The G-STIC 2017 conference aims to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technology innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). On October 23 & 24, G-STIC 2017 will dedicate a number of interactive thematic sessions to how digital technology will be instrumental in realising circular economy concepts, to achieve sustainable growth.
The shift towards such a circular economy creates a high need for new business concepts that focus on renewal and recycling, sharing platforms and products as a service. These business models, in turn, depend on the availability of efficient ICT tools and technology such as robotics, connected sensors, human-machine interfaces, machine learning, etc. Industry 4.0 (as these technologies are typically labelled) has a clear potential for innovating the value chain by eliminating the need for additional physical resources while pursuing growth.
Even if Industry 4.0 and Circular Economy share a similar vocabulary, they are still largely observed as separate frameworks. The G-STIC 2017 interactive thematic sessions therefore aim to explore and clarify their complementarities, bringing them closer together and developing a common vision towards 2030.
The interactive thematic sessions are typically organized as a sequence of short presentations, providing ample room for discussion with participants. Active participation in these sessions presents a unique chance to get to the forefront of the digital revolution for circularity.