16 - 17 April, 2019
ATLANTIS THE PALM, DUBAI

Housing & Social Infrastructure Forum Conference Day One: Tuesday, 16 April 2019

PLENARY SESSIONS

AI POWERED INFRASTRUCTURE – CREATING THE NEXT ECONOMIC POWERHOUSE

9:30 am - 9:40 am CHAIRMAN’S OPENING REMARKS

9:40 am - 10:00 am TRAILBLAZER: GOING BEYOND THE KNOWN WITH AI

Jonathan Reichental - Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto, California
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Jonathan Reichental

Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto
California

Artificial intelligence (AI) is set to boost the global economy by $13 trillion by 2030, adding roughly 1.2% to global GDP a year (Source. McKinsey). While a number of countries are in race to be the first to adopt AI, USA and China are maintaining the lead .How will the global race change the world we live in? What must countries and cities do to increase AI adoption to gain global competitive advantage?

  • What countries must do to increase AI adoption?
  • What will be more important in future cities – automated domination or leadership?
  • How can cities ensure that AI is used as a tool of progress?
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Collin Boyce

Chief Information Officer, City of Lansing
Michigan

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H.E Marwan Jassim Al Sarka

Executive Chairman
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, UAE

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Mark DeSantis

Chief Executive Officer
RoadBotics, Inc, Pittsburgh

10:20 am - 10:40 am CREATING THE NEURAL NETWORK OF THE CITY: Enabling digital transformations to be seamless and agile

The global big data market is expected to reach USD 123.2 billion by 2025* (Source, Grand View Research, Inc.)
By 2020, we will create approximately 44 trillion gigabytes of data each year. From placing millions of sensor across cities to implementing open data initiatives, cities are increasing efforts to transform urban data into smart cities information. The key challenge cities are faced with when it comes to big data is how to make sense of it.

  • The edge VS the cloud
  • Defining edge computing opportunity
  • Innovative tools that cities can use to make sense of big data toimpact change?
  • How cities can use AI to make data driven decisions for their residents?
  • How can we empower citizens to leverage open data to resolve key city urban challenges
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Dr. Abdulqader Amir

Deputy Minister for Technical Affairs
Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Saudi Arabia

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Raeffaele Gareri

Chief Technology Officer, Brescia & Chairman
The Smart City Association, Italy

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Carles Agusti i Hernàndez

Open Government Director
Barcelona Provincial Council

11:00 am - 11:20 am COFFEE BREAK

11:20 am - 11:40 am SPEED NETWORKING

Imagine making more contacts in one hour than some people do in a career. Welcome to Speed Networking, an intensive session of one-minute mini-meetings. It’s all about maximum impact, because after your one minute each way is up, the whistle blows, and you change partners!

BREAKOUT AND START OF INDIVIDUAL FORUMS

TACKLING THE AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROBLEM

According to JLL MENA, estimates suggest that only 25% of all the new units launched in the Middle East market in recent years have been affordable to the average family. We have been witnessing increasing pressure on both public and private developers to enhance affordable housing opportunities in the region to alleviate strain on citizens and the city.
This session will explore the key market challenges including.

  • Understanding the gap. data analysis and how many projects are needed
  • Financing and loan options for low-income segments
  • Preserving the affordability factor. how to create policies which protect intended pricing tariffs
  • Creating affordable communities. how to ensure the location of your housing projects are connected to affordable amenities including schools and retail outlets
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H.E Marwan Jassim Al Sarka

Executive Chairman
Sharjah Investment and Development Authority, Shurooq, UAE

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Eyad Fadul

Advisor, Ministry of Haj and Umra
Saudi Arabia

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Hend Obaid Al Marri

Chief Executive Officer
Dubai Real Estate Institute, UAE

12:00 pm - 12:20 pm INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY INSIGHT



12:20 pm - 12:40 pm REGIONAL HOUSING PLANNING INSIGHTS: Deep Dive into Oman, Bahrain, KSA, UAE and Jordan’s Housing Projects

12:40 pm - 1:00 pm What is the future of the building automation system?

  • How the future of automation systems being driven by the cloud and edge frameworks?
  • How the increasing demand for energy-efficient systems is helping drive sustainability?

1:00 pm - 1:20 pm Oman’s first pilot project – Insight into how this integrated affordable housing development project is leading to reduced waiting times for Omani citizens

Yarub Hadhrami - Director – Affordable Housing, Supreme Council of Planning, Oman
As the Project Director of Supreme Council of Oman, Yarub will share details on their first pilot project which integrated government and private funding stakeholders to create an affordable housing community.
Key question. How is this project solving the issue of land assignment waiting time for the citizens?
Outcomes.

  • How this has enhanced the mentality of buying properties across the region
  • How they are overcoming the challenges of limited or no supporting transport infrastructure
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Yarub Hadhrami

Director – Affordable Housing
Supreme Council of Planning, Oman

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm NETWORKING LUNCH BREAK: Deep Dive into Oman, Bahrain, KSA, UAE and Jordan’s Housing Projects

CONCURRENT WORKSHOP SESSIONS

WORKSHOP A

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm ROBOTICS IN SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
Enabling robots to automate infrastructure in your city. Where to start and where to implement robotics? How do you maximise return on investment?

WORKSHOP B

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm SUSTAINABILITY IN INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT
Using IoT solutions to resolve growing problems of sustainability and renewable energy.

WORKSHOP C

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm SMART TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS
How does innovation in ITS help in traffic management? How data analytics is disrupting monitoring and management

INTERACTIVE DISCUSSION GROUPS

IDG One

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm What security risks possess with smart home technology in terms of being hacked?

IDG Two

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm 3D printing as the new era of construction for housing

IDG Three

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Can we radically simplify the retrofit process to scale deployment?

IDG Four

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm The tendency and reaction of human in response to a building/home fire

IDG Five

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Why are we tending to see a shift from skyscrapers to community townhouses?

4:30 pm - 4:30 pm END OF DAY ONE