emerging cities and their slums


How might we help youth transform their slums?

How might we help youth transform their slums?

What would it look like to establish a network of SLUMLabs as innovation labs anchored in slums that can accelerate fresh solutions through design, technology and entrepreneurship?

Futurecasting Slums
May 19 | Saturday | 9am
Utopia Studio | 643 Mission Street | San Francisco


Many slums in cities across Latin America, Asia, and Africa are outside the formal system and yet one third of humanity is soon to live in a slum. Cities are at a breaking point and slums are stuck. Yet  the informality of slums creates a white space in which a new vision for urban living could emerge. The formal city could learn much from their informal communities. Join Utopia and DXLabs in a Futurecasting Sprint to imagine the future of slums with leading designers, engineers, and changemakers in Silicon Valley and Rio de Janeiro.

The Futurecasting Sprint presents the opportunity to take a step back and think deeply about our moonshot. It's a process for crafting long-term vision using science fiction and connects it with actions we can take today.

We'll attempt to run the futurecasting sprints simultaneously between Rio and San Francisco with a lot of interaction between the two teams throughout the day. Fingers crossed. Learn about DXLabs' Futurecasting Sprint process here.

Agenda (PST)

Welcome @ 9am
Introductions and logistics, light snacks

Discovery @ 9:30am
Team from Rio de Janeiro frames problem space

Frame @ 10:30am
Moonshot goal statement, assumptions

Inspiration @ 11:30am
Presentation on technologies, trends, or behaviors that might influence our problem space (lunch break)

Futurecasting @ 12:30pm
Conceptual ideation, unpack societal impact with science fiction narrative

Retrocasting @ 2:00pm
Map out by risks on timeline and identify experiments

Prototype @ 3:00pm
Describe short-term experiment and next steps

Jonathan HurshUtopia