The Okinawa Sustainable City Summit 2022: Envisioning the future of sustainable cities and communities

An upcoming summit will bring together scientists, policy makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and investors to explore how cities and communities can be self-reliant, resilient, and sustainable.

The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University (OIST) is collaborating with PDIE Group to host the Okinawa Sustainable City Summit 2022. On March 25-26, this online event will bring together scientists, policy makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and sustainable technology investors from Japan and abroad. Discussions will center around nurturing sustainable innovation and creating communities where humans live in harmony with nature.

The goal of the summit is to promote innovation that can boost the sustainability and resilience of small cities and communities. The summit will also serve as a forum for initiating new partnerships and launching new collaborative projects between participants.

OIST President and CEO, Dr. Peter Gruss will deliver the opening remarks alongside Mr. Yoshiaki Ishii from the Japanese Ministry of Economy Trade & Industry (METI), and Mr. Christian Schmitz, Founder of PDIE Group. The summit will feature visionaries of sustainable city projects, technologists, economists, and a science fiction writer who will discuss the opportunities and risks that come with designing cities in different ways. Break-out sessions will allow for active discussions and the sharing of research and technology ideas among those interested in sustainable city development and in translating science into actions for the Sustainable Development Goals.  

When considering how humans will live and interact in the future, topics surrounding clean energy and water, regenerative and circular production, health and wellbeing, and social and cultural innovation need to be discussed. The summit will explore these topics from different perspectives. Through interactive workshops and panel discussions, the summit aims to foster productive discussions between participants of diverse backgrounds, yet who share a common interest in building prosperous and sustainable communities.

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Simultaneous interpretation in English and Japanese will be available.


<About PDIE Group>

PDIE Group is a Japanese organization, think tank, and consultancy which specializes in building a global innovation ecosystem for sustainable entrepreneurs, corporations, investors and researchers to solve the world's greatest challenges. PDIE Group is the official nominator of the Earthshot Prize and ClimateLaunchpad Japan.


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