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Unlock Bengaluru 2018: AGENDA

21 July 2018 | Sheraton Grand Bangalore (View directions)

Agenda 2022: Managing Metropolitan Bengaluru | 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Ballroom II

This session will discuss an enabling framework and action-oriented strategies that need to be prioritised and deployed over the next 5 years for Bengaluru’s sustainable and inclusive development.

Dr. C.N. Ashwathnarayan (MLA, Malleshwaram)

Ms. Sowmya Reddy (MLA, Jayanagar)

Mr. Mahendra Jain, IAS (Additional Chief Secretary, Urban Development Department)

Mr. Rakesh Singh, IAS (Principal Secretary, Water Resources; Commissioner, Bangalore Development Authority)

Dr. Sushmita Mohanty (CEO, Earth 2 Orbit)

Ms. Natashia Gregoire (Manager, FedEx)

Mr Sudhir Krishnaswamy (Public Policy Expert, Azim Premji University)

Mr. V. Ravichander (Chairman and MD, Feedback Consulting)

Mr. S. Vishwanath (Founder, Biome Solutions)

Mr. Anup Naik (Director, Space Matrix Architects)

Dr. O.P Agarwal (CEO, WRI India)


Water: Are we nearing Day Zero? | 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Jupiter I

Rapid urbanization, climate change and conflict of water rights bring unprecedented challenges to water-scarce cities such as Bengaluru in relation to water security. Furthermore, most Indian cities manage water resources based on linear, engineering-based approaches, have inefficient infrastructure which has not evolved at the same pace of urban development. Finally, the degradation of natural infrastructure, water pollution, and lack of socio-political will further stress this finite resource. This panel will discuss whether we really are nearing ‘Day Zero’ in this era of widespread water risks and vulnerabilities. The discussion will also focus on what kind of paradigm shift from traditional water practices can help in securing reliable, safe and sustainable water supply for a thriving city like Bengaluru and thereby, averting any future ‘Day Zero’ situation.

Energy Efficiency: Enabling Low-Carbon Built Environments | 10:30 am to 12:00 pm
Jupiter II

Indian cities, including Bengaluru, add several new buildings every year, increasing existing building stock. Energy efficiency and renewable energy interventions for existing buildings can be limited by technologies and costs, but this cannot be ignored if we are to create a sustainable built environment in cities. This panel discussion will deliberate on policies and technologies for identifying and implementing clean energy options for existing buildings.

Developer’s Dialogue: Roadmap to the Townships and Campuses of the Future | 12:00 pm to 1:30 pm

Research from Mckinsey (2009) reveals that over 5,000 acres of Bengaluru is being developed as gated communities located in the periphery, designed to be car-dependent, relying on backup diesel-fueled power, and purchasing private water. Within this backdrop, this panel will discuss how we can implement sectoral roadmaps for low-carbon development, that ensure, livability and sustainability in the new-growth areas are not compromised.

Conversations Over Coffee: Moving Bengaluru Forward | 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Jupiter II

Bengaluru is known as the hub of innovation in India. Technology has changed the way people live. With a click of a button, you can pay bills, or have food, groceries or just about anything delivered to your doorstep, or access transport, or schedule a doctor’s appointment, or even get someone to run an errand for you - all at a price, of course. And yet, we don’t often think about how these innovations impact the people on the ground who bring these services to us. What does the city need to do to on the one hand, allow these innovations to grow whilst also ensuring stability and sustainability for the artists, the health care providers, and the range of delivery personnel who silently move Bengaluru forward?

Arundhati Nag, Founder, Sanket Trust (Ranga Shankara)

Dr. Sudarshan Ballal, Chairman, Manipal Hospitals

Dr. Susmita Mohanty, CEO, Earth2Orbit

Sandesh C., COO, Chai Point


Better Bus Challenge: Pitch Day | 9:00 am to 12:30 pm
Ballroom II

The Better Bus Challenge is a competition to augment the quality, safety and efficiency of public bus systems in India. The open innovation challenge will bring together ideas from manufacturers, technology and service providers, mobility entrepreneurs, NGOs, corporations, and transit agencies to co-create solutions in the public bus sector.

During Unlock Bengaluru, the Better Bus Challenge cohort will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges consisting of government, industry and mobility experts, prospective investors and venture capitalists. The top three winning business ideas emerging from the Challenge will be supported through a year-long pilot implementation in one of three selected cities around the country. The solutions will also be supported with a grant of USD 50,000 each, mentorship to develop and pilot the solutions, and access to government representatives and funding networks.

Station Access and Mobility Program | 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm
Ballroom II

STAMP 2018 in Bengaluru, led by WRI India and the Toyota Mobility Foundation (TMF) will build upon the work of the previous year, by supporting the growth of one of the four pilot solutions from STAMP 2017. The program will feature a presentation of the scale-up of Metro Bikes’ last-mile services across Bengaluru’s Namma Metro network, with a demonstration of the electric and connected vehicle technologies that will be mainstreamed this year. The launch, which will be open for members of the press, will be followed by one-on-one press interviews with representatives from WRI India, TMF and Metro Bikes.

New Mobility Lab Walk-Through | 10:30 am to 12:30 pm (By Invite Only)
Ballroom I

WRI India Ross Centre in partnership with FedEx , Shell Foundation and Toyota Mobility Foundation is hosting the first of its kind New Mobility Labs, a unique opportunity for a select set of enterprises to demonstrate their service/product/innovation to a high-profile group of ecosystem players that will include government officials, transport experts and investors.

This event is by invitation only. However, from 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm, the walk-through will be open to the public.

New Mobility Lab Masterclass: The Role of Governments in Fostering Innovation for Better Cities | 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm
Ballroom II

New Mobility Lab Panel Discussion: The Future of Mobility | 2:15 pm to 3:30 pm

The New Mobility Lab masterclass and panel discussion have been designed to bring together various stakeholders in the ecosystem to facilitate dialogue, witness demonstration of innovative products and models, and to explore the mutual interest of potential avenues of collaboration. These sessions will initiate a discussion on disruptions in electric technology, IoT, data-driven models in the new mobility space while building sustainable business models.

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