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World Cycling Forum To Be Opened by Future Urban Mobility Expert Carlo Van De Weijer

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The Netherlands/Switzerland – Carlo Van De Weijer is the opening keynote speaker of the World Cycling Forum 2019. He is THE world expert on future urban mobility. He advises ministries and industries around the world on the future of mobility. The World Cycling Forum is the 2-day Conference, organized by the World Federation of the Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI) and Bike Europe, that puts the cycling industry’s near future into perspective.

World Cycling Forum To Be Opened by Future Urban Mobility Expert Carlo Van De Weijer
Carlo Van De Weijer, advisor of ministries and industries on smart mobility, will open the 2-day International Conference for the bike industry. – Photo Teeuwengroep.nl

That future will be dominated by loads of new, disruptive technologies. What this brings to the sector will be explained at the World Cycling Forum by a series of expert speakers. They will narrow down a future perspective with detailed presentations on how people will approach and appreciate the mobility system of the future.


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Opening keynote speaker

The World Cycling Forum opening keynote speaker Carlo van de Weijer (1966), has a master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the TU Eindhoven, Netherlands and a PhD degree with honors from TU in Graz, Austria. He carries a broad experience in the automotive industry with (among others) executive positions at Siemens and TomTom. Currently he is director of the Strategic Area Smart Mobility at Eindhoven University of Technology. He advises ministries and industries around the world on the future of mobility and is member of the supervisory board of several high-tech companies and start-ups. He is an international speaker on exponential technology and the future of high-tech, amongst others as faculty member of Silicon Valley based Singularity University.

Presentation abstract

On what his World Cycling Forum presentation will be about, Carlo van de Weijer says “It’s focused on the mobility industry which is in full disruption with loads of new technologies filling the headlines. Self-driving vehicles, electrification, drones, hyperloops, electric scooters: the entire hype cycle can be filled with new predicted breakthroughs. Just like every industry that is confronted with disruption, the changes come faster than most traditional players can prepare for. Yet, in all unpredictably there are some clearly foreseeable things”.

Carlo van de Weijer will highlight the most important future trends within mobility, and the expected changes on how people will approach and appreciate the mobility system of the future.

Radical and disruptive changes

Carlo van de Weijer has been chosen to open the 2019 World Cycling Forum because in the mobility system of the future cycling can play a very important role as it contributes to the efforts in limiting global temperature increase and greenhouse gas emissions. But in order to double the modal share of cycling in the world’s biggest cities, radical and disruptive changes must take place. At the 2nd World Cycling Forum expert speakers will present clear view on what the near future will bring for the cycling industry in terms of mobility and sustainability.

Next to Carlo van de Weijer more keynote speakers will dig deep into how the industry is to meet its full sustainability potential. The World Cycling Forum is a 2-day international congress that features a series of experts that will focus on issues such as:

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • Future manufacturing landscape
  • Innovative materials & practices
  • Sustainable processes & technologies
  • Interactive format

Theme of the World Cycling Forum 2019 is: “Putting Bicycle Industry at Core of Sustainable Development”. This 2-day International Congress sets the stage for an industry-level dialogue and provides a series of events suited for networking. The World Cycling Forum targets top managers and decision makers of bicycle and e-bike industry in Europe, US and Asia. This is your chance to participate in the conversation, understand the issues, and in charting a course forward also relevant to your company.

The second International Conference for the bike industry takes place at a maritime conference location. Former cruise liner ss Rotterdam (located 7 km from Rotterdam The Hague Airport and only 50 km from Amsterdam Airport) is the floating venue for the 2nd World Cycling Forum on June 4 and 5, 2019.

For more information and for registration details: www.worldcyclingforum.org

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