Venturefest Questions

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:

Smart Energy

  • 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’?

Intelligent Mobility

  • 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?

Intelligent Infrastructure

  • 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?

Smart Living

  • 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?

Smart Money

  • 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?

Thought Leadership Conference

Venturefest Questions

Leading futurologists, business leaders and academics will position the challenges to developing technology for the future city.

Smart Energy

A smart energy system fit for the 21st Century needs to radically rethink the place that energy holds in the world and in our lives.

Intelligent Transport

Urban mobility has undergone a radical shift from large-scale public infrastructure  to the rise of mobility on demand services.

Intelligent Infrastructure

Embedded sensors and ubiquitous digital communication networks are enabling a world where ‘dumb’ and ‘silent’ infrastructure assets are springing to life.

Smart Living

What does it mean to ‘live smart’ in a world where there are more connected devices than people, yet natural resources are increasingly scarce?

Smart Money

The banking and finance sector is anticipating more change in the next two years than in the last 200, see the tech thats driving it.

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