Urban Tech Summit: How Technology Moves People

The Urban Tech Summit brings together academics, executives, entrepreneurs, government officials, and nonprofit leaders to solve today’s urban issues.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


October 23, 2018 from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)


Free, apply to participate

Urban Tech is transforming cities: ride-share companies challenge public transportation networks; drone deliveries and so-called “floating transport” such as short-term bike and scooter rentals transform how people move. How do we adapt, encourage and prepare for urban technology? The answer is of critical importance to life and society, touching on issues ranging from economic growth to equality.

As part of the Zurich Meets San Francisco Festival, this event will compare and contrast approaches of two sister cities, Zurich and San Francisco, as they work together to tackle urban mobility questions. Sessions will focus on key challenges and will include keynote speeches from thought leaders, short presentations and pitches to provide strategic insights into each topic, and breakout working sessions. The interactive format offers participants a platform to exchange their insights, challenge one another, cultivate new skills, and expand their networks.

The sessions, with 10-15 participants, will focus on:

This event is followed by a public Urban Tech Summit Ceremony.


12:00 pm Doors Open
12:15 pm Welcome to participants
12:30 pm Keynote(s) Overall Topic / Structure of the Day / Announcing Groups
1:00 pm Lunch Buffet
2:00 pm Breakout Sessions I 
Navigation and Wayfinding
Smart Mobility and Urban Development
Smart Cities
Urban Swarm Behavior
3:30 pm Coffee Break
3:45 pm Breakout Sessions II: Workshop in multi-disciplinary teams developing recommendations on specific questions
Documentation of key findings
5:15 pm Preparing the Ceremony Presentation
6:00 pm End of the Workshops
6:00 pm Networking (Catering: Small Snacks)
6:30 pm Start of Urban Tech Summit Ceremony
Speech by Mayor of Zurich, Corine Mauch
Presentation of key findings by workshop participants
7:15 pm Final conclusions
8:00 pm Apéro