The Future of Technology for Sustainable Development
22 October 2019, 3-7pm

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Christoph Beier GIZ GmbH Vice Chair of the Management Board

Dr. Christoph Beier is Vice Chair of the Management Board of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH. Before, Christoph Beier held various leading management positions within GIZ, heading the Planning and Development Department and various Regional Departments. He advised the Ministry of the Interior of Indonesia on decentralization and worked as research and teaching assistant to the chair for economics and social geography at the Ruhr-University Bochum. Christoph Beier holds a number of honorary posts, e.g. as a member of the Board of Trustees of Tongji University and the Board of the Bertelsmann Transformation Management Index (Bertelsmann Foundation).

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Saniye Gülser Corat Division for Gender Equality UNESCO Director

Director for Gender Equality since September 2004, she was the pioneer in making gender equality a global priority at UNESCO in 2007. She is a senior international development executive with 30 years of public, private sector and academic experience specialized in driving innovation and change with impact. She is also the founder and CEO of an international consulting company in Canada. She holds post-graduate degrees from Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Business School and graduate degrees from the College of Europe in Bruges, Belgium; Norman Paterson School of International Affairs and Political Science Department at Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. She received her B.A. at Bogaziçi University after completing high school at Robert College in Istanbul, Turkey.

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Florian Dohmann Birds on Mars GmbH Founder & Chief Creative

Florian Dohmann is co-founder and Chief Creative of Birds on Mars, a NextGen consultancy & AI agency, where they help companies to create strategies, spaces, teams and applications, exploring the in-betweens of artificial, organizational & human intelligence. He is part of the artist collective YQP Berlin/NYC and lecturer at various universities.

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Anne-Sophie Garrigou The Beam Editor in Chief

Anne-Sophie Garrigou is a journalist, a feminist and an environmentalist with a passion for women’s rights, environmental sustainability and for raising awareness for climate action. In Berlin, she has created The Beam Magazine, a print and digital publication covering the climate crisis and sustainable development. Through her interviews and editorial choices, Anne-Sophie has given a voice to many activists, entrepreneurs, researchers and leaders who weren’t given one elsewhere and met some of her most inspiration along the way. Anne-Sophie authors articles and op-eds and has contributed to numerous publications including Cleantechnica, The Hundert, Clean Energy Wire, FairPlanet. She has also been speaking to conferences and events on the topic of ecofeminism, sustainability, tech, communications and climate change.

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Dorothy Gordon World Summit Awards Board Member

Dorothy Gordon is Chair of the Inter-governmental Council of UNESCO's Information for all Programme and Board Member of UNESCO IITE. She works globally as a policy advisor, evaluator, project manager and organisational management consultant. Over the course of her 30-year career in international development and technology she held management positions with the UN and global management consulting firms on four continents and is recognised for her specialist work on technology, education and society in Africa.

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Insa Illgen GIZ GmbH Head of techDetector

Insa Illgen is a tech enthusiast who strongly believes in the transformative power of technologies. As a project leader for the techDetector as well as the tech2D Technology Forum for Sustainable Development, Insa is combining the importance of a reliable technology network with a systematic approach and analysis of emerging technologies. She is a political scientist who entered GIZ in 2013, starting in the mobility and climate change sector in Beijing, China. Connecting sustainable mobility with digital, data driven solutions was one of the main focus of her work in the GIZ transport sector. Apart from her work for the techDetector and tech2D, Insa is also supporting the GIZ Data Lab.

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Christian Loclair Waltz Binaire Creative Director

Christian “Mio” Loclair, creative director at Waltz Binaire, is a new media artist, computer scientist and choreographer from Berlin, Germany. He explores the friction of nature colliding with data and digital procedures. Using cutting edge technology and artificial intelligences in interactive installations, audio-visual experiences, visual narratives and dance performances, he continuously explores the harmony and tension of the encounter of humans and machines. Mio is publishing his work on digital installations, unexpected galleries and theatre stages around the world for commercial and independent projects. Furthermore Mio spoke about the philosophy of his work at the Palais De Nationes (United Nations), MIT (Boston), Centre Pompidou (Paris) and Frauenkirche (Dresden), among others.

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Adina Popescu Æ R T H Founder & CEO

I am an entrepreneur, working at the forefront of digitalisation and am combining big data, decentralized protocols and AI in order to build tools that work for humanity - I am the Founder of ÆRTH: a impact platform for climate- and environmental action - on mobile |VR | AR

Peter Seligmann, Chair and CEO Conservation International:

I was first introduced to the potential of Virtual Reality technology by the Futurist, Adina Popescu. Adina Popescu's vision catalysed CI's commitment to first exploring and then successfully deploying new technologies for communications and public engagement. Her deep understanding and experience with viral tools and new tech proved essential for our embracing of these next generation tools. And the response from multiple audiences has been extraordinary.

Dr. Marcel Reichart, Co-Founder DLD:

Adina Popescu is a highly-visionary creator in the field of new media and cultural experiences, and especially in the field of VR and AR. She is a true global and avant-garde thinker, able to cross over multiple disciplines, while never losing the sense for integrity and ethical guidelines.

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Michael Saup 1001 Suns / DUST Installation Director

Michael Saup is a visionary, artist, instrumentalist, filmmaker and coder. He has acted as professor at HfG/ZKM in Germany and as the founding director of the Oasis Archive of the European Union. He is the co-founder of the Open Home Project, a humanitarian initiative to help people being affected by the Fukushima nuclear crisis in Japan. Michael Saup’s work focuses on the underlying forces of nature and society; an ongoing research into what he calls the “Archaeology of Future”. INSTALLATION DUST uses virtual reality to represent and investigate the invisible sphere of urban particulate matter. We give representation to the recent developments of open data and citizen science and chip away at popular incognizance of just how much dust, and now data may impact our private lives. We aim to establish an open platform for monitoring, experiencing and communicating environmental data as meaningful information. Many of us will produce, curate and consume such data in the very near future, promoting democratic benefits such as education, transparency and civic engagement.

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Gitta Sender GIZ GmbH Technology Innovation Expert

Gitta is a project manager at GIZ focusing on innovation and technology. With a degree in both cultural science and mathematics, she likes shaping the interplay between technologies on the one hand and the cultural and social aspects of their use one the other hand. She believes in bringing people together to develop new ideas and to work on the implementation of technology innovations in sustainable development.

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Marcel 'Otto' Yon Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub CEO

Marcel „Otto“ Yon is CEO of Bundeswehr Cyber Innovation Hub, the digital innovation unit of the Geman Armed Forces. Prior to joining the Ministry of Defence in 2016, Otto was a start-up entrepreneur for 16 years. Otto built 3 B2B & B2G high-tech companies from university spin-offs to global leaders in their respective fields offering AI and computer vision solutions to the defence, homeland security and healthcare sectors. He was also associated to 9 other technology companies. Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Otto was the executive director of a research center in artificial intelligence and an investment banker advising on mergers & acquisitions. Otto is the founder of the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO) in Germany, co-founder of EO Europe and former member of the international board of directors. EO is the largest entrepreneurs organisation worldwide with some 12.000 members in 50 countries. Otto is also a co-founder and member of the advisory board of the German Start-up Association.

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Michell Zappa Envisioning Founder

Futurist, information designer and founder. Work aims to illustrate the implications of accelerating change and facilitate a higher level of awareness about our relationship to technology. Founded Envisioning, technology foresight institute, in 2011 after publishing a series of speculative infographics. Has supported development since day one. Devised initial methodologies and research frameworks. Currently responsible for partnerships. Collaborated on projects on all continents. He is a public speaker technology strategy consultant. Responsible for the technology thinking module at THNK School of Creative Leadership in Amsterdam. Member of the Association of Professional Futurists and World Future Society. Has lived in six countries and worked in over 30. Oversaw design and platform development at Trendwatching in London and Amsterdam before launching Envisioning. Michell cares intensely about our future and encourages people to do the same.

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Exhibition Mobility Flows - Visualizing Bike Share Routes City Lab / Fabian Dinklage

Mobility providers such as car sharing, rental bicycles or scooters are creating new sources of data that offer valuable insights into how a city moves. In the future, this data could be particularly valuable for urban planning processes that focus on mobility issues. Using the APIs of various rental bicycle providers, we were able to collect data on how and when these bikes are used in Berlin and visualize the routes taken. Through the visualization, it‘s possible to select individual days and see what trips were taken over the course of that day. CityLAB Berlin / Fabian Dinklage

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Exhibition Installation DUST Michael Saup / 1001 Suns

INSTALLATION DUST uses virtual reality to represent and investigate the invisible sphere of urban particulate matter. We give representation to the recent developments of open data and citizen science and chip away at popular incognizance of just how much dust, and now data may impact our private lives. We aim to establish an open platform for monitoring, experiencing and communicating environmental data as meaningful information. Many of us will produce, curate and consume such data in the very near future, promoting democratic benefits such as education, transparency and civic engagement.

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Tuesday, 22th October
Doors Open
Christoph Beier
International cooperation is strongly affected by transformations caused by emerging technologies. In order to exploit the growing potential of innovative technologies for sustainable development, a comprehensive systematic analysis of their technological maturity and their potential sustainability impact is essential.
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Dorothy Gordon
Pragmatism and Praxis: The Push to Make Technology Work for Good
Innovative approaches to the use of technology are integral to all aspects of development interventions today. Often marketed with much promise, actual implementation in the field can prove challenging in terms of measuring desired impact as well us understanding unintended consequences. Development professionals grapple with these transformational dimensions of their work even as they deal with the changes that technology is bringing about in their own lives. This talk will propose a possible pragmatic way forward.
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Michell Zappa
How Technology Evolution Assessment Works
Technology significantly affects society and development. Understanding the principles of change is rapidly becoming a fundamental skill. This presentation explains patterns of technological transformation and readiness development.
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Insa Illgen & Gitta Sender
The GIZ techDetector - An Innovative Technology Radar for Sustainable Development
In-depths presentation of the technology radar for sustainable development - the techDetector. Insa Illgen and Gitta Sender will present the tool and answer questions.
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Florian Dohmann
Learn to Unlearn - Why AI Thinking Means Change
Artificial intelligence and related technologies will fundamentally change our world and thus present organizations and individuals with countless new challenges. It is necessary to learn new things, to create new sustainable structures and to thoroughly overhaul working methods and processes. Neither technology nor disruption are at the forefront here. The harmonious and seamless interplay of human creativity, artificial intelligence and organizational identity becomes the linchpin of strategic development and operational planning in almost all processes. Florian shows how organizations benefit from "AI Thinking".
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Saniye Gülser Corat
Interview: Gender Equality - The Big Tech Challenge
Marcel 'Otto' Yon
Building the Innovative Organization You Always Wanted to Have
Innovation and digitalisation are the buzzwords of our times. At the same time Governments and leading corporations seem to be missing the boat on digitalisation and frontier technologies. How can we create innovative public and private sector organisations that stay on top of the tech curve in the digital era?
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Adina Popescu
How can Technology serve Life? On Emergence, Living Systems and Governance
Elinor Ostrom, who received the nobel prize in economic sciences in 2009 stated that "Caring for the commons has to be a multiple task, organised from the ground up and shaped to cultural norms. It had to be discussed face to face, and based on trust". She cautioned against single governmental units at global level to solve the collective action problem of coordinating work against environmental destruction. And yet, until today, we are holding on to centralised top down panoptic models. How can we, with the technology that we have today, empower communities on the ground, help set up bottom up structure in data gathering, predictive analysis and to align incentives in a polycentric way, sustaining the health of our planet's ecosystems? How do we satisfy our hunger for data and overview and empower natives, farmers and indigenous groups to protect the living systems that we are depending on at the same time?
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Christian Loclair
Reflections of Machine Learning
The poetic collision of human needs and cutting-edge technology illustrate our age with both synthetic harmony and organic friction. However, as digital media and new technologies rush into a thrilling future, the time span of our attention and the quality of our experience decreases. In his talk Christian Mio Loclair, invites to an interdisciplinary and visually stunning journey to connect the impossible. From the drama of Narciss to the Taxi Drivers of New York. From Robot Dancing and Code Experiments to Cutting Edge Machine Learning … illustrating a holistic view towards culture and technology to answer the question “WHY?“
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Get Together with Food and Drinks

Technological innovation and digitalisation enable comprehensive, transformative change and are key factors for social, economic and organisational change worldwide. In order to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the use of the potentials of innovative technologies will be of central importance.

To better understand technology hypes, a systematic assessment of emerging technologies is overdue. Join us for insights on the future of technologies for sustainable development, explore the newly developed GIZ techDetector and discuss with us the potential of strategic technology evolution foresight.

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