As our cities’ populations grow, the daily commute is a battle for many, regardless of their choice of transport. But could we be moving towards smarter and speedier travel? Join ITV Anglia’s Jonathan Wills as he talks to Liftshare founder and CEO, Ali Clabburn; mass transit UEA PhD student Emma Cassar; Microsoft engineer, Paul Foster, and Martin Wilby, chairman of Norfolk County Council’s environment, development and transport committee, as they explore how new technologies will shape our future transport and the way we travel.
Please note that AxonVibe CTO and SyncNorwich co-founder, John Fagan, is no longer able to attend.
About Ali Clabburn:
Social entrepreneur, Founder, Possibilist. Ali set up Liftshare in 1998, whilst at university. He needed a ride home for Christmas and posted up a request on a student noticeboard. The next day, he returned to find three offers of a ride home – and so the idea of Liftshare was born!
A pioneer of the sharing economy, Ali is passionate about the social value of sharing; and hugely excited by its potential to solve many of the world’s challenges. His team at Liftshare have been at the cutting edge of online technology for twenty years and are continuously disrupting themselves in order to keep in touch with the increasing speed of change in the personalised travel service sector.
About Emma Cassar:
Emma is a PhD researcher in the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research and the UEA School of Environmental Sciences. Emma’s research focuses on the diffusion of low carbon innovations, which forms part of an ERC Starting Grant-funded project called SILCI that is set to explore disruptive low carbon innovations and how they spread through processes of social influence. Prior to starting her PhD, Emma worked as an environmental scientist for a private environmental consultancy, and later as a project officer for the Maltese government focusing on climate change affairs and reporting obligations under directives and regulations emanating from the European Union as well as the UNFCCC.
About Paul Foster:
Since joining Microsoft in 1994, Paul Foster has worked across a wide range of sectors and customers, providing a mix of technical and strategic guidance around the creative use of technology in relation to their business needs.
Paul is currently a senior software engineer at Microsoft, focused on the building of next-generation sensor webs which automate the gathering of data from disparate sources, and how to enable the creative analysis of this data to start a new era of perception. He is the initiator of The Things Network Norfolk community group.
Wednesday 24 October
Venue: The Forum, Auditorium
Cost: Free, booking required
Tickets go off-sale 12 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at The Forum’s ticket office on the day. All attendees need a ticket.