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Boyd Cohen

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Barcelona, Cataluna, Spain

Urban Strategist

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., is an urban strategist focused on the areas of urban innovation, entrepreneurship, smart cities and urban mobility. He has published 3 books (Climate Capitalism, 2011; The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur, 2016; Post-capitalist Entrepreneurship, 2017). In 2017, he co-founded MobX which is a blockchain startup seeking to disrupt the mobility sector by providing an open protocol for distributed mobility.

Keynote Speeches

Urban Entrepreneurship and Innovation

This presentation looks at how three converging trends are shaping innovation and entrepreneurship in urban environments. Those trends are: collaboration and sharing economy, democratization of technology and innovation and urbanization. Dr. Cohen looks at three different types of urban entrepreneurship: independent, freelancer urban entrepreneurs and civic entrepreneurs who focus on improving their city through collaborative, business models.

How to become a world-class smart city

Smart cities will become a sizable market, with projections of nearly $40 billion spent on smart-cities technologies by 2016. And real estate experts predict that smart cities will in the future be attractive to the educated work force and will therefore become real-estate gold. All reasons enough to learn from smart cities across the world and get on the smart-city bandwagon.

Climate Capitalism

Cohen proves the future of capitalism in a recession-riddles, car on-constrained world will be built on innovations that cutting-edge leaders are bringing to the market today.

Resilient Cities
Cohen iterates the best practices for cities to migrate and adapt to climate change.

Resilient Cities

Cohen iterates the best practices for cities to migrate and adapt to climate change.

Audience reviews:

  • His highly engaging talk on resilient cities provided an overview of the key mitigation and adaptation issues that cities must address to curb the global impact of climate change. It was definitely one of the highlights of the Carbon Talks 2011 speaker series.

    - Executive Director, Carbon Talks
  • He is obviously a bright fellow but brings it down to a language that we can use.

    - CEO Novex Couriers

Speaker Biography

Boyd created the Smart Cities Wheel as a framework for developing and implementing smart city strategies and for benchmarking cities around the globe. It has been translated into Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew and Dutch among other languages. Since then he collaborated with Rob Adams at Six Fingers to leverage human centered design in the development of a new framework focused on Happy Citizen Design http://www.happycitizendesign.com

After finishing a three-year stint at Accenture, Boyd obtained his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado (2001). Boyd is a professor, researcher and entrepreneur in the sustainability and smart cities arena. He is currently Deputy Director of Research and professor at EADA Business School and Universitat de Vic.

Boyd’s specialties include: Smart cities, urban & sustainable entrepreneurship, business development, clean technologies, open innovation, design thinking, smart and shared urban mobility.