INTERVIEW | Prof. Albert-László Barabási on networks, global inequality and artificial intelligence

UrbanizeHub had the opportunity to meet Prof. Albert-László Barabási, a distinguished professor from the Northeastern University, Central European University and Harvard University. He introduced in 1999 the concept of scale-free networks and proposed the Barabási–Albert model to explain their widespread emergence in natural, technological and social systems, from the cellular telephone to the World Wide Web or online communities.  Author of …

EVENT | Urban Talks @ Cluj Innovation Days 2018

The second edition of Urban Talks, part of a series of events created by UrbanizeHub out of the simple need of connecting people who want to shape the future of cities, will take place during Cluj Innovation Days 2018 on May 24-25th, at the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine of Cluj-Napoca (USAMV). Urban …

The best way to empower the citizens of the future is empowering ourselves

People engagement is such a trendy word. While it is a powerful tool to get people think and reflect on things of great significance, of things that matter to the city, the country and the international community, it is not a run-of-the-mill stuff that one can easily execute. Why is it so hard to engage …

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Shaping communities through culture and creativity – Andreea Iager Tako

“Doers, no matter what industry they come from, need to come together more often to share their experiences and know-how, draw basic infrastructures to make their work impactful, reach more of the public, do ultimately more good things and make the world better,” said Andreea Iager Tako, one of the founders of PLAI festival in …

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Turning personal problems to global solutions – Zuby Onwuta

To see is a cherished gift. However, not everybody is fortunate enough to enjoy the privilege of sight and pursue their dreams as much as anyone does. But this does not mean that they can no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. Despite difficulties, visually-impaired people long to see what lies …

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Design better humans to build better cities – Colin Whitfield

Colin Whitfield went up on stage at Urban Talks and got us to think about what it means to be human, what holds us back and how we can unlock the deeper parts of our consciousness in order to become better versions of ourselves. Colin started off his speech by observing that technology, which is …

Education in small communities – Mihai Lupu at Urban Talks

Nowadays, it is remarkably difficult to be stronger than the government or than public authorities, whatever power your initiatives or projects have. However, there is always the possibility of building on existing structures, on already existing communities and organizations. Mihai Lupu has been developing a specific model of this for years now – a platform …

Timișoara 2021 – Simona Neumann at Urban Talks

“Timișoara 2021 – European Capital of Culture” is a remarkably ambitious long term project that started as early as 2011. Using the help and the active engagement of the citizens, the initiative imagined a feasible development for the city during the next decade and even further, attracting numerous partners as well as media coverage and …

Introducing Blockchain – Anton Golub at Urban Talks

The Blockchain technology, Anton Golub co-founder of Lykke argues, is the greatest and most fascinating discovery that we will see during our lifetime. The impact of the Internet is nothing compared to how blockchain will change society, considering the fact that the Internet completely changed the way we exchange information. Blockchain, on the other hand, …

How to be a successful startup founder – Urban Talks with Astrid Schrader

What does it mean to be a start-up founder? Why do so many start-ups fail and how exactly can you avoid failure? Astrid Schrader answered these questions at our first Urban Talks event and helped the audience with advice for surviving the start-up frenzy that has taken over the entire world in recent years. Astrid Schrader …