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MAY 30 - 31, 2019
International happening
of urban planning, Riga 2019
Knowledge & 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 – Railway Museum (May 30th) and the floating venue BETANOVUSS (May 31st).

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 left-bank area around university campuses and its micro-mobility.
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10:00 - 10:30
Welcome drinks & lamprey,

Lielais Kristaps, 11 Novembra krastmala, Daugava river bank, Riga

11:00 - 12:00

Railway Museum, 2a Uzvaras bulvaris, Riga

12:00 - 12:05
Welcome pitch and safety instructions

by Neils Balgalis (G93, Riga, Latvia)

12:05 – 14:00
Lectures & discussions

What are relationships between infrastructures, networks and systems of the city and what are their impacts on social structures? How the knowledge is located, created and distributed? How to connect silo-working academics with entrepreneurial spirit?
Jonathan Kendall
Jonathan Kendall (London, UK)
Spin-Collide-Grow: Cities and innovation
Taichi Goto
Taichi Goto (Fukuoka, Japan)
Tokyo and knowledge – last 300 meters
Gerhard Bruyns
Gerhard Bruyns (Hong Kong, China)
Compression and Limits in Hong Kong - The Dark Side of The Smart and Compact
Daunis Auers
Daunis Auers (Riga, Latvia)
Innovation districts and Riga
Viesturs Celmins
Viesturs Celmiņš (Riga, Latvia)
Big projects and small steps – how to dream the dream of Left bank
Michail Galanakis
Michail Galanakis (Helsinki, Finland)
Public Space for Social Innovation
Anda Ikauniece (Riga, Latvia)
14:00 – 15:00
Lunch & hackathon team formation
15:00 – 17:00
Lectures & discussions
MICRO-MOBILITY as a New City Connector — Pros and Cons

Micro-mobility together with car sharing and strong public transportation network, is forming the grounds for mobility as a service (MAAS). A transformation which creates new values for retail market? How quickly micro-mobility could be adopted? What infrastructure changes are needed? Mobility points or mobility hubs? How will the last mile travel change? How will it affect cities, nations, work and urbanization?
Jeffrey Matthijs feat. Angelo Meuleman
Jeffrey Matthijs (Brussels, Belgium) featuring Angelo Meuleman (Ghent, Belgium)
Car sharing for all – government fleets, social inclusion and business
Philippe Crist
Philippe Crist (Paris, France)
New Mobility as a Change Agent – impacts on real estate markets and the shape of our cities
Vladimirs Reskajs
Vladimirs Reskājs (Riga, Latvia)
Are we there yet – lessons learned from car sharing in Latvia
Arturs Burnins
Arturs Burņins (Riga, Latvia)
Is Riga ready for electric scooter waves?
Mariska Slots
Mariska Slots (Eindhoven, the Netherlands)
A new scent in the city's bouquet
17:00 – 17:30
Coffee break
17:30 – 19:30
Knowledge stories and warm-up to hackathon
DAUGAVA LEFT BANK — Knowledge Generator — and what is my part in it?

• Stakeholders stories about the envisioned future ‒ start-up style 3-minute sales pitches by academics, developers, locals and Daugava beavers

• The friendship story of Latvijas Dzelzceļš and Rail Baltica. 20 minutes from each office, apartment or auditorium to the Riga airport ‒ joint train stop in Tornakalns featuring RB Rail AS, VAS Latvijas dzelzceļš, SIA Eiropas Dzelzceļa līnijas, AS Pasažieru vilciens


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 left-bank area around university campuses and its micro-mobility.
08:30 - 09:00
Warm-up exercise

National Library of Latvia, 3 Mukusalas street, Riga

09:00 – 16:00
Participants take part in a race of ideas. Lunch included
16:00 – 18:00
Three-part idea play-off: jury, participants & locals, internet voting

Floating gallery BETANOVUSS

18:00 - ...
Hackaton awards ceremony
and block party



Inquire for your promo code as an industry professional or for group rates: info@madcity.lv
39.00 EUR + VAT

for students, professors, members of local communities, owners of electric cars

93.00 EUR + VAT

until sold out


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