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Humanising Technology | Human Centred Urban Innovation

UTC: 24 October, 2018  (18:00)
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Innovations in technology are increasingly allowing us to observe and analyse human activity on an unprecedented scale. The valuable data produced and

Featured Speakers

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Sam Markey

Future Cities Catapult

Before joining Future Cities Catapult, Sam worked at Cabinet Office, first in the Prime Minister’s Implementation Unit, leading projects on health and social care reform, and latterly as senior adviser to the Cabinet Secretary, future-proofing policy (particularly housing) and encouraging the adoption of new technologies to tackle long-standing public service challenges.

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Savannah de Savary

Founder and CEO at Built-ID

Savannah de Savary is the Founder and CEO of Built-ID. After graduating from the University of Oxford in 2013, Savannah joined Thor Equities, where she managed NYC real estate development projects. In June 2015 she founded Built-ID, a proptech platform that showcases the built environment projects of today and transforms community engagement to better shape the projects of tomorrow.

Savannah won “Young Entrepreneur of the Year” at the Property Awards and was voted Property Week’s ‘Power 100: Top 20 Ones to Watch’ and one of the Top 20 Proptech influencers in a poll by the UK Proptech Association. She is also a regular columnist for Property Week and sits on the Oxford University Real Estate Society’s committee.

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Duncan Wilson

Professor of Connected Environments, UCL

Professor of Connected Environments in The Bartlett Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at University College London and member of the Smart London Board. Duncan’s research focuses on how emerging technologies such as connected sensors and cognitive computing can augment our understanding of the built and natural environment.

A Chartered Engineer with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence and Machine Vision from UCL. A constant work thread of his work has been exploring how the internet and the physical world will continue to merge.

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Henry Chan

Impact Assessment Team Lead at Future Cities Catapult

Dr Henry Chan is a project finance and evaluation expert, with 15 years of experience across the entire urban/infrastructure development lifecycle, from planning to construction management. His past projects cover multiple sectors and regions, including urban regeneration in China, underground metro in Brazil, and smart waste management in London. Currently, he is the Impact Assessment Team lead at Future Cities Catapult, a government-sponsored centre to advance the development of urban innovations. The team applies UK and international best practices to assess the economic, environmental, and social impacts of innovative solutions involving unproven technologies. Before joining Future Cities Catapult, Henry was a senior consultant and manager at Arup’s Transaction Advice and City Economics teams in San Francisco and London. His passion is to integrate technology into the built environment to improve everyday life and create a more sustainable future. He holds a PhD in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University.

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Priya Prakash

Founder of Design 4 Social Change

Priya Prakash is designer-founder of London based award-winning D4SC - Design for Social Change Ltd -The applied urban innovation studio develops collaborative products and services combining human and machine intelligence to co-create smarter cities with people.

Design 4 Social Change

Changify #SmarterStreets D4SC’s intelligent people- powered decision making platform to improve public infrastructure got awarded by Innovate UK to pilot in Plymouth with Amey FerrovialIt resulted in reducing average road inspection costs by 22%, increasing citizen satisfaction and contractor responsiveness by 19.8% and is being scaled across UK and Asia. Prakash is on ‘Tech City Insider 100’, IBM’s People for Smarter Cities and featured in FT, Sunday Times, BBC, Wired, Guardian and the Queen’s 2017 Honours list for award winning work in Chinese smart cities using data to improve public safety.

Prior to D4SC, Priya was Head of Mobile Phone User Experience at Nokia where she led the global design team to launch affordable smart phones - Nokia Asha in 144 countries. At BBC, she was lead-designer and co-inventor of iPlayer with joint patents.

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Chris Bristow

Chief Operating Officer, BetterPoints


BetterPoints is the award-winning behaviour improvement company that motivates and incentivises measurable positive improvements in how people live and work.

BetterPoints works with healthcare, transport and governmental organisations, and corporates to engage targeted groups and individuals; identify their current status and behaviours; motivate, track and reward them for performing positive activities; and deliver evidence of their behaviour improvement.

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Alex Pielak

Co-founder & Head of Design and Product Development, AKOU

AKOU is on a mission to transform the process of placemaking to build smarter and happier communities. By combining offline engagement techniques with digital mapping and impact measurement, we collect and visualise new types of data that demonstrate the social impact, the social capital and the networks of collaboration that exist within an area. We work closely with councils, developers and local communities during the planning of regeneration schemes, helping them to understand how everyone links together and could link together better in the future. With our combination of consultancy services and digital tools, we explore ways to better understand connectedness, trust and impact, allowing for a more detailed picture of the true workings of a community and its worth. This provides a better understanding of how an area operates and can be a way to show how a development is helping to nurture, grow and sustain a happy community.

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Tijana Manitasevic Vujcic

Co-founder & Business Development Executive, Strawberry energy

Strawberry Energy

For the past seven years, Strawberry Energy has been at the forefront of the smart cities revolution, developing solar powered, urban furniture for sustainable cities of the future. Their clean technology is helping to improve crucial civic services, monitor air quality and invigorate local spaces.

Strawberry Energy’s award winning Smart Benches can be found in 30 cities across 17 countries, delivering free battery charging, Wi-Fi access and tracking the health of the local environment.

By bringing power and digital connectivity to public spaces, these smart benches are adapting streets to 21st century needs and enhancing the experiences of people in cities, while providing the local authorities with the most comprehensive and state of the art air quality sensor network in London.

Their first in the world sponsored Smart Bench Scheme is currently spread across London Boroughs of Southwark, Islington and Lewisham.

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Vanessa Butz

CEO & Founder at District Technologies

Vanessa is passionate about shaping the future of cities to improve everyone’s work and life experience. Working at the intersection of cities and technology, she founded District Technologies, a community and smart building platform for large commercial or residential portfolios that helps owners save time and money. Prior to District, having written her masters thesis at Oxford University on "Understanding the DNA of Strong Entrepreneurial Hubs”, she took her theory into practice by building large coworking campuses (Factory Berlin and Interchange London for Market-Tech).

District helps landlords move from “rent” to “relationship” through a best-in-class, artificial intelligence platform and mobile app that connects users to the things they love in and around buildings.