The New Nordics: Innovation Ecosystems in the Baltics

May 8, 2018 · Brooklyn, United States of America

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ABSTRACT

The "New Nordics" and the Baltic Sea Region of Europe are out-of-the-box thinkers with novel approaches and ideas for smart city challenges. From Estonia’s e-Residency and Digital Nation push to ITMO university’s AI-driven city expansion model of St. Petersburg, there are many innovative ideas being explored in the Baltic Sea Region. These efforts can be leveraged by global players all across the world and, through collaborative efforts, can be used to tackle local challenges. In this workshop, we will begin by introducing key actors from the "New Nordics" and the Baltic Sea Region driving smart city development and innovation and open direct channels to spark collaboration. We will present several pertinent case studies, including the ones mentioned previously. For the main, hands-on part of the workshop, we will aim to kick-off a lively discussion and collaboration by exploring smart city challenges that is being faced by the NYC and the cities of the Baltic Sea Region by inviting experts from across the Atlantic to join us via a remote connection to give a brief of major innovative wins and current challenges in each of the city. We will select several key challenges and will lay out a foundation to address them by leveraging our workshop participants and European experts in real-time. The resulting propositions will be shared via social media to pave the way for collaborative work beyond the conference.

FACILITATORS

Serge Doudy
Co-Founder
World Leap
Serge and Michael Doudy a.k.a. the "Doudy Bros", both Georgia Tech engineering graduates, have been based in St. Petersburg, Russia from 2016-2018 during which they have worked with the startup and innovation ecosystems of the Baltic Sea Region, concentrating on St. Petersburg, Finland, and Estonia, in the process developing extensive networks throughout these regions. They established World Leap LLC with the aim of acquisition and exchange of resources, know-how, human capital, and access to networks between the Baltic Sea Region and the United States. Now being based out of New York City, they are continuing their mission of connecting these startup ecosystems and regional networks with the USA to drive global innovation synergies.


Michael Doudy
Co-Founder
World Leap
Serge and Michael Doudy a.k.a. the "Doudy Bros", both Georgia Tech engineering graduates, have been based in St. Petersburg, Russia from 2016-2018 during which they have worked with the startup and innovation ecosystems of the Baltic Sea Region, concentrating on St. Petersburg, Finland, and Estonia, in the process developing extensive networks throughout these regions. They established World Leap LLC with the aim of acquisition and exchange of resources, know-how, human capital, and access to networks between the Baltic Sea Region and the United States. Now being based out of New York City, they are continuing their mission of connecting these startup ecosystems and regional networks with the USA to drive global innovation synergies.


Simon Sylvester-Chaudhuri
Executive Director
Civ:Lab
Simon is the executive director of Civ:Lab, a 501(c)(3) dedicated to scaling solutions for cities globally. Previously Simon was the Managing Director at Global Futures Group, spearheading products and programs driving urban innovation including Smart Cities NY, North America’s largest smart city conference. He is a Strategic Advisor to the US Department of Commerce and the International Trade Administration on Smart Cities. In this capacity he has worked with and given key note speeches to ministers, federal and city leaders in Dubai, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, and City of Copenhagen. Additionally, Simon has worked closely with a number of smart city leaders in India, most notably the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, previously the Minister of the Office of Urban Development and Housing.

Eric Verkerke
Creative Director
Civ:Lab

Throughout his career Eric has focused on distilling complex scientific concepts into compelling human stories. As Co-Founder of Emergence he leads strategic and creative work for a diverse set of global clients in international development, public health, renewable energy, and innovation. Among many other projects, Eric spearheaded the strategic and creative work on multiple innovative city-focused projects: the Smart Cities NYC conference; the citiesRISE mental health initiative; and Convergence, a platform for blended public/private finance.


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