Cognitive Cities Conference

On February 26th and 27th 2011 we will host an event in Berlin, called The Cognitive Cities Conference (#CoCities). The idea is to offer a real life platform for discussing the intersection of urbanism and technology.

On two days we want to listen to experts, get into deep discussions, broaden our horizons, create new ideas and vision the future of urban living.

Update (10.12.2010): check out the new website – The Cognitive Cities Conference

Why?

By 2050, three quarters of the global population will live in cities or mega cities. Between slums and mass poverty on one hand and urban farming on the other hand, there will be both tough problems to solve and exciting visions to realize. We are at a point in time where the paths are set for the future of cities.

CoCities started as a blog, where ideas, thoughts and projects were collected, curated and shared. But we wanted to get a real life exchange. So the idea of the Cognitive Cities Conference was born.

We believe that collaboration and diversity lead to the best results. By inviting bright minds with different perspectives, it is our ambition to enable not only an in-depth exchange about the current state of affairs, but also to foster new projects and contribute to the ongoing global discussion. We invite urban planners, designers, technology geeks, environmental experts, public officials, urban gardening enthusiasts and cultural influencers to be part of the conversation. We can only make our cities more livable if we work together to improve them.

Where, when and how?

Cognitive Cities Conference is a two-day event.

DAY 1 – FEBRUARY 26TH We’re going to meet in a great space in the middle of Berlin Neukölln for a full day of inspiration and conversation. We are curating a program that mixes keynote-ish, visionary talks about more general topics with practical project presentations to make sure that everybody has some take-aways from this day, no matter how deeply involved or still fresh to the topic you are. We will leave enough room in the program to digest the information and converse over the inspiration. We will start selling tickets for this day within the next two weeks and we can already announce that prices will be below 100 €.

DAY 2 – FEBRUARY 27TH After a whole day of listening and receiving, we will leave our safe haven in Neukölln and go into the city. There will be art exhibitions, walk-/workshops, film screenings, startup crawls and much more throughout Kreuzberg and beyond. We as the organizers also know that most of you have something to add to the conversation about our cities and we want to provide a space for that. We love barcamps so we will provide some venues where you can meet and follow up on topics from day 1 or give a presentation or plan a project etc. Day 2 will be free and open to the public. If you already know about something that you would like to add to that day or if you have a venue, talk to us.

Who?

We expect a good mix of participants with professional backgrounds in one of the disciplines, personal interest in the topics or academic interest. The majority of the 250 participants will be from Germany, attendance of international participants is encouraged. The majority of speakers will be recruited internationally. The primary conference language will be English.

Speakers: So far the following speaker are confirmed: Ton Zijlstra and Adam Greenfield. More speakers will be announced soon.

I am part of the team who is organizing the event. The team consists of Martin SpindlerAxel QuackFabian MürmannWelf KirschnerThird Wave GmbHYour Neighbours GbR. We are all from different fields: architecture, design, business, strategies, communication or even education. The team is as diverse as we want the audience to be. The team of Your Neighbours and Fabian are currently working on the new website and it will be pretty epic.

So..

If you want to attend or if you have a great project for the second day or if you just want to help us in any way, get in contact with us.

Stay tuned:

Updates will be posted in the blog: cognitivecities.com.
Follow @cocities for updates on the program, speakers and availability of tickets.
The event on Facebook.

I am looking forward to the event.

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