The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, will be the keynote speaker at DLDcities Rio. Further speakers include Rodrigo Baggio, social entrepreneur and founder of the Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI), who will talk about social innovation through the provision of computer hardware and training to people in poor, rural areas of Brazil. Fernanda de Arruda Camargo and her company Livewright are experts for the transfer of value creation involved in the upcoming mega-events to other areas by launching public-private partnerships and economic initiatives. As CEO of the number one infrastructure provider Siemens, Paolo Stark will present smart grid and efficient infrastructure solutions. The debate will aim at defining the future of urban environments and at establishing what could be learned from the current protests.
DLD founder and Managing Director Stephanie Czerny and DLDcities Curator Lukas Kubina: “In our new, urbanized world, cities are the places where all social challenges are culminating. The effects of the economic crisis, gross ecological neglect, the political climate and large-scale migration are topics that will soon concern us all. We believe that cities are more than a mere reflection of the current state of the world; they are seismographs of future developments, hotbeds of innovation and avant-garde thinking, and the arena in which to tackle the challenges involved in the rapid urbanization. The DLDcities conference in the megacity of Rio de Janeiro will allow us to listen and get involved in the debate. We want to learn and find out how to master these challenges.”
In only a few decades, up to 80% of the global population will live in big cities. This is why issues such as sustainability, pollution, infrastructure and energy consumption are increasingly taking center stage. With the rise of new technologies in cities, new buildings and objects, these are beginning to communicate with us. Companies, governments and citizens are more and more closely connected and will have to step up their cooperation. An interdisciplinary approach is key in this endeavor. Architecture is turning toward biosynthetic materials, energy companies are experimenting with ‘window farming’, design is focusing more strongly on technology and vice versa.