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APRIL 21-22 2021 - NORWAY TRADE FAIRS

TOGETHER FOR A SMARTER
AND BETTER SOCIETY

Due to Covid-19, Evolve Arena 2020 has been postponed to April 21-22, 2021.
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FOUR tracks to insight

Gain insight by experiencing thought leaders in the field opening their minds.

MEET OUR
CITYCHANGERS

The following speakers where originally booked for Evolve Arena 2020. We’ve worked hard to put together an exciting program for the event, with national and international speakers and thought leaders. As far as possible, we will try to keep the program as is when we relaunch Evolve Arena in April.  At the same time, it is important for us to be relevant for the society we live in. Consequently, some changes will occur. 

 

Chelsea clinton

Vice Chair at the Clinton Foundation,
Author and teacher

LEO JOHNSON

Head of PWC's Disruption
Practice and Business Author

SANGBREETA MOITRA

TEDx award-winning speaker,
«Hacking Human behaviour»

BRENT TODERIAN

Practicioner & Thought-leader;
advanced urbanism, city planning
& urban design

VICTORIA SCHEIN

Research engineer,
Ford Motors

MONTE KÖNIGS

Expert on future human behaviour

Erik Solheim

Senior adviser at World
Resource Institute, CEO REVocean

KATE RUSSELL

Moderator, Journalist,
reporter and author
Speakers

A Danish architecture gem

Flemming Rafn Thomsen is the co-founder of Third Nature, an architecture studio with 25 people based in Copenhagen. The office’s ambition is to bridge the gap between sustainable urban development and Nordic liveable architecture.

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The Circular City

Meet up with the boss of the Norwegian waste industry

Did you know that paper recycling started in Norway as early as the 17th century? As CEO of Norsk Gjenvinning AS (Waste Norway) for 7 years, there is nothing Nancy Strand is unwilling to do to find smarter, more efficient, engaging and new waste solutions. At Evolve Arena on May 12th, she`ll give her audience a speech filled with clever words and examples of the interaction between man, environment and technology in circular cities.

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Speakers

We cannot “just get rid of cars»!

Are you one of those people who doesn’t have any idea what Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS) is all about? Not to worry – at Evolve Arena May 12th, Mario Schlechter from Siemens Mobility will steer you in the right direction!

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The Human City

How to view public places as a dance floor

Want to meet Norway’s first urbanist? With his lecture about “Public places as a dance floor”, Mr. Erling Fossen gives his audience a great insight into why good urban development is important – and how politicians should build e.g. urban spaces, streets and squares so they become dance floors where we humans can dance our lives.

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CHELSEA CLINTON

Vice Chair at the Clinton Foundation,
Author and teacher

Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chairwoman of the Clinton Foundation, will keynote Evolve Arena May 12th.

Chelsea will share her insights on young leadership and sustainability, on how we should empower the next generation to take action, and how to make cities more livable and sustainable for the humans living there.

Seeing that Chelsea Clinton has worked her whole life for social change, and being a “champion for social good”, she is perfect for Evolve Arena. By emphasizing the importance of social dimensions she’s bringing a different point of view to what’s important when developing our future cities. The goal is to develop cities that are putting its people first.

We’re honored that our guide to inspiration and impact at Evolve Arena will be none other than Chelsea Clinton.

LEO JOHNSON
Head of PWC’s Disruption Practice and Business Author
What is the city of the Future? Is it the city of exponential technology, or is it the city for people?

As Head of PwC’s Disruption practice, Leo Johnson explores the big ideas that will shape business and society in the years to come. What – in the tsunami of exponential technology – is real and what is hype? More importantly, what will become the impact on business?

By pinpointing the trends and laying out both the risks and the opportunities for business and finance, Leo makes sense of sustainability. Listening to Leo’s talk at Evolve Arena you will get insights into how you as a business leader can succeed in this rapidly changing world. How can we confront the system-wide automation and instead use technology to find human talents?

Leo is a co-presenter at BBC Radio 4’s flagship series FutureProofing, and an occasional commentator for the Financial Times, New Statesman, Evening Standard and Wall Street Journal. He also co-authored the book “Turnaround Challenge: Business & the City of the Future”.

His presentation addresses questions regarding the future no forward-looking company can afford to ignore. Can you?

SANGBREETA MOITRA

TEDx award-winning speaker,
«Hacking Human behaviour»​

How can you and your organization make an inpact on our future cities?

Chosen by VIVA Magazine as one of the most inspiring women in The Netherlands, Sangbreeta Moitra is a TEDx award-winning expert and thought leader on hacking human bahavior and mastering change. Enabling professionals and leaders to be relevant for the unpredictable future.

Working with top corporates as well as startups and scaleups, she has observed that even the best of ideas face the biggest resistance. Using powerful techniques based on cognitive neuroscience, leadership development, behavioural science, change & transformation, Sangbreeta’s talk will enable the changemakers in the audience to get into the mind of their toughest decision maker, understand why they think, choose, decide, behave the way they do and create an ‘offer’ that no one can refuse.

In other words; Sangbreeta will  bring sharp, eye-opening and powerful insights into how you and your organization can truly affect the development of our future cities. The tools you need to actually get things done.

BRENT TODERIAN​
Practicioner & Thought-leader;
advanced urbanism, city planning & urban design
How do we build sustainable, resilient, livable, healthy, vibrant and smart cities of the future?

With over 27 years of experience in advanced urbanism, city planning and urban design, Brent Toderian is an internationally respected and award-winning practitioner and thought-leader.

At Evolve Arena, Brent will draw upon his city building experience across the world to provide insights and inspiration on critical elements of doing density successfully and how we, through smart design, make active communities where people can thrive.

He has a reputation as a hands-on visionary and brought in new approaches for place-making, active transport, green design and architectural diversity while being Vancouver Canada’s Chief Planner. Now, Vancouver is consistently ranked among the world’s most livable cities, and known internationally as a “city by design”.

VICTORIA SCHEIN
Research engineer, Ford Motors
How many patents did you hold at the age of 25?

As a Research Engineer at the Ford Motor Company, Victoria Schein (25) is developing innovative vehicle concepts and designing technology to keep drivers safe on the road. To date, she holds 40+ patent applications relating to many topics, such as driver-assist technologies, autonomous vehicles, additive manufacturing, and mobility.

Listening to Victoria’s talk you will get insight into inventions that will shape the future of mobility, and the challenges we face when mobility advancements interacts with urban infrastucture. Her unique experience as someone without a driver’s license really helps her explore the passenger perspective, and how to move around from A to B without a car.

With her work, Victoria wants to help change the way the world moves and make distracted driving a thing of the past. She also has a great passion for STEM/STEAM and works to inspire and engage young girls in the fields of science and technology. 

Do as Ford, look to the millennial generation to keep up with tech competitors and make innovative solutions for the mobile city.

MONTE KÖNIGS​​

Expert on future human behaviour​

What 21st century skills are essential for success in the future?

Monte Königs is born 1990 and a leading expert on future human behavior. As an urban sociologist Monte will give you the answers on how your company can be organized smarter for the future generations.

Monte looks at social structures, trends and behaviors and how they interact with our build environment. At Evolve Arena he will give you insights into important social trends that will shape our behavior in future cities.

Monte Königs works at Whetston Strategic Foresight. He is a trusted coach for top leaders and in 2017 he was nominated for Young Research Talent of the Year in the Netherlands.

Listening to Monte Königs will help you put your company in the right position for a smarter life in human cities.

ERIK SOLHEIM

Norwegian Diplomat
and former politician

Environment, Climate and our Future Cities

Erik Solheim is a well known global leader on environment and development as well as an experienced peace negotiator.

He served as Norwegian minister of Environment and International Development from 2005-12. During that period he initiated the global program for conservation of rainforests. He brought Norwegian development assistance to 1%, the highest in the world. 

Erik has been chair of the OECD Development Assistance Committee (the main body of world donors) as well as Executive Director of UN Environment. Erik led the peace efforts in Sri Lanka as the main negotiator of the peace process and has played a vital role in peace efforts in Nepal , Myanmar and Sudan.

Currently he is senior adviser at World Resource Institute and Convener of the Global Coalition for Green Belt and Road, and serves as the CEO of the Plastic REVolution Foundation. The latter is a newly founded initiative that aims to eliminate plastic waste and pollution, beginning in Accra, Ghana.

KATE RUSSEL​​L

Moderator, journalist, reporter and author​

Journalist, reporter and author - an insightful and adept conference moderator

In her role as a technology reporter Kate has had the opportunity to travel the world looking at the latest smart city technologies – from autonomous wheelchairs in Tokyo airport to Robo-cops policing the streets of Dubai. She will bring to our stage this breadth of experience and incurable enthusiasm for the role of technology when creating smarter life in human cities.

Currently Russell appears regularly on BBC technology programme Click and writes a monthly column for National Geographic Traveller magazine. She also speaks regularly at technology events and conferences and digital strategy and policy meetings, as well as lecturing in schools and universities to inspire the next generation of technologists.

Her website has won multiple awards for best technology blog and she has been featured as one of the top 50 most influential women in UK IT by Computer Weekly magazine for the last two years. She also writes sci-fi and fantasy with two published novels now available.

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