LIVE from the Impact Hub Budapest, we hosted our first ever MashUp event! And the best part is that our Impact Hub was chosen as the location to deliver the exclusive ‘Super Speaker’ that was broadcast to all other Hubs around the world. If you missed the event, you can still see it on Facebook live – MashUp Budapest.

The global theme was Sustainable Cities: Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable. Cities are hubs for ideas, commerce, culture, science, productivity, social development and much more. Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way we build and manage our urban spaces.

In honor of the theme, we welcomed two very dynamic speakers to our stage in a true ‘MashUp’ of ideas, views, and approaches to creating more Sustainable Cities.  Kicking off the evening was our first speaker Logan Strenchok, Environment & Sustainability officer at Central European University.  Logan, who in his spare time works on a sustainable farm outside of Budapest, discussed the importance of citizen driven sustainable initiatives in Budapest. He presented a project that he worked on along with a handful of other organizations, including one of our members Istvan Bart – MEHI, and reminded us all to be more involved. When asked “what is the single most important thing that the city of Budapest could do to become a more sustainable city?” Logan answered “Installing a congestion charge”, which would help to control traffic and auto congestion, pollution, and increase overall environmental awareness and safety.

Martin Powell, Global Head of Urban Development for Siemens, totally inspired the crowd (and hopefully the world) by providing a global snapshot of successful examples of sustainable city initiatives. Martin showed sustainable city solutions from cities like Singapore, London, and New York and proved that even in the busiest of cities, it is possible to decrease their environmental footprint.  Aside from the concrete examples and the undisputable statistics in favor of sustainable city initiatives, Mr. Powell’s presentation was enlightening, entertaining, and truly thought provoking. The fact that Siemens is supporting sustainable city innovations and introducing many new technological solutions to help create future initiatives is truly a fabulous thing. We can only hope that more global companies are recognizing this need and encouraging cities to achieve their sustainability goals.

Many Thanks to both of our fabulous speakers for a truly inspiring MashUp event!

Impact Hub MashUp is a once-per-quarter global community event. It takes place in a number of Impact Hubs simultaneously (or near-simultaneously given different time zones), follows an aligned format, and is curated around a given theme.  MashUp is unique as it is the only community event that engages both the global community, and the local community, and is focused thematically on entrepreneurial approaches to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

The first globally co-ordinated MashUp took place on November 24 2015 and more MashUps are planned throughout 2016.  The Impact Hub Budapest plans to host more in the future, so keep in touch and check back often for our next MashUp event.