GATE Global CO2Nference   2018


Imagine that you are an academic or corporate sustainability champion. Imagine that you are an international organization dedicated to the transition to sustainable energy and material use and the emergence of a non-destructive economy? Now imagine that you want to participate in a conference and, as always, you have no choice but to fly half way around the world… Hasn’t somebody invented a way to attend a local venue of a global conference?

The GATE CO2NFerence is a concept for the new generation of organisations who want to be the change and take action. The design achieves the important aspects of conference participation: you leave your normal work environment for a day to focus on a topic you think is important, learn about new developments, meet people in the field, share your ideas, have un-structured discussions over meals, and advance the field. To accomplish these objectives, you must attend a real conference with real people. But only a few people can actually afford the time and expense to travel to the venue of an international conference. The concept is to organise the globe into 4 quadrons. In each quadron there is at least one conference venue, but there can be multiple local venues. Participants travel to the nearest venue in their quadron.

The conference experience in each venue is as if it were a stand-alone conference, except that keynote presentations and presentations are shared around the world. The number of registrations is expected to be 4-10 times higher than a conventional conference. The carbon emissions are 1000 times less. The registration fees can be higher because the travel costs are lower. It is envisioned that universities could host the venues, but an international hotel chain with conference venues could also create a market brand. A global conference organizer would be a new company delivering the GATE Global CO2NFerence organization, registrations, bookings and advertising.

Each Region has

  • 3 meals and 1-2 tea-breaks with plenty of discussion time (1 hour each)
  • 1 Keynote Address to the World
  • An overnight stay at the local venue
  • 3 InTIME workshops designed by the organisers with guides and web uploads of results
  • 1 hour of e-presenations from their venue to the world (4-5, no questions)
  • 3 hours of e-presentatins to their venue from the world (some may be recorded)
  • 3 keynote presentations from the other venues (some may be recorded)
  • Recorded Keynotes ®* include drinks or tea during the play-back

Technology Challenge

The technology is possible, but it will require an integration innovation to create and deliver a full package of technologies that are deployed successfully and seamlessly at all venues.