Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS)*

Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS)*

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The Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS), formerly the Knowledge Cities Summit (KCS or KC Summit), the annual conference of the World Capital Institute (WCI Annual Conference), makes an important reminder that ‘knowledge’ is the key notion in the 21st Century development. It aims to contribute to the discussion on the importance and trends of knowledge-based development theory and practice. Academics, professional practitioners, civil servants and policy-makers of the world are included in the discussions from a wide range of disciplines to share their knowledge and experiences with the summit delegates. In addition to significant academic and professional presentations, the Summit will also provide opportunities for practical exercises in workshops and small group sessions in innovative formats.

Summit themes include: Knowledge-based (urban) development; Knowledge-based economy and value generation; Knowledge cities, regions and societies; Knowledge cluster, enterprise and organisations; Knowledge-intensive service activities; Knowledge assets and capital systems; Knowledge workers and creative class; Creativity, innovation, technology and learning communities; Sustainable (urban) development.

KCWS is held in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCi) Award Ceremony.

Conference History:

13th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2020), 10-12 November 2020, El Colegio de la Frontera Norte, Tijuana, Mexico Virtual venue
Conference Theme: Knowledge Cities for Future Generations The Anthropocene and Cities’ Preparedness for Climate Change
(organized by El Colegio de la Frontera Norte and The World Capital Institute; branded as “Monterrey 2020”)

    Conference Tracks: Knowledge for the Anthropocene and Knowledge Cities for the Future (day 1); Knowledge for Social Justice and Alternative Economic Models (day 2); Knowledge Cities and their Preparedness for Existential Change (day 3)

    PhD Consortium (CANCELLED)

Note: The conference was scheduled for 6-9 October 2020 and 9-13 November 2020

12th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2019), 4-7 November 2019, Florianópulos, Santa Catarina, Brazil
Conference Theme: Sustainability and Innovation in the Knowledge era: Major Challenges and Innovations for Urban Knowledge Based Development
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; organised by: World Capital Institute; Federação do Comércio de Bens, Serviços e Turismo de Santa Catarina Santa Catarina (Fecomércio))

    PhD Consortium (planned)

    Masterclasses (“… in the Context of Smart Cities”): Planning and Transportation; Design and Participation; Environment and Engineering; Gevernance and Prodiktivity; Technology and Innovation

    Post-conference activities: Innovation and culture tour (Nov 7), Conference wrap ups (Nov 8)

    Co-located Events: Comunidad Iberoamericana de Sistemas de Conocimiento (CISC) meeting

11th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2018), 20-22 November 2018, Universidad de La Laguna, San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Tenerife (Canary Islands), Spain
Conference Theme: Knowledge Islands
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony and the European Outer Regions Summit (?); organised by: World Capital Institute; Canary Islands Government; Universidad de La Laguna; Humboldt Cosmos Multiversity)

    Pre-conference Workshops (Nov 19): PhD Consortium (CANCELLED); How to Apply the Capital Systems Framework to participate in the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCi) Awards

    Post-conference Workshops (Nov 23): 1st European Workshop on Knowledge & Technology Transfer from Astrophysics

    Plenary Sessions: Inclusive Knowledge Cities; Place-Based Thinking; Next Economies; Knowledge for Anthropocene; Social Innovation; Knowledge Capitalization in the Canaries: R+D+I

    Paper Sessions: Knowledge City Regions; Knowledge Islands; FDI in Dislocated Places; Canary Islands Industrialization

    Co-located events: World Capital Institute EC Meeting (1+2); Comunidad Iberoamericana de Sistemas de Conocimiento (CISC) Asamblea Extraordinaria

10th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2017), 20-22 June 2017, Universidad Nacional de San Agustín, Arequipa, Peru
Conference Theme: Emerging Knowledge Cities
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; organized by: World Capital Institute in collaboration with the Universidad Nacional de San Agustín)

    Plenary Sessions: Emerging Knowledge Cities; Knowledge-based Development Measurement; Knowledge-based Cultural Innovation; Knowledge Society in a Post-Truth Era; Knowledge-based Urban Innovation; Social Knowledge Innovation; Urban Sustainability and Climate Change

    Workshops: The MAKCi Nomination; The Arab Knowledge Index

    Co-located events: World Capital Institute International Advisory Board Meeting

9th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2016), 12-13 October 2016, Vienna, Austria
Conference Theme: Advancing Knowledge for Development
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; part of the Vienna Knowledge Week, Oct 12-15 Oct; organized by: World Capital Institute; KMA Knowledge Management Associates/Austria; City of Vienna)

    Sessions: Scientific Track; Knowledge Cities – Trends, Strategies and Concepts; Knowledge City Landscapes; Vienna Knowledge City: A model case for a Knowledge City; Knowledge Cities – Challenges, experiences and best practices; Knowledge Management for Development; Knowledge Ecosystems in thematic fields

    Workshops: PhD Consortium (CANCELLED); Global Knowledge-based Development Community Workshop; Knowledge Ecosystems in developing countries (Knowledge Café); Partnerships of Knowledge Cities (Knowledge Café); Advancing Knowledge Management for Development (KM4Dev Knowledge Camp)

8th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2015), 14-18 June 2015, Daegu, South Korea
Conference Theme: Open Innovation, Knowledge City & Creative Economy (Jun 15-17: Open Innovation Day, Knowledge City Day, Creative Economy Day)
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony and the Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity (SOItmC), branded as SOItmC & KCWS 2015; organized by: Society of Open Innovation: Technology, Market, and Complexity; World Capital Institute)

    Special Sessions: City of Future, Future of City: Open Innovation and Ubiquitous City; Complexity, Open Innovation & Knowledge City; Start-ups, Open Innovation,and Knowledge City; Daegu Techno-Park, Open Innovation and Creative City; Open Innovation: Technology, Society & Dynamics; Technology Policy for Open Innovation & Knowledge City; Open Innovation for Smart Mobility & Complexity; Smart Technology for Good Governance; Open Innovation and Creative Entrepreneurship from Gyeongbuk TP and University Entrepreneurship Center; The Importance of Valuation and Big Data as a Source of Technology Commercialization in Open Innovation Era

    General Sessions: Open Innovation in Energy; Creative Economy & Open Innovation; ?; ?

    Co-located events: World Capital Institute Extended Meeting; SOItmC General Meeting; Post-conference Historical & Cultural Tour

7th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2014), 23-27 September 2014, Tallinn University, Tallinn, Estonia
Conference Theme: Knowledge-based Services
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; organized by: World Capital Institute; Tallinn University)

    Sessions: Knowledge-based Cities and Regions; Knowledge-based Business and Public Services; Knowledge-based Economy; Knowledge-based Urban Development; Creativity, Innovation Technology and Learning Communities; The role of universities in knowledge society

    Workshops: PhD Consortium; How Cities and Universities can Support Knowledge-based Entrepreneurship?; Advancing MAKCi City Benchmarking; Engaging in the Knowledge-based Development Community: Perspectives and Benefits, Mega Events: Urban Development, Management and Legacy; How and Why to Put Knowledge on the Managerial Agenda

    Co-located events: World Capital Institute Extended Board Meeting; World Capital Institute Executive Board Meeting; Pre-/Post-summit Tours

6th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2013), 9-12 September 2013, Istanbul, Turkey
Conference Theme: Establishing Bridges: Building a ‘Knowledge City’ via ‘Knowledge-based Urban Development’
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; organized by: World Capital Institute; Istanbul Sehir University)

    Pre-conference Workshops (Jun 10): PhD Consortium

    Sessions: Knowledge-Based Urban Development; Knowledge, Innovation and Intelligence; Knowledge City and Region; University, Industry and Government; Knowledge, Management and City; Smart Urban Technologies; Knowledge Economy and Society; Smart Planning Applications; Sustainable Urban Development; Planning for Clustering; Knowledge Cities

    Workshops: Bridging the Global Knowledge-based Development Community Dialogue Workshop; Advancing the MAKCi Model for City-Benchmarking Open Space Workshop

    Co-located events: Annual World Capital Institute Programme Review Meeting; Post-summit World Capital Institute Executive Board Meeting

5th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2012), 13-15 June 2012, Matera, Italy
Conference Theme: Knowledge, Innovation and Sustainability: integrating micro and macro perspectives
(IFKAD-KCWS 2012 joint conference in conjunction with the 7th International Forum on Knowledge Asset Dynamics (IFKAD); in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; organized by: Institute of Knowledge Asset Management; Queensland University of Technology; University of Basilicata; World Capital Institute)

    Pre-conference Workshops: PhD Consortium @ UniBAS (Tracks: Knowledge Work; Intellectual Capital; Knowledge Based Development; Innovation Capability)

    Conference Sessions: Knowledge Based Foundation of Innovation; Assessing Intellectual Capital and Business Performance; Sustainability and Development Dynamics; Knowledge Cities; Creativity and Growth; SMEs and Sustainable Development; Knowledge Management; ICT and Knowledge-based Dynamics; Knowledge Based Development; Managing Knowledge in Higher Education Institutions; Knowledge Creation and Learning Organizations, Intellectual Capital and Development Dynamics; Knowledge Transfer and Sharing; Knowledge in Healthcare; Learning and Organizational Behaviour

    Conference Workshops: MAKCi Award Workshop; Connecting and Leveraging: The Global Knowledge-based Development Community (Open Space Workshop)

4th Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2011), 26-27 November 2011, Bento Gonçalves, Brazil
Conference Theme: Knowledge Cities for Future Generations
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony and the Congresso Iberoamericano de Sistemas de Conhecimento; organized by: World Capital Institute; Ibero-American Community for Knowledge Systems)

    Sessions: Business Intelligence and Collaborative Technologies; Knowledge Cities and Regions; Human Capital and Intellectual Capital; Knowledge-based Development for Innovation and Sustainability

Note: KCWS 2011 was originally planned for 14-17 November 2011, Holon and Galilee, Israel.

3rd Knowledge Cities World Summit (KCWS 2010), 16-19 November 2010, Melbourne, Australia
Conference Theme: Knowledge Cities – From Theory to Practice
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; part of the Melbourne Knowledge Week, 14-20 November 2010; organized by: World Capital Institute; City of Melbourne, Office of Knowledge Capital)

    Sessions: Knowledge cities, regions and societies; Asset and capital systems; Sustainable development, climate change and quality of life; Knowledge cluster, enterprise and organisations; Sustainable urban and transport development; Knowledge economy, work and workers; Knowledge based urban development; Globalisation, urban environment and processes and dynamics of cities; Economy and value generation; Information and communication technologies and urban development; Arts and knowledge ecology; Creativity, innovation and learning communities; Higher education and research institutions and development

    Special Sessions: The New Club of Paris – Intellectual capital of cities and regions; Knowledge and communities; Insight into Israel; Ubiquitous cities; Inspiring the knowledge-based community workshop; Intelligent transport systems vision 2020

    Workshops: Connectivity, creativity and collaboration: exploring practical foundations for a knowledge city; Knowledge institutions in regional innovation systems in city-regions; A very social media metropolis; Knowledge partnerships for innovative urban development – Meet the champions; Collaborating with generation Y to build better knowledge cities for future generations; Postgraduate and early career workshop

    Co-located events: Melbourne Leaders’ Forum

2nd Knowledge Cities (World) Summit, 5-6 November 2009, Shenzhen, China
Conference Theme: Emerging Knowledge Cities
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; organized by: World Capital Institute; Shenzhen Association for International Cultural Exchanges; New Club of Paris; hosted by: Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Knowledge Management Research Centre; Shenzhen Academy of Social Sciences; Harbin Institute of Technology, Shenzhen Graduate School)

    Conference Tracks: Knowledge and Social Capital in Countries and Cities; Intellectual Capital and Innovation; Knowledge Enterprise & Organisations; Future Centre and Learning Communities

    Special Sessions: Knowledge Cities in the MENA Region; Ubiquitous-Eco Cities; Innovative Cities in Global Competition; Knowledge Management in Taiwan

    Workshops: Innovative Engines for Knowledge Cities

    Co-located Events: Hong Kong-Shenzhen Innovation Circle (forum); China Knowledge Cities Forum; Global Indigenous Knowledge and Innovation Partnership (GIKIP) – Knowledge of the Poor: The Ignored Dimension (CANCELLED)

1st Knowledge Cities Summit, 17-20 October 2007, Monterrey, México
Conference Theme:
(in conjunction with the Most Admired Knowledge City (MAKCI) Award Ceremony; part of the Global Knowledge-Based Development Week, Oct 15-21; organized by: World Capital Institute; World Knowledge-based Development Consortium; Forum Foundation)

    Sessions: KM I: Regional Business Development; KM III: The Futures of Knowledge Management; KM-IV: Managing Knowledge Transfer and Organizational Identity; KM-V: Regional Collaboration Networks; Social IC-II: IC Accountability; Knowledge Archaeology and Anthropology: KM in Ancient Civilizations; Impact of Technology in new citizenship emergence and development; Managing Knowledge Networks; ADIAT: Knowledge Management cases in Mexican SMEs; Knowledge-based Business Development; FLACSO: Building a Research and Education Agenda on the Knowledge Society; Innovation Incubators; Knowledge-based Development: a Babel or a New Language?; ICTs for the Knowledge Society; Knowledge Management for SMEs; Platform for Business Innovation in Mexico; Creative Urban Environments; Public IC Reporting; Monterrey Tec R&D Chair: Wealth creation through knowledge and innovation; Managing Virtual Knowledge; Knowledge Handicaps in the Latin World; Knowledge Transfer in Biotech Industry; Territorial Dimension of Knowledge Cities; The New Club of Paris; Redesigning Education for The Knowledge Society; Social Knowledge and Innovation; Knowledge-based Development Frameworks; e-Government; The Knowledge Divide; Knowledge Cities; Forces against and for innovation in Monterrey; Refounding cities on the grounds of knowledge societies; Knowledge Citizens and Knowledge Workers; Biotechnology Property and Knowledge Society; Knowledge Countries; Knowledge-based Development Public Policy; Monterrey: a Knowledge City?; Digital Cities; Global Perspectives on Knowledge-based Development

    Workshops/Seminars: Innovation and Comercialization in Life Sciences “The adventure of discovering the Life Sciences market”; Awakening; Knowing How to Know; Knowledge for Business, Innovation and Sustainability; Open Space – Designing the Global Knowledge-based Development Agenda

    Co-located events: ADIAT Executive Board Meeting

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