These three keynote speakers are the highlights of this year's conference.



Michael Müller

Smart City Berlin: The Governing Mayor of Berlin, Michael Müller, will speak firsthand about the city's latest projects. He will walk listeners through the highlights of the past year, and will provide insight into his vision for Berlin's future. He will thereby set the stage for the day's discussions: What urban technologies does Berlin offer? Which smart solutions does the metropolis need? The Berlin Summit:

Assaf Biderman

MIT SENSEable City Laboratory, Associate Director and Superpedestrian, Founder


Assaf Biderman is a technology inventor, author and entrepreneur. He teaches at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is Associate Director of the MIT SENSEable City Laboratory, founder of Superpedestrian, a robotic company that focuses on the future of personal urban mobility, and co-inventor of the Copenhagen Wheel.

Sven Gábor Jánszky

2b AHEAD ThinkTank, Chairman


Sven Jánszky is the head of the 2b AHEAD ThinkTank trend research institute and founder of the Rulebreaker Society. For the past 15 years now, 250 CEOs and innovation leaders in German business meet annually at Mr. Jánszky's invitation to discuss the latest trends and business models. Mr. Jánszky's trend-studies books, his writings on the living, working, and consumer environments ten years in the future, and his strategic recommendations for business model development actively shape the discussions and strategies of various industries.



Here you will find a short overview of the speakers at this year's CREATING URBAN TECH summit.



Philipp Rode

LSE Cities, Executive Director and London School of Economics and Political Science, Associate Professorial Research Fellow

Philipp Rode is Executive Director of LSE Cities and Associate Professorial Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science. He is co-director of the LSE Executive MSc in Cities and co-convenes the LSE Sociology Course on ‘City Making: The Politics of Urban Form’. The focus of his current work is on institutional structures and governance capacities of cities as part of an international collaboration with UN-Habitat/Habitat III and on city-level green economy strategies, which includes co-directing the LSE Cities research for the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate. He is Executive Director of the Urban Age Programme and since 2005 has organised Urban Age conferences in partnership with Deutsche Bank’s Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft in over a dozen world cities, bringing together political leaders, city mayors, urban practitioners, private sector representatives and academic experts. 

Toby Shapshak

Stuff Magazine South Africa, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher

Toby Shapshak is editor-in-chief and publisher of Stuff South Africa, a contributor to Forbes and a columnist for the Financial Mail. His TED talk on innovation in Africa has over 1,4-million views. As a news and political journalist, he ran Mail & Guardian newspaper’s website when it was the first news site in Africa, shadowed Nelson Mandela when he was president, and covered the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

Elke Pahl-Weber

Technical University of Berlin, Head of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning

Ms. Elke Pahl-Weber studied architecture and worked in both research and science, concentrating on urban planning. Her professional career included Head of the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development as well as Director of the Institute of Urban and Regional Planning at Technical University Berlin. Since 2004, Elke Pahl-Weber has been passing her extensive knowledge in the fields of urban planning, renewal and redevelopment to her students at Technical University Berlin. Her Research focusses on Smart City Services, Smart City Development and Urban Transformation. Furthermore, Elke Pahl-Weber is member of the German-Indian working group on Smart Cities. Between 2012 and 2015 she was part of the United Nations expert group for International Guidelines on Urban and Territorial Planning. 

Maxim Nohroudi

From a background at Harvard and MIT, Maxim swiftly rose up the ranks to become the youngest university vice-president & managing director at the age of 28. As door2door’s Co-Founder and Managing Director, he shapes our strategy, deals with our investors, keeps enthusiasm running high in the team and in the products. Always on the move, you’ll see his tweets & interactions from all around the world, actively challenging people to go out of their comfort zone and to embrace new ideas.

Dénes Honus

In 2014 Dénes Honus founded Green City Solutions together with a team of experts from architecture, IT, engineering and gardening. He has long year experience in the field of urban architecture and was working for Renzo Piano and the Institute of Building Climatology at Technical University Dresden. During his time in Paris he realized the enormous market potential for air purification systems. His thesis was addressing exactly this topic and was the beginning of the idea of the CityTree. In 2015 Dénes was ranked on the first “30 Under 30 Europe“ list and honored in the category of Social Entrepreneurs by Forbes Magazine.


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Urban Tech Analyses from 23.06.2017

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