Panellists
Agata Prokop, New Technologies Manager of Climate- Energy- Water Management, Municipality of Krakow
Jakub Bator, Managing Director of the Waste to Energy plant Krakow, Board member of KHK S.A
Julien Toulouse, Head of Business Development and Representative of the City of Toulouse
Dr. Cesar A. Hidalgo, ANITI Chair University of Toulouse, Manchester & Harvard, Founder and CEO of Datawheel

Firstly, we will discuss the ongoing impact of COVID 19. How cities and businesses have adapted and what technologies have been critical to continue operations.

Stakeholders, technology and the right framework are vital to develop a sustainable and high-quality city. But how is it possible design ‘ideal’ cities and test with limited risks?

Key experience with operative demonstration projects for major urban redevelopment project.

How to monitor and replicate proven concepts to new areas.

How to incentivise urban tech development — introducing helpful regulations and eliminating red tape

We will ask our panel to discuss how this has led to new technologies, organisational changes, collaboration amongst cities, corporates and academics.

From a city perspective, we highlight why it is important to be involved in urban tech development and answer the question, how does that translate to smart future investment and opportunities for cities, businesses and academics?

Agata Prokop, New Technologies Manager of Climate- Energy- Water Management, Municipality of Krakow

Agata Prokop is a Manager of the New Technologies Department in the new entity in Kraków dedicated to solving climate issues: Climate – Energy – Water Management. Her work focuses on projects related to climate analytics and building management systems. She has previously worked as the Voivode of Małopolska Plenipotentiary for Economic Affairs, Development and Innovation. She holds a Master’s degree in law and finance and banking as well as PhD in political science from the Jagiellonian University.

The Climate – Energy – Water Management is the first municipal entity in Poland established to adopt the city to climate change. This unit coordinates the anti-flood management system in Kraków and is responsible for the maintenance of the water drainage systems along with executing vital investments in the new technologies and renewable energy sectors.

Climate-Energy-Water Management (KEGW) is the first specialized local government unit in Poland established to adapt the city to climate change. Adaptation of Krakow to climate change is a chance to better arrange the city – a city that is economical, uses its resources and minimizes threats. A resilient city and a city that is comfortable to live in and friendly to its inhabitants.

KEGW has been operating since 1st January, 2020 and it deals with construction and maintenance of the city’s drainage system, flood protection and investments in renewable energy sources amongst other responsibilities.

Jakub Bator, Managing Director of the Waste to Energy plant Krakow, Board member of KHK S.A

Jakub Bator – economist and manager, Board member of KHK S.A and Director of Waste to the Energy Plant in Krakow. He is one of the founding members and Vice-President of the Association of Polish Waste to Energy Plants. From 2011 he has acted as Measure Authorising Officer in the construction process at the WtE Plant and is Vice-President of CEWEP. Jakub is focused on continuous improvement process in management. He is married with three children.

Inspires and implements actions leading to increasing the efficiency of functioning public utility companies in Krakow and provides services related to city economy.

KHK SA as a capital group includes the following companies: Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Wodociągów i Kanalizacji SA (Municipal Water Supply and Sewerage Company), Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Komunikacyjne SA (Public Transportation Company), Miejskie Przedsiębiorstwo Energetyki Cieplnej SA (Municipal Heat Supply Company) and Agencja Rozwoju Miasta SA (City Development Agency).

Krakowski Holding Komunalny SA is the owner and operator of the Thermal Waste Treatment Plant in Krakow. Also called the Eco-incinerator, it is the final element of the solid waste management system in Krakow. The high tech Krakow Eco-incinerator, with an annual capacity of 220 thousand tonnes of waste has been fitted with state-of-the-art technology meeting BAT standards and guaranteeing the highest standards of environmental protection.

Julien Toulouse, Head of Business Development and Representative of the City of Toulouse

Julien Toulouse works as Head of Business development at Invest in Toulouse, the Economic Development Department of the Toulouse Métropole promotion agency. He is in charge of identifying, supporting and advising innovative companies from the exploration to their establishment in the Toulouse ecosystem. He promotes the city and tries to find new gems willing to open offices and create jobs there.

He previously worked in the media industry as a digital project manager and was in charge of the website and various digital projects. Before returning back and working for his hometown Toulouse, Julien lived in Spain, Senegal and Germany. He holds a M.Sc. in Business Administration both from the Catholic University of Eichstätt–Ingolstadt and the Toulouse Business School.

At the heart of the world’s most active aerospace ecosystem, Invest in Toulouse helps international companies to successfully set up in Toulouse, France. Since its inception, the agency piloted 50+ company set-ups, creating 1000+ local jobs in health, aerospace, smart mobility and IT. With a core of experienced consultants, the agency provides free and confidential assistance during each step of your company’s local development. Customized case-to-case guidance includes:
• provision of viable economic information and business opportunities,
• support in recruiting, public funding, site-selection or immigration procedures,
• as well as an introduction into a strong local network to boost your project launch.

Innovation in Toulouse: Toulouse has a vibrant start-up ecosystem, key industry leaders, world-class R&D labs, as well as a unique quality of life, 1h30 drive from the Pyrenees mountains and from the Med Sea and 2 hours drive to the Atlantic Coast. In your industry and for R&D, it is Europe’s best option both for standard of living, contained salaries, talents, sun & food. Thanks to our aerospace history, needless to say that we strive to reinforce our leading position as European hotspot for the IoT & smart manufacturing, new aerospace technologies, green & clean tech as well as smart mobility applications.

Cesar A. Hidalgo, ANITI Chair University of Toulouse, Manchester & Harvard, Founder and CEO of Datawheel

César A. Hidalgo is a Chilean-Spanish-American scholar known for his contributions to economic complexity, data visualization, and applied artificial intelligence.

Hidalgo currently leads the Center for Collective Learning at the Artificial and Natural Intelligence Institute (ANITI) of the University of Toulouse. He is also an Honorary Professor at the University of Manchester and a Visiting Professor at Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.

Between 2010 and 2019 Hidalgo led MIT’s Collective Learning group, climbing through the ranks from Assistant to Associate Professor. Prior to working at MIT, Hidalgo was a research fellow at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. Hidalgo is also a founder of Datawheel, an award winning company specialized in the creation of data distribution and visualization systems. He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor in Physics from Universidad Católica de Chile.

Hidalgo’s contributions have been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2018 Lagrange Prize and three Webby Awards. Hidalgo’s is also the author of three books: Why Information Grows (Basic Books, 2015),  The Atlas of Economic Complexity (MIT Press, 2014), and How Humans Judge Machines (MIT Press, Forthcoming 2020).