DESIGN TALK: Architecture & Technology of Tomorrow
September 25 2013 : ( 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm )
The series of monthly Design Talks at ikonhouse continues. Christopher Sorensen, Strategic Innovation and Technology at Masdar City is guest speaker at ikonhouse on Wednesday 25th of September.
A talk about the Masdar City project, partner development and how to apply technology into urban planning and the ambition to create buildings utilizing technology to create the homes of the future. Christopher will also talk about his work at the Bang & Olufsen Idealab focused on innovation management.
Masdar City is an emerging global hub for renewable energy and clean technologies that positions companies located here at the heart of this global industry. A place where businesses can thrive and innovation can flourish, Masdar City is a modern Arabian city that, like its forerunners, is in tune with its surroundings. As such, it is a model for sustainable urban development regionally and globally, seeking to be a commercially viable development that delivers the highest quality living and working environment with the lowest possible ecological footprint.
• the ambition, the project, the technology & partner development
• the drive from technology procurement to solution development
• integrated technology and architecture solutions
• the distributed energy future and its implications
• the ambition to create buildings utilizing technology to create the homes of the future
Bang & Olufsen Idealab
Idealab was set up in 2004 by Christopher, as a creative, technological power centre to promote innovation and focus on technology and product breakthroughs. Idealab focuses on networks, multimedia, digitization and convergence, and is intended to supplement Bang & Olufsen’s established industrial design process. Idealab matures and validates product ideas in the form of demonstrators, working models and prototypes for ideas and concepts, as well as business models.
• the story and results
• challenge the norms, creating a new paradigm
• from domain expertise to diverse group dynamics
• the skeptic and the optimist, creative tension
• how space leads to serendipity, happy accidents
• BeoSound 5, the wheel, the screen/GUI, the integration, the experience intended
Al Quoz | 4th Street | behind Kia/Hyundai motors | near Dubai Garden centre, SZR
Global Strategic Partnerships at Masdar City
Christopher Sorensen is currently responsible for Masdar's Global Strategic Partnerships. Christopher is one of the few top executives with smart city credentials and he has been leading innovative developments for the last 25 years in both large and small scale projects. He has been responsible for leading innovative transformation at iconic companies including Accenture and Bang & Olufsen as well as entrepreneurial initiatives creating new EU consortia, SME start-ups and corporate spin-offs.
His domain experience reaches well around the public-private spectrum including innovation cluster development, smart buildings, smart grid, renewables, healthcare, education, transportation and ICT/AV.His education background includes engineering, psychology and an international MBA and his executive experience spans several languages and geographies including the US, Europe and the Middle East.
Masdar is the Abu Dhabi Future Energy Company - a world leading clean tech cluster headquartered in the UAE. This global commercial effort under the sovereign wealth fund Mubadala, includes the graduate clean tech research efforts of the Masdar Institute developed in collaboration with MIT, global funds managed by Masdar Capital, carbon capture and trading via Masdar Carbon, utility scale renewable energy projects and CCS by Masdar Clean Energy and the integrated clean tech cluster Masdar City.
See pictures from the Design Talk here
- 7:30pm - 8:00pmNetworking, food & drinks
- 8:00pm - 9:30pmGuest Speaker: Christopher Sorensen
- WHEREikonhouse showroom - location map
- WHENWednesday 25th September 2013