There’s annihilation like an alarming talk to get fresh ideas and newfound action pumping. And after two agitative days packed with over 200 sessions led by anticipation leaders, CEOs, artists, change-makers, and VCs, we’re activity a new energy taking over. 

But all good things must come to an end. In case you missed TNW2020, not to worry! Here’s a arbitrary of a few things we abstruse this year:

Techfugees: The great altitude migration

According to UNHCR, in 2017 alone 18.8 actor people were displaced due to climate-related accustomed disasters. The furnishings of altitude change are being seen across the globe, but underprivileged communities suffer greater risk due to a lack of avant-garde admonishing signals, access to resources, and more. 

However, technology could help to empower displaced peoples and even anticipate displacement from accident in the first place. 

Andrew Harper, the UNHCR’s Special Advisor on Altitude Action, Zitouni Ould-Dada

Deputy director, climate, and ambiance assay – CBC, Food, and Agriculture Organization at the United Nations, and Amanda Southworth, Architect and Controlling Administrator of Astra Labs, held an anecdotic affair on this topic. 

One of the better issues displaced bodies face is accepting access to documentation. Without an identity, it’s almost absurd to accept access to healthcare, government support, and other capital needs. But the development of blockchain-backed agenda identities is allowance to change this. 

Rather than just absorption on how tech could help people after a disaster, the speakers also accent the accent of technology in arena a preventionary role by accouterment communities with access to acclimate alerts and other abeyant disasters (locust migrations was one archetype that can easily cause a food crisis).

However, one of the most important things to focus on when architecture tools for this user group is trust. When governments and institutions have failed them, acceptable trust requires alert and architecture articles that abode their apropos over data privacy, accessibility, etc. 

Fieldlab Agenda Government in Transition

The best tech brands know how to build solutions that are accessible, user-friendly, and solve our better problems. But what if governments built solutions for citizens the same way? Commonly the words local government and convenient don’t go together. Instead, we brainstorm long lines, complicated forms, long wait times, and authoritative hurdles. 

The Dutch government and local municipalities are attractive to change that by adopting a faster, more collaborative, and agile way of developing GovTech. Joost Broumels, Co-producer at Fieldlab VNG, and Nicole Zwart, Coordinator for agenda government, hosted a affair on this topic to explain what field labs are and how they’ve impacted local governments’ way of bearing convenient tech solutions for citizens. 

Fieldlabs are the agnate of a dev team’s sprints. They’re made up of interdisciplinary teams that take about one week to focus on accomplishing one specific goal. As Broumels explained, this way of alive has accustomed them to consolidate projects that would commonly have taken months into just one week. It’s also alone the silos that often arrest local governments. 

One of the really avant-garde projects they’re alive on is how to advantage agenda twins to create more sustainable, airy cities. By ambience up a basic basement of a city, this tech allows local governments to anticipate and assay abeyant improvements in real-time. They’re currently alive to see how they can flush and make this tech more across-the-board so cities can take full advantage of it. 

Some of the accepted themes they’re alive on now accommodate agenda inclusion, agenda identity, and technology and public values. They’re also captivation open workshops where the public can join and share their ideas. One of the next ones will be on the impact of technology on the accord amid citizens and government. Is it time for a new social contract?

Leading with empathy

In a world focused on rapid growth, revenue, and virality, affinity isn’t commodity that gets talked about as much as it should. But now more than ever, we need affinity chip into the way we manage our teams and build our products. 

During this session, Jacob Andreou, VP of Artefact at Snap Inc., Jacqueline Rutgers, Marketing Manager Benelux & Nordics at Snap Inc., Marion Koopman, CEO Greenhouse & Chief Growth Officer of GroupM EMEA, Baba Touré, Co-founder & Managing Director, of Hammerfest, and Tim van der Wiel, Architect of GoSpooky, discussed the important role affinity plays in their organizations. 

In his anterior keynote, Andreou shared a few learnings from Snap Inc. that accent the accent of affinity when it comes to artefact addition and acquaint the aggregation has learned. For example, in a antecedent adaptation of Snapchat, people could see each other’s best accompany list. While the aim was to highlight the people you care about and talk with the most, they soon accomplished this affection created some afflictive situations for Snapchatters. 

During the abode chat allocation of the session, an absorbing debate that came up was focused on the role of brands’ during times of crisis. Should brands be speaking out on (social) issues? If so, how can they do so absolutely and meaningfully? 

Over the last few months, the need for managers to lead with affinity has been essential. From the switch to managing remote teams to the impact of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement, affinity is a key basic during centralized discussions about acknowledging (mental) health and convalescent diversity. 

The future of data buying and AI 

This absorbing affair with ABN AMRO’s Chief Addition Officer, Edwin Van Bommel, and Dennis de Reus gave us acumen into how the Dutch bank is using data and AI to accommodate its way of working. 

If you caught the affair on ‘Detecting banking crime’, you’ll know that the bank is already harnessing the power of AI to beforehand its transaction ecology capabilities, acceptance it to more auspiciously assay and anticipate banking crimes like money bed-making and cyberattacks. 

While it’s accouterment more opportunities to beforehand security, it’s also allowance them to speed up and beforehand chump annual with the help of chatbots and task automation. For example, chatbots are now allowance chump abutment teams on Whatsapp by suggesting accessible answers to chump questions. Image acceptance and text assay is being used to bound and calmly assay receipts on Tikkie, and facilitate new cashback features. 

At the same time, this doesn’t mean that you’ll be accepting mortgage advice from a robot in the future. Instead, they see this technology allowance to continuously accumulate processes, automate abate and repetitive tasks, and free-up more time for advisers to use their adroitness and come up with new solutions. Human interactions will always be important, now they’ll just be given an extra boost with AI-backed tech. 

The UK as your global launchpad

During a affair hosted by the British Embassy, three European startups shared their adventures abutting the UK Global Entrepreneur Programme. 

For Diane Janknegt, CEO of Wizenoze, an EdTech startup that aims to be the better advice provider for learners, the choice was obvious. The British class is used around the world and a lot of the major publishers are based in London. And it seems this was a good move.

The amplification accustomed them to get one of the better publishers in their space onboard (Pearson), which really helped them to scale their operations quickly. The assortment of London also accustomed them to hire a assorted team – which, as Janknegt acicular out, you really need if you want to go global.

However, Janknegt did warn that aperture a bank annual in the UK, does crave time and patience, but if you’re able for that, good things will come.

Luigi Fidelio, CMO and Co-founder of Messagenius, knew that blockage in Italy would have meant acute antagonism from local players and ambidextrous with a lot of authoritative issues. Instead, going to the UK accustomed his team to advance growth by accouterment access to VC funding. The UK’s activating business ambiance helped them scale and affix with top corporates and agreeing entrepreneurs. 

Nish Kotecha, Chairman and Co-founder of Finboot, has the appetite to create the industry accepted for blockchain acceptance in the action sector. Finboot is aggressive adjoin global actors, they’re absorption on global supply chains and global value chains. This means they needed to be positioned in the right area to get access to the global organizations that would help them reach the next level. Abutting the affairs also helped open more VC doors. 

Sustainability in action

With accretion customer acquaintance and authoritative regulations, sustainability has been on the agenda for many companies for quite some time now. The catechism is, how do we move from talk to action? 

During this affair Fredrika Klarén, Head of Sustainability at Polestar, Renae Kezar, Global Leader of Sustainability at Avery Dennison, Iggy Bassi CEO of Cervest, and Lucy von Sturmer, architect of The Humblebrag shared the sustainability issues within their industry, how their aggregation is taking action, and the main challenges we’re facing in architecture a more acceptable future.

Klarén and Kezar accent some of the tech that’s now being leveraged to beforehand sustainability standards. For example, at Avery Dennison, able labeling is allowance ecommerce brands to advance acceptable articles and packaging, while also giving consumers more cellophane advice about sourcing. At Polestar, blockchain is being used to trace cobalt from the mines where it’s sourced to the cars it’s being used in, convalescent traceability efforts.

But there’s still some hurdles along the way.

Bassi shared that, while more companies are starting to share sustainability data a lot of it is still fragmented. There’s also a need for more absolute data and platforms.

Similarly, in the automotive industry, Klarén explained that there’s too much all-encompassing data being shared. The lack of accuracy and issues like dieselgate and greenwashing have made many consumers lose trust in the industry.

In response, in September Axis appear a full report on the sustainability of their cars, including their adding methodology. They’re now calling on other actors in the automotive industry to do the same so barter can really start comparing and seeing the impact their choices have.

The future is seamless affiliated living

Andrew Garrihy, Huawei’s Global Chief Brand Officer, started this affair off with a simple question, “How affiliated are you?”

As the accepted administrator in global smartphone sales, Huawei is now accretion its vision for the future to a world in which all our accessories are affiliated and alive calm to make our lives as easy and able as possible.

As Garrihy acicular out, the world and our values are alteration decidedly due to Covid-19. It’s caused us to amend the way we live our lives with more people cerebration of making career changes and more city citizenry attractive to leave the hustle and bustle for green, open spaces. But, most of all, technology is arena a more important role than ever, abutting us to the alfresco world and allowance make our hectic lives easier. 

Huawei’s new line of accouterments and software solutions are centered on convalescent connectivity so all your accessories work calm seamlessly.

The company’s new action centers on your smartphone, abutting it to eight altered Huawei accessories through Huawei share. These accessories are then affiliated to the wider world of IoT articles via Hi-link, behindhand of the manufacturer. These new solutions are set to usher in the new smart home, smart vehicle, and smart remote work life. 

This commodity is brought to you by BZK, Snap Inc., ABN AMRO, the British Embassy at The Hague, Polestar, and Huawei.