The 2016 Smart City Summit and Expo, the biggest IoT event in Taiwan, closed on March 25, 2016, to huge success. Themed “Building Smart Cities on the IoT”, this year’s event fully demonstrated the vitality of Taiwan’s ICT industry in the IoT business. Notably, the first Smart City Summit and Expo that took place in 2014 received a Gold Award from the Taiwan MICE Awards that year, indicating that this innovative and integrated smart city event campaign is recognized as a successful benchmark for Taiwan’s MICE industry.
Innovation and Integration lead to an Exciting Cross-Industry Campaign
The 2016 event saw further integration with the Taipei City Government and related industries in Taiwan. Working hand-in-hand with the Taipei Computer Association (TCA) as co-organizers, there was an increase of related international activities, forums, and leaders over previous events. The most notable moment was when leaders of intelligent communities from different parts of the globe gathered in Taipei and signed a Smart City Declaration together with the Taipei City Government. In addition, the city government teamed up with industry to complete a white paper on Smart Cities, making Taipei a model for the development of smart cities. Regarding cross-industry collaborations, ASUA joined Taipei City Government, Academia Sinica, and Realtek Semiconductor Corp. in holding “Air Box PM2.5”, the first-ever air pollution monitoring project in Taiwan. Another, a Smart Station project developed by the Taipei City Government and Askey Computer, served as one more successful example of the city government collaborating with industry in making Taipei a smart city. The Green Intelligence Industry Alliance, initiated by EcoLand Corporation, joined 31 famous cross-industry companies with the core concept of “intelligence, green, health, and innovation”, showcasing the industrial park they established with new materials in Jinan, China. Such successful experiences can be reproduced in other parts of the world to create more international business opportunities for Taiwan’s architectural, ICT, agricultural, and medical industries.
The Smart City Summit and Expo, showcasing the diversity of the MICE industry, included a variety of activities, namely a Smart City Mayor’s Summit, Smart City Applications Forum, Smart City Expo, Real Site Demo, and Smart City Innovative Applications Awards.
Smart cities have received global attention on the government level as they can provide the public with more convenient and enjoyable lifestyles. Taiwan, benefitting from its advanced ICT industry along with the booming power of IoT development, has the advantage of creating multiple business opportunities based on smart cities. By keeping hold of the hot smart city topic and the fact that this was the biggest IoT event in Taiwan, the Smart City Summit and Expo has the potential to become a major international MICE event.
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