UNLEASH kicks-off in Shenzhen with an Opening Ceremony to welcome and inspire talents, introduce core partners, explore the city, build relations and meet their team. The event will take place in the Shenzhen Bay Eco-Technology Park and feature high-level VIPs and distinguished guests for a day of inspiration.
Talents break into different thematic areas relating to the United Nations SDGs and districts in to co-create solutions in teams supported by experts, facilitators and investors. The themes are Good Health & Well-Being, Quality Education, Clean Water & Sanitation, Affordable & Clean Energy, Industry & Infrastructure, Sustainable Cities & Communities, Responsible Consumption & Production, and Climate Action. The teams will be working from Shenzhen Polytechnic, Shenzhen Energy, Shenzhen Water Group, Shenzhen Institute of Information Technology, China Genebank, BGI, and Vanke Design Community.
Talents pitch their ideas in front of their peers and a jury. The best solutions compete at Dragons’ Den which takes place at I-Factory. Here, they have an opportunity to have their ideas questioned and celebrated with all talents and a range of experts. On the final day of UNLEASH 2019, top solutions are showcased at the Closing Ceremony, featuring key notes by VIPs and partners at Shenzhen Concert Hall.
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Leymah Gbowee is a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women’s rights advocate. She is also the Founder and President of the Gbowee Peace Foundation Africa, based in Monrovia. Leymah led the nonviolent movement Women of Liberia Mass Action for Peace that brought together Christian and Muslim women to play a pivotal role in ending Liberia’s devastating, fourteen-year civil war in 2003.
Peter Himmelman is a Grammy and Emmy nominated singer-songwriter, visual artist, best-selling author, film composer, entrepreneur, and rock and roll performer. Peter founded Big Muse to unlock the potential of individuals through creativity and high-trust teamwork. Peter’s most recent book, Let Me Out (Unlock your creative mind and bring your ideas to life) was released October, 2016, revealing science-based techniques and simple exercises to get unstuck and unlock your creative potential.