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How to reimagine city life after a pandemic

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COVID-19 has highlighted the critical need for urban innovation that challenges the status quo and enables our cities to be rebuilt for resilience and inclusivity. This not only includes data tracking and collection meant to control the spread of future disease outbreaks, but also less obvious innovations to ensure the integrity of the commercial cold chain, keep main streets vibrant, and provide infrastructure for drone delivery. In this panel session, Micah Kotch and emerging technology company founders from URBAN-X building solutions that reimagine city life discuss how COVID-19 is changing the investment landscape,why cities cannot revert to past norms, and what the next wave of urban innovation looks like.

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  1. Micah Kotch serves as Managing Director of URBAN-X by MINI and Urban Us. Before joining URBAN-X, Micah served as Director of NY Prize and Strategic Advisor for Innovation at NYSERDA. At the NYU Tandon School of Engineering Micah served as Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, where he launched NYC’s first sponsored tech incubator and the Urban Future Lab – helping startups address mobility, climate, energy and resiliency opportunities. He is a core national faculty member for the National Science Foundation’s i-CORPS program which commercializes federally-funded research. A Brooklyn native, he is a proud board member for Green City Force, an AmeriCorps program that engages young adults from low income communities in national service
  2. Olivier Le Lann, CEO & Founder of EVA: Delivery and supply-chain risks are particularly critical for healthcare institutions, pharmacies, and home-bound elderly populations. EVA’s high-throughput drone docking stations allow for robust and automated supply chains, utilizing drones that connect point A to point B with no driver required. EVA is currently working with partners in Europe and New York State to deploy its technology as part of COVID-19 disaster-response plans.
  3. Tara Pham, CEO of Numina: Numina is sharing insights from its sensors in 20+ cities across three continents to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the public realm, as well as the efficacy and impact of social distancing and shelter-in-place on individual mobility behaviors. Focusing on actual paths traveled by people and vehicles in the public realm, Numina measures all forms of street-level activity in a privacy-first way, turning data into actionable insights for urban planners, real estate developers, and mobility companies.

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