With WDBE 2020, you can forget the traditional definition of a summit!
World Summit on Digital Built Environment, WDBE 2020, 29-30 September, virtual Helsinki & Tallinn
The world needs more diverse stories about a sustainable future. World Summit on Digital Built Environment gives us a story told through our colorful ecosystem of future builders. By redefining the concept of a summit we promise you an access to virtual experience, co-created festival and innovation platform highlighting the brightest minds and digital solutions improving our urban future. To concretize the unlimited possibilities of digitalization as an enabler of a more socially, culturally, ecologically and economically sustainable urban future, we will create an illusion of a future metropol to be experienced together. Virtual keys to our main event are now sold globally!
Who is it for?
WDBE brings together professionals of the built environment from the public, and private sector globally. Anyone who shares the enthusiasm to experience, share and co-create our urban future is warmly invited. Together we can push already existing solutions even further to unleash the positive power of digitalisation.
Take part in our free online pre-events and buy a key to our virtual main event to embark on an exciting trip as a citizen of Illusion. Our main event programme includes collaborative sessions, workshops, matchmaking opportunities as well as keynotes from international pioneers. You can also join our story as a partner to build our shared Illusion together – The virtual imaginary twin city of Helsinki + Tallinn + “in between” is your playground. Let’s redefine sustainability for urban future together!
Due to the current COVID-19 situation we decided to go virtual. We are now building the main event platform together with award-winning user experience focused virtual reality studio Zoan.
“While the term “virtual” has lately gone through some heavy inflation, we want to make sure the attendees experience a proper definition of that term. A story driven real-time experience that takes full advantage of the latest technologies in virtual production”, promises Lauri Perämäki from Zoan.
The Summit is organised by KIRAHub and RIL together with Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications.
VIRTUAL WDBE2020 KEYNOTE SPEAKERSMore to be published
Dr. Martin Fischer (US)
Professor | Stanford University, CIFE
Martin’s research goals are to improve the productivity of project teams involved in designing, building, and operating facilities and to enhance the sustainability of the built environment. His work develops the theoretical foundations and applications for virtual design and construction (VDC).
Dr. Olli Seppänen (FI)
Associate Professor | Aalto University
Seppänen’s field of expertise is operations management in construction. His research interests include lean construction, real-time production control, location based management systems, lean design management, construction logistics and digitalized construction operations.
Annalise Johns (UK)
Housing Lead | Connected Places Catapult
London based, Annalise is a built environment and health urbanist, with a specialism in healthy housing, specifically building evidence to improve internal domestic quality. She has over 15 years’ experience working in Local Government designing and managing environmental improvement schemes working in transportation, Public Health, Planning and Conservation departments.
Peter Vesterbacka (FI)
Founder | FinEstBay Area Development
Peter Vesterbacka is a global entrepreneur from the Heart of Eurasia, Helsinki, Finland. Branded communities co-created and initiated by Peter include the HP Bazaar, Mobile Monday, Slush and Startup Sauna to name a few. He was the Mighty Eagle at Angry Birds for many years taking that brand to unprecedented heights. Right now Peter is busy building the tunnel connecting Tallinn and Helsinki, creating the Finest Bay Area.
Dr. Marta Fernandez (ESP)
Executive Director | RMIT Europe
Marta leads the European base of Australian university RMIT in Barcelona. Marta has a strong interest in urban well-being and has been a member of expert panels in nature based solutions in cities, energy efficiency and active ageing and the built environment. She is also a member of the Steering Committee of the European Construction Technology Platform.
Kathrin Dörfler (GER)
Assistant Professor | TU Munich
Kathrin Dörfler is an architect and researcher in the field of robotic fabrication. Her research focuses on on-site robotic and mixed-reality fabrication. She holds a Master’s degree in Architecture from TU Vienna, and a PhD degree in Digital Fabrication from ETH Zurich. In summer 2019, she joined TU Munich as a Tenure Track Professor to establish a research group at the TUM Department of Architecture and the TUM Department of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering.
OFFICIAL PRE-EVENTSMore to be announced
Our global pre-events give you access to deep-diving professional sessions with WDBE partners, no WDBE ticket needed. And you are also warmly welcome to arrange one of your own!
Building level intelligence and flexibility | 10th September, Online
BIM Summit Estonia 2020 | September, Tallinn
Digital Situational Awareness in Construction | Watch the recording
Integrated Design | Watch the recording
WWF Life EconomisE KIRA-challenge | Watch the recording
Data flow in the Construction Lifecycle | Watch the recording
BIM-based Building Permit Process Automation | Download presentations
AEC Hackathon, BLOXHUB | Read the tips for AEC professionals
KIRA AI: Shared Vision for AI Success | Watch the recording
UPDATESNew and noteworthy
PRESS RELEASE: Forerunners of the digital built environment are meeting in a virtual twin city of the future
PRESS RELEASE, For immediate release, June 16th, 2020. WDBE 2020 goes virtual with Zoan.
The AEC Hackathon at BLOXHUB in Copenhagen engaged 154 attendees from 33 countries to work on interesting urban challenges over a February weekend. The two WDBE Talks guests were there but in different roles.
Redefining Sustainability Through Future-Proof Real Estate Investments, WWF Life EconomisE KIRA-challenge