- The Fab City Summit Gathers Public Institutions, Industry and Society in Paris to Define the Path Towards The Future of Productive Cities.
- 18 Fab City members, iCapital alumni and International City Leaders will gather in Paris.
- International speakers such as Neil Gershenfeld, Saskia Sassen and Dave Hakkens will discuss innovative approaches to future-proofing cities through local productivity.
The Fab City Global Initiative is organising the Fab City Summit in collaboration with the City Hall of Paris and the Fab City Grand Paris Association, and it will take place between Wednesday 11 July and Friday 13 July this year. The extensive program takes place at the Parc de la Villette in Paris. An invitation-only event for City Officials and Representatives from the Fab City network will open the conference on the 11th, presented by Anne Hidalgo (Mayor of the City of Paris) in their capacity as European Capital of Innovation Awardees 2017, and Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.
The Fab City Lab will be followed by two days of high-profile international speakers at the Fab City conference. This ticketed event includes keynote and conversations with speakers such as Dave Hakkens (Dutch industrial designer and founder of circular economy community Precious Plastic, Neil Gershenfeld (MIT Centre for Bits and Atoms); Saskia Sassen (Professor of Sociology at Columbia University who coined the Global City). A special week-long campus will follow, open to the public from Saturday 14 July and will provide an exciting way for everyone to experience life in a Fab City, with family-friendly hands-on activities, bike tours and fun.
The Paris summit will welcome new cities to the Fab City network, from as far as New Zealand and Brazil. City leaders have identified the network as an invaluable tool for sharing best-practice and concrete experiences in how cities can transition to a future which empowers citizens and ensures productivity and sustainability.
Fab City: A global collaboration project between innovation ecosystems, governments and industry that is enabling the transition to more sustainable and productive cities during the next 36 years. Started in Barcelona in 2014, Fab City stands for human values in the age of technology, and fosters actions and experiments that allow to build new urban futures based on the relocalisation of the production of food, energy and products, and global collaboration. Fab City has been initiated by the Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia, MIT Center for Bits and Atoms, the City Council of Barcelona and the Fab Foundation; it operates within the over 1300 strong Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) global network, using it as a distributed infrastructure for innovation and knowledge source to enable the technology needed for cities to produce everything they consume by 2054. As of 2017, 18 cities are part of the global Fab City network: Barcelona, Boston, Somerville, Cambridge, Ekurhuleni, Kerala, Georgia, Shenzhen, Amsterdam, Toulouse, Occitanie Region, Paris, Bhutan, Sacramento, Santiago De Chile, Detroit, Brest, Curitiba.
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