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Thursday

Friday

Question, Collaborate and Think Different

In a time where we rely on decisions made by algorithms, one may wonder: what does it mean to be human? All we do in our physical life converts to data. Data that machines track in order to constantly improve us and our living. The synergy between humans and machines change the way we interact with each other, the way we communicate and the way we love, live and die. What could be next then if not a full merge with AI or machines?

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Session:

Accenture presents Future health challenges and AI solutions

The transformative power of AI is revolutionizing many industries, but in one—healthcare—its impact promises to be truly life-changing. What challenges do we see in the near future and how has AI changed the way these challenges will be tackled?

Keywords:

Healthcare, AI

Featured partner

Talk 2

Sandy Sandhu

Management Consultant, Accenture

Talk 1

Ann-Katrin Tottie

Brand Director ICA

Talk 3

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Accenture presents Memory Lane - How can voice technology and conversational AI be used to cure loneliness?

Memory Lane is a groundbreaking collaboration between Accenture Interactive and one of Sweden’s largest energy suppliers, Stockholm Exergi. The solution uses a unique conversational artificial intelligence which allows people, particular the elderly, to capture memorable stories for future generations while also providing companionship. Following extensive medical research into elderly health, Accenture Interactive discovered that loneliness accelerated health problems including depression and early stage dementia in the elderly. When it comes to comparable health concerns, independent studies also confirm that unwanted loneliness is as dangerous as smoking and obesity. The future health issues can to a large extent be tackled with AI solutions and Memory Lane is a great example of this.

Keywords:

Stockholm Exergi, Health Issues, AI Solutions

Featured partner

Talk 2

Thomas Gibson

CMO Stockholm Exergi

Talk 1

Adam Kerj

Chief Creative Officer, Accenture Interactive Nordics

Talk 3

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Accenture presents Mobility 2039: Where are we going next?

The way we move people, products and services around our growing cities and across geographies is about to drastically transform. Come and see how we’ve imagined a possible reality 20 years into the future.

Keywords:

Future Realities

Featured partner

Talk 2

Talk 1

Per Yoshikai

Design Director, Fjord

Talk 3

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

The Ethics of Human Enhancements

New scientific advancements, such as the gene editing discovery CRISPR-Cas9 and deep AI, show that humanity is about to enter an enhancement revolution where one can choose to manipulate biology and our intelligence at will. While this could be beneficial, the idea of a trans-human and super-intelligence era presents us with a moral and ethical dilemma that requires genetic and algorithmic fairness, as well as policy regulations. What ethical framework should humanity apply in this context? Is our morality challenged when we augment humanity and society?

Keywords:

Gene Manipulation, Deep AI, Biology, Ethics, Humanity

Featured partner

Talk 2

Egle Obcarskaite

Ethical Innovation Designer

Talk 1

Christiana Chae

Design Manager on the AI New X Team at Facebook

Talk 3

Hannes Sjöblad

Chief Disruption Officer at Epicenter and Co-founder of DSruptive

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Love As A Service

Are relationships the social ritual that has been the most affected by technology? Are dating apps the reason why love has become both more social and anti-social, all at the same time? Allowing algorithm-based wing wo/men find the perfect match for the moment has made dating isolated from the rest of one’s social life. But are the apps beneficial for everyone? As more dating choices are offered, studies show that men with no higher education are left behind. Yet, the overwhelming choices offered by apps, where love and sex are accessible just like any other on-demand consuming service, has made us question the normative monogamy more than ever. New social behaviors have emerged, such as the subtle art (and the draining headache) of flirting through emojis, and even sending nudes. Join us in investigating the state of love in the age of dating apps.

Keywords:

Dating Apps, Online or IRL, Accessibility, Demographics, Singles

Featured partner

Talk 2

Philip Jonzon Jarl

Super Talent Running the Relationship app Relate

Talk 1

Josue Ortega

Researcher in Online Dating and Social Integration

Talk 3

Kalle Ström

Doctoral Candidate in Ethnology

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

By 2050, cities around the world will be home to six billion people, about 70% of the world’s population. This overwhelming fact forces us to investigate the way our societies inhabit cities. As a place with high concentration of services, we want our cities to be fast, effective and personalized — or in other words, smart. And we do need intelligent solutions and innovations to solve our societies’ critical challenges, to give answers to climate change, food waste or transportation. Or shall we turn to space to find the solution for a sustainable future?

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Session:

Cities As A Service (part 2)

Ownership in the traditional sense has shown its limitations in recent years, since people have started streaming music and movies instead of actually buying DVDs, CDs or MP3 files. The perks of owning something have been overshadowed by the efficiency of on-demand and shared services that are both smarter and ever-evolving, in contrast to the limited life cycle of traditional products. Being able to rent somebody else’s car or house is just a one of many examples of what the shift from owning to temporarily using can bring. And now cities are next to follow this path, using data to bring better and more flexible services that can be employed by the citizens. Explore the groundbreaking ways in which shared services can revolutionize how we view cities and citizens.

Keywords:

Shared Services, Future Cities, Living, Transportations

Featured partner

Fastighetsägarna

Talk 1

Anna König Jerlmyr

Mayor of Stockholm Representing the Moderate Party

Talk 2

Mala Chakraborti

Tech Profile and Head of Ericsson ONE Sweden

Talk 3

Sandra Uddbäck

VP of Data Acquisition at Mapillary

Talk 4

Johan Høgåsen-Hallesby

Advocate for Open Data and CTO at Urban Sharing

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Sound Of Silence

What ingredients are needed to create an attractive city? Without a doubt, cities need good homes, good jobs, safe streets and efficient transport. But attractive cities are also creative cities. They feed our souls and inspire our senses. And creative cities thrive at night.In metropolises such as New York, Berlin, Amsterdam and London, the connection between cities' cultural offerings in the evenings and nights and their attractiveness for tourism, business start-ups, innovation propensity and the quality of life of the residents has been clearly seen.In recent years, therefore, cities have invested in taking care of entrepreneurs in the night industry and increasing their focus on the so-called night economy. The importance of thinking of the city as living 24 hours a day has become a central issue on the mayor's agenda around the world.In the session “The Sound Of Silence” we learn and get inspiration from concrete examples from cities like Berlin, Amsterdam, Paris and Detroit. We learn how organizations, entrepreneurs and municipalities managed to overcome their city's challenges, and have been able to work around norms and regulations with the goal to create a vibrant city during all hours of the day.‍

Keywords:

Nightlife, 24h City, Urban Planning, Challenges

Featured partner

Atrium Ljungberg

Talk 1

Adrian Tonon

Office of the Mayor City of Detroit

Talk 2

Lutz Leichsenring

Co-founder of VibeLab

Talk 3

Ramon de Lima

Night Culture Advocate, Event Producer and (Music) Journalist

Talk 4

Tim-Oktay Leeman

Management and Policy Advisor at Mayor's Office Amsterdam

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

The Stuff That Could Save Us

New technologies that are being developed could solve emergencies and some of our societies’ critical challenges. Climate change, energies, food and transportation are among the problems that could be solved by the implementation of new discoveries such as cold fusion, 3D printed food, Hyperloop, etc. But this begs the question: are these innovations simply too good to be true, or could they actually be the crucial answers to some of mankind’s biggest challenges? Participate in an explorative conversation about creating a sustainable future.

Keywords:

Crisis, Hyperloop, Sustainability

Featured partner

Ramirent

Talk 1

Anna Svensson

Chief of Innovation at SolTech Energy

Talk 2

Sorosh Tavakoli

Founder of Videoplaza and now Into the Sustainable Plant Based Food Industry

Talk 3

Sakina Turabali

Co-founder/Sales Director at Skyqraft

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Gather Galactic

Is space about to be on sale? Investors are looking more and more into the potential of space tourism, satellites, the moon and even Mars. Some privately funded projects are activating new ways of thinking about space, by making it more affordable and easier to reach. But is the commercialization of space good news for us? Is infinity going to be divided into regions? What are the moral and legal aspects to consider regarding the expansion of human life across space, for example by creating a commercial space market, mining asteroids or building bases on different planets? Let’s discuss the galactic gatherings of the future and their potential impact on energy, resources, biology and more.

Keywords:

Space, Resources, Commercialization, Markets, Investments

Featured partner

Talk 1

Anushka 'Nush' Sharma

Founder of Space Startup Naaut

Talk 2

Mathias Sundin

Co-Founder of Warp Institute Leading the Warp Space Program

Talk 3

Arshak Ulubabyan

CTO of Satellite AI-startup Spacept

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Cities As A Service (part 1)

Ownership in the traditional sense has shown its limitations in recent years, since people have started streaming music and movies instead of actually buying DVDs, CDs or MP3 files. The perks of owning something have been overshadowed by the efficiency of on-demand and shared services that are both smarter and ever-evolving, in contrast to the limited life cycle of traditional products. Being able to rent somebody else’s car or house is just a one of many examples of what the shift from owning to temporarily using can bring. And now cities are next to follow this path, using data to bring better and more flexible services that can be employed by the citizens. Explore the groundbreaking ways in which shared services can revolutionize how we view cities and citizens.

Keywords:

Shared Services, Future Cities, Living, Transportations

Featured partner

Fastighetsägarna

Talk 1

Christoffer Börjesson

Thought Leader and Chief Digital Officer at Fastighetsägarna

Talk 2

Namo Marouf

Expert in Social Sustainability with a Focus on Representation

Talk 3

Umberto Fugiglando

Research Manager & Partnerships Lead at MIT

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

We have reached a turning point — our economy cannot keep going without evaluating its consequences, short-term and long-term. Commercial benefits are achieved at the cost of environmental and social harm, tearing harder on the Earth’s resources and weakening the protection of workers. Responsible businesses need to become the norm and new technologies have to help us, whether it is by bringing more transparency and security to the people or by adapting our business models to our fast moving world. It is time to redefine growth.

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Session:

Blockchain and the Impact of Decentralized Platforms

The blockchain became famous for its application through the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Its main purpose is to solve the problem of using third-parties for transactions between two individuals, which means that it is not supposed to have full control of the exchange. With a growing number of services and companies relying on the blockchain technology, a lot of sectors such as banks, healthcare and law, are set to be impacted in the near future. When applied to healthcare for instance, the patient could soon have full control over their data which would make it easier to share the full data with any health specialist. This raises the question: is the blockchain technology mature enough to be applied in all fields?

Keywords:

Cryptocurrency, Transactions, Control, Technology, Other Industries

Featured partner

Talk 1

Heaven Bereket

Social Entrepreneur and Chief Business Development Officer at Gebeya

Talk 2

Tove Andersson

Award Winning CMO at Superblocks and Founder of KryptoGäris

Talk 3

Saga Arvidsdotter

Mycelia Ambassador, Startup Advisor and Blockchain Developer for LIVEBITE with Imogen Heap

Talk 4

Johan Sellström

Long time Internet Entrepreneur that co-founded Sweden’s first Unicorn Icon Medialab in 1996

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Redefining Growth

An infinite economic growth based on materialism is impossible on our finite planet, therefore we need a new narrative, a system reset that disrupts our old ways. In these times of rapid growth, thinking about responsible businesses is both vital and urgent. On top of the use of labour, the natural capital is on everyone’s radar as the traditional development of our economy still relies heavily on the overuse of planetary resources. How can we adapt our economic growth to our environmental and social emergencies?

Keywords:

Business, Responsibility, Resources, Society, Environment

Featured partner

Talk 1

Charlotte Sundåker och Fredrik Wikholm

Charlotte is the CEO of Planethon and Fredrik is the Business Director and Co-founder.

Talk 2

David Khabbazi

Expert Within Data-Driven Knowledge Related to Minority Groups

Talk 3

Suzan Hourieh Lindberg

CEO of Europe’s only Insight Driven Diversity Management Agency

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Your mother doesn’t work here, so who does?

Regularly, people discover new services that make them wonder how they lived before that: cheap food delivery, on-demand transportation, electric scooters, you name it. Other than optimizing our time management, these services also create new jobs. This is the so-called gig economy — highly flexible but riddled with flaws regarding the rights and the protection of the workers. At the same time, AI is said to make enormous amounts of jobs obsolete in the near future. Technology moves faster than regulations and it is clear that automation, AI and new digital services will forever change the world of work, leaving us with the question: what measures should be taken, and by whom, to build a brighter future for workers?

Keywords:

Jobs, Gig Economy, AI, Robots, Labour, Management

Featured partner

Talk 1

Binette Seck

Top Swedish Tech Leader Promoting Engineering at IVA (The Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences)

Talk 2

Alok Alström

CEO and Co-Founder of the world's largest gig-workers community AppJobs

Talk 3

Anna Nordell-Westling

Co-founder and CMO of the AI Company Sana Labs

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Our existence and evolution are being challenged by new technologies. Being a citizen in the 21st century is the equivalent of being a data subject: we represent a specific amount of information that is collected and processed to be used for governing or economic purposes. The increased use of technology has made the line between online and IRL thinner than ever, but also raises questions about data ownership, privacy and the Internet as a place of freedom.

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Session:

Recovering from the Tech Backlash

By your regular use of websites, apps and social media, you create data related to your daily routines, what you buy, who you talk to and who you date. Your online activity also includes what you read, listen to and watch, when you go to the gym or skip it to binge-watch a TV show. The Cambridge Analytica scandal, as well as the information spread by whistleblowers like Edward Snowden and others, has revealed to the world that our data was never totally private. So how can we keep our integrity online, without having to give up our digital lives altogether? Can we force the tech giants to deal with our personal data more privately? Or do we need to come up with new business models for the commercialization of data, where we as users own (and therefore can sell) our personal data? Let’s find out!

Keywords:

Personal Data, Integrity, Regulations, Ethics, Commercialization

Featured partner

Talk 1

Abel Buko

Insights Director at Bannerboy and Researcher in the History of Digital Advertising

Talk 2

Christian Landgren

CEO and Founder of Iteam

Talk 3

Indra Sharma

Tech Investor With a Background From Non-Profit Focusing on Women and Children's Right in Society

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

The Rise of Splinternets

Is the World Wide Web about to be split? Imagined since its beginning as a global commons, discussions are now being raised regarding the Internet and net neutrality. Some political powers, such as the EU, have already blocked or filtered the free access to online content, and commercial interests are splintering the Internet into regional locked webs based on geographical location. As both censorship and online surveillance are growing, could the World Wide Web as we know it be threatened?

Keywords:

Locked Web, Censorship, Power, Content

Featured partner

Talk 1

Maria Fabricius

Co-Founder of the Human Rights Organisation Open Act

Talk 2

Katarina Stensson

Educator and Vice President of the Swedish Pirate Party

Talk 3

Jac sm Kee

APC Women's Rights Programme Manager

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

The Age of Surveillance Economy

You are being followed — whether it is through the data that you create in nearly every aspect of your life, or by your government in order to have better control over its citizens. Currently, corporations claim your data as free raw material, later translated into behavioral statistics to improve the prediction capabilities of marketing techniques, and finally, used to influence human behavior. Simultaneously, social credit scores are being developed in some parts of the world to rank citizens and control their access to services. In a time where almost every breath you take is monitored, the need to discuss privacy and ethical regulations is becoming more and more urgent.

Keywords:

Control, Monitor, Manipulate Data, Social Scoring, Privacy

Featured partner

Talk 1

Andie Zhang

Working With Strategy of Robotics and our Digital Future, First-Hand Experience of China’s Disruptive Digital Transformation in the Past 10 Years

Talk 2

Robin Jeffner

Co-founder of the Origo Programme

Talk 3

Anna Loverus

Strategist and Consultant Focused on Humans and Society

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Virtual reality has infinite possibilities and go far beyond video games. The way we interact with services, communicate and create art is about to totally change. It is exciting for the future of interfaces, forcing us to rethink what we thought we knew about how to use devices. But could it come to a point when it will be hard to plug out from the matrix? The idea of fake has been a hot topic in the recent years and new realities such as a metaverse could obviously enhance the risks that come with blurring the truth even further. How can we use the advantage of such technologies to make better use of our human strengths?

Each Gather Theme consists of three sessions to dig deeper into the subject

Session:

The Role of Art in a Digital Age

While parts of the art world keep digitalization at a distance, or fumble how to take advantage of new technologies, other parts have long been exploring the possibilities of it. Some artists are using forefront technologies to translate their vision into new digital mediums, and devices of different kinds are more often becoming natural part of creative processes. In this panel talk, we will meet four prominent players on the Swedish art scene to discuss where the art world is positioned today in relation to the digital development. How does digitalization challenge and/or open up for new possibilities for artists and institutions? Is digitalization chiefly a tool for democratization or exclusion?

Keywords:

Technology, Future Art

Featured partner

Talk 1

Marti Manen

Curator and Art Writer Involved in Exhibitions all Over the World

Talk 2

Arvida Byström

Questioning Prevailing Norms with Solo Shows in Sweden and Abroad

Talk 3

Jacob Felländer

Photographer Exploring the World of Drawing, Painting and VR

Talk 4

Ashik Zaman

Editor-in-chief of the Art Journal C-print and Panel Moderator at Gather.

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Enter the Metaverse

On February 2nd 2019, about 10 millions of people gathered for a concert with EDM DJ Marshmello. While the number is very high, it is not the most mesmerizing aspect of the story. “Gathered“ is actually the interesting word here, because the concert happened in Epic’s widely popular game Fortnite! Players from the whole world watched the event together from their own computers. Immersion is reaching new heights in recent years from hologram artists to actual virtual realities where realism and involvement are more fascinating than ever, as proven by the success of Marshmello’s concert or by Black Mirror’s Bandersnatch experiment. Join us in a fascinating discussion about the future of virtual realities.

Keywords:

Virtual Realities, Online Gatherings, Gamification, Hologram

Featured partner

Talk 1

Andjela Kusmuk

Engineer, Gamer and Startup Business Development Manager at Amazon Web Services 

Talk 2

Ylva Hansdotter

Expert in VR, Sustainability and Social Businesses

Talk 3

Karin Eriksson

Social Media Expert, Lecturer and Blogger at Resumé

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

Fake it ‘til you make it

What can the Internet and AI teach us about our understanding of reality? Virtual influencers such as Lil Miquela, deep fakes and fake news have been hot topics in the past months, making us question what is real and what is not. But why does it matter? Is tweaking the truth more damaging than creating fake images? How much fake is too much fake, and why is faking considered to be any different than fiction?

Keywords:

Creating Realities, AI, Fake News, Fiction

Featured partner

Talk 1

Elizabeth Jochum

Author and Researcher Within the Fields of Culture and Human-Robot Interaction

Talk 2

Sami Niemelä

Artist, Creative Director and Co-founder of the Design firm Nordkapp

Talk 3

Lina Maria Mannheimer

Award Winning Moviemaker About Modern Mating

Talk 4

Anja Hirdman

Professor in Media and Communication at Stockholm Uni.

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Session:

The Dawn of Zero Touch Interfaces

Ever ended-up with a greasy touchscreen while eating or cooking? Imagine a future where touch interfaces are replaced by your voice or even brain when interacting with your devices. The technology is today applied cautiously in certain devices, but its possibilities are infinite and we can expect to soon interact with more and more screenless products. This innovative way of interacting with technology forces us to rethink UI design with support and integrations from AI and data. Join us in an explorative conversation about the interaction of technology, design and creativity.

Keywords:

Voice Control, Interaction, UI Design, Technology

Featured partner

Talk 1

Diana Mosa

Co-Founder of Scandinavia’s First Voice Design Agency Talking to Me

Talk 2

Hans Iwarsson

Adding Value Through Sound and Silence at Plan8

Talk 3

Tugberk Duman

Expert Within Human-Machine Interaction at Futurice

Talk 4

More speakers to be announced

Speakers to be announced

Confirmed Speakers