Mara Balestrini
Mara Balestrini CEO Ideas for change Barcelona, Spain


Mara is a Human Computer Interaction (HCI) researcher and a technology strategist. She is the CEO of Ideas for Change. Mara earned a PhD in Computer Science from the Intel Collaborative Research Institute on Sustainable Connected Cities at UCL.


Save to calendar 20-11-2019 11:15 20-11-2019 13:15 Europe/Madrid Co-Cities: The Strength of Collective Intelligence

Innovative solutions and services benefit cities, but they also should make sense in people’s everyday lives. Co-creation methods give citizens, city officials, academics and the private sector an equal say in the design process of urban solutions. This collaborative approach plays a key role in smart cities as it taps into what works well for people and the environment. How can municipalities leverage collective knowledge to make cities better?


Governance & Finance Room
Save to calendar 21-11-2019 09:30 21-11-2019 11:30 Europe/Madrid Urban Food & Agriculture: Bringing Nature Back to the City

The potential of fostering food and agriculture within urban areas is transversal and far-reaching. It brings an opportunity to strengthen urban-rural linkages, advancing not only towards smart cities but also smart regions. As 80% of all the food that is produced is already consumed in cities, and considering the current unprecedented levels of urban population growth, how can agriculture in cities ensure lower emissions and higher food security?

Urban Environment Room
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