Dallas  (Philips Lighting) – Outstanding urban innovators improve the quality of life in their cities.  This week, urban innovators from around the world will share their projects to help tackle one of the great urban challenges of our time. Re-imagining Cities: Transforming the 21st Century Metropolis.

The New Cities Summit starts today in Dallas Texas. Over the next three days (June 17-19) a group of 92 speakers, including mayors of cities in Africa, Asia and Europe, as well as starry academics, corporate reps and more, will gather at the Winspear Opera House, part of a 20-square-block area of cultural venues known as the Dallas Arts District.

Many participants are looking forward to WhatWorks: a miniseries of 11 speakers who have had a notable impact on their urban communitydiscussing their urban innovations, across sectors such as farming, crime, waste, energy and design. WhatWorks speakers will each have six minutes to tell their urban innovation story to the international audience of 800 participants from over 40 countries. Discussions will follow to see how their projects could be adapted and replicated in many more cities, companies or organizations.

Here a three examples of the projects that will be presented:

  1. Miloš Milisavljević, Founder, Strawberry Energy, Belgrade will talk about Strawberry Tree, a public solar charger for mobile devices. Its creators call it a “piece of green urban furniture”, and it acts as a Wi-Fi station and phone recharger, using solar energy stored in batteries to feed out juice regardless of the weather or time of day.
  2. Mohamed Hage, Founder, Lufa Farms, Montreal – an urban farm with the world’s first commercial rooftop greenhouse, aiming to change the way cities eat. Lufa Farms makes buying local easier & more accessible.
  3. Pronita Saxena, Co-Founder, NextDropHubli, India – a social enterprise that helps bringing water more efficiently to consumers in order to minimise shortages by sending information about water availability using mobile phone messages.

Also taking place during the summit is the final of the AppMyCity! contest. Check out the top three best urban apps peer-to-peer car sharing, borrowing from neighbours and connecting with fellow cyclists.

This year’s Summit will also underscore the vital role that arts and culture play in the reimagination of cities.

Because true innovation makes a difference in how people live and work, The New Cities Summit in Dallas is reimagining cities to make them more livable and lovable too.

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