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Have you noticed all these bikes around the city? Are you curious about this new trend? Non-docking bike sharing is a Chinese innovation that has recently come to D.C. since becoming a sensation in China. This newest phenonmen is taking over cities all around the world and changing internatioal markets.
One of Chinas biggest bike-sharing companies, Ofo, is making itself a regular fixture on the streets of the District. Ofo was founded in 2014. As of 2017, it operates over 10 million yellow-colored bicycles in 180 cities and 13 countries. The dockless Ofo system uses a smartphone app to unlock bicycles, charging an hourly rate for use. As of 2017, the company is valued at $3 billion and has over 62.7 million monthly active users.
On November 15, at 7:30-8:30pm in the 3rd floorAmphitheater of the Marvin Center, GW's Global China Connection is hosting a panel where the history of bike sharing, the economic implications for China and America, as well as the future of bike sharing will all be discussed. The Panel will consist of two Ofo represenetives, as well as GW Elliot's Steven Suranovic and CSIS's Samm Sacks. If you are intersted in China, international economies, new techonology, or marketing, this is the event for you! Anyone is welcome to join! We will also be selling bubble tea at the event! See you there!