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Day One – Tuesday 25th September

The Adaptable City

brought to you by Future Cities Catapult

Day One – Tuesday 25th September

The Adaptable City

brought to you by Future Cities Catapult


09:00 Registration, networking and exhibition

10:00 Welcome to Cityx day one

Moderator: Dr Jon Kirkpatrick, Chief Delivery Officer, Future Cities Catapult

10:05 Opening Keynote: Cities of the near future

Cities today are facing major challenges driven by rapid population increase, climate change, automation and globalisation. But they are also drivers for innovation, productivity and well-being. The way we plan cities is the defining factor to their success, but the tools and methods used are not up to the job.
Keynote Speaker: Nicola Yates OBE, Chief Executive, Future Cities Catapult

10:50 Innovation Showcase One

11:00 Refreshments, networking and exhibition

11:45 How technology will transform real estate

Recent years have seen an explosion in innovative companies, products and services unseating established market leaders. That same radical transformation – driven by data and powered by new technologies – is coming to the real estate sector. This session will explore how all aspects of the sector – from demolition to sales and marketing, design and engineering to site acquisition – might achieve a digitally-enabled boost in productivity, and what it will take to realise that transition in one of the largest and least digitised global industries.

Melanie Leech, Chief Executive, British Property Federation (Chair)
Dan Hughes, Founder, Liquid RE
Indy Johar, Founder, Dark Matter Labs
Vanessa Lee Butz, Founder, District Technologies
Susan Freeman, Partner, Real Estate, Mischon de Reya

12:30 Innovation Showcase Two

12:40 Lunch, networking and exhibition

13:40 View from the Future: Neuroscience for Cities

What does research into the study of the brain have to say about how we design cities? In this session we will explore a future where Neuroscience is enabling more human-centric design choices in the urban built environment – from workplaces to public spaces. And we will hear how developers, estate managers and planning authorities can start harnessing these insights and technologies today to deliver improved economic productivity, social inclusion and wellbeing.


Sam Markey, Head of Executive Office, Future Cities Catapult (Chair)
Finn Williams, Founder, Public Practice
Josh Artus, Director, The Centric Lab

14:25 Innovation Showcase Three

14:35 Refreshments, networking and exhibition

15:15 Digitally transforming the Planning System

The planning system is long overdue an upgrade. Over the past two years, Future Cities Catapult have been working with central government, innovative local planning authorities, SMEs and start-ups to lay the foundations for a new wave of data-driven and digitally enabled planning tools and technologies. This session will tell some of the story, lay out a vision for ‘Planning as Platform’ and showcase some of the pioneering companies working to make that vision a reality.

Euan Mills, City Planning Team Lead, Future Cities Catapult (Chair)
Grace Manning-Marsh, Product Manager, Land Insight
Dr. Sheikh Fakhar Khalid, Chief Scientist (CSO), SenSat
Savannah de Savary, Founder, Built-ID
Pete Ferguson, Founder, Prospective
Alastair Parvin, Founder, Open System Labs

16:00 Closing Keynote: Planning for cities of the future

With ever increasing volumes of data available about our cities and increasingly sophisticated urban modelling technologies, it is increasingly possible to create digital twins of our cities where we can trial, test and model different future scenarios.

Keynote Speaker: Amanda Clack, Head of Strategic Consulting, CBRE Ltd

16:50 Summing up

Dr Jon Kirkpatrick, Chief Delivery Officer, Future Cities Catapult

17:00 Networking drinks

18:30 Close