May 21, 2019, City Hall, Paris 

3 Rue de Lobau, 75004, Paris

8.15 - 9.00


9.00 - 9.10

Opening Remarks and Keynote

John Rossant, Chairman, NewCities

9.10 - 10.00

Opening Plenary Session
urbAIn: AI, Cities, and Climate Change

Cities are leading the way in addressing climate change - and AI is a promising tool to help them achieve this. How can AI be best deployed in cities to help us meet our global climate goals? What challenges are cities and providers facing in implementing these solutions?


François Bausch, Minister for Mobility and Public Works, Government of Luxembourg

Claire Falzone, CEO, Nova Veolia

Thierry Mallet, CEO, Transdev

Mechthild Wörsdörfer, Director, International Energy Agency

Moderated by:

Benoît Georges, Head of Ideas & Debates Department, Les Echos

10.00 - 10.15

Innovators’ Pitches: Cleantech

Two startups will briefly present how they are using AI to fuel urban cleantech solutions.

Erwin Guizouarn, CEO, Evolution Energie

Tariq Kaddoura, Founder and CEO, Metabuild

10.15 - 11.00

Panel 1
Cleantech And the City

How is AI powering cleantech and promoting energy efficient cities? How are clean technologies shaping energy use and distribution? How might they foster behavioral change towards more eco-friendly everyday habits?


Matthieu Besson, Strategic Partnerships and Institutional Relationships, Solutions for Cities and Territories, ENGIE

Catriona Brady, Head of Better Places for People, World Green Building Council

Grégory Labrousse, CEO, nam.R

Moderated by:

Sébastien Turbot, Executive Director, NewCities

11.00 - 11.30

Networking break

11.30 - 12.00

Fireside Chat:
The Future of AI for Public Transport

Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor for Town Planning, Architecture, Greater Paris projects, Economic Development and Attractiveness, City of Paris

Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, International Association of Public Transport (UITP)

Moderated by:

John Rossant, Chairman, NewCities

12.00 - 12.15

Innovators’ Pitches: City Services

Two startups will briefly present on how they are using AI to deliver and/or mainstream city services.

Matthieu Boussard, PhD Lead Scientist, craft ai

Alexandre Stora, Manager of Anova, Quantmetry

12.15 - 1.00

Panel 2
The Integration of AI in City Services

AI allows for new opportunities and improvements in city services and how they are delivered. How will regulation and policy-making adapt to new AI-fueled services? How can public-private collaboration enable the testing and piloting of AI solutions at the city scale? Can AI foster civic engagement?


Dr. Renata Mele, Head of Strategy at e-City, Enel X

Glenn Meleder, CEO, SecuraXis

François Pitti, Group Director, Strategic Marketing, Bouygues Construction

Moderated by:

Ben Hawes, Associate Director, Connected Places Catapult

1.00 - 2.00


2.00 - 2.15

Innovators’ Pitches: Paris

Two startups will briefly present on AI innovations that are helping Paris meet environmental goals.

Pierre Peyretou, Program Manager, DataCity

Grégoire Jauvion, Lead Data Scientist, Plume Labs

2.15 - 3.00

Panel 3
Spotlight On Paris

As a global leader in the fight against climate change, Paris is a model of how cities can pave the way towards resilience and mitigate climate change. How is Paris using AI in its efforts to address climate change? The 2024 Olympics will present a unique opportunity for the city to be transformed with wellbeing and resilience in mind - what will the role of AI be in this transformation?


Aziza Akhmouch, Head of Division, Cities, Urban Policies, and Sustainable Development, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Benjamin Delaux, President, HABX

Yann Françoise, Head of Climate, Energy, and Circular Economy Strategies, City of Paris

Cécile Maisonneuve, President, Fabrique de la Cité

Moderated by:
Stephane Kirkland
, Director Buildings France, Arcadis

2:00 - 3:00

Workshop: The Hidden Nudge

This workshop will explore how cities can influence travel choice and congestion by harnessing the adaptiveness of new transport services.

Hosted by:

Damon Wischik, Fellow, Alan Turing Institute

Nicole Badstuber, Researcher in Urban Transport and Infrastructure, University of Cambridge

3.00 - 3.10

Innovators’ Pitches: Mobility

This pitch will feature a sustainability minded AI innovation in mobility and highlight its impacts on the city.

Fabien Tschirhart, CTO & Co-Founder, GeoTwin

3.10 - 3.55

Panel 4
AI Powered Sustainable Urban Mobility

AI has the potential to create greater efficiencies in our urban transport systems - transforming the way we move through the city and its impact on the environment. What new AI-propelled mobility patterns will we see emerge in how we transport people, but also goods? What impact will these new patterns have on reducing greenhouse gas emissions?


Richard Bruce, Director of Energy, Technology, and Innovation, UK Department for Transport

Nic Cary, Founder, Waysphere Intelligent Transportation

Silke Obst, Member of the Cabinet of Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc

Göknur Sirin, CEO and Co-Founder, GeoTwin

Moderated by:

Timothy Gribaudi, Director, CoMotion Initiative, NewCities

3.55 - 4.15

Networking Break

4.15 - 5.15

Closing Plenary Session
Data, Trust, and Privacy: People at the Center of AI in the City

After a day of showcasing AI solutions in cities and exploring the transformative power they have to help cities combat climate change, we will explore the imperative of ensuring that the AI- powered city is ethical and respects privacy. How do we build and develop trust in these innovations and the use of them at the city scale?


Jean-Marc Lazard, Founder and CEO, OpenDataSoft

Priya Prakash, Founder, Design for Social Change

Cécile Wendling, Group Head of Foresight, Axa

Moderated by:

Emmanuel Davidenkoff, Editor, Le Monde

5.15 - 5.30

Closing Remarks and Keynote

Jean-Louis Missika, Deputy Mayor for Town Planning, Architecture, Greater Paris projects, Economic Development and Attractiveness, City of Paris

5.30 - 7.00