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Moving the world tour - China China: Shenzhen - Shanghai

25 May till 28 May 2020
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By 2050, two thirds of the world's population will be living in cities. Megacities like Tokyo (38 million), Shanghai (34 million) and New Delhi (27 million) are gradually becoming the new normal. More people moving to cities is stretching the boundaries of urbanization. When is enough really enough? How can cities cope with the challenges this global change will bring? Discover it all during this innovation program about mobility, smart cities and raising standards of living.

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What can you expect?

Explore together with Rik Vera how your business, government or organization will be impacted by urbanization and how you can surf on the wave of upcoming innovations to stay ahead of the pack.

This wild ride back to the future will cover the following topics:

  • Mobility: Moving around 20 million people a day is not something one can do out of the blue. Let alone move around all the goods that are sold every single day. It takes more than a bus, a street or metro line to make it work. Together with more people living in cities, the gig economy will raise the bar for transportation even higher. Let's meet the wizzkids solving tomorrow's mobility problems. 
  • AI and IoT: the Chinese hard and software dream: The groundwork for artificial intelligence was without any doubt laid out in the US and Europe. AI applications however, are being implemented all over China. Execution before regulation is pushing the boundaries of these technologies and companies like Deepblue AI are leading the way. Frictionless shopping, self driving buses, facial recognition, nothing is impossible and experimentation is bringing AI to fields that have never been explored before.
  • Smart cities: With all the talk about the technology behind 5G, people often forget the endless possibilities and advantages of cheaply connecting every manhole, traffic light or tree in a city to the internet. IoT is the magic word and linked to artificial intelligence, there is no stopping cities becoming self-aware. Giants like Huawei, Cisco or Sensetime are redefining the smart city and paving the way for unknown innovations. Let's connect the city and harvest its opportunities.

Old vs. New - Shanghai vs. Shenzhen

There's not a better place to discover the future of IoT, city planning and mobility than Shenzhen. Merely 40 years ago, this city was a small market town. Today, Shenzhen is known as the Silicon Valley of China. A lush and green city full of skyscrapers and a vibe that is unmatched in the world. Looking to produce the best electronics possible? Forget about "Designed by Apple California", "Designed and made in Shenzhen" is the new standard for quality and innovation.

Shenzhen couldn't be more different from our next stop: Shanghai. Shanghai is huge, and has been one of the leading cities in the east long before Shenzhen even got its name. The city has modernized dramatically since the nineties, but old streets, buildings and an unrivaled heritage are proving to be challenging to take this 34-million inhabitants city to the next level. Don't be deceived by its looks however. Shanghai is more than ever an international trade hub on all levels. Finance, shipping, healthcare and agriculture are looking for the next steps here.

Together, Shenzhen and Shanghai will cast an image of urbanization, new technologies and unbridled expansion that can only be found in China. 

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"Hardware entrepreneurs say that a week spent working in Shenzhen is equivalent to a month in the United States."

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Kai-Fu Lee Writer AI Superpowers: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order

"The explosive growth in places like Shanghai has helped lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty and into a thriving new middle class. What China has done is nothing short of an economic transformation, and the citizens of this country have every right to be proud."

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Gary Locke Ambassador to China (2011-2014) United States

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