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08:00 - 09:30 // FOYER

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09:00 - 10:00 // KRITERION

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: BRUCE KATZ

The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism
UTC
Across the world, cities are inventing new models of growth, governance and finance that enable them to solve problems and shape economies at scale. The New Localism enables cities to knit together distinctive ecosystems of universities and corporations, start-ups and scale-ups, incubators and accelerators, philanthropies and investors, and talented workers in innovation districts that value density, authenticity, connectivity and vibrancy. This is the new platform for inclusive, sustainable and innovative growth. Bruce Katz is the Co-Founder of New Localism Advisors.


10:00 - 11:00 // KRITERION

PANEL "SPACES & PLACES"

How do you make the right physical infrastructure for innovation?
Hans de Jonge, Jeroen Zuidgeest, Bob Geolas, and Melissa Ablett (moderator).

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How can you create physical spaces and regions that drive economic growth and retain talent? Panelists Kate Wittels (Partner, HRA), Hans de Jonge (CEO, Brink Groep & Chair, TU Delft Real Estate Management) and Jeroen Zuidgeest (Independent, former Partner, MVRDV) will discuss how the physical world shapes our creativity, business, and community. From the offices of AirBNB, to the Eindhoven Tech Campus, to re-imagining cities around the world, moderator Melissa Ablett (General Manager, CIC Rotterdam) will ask for the successful strategies and most common mistakes in creating places for innovation.


11:00-11:15 // KRITERION
COFFEE BREAK



11:15 - 12:15 // KRITERION

PANEL "PEOPLE & TALENT"

How do you attract talent?
Elizabeth Ryan, Thom Aussems, Teodor Cataniciu, and Carlos Martinez-Vela (moderator).


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Innovation is a social process. Hence, it is about people. In this panel we will together reflect about some fundamental questions as they relate to people in innovation districts: (1) When we talk about innovation districts, who are the “people” that we have in mind when we talk about “talent”? (2) When we hear “attract talent”, what do we mean? Attract it from where? (3) What does it take for the people who already live in a given city to participate of the benefits of an innovation economy (i.e. to work in companies that locate in an innovation district? (4) Is there a particular kind of urban form and experience that is more conducive to attract and retain talent, and to innovation more generally speaking?


12:15 - 13:15 // KRITERION

PANEL "INNOVATION"

How do you build an innovative ecosystem?
Rinke Zonneveld, Director, Innovation Quarter Rotterdam
Diarmuid O’Brien, Chief Innovation and Enterprise Officer, Trinity College
Bruno Braakhuis, Fellow IDCO Identity Consulting Amsterdam, Former Member of Parliament
The panel is chaired by Henk Bouwman.

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Many aspects of innovation are intangible. Good ideas might grow everywhere, but do they meet a demand, can they be transferred into business? Who are the ‘innovators’ and what do they need?

Apart from the Bill Gates garage box story, most of the necessary innovation for businesses is less seismic in character and often the result of a collaborative effort. What is a necessary physical environment and infrastructure for people and businesses to develop? And what are, often even more important, secondary and intangible aspects within the ecosystem, whiteout which an innovation district stays a title in a city marketing folder.


13:15 - 14:15 // VENTURE CAFE
LUNCH



14:15 - 15:15

BREAK OUT SESSION ROUND ONE

* Choose one of the five different sessions

1. THE SECRETS OF SUCCESSFUL INNOVATION DISTRICTS
KRITERION
HR&A Advisors
Bob Geolas & Mason Ailstock
UTC UTC
DESCRIPTION

Cities are buzzing about how to capitalize on the innovation economy. By breaking down siloes between industries, these districts can unlock the underlying potential of local economies – expediting commercialization of new concepts and attracting new talent and businesses.

But success is not a given. The most competitive districts are those that respond to regional economic conditions and harness local strengths. This effort requires deliberate planning and careful coordination from Day 1 between city leadership, anchor institutions, and partner stakeholders.
WHAT DO YOU LEARN

Key components and strategies of successful innovation districts, and the range of benefits that innovation districts can catalyze.
MAIN LANGUAGE

English


2. PLACES OF INNOVATION: CONDITIONS FOR CREATING AN INNOVATIVE CULTURE
Breakout conducted by The Academy of Urbanism
FOYER
Academy of Urbanism
Anna Rose (AoU, London) Indy Johar (AoU, London), Richard Wright (Sheffield) and Henk Bouwman (moderator)
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DESCRIPTION

We are all connected and we can work almost anywhere. So why think about creating an innovation district? Is it even possible to create such an environment? And if so, what elements do we need to understand to make it a success? Analysing examples from other places can give us insights and can teach us the do-s and don’t-s. Tapping into The Academy of Urbanism’s experience of Place through The Urbanism Awards, examples range from Innovations Hubs to the Saturday morning kids’ football match. Can one create a culture of innovation or can it only grow? And if it is the latter, can we define conditions to grow a Place of Innovation?
After brief introductions of the panellists we will open the debate with our audience what conditions for an innovative culture are. We will also discuss the make-ability of a innovation district.
WHAT DO YOU LEARN

Participants are shown examples from which in the following disussion principles can be drawn.
MAIN LANGUAGE

English


3. CENTRAL INNOVATION DISTRICT (CID) – HOW TO CATALYSE THE INTERNATIONAL ROLE OF THE HAGUE IN THE 21ST CENTURY?
KALEIDOSCOPE
City of The Hague
Jeroen van den Hoven, Erik Pasveer & Borre Rosema
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DESCRIPTION

What does the signature of the CID look like and how does this contribute to an internationally competitive economic district? About necessity, integrated approach, challenges, choices and distinctive character.
WHAT DO YOU LEARN

Insights into the development of the CID. After a brief outline of the CID-Agenda and the approach to date, Professor Jeroen van den Hoven briefly shares his vision on how The Hague can remain one of the most important cities in the world in the area of ​​peace, justice and safety, and how the CID can play a role in this. Subsequently, various experts who have conducted research into the CID will discuss what is necessary to realize the vision of Jeroen van den Hoven and what this means for the development and signature of this economic heart of The Hague.
MAIN LANGUAGE

Dutch
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The facilitator is Donatello Piras. Sitting at the table:
Bernadette Janssen van BVR
Michel Hek van Ecorys
Aart van Bochhove van Blauwberg
Christine Oude Veldhuis van Bureau Stedelijke Planning
Matthijs Pronk van BCI


4. PRINCIPLES FOR DEVELOPING INNOVATION DISTRICTS
VENTURE CAFE
MCD
Frank van Oort & Tom Daamen
UTC UTC
DESCRIPTION

In this session will address some of the most pressing governance questions for local authorities and other stakeholders that want to develop an innovation environment in their city. Erasmus University Professor Frank van Oort will share his insights in the common characteristics and variety between over 200 (!) innovation districts and valleys in The Netherlands. The session will then take the leap from what innovation districts actually are to governance questions like: how should local actors work together to stimulate (more) innovation in a particular district or area? Are top-down measures effective at all, or should actors take a grassroots approach? Are there important differences between developing innovation districts in large urban agglomerations compared to small or medium-sized cities?
WHAT DO YOU LEARN

In this interactive session, Tom Daamen (TU Delft) will ask expert practitioners to join the debate in order to draw out general lessons as well as specific recommendations for participants.
MAIN LANGUAGE

English


5. COLLABORATION AND CO-CONTRIBUTION - HOW INNOVATION DISTRICTS CAN SHAPE INCLUSIVE, VIBRANT CITIES
LIVING ROOM
UN Global Compact - Cities Programme
Elizabeth Ryan
UTC
DESCRIPTION

This session present case studies of innovative approaches in Brazil, the USA and Australia, identifying the ‘how to’ of partnerships that draw commitment and resources from the private sector, government, civil society, academia and communities to build/revitalise districts into diverse cultural, social and economic hubs. Elizabeth will elaborate on the importance of women’s leadership in re-forming cities. The workshop will encourage contribution from participants and foster networking and new relationships.
LEARNINGS

How to build partnerships and foster collaboration with non-traditional sectors
MAIN LANGUAGE

English



15:15 - 16:15

BREAK OUT SESSION ROUND TWO

* Choose one of the four different sessions

1. RCD - BUILDING A GLOBAL HUB FOR INNOVATION
KRITERION
Rotterdam Central District
Hans de Jonge & Bruce Katz
UTC UTC
DESCRIPTION

More soon
LEARNINGS

More soon
MAIN LANGUAGE

English


2. DEVELOPING A NEW INNOVATION DISTRICT FOR DUBLIN - KEY LEARNINGS
FOYER
Trinity College Dublin
Diarmuid O'Brien
UTC
DESCRIPTION

The session will share the experience of establishing a new innovation district in Dublin. In this context the lessons learnt from visiting more mature innovation districts in Europe and the US will be shared; along with the challenges and importance in building a shared vision for the innovation district with key stakeholders. Issues for discussion at round tables will include the challenges and opportunities represented by raising funding, building partnerships, governance, programming versus infrastructure; government and city support and maintaining momentum.
LEARNINGS

Participants will learn from the experience in development of a vision and roadmap for the Grand Canal Innovation District in Dublin and will be able to share their own lessons and concerns in relation to key challenges with other workshop attendees; enabling a broader learning experience.
MAIN LANGUAGE

English


3. TRANSFORMING THE CONTEMPORARY CITY FOR A NEW ECONOMY
KALEIDOSCOPE
City of Rotterdam
Jeroen Laven
UTC
DESCRIPTION

People are moving to cities in big numbers. The city must make room for those new citizens, but also for the new economy. Fortunately, the new economy seems to partly offer the solution itself. For example, the retail landscape has changed structurally due to the arrival of the Internet and the changing demand from the consumer. The City of Rotterdam chose to upgrade and concentrate strong shopping, and transform those areas where other functions are more likely. Topics that will be covered: How do facilitate the new economy in the city? How do we ensure an optimal mix between economy, innovation and a city center where people want to be?
LEARNINGS

Rotterdam already has completed some great examples of successful urban transformations in recent years. During this session, Rotterdam shares its most important learning moments.
MAIN LANGUAGE

English


4. PLACEMAKING FOR ECONOMICALY STRONG AND SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE INNOVATION DISTRICTS
VENTURE CAFE
TU Delft
Wouter Jan Verheul & Flavia Curvelo
UTC UTC
DESCRIPTION

Currently, several inner city and brownfield locations are intended to transform themselves to so called ‘urban innovation districts’. Diverse, vivid urban areas where anchor institutions are strongly intertwined with start-ups and scale-ups working on the knowledge economy. Nonetheless, many district users (both residents and workers) are not aware of the policy plans for those districts. And they are not connected to the potentials of the innovation processes. Based on research on urban innovation districts, such as Central Innovation District The Hague or Strijp S in Eindhoven, Wouter Jan Verheul and Flavia Curvelo Magdaniel from Delft University of Technology, will present and discuss the critical success factors of the place. Where does the urban innovation district have critical mass for economic and social assets? How can the quality of those places support their potential roles and involvement in the inclusive development of the district?
LEARNINGS

Participants in this workshop are invited to bring their own examples of successes and failures in creating attractive and inclusive innovation districts.
MAIN LANGUAGE

English





16:45 - 17:30 // KRITERION

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: PAUL JANSEN

Cities Market Leader at Arup
Founding Partner Innovation Area Development Partnership
UTC



17:30 - 19:00 // VENTURE CAFE

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