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It´s smart, it´s green, it´s Ecosummit! :D

The Crystal by Siemens! A beautiful sustainability center.

The Crystal by Siemens! A beautiful sustainability center.

Today Ecosummit London 2013 starts. The smart green city conference lasts for two days and is taking place in The Crystal, one of the most sustainable buildings in the world. The Crystal is located on Royal Victoria Dock in East London. It is the sustainability headquarter for Siemens, which is a leader in many technical fields, within sustainable development, for example wind, but they also had an important role during the development of one of my favorite electric cars, the Volvo C30 Electric. Click on the link if you want more info about Siemens and The Crystal. Check out the trailer for Ecosummit London 2013 with Jan Michael Hess!

Sustainable development globally, is what we need! …and this on all levels. Corporations, politics, laws, regulations, nations, regionally, locally, socially and individually. Everything needs to change for the better, habits, patterns of consumption, demands on products and resources, production in circular loops etc… if we want a possible future on our planet. Jan Michael Hess, the smart green entrepreneur and the founder of Ecosummit, is creating a meeting arena and a forum for communication of great importance when it comes to smart green business. During two days representatives for startups, VCs and corporates get a fantastic opportunity to build relations and tie contacts for future business and collaborations. During the event 58 speakers will enter the stage, including 31 startups pitching their ideas and innovations. Each one has the stage for 20 minutes.

Conrad Eß from Green Technology Staffing making a great speech

Conrad Eß from Green Technology Staffing making a great speech

By the way, if you look for a job within greentech, click on the pic above to connect  on Twitter with great recruiting firm, Green Technology Staffing.

Personally, I would describe the speeches like a great mixture between the TV-show, Dragon´s den and really good Ted-talks. It´s truly interesting if you are into the latest technical, social and smart innovations out there. Sometimes you get surprised by all clever people and the news they come up with. Things we´ll probably take for granted in a near future. What I also enjoy very much, since I spent 18 years trading, following markets and making analysis, fundamental as well as technical, is to hear the startups presenting their ratios, forecasts, aims and size of investment looked for, and then answering questions from the audience. The companies also have the chance to win the awards. On this picture you see the happy winners from the last summit in Berlin!

ECO13 Award Winners in Berlin

ECO13 Award Winners in Berlin

I was introduced to Jan by a norwegian friend, two years ago, and joined the team of Ecosummit as an ambassador. I have enjoyed this very much. It has also been very good to see how Jan works. Always happy, in a good mood, social, easygoing and very inspiring. Working as an ambassador on the conferences means that you are one in a team of usually 20 people who alternate on different stations, for example, registration, microphone running, cloakroom, interviewing etc… The schedule is tailored for you individually and you´ll always have plenty of time to see the speeches you want and to meet all interesting people. There´s always an impressive line-up of speakers, the most interesting startups, well known VCs and corporations. What I like most is the mix of people, during the coffee breaks, lunch, dinner and evening parties, you mingle and socialize with all kinds of people, from exciting scientists, caring hippies and strict businessmen. I think I have a little bit of each one of these characters, maybe that´s why I enjoy the interaction so much, they´re all really nice and easy to talk too.

Radialsystem is beautifully located by the river Spree in Berlin

Radialsystem is beautifully located by the river Spree in Berlin

Unfortunately I´m not in London and The Crystal for Ecosummit this time, I had too much with my projects and too little time and with the short notice and the stress it was almost a relief when Jan told me the team had great backup by The Crystal staff and all the force that was needed. Now I can focus on this week´s gardening, we´re setting up a new small urban farm of approximately 400 square meters. However, I would love to be in London to see all great people I know from before and to meet new nice friends as well, but at least I can take care of my plants, last time after a week in Berlin all my fresh spices and herbs were dried… spices and herbs. 😉 To all the people on Ecosummit, I wish you two wonderful and interesting days with nice meetings and happy laughs. I´ll try to follow your news on Twitter these days. We´ll hopefully meet in Berlin in June next year instead. 🙂

To all readers who are not in London, I guess that´s the majority of you all, check out these links to see more about Ecosummit and to connect on Social Medias. Follow on Twitter or like on Facebook and you really need to see the Ecosummit TV that now has more than 70.000 views. There you have all wonderful speeches and super interesting presentations! Spread the word about Jan Michael Hess and his Ecosummit to all people you think could be interested. I hope to see you on next Ecosummit. Thanks for reading and have a wonderful day! 🙂

Ecosummit Berlin 2013

105.000 people can´t be wrong!

I am amazed! No more being stuck in traffic, no more trying to find a parking spot, no more running after busses, no more time spent on, by tourists and pickpockets crowded metro platforms, no more waiting for the tram or wasting money on expensive taxi fares!

After trying for just a little bit more than a week. I am totally convinced! I love “Bicing” and its great concept of bike sharing here in Barcelona. If I´m alone to see the clever in this? No! Almost 105.000 citizens are using this service and the popularity is growing. In Barcelona bikes are stolen all the time and you´re recommended to invest the same amount of money on your locks, as you did on your bike in the first place. …but, with Bicing, you´ll need no more worries my friend. You don´t need to carry your bike up and down the stairs anymore, and no matter where in the city you are, you can almost be sure to have a Bicing station within two or three blocks from you. Where I live, I have six stations within a distance of 300 meters, the closest one is just a block away.

Click on the pic below to see the map showing the locations of all Bicing stations.

Bicing Station by the beach in Barcelona

Bicing Station by the beach in Barcelona

Whenever you want to go somewhere in the city, you just catch a bike from nearest Bicing station. Slip your magnetic card, grab the bike suggested on the display and off you go. You have 30 minutes per ride on your annual subscription included. If you´re holding on to the bike longer than that you need to pay an extra fee. About 45 euros is the yearly cost, that´s pretty much what I spent before only on Metro cards every month. You can return your bike at any of the 420 stations around, wherever it is convenient for you. Bicing has 6000 bikes available for its clients and every bike travels an average of more than 550 km per month. That´s pretty impressive.

The photo below is a link to a map of Barcelona with the main bike lanes displayed.

Bike lanes photographed from my balcony

Bike lanes photographed from my balcony

Barcelona is an excellent city for this concept. The weather conditions are great most time of the year. Since the main part of the city is rather flat you don´t need to struggle going uphill all the time. There are also a lot of space, for example if you´re cruising on the beach walk or along the biggest streets and avenues like Diagonal or Gran Via. Usually you just need to go a couple of blocks to find a nice bike lane integrated in the street. It feels very good to cycle through the city, passing car queues and traffic jams smoothly, and it´s so nice to feel the breeze in your hair while moving around downtown in the sunshine instead of sitting or standing in a really warm bus.

Below you have screenshot of the Bicing smartphone app. It´s really useful, showing you where you can find an available bike or a space to park the one you´re already on. If you click on the pic you will see a listing of the largest bike sharing programs around the world. Is there bike sharing in your city? If you have experience or thoughts on the concept, please feel free to comment on the blog post! 🙂

Some of the more than 420 Bicing stations in Barcelona

Some of the more than 420 Bicing stations in Barcelona

Unfortunately Bicing is not available for tourists from outside of Catalonia. I now that in Gothenburg for example you can get a three days pass on the bike sharing there for about €1,20 and that´s a good price. Here the many bike rental shops were strictly against these kind of offers. As a tourist you can find so many alternatives to Bicing, but if you´re living here it´s truly recommended. Personally I think it´s the very best way of getting around here, no doubt.

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Cruising on a mission ;)

Cruising on a mission 😉

Wonderful little movie of a cruise in Barcelona! Looks great don´t you think?!

Anyway folks, I´m so happy that I started to use Bicing. This city changed a lot in my point of view, and it´s all for the better. If you also want to subscribe on this wonderfully clever bike sharing, that saves you money, improves your health and reduce emissions and noise. Just click on the Bicing logo below for the official webpage! …and if your family and friends or anyone you know are tired of the traffic situation, just recommend them bike sharing or share this blog post with them, so they can read a little bit about it as well. You can find similar concepts in many cities.

Bike Sharing System of Barcelona

Bike Sharing System of Barcelona

Thank you very much for reading! Have a great day… all boosters out there! Together we´ll make the world better, just keep on smiling! 😀