Urban Futures | The Pillars

By Sarah Mills | 14th December 2021

Our cities are defining the future of our planet. What happens in the city doesn't stay in the city, and we must address the impact the urbanisation creates on a global scale. It's time to pave a new, more sustainable direction for how we live, move, work, and play in the urban landscape.

Our cities are defining the future of our planet. What happens in the city doesn't stay in the city, and we must address the impact that urbanisation creates on a global scale. It's time to pave a new, more sustainable direction for how we live, move, work, and play in the urban landscape.

We’re theming 2022’s Alpha Accelerator and Earthrise Sustainability Summit around Urban Futures for this very reason. The four pillars at the theme's core are Smart Cities, the Built Environment, Mobility and Transport, and Energy and Emissions. Here's why...

Smart Cities

After decades of relentless growth, global cities now face a new phase of evolution. Technology and Covid-19 are changing the way we live and work - and London has emerged as one of the global talent hotspots for what our tomorrow city might look like. Here, talented minds come together to explore a better future for billions of urban citizens.

Built Environment

The built environment contributes to around 40% of the UK’s total carbon footprint and is fundamental to fighting climate change. From construction technology and the digitisation of buildings to IoT and AI - these businesses are the key to creating environmental improvements and generating savings within our built environments.

Mobility and Transport

Transportation is currently the largest producer of energy-related CO₂ emissions. As we emerge from the pandemic armed with a better awareness of our daily routines, the lack of infrastructure often fails us. From the rise of micro-mobility companies to innovations in the EV landscape, these businesses are set to become transformative not just for consumers but also for the environment.

Energy and Emissions

The UK's renewable energy market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 9% during the forecast period of 2021-2026. Given the government’s ambitious energy targets, we're now one of the worlds renewable market leaders working towards a greener future - and our potential within this vertical is both endless and hugely impactful.

Are you innovating in these verticals? Or do you operate within these networks?

Applications for Alpha 2022: Urban Futures open on the 3rd January 2022. Register your interest now at https://www.huckletree.com/education/alpha

Are you interested in sponsorship or collaboration on either the Alpha Accelerator or the Earthrise Summit? Get in contact with Huckletree Director of Programmes, Patrick Keogh.