Leaders from business, start-ups, academia and research institutions are meeting at the Xynteo Exchange/Norway to advance a new growth model fit for the 21st century. At the heart of the Exchange is a series of Studios, where we will bring leaders together to try to develop commercial solutions to human problems.
We are entering an era of technology-led disruption and innovation, heralded by the 5G revolution and digital connectivity. These will transform communications around the world, open up business and collaboration opportunities that we can’t yet imagine, and become a critical lever to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
While many regions around the world have significant and deliberate investment strategies to drive access to digital connectivity long into the future, Europe is falling behind the curve, particularly on 5G, and will need to move quickly to realise its collective power. In an increasingly unpredictable, competitive and polarizing world, connectivity will play a key role in unlocking humans’, businesses’ and society’s potential to do more “new” and do more good – while leaving no one behind.
In this Studio, hosted by Verizon, we will catalyse action around five important societal problems that connectivity has the potential to address.
On day one, we will interrogate the complex nature of five real-world problems, and explore how our capabilities could be brought to bear in solutions. On day two, we will identify potential interventions within these problem areas, with the aim of developing early-stage concepts for projects that can deliver both human and commercial value. Finally, we will select the most promising concepts to take to the Marketplace.
Location: DOGA, Hausmanns gate 16, 0182 Oslo
We need to think differently about how we act as companies, as governments and as a larger society. At Verizon, we connect people and try to transform challenges by really thinking about how we’re managing our stakeholders. We call it human ability. The Xynteo Exchange is an important event for us all to connect on a wider scale to address the global challenges that lie ahead.
During the studio, participants will split into five breakout groups to roll up their sleeves and work together on different challenges related to connectivity for good. Read more about each of the problems we’ll be tackling together below:
CONNECTIVITY’S ROLE IN ELIMINATING WASTE
Society’s use of resources is horrendously inefficient, with cities everywhere under pressure to find low-cost, scalable and sustainable solutions to rising levels of waste.
The challenge: How might we better leverage Internet of Things (IOT) to solve the growing waste problem facing cities around the world?
EDUCATION IN AN AUTOMATED WORLD
With over a third of the skills important in today’s workforce likely to be irrelevant within a 5-year period, our education system is preparing our children for a future that doesn’t exist anymore.
The challenge: How might we modernise primary education to better equip every child with the skills the future is likely to require?
CLOSING THE OPPORTUNITIES DIVIDE: INTERNET ACCESS FOR ALL
A digital divide is opening in Europe. Lack of connectivity holds people back from accessing better work, education and healthcare opportunities, potentially impacting some parts of society for generations to come.
The challenge: How might every European get access to high-speed internet by the end of 2025?
BIG DATA, BIG IMPACTS, SMALL “ME”
With the promise of a digital world, we stand before an incredible opportunity to finally solve some of the world’s most intractable problems. And yet society’s adoption of a digital world outpaces its understanding of who owns the data, who can use it, and to what end.
The challenge: How might we ensure that the digital world gives us the data we need to unlock our potential, but also the private lives we deserve?
INNOVATION IN A REGULATED WORLD
Technological development has outrun regulatory development within the past few decades – and yet regulation is increasingly important as 5G technology, AI and robotics play a larger role in shaping the future.
The challenge: How might we propel the future digital economy through safe, human-centric regulation?
Emerging economies are rapidly adding to the global pile of garbage (The Economist) ➝
Has France found the solution to food waste? (WEF) ➝
5 Smart City IoT cases to keep in mind (State Tech Magazine) ➝
Norway’s Empower is using blockchain to clean up the world’s oceans (The Independent) ➝
How to prepare your kids for jobs that don’t exist yet (Fast Company) ➝
What will schools of the future look like? (The Telegraph) ➝
Teacher motivation and incentives (UNESCO Learning Portal) ➝
10 major challenges facing public schools (Public School Review) ➝
5 biggest barriers to education technology (Edudemic) ➝
Europe’s other half lives offline – and that’s everyone’s problem (Politico)
Bridging the digital divide in the EU (EuropeanParliament) ➝
Poor broadband puts children’s education at risk in rural areas (The Telegraph) ➝
Global 5G regulators pit light touch against heavy hand (FT) ➝
Governments can’t handle tech regulation. It’s time for companies to take over (Quartz) ➝
Europe’s tech race – trying to keep pace with US and China (EU Observer) ➝
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