- Space: the final frontier?
From satellite development and intergalactic tourism, to the challenges of zero-gravity life and beyond, commercial enterprises are capitalizing on opportunities in the space industry. There is a reignited fervour for all things extra-terrestrial, and entrepreneurs are leading the game. As costly and uncertain as these endeavours may be, the possibility for reward is out of this world. Astropreneurs, the time is now!
- Refugee entrepreneurship: Today’s camps tomorrow’s cities
Despite most refugee camps being initially set up to provide a 'temporary' safe space for people uprooted by wars, natural disasters or other events, the reality is that many of those people spend 20 years or more in exile. This panel looked at how entrepreneurship could transform current refugee settlements into long-term, viable communities.
- Immortality: The quest to live forever
On the border between pioneering science and science fiction rest provocative technological ideas that could perhaps unlock the door to immortality. From biohacking to tissue regeneration and reversing cell ageing, this session explored the modern entrepreneur’s race to cheat death and humanity’s desire for eternal life.
- How much does the planet matter?
Food is the single largest direct and indirect driver of climate change, with the global food system being responsible for approximately 37% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. While traditional ways of doing business have contributed to some of the environmental stressors that we are currently experiencing, innovative solutions can help combat the global climate crisis. This panel looked at how key players in the food industry can contribute to solving the world’s most pressing problem.
- Giving the game away: insights into a multibillion-dollar industry
With revenues topping $100 billion a year, the video game industry is poised to be this century’s dominant form of entertainment. As games become more addictive and expensive to play, how will they transform our social relationships as well as our leisure time? In a future where the virtual world feels as substantial as the real one, this panel explored a society where the controllers are in control.
- Unconventional investing: The search for moonshots
Just 20 years ago, ideas such as streaming video, smartphones and online shopping may have seemed like moonshot projects. Today, they are some of the largest and fastest-growing segments of the economy. This session looked beyond traditional investment choices, discussing why investors decide to ignore the low-hanging fruit, and support avant-garde ventures that are genuinely trying to solve the world’s most challenging problems.