New Cities Summit to Give Floor to World’s Leading Urban Innovators – Jakarta, June 9 -11

  • NewCities announces 9 innovators selected for “WhatWorks” talk series at the New Cities Summit
  • Each innovator to give a 6-minute talk about the urban solution they have developed
  • New Cities Summit to attract 800 urban leaders and thinkers to Jakarta on June 9 -11

Paris, France and Jakarta, Indonesia – May 13, 2015. NewCities announced the names of nine outstanding urban innovators who will feature in the popular “WhatWorks” short-talk series at the New Cities Summit in Jakarta on June 9-11.

Every year, NewCities selects 10-12 pioneering individuals who are tackling some of the greatest urban challenges of our time.

Each innovator takes to the main stage of the New Cities Summit and has six minutes to inspire the global audience of 800 urban leaders and thinkers with the story behind their innovation

Meet the 2015 WhatWorks Innovators:

Tomi Alakoski, Founder and Executive Director, Me & MyCity, Helsinki, Finland – a city-inspired learning concept for sixth-grade students focusing on entrepreneurship, the economy and society

Emily Brooke, CEO and Founder, Blaze, London, UK – creator of Laserlight, a revolutionary safety device for urban cyclists

Rose Broome, Co-Founder and CEO, HandUp, San Francisco, USA – a technology platform for donating directly to homeless individuals and neighbors in need, via personalized web profiles

Nadiem Makarim, CEO, GO-JEK, Jakarta, Indonesia – a social enterprise that brings together experienced and trustworthy ojek (motorcycle taxi) drivers to deliver a one-stop convenience service for Jakartans

Prashant Mehra, Founder, I Got Garbage, Bangalore, India – an initiative that transforms ragpickers into recycling managers to create new solutions for waste management in India

Jessica Ruas Quartara, Co-Creator, AirHuerta, Lima, Peru – an advertising billboard that converts humidity in the air into clean water that can be drunk or used to irrigate crops for urban farming

Volunteer, The Ugly Indian, Bangalore, India – an anonymous citizen movement that unites people to fix, clean and beautify broken, dirty or ugly spots (footpaths, walls, public corridors, etc.) throughout the city

Etienne Turpin, Co-Principal Investigator, PetaJakarta, Jakarta, Indonesia – an open source, community-led platform to collect and disseminate information about flooding in Jakarta

Marion Waller, Lead Advisor, Reinventing Paris, Paris, France – an international contest calling upon the best architects, startups, researchers and innovators to form original teams and transform 23 Parisian municipal sites

Naureen Kabir, Director of Innovation and Research, NewCities, said: “Spanning from waste management to cycle safety and participatory urban design, this year’s selection of WhatWorks innovators captures the huge impact that individuals and startups can have on our cities, and society at large. We know they will inspire our Summit audience with their originality and drive to improve cities. In turn, the Summit is an unparalleled platform for WhatWorks projects to be developed, scaled and replicated for the benefit of Jakarta and other cities worldwide.”

According to surveys, WhatWorks is the top-rated strand of the New Cities Summit, an annual event which draws 800 participants from across the world and across sectors, including mayors, CEOs, urban planners, architects, designers, thinkers and cultural leaders. Over 80 global speakers are expected.

The theme of the New Cities Summit 2015 is “Seizing the Urban Moment: Cities at the Heart of Growth and Development”.

Following the New Cities Summit 2015, all nine speakers will become part of NewCities’ WhatWorks community of urban innovators, which now counts over 40 projects. All WhatWorks profiles and projects are accessible via an online platform:


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About the New Cities Summit

Organized by NewCities, the New Cities Summit is the premier global leadership event on the future of cities. Fostering positive urban change, the high level gathering advocates cross-sector collaboration through network building, cutting-edge forums and lively discussion. The Summit showcases and disseminates the best ideas on the future of cities and generates concrete, scalable solutions capable of being adopted and replicated across the world. The speaker program is constructed by NewCities, with the support of its members and partners, to reflect the most incisive, innovative thinking on the future city. The New Cities Summit 2015 will be hosted in Jakarta, Indonesia from June 9 – 11, following past editions in Dallas (2014), São Paulo (2013) and Paris (2012).

Find out more about past editions:
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About WhatWorks

WhatWorks is a series of short talks, presented each year at the New Cities Summit, by urban innovators across a variety of disciplines and regions. The talks are aimed at telling the stories of dynamic entrepreneurs who have had a notable impact on their urban community. Speakers have 6 minutes to engage a high-level audience and present the projects they have implemented to solve the great urban challenges of our time.

WhatWorks 2015:
WhatWorks community:
Twitter: @newcitiesfound #whatworksincities

About NewCities

NewCities is an international nonprofit organization dedicated to making cities more inclusive, connected, healthy and vibrant. Focusing on people, places and policies, we bring together a global network of public and private sector leaders and Urban Tech innovators to foster results-oriented collaboration. We also produce actionable research that can be implemented by decision-makers across sectors.
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