The notion of a smart city is a well-developed narrative but what do we know about a smart society? As we approach the third decade of the 21st century, cities all over the world are harnessing the power that comes with huge technological advancements made over the past twenty years. By making our urban metropolises more efficient, we are truly on our way toward shaping a better world - but only if society is able and willing to keep up with the pace.
As infrastructure, education and businesses all adapt to the rapid changes taking place within our world, so must we as citizens. In order to reach unprecedented heights, we must first begin by changing the minds and values of the architects of our new world. The International Summer School aims to discuss and examine the idea that in order to make our cities truly smart, we must start by developing a smart society. Set in the technological hub of Shanghai, China, the International Summer School is designed to foster leadership, human values and a sense of social responsibility. Through a harmonious combination of educational and cultural exchange programs, participants will leave the event feeling empowered and inspired to generate positive change within their communities. A series of informative keynotes, case studies and highly-interactive workshops will help attendees to gain insight on the different strategies and technologies used in the development and transformation of smart cities and societies. Participants will also be encouraged to consider their own roles and responsibilities in regard to the sustainable future of the planet.
- Young people ranging in age from 18 to 35 years old;
- Evidence of strong social responsibility and commitment;
- Preferred backgrounds to include social and business enterprises, non-profits, social activists, artists, educators, young researchers, scholars and students;
- Fluency in English required.
In order to apply, applicants should fill in the application form whereby they will attach their CV and one-minute, motivational video.
The program is partially funded. Program, informal activities, food and accommodation will be covered by organizers. Participants are responsible for their visa and travel expenses. The participation fee is 150 EUR.
For more information, visit event’s official website chinasummerschool.youth-time.org.