ICT as enabling technology

Session 1: Setting the Scene - ICT opportunities for sustainability across all sectors and SDGs

Chair person: Marco van der Ree

The first session will set the stage, reviewing how ICT technology in its broadest sense - that includes: connectivity, hardware, software applications and data - has had a tremendous growth and diffusion in recent decades, and can have a tremendous positive impact on implementing the SDGs. For example, the #SMARTer2030 and the #SystemTransformation reports of the Global e-Sustainbility Initiative (GeSI) and Fast forward progress: leveraging tech to achieve the global goals of ITU, underline this trend and analyse the potential positive impact of these technologies with regards to sustainbility – both on the SDGs and the climate goals.

Session 2: From opportunity to impact: sustainable lifestyles enabled by ICT

Chair person: Kristina Modée

The second session will look at ICT innovations from the user perspective. If innovations are not used by the end-users, consumers and citizens, the impact on achieving the SDGs will be limited. Therefore, this session will discuss how ICT solutions can support implementing people’s sustainable lifestyles, in their personal lives, in cities, at work, etc. The following issues will be touched upon, behavior change, monitoring, measuring, nudging, incentives, leapfrogging, communication, lifestyles, communities and inclusion.

Mini Dragon's Den - Idea pitching
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- Give your wings to pink bins: Ms. Akanksha Ahuja (Manav Rachna University, India)
- Future of shopping using ICT: Mr. Abishek Agrawal (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India)
- CodePhil: Ms. Jiwon Park (MIT Global Poverty Initiative) 

Session 3: Joint session - Private sector developing integrated SDG solutions & Smart water solutions

Chairpersons: Inge Genné (VITO) and Marco van der Ree (CSCP)

The third session will bring together private sector companies working on ICT solutions for the SDGs. They will present good practices, examples of technologies that work and how they are being implemented. Furthermore, they will present partnerships that exist and visions for accelerated SDG implementation. Specific examples from the water sector will exemplify the integrated solutions.

Session 4: Collaboration for results and accelerated implementation, testing/experiencing ICT sustainability innovation through Living Labs

Chair person: Tuija Hirvikoski

The fourth session will focus on collaboratively developing SDG solutions, engaging all stakeholders, industry, government, research institutions, consumers/citizens, and will focus on how to create collaborative partnership/living labs. The European Network of Living Labs (ENOLL) brings together a wealth of knowledge and will  showcase six examples of Living Labs. Living Labs are defined as user-centered, open innovation ecosystems based on a systematic user co-creation approach, integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings. In practice, Living Labs place the citizen at the center of innovation, and have shown the ability to better mold the opportunities offered by new ICT concepts and solutions to the specific needs and aspirations of local communities, contexts, cultures, and creativity potentials, and thereby the better implementing the SDGs.

Living Lab examples
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Closing session

Chair person: Marco van der Ree