By 2050, 75% of the world’s population will be living in cities. As more and more people move to cities, more and more of the world’s challenges – and solutions- will be concentrated in cities, too. From real estate, mobility, energy, and infrastructure to community amenity, public health, education, and workforce, cities will increasingly define the future in America, China, and around the world. Cities that capitalize on the technology revolution will lead the way. In the Future City Panel, urban educator, investor, and entrepreneurs will be discussing how city-focused innovation and entrepreneurship can deliver both public benefits and competitive venture returns.
2017 HIGHLIGHT SPEAKERS
Zhengzhen Tan, Executive Director, MIT China Future City Lab. MIT China Future Lab is the first-ever MIT backed research and entrepreneurship lab that brings academia, entrepreneurs, government and industries together on urban challenges in China. Its goal is to mobilize the vision, research, innovation, and academic resources of MIT and foster inter-disciplinary research and education on urban development.
The program comprises three cornerstones: Research, MIT-Tsinghua Future City Innovation Connector (see MIT News ), and China City Living Lab. In 2018, CFC lab will select, connect and catalyze its first cohort of 10-15 urban innovation focused startup teams to launch their pilots/MVP in China cities
Mike Xu is the managing director of Fosun Capital and the managing director of China Momentum Fund. He is in charge of Fosun’s private equity investment and M&A deals in Technology, Media, and Telecom (TMT) sector, focusing on IoT/semiconductor, cloud computing, and AI segments within IT, healthcare, finance, and e-commerce industries. Mike successfully led the investment of the biggest IoT company WIFI’s Marvell and was involved in its IPO plan. He also led the investment in Chinese leading firms in smart city solutions, medical imaging in artificial intelligence greenfield projects, world leading FPGA chips, and solution provider of high rating bonds.
Jian Zhang - Founder and CEO of Nashi Space, has achieved great success in the entrepreneurial space in the past 10 years. Nashi Space was founded in 2013 and has been the largest, the most professional, and the most popular ecosystem that provides services to enterprises with business space as the entrance. Nashi Space was honored with the ‘National Wework Space’ by National ministry of science and technology of China. It currently manages more than 300 million RMB of assets and operates in 700 thousand financial areas in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, and Hangzhou.
Jian Zhang was the Chief Partner of Huishi Investment, and participated in the business of building management in woaiwojia as the Board Secretary and Vice General Manager. Currently, he is the Vice President of joint real estate chamber of commerce, the council of Beijing Youth Internet Association, the Vice President of Alashan SEE Ecological Society of North China, and the member of The architect branch of China construction institute construction planning branch (APA).
Cedric Pan, OFO, Lead Launcher of Greater Boston Area. OFO was founded in 2014 in Beijing, China, ofo is the first and largest dock-less bike sharing company in the world. With 8 million bikes on the ground and 25 million orders per day, ofo is currently operating in 14 countries and more than 180 cities.
Since September 2017, Cedric and his team have launched over 1000 ofo bikes in Worcester, Revere, Chelsea, and Malden, MA, making ofo the first dock-less bike sharing program in Massachusetts and New England Region. Besides Massachusetts, ofo is now available in Seattle, Washington D.C. and Aurora, CO.