The Forum on Future Cities will bring together leading thinkers in academia, industry and government from around the world to discuss the most pressing issues of urbanization, and explore how they are being impacted by a wave of new distributed technologies. The program will run over 12- 13th April, 2011 at MIT’s campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Forum is hosted by MIT’s SENSEable City Lab and the Rockefeller Foundation, and will also be held in conjunction with some other key celebrations for our Institute’s 150th anniversary and with the SENSEable City Lab Annual Consortium Meeting.

MIT Campus | Bartos Theater, Wiesner Building, 20 Ames Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

For detailed instructions on how to get to the Bartos Theater, click here

 Conference Schedule

Tuesday 04/12
8:00- 9:00am




10:45 -11:30am



2:00- 4:00pm
2:00- 3:00pm





Wednesday 04/13



10:00- 11:00am


12:15- 1:15pm



Breakfast and registration

Amy Glasmeier, Head of the Department of
Urban Studies and Planning

Changing research, changing government
Changing research (Pecha Kuchas followed by
discussion panel)

        Moderator: Irving Wladawsky-Berger
, Visiting
        Lecturer, MIT
        Panelists: Rich Friedrich, Director of the Strategy
         and Innovation Office, HP Labs, Eric Paulos,
        Assistant Professor Human-Computer Interaction
        Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, Charles
, Vice President of Networking & Services
        Research, AT&T Labs, Mike Batty, Chairman of
        the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, UCL,
        Daniel Obodovski, Director of Business
        Development, Qualcomm, CDMA Technologies,
        John Frazer, Chair of Design Science, Queensland
        University of Technology

Changing government
(Pecha Kuchas followed by
discussion panel)

        Moderator: Carol Coletta,
President & CEO,
        CEOs for Cities
        Panelists: Simon Willis, Vice President Worldwide
        Public Sector, Internet Business Solutions Group,
        Cisco, Gianluca Salvatori, President and CEO,
        Manifattura domani, Pedro Miranda, Corporate Vice
        President, Head of Corporate Development,
        Siemens ONE, Simon Giles, Global Lead Smart
        Technology Strategy, Accenture, Nancy Odendaal,
        Senior Lecturer in City and Regional Planning,
        University of Cape Town.

Brainstorming Break: the next 3 steps

Moving into the Future - how to shape it? (Pecha Kuchas followed by discussion panel)
        Carlo Ratti Director, SENSEable City Lab, MIT
        Panelists: Clara Gaymard, CEO & National
        Executive, GE France, Lorenza Martínez,
        Undersecretary of Industry and Commerce, Ministry
        of Economy, Mexico, Karoline Steen, Head of
        International Affairs, City of Copenhagen, Antoine
, Professor of History of Architecture and
        Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design,
        Martin Chavez, Executive Director, ICLEI US Office

Concluding remarks
Filippo dal Fiore, Co-Head of Partners Relations and Technology Transfer, SENSEable City Lab, MIT
(Optional) SENSEable City Lab Open House and project presentations

Confirmed Participants

Adam Bly Founder and CEO of Seed Media Group,Adèle Naudé Santos, Dean of the School of Architecture and Planning, MITAmy Glasmeier, Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning,  Anthony Townsend, Technology Forecaster and Strategist, Institute for the Future, Antoine Picon, Professor of the History of Architecture and Technology, Harvard Graduate School of Design,Assaf Biderman, Associate Director, SENSEable City Lab,  Beatriz Lara, Chief Innvation Officer, BBVA,Bill Oates, CIO, City of Boston, Bruce Schaller, Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Sustainability, New York City Department of Transportation, Carlo Ratti Director, SENSEable City Lab , Carol Coletta President & CEO, CEOs for Cities, Clara Gaymard, Vice President, Government Strategy and Sales, President & CEO GE France, Charles Kalmanek, Vice President, AT&T, Daniel Obodovski Director of Business Development, Qualcomm, Dennis Frenchman, Leventhal Professor of Urban Design and Planning, MIT, Eric Paulos Assistant Professor Human- Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon, Gianluca Salvatori President and CEO, Manifattura domani, Irving Wladawsky- Berger, Strategic Advisor, Citigroup, Joe Paradiso, Director of Responsive Environments Group, MIT, Johan Minnie Director of Information Management, Housing Development Agency, Republic of South Africa, John Horn T-Mobile USA National Director of M2M, John Frazer Professor of Design Science, Queensland University of Technology, Jonathan Rose, Founder & President, Jonathan Rose Companies, Karoline Steen, Head of International Affairs, City of Copenhagen, Lorenza Martínez, Undersecretary of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Economy, Mexico, Mark Spelman, Global Head of Strategy, Accenture, Martin Chávez, Executive Director, ICLEI US Office, Martin Fleming, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, IBM, Mathieu Lefevre Executive Director, New Cities Foundation,  Michael Batty, Bartlett Professor of Planning and Chairman of the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis, University College London, Mitchell Joachim, Associate Professor at NYU and Co- Founder, Terreform ONE and Terrefuge, Nancy Odendaal, Snr. Lecturer in City and Regional Planning, University of Cape Town, Nicholas Negroponte, Founder & Chairman, OLPC, Nicola Villa, Senior Director Internet Business Solutions Group, Global Director Urban Innovation team, Cisco, Pedro Miranda, Corporate Vice President, Head of Siemens One, Per Als Chief Transport Executive, City of Copenhagen, Peter Ong, Head of the Civil Service, Singapore, Rich Friedrich, Director, Enterprise Systems and Software Lab, HP Laboratories, Saskia Sassen, Robert S. Lynd Professor of Sociology, and Co-Chair Committee on Global Thought, Columbia University, Simon Giles, Partner, Accenture, Simon Willis, Vice President Global Public Sector, Cisco, Skylar Tibbits, Lecturer, Department of Architecture, MIT, Stefan Köhler, Mayor of Friedrichshafen, Zazie Schafer Nencetti, UN Global Pulse