Netexplo Forum explores global innovation and cities of future

Innovations are spotted worldwide through a year-long work by UNESCO’s partner Netexplo and its network made up of globally renowned universities in a variety of domains.

On 22 September, the UNESCO Netexplo Innovation Forum will also bring on the virtual scene, some among the most promising global innovators in digital technologies, whose innovations influence the development of our society through new forms of education, communication, information, solidarity and management around the globe.

On 23 September, the second edition of the Netexplo Smart Cities Accelerator will provide a unique opportunity to learn about UNESCO’s Cities platform and discover outstanding cities taking action to meet their citizen’s most pressing needs and the Sustainable Development Goals. These vary from safety, to funding models, to infrastructure and attractiveness. There are as many solutions as there are cultures and territories. And all of them are sources of inspiration. The event aims at helping city decision-makers to seize the opportunities offered by Smart Cities to improve the lives of women and men worldwide.

Ten innovations spotted worldwide

  1. Amazon Bank of Codes, Brazil

    Protecting the Amazon basin’s natural resources and ensuring their industrial use benefits local populations

  2. Aleph Farms, Israel

    Lab-grown, cruelty-free meat to avoid hunger for future generations

  3. Astroscale, Japan

    Cleaning up space with a satellite that captures and burns up waste

  4. Climeworks, Switzerland

    Capturing CO2 and giving it a positive environmental impact

  5. Doconomy, Sweden

    A bank card that lets consumers measure their carbon footprint and offset their purchases through donations

  6. Land Life, Netherlands

    Technology driving sustainable reforestation with support from local communities

  7. Masakhane, South Africa

    AI supports cultural diversity through automatic, neuronal translation of every African language

  8. Mon Compte Formation, France

    Encouraging 25 million people to drive their development at every age

  9. Samaritan (USA)

    Telling homeless people’s stories to connect with others and make helping them easier

  10. Smart E-waste micro-factory, Australia

    A compact solution for local waste processing and job creation through shorter channels

Ten featured smart cities

  1. Attractivity

    Medellin (Colombia)

  2. Datasphere

    Espoo (Estonia)

  3. Education

    Dakar (Senegal)

  4. Resilience

    Surat (India)

  5. Finance

    Santiago (Chile)

  6. Habitat

    Vienna (Austria)

  7. Mobility

    Austin (United sSates of America)

  8. Digital transformation

    Tallinn (Estonia)

  9. Objective zero carbon

    Singapore (Singapore)

  10. Transport networks

    Shenzhen (Democratic People’s Republic of China)

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