Shape Davos 2017
Shaping Davos began in 2015 and is a unique event to create, share and absorb dialogue around local solutions to address global issues. Shaping Davos is a live-streamed event over 4 days connecting 16 cities globally to discuss topics relating to the theme of the World Economic Forums Annual Meeting in Davos. Shaping Davos provides host cities unprecedented connectivity and exposure to insights from cities and issues in every region of the world.
Spotlight on Belfast at Davos
Local entrepreneurs speak at World Economic Forum Annual Summit
On 18th January, the spotlight was shone on Belfast’s young entrepreneurs at the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) 47th Annual Summit in Davos.
Belfast featured in the conference for the first time, participating in a 75-minute live streamed panel discussion on ‘Cities as Hubs of Innovation’. Led by a group of ambitious local entrepreneurs, The Global Shapers Community, Belfast was represented in the discussion by tech professional Sheree Atcheson, alongside Seattle, Vancouver and Quito.
Jamie Anderlini, the Financial Times regional editor, moderated the panel and praised Belfast for its high level input and iconic broadcasting base overlooking the Titanic slipway and the Game of Thrones studio.
Sheree, 25, was born in Sri Lanka but raised in Tyrone, and is an accomplished computer coder.
Speaking on the experience, Sheree said: “Participating in the Shaping Davos discussion was a pivotal opportunity to showcase the world-class digital and entrepreneurial talent in Belfast today and also to position Northern Ireland on the global stage as a place which is vibrant, forward-thinking and home to a new generation of leaders.”
Over 3,000 of the world’s most influential leaders from politics, business, and philanthropy, are currently at the WEF summit in Switzerland. To see the live stream of the Shaping Davos discussion visit https:// www.weforum.org/pages/shaping-davos-2017 and all other Davos debates can be viewed at https:// www.weforum.org/events/world-economic-forum-annual-meeting-2017
The dialogue direct with Davos on Wednesday followed a content creation Open Forum in the BBC Belfast Studio on Monday 16th January. Young entrepreneurs Peter Edgar and Kain Craigs of the Belfast Global Shapers Hub, who won the opportunity to participate in the discussion, will now progress further opportunities to host World Economic Forum events in Belfast this year and a major conference in September 2018.
Peter Edgar, who works for Catalyst Inc, said: "The global connections and shared knowledge generated from this series of events is priceless. Following such a positive event, I am visiting California next week to promote Northern Ireland's thriving technology startups and to develop collaborative partnerships to help advance NI’s Knowledge Economy.”
Kain Craigs, who founded Iconic Golf Group, added: “We owe a great deal of thanks to all of our supporters, sponsors and speakers for helping us secure and deliver Belfast’s first engagement with Davos – and driving home the message that Belfast is preparing for the next industrial revolution”.
Chairman of CBI NI, David Gavaghan, one of over 250 attendees at the Shaping Davos content creation forum on Monday 16th January said: "It is wonderful to see the imagination of the next generation lead the way and show that they want to connect across the globe from the heart of Belfast."
Sponsors of the Shaping Davos in Belfast project included Deloitte Digital and Belfast City Council, with support from Invest NI, Forde Campbell LLC, Tourism NI and Morrow Communications.