corporAID conference 2018
More than half of the world's population now lives in cities - according to United Nations estimates, this proportion will increase to two-thirds or 6 billion by the year 2050. The urbanization boom is occurring at 90 percent in emerging and developing countries - especially in small and medium-sized cities in Africa and Asia.
The corporAID conference 2018, which took place with 120 participants in the FHWien der WKW, addressed the enormous challenge posed by the urbanization boom in developing countries, and thus goal 11 of the global goals for sustainable development SDG. SDG 11 is about the creation of (affordable) living space, mobility concepts, health infrastructure, waste and (sewage) systems or energy supply.
The conference spanned the range from sustainable solutions and innovative partnerships to specific business opportunities that arise in the context of global urban development, especially for Austrian companies. After an introduction by Markus Scholz (FHWien) and keynotes by Patrick Avato (IFC, Cities Initiative) and Reinhard Fitz (Doppelmayr), the first panel with Michael Otter (Außenwirtschaft Austria) and Manfred Schekulin (BMDW) to point out the relevance of the markets resulting from the worldwide boom in urbanization for Austrian companies in emerging markets.
In three parallel workshops, it was then discussed how companies can successfully enter a new market in an urban context, implement projects with international financial institutions and development cooperation and scale them up. As part of the W&E Dialog, Othmar Sailer (formerly Lisec), Ernst Machart (Wiener Stadtwerke), Thomas Weninger (Association of Cities) and Wolfgang Lapuh (BMEIA) discussed. In the afternoon, a Design Thinking workshop was held in cooperation with the GIZ's Lab of Tomorrow, in which an attempt was made to match the skills of a number of Austrian companies present with development projects.