Andrew Fursman to speak at World Economic Forum: Annual Meeting of the New Champions in Tianjin

June 24, 2016

As a World Economic Forum Technology Pioneer, 1QBit will be participating in the foremost global gathering on science, technology and innovation: The Annual Meeting of the New Champions. The event convenes the next generation of fast-growing enterprises shaping the future of business and society, and leaders from major multinationals as well as government, media, academia and civil society. This year’s meeting will be held in Tianjin, People’s Republic of China 26-28 June 2016.

1QBit’s CEO Andrew Fursman has been invited to speak at the following sessions:  

Forum Debate: Betting on Moon Shots
From asteroid mining to Hyperloop transport, companies are promoting futuristic technologies. Is the revival of corporate-led research helping or hindering scientific progress? This session is part of the Forum Debate series on today’s dilemmas in science, technology and innovation.

Andrew Fursman – Chief Executive Officer, 1QB Information Technologies (1QBit)
Jean-Pierre Bourguignon – President, European Research Council
Martial Hebert – Director, Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University,
Ya-Qin Zhang – President, Baidu, Inc.
Shirley Ann Jackson – President, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)
Ilse Treurnicht – Chief Executive Officer, MaRS Discovery District

Education for a New Age
From complex problem solving to critical thinking and creativity, how can education form critical skills and competencies for a new machine age? Dimensions to be addressed will include: Reform of education systems and institutions, the role of online institutions and non-traditional players, and the potential of wearables, apps and virtual reality.

R. May Lee – Dean, School of Entrepreneurship and Management, ShanghaiTech University
Justine Cassell – Associate Dean, Technology, Strategy and Impact, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University
Randall Munroe – Cartoonist and Webcomic Author, xkcd inc
Andrew Fursman – Chief Executive Officer, 1QB Information Technologies (1QBit)

Visioneering the Fourth Industrial Revolution
This speculative design workshop will explore the possible, plausible and probable impacts of technological change. This session is developed in partnership with the Dubai Future Foundation, a global centre for researchers, designers, inventors and financiers to explore imaginative solutions to global challenges.

WEF Annual Meeting of the New Champions – Program and session videos