs of urbanites in real time. This means that more than ever before, cities can understand and provide their citizens with the services they require. How can data help us understand both the wellbeing of the citizens, as well as the wellbeing of the city's physical infrastructure and environmental assets? Can the 'smart city' promote wellbeing?

7 PM - 9 PM

Gala Reception hosted by Incheon Free Economic Zone

June 9, 2017

9 AM - 9.15 AM

Keynote - The Ubiquitous City

9.15 AM - 10 AM

Plenary Panel - The Unlikely Appeal of Disruptive Urbanpreneurs

Small and medium-sized enterprises form the lifeblood of city economies across the world and thus to thrive, cities must develop ecosystems that lend to entrepreneurship and innovation. What is the role of the public sector in encouraging innovation and attracting entrepreneurs? What regulations are necessary to make sure startups can prosper? Does the private sector have a role to play?

10 AM - 1 PM

Side-event organized by the African Union Economic, Social, and Cultural Council

The premier urban stakeholders from across Africa will come together to discuss the issues of Affordable Housing and Access to Clean Water, both of which are key to understanding wellbeing in
our cities.

10 AM - 10.15 AM

 

We will hear from the world’s top innovative startups and social enterprises on how they use technology to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time.

10.15 AM - 11 AM

Plenary Panel - Clean and Healthy Transport Systems

Reducing CO2 emissions in urban transport is key to fighting climate change. Sixty percent of global transport emissions come from cities, while transport accounts for nearly 15% of global greenhouse emissions, a figure set to double by 2050 if nothing is done. We see the worst cases of congestion and air pollution where mass transit systems are lacking or wholly nonexistent, forcing people to use personal vehicles, or informal, unregulated options, over public options. How do we reimagine our transit systems to improve accessibility while reducing CO2 emissions? Where does walkability fit in?

11 AM - 11.45 AM

Networking Break

11.45 AM - 1 PM

Parallel Sessions

Breakout Panel – On Demand Cities

Mobile devices and new technologies mean that services are now within a pocket’s reach. Efficiency and ease define the modern urbanite’s behavior, and thus on-demand is ruling the service sector. A new generation of workforce and new forms of work are emerging as a result. How is technology altering the time and space needed to do day-to-day business? What urban activities have not yet reached ‘on-demand’ efficiency? Where can the public sector get involved? How important is the notion of community and trust?

Breakout Panel – Special Economic Zones

National economies across the world have enacted special economic zones as a method of generating economic activity and improving infrastructure. These are especially predominant in ‘new’ cities looking to attract investment and skilled labor. How do cities ensure that incentives for businesses are translating to improved urban development? What are the urban benefits to enacting a SEZ? What are the best practices in setting the necessary guidelines? What can we learn from past examples?

Workshop – Low Carbon City

Global energy consumption is set to rise 40% by 2030 & exacerbated by cities across the globe. At the same time, cities have the unique ability to mitigate emissions by using their own advantages such as proximity of authorities with stakeholders and concentration of resources  and innovation. What indicators can cities use for carbon footprint evaluation? What are the varying national policies and how do these affect cities?

Round Table Discussions (by invitation)

  • Social Impact Bonds
  • Informal Economy

1 PM - 2 PM

Lunch

2 PM - 2.15 PM

Interview - The Architecture of Wellbeing

2.15 PM - 3 PM

Plenary Panel – The Magnetism of Midsized Cities

When we think of urbanization, the great megacities of the world come to mind. Yet, it is mid-sized cities that will absorb most of the new urban populations, and these cities are intrinsically linked to the economic success of their nations. Mid-sized cities must ensure that they remain attractive and competitive both domestically and on the world stage. What are the main challenges they face and what is their potential?

3 PM - 4 PM

Parallel Sessions

Breakout Panel – Flexible and Resilient City Services

City  governments and public service providers must be able to efficiently meet the ever changing needs of their citizens - whether it is a sudden phenomenon or a gradual trend. How can adaptability be built into traditional city services? What steps can be taken to ensure that cities are able to effectively foresee and plan for new needs rather than simply react to them? Who is responsible for these services?

Breakout Panel – The Crowdsourced City

Citizen involvement in decision-making is key to building a flourishing community and promoting empowerment, ownership, inclusion and pride of the city. Crowdsourcing and participatory budgeting have emerged as popular mechanisms allowing citizens to shape their surroundings. What are other successful examples of crowd urbanism? What are the implications for city governments? Can these participatory approaches be formally included in the city planning process?

Workshop – Security in the Age of the Smart City

The increased use of technology within the current global geopolitical situation is posing new threats to our cities. Data and connected devices have the potential to dramatically improve our cities' security; yet paradoxically they can also create new threats, whether by hacking or through the impingement on urbanites’ freedom and privacy. How do we understand security in an era of surveillance and sensors?

Round Table Discussions (by invitation)

  • Aging Populations
  • Aerotropolis

4 PM - 4.30 PM

Networking Break

4.30 PM - 5 PM

Keynote Conversation – The Story of Songdo

Mobile devices and new technologies mean that services are now within a pocket’s reach. Efficiency and ease define the modern urbanite’s behavior, and thus on-demand is ruling the service sector. A new generation of workforce and new forms of work are emerging as a result. How is technology altering the time and space needed to do day-to-day business? What urban activities have not yet reached ‘on-demand’ efficiency? Where can the public sector get involved? How important is the notion of community and trust?

5 PM - 5.15 PM

 

We will hear from the world’s top innovative startups and social enterprises on how they use technology to tackle the biggest urban challenges of our time.

5.15 PM - 6 PM

Panel - Healthy Placemaking

Public spaces are the heart of a city, where human interactions, leisure, culture, and arts meet. Animating public spaces requires thinking, planning, and collaboration. How can the social potential of a place be unleashed? How can urban interaction become central to city planners?

6 PM - 8 PM

Closing Ceremony and Cocktail