We’ll explore a wide range of key themes and ask searching questions around those themes. A selection of the questions we’ll ask at Venturefest include:
- How can we make sure that a decentralised energy grid is resilient to future shocks and stresses?
- If scale is needed for effective production, storage and offsetting peak demand, is this only for large corporates or will a distributed methodology be effective?
- What is the appropriate regulatory environment?
- Will smart energy grids lead to the end of fuel poverty or increase it?
- In the ‘Internet of Energy’ who will win the battle to be ‘Google’?
- What is the roadmap to driverless cars, who owns and regulates the infrastructure and what commercial models of operation might we expect?
- As we move towards Mobility as a Service – who will the main providers be, who will be the early adopters?
- Is it the streets or the skies in the battle for fast, low cost delivery?
- How can we value our air quality as much as our road independence, and whose data can we trust?
- Are successful cities also walkable cities?
- Connected infrastructure requires detailed data layers about the city and other moving parts – who should own it, how should it be refreshed, and who pays?
- Dare we envisage an intelligent mobility system where no one ever dies again in a road traffic accident?
- What needs to change in the Planning System to enable the delivery of ‘digitally enabled’ places?
- Who will design and build smart homes, how do they know what the market wants and needs?
- Is effective city management based on real-time big data more important than personal privacy?
- How will VR and AR impact on the future public realm?
- Can IoT help deliver infrastructure that is resilient to climate change and other stresses?
- Whose data is it anyway?
- Can the shared economy also be a fair economy?
- What will we count when we’re bored of counting our steps?
- Is online gaming a valuable work skill?
- Will conversational interfaces replace the need for screens?
- Is smart living going to reduce climate change?
- Do I want a robot helper when I am old?
- Are smart cities more sociable?
- How do we teach technical skills for technology that doesn’t exist yet? And who should pay?
- Will open standards for banking create a new market for data driven apps and services, helping us manage our money more effectively?
- Will Blockchain replace our need for banks?
- How long before we become a cashless society, and what are the risks of a phone for a wallet?
- Can digital enable citizens to co-invest in city infrastructure?
- Is there a backup if the whole system crashes? How vulnerable have we made already made ourselves?