2021 Smart City Summit & Expo to be Launched with Cross-Domain Collaborations

Source: 2021 SCSE
【Editor’s Note】”Smart city” not only refers to the capability to adopt the latest, top-notch technology, but also to ensure the technology can make people’s lives better. Cities around the world are racing to embrace technology. According to the 2020 Smart City Index, Taipei City ranked 8th in the world, ahead of many major international cities. As such, the upcoming 2021 Smart City Summit & Expo in Taiwan is receiving great attention at home and abroad. 

Sci-fi movie scenes are turning real in metropolises with smart technology. Let’s listen to the speeding heartbeat of the transforming city. The 8th Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE) will be launched from Mar. 23rd to 26th at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center, Hall 2.

First hybrid smart city tradeshow in the globe since 2020

Despite the ongoing pandemic worldwide, events and people in Taiwan are less impacted with extremely effective pandemic control. As such, the 2021 SCSE will be presented in a hybrid form, which will be the first hybrid smart city tradeshow in the world since last year.

The 2021 SCSE is expected to reach 600 thousand views by 150 thousand attendees from over 150 countries, in which views from overseas will account for 70%. In addition, it is estimated that over 139 government officials (including 45 mayors or deputies) from 62 cities across 35 countries or regions have registered for the online event of SCSE (as of Mar. 15th).

Feature 1: Stronger lineup with Kaohsiung City joining as co-organizer

Ever since its establishment in 2014, SCSE has gained its reputation and value more and more from the local governments in Taiwan. Now the event has become a globally-renowned platform for city leaders worldwide.

Taoyuan City joined in 2020 as the co-organizer, and hosts the Sustainable City Forum. Taoyuan City mayor Cheng Wen-Tsan is also the Chairman of the international EcoLogistics community of ICLEI, expecting to foster sustainable development in cities around the world by connecting global communities through the Forum.

In 2021, Kaohsiung joined as the co-organizer and hosts Kaohsiung Smart City Forum – Transforming an Industrial City in the Digital Era. The mayor Chen Chi-Mai is actively engaged in building a 5G smart city, aiming to open up real sites to smart city solution providers as a living lab for their innovations, which could further to be exported to overseas especially ASEAN countries.

Kaohsiung City Government intends to build a bridge with the ASEAN countries via this Forum, creating new opportunities for industries to expand business southbound.

Feature 2: Online & offline event to showcase in parallel

The 2021 SCSE will engage 251 exhibitors, taking nearly 1,000 booths in the smart city realms of healthcare, transportation, building, energy, security, and governance. There will be 37 forum sessions scheduled, among which 54% are in English and will be live streaming and broadcast to all over the world including Smart City Mayors’ Summit, Sustainable City Forum, Kaohsiung Smart City Forum – Transforming an Industrial City in the Digital Era, World Smart City Telecom Conference, World System Integrator Conference, and more.

On the other hand, in order to give the overseas audiences a better understanding of the onsite expo, the organizer will record the interviews with exhibitors and uploaded the edited “themed video tours” onto the Smart City Online for global audiences to watch.

Feature 3: The biggest cross-city and cross-industry network of all times

This year, there are 10 city governments in total joining the exhibition, inclusive of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu, Pingtung, Yilan, Taitung, and Kinmen, hitting the event’s record of the largest number of local governmental exhibitors.

Vivian Huang, Deputy Mayor of Taipei City, kicked off the 2021 Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE). This year, a total of 10 county and city governments participated in the physical expo, reaching a record high. (Source: 2021 SCSE)

With a view to facilitating cross-domain collaborations on AIoT (AI + IoT) applications, the organizer even invited over 30 domestic associations as well as governmental delegates to visit the event. The three co-organizers, Taipei, Taoyuan, and Kaohsiung City, will also conduct their “Bilateral Gov x Biz Webinar” with foreign cities including Piła (Poland), Prague (Czech Republic), Medellín (Colombia), National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) of Nigeria, Selangor (Malaysia), and Butuan (the Philippines). They will bring around 45 companies in the smart city industry to the virtual networking sessions with Taiwanese companies.

Moreover, foreign associations such as the Asian-Oceanian Computing Industry Organization (ASOCIO), Thai IoT Association, Ho Chi Minh City Computer Association, Philippine Software Industry Association (PSIA), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI), Indonesia IoT Association, International Trade and Forfaiting Association of Nigeria, Fedesoft of Colombia, will be signing MOUs with Taipei Computer Association (TCA) and other partnering associations online.

Feature 4: Topic of SCSE 2021: AIoT Invigorates Smart City

The 2021 SCSE comes with the topic: “AIoT Invigorates Smart City”.

“AIoT Invigorates Smart City” is the topic of 2021 Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE). (Source: 2021 SCSE)

Exhibitors like Chunghwa Telecom and FarEasTone work with Taiwan Smart City Solution Alliance (TSSA) and set up a 5G Pavilion separately; Nokia and Wave-in Communication will showcase their latest 5G applications, and the “5G Smart Pole Standard Promotion Alliance” will be launched in the afternoon of March 24 by 25 companies to initiate the technical regulation of the industry. Its first Chairman will be Tzu-Hsien Tung, Honorary Chairman of TCA and Chairman of Pegatron Corp.

Moreover, KYMCO will present their total solutions for electric vehicles and charging station during the event, and organize the 5G & E-mobility forum with Chunghwa Telecom, together addressing their joint resolution to enter the ASEAN market.

【Smart City Summit & Expo Basics】
Date: Mar. 23rd (Tue) – Mar. 26th (Fri)
Time: 10am-6pm, Mar. 23rd to 25th, 2021
10am-5pm, Mar. 26th, 2021
Venue: Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2, Taipei (No. 2, Jingmao 2nd Rd., Nangang Dist., Taipei City)
Take “Bannan Line” or “Wenhu Line” and take off at “Taipei Nangang Exhibition Center”. Go out via Exit 1 and go along the underground passage of Nangang Exhibition Center Hall 2.

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