Sharing economy, championed by Uber and Airbnb, innovates the use of data platform for sharing underutilised resources such as cars and apartments. The rapid growth of sharing economy has been causing disruptions to traditional industries and their workforce. Can we adopt innovations in a less disruptive fashion, or even make the full-time workforce feel empowered? In this talk, Andy will expand the concept of sharing economy beyond sharing resources, and explore ways in reforming the taxi industry for productivity gains and fair competition. A few innovative measures of China’s recent nationwide regulation on taxis and private-hire vehicles will also be highlighted.
About the speaker
Dr. Andy Zheng is an adjunct fellow at the Lee Kuan Yew Centre for Innovative Cities, and the founder of Aspiring Citizens Cleantech. He earned his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California Berkeley in 2014. His research interests in renewable energy and innovation have led him to focus on researching and developing novel data-driven solutions that optimize energy use and minimize carbon footprint in a smart city context. He has been working on innovative solutions to empower the taxi and ridesharing industry, and his views on reforming taxi industry has been well published in Chinese media.
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