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MAY 31 - JUNE 1, 2018
International happening
of urban planning, Riga 2018
Money & the City


Consider this a happening, a sparkling and flavourful event for urban developers, planners, thinkers, bankers, bikers, artists and IT guys.
Quality interactions, active networking, constant challenging and questioning, different future visions, relaxing and having fun.

A two-day long international happening (a non-conference) dedicated to unusual ideas for the future development of cities will take place in two unique venues in Riga – “Godvil” in the territory of former factory “VEF” (May 31st) and VEF Culture Palace (June 1st).

Day 1
First day shaped around lectures and pitches by world-class experts + panel discussions about different visions of development with speed-dating elements.
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Day 2
Second day designed as a full-on urban planning hackathon for the former industrial neighborhood “VEF” and its surrounding area.
The teams will compete for the prize money of
10,000 €
* conditions apply
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11:30 - 12:30
Registration, prosecco & oysters, chit-chat @ K. Barona 10
12:30 - 13:30
Welcome pitch
Jan Gehl
13:30 – 14:15
Keynote performance
@ Club ‘Godvil’
(organised and facilitated in cooperation with the Danish Cultural Institute)
Money and the city
Jan Gehl (Copenhagen, Denmark) More  
14:15 – 15:00
Lectures & discussions
INVISIBLE MONEY — the hidden benefits of public space, biking, sharing and walking
Charles Marohn
Charles Marohn Minneapolis, USA
Financially strong and resilient cities,
towns and neighborhoods
Alexander Stahle
Alexander Stahle Stockholm, Sweden
Money walks
Greg Lindsay
Greg Lindsay New York, USA
15:00 – 16:00
Lunch & hackathon team formation
16:00 – 18:00
Lectures & discussions
NEW TYPES OF FINANCING and how they will (?) change our cities by crowdfunding, blockchain, building cooperatives, EC investments and... doing the right things
Aivaras Abromavicius
Aivaras Abromavicius Kiev, Ukraine
How to be successful in Baltic / Nordic / World
markets in attracting Big Companies?
Martins Zemitis
Martins Zemitis Riga, Latvia
Be prepared for new rules
of the game 2020+. View from the biggest
investor in Latvia / EC representative
Larisa Tsvetkova
Larisa Tsvetkova Berlin, Germany
Learning from European co-housing —
urban space as a common good
Dainis Rupainis
Dainis Rupainis Riga, Latvia
Crowdlove — what is crowdfunding and how is it
changing the urban landscape in the Baltics?
Mikko Puhakka
Mikko Puhakka Valletta, Malta
Learn from the East
where everything is possible
18:00 – 18:30
Gourmet break
18:30 – 21:00
Lectures & discussions
Unusual stories about the relationship between money and the city
Taichi Goto
Taichi Goto Fukuoka, Japan
Diversity and inclusion — global
powerhouses and street life in Tokyo
Philippe Crist
Philippe Crist Paris, France
(re)Coding mobility for the cities we want
Angelo Meuleman
Angelo Meuleman Ghent, Belgium
Shared mobility rocks — mobility centres, services,
and Belgium experience on sharing
Jarkko Jaakkola
Jarkko Jaakkola Helsinki, Finland
City as a flat rate — global story
of MAAS and what’s next
Biljana Savic
Biljana Savic London, UK
Money for community-led projects —
filling the gaps or creating new value
Renate Strazdina
Renate Strazdina Riga, Latvia
City and IT Godzillas —
the ways we make choices
Agnis Stibe
Agnis Stibe Paris, France
Invisible money of transforming cities
Nissa Shahid
Nissa Shahid London, UK
Future of planning — unlocking the value of development
through digital innovation
Mariliis Mia Topp
Mariliis Mia Topp Tallinn, Estonia
Do smart phones hold the key to making
cities smarter?
Troy Hayes
Troy Hayes London, UK
Money mapping — ups and downs of the city
Carmela Barbera
Carmela Barbera Milan, Italy
Does citizen participation in public budgeting
lead to better and more resilient cities?
Toms Kreicbergs
Toms Kreicbergs Riga, Latvia
Riga 2044 — the city of darkitects
21:00 – ...
Book bang & MadCity party
Jan Gehl book ”Pilsētas cilvēkiem” (”Cities for People”) presentation
DJ Toms Grevins (Riga, Latvia)


All-day urban planning hackathon
Unleash your inner urban planning Godzilla
An urban planning competition in the spirit of hackathon is a design sprint-like event. Focused and intense diving into the problem.
Urban planning hackathon will be an all-day intense collaborative work where teams of MadCity participants will generate ideas for the former industrial neighborhood “VEF” and its surrounding area
Meet-up at Godvil. Warm-up exercise
09:00 – 10:00
Warm-up for hackathon at VEF Culture Palace
Opening shot by
Viesturs Celmins and Pauls Timrots
Seven visions by seven outstanding
Latvian urban planners
and the like
10:00 – 14:00
Participants take part in a race of ideas for 10,000 €
14:00 – 14:30
Half-time break with lunch
14:30 – 16:30
Three-part idea play-off: jury, participants & locals, internet voting
16:30 – ...
Awards ceremony
and block party



Inquire for your promo code as an industry professional or for group rates: ance@g93.lv, anita@g93.lv
193.00 EUR (incl. VAT)

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