Local officials and industry representatives promote the upcoming Smart City Summit and Expo March 14 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of TCG)
According to co-organizer Taipei City Government, 337 government agencies, companies and research centers from home and abroad will showcase the latest smart city products and trends at some 1,250 booths. The sixth edition of the annual event also features a pavilion highlighting related artificial intelligence systems by 36 startups from around the world.
The mayor’s summit is expected to draw around 128 municipal leaders and representatives from 33 countries and territories, TCG said. Discussions will center on advancing innovative entrepreneurship and building sustainable communities.
Cheng Yu, chairman of Taipei-based Chunghwa Telecom and head of co-organizer Taiwan Smart City Solutions Alliance, said that the record number of overseas attendees spotlights the nation’s prominent role in the sector. SCSE will help further deepen Taiwan’s know-how in the field and boost exports of locally developed solutions, he added.
According to TCG, the second day of the event will see the official launch of the Global Organization of Smart Cities, with 92 municipalities and 41 enterprises expected to join the initiative. It will serve as a platform for sharing best practices, facilitating experiments on smart city solutions and improving urban living conditions worldwide, the city government said.
Taiwan is a global leader in smart city development. Taipei and the central city of Taichung won the Intelligent Community of the Year award from New York-headquartered think tank IC Forum in 2006 and 2013, respectively. Northern Taiwan’s Taoyuan City is among the seven finalists for this year’s prize. (CPY-E)