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AGENDA

09 July – 11 July 2024

AUDITORIUM

SPEAKERS:

  1. Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, President of the Republic of Portugal (TBC)

  2. Georg Kell, Founder and former Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact and Chairman of Arabesque
  3. Luis Neves, CEO, GeSI

Moderation: Javier Espinoza, Journalist, Financial Times

SPEAKERS:

  1. Helena Freitas, Professor, UNESCO Chair
  2. Giorgia Rambelli, Director, Innovation Urban Transitions Mission
  3. Veerle Vandeweerd, Co-founder Transforming Education Alliance, Former Director UNDP
  4. Lucas Arangüena, Group Head of Green Finance, Santander
Following the high-level opening, this session will set the stage for the three-day agenda of the Global Summit. Focusing on the four themes: Biodiversity, Education, Smart and Sustainable Cities and Sustainable Finance, the Programme Leads or experts for each theme will present the main sustainability challenges for their area of interest and suggest some ways in which transformation can occur through digitally enabled solutions. They will also give examples of how digital technologies have already been deployed to serve sustainable development in their areas of interest and what uses are planned in the future.

Moderation: Javier Espinoza, Journalist, Financial Times

SPEAKERS:

  1. Helena Freitas, Professor, UNESCO Chair
  2. Giorgia Rambelli, Director, Innovation Urban Transitions Mission
  3. Veerle Vandeweerd, Co-founder Transforming Education Alliance, Former Director UNDP
  4. Lucas Arangüena, Group Head of Green Finance, Santander
This panel, curated by the Financial Times together with GeSI, will focus on discussing practical examples of how digital solutions including AI are being deployed to help meet sustainability goals in biodiversity, education, the transformation of cities and in finance. 
  • How can digital solutions help involve citizens in saving biodiversity? What are some good examples of monitoring the environment digitally and where do the main challenges lie?
  • How can tech and school leaders work together to leverage digital solutions, including AI and gaming, to make education more widely available and attractive to modern students to breach the educational gap? In what ways are new technologies already bringing education to wider communities as well as ensuring that the curriculums and delivery methods are up to date? What are some challenges of using digital technologies in education?
  • How is digital data being used in urban policy making, environmental management and disaster risk reduction? What are some new uses of technology in cities and what is being done to overcome the challenges, including cyber crime?
  • In what ways is digitisation widening access to financial services? How do we make sure that smart solutions benefit everyone to drive social and economic inclusion? 
 
The panel will discuss the outcomes and challenges of deploying digital solutions in these four areas and focus on an action plan to use these technologies for maximum impact. It will also explore if and how these digital technologies help meet sustainability goals.

Moderation: Manan Shah, Research, Journalist, IT & Communication Advisor

SPEAKERS:

  1. Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO
  2. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario (2014-2023) and Former Executive Director, UNEP
  3. David Beatty, Professor, University of Toronto
  4. Tim Vieira, Founder and CEO, Brave Generation Academy
  5. Veerle Vandeweerd, Co-founder Transforming Education Alliance, Former Director UNDP

This high-level opening session for the Education Track will reflect on the DwP 2023 Education Manifesto and set the scene for identifying key action needed to scale up transformative digital solutions in support of SDG 4, drawing from the keynote speaker’s real-life experiences and responding to the demands of younger generations.​

Speakers:

  1. Mrinalini Rai, Founder & Executive Director, Women4Biodiversity
  2. António de Sousa Abreu, Professor, UNESCO Chair at University of Coimbra

DWP 2024 ‘Biodiversity Futures’ programme will highlight the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which was adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), in December 2022. This framework outlines a comprehensive plan to conserve and restore the planet’s ecosystems by 2050, working towards 23 ambitious targets by 2030. This session will focus on Target 1: Plan and Manage all Areas To Reduce Biodiversity Loss; Target 2: Restore 30% of all Degraded Ecosystems and Target 3: Conserve 30% of Land, Waters and Seas​

SPEAKERS:

  1. Fernando Reino da Costa, CEO, Unipartner
  2. Nireeen Daoud, Director Sustainability Department, Greater Amman, Jordan
  3. Angelo Fienga, Director, Sustainable Solutions, Cisco EMEAR

Cities are leveraging digitalization to improve services and infrastructure efficiency but face risks like cybersecurity and privacy breaches. This session will address the challenges and opportunities of digitalization, focusing on sustainable smart city design and governance. It will also explore solutions for managing integration, interoperability, and data to mitigate vulnerabilities while enhancing urban systems.

Moderation: Michelle DuQuette, Events & Community Lead, EdTech Alliance

SPEAKERS:

  1. Willem Schoors, Project Manager, EmpowerED
  2. Jordi Serarols Boada, Subdirector General of Research and Digital Culture, Catalunya
  3. Roland Jan Meijer, Secretary General, Globe EU

This session will explore the initiatives undertaken by public authorities and international organizations to digitize both formal and informal education, fostering lifelong learning in alignment with SDG4. We will identify actionable and replicable strategies to transform the content and methods of teaching and learning. Additionally, the session will highlight the importance of impactful collaboration and innovation in achieving these transformative goals.
 

Moderation: Javier Espinoza, Journalist, Financial Times

SPEAKERS:

  1. Nizar Kammourie, CEO, Sawaco Water Group
  2. Fernando Reino da Costa, CEO, Unipartner
  3. Álvaro Almeida, Director, GlobeScan Latin America

More coming soon 

SPEAKERS:

  1. Doug Arent, Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  2. Mark Atherton, Director of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  3. Chris White, President, NEC Laboratories America
  4. Shri M. Thennarasan, IAS. Municipal Commissioner Ahmedabad, India
  5. Vida Rozite, Lead of Digitalisation, Energy Efficiency Division, International Energy Agency

The push for decarbonization increases electricity demand and system complexity. Cities are using digitalization and AI to optimize energy systems and integrate renewables. However, these technologies raise environmental concerns, such as high energy and water use. This session will discuss using digitalization and AI to enhance energy efficiency while mitigating their environmental impact.​

SPEAKERS:

  1. Jason Blackstock, Founder & CEO, How to Change the World

The DWP Inspire Sessions are 15-minute presentations designed to ignite passion and creativity with a focus on sustainability. Speakers from various walks of life share their inspiring stories and transformative ideas, encouraging attendees to think big, act boldly, and contribute to a sustainable future. Each session aims to motivate and empower the audience by showcasing diverse perspectives to contemporary environmental and social challenges. On this session we will meet the Founder of the project “How to Change the World” and meet his journey on changing the educational system. 

SPEAKERS:

  1. Kenyata C. Mirindi, Executive Director, Justice Congo Group

The DWP Inspire Sessions are 15-minute presentations designed to ignite passion and creativity with a focus on sustainability. Speakers from various walks of life share their inspiring stories and transformative ideas, encouraging attendees to think big, act boldly, and contribute to a sustainable future. Each session aims to motivate and empower the audience by showcasing diverse perspectives to contemporary environmental and social challenges. On this session we will meet the Executive Director of the project “Justice Congo Group” and meet his work in providing material assistance and help towards a self-sufficient life for children, women and men affected in DRC. 

SPEAKERS:

  1. Vlad C. Coroamă, Founder, Roegen Centre for Sustainability
  2. Ilias Iakovidis, Adviser, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  3. Angelo Fienga, Director, Sustainable Solutions, Cisco EMEA

Launched in 2021 by European Commissioner Thierry Breton, the European Green Digital Coalition (EGDC) is an industry-led of 37 companies, most of them being global IT players.The EGDC recognises the ICT sector as a key player in the fight against climate change and the need for science–based methods to estimate the reduction and avoidance of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by ICT solutions across sectors. As such, Coalition CEOs have committed to work jointly with relevant stakeholders towards science-based methods to estimate the net environmental impact of digital solutions in major sectors of economy such as energy, transport, construction, agriculture, smart cities, and manufacturing. These methods were released in April 2024.

This session will share insights into the methodologies developed by the European Green Digital Coalition (EGDC) for assessing the net climate impact of ICT solutions. By offering consistent and comparable methods for evaluating these impacts, the EGDC empowers stakeholders globally to make informed decisions on the development, adoption, and use of digital solutions. The EGDC methodologies can thus be leveraged by a broad spectrum of decision-makers, including companies, local authorities, and financial institutions, to drive the deployment of digital solutions that effectively contribute to a net-zero future.
The session will feature industry leaders, SME representatives, sustainability experts, and officials from public administrations and industrial sectors. They will present evidence from digital solutions deployed in real-life contexts and explain how their impacts were calculated using the EGDC’s science-based methodology.

Additionally, the discussion will cover the next steps for adopting the methodology across various vertical sectors, local authorities, and financial institutions. The aim is to foster a cross-sectoral dialogue and to create a vibrant market for digital innovation that benefits people, environment, and economy.
If you want to learn how your organisation can leverage the results of the EGDC, join us for an engaging dialogue that will pave the way for a robust and transparent approach to sustainable digital transformation across all sectors!

SPEAKERS: 

  1. Helen Roy, Ecologist, UK Center for Ecology & Hidrology

DWP 2024 ‘Biodiversity Futures’ programme will highlight the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which was adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), in December 2022. This framework outlines a comprehensive plan to conserve and restore the planet’s ecosystems by 2050, working towards 23 ambitious targets by 2030. This session will focus on Target 4: Halt Species Extinction, Protect Genetic Diversity, and Manage Human-Wildlife Conflicts; Target 5: Ensure Sustainable, Safe and Legal Harvesting and Trade of Wild Species and Target 9: Manage Wild Species Sustainably To Benefit People​

SPEAKERS:

  1. Humberto Rosa, Director, DG Environment, European Commission
  2. Massimo Labra, Scientific Director, National Biodiversity Future Center
  3. Bruno Oberle, Director General, IUCN
  4. Kate Meyer, Founder and CEO, Planetary Accounting

DWP 2024 ‘Biodiversity Futures’ programme will highlight the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which was adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), in December 2022. This framework outlines a comprehensive plan to conserve and restore the planet’s ecosystems by 2050, working towards 23 ambitious targets by 2030. This session will focus on Target 15: Businesses Assess, Disclose and Reduce Biodiversity-Related Risks and Negative Impacts; Target 18: Reduce Harmful Incentives by at Least $500 Billion per Year, and Scale Up Positive Incentives for Biodiversity and Target 19: Mobilize $200 Billion per Year for Biodiversity From all Sources, Including $30 Billion Through International Finance​

Moderation: Davide Cassanmagnago, Senior Manager, Global Covenant of Mayors

SPEAKERS:

  1. Manuel de Araujo, Mayor, City of Quelimane, Mozambique
  2. Victoria Itskovych, Chief Information Officer, Kyiv City Council, Ukraine (TBC)
  3. Luís Capão, Environmental and Sustainability Director, City of Cascais, Portugal
  4. Massamba Thyoie, Manager, UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub

This session will address how digitalization aids cities in combating climate change by improving early warning systems and enhancing local resilience through monitoring,modeling,and digital twins. It will discuss the challenges of developing these digital solutions, the costs involved, and the consequences of inaction. The session will also showcase how technology can foster community engagement, decision-making, and resilience.

Moderation: Veerle Vandeweerd, Co-founder Transforming Education Alliance, Former Director UNDP

SPEAKERS:

  1. François Taddei, Director, Learning Planet Institute

This session will report on concrete measures to activate the Manifesto DwP 2023, based on the outcomes of the education workshops. It will identify essential scaling-up factors, announce significant partnerships, set clear, achievable targets to advance SDG4, and engage digital education tech companies in the DwP initiative.​

SPEAKERS:

  1. Cacique Dada Borari, Borari Chief, Amazon, Brazil

The DWP Inspire Sessions are 15-minute presentations designed to ignite passion and creativity with a focus on sustainability. Speakers from various walks of life share their inspiring stories and transformative ideas, encouraging attendees to think big, act boldly, and contribute to a sustainable future. Each session aims to motivate and empower the audience by showcasing diverse perspectives to contemporary environmental and social challenges. On this session we will meet Cacique Dada Borari who will speak about his efforts to protect the Amazon forest and all life forms.

 

Join our insightful discussion panel focused on the use of artificial intelligence (AI) and drone technology in combating wildfires worldwide. As climate change escalates the frequency and intensity of wildfires, innovative technological solutions have become crucial in both prevention and management strategies.
This solution has been brought up to light through the innovation programme “Tech4All” from Huawei and it uses a technology-driven approach that includes identifying high-risk areas using climate data, deploying drones for continuous monitoring, gathering detailed onsite information for improved response accuracy, and using AI to predict fire trends and provide rescue and evacuation suggestions.

This panel will bring together technology and environmental experts and policy makers to discuss how AI and drone technology can be scaled and adapted to serve as a global solution to the growing wildfire problem, reflecting a commitment to using technology for the greater good and environmental sustainability.

Moderation: Kevin Thompson, COO, GeSI

SPEAKERS:

  1. Luis Neves, CEO, GeSI
  2. Rita Dias, Digital with Purpose Director, GeSI
  3. Luís Guerreiro, President, IAPMEI
  4. Iris Liu Vice President, Sustainability and Brand Development, Taiwan Mobile
  5. Tiago Gonçalves, CEO, Innowave

In an era where sustainability is paramount to corporate success and survival, understanding and measuring an organization’s sustainability maturity is crucial. This panel will explore a pioneering framework designed to assess this maturity, emphasizing its unique global perspective and technological integration. Unlike traditional models that focus predominantly on climate change initiatives, this framework offers a broader evaluation through metrics that look at different categories of the business such as Climate Change; Digital Trust and Responsibility; Circular Economy; Digital Inclusion; and Supply Chain. Whilst also recognizing the strategic role of technology investments and innovative solutions in driving sustainable change .

Learn about the unique aspects of this framework, created and strongly connected with the 17 SDGs and 169 targets from United Nations in mind, and how it empowers organizations to align technological advancements with sustainable development, fostering a more holistic approach to environmental responsibility.

Hear how this approach can enhance your organization’s sustainability practices and position you as a leader in a sustainable future,how to measure progress, benchmark against your peers and make your company more competitive.

SPEAKERS:

  1. Luis Neves, CEO, GeSI

INNOVATION STAGE

Speakers:

  1. Doug Arent, Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory

Dr. Arent’s presentation will explore the forefront of clean energy innovation, focusing on how emerging technologies like artificial intelligence, cloud computing, and cybersecurity are revolutionizing energy systems. He will discuss distributed generation and integrated energy systems, emphasizing their impact across various sectors including power, buildings, mobility, chemicals, and fuels.

Additionally, Dr. Arent will highlight the critical role these technologies play in enhancing economic prosperity and expanding energy access. His talk will illustrate how these advancements not only improve energy efficiency but also drive economic growth and support sustainable development across global communities.

SPEAKERS:

  1. Michael Wachira, CEO, Virtual Essence

SPEAKERS:

  1. Esther Roure Villa, Sustainability Lead, Cisco CX EMEA

 

Dive into the world of entrepreneur with us in an upcoming session featuring the story behind Sustainability Insights. Witness the evolution of an initial idea as it embarks on the path to becoming a fully realized service. Sustainability Insights evaluates the environmental impact of digital solutions; it also suggests practical ways to enhance sustainability. Join us for a session filled with innovation and inspiration!

SPEAKERS:

  1. Tim Vieira, Founder and CEO, Brave Generation Academy

Join Tim Vieira, the visionary founder of Brave Generation Academy (BGA), for an enlightening discussion on revolutionising education. Tim will delve into the ethos and mission behind BGA, highlighting its innovative approach to learning and its transformative impact on Learners worldwide. From the inception of BGA to its global expansion, Tim will share insights into how BGA is reshaping the educational landscape, providing Learners with a holistic and personalised educational experience. Discover how BGA goes beyond traditional teaching methods, fostering critical thinking, creativity, and global citizenship. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of BGA’s philosophy and the future of education.

Speakers:

  1. Chia-Kai Liu, Advisor, Science & Technology Policy Research and Information Center, NARLabs Taiwan

Civil IoT Taiwan is a pioneering initiative that integrates Internet of Things (IoT) technology, big data analytics, and artificial intelligence to enhance environmental management and disaster risk reduction. Our focus is on developing real-time monitoring systems and advancing early warning capabilities to better manage air quality, earthquakes, water resources, and other disaster-related challenges. This project serves as a vital link, enhancing cooperation between public and private sectors, and significantly bolstering Taiwan’s capacity for environmental resilience.

SPEAKERS:

  1. Alan Gershenfeld, President and Co-founder, E-Line Media

This talk will highlight the unique potential of video games for learning, health and social impact along with the some of the challenges and two case studies.

Speakers:

  1. Sarah E. Huebner, Researcher, University of Minnesota / Zooniverse

Due to alarming rates of global biodiversity loss, ecological monitoring programs have become a critical component of evidence-based conservation planning. Continuous systematic monitoring using remote sensors and standardized protocols can help to detect factors associated with shifting population dynamics at various spatial and temporal scales. Over the past decade, ecologists have deployed remote sensors across the globe at unprecedented scales. However, the amount of data generated can be challenging to process on timescales relevant to ongoing threats. To mitigate this issue, the multinational Snapshot Safari network has developed cutting-edge machine learning models that, combined with online volunteer contributions, accelerate data collection, analysis, and reporting while maintaining quality assurance. Sarah Huebner will share the successes and challenges encountered in developing the novel data pipeline, as well as how they use the images collected from more than 2000 cameras in the field to conduct research on African mammals and the communities that sustain them.

Speakers:

  1. David Roy, Head of the Biological Records Centre, UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Automated sensors have great potential to standardize and expand the monitoring of insects across the globe. As one of the most scalable and fastest developing sensor technologies, I describe a growing global network for automated, image-based monitoring of nocturnal insects (principally moths) — from sensor development and field deployment to workflows for data processing and publishing. Sensors comprise a light to attract insects, a camera for collecting images and a computer for scheduling, data storage and processing. I describe the ongoing development of sensors, including integration of microphones to monitor sound-producing animals (some insects, birds, bats and other mammals). Large data volumes of images and acoustics from automated systems necessitate scalable and effective data processing. I describe computer vision approaches for the detection, tracking and classification of insects, including models built from existing aggregations of labelled insect images. I propose priorities towards a step-change in automated monitoring of nocturnal insects, a vital task in the face of rapid biodiversity loss from global threats, and to support a range of stakeholders (e.g. researchers, farmers, businesses) who seek trusted technologies towards a nature positive future.

In a world punctuated by multiple crises and rapid technological advancements, the importance of integrating economic growth with environmental sustainability has never been clearer. The recent global upheaval has underscored the necessity for readiness to manage unexpected shocks while maintaining progress toward long-term sustainability goals. Today is no longer just about a digital transition, but one underpinned by a clean-tech revolution powered by the need to produce green energy. This has the potential to have a significant impact on jobs. With new industrial and technological challenges, the educational offering has to evolve and meet new needs. This panel will delve into the strategic imperatives of the EU’s ‘Twin Transition’—the intertwined digital and green shifts aimed at achieving climate neutrality by 2050. As we navigate these transitions, a significant challenge remains: the development of essential Green Digital Skills to drive these ambitious goals.
Our discussion will explore the creation of a new skills taxonomy that blends green and digital capabilities, crucial for the deployment of net-zero technologies and the transformation of the labor market. We will examine the pivotal role of education systems, from vocational training to universities, in integrating and adapting these skills into curricula to meet evolving industry demands.
Join us as we disect policy analyses, review industrial sectors at the crossroads of ICT and energy, and propose actionable strategies for empowering societies to adapt to and thrive in a rapidly changing, uncertain global landscape.

SPEAKERS:

  1. Marisa de Sousa, Co-creator, Soulful leadership
  2. Pedro Loupa, Co-Creator & Leader, Soulful leadership

This session addresses how the vision of Soulful Leadership can serve as a fundamental pillar in implementing digital sustainability projects through systemic alignment. We will discuss how integrating soulful leadership into corporate culture can drive innovation and long-term organizational success.

SPEAKERS:

  1. Marcela Nacif, Head of Education, Brave Generation Academy

Join Marcela Nacif, BGA’s Head of Education, for an engaging talk on Brave Future, Brave Generation Academy’s NGO arm. Learn about their impactful initiatives in unstable regions, including a BGA Hub in Kakuma Refugee Camp and support for Learners in Gaza. Explore how BGA and Brave Future combine to offer an alternative form of education where traditional avenues fall short, providing hope and opportunities to those in need.

In a world punctuated by multiple crises and rapid technological advancements, the importance of integrating economic growth with environmental sustainability has never been clearer. The recent global upheaval has underscored the necessity for readiness to manage unexpected shocks while maintaining progress toward long-term sustainability goals. Today is no longer just about a digital transition, but one underpinned by a clean-tech revolution powered by the need to produce green energy. This has the potential to have a significant impact on jobs. With new industrial and technological challenges, the educational offering must evolve and meet new needs. This panel will delve into the strategic imperatives of the EU’s ‘Twin Transition’—the intertwined digital and green shifts aimed at achieving climate neutrality by 2050. As we navigate these transitions, a significant challenge remains: the development of essential Green Digital Skills to drive these ambitious goals.

Our discussion will explore the creation of a new skills taxonomy that blends green and digital capabilities, crucial for the deployment of net-zero technologies and the transformation of the labor market. We will examine the pivotal role of education systems, from vocational training to universities, in integrating and adapting these skills into curricula to meet evolving industry demands.
Join us as we dissect policy analyses, review industrial sectors at the crossroads of ICT and energy, and propose actionable strategies for empowering societies to adapt to and thrive in a rapidly changing, uncertain global landscape.

WORKSHOPS

WORKSHOP CONFERENCE ROOM 1

SPEAKERS:

  1. João Gomes, Director, FCCN Advanced Services
  2. Mrinalini Rai Founder & Executive, Director, Women4Biodiversity
  3. Susana Viseu, Founder, Business as Nature

DWP 2024 ‘Biodiversity Futures’ programme will highlight the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which was adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), in December 2022. This framework outlines a comprehensive plan to conserve and restore the planet’s ecosystems by 2050, working towards 23 ambitious targets by 2030. This session will focus on Target 13: Increase the Sharing of Benefits From Genetic Resources, Digital Sequence Information and Traditional Knowledge; Target 23: Ensure Gender Equality and a Gender-Responsive Approach for Biodiversity Action and Target 11: Restore, Maintain and Enhance Nature’s Contributions to People​.

DWP 2024 ‘Biodiversity Futures’ programme will highlight the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which was adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), in December 2022. This framework outlines a comprehensive plan to conserve and restore the planet’s ecosystems by 2050, working towards 23 ambitious targets by 2030. This session will focus on Target 10: Enhance Biodiversity and Sustainability in Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fisheries, and Forestry; Target 8: Minimize the Impacts of Climate Change on Biodiversity and Build Resilience; Target 20: Strengthen Capacity-Building, Technology Transfer, and Scientific and Technical Cooperation for Biodiversity and Target 17: Strengthen Biosafety and Distribute the Benefits of Biotechnology.

SPEAKERS: 

  1. David Roy, Head of the Biological Records Centre, UK Centre for Ecology & Hidrology
  2. Filipa Bessa, Researcher, University of Coimbra
  3. Sarah E. Huebner, Researcher, Snapshot Safari and University of Minnesota/Zooniverse

DWP 2024 ‘Biodiversity Futures’ programme will highlight the Kunming-Montreal Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF), which was adopted at the fifteenth meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP 15), in December 2022. This framework outlines a comprehensive plan to conserve and restore the planet’s ecosystems by 2050, working towards 23 ambitious targets by 2030. This session will focus on Target 6: Reduce the Introduction of Invasive Alien Species by 50% and Minimize Their Impact; Target 7: Reduce Pollution to Levels That Are Not Harmful to Biodiversity and Target 22: Ensure Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice and Information Related to Biodiversity for all​.

POWERED BY: EdTech Alliance

Moderation: Michelle DuQuette, Events & Community Lead, EdTech Alliance

Hosted by the European EdTech Alliance (EEA), the workshop will guide participants towards a shared vision of mobilising key stakeholders across the European education community to advocate for a global EdTech alliance with quality assurance at the centre. 

The workshop will build upon the work of our existing European funded projects (the Jacobs Foundation EdTech Strategy Lab project and the EU-funded EmpowerED project) by exploring how SDG4 can be advanced through the creation of a collaborative, evidence-driven ecosystem of EdTech companies that supports the development and dissemination of high-quality EdTech solutions worldwide. 

The workshop will focus on facilitating discussions on the importance of evidence-based EdTech partnerships and the issue of trust. Attendees will be able to share their unique perspectives through participating in a series of engaging Clarifying Challenges and Showcasing Solutions formats with the support of industry experts to help guide the conversations. 

We’ll also share initial findings about the topics of evidence and quality assurance in EdTech that we’ve compiled through workshops, interviews and research initiatives with decision makers from across Europe. 

There will also be the opportunity to learn more about joining the Digital With Purpose Performance Framework movement and how to contribute toward driving transformational change for a sustainable future. 

WORKSHOP CONFERENCE ROOM 2

POWERED BY: Sea Monster

SPEAKERS:

  1. Glenn Gillis, CEO, Sea Monster
  2. António Câmara, Professor, Nova School of Science and Technology
  3. Alan Gershenfeld, President and Co-founder, E-Line Media
  4. Jeferson Valadares, VP, Corporate Development, Fortis games
  5. Karsten Krueger, Director of Research, University of Barcelona
  6. Jason Blackstock, Founder & CEO, How to Change the World

Explore and activate the potential of the gaming industry for educational advancement. We will dive into how gaming technologies can be harnessed for the greater good, focusing on leveraging their engaging formats for learning purposes.

Moderation: 

  1. Paul Byrne, Secretary General, ESHA
  2. Leendert – Jan Velthuyzen, Executive Board Member, Stichting Kolom

SPEAKERS:

  1. Deborah Snoeren, Educational advisor, School NOUR Primary Education
  2. Cristina Silva, Headmaster, Gil Vicente School, Guimarães, Portugal
  3. Jeanette Kuipers, Director Hasselbraam en Kleine Braam, Allente
  4. Michael Wachira, CEO, Virtual Essence
  5. Francisco Miranda, CEO, Class of Wonders
  6. José Malaquias, Managing Partner, The Inventors
  7. Bebiana Sá Moura, Head of Partnerships, Virtuleap
  8. Evangelos Marios Kemos, Senior Communications & Stakeholder Relations Lead, EIT Digital

Workshop aimed at bridging the gap between school needs and digital solutions.This session brings together educators, school administrators, and tech providers to foster dialogue, share insights, and explore partnerships. We’ll focus on aligning educational requirements with innovative digital tools and services,fostering a mutual understanding to enhance the learning experience.

POWERED BY: Brave Generation Academy

SPEAKERS:

  1. Tim Vieira, Founder and CEO, Brave Generation Academy
  2. Michael Wachira, CEO, Virtual Essence
  3. Jason Blackstock, Founder & CEO, How to Change the World
  4. Maria Miguel Castella, Researcher, NOVA National School of Public Health
  5. Bebiana Sá Moura, Head of Partnerships, Virtuleap
  6. Francisco Miranda, CEO, Class of Wonders

Join us for a dynamic workshop on turnkey solutions tailored to meet the challenges of the modern educational landscape. We’ll be delving into a wide range of issues impacting education at every level.

This workshop is not just about identifying problems—it’s about sparking innovation and driving meaningful change. With input from directors of education spanning different age groups and visionaries leading the charge for educational reform, our discussions promise to be insightful, forward-thinking, and inspiring.

In this interactive session, our esteemed panelists will share their expertise and explore cutting-edge strategies to tackle these challenges head-on. Together, we’ll uncover actionable insights to revolutionize the way we learn.

SPEAKERS:

  1. Hermina Johnny, Founder, Aspire Artemis Foundation
  2. Matt Delac, CEO, SheCodes
  3. Alexandra Badea, Creative Director, She is a Mom
  4. Deborah Snoeren, Educational advisor, School NOUR Primary Education
  5. Susana Viseu, Founder, Business as Nature
  6. Fahima Farahi, Co-Founder and CEO, Wiseworld
In the digital age, the pursuit of gender equality has taken on new dimensions, with technology offering unprecedented opportunities for lifelong learning and career advancement. This workshop aims to explore and promote the use of digital tools to foster projects designed to support women in their educational and professional journeys. By showcasing best practices and successful initiatives, we seek to empower women to leverage digital resources to enhance, repurpose, and achieve success in their careers.

Moderation: Georgios Kostakos, Co-founder and Executive Director, FOGGS

SPEAKERS:

  1. David Beatty, Professor, University of Toronto
  2. Niraj Bhargava, CEO, NuEnergy.ai
  3. Evangelos Marios Kemos, Senior Communications & Stakeholder Relations Lead, EIT Digital
  4. Diane Mievis, Director, EU Public Policy , Cisco

The dramatic rise of generative AI and it potential to upend education, life and livelihood systems warrants a close examination of the current state of affairs and emerging trends. Students can be assisted in learning but also in cheating in schools by AI, but they also need to understand how it works, how to use it and even how to programme it. What practical and ethical criteria need to be set in order to maximise the potential and minimise the negative aspects of Gen AI? This initial discussion sponsored by the DWP Movement will bring together AI experts, Ed Tech entrepreneurs, school teachers, students and other stakeholders to create mutual understanding and start work towards the necessary standards. 

POWERED BY: Learning Planet Institute

Moderation: Olivier Brechard, Director, LearningPlanet Alliance

SPEAKERS:

  1. François Taddei, Director, Learning Planet Institute
  2. Karsten Krueger, Director of Research, University of Barcelona
  3. Jason Blackstock, Founder & CEO, How to Change the World
  4. Georgios Kostakos, Co-founder and Executive Director, FOGGS
  5. Manan Shah, Research, IT & Communication Advisor, FOGGS
Universities are THE ideal places to co-create new knowledge, to inspire young generations to equip us for the future and to adapt to critical transitions towards a healthy, sustainable planet. LPI is driving an intergenerational, global conversation supported by UNESCO and UN University to build towards new forms of distributed higher education adapted to transitions across the world. It is leading the call to design the future of learning with youth, and make the most of AI and digital technologies to bring it to life.
As part of this workshop in Cascais, the LPI invites you to participate in our reflection on the place of Edtech with regard to this future global University:
 
  1. What should be the digital infrastructure for this global open campus?
  2. What concrete digital solutions would you suggest we explore?
  3. What could be an edtech for good programme at the heart of this university curriculum? Would you like to be involved in its codesign? 

WORKSHOP CONFERENCE ROOM 3

POWERED BY: HUAWEI

This panel discussion is meant to summarise the individual talks to an overall 6G picture and notably to allow the audience to interact with the experts from the field of 6G technology development.
During the second hour, this panel will also discuss how 6G will empower Vertical Sectors: Delivering on the Promises of 5G and Beyond. As we look towards the IMT2030 timeframe from 2030 to 2040, mobile communications will play an even more crucial role in society, and how 6G is envisioned to bring significant improvements including providing stringent performance, service availability, environmental awareness, dynamic QoS, and enhanced sensing capabilities.

Critical questions include:
  • Understanding of 6G and its typical services;
  • Energy saving potential of 6G; attribution of responsibilities in this multi-stakeholder system;
  • Measurements, verification and certification of claims, including in multi-authority situations;
  • Key lessons learned from the 5G era and how can they inform the development of 6G?
  • How can the technology innovation cycles in vertical sectors be better aligned with the timelines of standard-setting bodies like the ITU and 3GPP? How to improve this alignment?
  • What are the most critical performance requirements for 6G to fully support vertical sectors?
  • What new 6G features or functionalities of vertical sectors can enable their digital journeys?
  • How can academia and industry collaborate so 6G to address challenges vertical sectors face? 

Moderation: Giorgia Rambelli, Director, Urban Transitions Mission

SPEAKERS: 

  1. Massamba Thyoie, Manager, UNFCCC Global Innovation Hub
  2. Nireeen Daoud, Director Sustainability Department, Greater Amman, Jordan 
  3. Manuel de Araujo, Mayor, City of Quelimane, Mozambique

Our digital future can help to bridge social divides and improve the living conditions for all by  enhancing participation in policy making for citizens, and ensuring access to inclusive services for communities. 

Digital solutions being developed and adopted by and for cities must consider the needs of the whole community – including the most poor and vulnerable, as well as those who are not connected, to ensure that digital transformation does not result in an exacerbation of existing inequalities, ensuring people  are safeguarded against adverse effects of digital technologies.

Digital solutions can also support direct engagement of the community, as well as act as tools to inform and  onboard directly citizens community in decision making any participatory actions to both mitigate and adapt to climate change.

This session will focus on highlighting and discussing solutions to help cities in responding to the core human needs of access, leisure, education and well-being. It will discuss the role of digital solutions in supporting education, driving positive behavior and inclusiveness in cities.

Participants will be invited to join a role play exercise and experience the user-journey of a number of members in a local community, testing solutions already in place and others currently under development. The session is dedicated to policy-makers, urban planners, education experts, digital tools providers, innovators, start-ups and VCs.

Moderation: Giorgia Rambelli, Director, Urban Transitions Mission

SPEAKERS:

  1. Doug Arent, Executive Director, Strategic Public-Private Partnerships, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  2. Mark Atherton, Director of Environment, Greater Manchester Combined Authority 
  3. Shri M. Thennarasan, IAS Municipal Commissioner, Ahmedabad, India
  4. Vida Rozite, Lead of Digitalisation, Energy Efficiency Division

The session will provide real-time insights for policymakers through a digital twins demonstration for selected cities, discussing data access and forecasting with examples of data-driven policymaking.

Digital finance has emerged as a transformative force within sustainable finance landscapes, with the potential to reshape the local financial ecosystems – especially in emerging markets and rapidly growing regions. Exploration and greater knowledge of potential solutions – inclusive of mobile banking, blockchain, and cryptocurrencies, to start – can help unlock additional policy and economic levers for local leaders to use throughout their climate action journeys, especially in the shift towards more accessible, efficient, and inclusive financial services. 

Recent research finds that digital tools and services can advance the way residents and local governments alike interact with finance; however, there is a need to boost knowledge, capacity, and expertise that enables them to harness these technologies in an equitable, sustainable and secure way. Increased understanding is needed on how digital banking applications can better include marginalized residents into local plans and schemes; how blockchain technologies and cryptocurrencies can be securely used to track and mobilize the movement of local assets and services; and how these digital innovations can be executed while maintaining resource efficiency.

This session will delve into the interplay between digital financial solutions and the transition towards net-zero. Digital and financial experts will discuss with policy-makers the existing challenges and current deployment priorities across the digital finance landscape – and help chart a course for responsible, equitable, and sustainable use.

The session is dedicated to financial experts, policy-makers, local initiatives, digital tools providers, innovators, start-ups and VCs.

ROUNDTABLES

Roundtables encourage interaction and participation from all attendees, fostering a collaborative atmosphere. Join us in this informal and intimate discussion (limited to 10 participants) where participants have the unique opportunity to meet and learn from experts.

Registration required due to the limited number of seats available.

Speakers:

  1. Henrique Pereira, Co-director, German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research

Speakers:

  1. Cristina Luís, Researcher and Lecturer at Faculdade de Ciências, University of Lisbon

Speakers:

  1. Marisa de Sousa, Co-creator, Soulful leadership
  2. Pedro Loupa, Co-Creator & Leader, Soulful leadership

We explore the crucial role of authenticity and communication in implementing sustainable and high-impact digital projects. This roundtable will delve into how leaders can embody authenticity and foster open communication to guide projects towards strategic success, aligning with broader organizational goals.

Speakers:

  1. David Beatty, Professor, University of Toronto

SPEAKERS:

  1. François Taddei, Director, Learning Planet Institute

NIGHT SUMMIT DIALOGUES

The Dialogues will be hosted in the balcony of the venue.

Moderation: Kevin Thompson, COO, GeSI

SPEAKERS:

  1. David Beatty, Professor, University of Toronto
  2. Chris White, President, NEC Labs America
  3. Rose Mosero, Deputy Data Commissioner, the Office of Data Protection, Government of Kenya
  4. Declan Kirrane, Chairman and Managing Director, Science Summit at the UN General Assembly

SPEAKERS:

  1. Nizar Kammourie, CEO, Sawaco Water Group

The urgency surrounding water scarcity demands a paradigm shift in how we manage this precious resource. Traditional approaches often fall short in addressing the complexities of water management in the face of climate change and growing demand. We need innovative strategies that harness the power of technology to optimize water usage and ensure sustainability.Imagine a future where advanced sensors, artificial intelligence, and big data analytics work together to provide real-time insights into water usage and availability. With such technologies, we can monitor water sources, detect leaks in pipelines, and optimize irrigation systems with unprecedented accuracy. This level of precision not only conserves water but also reduces costs and enhances overall efficiency.
Furthermore, digital solutions offer opportunities for better water governance and decision-making. By creating integrated platforms that centralize data from various sources, stakeholders can collaboratively manage water resources more effectively. Whether it’s government agencies, private companies, or local communities, everyone can contribute to a comprehensive understanding of water dynamics and implement targeted solutions.
But technology alone is not enough. We also need to foster a culture of water conservation and responsible usage. Education and awareness campaigns play a crucial role in empowering individuals and communities to adopt sustainable practices. From simple actions like fixing leaks and using water-saving appliances to larger-scale initiatives like rainwater harvesting and wastewater recycling, every effort counts in mitigating water scarcity.