Creating a sustainable and smart society takes much more than technical solutions. We need to create humane and healthy environments where people can thrive. Technology serves as tools, but it is individuals who will change our societies moving forwards. 

Through talks, panel discussions, dialogues and interaction with participants  Evolve Arena will give you specific “takeaways” that will be handy when developing the cities of our future. 

Confirmed speakers

These amazing speakers are among those who are sharing their insights on how we build cities where people can thrive at Evolve Arena the 12th of May. Stay tuned for more speakers to be announced.


Leo Johnson

Head of PWC's Disruption Practice

and Business Author​


Erik SOlheim

Senior adviser at World

Resource Institute, CEO REVocean


Brent toderian

Practicioner & Thought-leader; advanced

urbanism, city planning & urban design


Sangbreeta Moitra

TEDx award-winning speaker,

«Hacking Human behaviour»


Monte königs

Expert on future

human behaviour


Ed gillespie

Environmental entrepreneur

Co-founder Global Goals Accelerator


bernhard lüschper

Head of

Smart Pole Factory, Innogy


Marquise stillwell

Founder and principal


Andrew Hoyne

Andrew Hoyne


United Nations Global Compact


Flemming R. Thomsen

Co-founder and partner of



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What if you could know everything about your citizens?

The idea that you can know very precisely what consumers or citizens desire, is every business person and urban developers dream. And getting the products and services you truly want, doesn’t sound that bad either. Imagine, that we would already measure every citizens move, desire and outcome. How would that shape our cities?

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Leo Johnson, Boris Johnson’s brother, to Norway

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