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Enabling Street Vending through Technology

Aakarsh Shamanur

10th of June 2020

5:00 p.m. (Netherlands/CEST time)

About the webinar

This webinar will give you an opportunity to discuss with Architect & Urban Professional Aakarsh Shamanur how the livelihood of Street Vendors in the Global South can be improved through access to basic infrastructure and technology in the post-covid economy. 

About the speaker

Driven by Mahatma Gandhi's Talisman, Aakarsh Shamanur's quest to empower urban grass roots in India led him to complete his Masters in Urban Management & Development, at IHS. After working in the realm of Circular Economy at Amsterdam, he returned to India, where he currently runs his Architecture Studio ASAP. The studio focuses on designing inclusive urban infrastructure revolving around street vending. As the next step, he intends to link customers & street vendors using a mobile-app which can provide real-time information and also ensure resilience during pandemic out-breaks.  

Adding a feather to his cap, Aakarsh recently won the Re-Imagine Hackathon organized by Waste -Impact Trust at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, where he got to Pilot a project, titled Chilled Chutney Cart, which aimed at Safe & Hygienic Public Infrastructure. Further more, Aakarsh was selected to be a part of the Accelerator program at NSRCEL, IIM-Bangalore, where piloted a business solution for providing Solar Power Solutions to Micro-Entrepreneurs in Indian Cities. Currently, his work involves Planning & Designing Sustainable Public Infrastructure such as Street Vending Zones in Smart Cities. These zones would be Solar-Powered, with Smart Kiosks, Solar Cold-Storage, E-Bicycle Sharing Docks, Wifi Zone, Water ATM & other Smart Civic Infrastructure.

Register for this free webinar here.  

 

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Confronting Urban Food Waste through Critical Design and Public Pedagogy

Pamela Tudge

2nd of June 2020

5:00 p.m. (Netherlands/CEST time)

About the webinar

Drawing from the EAT, WASTE, MAKE project in Montreal Canada and contemporary design theory, this webinar will explore how food art-design initiatives and public pedagogic work to engage the citizens in the urban landscape.

About the speaker

Pamela Tudge is based in Montreal, Quebec and is a lecturer in Concordia’s Fine Arts Department and a PhD candidate in the Interdisciplinary Program. She thinks of herself as part food nerd, part academic, and part environmentalist who really loves design and art that makes her think deeper about the world. She is an active member of Concordia’s Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and the Hexagram Network.

 

As a PhD candidate, Pamela is exploring critical design as a methodology to investigate historic and contemporary domestic practices around food and waste. Pamela, has worked for over 15 years in the fields of climate science, education and the arts. Before coming to Concordia, Tudge facilitated different climate change related programs such as McGill’s GEOIDE, a national Geospatial web and interactive media based climate change education initiative. 

Register for this free webinar here.  

 

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Building Communities for Climate Change Adaptation

A case study of a resettlement site in Chennai, India

Sarah Haas

24th of October 2019

5:00 p.m. (Netherlands/CEST time)

About the webinar

The Webinar will give insights into what factors trigger adaptation behaviour in an Indian resettlement colony. Especially the role of Community Resilience will be highlighted, the often forgotten social factor besides ecological and technical resilience.

About the speaker

Sarah is a Community Builder in the Social Entrepreneurship ecosystem in Austria. She freshly graduated from the Master's degree in Urban Management and Development in Rotterdam, the Netherlands this September. There she nurtured her passion for just, sustainable cities and focused her research on climate change adaptation in resettled communities and slum areas in India.

Sarah grows communities of purpose and hosts events for innovators to get inspired, connected and enabled to take collective entrepreneurial action. As the Community and Venture at Impact Hub Vienna, Sarah provided 550+ changemakers with the resources they needed to create business solutions and technologies to solve society’s most complex challenges. Sarah also co-founded SIC - students' innovation centre, Vienna’s first student-driven idea hub for ecological & social projects, initiatives and businesses. Here, Sarah’s mission is to empower students to fulfil their potential and to gain the courage and skills to implement ideas for a sustainable future.

Register for this free webinar here.  

 

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