Urban Entrepreneurs: Smarten Your City Workshop

Over 40 participants including industry professionals, researchers, and data experts will work as different teams to contribute their ideas on urban issues. Nestlé China is going to sponsor the team with the best idea to go to Geneva for prototyping.

Event Details


468 Jumen Rd, room 102 Huangpu District, Shanghai, China


November 19, 2016 from 1:00 am to 10:00 am Asia/Shanghai (UTC+08:00)

Today, about 50% of the world’s population live in cities and forecasts predict that this number will grow to 70% by 2050, creating huge strains and challenges for infrastructures and inhabitants. We believe technology and citizen empowerment should be part of the discussions and proposed solutions. This is how Urban Entrepreneurs Initiative comes to live. The initiative is designed to create an urban transversal vision through a series of events across cities in Asia and Switzerland including Shanghai, Seoul, Bangalore, Geneva, Lausanne to explore new solutions to address urban challenges and foster new ideas.

swissnex China is organising a one-day ideation workshop on Urban Entrepreneurship on November 19th 2016, to develop projects aiming to improve quality of life, enhance environment sustainability and foster economic development. Thanks to our partners, over 40 participants including industry professionals, researchers, and data experts will work as different teams to contribute their ideas on urban issues including 3 themes presented below:

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Winning an opportunity to go to Switzerland

All teams have two weeks after the workshop to further their proposals and submit the projects in English to swissnex China. A jury panel of experts will select the most impactful project. Nestlé China is going to sponsor the winning team with the best idea to go to Lift Prototyping Lab in Geneva (early 2017) to make their idea to the next level.

Format of the workshop

Language: participants are free to use English or Chinese for the discussion.

Participants will be split into teams, brainstorm together for ideas and get feedback from experts. Two coaches will guide them to develop the product/project proposal. A presentation is required from each team by the end of the day. A jury panel with experts and entrepreneurs will give feedback to all presentations. For detailed program, please check here.

About the experts

bo gao

Dr. Bo GAO, College of Design and Innovation, Tongji University

Dr. Gao Bo is the associate professor and master instructor of teaching and researching on service design, information and media design, sustainable design in the College of Design & Innovation, Tongji University. Dr. Gao published numbers of academic papers in international design research and design education conferences, such as CUMULUS/DRS/DMI/ICDHS.

Dr. Gao hosts the research projects ” The research of using the service design in the smart communities of changing urban of China” sponsored by the social science and humanity on Young Fund of the ministry of Education(14YJC760011) and “Develop the service quality for woman in community by digital service design ” sponsored by the female professor research fund of Tongji University. Dr. Gao is also an active member of DMI(Design Management Institute, USA), DESIS China (a Network on Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability in China) ,LeNS -China (the Learning Network on Sustainability)and Shanghai Designers Association.

shutong liu

Mr. Shutong LIU, Founder of MotionECO, China

Shutong graduated from VU University Amsterdam, has a master degree of Environment & Energy Management Studies. Before coming back to China in 2015, He lived in the Netherlands for 9 years. Shutong is the founder of “Let the Used cooking Oil fly” project, has great passion in environmental and renewable energy. He used to work in the CSR department of the logistics company TNT, responsible for the global Electric Vehicle project, he also worked in solar energy projects. After his master study, he joined SkyNRG- the world first Bio jet fuel provider, supplied KLM with bio jet fuel made from “used cooking oil”. As the Asian business development manager, he used to ship a large volume of the Used cooking oil from Asia to EU to produce Biofuel. When he found out the problem of used cooking oil in China, he decided to move back to China to solve this problem. In 2015, Shutong founded MotionECO, a company focusing on Sustainable transportation. He has been working on projects that convert the local used cooking oil into biofuel to be used in local buses and logistic fleets, which help to solve the food safety and environmental problems. Shutong is a fellow of Harvard SEED for social innovation; winner of The Venture global social Entrepreneurship competition (China area); SEE foundation 2016 Green Entrepreneur; Committee member of Chinese certification of sustainable bio energy.

alex wang

Mr. Ye WANG, Design thinker and innovation workshop facilitator

Mr. Wang, Master of Central Academy of Fine Art, Design School; Lecturer in Shanghai Normal University, School of Fine Arts. He has more than 10 years of experiences in design work since 2005. The main design area involves UX design (Users’ experience design) & video art ( Photography, advertising and documentaries) He holds the design patent and works in National Art Museum of China, World Design Congress, IKEA, MOCA Shanghai, 2008 World Olympic Games, United Nations Educational Committee, Ogilvy & Mather international advertising company, Microsoft, Tencent CDC etc.

About Lift Prototyping Lab

The Lift Prototyping Lab is a three-day program that will feature: a lab to go from idea to prototype, keynote speeches to bring back the latest trends on innovation and technology, experts to support the teams in their prototyping journey as well as social events to meet the Lift community.

About Lift

Lift is a transdisciplinary platform fostering innovative thinking and exploring new ways in response to economic and social challenges created by the emergence of new technologies. Over the years, Lift has tackled different issues through gathering talents and experts around the world, working with various organizations and creative individuals as well as engaging with companies and policy makers.

Sponsors and parters

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