Last Call for Projects & Participants Urban Entrepreneurs: Smarten Your City Workshop

Today, about 50% of the world’s population live in cities and forecasts predicts that this number will grow to 70% by 2050, creating huge strains and challenges to 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 looking for creative minds with innovative ideas to participate in 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. We welcome entrepreneurs, designers, artists, developers, students, or anyone with cool ideas that could contribute to this topic, to this co-creation event.

The team with most impactful and viable idea will be invited to fly to Geneva to take their idea to the next level at the Lift Prototyping Lab 2017. The partners of Urban Entrepreneurs Initiative will be able to support the winning teams by joining or sponsoring during the prototyping phase in Geneva.

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 best project and invite the team to join the Lift Prototyping Lab in Geneva (early 2017). The partners of Urban Entrepreneurs Initiative will be able to support the winning teams by joining or sponsoring during the prototyping phase in Geneva.

The participants are free to explore the 3 themes mentioned below:

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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. A presentation is required from each team by the end of the day. A panel with experts and entrepreneurs will give feedback to all presentations.

How to apply

The first round of open-call has just finished. To submit your idea, please directly contact Ms. Tu HU via email before October 15th.

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.

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