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VERGE CONFERENCE: Santa Clara, CA
September 19, 2017 @ 9:00 AM—September 21, 2017 @ 5:00 PM EDT$2,375
Tuesday, September 19, 8am-12:15pm
The notion of a “circular economy” — systems of commerce that produce no waste or pollution, and where products, components, and materials are designed to reenter the biosphere safely or be returned to industrial production cycles — is becoming mainstream. Dozens of the world’s largest companies are now engaged in rethinking their products, services and business models with the goal of eliminating waste of all kinds.
In many cases, advancing circular models is hindered by current materials, notably many plastics, textiles and building materials, which contain problematic ingredients on the front end and are difficult to reuse, depolymerize or recycle after their use. At the same time, a “materials revolution” is taking place, harnessing carbon fiber, green chemistry, ceramics, biomaterials and other innovations. Aligning these innovations with the goals of circularity, and doing so at scale, requires the involvement of an entire ecosystem of players.
- Creating new materials from waste
- Distributed and additive manufacturing
- Using nature as inspiration
- Breaking through institutional barriers
- The role of standards
- The repair, refurbish and upgrade economy
- New business models
- Designing waste out of products
- “Closing your own loop” to use more of your own materials
Wednesday, September 20, 8am-12:15pm
Research shows that even a small investment in building design and operations that affect health and wellness can result in huge percentage gains in productivity and employee engagement, leading to lower absenteeism and health care costs. The impressive growth of this field is enabled by a rich body of research demonstrating the value of the benefits of such buildings, driving advances in technology, design innovations and building management practices. All these efforts are reducing how buildings affect climate change, air pollution and human health — while creating productive and resource-efficient environments.
The Summit begins with an opening breakfast to establish the focus and frame for the session. Participants will then engage in a series of facilitated discussions focused on exploring challenges and promising solutions to accelerate more circular economies. The Summit is designed to be an interactive, roll-up-your-sleeves experience, with a limited number of speeches and slide presentations.
- Space utilization and workplace experience
- Tech-enabled experience
- Building rating and certification systems
- Sustainable and healthier materials
- The business case
- How healthy buildings support healthy cities
- International development opportunities
Thursday, September 21, 12:15-4:30pm
Demand for transportation is growing in lockstep with urbanization, thanks to an increase in both passenger and commercial vehicles on the roads. The growth of instant and same-day deliveries is creating a more fragmented transportation system with even lower utilization of vehicles. At the same time, there’s a $5.2 trillion global gap between infrastructure spending and demands for the next 15 years.
The result: Congestion and air quality in cities is worsening and greenhouse gas emissions are on track to double by 2050.
Technology innovations and new mobility services are changing the way we efficiently move people and goods around cities. However, success requires thinking about each mode of transportation as part of an ecosystem and making sure decisions made about regulation and land use, changing consumer preferences, infrastructure investments and other issues are taken into consideration in designing an urban mobility system.
The Summit begins with an opening breakfast to establish the focus and frame for the session, which will be informed by Summit knowledge partner McKinsey & Company’s latest analysis on commercial mobility in urban settings. Participants will then engage in a series of facilitated discussions focused on exploring challenges and promising solutions to improve urban mobility and prepare for the social, economic, and environmental implications of rapidly changing urban environments. The Summit is designed to be an interactive, roll-up-your-sleeves experience, with a limited number of speeches and slide presentations.
Report and Summit Framework:
- Set of solutions that will shape the future of urban commercial transport
- City archetypes and how each will be affected
- Impact of the integrated solution on emission, congestion and overall cost
- Stakeholder engagement strategies
- The role of autonomous vehicles in cities
- The rise of shared mobility solutions
- Applying big data in solving congestion
- Incentives that reduce congestion
- Flexible and adaptive public transit systems
- E-commerce strategies to reduce congestion
- Stakeholder engagement strategies for urban drivers and passengers