Vinh-Nghi Tiet is currently Head of Development and Sustainability at ICADE Germany, a Real Estate Investor and developer. Also auditor for the German society for sustainable buildings, he focuses on creating buildings that join sustainable lifestyle and performing business.
Anil Bawa-Cavia is a technologist with a background in social software. Former lead developer of online music network Last.fm, Anil now researches urban networks at the inter-disciplinary Center for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA), UK.
“What’s next for CoCities?”, “When is the next conference?”, “You guys know you’ll have to do another one, right?”
Those are just a few of the questions that we had to answer – or more precisely: to evade – over the last few months. The first iteration of the conference was a full successful, but we needed some time to digest and process. After all, the team was not doing this full time – it was a side project.
After a few months of wrapping our minds around it we decided to push CoCities into the next gear. No, we are not announcing the next big conference, nor are we saying that there will be one. The first conference was a big experiment. We poured our combined experiences from other conferences into one and attempted to create something new. That worked out well, but doing just the same thing over doesn’t seem appropriate.
That’s why we are happy to announce Cognitive Cities Salons today. The first one will be in Amsterdam on June, 30th. More precisely, it will happen at De Verdieping (Wibautstraat 127, Amsterdam).
The general idea behind the salons is simple: create an local event, from locals, for locals – curated by CoCities. Those will be small events, not larger than 100 people. A major part of those events is to find the appropriate partners. Luckily, in Amsterdam we are very well served. To say it with Juha’s words:
With VURB, Visible Cities and Volume Magazine, we have a great lineup of partners to create an exciting event for Amsterdam. There will be an entry fee, but we will try to keep that as low as possible.
That is it for the moment. More announcement will be streaming in soon, but we hope to see you soon in Amsterdam.