Technology innovation can be a great enabler for development. The relevance of technological innovations such as speech recognition, robotics in geriatric care, 3D printing, nanotechnologies, artificial intelligence, drone use or new fuels is rapidly increasing. Meeting the Sustainable Development Goals will require action on various levels, including harnessing and maximizing the potential of technological innovation. The current technological revolution has an impact on all disciplines, industries and the world’s economy. Together, we would like to explore promising technological innovations and understanding their relevance and potential for sustainable development. Through the exchange with technology partners, GIZ seeks to identify common fields of action, cooperation potentials and challenges. As a service provider in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development and international education work, we are dedicated to shaping a future worth living around the world. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas. We work with businesses, civil society actors and research institutions. Our main commissioning party is the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
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Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, Newcastle University. Her work investigates a new approach to building materials called ‘living architecture,’ which suggests it is possible for our buildings to share some of the properties of living systems. She is coordinator for the €3.2m Living Architecture project, which is an ongoing collaboration of experts from the universities of Newcastle, UK, the West of England (UWE Bristol), Trento, Italy, the Spanish National Research Council in Madrid, LIQUIFER Systems Group, Vienna, Austria and EXPLORA, Venice, Italy that began in April 2016 and runs to April 2019.
With a background in engineering and biological sciences I was always interested in combining the strengths of these fields for solving societal challenges. As founder of Biomimcry Germany e.V. we let ourselves be inspired from nature to research and collaborate on carbon-neutral solutions for many of our present day challenges including clean oceans, future mobility and sustainable products. Using Biomimicry as a methodology and 'biosphere' as a solution space, we develop both product and system solutions that are aimed at reducing waste, local adaptation and designed for disassembly. In my talk I would introduce you to the Biomimicry methodology and discuss the potential applications in the 'technosphere’ for a sustainable future.
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).
Jakob Berndt is 37 years old, father of two kids and lives in Hamburg-St. Pauli. Back in the days, Jakob studied Cultural Studies at the Leuphana University and in Sydney. He is co-founder of the award-winning social business "Lemonaid & ChariTea", which has successfully changed the European softdrink market towards more sustainability. Today he is chairman of the board of „SOS Mediterranee“, a maritime and humanitarian organization for the rescue of life in the Mediterranean. In 2018 he started his new project „Tomorrow“ – a sustainable mobile bank.
Andreas Dengel is the Site Head at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) in Kaiserslautern and the Scientific Director of the Smart Data & Knowledge Services Research Department at DFKI. In 1993, he became a Professor at the Computer Science Department of the University of Kaiserslautern. Since 2009, he further holds a Professorship (kiyakuin) at the Dept. of Computer Science and Intelligent Systems, Graduate School of Engineering of the Osaka Prefecture University.
Andreas Dewes holds a Ph.D. in Experimental Quantum Computing from CEA Saclay and the University of Paris VI, as well as M.Sc. in Physics as well as Quantitative Business Administration from the University of Tübingen. After finishing his Ph.D. he worked as a data scientist for Blue Yonder GmbH as well as the German Cyber Security Organization (DCSO GmbH) and founded several startups. He is co-founder of KIProtect, a technology-driven startup that builds state-of-the-art privacy and data security solutions for companies and organizations.
Dr. Afton Halloran is a freelance consultant in sustainable food systems transformations. For the past 10 years, Afton has worked for academic institutions, NGOs, CBOs, intergovernmental organizations and the United Nations covering the topics of small-scale farmers organizations, urban agriculture, edible insects and food policy. She has worked in Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, South Africa, Kenya, Malaysia, Thailand, Denmark and Canada. Dr. Halloran holds PhD in International and Pediatric Nutrition with a specialization in Sustainable Food Systems (University of Copenhagen); a MSc in Agricultural Development (University if Copenhagen); and a BSc in Global Resource Systems (University of British Columbia).
Angel is a full-blood entrepreneur and international expert for co-creative project development – combining digital concepts with mindfulness and indigenous traditions is at the heart of his work. Over the last 10+ years he has supported individuals, groups and organizations to realize and connect with their full potential.
Mounira Latrache is an internationally acclaimed ‘Mindfulness in Business’ trainer. She brings 15+ years of leadership experience at international brands like Google, Red Bull and BMW. A certified ‘Search Inside Yourself’ trainer, she gives mindfulness and compassion keynotes and trainings all over the world.
Emmanuel Letouzé, PhD, is the Director of Data-Pop Alliance, a Visiting Scholar at MIT Media Lab, and Director of the Open Algorithms (OPAL) project. He wrote UN Global Pulse’s White Paper “Big Data for Development” (2011-12) and has since worked on the applications and implications of data for development. He worked as an Economist for UNDP in New York in 2006-09 and in 2000-04 for the French Ministry of Finance in Vietnam. He holds a BA and MA from Sciences Po Paris, an MA from Columbia University, where he was a Fulbright Fellow, and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
As the Chief Operating Officer at Simprints, Sebastian's task is to drive Simprints towards commercial sustainability (the goal is to be 100% earned revenue driven by 2020), scaling their deployments around the world (15 countries, 4.5m beneficiaries in 2019), and spearheading Simprints' advocacy work globally to improve the privacy standards in the biometrics and international development industries. Sebastian is a serial entrepreneur with degrees in Development Economics from the University College London and the University of Cambridge.
I gained insights on environmental and ecological economics at Vienna University of Economics and Business (WU) and turned to technology to look for solutions. Having specialized in Information Technology and Business Information Systems I started working with blockchain for its many potentials. The greatest potential, in my opinion, lies in its ability to lift people out of poverty and give developing countries a better chance at competing in global markets. Together with a team at BlockchainHub Berlin, I researched projects on blockchain dedicated to protecting the environment and concluded a thorough data analysis. I currently work on a project in Vienna, bridging Sustainable Development Goals and blockchain technology with Cryptoeconomics Institute and Regional Centre of Expertise on Education for Sustainable Development (RCE) at WU.
Viktor Peter works as a Senior Blockchain Governance Expert at the GIZ Blockchain Lab. Currently his team and he examine the potentials of Distributed Ledger Technologies in development cooperation based on the 2030 Agenda. Among other topics, he is specialized in supply chain traceability and the challenges Distributed Ledger Technologies are facing within this system. Before joining the GIZ, he has been working as an unit manager digitization in the energy sector for several years.
Andrea Del Prete is a robotics researcher focusing on the use of optimization algorithms for control, planning and estimation of legged robots, such as humanoids and quadrupeds. Since 2018 he has been a research scientist in the Movement Generation and Control group at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems (Tübingen, Germany). From 2014 to 2017 he had been an associated researcher in the Gepetto team (LAAS-CNRS, Toulouse), where he had been working with the humanoid robot HRP-2. Before going to LAAS he had spent four years at the Italian Institute of Technology (IIT, Genova, Italy), where he had worked on the iCub humanoid robot.
Benjamin Seibel is the director of the Ideation & Prototyping Lab at the Technology Foundation Berlin, a non-profit think tank with a focus on urban technologies and digital civic engagement in Germany's capital. The Ideation & Prototyping Lab does research and development of data-driven applications in the field of Smart Cities, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. Benjamin holds a M.A. in Cultural Studies and a PhD in Philosophy and is the author of various research papers on open data & civic tech, as well as a book on „Cybernetic Government“.
I have been loving and living design and innovation my whole career. I moved across a range of disciplines from UX, to system design to define innovation strategies. Right now, I am on the mission to map, build and inspire a future we want to live in. As Chief Designer & Futurist for SAP's Chief Innovation Office and our strategy group, I craft future outlooks, moonshots, strategies and products, define and run innovation frameworks to find out what’s next for SAP and the future of work. I was named 1 of 100 most innovative minds in Germany by the biggest financial newspaper Handelsblatt in 2017.
Lisa Witter is the co-founder and Executive Chairman of Apolitical. Apolitical is the first global peer-to-peer platform for government, helping policymakers find the ideas, experts and partners they need to solve the hardest challenges facing societies and is used in 120+ countries. In February, they were named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in the Social Good category, along with Patagonia and Starbucks. The fast-growing for-profit company is backed by the European Union and by mission-driven investors.In 2010, she was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and serves on WEF's Global Agenda Council for Behavior. She is a frequent public speaker and moderator appearing on such media outlets and platforms as NPR, MSNBC, CBS, World Economic Forum, The Women's Forum for the Economy and Society, TEDWomen and The Skoll World Forum and has been published in publications including Fast Company, Alliance Magazine, Stanford Social Innovation Review, Newsday and The Seattle Times.
Professor Danielle Wood joins the Media Lab as assistant professor in the Program in Media Arts and Sciences as of January 2018. Within the Media Lab, Prof. Wood leads the Space Enabled Research Group which seeks to advance justice in earth's complex systems using designs enabled by space. Prof. Wood is a scholar of societal development with a background that includes satellite design, earth science applications, systems engineering, and technology policy for the US and emerging nations. In her research, Prof. Wood applies these skills to design innovative systems that harness space technology to address development challenges around the world. Prof. Wood’s research also develops systems analysis tools to improve decision making during the design of complex systems. Most recently, Prof. Wood worked as the Applied Sciences Manager within the Earth Science Division of Goddard Space Flight Center. Previously, she served as Special Assistant and Advisor to the Deputy Administrator at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC. Prior to working at NASA, Prof. Wood held positions at the Aerospace Corporation, Johns Hopkins University, and the United Nations Office of Outer Space Affairs. Prof. Wood studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned a PhD in engineering systems, SM in aeronautics and astronautics, SM in technology policy, and SB in aerospace engineering.
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