To truly thrive, our cities must be healthy ecosystems in which each part works towards one goal: improving people’s quality of life. The next edition of the New Cities Summit will explore this important theme in Incheon Songdo from 7-9 June 2017.
Songdo, one of the world’s most successful greenfield cities, has sustainability and livability at its core. Songdo boasts a small carbon footprint, using just half the energy of a city of comparable size, and its cutting-edge infrastructure includes a citywide pneumatic waste disposal system and water recycling system. Songdo is a posterchild for integrated technology expressly designed to improve the wellbeing of its citizens. These technologies include the use of sensors throughout the city, adding to efficiency, monitoring the environment and air pollution, and ensuring safety and security for citizens.
During the New Cities Summit, mayors, CEOs, urban planners, technologists and cultural leaders from around the world will engage in conversations and interactive workshops focused on the fundamental elements that help improve health and wellness in cities.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the speakers who will join the conversation:
Vera Baboun, Mayor, Bethlehem Municipality
Geoffrey West, Professor, Santa Fe Institute
Eric Liluan Chu, Mayor, New Taipei City
Edwin Heathcote, Architect and Design Critic, Financial Times
Lisa Helps, Mayor, Victoria, BC
Michael Jansen, CEO, Cityzenith
Jeong-bok Yoo, Mayor, Incheon
Young Geun Lee, Commissioner, Incheon Free Economic Zone
Daniel Libeskind, Architect and Founder, Studio Libeskind
Chia-lung Lin, Mayor, Taichung City
Eve Picker, Founder, Small Change
Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Former Mayor of Baltimore; Secretary, National Democratic Committee; President, US Conference of Mayors
Khalifa Sall, Mayor, Dakar
Josué Tanaka, Managing Director for Energy Efficiency and Climate Change, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Alix Zwane, Chief Executive Officer, Global Innovation Fund
We are thrilled to bring together these leading voices, and many others, to ensure that cities realize their potential as places of health and wellbeing.