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Taipei to host Smart City Summit in March

With 2020's successful digital pivot, this year's event will proceed despite Taiwan's recent spike in Covid-19 cases. 

The Taipei Computer Association (TCA) converted last year's SCSE as a virtual event — in 2021, it will evolve into a hybrid format. Pictured: Opening Ceremony of SCSE 2019.
The Taipei Computer Association (TCA) converted last year's SCSE as a virtual event — in 2021, it will evolve into a hybrid format. Pictured: Opening Ceremony of SCSE 2019. Photo Credit:Smart City Summit and Expo

Taipei will host the Smart City Summit and Expo (SCSE+) in a hybrid format this year, from 23 to 26 March. The event will take place at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall and via a dedicated online platform.

The Taipei Computer Association (TCA) converted last year's SCSE into a virtual event, Smart City Online, which ran for six months and delivered 60 forums and more than 800 business matchmaking sessions. This included the Smart City Mayors Summit in August, which comprised three forums and gathered 20 mayors from 17 countries.

"We went through a big digital transformation," said Shaph Su, head of Europe region, Smart City promotion team, referring to major international events such as the Mobile World Congress, CES and Computex, which were cancelled in 2020 without opting for an online alternative.

SCSE is the largest event of its kind in Asia Pacific, and this year's event will see more than 50 city leaders gather for a live-streamed session to discuss post-pandemic recovery.

"In 2019, SCSE hit a record high of over 40,000 visitors in just four days, with almost 300 overseas visitors from governments including 128 city leaders from across 45 countries. We had 1,250 booths by 337 exhibitors from countries such as Australia, Czech Republic, UK, Canada and so on. These are not common numbers in other smart city events around the world," said Su. "Now, we plan to do more."

With this new hybrid format, Su also expects this year's event to attract even more attendees than 2019.

In Covid-related news, with the discovery of a domestic cluster at Taoyuan General Hospital, Taiwan has called off major in-person events, such as the Chinese New Year Street Bazaar. The Taipei Lantern Festival has also been postponed, with only the virtual components proceeding as planned.