Global Leaders Convene in Goyang City, Republic of Korea

Smart City leaders from around the globe participated in the launch of the Smart Cities Innovation Summit Asia at the Korean International Convention Center (KINTEX) on September 20-22, 2016. Public officials from Korea hosted international city leaders from North America, India, Spain, Sri Lanka, Monaco, and Morocco for three days of networking, sharing and learning about global smart cities initiatives. The event was hosted by the Mayor of Goyang City, Dr. Sung Choi and organized by KINTEX and TechConnect.

More than 500 people filled the conference hall on the opening morning for keynote addresses including top officials from Korea’s Central Government, international city officials and leaders in academia. The morning sessions concluded with a leadership panel moderated by Mayor Sung Choi including panelists Archana Vemulapalli, CTO, Washington DC; Dennis Gakunga, CSO, Chula Vista, CA; Kamlesh Yagnik, CRO, Surat India; and influential Korean officials.

It was truly a memorable kickoff to a remarkable event as everyone came together to share, network and learn from each other. The tremendous momentum of the Korean smart city industry provided a great backdrop with meaningful insights for the international city officials and technology executives.

The afternoon sessions consisted of city spotlight presentations from public officials and innovation challenge sessions led by technology executives from disruptive startups including StratIS, Roost and Paradyme Shift.

Conference programming on Wednesday and Thursday consisted of morning keynotes from both public officials, academics and technology executives. Topics included smart government, energy, infrastructure, networks, mobility and citizen life. The conference rooms were packed from start to finish with a high level of audience interaction.

“Thank you for inviting us to the Smart Cities Innovation Summit in Korea and for giving Chula Vista the opportunity to share our experiences and learn from the various cities, public agencies and firms in attendance. The conference was a great success! I found the different sessions to very interesting and the venue was excellent for networking,” said Dennis Gakunga, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chula Vista, California.  “We are excited and looking forward to future partnerships from the various connections we made during the summit. Thanks again for your efforts.”

More than sixty (60) companies filled the KINTEX exhibition hall 3 including top sponsors from Korea Telecom, LG Uplus, Korea Land & Housing Corporation and Goyang City. Companies demonstrated state-of-the-art smart city IoT and cloud based solutions during the three day exposition to an audience of 3,000 expo attendees.

About Smart Cities Innovation Summit Events

The Smart Cities Innovation Summits bring together cities and their respective leadership to prospect for best-practices and solutions to support their strategic smart city realization needs.
Today, around the globe, forward thinking city planners are using the latest information and communication technologies to improve the lives of their citizenry, while using less resources and being more protective of the environment. The Smart Cities Connect Conference & Expo provides an opportunity for leading technology and solution providers to meet face to face with representatives from dozens of cities and municipalities who are looking to leverage the latest tools available in order to make their communities more responsive, efficient, productive and safe. In a word, smart.
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