The Taipei Computer Association (TCA) successfully concluded the in-person 2021 Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE+) in March, after adapting to a virtual platform in 2020.
Just like last year, the TCA kept its virtual platform for SCSE, the Smart City Online. Only this time instead of six months — the platform will be made available until December 2021, with the aim of reaching more than 600,000 views.
Concurrently, delegates met face-to-face from 23 to 26 March at Taipei Nangang Exhibition Hall, where the event clocked a total of 80,000 visits, more than 250 exhibitors manning some 1,000 booths, with 139 global city leaders in virtual attendance via Smart City Online.
TCA vice president, Yun-pei Huang, said that as many as 10 local city governments joined the 2021 exhibition, including the City of Taipei, New Taipei, Taoyuan, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Hsinchu, County of Pintung, Yilan, Taitung, and Kinmen — making this edition one with the most city government exhibitors.
Delegates could participate in more than 35 online and offline conference sessions, with a focus on smart cities, AIoT (Artificial Intelligence of Things), 5G and sustainability.
The event also announced the AI 50 Campaign winners — innovators in finding cutting-edge solutions for the healthcare, home, transportation, energy and retail sectors.
A highlight of the event, the Smart City Mayors’ Summit from 23-24 March saw 24 city leaders and representatives from 18 countries gather in discussions centred on bringing more digital transformations to cities.
Taipei City mayor Ko Wen-je and deputy mayor Huang Shan-shan joined the in-person delegation, along with representatives of foreign offices in Taiwan, including those from the UK, Netherlands, Canada, and Israel.
Global leaders from Nepal, Mauritius, Czech Republic, Hungary, The Philippines, France, South Africa and the Republic of Korea met online over two video conference sessions, sharing how each destination has responded to the pandemic through smart technologies.
Mayor Ko highlighted the country's 'Taipei Smart City Industry Field Pilot Programme' in creating a living lab ecosystem, and seeded the idea of cross-border collaborations in social innovation and community thinking.
Deputy mayor Huang added that Taiwan will continue to foster its digital infrastructure, such as the 5G network, big data center, and Taipei Pass App.
Meanwhile, Daegu mayor Kwon Young-jin, spoke of the municipality's US$10 billion investment towards business recovery, and how the South Korean city is nurturing digital talent to create a Daegu Smart City 2.0.
SCSE will return next year as a concurrent event in Taipei and Kaohsiung.
Watch some of the 2021 event highlights below.