05 - 07 April, 2020 | Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai, UAE

The only city infrastructure show bringing together global visionaries, city planners and key stakeholders working on major infrastructure projects 

Day One Plenary Sessions: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

PLENARY SESSIONS

NEXT GEN POWERED INFRASTRUCTURE – CREATING THE NEXT ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE

8:55 am - 9:00 am Chairperson Remarks


9:00 am - 9:10 am Opening remarks

9:10 am - 9:30 am CITY PLANNER INNOVATION PANEL: TECH & THE CITY. WHO WILL WIN THE RACE FOR GLOBAL AI DOMINATION?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to boost the global economy by $13 trillion by 2030, adding roughly 1.2% to global GDP a year (Source. McKinsey). While a number of countries are in race to be the first to adopt AI, USA and China are maintaining the lead .How will the global race change the world we live in? What must countries and cities do to increase AI adoption to gain global competitive advantage?

  • What countries must do to increase AI adoption?
  • What will be more important in future cities – automated domination or leadership?
  • How can cities ensure that AI is used as a tool of progress?

9:30 am - 9:50 am CREATING THE NEURAL NETWORK OF THE CITY: Enabling digital transformations to be seamless and agile

9:50 am - 10:10 am EXECUTIVE THINK TANK: TAKING BIG DATA TO THE NEXT LEVEL- How can cities better utilise big data to improve smart services and understand the needs of citizens and visitors?

The global big data market is expected to reach USD 123.2 billion by 2025* (Source, Grand View Research, Inc.) By 2020, we will create approximately 44 trillion gigabytes of data each year. From placing millions of sensor across cities to implementing open data initiatives, cities are increasing efforts to transform urban data into smart cities information. The key challenge cities are faced with when it comes to big data is how to make sense of it.

  • The edge VS the cloud
  • Defining edge computing opportunity
  • Innovative tools that cities can use to make sense of big data toimpact change?
  • How cities can use AI to make data driven decisions for their residents?
  • How can we empower citizens to leverage open data to resolve key city urban challenges

10:10 am - 10:25 am Visionary Opening: Advanced Visual Inspection for Mega Infrastructure

10:25 am - 10:35 am The application of inverter technology and smart HVAC system in urban building.

10:35 am - 10:45 am Excellence and Leadership in Infrastructure MENA awards


10:45 am - 11:05 am Mega Cities of the Future: Challenges and Opportunities

What are the key qualities and components of future Mega Cities,
• How a robust and resilient master planning framework can future proof developments,
• Can infrastructure control the balance between built environment and natural systems,

11:05 am - 11:25 am THE PPP DEBATE: How to embrace a PPP financing models for your project

         Identifying key challenges and opportunities in PPPs: ensuring successful collaboration among domestic and international investment vehicles
         Addressing the legal and contracting processes behind successful PPPs to promote entity cohesion
         Identifying and providing attractive financing methodologies in order to improve transport infrastructure investments
         How to engage private sector firms, such as operators, in order to improve collaboration on PPPs

11:25 am - 11:45 am Reserved for ViaCon

11:45 am - 12:00 pm Speed networking

11:55 am - 12:20 pm Coffee break and refreshments