With the Youth International Summer School in Shanghai just a few months away, Youth Time International Movement begins to interview the experts who will be sharing their expertise throughout the event. One of these experts is Mr. Rob van Kranenburg, Founder of Council – the largest independent IoT thinktank.

Mr. van Kranenburg also works as Ecosystem Manager for the EU projects Tagitsmart and Next Generation Internet. He wrote The Internet of Things - a critique of ambient technology and the all-seeing network of RFID, Network Notebooks 02, Institute of Network Cultures. Together with Christian Nold, Rob van Kranenburg published Situated Technologies Pamphlets 8: The Internet of People for a Post-Oil World. He is co-editor of Enabling Things to Talk Designing IoT solutions with the IoT Architectural Reference Model, Springer Open Access. Further, Rob is in the SmartCitiesWorld Advisory Board and chairs AC04 - IoT Hyper-connected Society of the IERC, The European Research Cluster on the Internet of Things. Rob is also a member of The IoT Asia 2017 International Advisory Panel (IAP) and involved in building the ecosystem for the Next Generation Internet.

Mr. Rob van Kranenburg will be hosting a workshop on the topic, “The Role of Big Data and IoT in Smart Cities”. This interview aims to provide the Youth International Summer School participants with insight into what they can expect from the workshop, in addition to learning how to best prepare for it.

Mr. van Kranenburg, what is it about the Youth International Summer School in Shanghai that interests you most?

The people attending. Especially now I would like to know more how Millennials and the generations after them come to terms with their digitally hybrid world. Me, I am from the eighties. I still see a door and a key in the lock. I realize that for anyone after me there are just a thousand doors. Which one to open? Which one leads to a good room?

Are there any particular areas you will be focussing on with regard to the workshop on Big Data and IoT?

I will focus on the ‘thickness’ of data, the granularity of data that makes up real time analytics that makes sense for everyday life and living. I will talk about the growing centralization, crypto, and fintech. I will argue that as a society you need a system approach in order to build the best balance between centralization and decentralization.

What lessons can participants expect to gain from your workshop and how will they best apply them to their future endeavours?

I hope that in the years to come they realize they have agency and they should act when they feel the need.

Are there any additional topics or elements you wish to bring to our attention or add to the discussion?

Agency is the most important thing. Responsibility is second. Being true to yourself is the key.

Photo: From the archive of Rob van Kranenburg

Published in China 2018

As the Youth International Summer School in Shanghai is now less than two months away, Youth Time International Movement are gearing up to welcome the experts and participants that will be travelling from all over the globe to share their knowledge, ideas, and experiences with one another. To get participants in the mood for the event we begin to interview the speakers and trainers who will pass on their expertise and advice to participants at the event. One of these experts is Dr. Oualid Ali.

Dr. Oualid Ali is considered as one of the international well-recognized experts in the field of Future cities (Smart, Sustainable and innovative Cities) and has participated in several future cities projects as a researcher or as a consultant. He has been involved in the planning and implementation of future cities in many domains such as smart mobility and transportation, smart tourism and destination, smart energy, smart healthcare, smart logistics, smart waste management, smart parking, smart water management, smart education, smart security, smart policing and law enforcement, etc. Moreover, Dr. Ali is a member of several organizations related to the area of Smart Cities or Urban technologies. He has been invited on many occasions to local, regional and international events as a guest or keynote speaker to deliver talks and presentations about future cities and its domains. Dr. Oualid Ali is the founder and president of the Future Cities Council which has more than 70,000 members from government (cities), industry, academia and civic society. He is also the founder of Inno-Gate, a firm that is specialized in emerging & innovative technologies, innovation management, entrepreneurship and digital transformation.

Dr. Oualid Ali will be delivering his presentation on the topic, “Innovation Labs, Startup Accelerators and Incubators for Entrepreneurial Success”. This interview aims to provide Youth International Summer School participants with added insight and understanding as to what they can expect from Dr. Oualid Ali’s talk, in addition to learning how to best prepare for the event.

Oualid Ali, share with us a short introduction about yourself, your career and areas of expertise.

I gained my PhD in computer science at Laval University in Canada and have since lived in the UK, UAE and Oman. My field of interest is Future, Tech trends, innovation, Industry x.0 and smart cities. Presently, I’m travelling the world as a futurist and global speaker.

What is it about the Youth International Summer School in Shanghai that excites you most and how does it resonate with your personal interests and professional experience?

I have been delivering training sessions and speeches about smart cities at several summer school events across the world including Aachen (German), Trento (Italy) and Oman. The most exciting thing about the Youth International Summer School for me are the location of the event (I have visited Shanghai and it is an amazing city), the topics of the school (comprehensive topics about smart cities, society, etc.) as well as the network I’m going to meet during the event.

Innovation labs and startup acceleratorshave an important role to play in the future of our young entrepreneurs? Without giving too much away, could you explain how your presentation will go into this?

In my presentation I will talk about the innovation and the entrepreneur ecosystem in general and how this will prepare the youth for the challenges of the future. I will go deeper into how the spaces like innovation labs, accelerators and incubators have boosted the careers of creative young entrepreneurs and helped them to become successful. These case studies will help likeminded participants to enjoy the same success.

What lessons can participants expect to gain from your presentation and how will they best apply them both personally and professionally?

The attendees will learn a lot about innovation and entrepreneurship. As outcomes of my lecture, I’m sure that many people will discover their own great ideas and become motivated to grow their own startups in incubators and accelerator spaces (there are a lot in Shanghai and China).

Is there any advice you can offer in advance to Youth International Summer School participants before attending your talk?

My advice is the following: the future is fast and very challenging, and they have to be prepared for it. The only way to be prepared is to innovate and work very hard.

Published in China 2018
We use cookies to improve our website. By continuing to use this website, you are giving consent to cookies being used. More details…