Happy Cities Summit to help Amaravati to be at the forefront of urban innovation

Fri, 2019-02-08 10:34 -- SCC India Staff

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The Government of Andhra Pradesh is organizing the second edition of Happy Cities Summit 2019, Amaravati from February 13-15, 2019. The summit aims to build on the success and momentum of the inaugural Happy Cities Summit to establish Amaravati, the capital of Andhra Pradesh, at the forefront of urban innovation discourse, with a focus on citizen happiness. Experts from over 26 countries are attending the various panel discussions and workshops. The Happy Cities Summit will explore the key identified topics through panel discussions where city leaders, urban innovators, and thinkers will share best practices, trends, and principles on urban innovation and design.

Network with 50+ city leaders Mayors, municipal commissioners and city leaders from over 50 cities, including 17 greenfield cities, 15 international cities and 20 Indian cities will participate in this forum. Meet and understand top priorities and the changing demands of cities from the horse’s mouth.

Participate in workshops
There are three workshops that will provide focused sessions for city administrators, mayors, urban planners and designers to ideate, commit to, and design happy cities. The summit will be a platform to meet, connect, network, share knowledge with the leaders from various fields.

One of the largest urban development projects India has seen till date, the greenfield city of Amaravati is a city spanning 217 sq.km being built for a population of 3.5 million people. The $8 billion project is being built around the principles of well-being, with the highest standards being followed for sustainability, governance, technology and related aspects. With unique distinctions under its hat involving 28,000 farmers, first city to be IGBC Platinum rated and many more, the project has substantial international interest and participation. Learn more about the breakneck pace of construction, business and investment opportunities through site visits.

Amaravati would be the most green-and-blue city in the country with over 30 per cent area dedicated for water and landscape features designed to give the utmost livable ambience to its residents. It is also aspired to be the first city with navigable canals for intra-city commute (light public and tourist transit). With a design population of about 3.5 million by year 2050, and a projected resident family population of about 0.9 million through creation of 1.5 million jobs.

  • Persons of interest
  • Dr Ali al-Azzawi, Chief Experience Officer, Smart Dubai
  • Michael Koh, Fellow, Centre for Livable Cities
  • Cathy Hillman, Women in Cities International (WICI)
  • Jagan Shah, Director, NIUA
  • Prof. Geeta Mehta, Co-Founder, Asia Initiatives
  • Francesca De Ferrari, Human Settlements Officer, UN-HABITAT
  • Liz Zeidler, Chief Executive, Happy City, UK
  • Anja Wyden Guelpa, Chancellor of State, Republic and Canton of Geneva
  • Piero Pelizzaro, Chief Resilience Officer, Milan
  • Emani Kumar, Executive Director, ICLEI- Local Governments for Sustainability, South Asia
  • Jorge Saraiva, Leader of the European Network of City Policy Labs
  • OP Agarwal CEO, World Resources Institute India
  • Parag Dhol MD, Inventus India
  • Ethan Kent, Co-founder, Project for Public Spaces
  • Mahmoud El Burai, CEO, Dubai Real Estate Institute / Dubai Land Authority
  • Som Shubhro Pal Choudhury Partner, Bharat Innovation Fund
  • Karabi Acharya, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Jane Wiseman Harvard Ash Center
  • Graham Colclough, Partner, Urban DNA
  • Tony Wong, Chief Executive, CRC for Water Sensitive Cities
  • Amit Prothi, Associate Director, City & Practice Management, 100 RC
  • Prof Dr. V. Sumantran, Chairman, Celeris Technologies

Registration is free, however there are limited seats. Register on www.happycitiessummit.org