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Last week, I had an interview with John Holdren, (the Chief Science and Technology advisor of President Barack Obama) on the issue of climate change. This week, John tells me all about how it is to work with Obama himself! John met Obama before his presidency when Obama was still a U.S. senator. John has a very interesting story on how it all started with a private dinner and how he eventually became the the Chief Science and Technology advisor of President Barack Obama. John was a professor at Harvard and the director of the Woodshole Research Center, but when he got the job in the Obama administration he had to abandon all of that. He says that you officially have no time off, no weekends & no vacation. How did it affect his work-life balance? How was it to be the Head of the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy? What did John do every day for 8 years? What were Obama’s thoughts on climate science? How knowledgeable was Obama? Obama really cared about science & technology, which some argue is different with Trump. Next week I will talk about this with John Holdren and we will discuss the Paris Agreement & president Trump.

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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I am still in Nantucket where I reside in our house of 1927. It is a beautiful house but the internet here is too slow! In general, I could say that internet in America is extremely expensive and relatively slower compared to the Netherlands. Our house in Nantucket had Verizon for 28 years because we wanted to have broadband internet and, after all those years, I can say it was a disaster. The service often did not work, it was extremely slow (0.6 to 2.4 Mbps) and that for $84 per month! So this week I had enough of it and I called Comcast/Xfinity for cable and ordered a fast internet service. Two days later, everything was installed in an hour (because everything is above the ground) and now I have 10 times(!) faster internet for half the price. Verizon I’ve been a loyal customer but it has been enough!

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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 Another newsletter from Nantucket (US)! Tesla’s Q2 numbers came out: Elon Musk apologized for bad banners and came with new “promises”, the Model 3 is now the best selling sedan in America and stock went up 9%!

MoveHack Hackathon

If you have a great idea: stop having vacation! In India everything moves fast. Last week was decided there will be a fantastic hackathon on mobility MOVEHACK organized by the governments of India and Singapore in August and September. It’s all about teams who come up with smart solutions for smart cities, smart traffic, AI usage and solving very complex data problems. If you want to participate you have to act NOW! Selected will fly to Singapore and India, expenses paid, and get a chance to improve and pitch their idea, win amazing prizes and see their idea become a reality in smart cities across India! Submit your team and idea before Aug 14th!

Obama Science & Technology Advisor on Climate Change

John Holdren is a super interesting man and was Obama’s Science & Technology Advisor and gave a very interesting presentation in Nantucket. In part 1 of the interview he talks about Climate Change and what will happen if we don’t act. A very scary story about the current state of the world.

New Financial Crisis?

I met William Cohan, tv personality & former trader on Wall Street (for 17 years!), who is now also a bestselling author. He wrote the book “Why Wall Street Matters” and we talked about the four factors that will make a financial crisis happen again. He has an alarming message!

Tesla Autopilot Rechtszaak

 Vorig jaar kreeg ik twee boetes omdat ik tijdens Tesla Autopilot mijn telefoon in handen had. Ik reed rustig, kalm en keurig recht. Wanneer veranderd deze regel? Ik maak hier bezwaar tegen omdat de auto reed en ik toezicht hield, net als een rij instructeur. Kom op donderdag 13 september om 9.30 voor de rechtszaak naar Rechtbank Utrecht waar we ons verhaal doen!

Wie is Marietje Schaake?

Marietje Schaake is kandidaat lijsttrekker voor D66 in het Europees Parlement. Ze heeft veel in de VS gewerkt en is nu Europarlementariër. Wie is Marietje en wat drijft haar? Ik interviewde haar en ga haar de komende tijd volgen!

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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John Paul Holdren is a Climate Change Expert and he was the Chief Science and Technology advisor of President Barack Obama during both terms. I had an interesting talk with him about climate change. What do we know about climate change? How are we responsible? What are the consequences ? John says that for the coming 10-20 years the temperature will continue to rise, but it is up to us how fast. Why does a difference in 2 degrees Celcius matter so much? What do we need to do to slow down the temperature rise? How did the temperature awareness change over decades since the 60’s? Next week we will highlight John’s talk of how it is to work with former president Obama and we will discuss the Paris Agreement & president Trump, so stay tuned!

John Holdren presentation slides on “Climate Change and the Cape & Islands: What We Know. What We Expect. What We Can Do.” in Nantucket.


John Holdren also gave an interesting talk at Brown University.

The slides of the talk at Brown University can be found here.

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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In the library of Nantucket I attended a presentation by William D. Cohan, a business writer, colomnist of the New York Times, former trader and tv personality. He was supposed to talk about his book “Why Wall Street Matters”, but instead he talked about the four factors that will make a financial crisis happen again. William worked on Wall Street (at Merrill Lynch, JP Morgan Chase and more) for 17 years(!) and thinks the compensation system of that world causes all the financial problems time after time. I interviewed him afterwards and summarized it in five minutes! William wrote a number of books on Wall street and his next book will be different. It will be published next year and he is warning us… Who will listen?


–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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Hackathon in India and Singapore

There’s gonna be a fantastic hackathon MOVEHACK on mobility organized by the governments of India and Singapore in August and September. It’s all about teams who come up with smart solutions for smart cities, smart traffic, AI usage and solving very complex data problems.

India is being transformed at a very rapid rate. In the hackathon the best minds of the world will compete and come up with prototypes and solutions for the diverse problems India faces. If you look around, you’ll see that these problems do not only exist in India but all over the world. If you can solve for India, you can solve for the world.

Selected teams will fly to Singapore and India, expenses paid, and get a chance to win amazing prizes. Submit your team and idea


The online competition started on August the 1st. You can put in a team and it can be any kind of team: Companies, Students, Governments.

Submitting your idea is possible till, depending on the track, August 14th and 17th.

A very impressive jury will select a Top 30 teams who will fly to Singapore, expenses paid, to improve their idea at the first event on September 1st and 2nd with rich data, experts and mentors. You will be able to make your solution much better.

The 20 best will all fly to New Dehli in India for the Grand Finale on September 7th and 8th and get a chance to pitch their ideas and win amazing prizes. The total worth of monetary prizes is €300.000+. But you also get the chance to get YOUR idea implemented in 100 Smart Cities in Idea and inspire the world!


There are two tracks (coding and solving) and many themes you can participate in: Multimodal Commuter Mobility in Cities, Multi-modal Freight handling and Transportation, Future of Mobility, Road Safety, Artificial Intelligence for Indian Transport Infrastructure, Drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) in India, Alternative Energy, Solutions for the Electric Revolution, Urban Aerial Mobility, Technology for Pune Smart City Mobility Challenges. See all themes and topics


So what are you waiting for! Get together a team and submit your idea and maybe you’re one of the 30 teams that will be flied to Singapore and get a chance to improve the world! Put your minds together to solve for India and solve for the world!

Submit your idea at: https://www.movehack.gov.in/

–  Vincent Everts, Dutch trendwatcher in the field of digital innovation | More about Vincent Everts

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At Broadway New York, I am interviewing Jan Raes who is a Sustainability Advisor at ABN AMRO Bank. Jan came to the United Nations in New York and he talked about the Circular Economy Finance Guidelines. This initiative was started by three big Dutch banks inspired by the ambition to create a joint framework for financing the circular economy. The guidelines meet a need for better insight into financial backing for the circular economy and aim to help drive such financing. They made it open source, right to copy, and the aim is to make these guidelines to become the world standard in the circular economy. How do they want to do that? What is the interest of the world in sustainability?

Natec invited me to report at Intersolar in Munich, Europe’s largest solar show. One of the most interesting stories was from Chinese CEO of CanadianSolar: Dr. Shawn Qu – the “Steve Jobs” of the solar world. CanadianSolar is on a mission to cover the planet in solar panels. Dr. Shawn Qu thinks it’s good for the planet and that in 15 years solar will be 10% of the worldwide electricity. He’s from China but studied in Canada. Find out about the story of this man who sets out to be one of the biggest players in the solar industry!

Dr. Shawn Qu also tells us about he top players in the Canadian Solar product range and why!

Click here to watch all videos from CanadianSolar at Intersolar!

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I’ve connected my reputation for the first time to an ICO, Solve.Care, because I believe they do an extremely useful job in the healthcare industry. Solve.Care wants to revolutionize healthcare on the Blockchain. Design is important. If you are an UX designer and want to enter a meaningful contest please take a look at this. Solve.Care, a healthcare administration platform intended to streamline the healthcare system, has launched a Care.Card UX Contest. Care.Cards are integral to coordinating healthcare services and processes across the platform. The goal of the contest is to involve creative minds from all over the world in the development and design of Care.Cards. Winners will be announced on August 3, 2018. All contest details are posted on the Solve.Care website. ENTER CONTEST

In order to win a grand prize of 100,000 CAN tokens, participants must build intuitive and user-friendly Care.Cards that automate healthcare processes inside the Care.Wallet ecosystem. Every entry in the contest must be visually aesthetic and seamlessly functional. The creativity of the card and adaptivity of its content will also be considered in choosing the contest winner. There are three different Care.Cards that participants can create and enter in the contest.

The jury of the contest comprises top professionals in the healthcare industry, including Jami Berger (Arizona Care Network), Michael Kessel (Cleveland Clinic Canada), Subha Ramiah (Cigna), David Randall (ARPI), and Ashis Chawla (St. Joseph’s Health Centre). Berger, who is the Executive Director of the Arizona Care Network, appealed to potential contest participants, stating that, “…when we are our most vulnerable is when we need to access complex and convoluted healthcare systems. We want to hear how you can make this better for all of us – how would you make it less complex – how would you change healthcare access – how will you be an innovator!”

Solve.Care CEO Pradeep Goel emphasized the company’s intention of involving the global community in the mission of improving healthcare processes. “The talented creators will generate new and innovative user experiences for you, your family, friends, everyone, who has ever faced with daunting administration processes, to manage healthcare with greater autonomy, transparency and control over their information,” said Goel. Pradeep gave an inspiring talk at BIC18 as well:

The contest prizes reflect an appreciation for community involvement. All submissions that pass the qualification stage will receive 1000 tokens. The top three submissions for each of the three different Care.Cards will receive more substantial token prizes, with first place receiving100,000 tokens, second place receiving 35,000 tokens, and third place receiving 15,000 tokens. All prizes are paid out in CAN tokens.

Registration for the Care.Card UX Contest has already started and continues through July 17. Contest entries can be submitted starting July 5. Submissions will be judged by domain experts and health industry executives between July 20-August 1. The official contest website contains the form for registration, information for contestants, and the timeline of the event. ENTER CONTEST




Greg Shapiro came to the Nederland’s from Chicago and has been involved in Amsterdam based comedian community Boom Chicago since the very beginning! Over 26 million people know him as the voice of Donald Trump in the Zondag met Lubach viral video The Netherlands Second and now has his own show The United States of Europe.

Boom Chicago turns 25 this year and it’s being celebrated with a big birthday party bash in the Royal Theater Carré on Saturday July 14 with two fantastic shows. One will be a performance by alumnus Seth Meyers, host of Late Night with Seth Meyers.  The second show that evening will be the Boom Chicago&Friends show featuring Boom Chicago’s current and former cast and Dutch comedy friends like Ruben van der Meer and Horace Cohen.

What does Greg think of America? What does he think of the future of Europe? And how about the 25 years of Boom Chicago? All in this interview!