The Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies will convene the third annual "CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges" in London Sunday-Tuesday, October 18-20. The summit will bring together global mayors with a diverse group of urban experts to collaborate on real, scalable solutions to the most pressing challenges facing cities around the world. CityLab will take place at the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel with trips to various London locations in the midst of vibrant and substantial change.
Across the summit, a global group of presenters and participants will engage in dozens of plenaries, breakout sessions, and roundtable discussions on such topic areas as: affordable housing, urbanization in India, the future of work in cities, climate change, global perspectives on community policing, urban analytics, and unleashing innovation from the front line of government. As CityLab's first international host city, London will play a key role in the summit. Field trips will take participants to visit projects that have transformed the city: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; Kings Cross Redevelopment Area; Clapham Underground's Zero Carbon Food; and Crossrail, Europe's largest infrastructure project.
CityLab speakers and attendees are drawn from a diverse global roster; last year's 550 participants represented 127 cities and 26 countries. This year's summit will host an expanded roster of mayors from cities across the world, including Accra, Addis Ababa, Athens (Greece), Atlanta, Austin, Bangkok, Christchurch, Denver, Hamburg, Jerusalem, Lisbon, Los Angeles, Nairobi, Rio de Janeiro, Tel Aviv, Warsaw, Washington, D.C., and others.
Confirmed speakers to date include three-term New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Mayor Giorgos Kaminis of Athens, Greece, and Rio de Janeiro Mayor Eduardo Paes; architect Jan Gehl; Executive Director of Digital in the Cabinet Office Mike Bracken; Project Row Houses founder Rick Lowe; Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey; former New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan; Tel Aviv Global CEO Hila Oren; Nesta Chief Executive Geoff Mulgan; Chicago Department of Innovation and Technology Chief Information Officer Brenna Berman. Aspen Institute President Walter Isaacson, Atlantic Media Chairman and CEO David Bradley, and James Bennet, editor in chief and co-president of The Atlantic, will also speak.
The CityLab summit is an expansion of The Atlantic's longstanding partnership with the Aspen Institute, devoted to the exchange of ideas of consequence, which established the Aspen Ideas Festival in 2005, the Washington Ideas Forum in 2009, and New York Ideas in 2012. CityLab was honored as Best Conference in both 2013 and 2014 at the Folio: FAME Awards.
Further details about the program agenda and speakers will be released in the coming weeks. Media interested in learning more or attending the program should contact Anna Bross (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The presenting level underwriters for CityLab are General Motors and JPMorgan Chase & Co. McKinsey & Company is a knowledge underwriter. Airbnb is a supporting level underwriter. Bechtel and Waze are contributing level underwriters.
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