CityLab: Urban Solutions for Global Challenges

October 7 - 8, 2013


Monday, October 7

9:15 am EDT Opening Remarks     Watch On-Demand
  • David Bradley, Chairman & Owner, Atlantic Media
  • Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aspen Institute
  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City
9:40 am EDT Engines of Prosperity: Urban Success Stories     Watch On-Demand
  • Moderator: Richard Florida, Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic Cities
  • Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • Bob Steel, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, City of New York
  • Karl Dean, Mayor, Nashville, TN
  • Carol Coletta, Vice President, Communities and National Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

Break: 10:30 - 10:45 am EDT
10:45 am EDT City 2.0: Creating the Next Tech Cities     Watch On-Demand
  • Opening Remarks: Hitachi, Frank Priznar, Senior Vice President, Hitachi Consulting
  • Moderator: Steve Clemons, Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE, and Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
  • Dr. Daniel Huttenlocher, Dean, Cornell Tech Campus
  • Rob Kitchin, Professor & Director of the National Institute of Regional and Spatial Analysis, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
  • Caterina Fake, Founder, Findery; Co-Founder, Flickr, Hunch
  • Teresa Carlson, Vice President Worldwide Public Sector, Amazon Web Services

Break: 11:35 - 11:50 am EDT
11:50 am EDT Is Redevelopment Good For Everyone?     Watch On-Demand
  • Moderator: Ben Hecht, President & CEO, Living Cities
  • Judith Bell, President, PolicyLink
  • Jonathan Rose, President, Rose Companies
  • Jodie McLean, President and Chief Investment Officer, EDENS
  • Kyle Kimball, Incoming President, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Break: 12:40 - 1:40 pm EDT
1:40 pm EDT Smart Investments in Tomorrow's Transportation Solutions     Watch On-Demand
  • Opening Remarks: Citi, Ed Skyler, Executive Vice President for Global Public Affairs
  • Moderator: Ron Brownstein, Editorial Director, Atlantic Media
  • Gabe Klein, Commissioner of Transportation, Chicago
  • Janette Sadik-Khan, Commissioner of Transportation, New York City
  • Pam O'Connor, Mayor, Santa Monica, CA

Break: 2:30 - 2:45 pm EDT
2:45 pm EDT Big Data: Innovation and Ideas for a Smarter City     Watch On-Demand
  • Moderator: Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, NESTA
  • Michael Flowers, Analytics Director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, City of New York
  • Emer Coleman, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Disruption, Ltd.
  • Anthony Townsend, Author, Smart Cities
3:35 pm EDT If Mayors Ruled the World     Watch On-Demand
  • Dr. Ben Barber, Political Theorist
  • Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic Cities; Senior Editor, The Atlantic; Professor, University of Toronto and NYU
8:00 pm EDT Eco-Infrastructure: Urban Resilience and Sustainability     Watch On-Demand
  • Introduction, Richard Florida, Co-Founder and Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic Cities; Senior Editor, The Atlantic; Professor, University of Toronto and NYU
  • Introduction, Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aspen Institute

One-on-One Interview on Climate in Cities
  • Moderator: James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic
  • Vice President Al Gore

Panel Discussion
  • Moderator: James Bennet, Editor-in-Chief, The Atlantic
  • Andrew Zolli, Author, "Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back"
  • Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, Founding Partner, Duany Plater-Zyberk & Co.; Co-Founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Bina Venkataraman, Senior Advisor on Climate Change Innovation, Executive Office of the President
  • Sergej Mahnovski, Director, New York City Mayor's Office of Long Term Planning and Sustainability
9:15 pm EDT Cultural Investment: Creating Civic Identity Through Art     Watch On-Demand
  • Moderator: Rocco Landesman, Former Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Dr. Kate Levin, Commissioner, Department of Cultural Affairs
  • Theaster Gates, Artist
  • Helen Marriage, Co-Director, Artichoke
  • Angel Taveras, Mayor, Providence, RI
10:40 am EDT CityStudio #1: Making Innovation Routine at City Hall     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 1
  • Philip Colligan, Executive Director, Innovation Lab, NESTA
  • Paras Desai, Innovation Delivery Team, City of Chicago
  • Katie Appel Duda, Bloomberg Philanthropies
  • ITeams representative - TBD
10:40 am EDT Urban Expansion     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 2
  • Moderator: Richard Dobbs, Director, McKinsey Global Institute
  • Fran Tonkiss, Director, Cities Program, London School of Economics
  • Amanda Burden, Director, Department of City Planning, New York City
  • Paul Romer, Director, The Urbanization Project, NYU Stern
10:40 am EDT Smoke Out: How Cities Lead the Charge Against Tobacco     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 4
  • Dr. Thomas Farley, New York City Health Commissioner
  • Paula Johns, Executive Director & Co-Founder, Alliance for the Control of Tobacco Use
  • Matthew Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids

Break: 11:35 - 11:45 am EDT
11:45 am EDT CityStudio #2: What's New in Evidence-Based Government?     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 1
  • David Edinger, Chief Performance Officer, City and County of Denver
  • Linda Gibbs, Deputy Mayor of Health and Human Services, City of New York
  • Samuel Nguyen, Senior Economist, Behavioural Insights Team, U.K. Cabinet Office
  • Matt Segneri, Government Innovation Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies
11:45 am EDT Supporting Future Growth: Urban Infrastructure Uncovered     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 2
  • Jonathan Woetzel, Director, Infrastructure Practice, McKinsey & Company
  • Sir Edward Lister, Chief of Staff and Deputy Mayor for Planning, City of London
  • Swati Ramanathan, Co-Founder, Janaahraha
11:45 am EDT Thinking Small: Tiny Design Solutions for the Big City     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 4
  • Moderator: Emily Badger, Staff Writer, The Atlantic Cities
  • Eric Bunge, Principal, nArchitects
  • Tom Barrett, Mayor, Milwaukee, WI
  • Steve Girsky, Vice Chairman, Corporate Strategy, Business Development & Global Product Planning, General Motors

Break: 12:40 - 1:35 pm EDT
1:35 pm EDT CityStudio #3: Jump-Starting the Venture Environment     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 1
  • Tom Freedman, President, Freedman Consulting
  • Euan Robertson, President and Chief Operating Officer, MaRS Discovery District
  • Story Bellows, FastFWD Managing Director and Co-Director Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics, City of Philadelphia
  • Clare Newman, Government Innovation Team, Bloomberg Philanthropies
1:35 pm EDT Advance Notice: Disaster Preparedness     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 2
  • Caswell Holloway, Deputy Mayor for Operations, City of New York
  • James Lee Witt, Former Director, FEMA
1:35 pm EDT Town/Gown Partners: Universities, Innovation and Cities     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 4
  • Moderator: Jennifer Bradley, Fellow and Senior Advisor, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
  • John Fry, President, Drexel University
  • Eduardo Padron, President, Miami-Dade College
  • Stephanie Miner, Mayor, City of Syracuse
  • Ester Fuchs, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Political Science, Columbia University
1:35 pm EDT Urban Disruption: Technology Turns Industry on its Heads     Watch On-Demand
Breakout Room 5
  • Intro Remarks: McKinsey, TBC
  • Moderator: Sommer Mathis, Editor, The Atlantic Cities
  • Ben Berkowitz, Founder, SeeClickFix
  • Sascha Haselmayer, Fellow, Economic Development, Ashoka
  • Luther Lowe, Director of Public Policy, Yelp

Break: 2:30 - 2:40 pm EDT

Tuesday, October 8

8:15 am EDT Public Safety, Privacy and New Technology     Watch On-Demand
Panel Discussion
  • Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aspen Institute
  • Franklin Zimring, Law Professor, UC Berkeley
  • Dr. Ann Cavoukian, Commissioner, Office of Information and Privacy, Ontario, Canada
  • Jane Holl Lute, CEO, Council on Cyber Security

Commissioners Interview
  • Moderator: Walter Isaacson, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Aspen Institute
  • Ray Kelly, Police Commissioner, City of New York
  • Ed Davis, Police Commissioner, Boston
9:15 am EDT Slimmer Cities: Strategies for Fighting Obesity     Watch On-Demand
  • Moderator: Elliot Gerson, Executive Vice President, Aspen Institute
  • Dr. Tom Frieden, Director Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Mauricio Hernández-Avila, Director, National Institute of Public Health, Mexico
  • Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville, KY

Break: 9:45 am - 1:00 pm EDT
1:30 pm EDT Closing Program     Watch On-Demand
  • Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, New York City
  • NYC Mayoral Candidates

About this conference

The Atlantic, The Aspen Institute, and Bloomberg Philanthropies will host the upcoming summit "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges," taking place October 6-8, 2013, in New York City. The event will bring together 300 global city leaders-more than 30 mayors, plus urban theorists, city planners, scholars, architects, and artists-for a series of conversations about urban ideas that are shaping the world's metro centers.

The summit will feature conversations on economic development; the environment and sustainability; cultural investment; big data; and the intersection of public safety, privacy, and technology; as well as smaller breakout sessions exploring topics like redevelopment, urban infrastructure, transportation, urban expansion, and the creation of the next tech city.

About The Atlantic

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