Monday, June 21st, 2010
We thank all for attending the Partnership for Urban Innovation: Global Conference in Shanghai last week.
It was a busy week and we all benefitted from the diverse, challenging and inventive ideas and discussions throughout the conference. The conference was enhanced the vibrancy, buzz and innovation on display throughout the city of Shanghai, and from every corner of the world at the World Expo. Partners in the conference, such as The Climate Group, hosted separate events to this conference throughout the week, and we are thankful to all that our event was seen as enhancing to those events, and to the urban innovation agenda for all those organisations, individuals and programs that were represented.
The plenary agenda explored the themes of:
- How cities are responding to the Better City, Better Life theme of the World Expo
- The launch and progress of urban transformation partnerships
- Urban innovation in China
- Global cities of the future
These themes were also explored in more detail in five breakout sessions (chaired by Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group and knowledge partners):
- Urban Design and Networked Development - co-chaired with Urban Land Institute
- Smart and Connected Urban Mobility - co-chaired with Metropolis
- Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Solutions - co-chaired with The Climate Group
- Economic Growth in Cities - co-chaired with The World Bank
- Social Life of Cities - co-chaired with The Young Foundation
On day 2, delegates went on a tour of the World Expo site. At the Cisco pavilion, four showcase sessions provided unique content on the urban innovation projects that Cisco has been advancing with cities globally. The showcase sessions were on:
- Urban Mobility Innovation - particularly the development with the city of Busan
- WorkLife Innovation - a networked and distributed work ecosystem in The Netherlands and South Korea
- Urban Sensing and Mapping - a preview of the next phase in the Urban EcoMap projects in Amsterdam and San Francisco
- Dialogue Cafe - A conversation from London, to Lisbon at the public TP pod at MUDE, and to the Cisco Pavilion at the World Expo, Shanghai
Please return here in the coming days as the conference page will be updated with:
from the partners, speakers and participants who made the conference come together so successfully.
Thanks again to all those who attended and participated. For those in the wide network represented who couldn’t make the journey this time, and to those engaged in the urban innovation debate, we hope that our forthcoming content sharing will be of use to your work, enable you to view the content discussions throughout the two days, and to enable follow up connections across the urban innovation community.