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Tesla co-founder to deliver keynote speech at the World Built Environment Forum Summit

On 23 and 24 April, the World Built Environment Forum Summit will assess the effect disruptive technologies are having on our cities, beginning with a keynote address from Tesla Chief Technology Officer and co-founder, J.B. Straubel.

10 January 2018

Securing a common future agenda in cities will be one of the key debates between global leaders, thinkers and decision makers at the two-day summit to be held in London this year.

Straubel, pictured below, will address more than 1,000 delegates drawn from the highest levels of industry, government, and policymaking and regulatory bodies to discuss how disruption in the form of new types of transport and energy storage are impacting urban design. Martin Wolf, Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator at the Financial Times, will join Straubel and share his wisdom from 40 years of working in international economics with the crowd.

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Now in its third year, the summit is the flagship event in the calendar of the RICS’ World Built Environment Forum, a network of leaders drawn from the worlds of the built environment, government, policy, wider industry, technology and academia. Under the banner of ‘Our Changing World — Urbanisation, Innovation and Civilisation’, experts at the summit will debate three driving forces of change: industrial transformation, urbanisation and digitisation, and their impact on the planet’s natural and built environment. Key themes of the summit include:

  • How development of collaborative infrastructure, trade and knowledge networks can generate inclusive wealth and wellbeing and inspire deeper regional economic co-dependencies.
  • The nature and scope of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and the role of intelligent technology in driving productivity across both deindustrialised and industrialising global regions.
  • Competition and co-operation between cities and regions in pursuit of greater prosperity and economic versatility, enhanced public health and welfare, and improved levels of liveability and environmental sustainability.

The World Built Environment Forum facilitates industry leading discussions harnessing the enormous potential of the 21st century's people and places.