The increased pressure on the cities due to increased numbers of inhabitants, an increased necessity to generate economic growth and increasing environmental challenges leaves the cities in need to develop a sustainable way of living. This sustainability is developed through environmental sustainable solutions combined with a full use of the possibilities the digitalization of the society has given us. This means enabling the technology to gather data, which can be used by the technology itself in order to adapt to the most sustainable and smart behaviour. Enabling the technology to communicate, be able to share the gathered data with people or other technologies or borrow relevant data from elsewhere and make the technology multifunctional, they provide solutions to not only one, but to multiple problems.
The Smart Cities Awards will recognize pioneering projects designed to make cities more livable, sustainable and economically viable. Businesses, entrepreneurs, research hubs, non-governmental organizations and public or private consortiums pitch their innovative smart city strategies and solutions to transform our cities in the field of technology, energy, governance, sustainability and mobility.
Applicants are invited with impressive projects that use new innovative technology to engage citizens, increase efficiency, empower sustainability, generate business and improve quality of life.
Global Director, Visionary Innovation
Frost & Sullivan
President - Cities & Strategy
Essel Infraprojects Ltd
Professor, (Smartcity, Faculty of Urban Innovation)
Asia University, Tokyo Japan
Born in 1955 in Tokyo Japan, Graduated from Waseda University, commercial science. Worked for IBM Japan from 1982 – 2015, as a leader of the Smarter city initiative. Participated many smartcity projects from New Orleans USA to mountain side small village projects. Considering Smartcity as one category of business that can only save people continuously.
Assigned a role of personal information law making team at Cabinet Secretariat of Japan Government and others. Participated a division establishment of Urban Innovation at Asia University and inaugurated a professor for Smartcity and Big data. Regional ICT advisor and e-Government committee member of Japan Government. Published, "Smartcity" in 2011, "Bigdata business innovation" in 2017 etc.
Speech profile (Abstract)
Smartcity, the word is understood in many ways around the world. Especially Japanese business society has an image of IT and energy project. As the first thought of Smartcity derived from Global warming issue, it must have a mission to save people continuously. To do that, the business, Smartcity, must have a clear goal to achieve. There are many projects by nation with clear purpose but many of them do not have it. Several different view point of Smartcity definitions will be shown.
George Town Festival
Best known as director of the George Town Festival (GTF), Joe Sidek has established himself as one of Malaysia's strong advocates for the arts. GTF is an annual month-long festival that turns the town into a brilliant canvas for local and international performances, visual arts, culture and community-infused activities.
Before taking up the position of festival director, Joe Sidek played major roles in various forms of art expression - from event management, art curatorship, restaurant ownership and even costume design. A lesser known fact about Mr Sidek is that he still runs his family-owned textile chemical factory. With his industrialist background, entrepreneurial nature and his visionary passion for the arts, it is no surprise that 8 years after his appointment as Festival Director of GTF in 2010, the festival has grown incrementally ever since.
Other than GTF, Mr Sidek is also running the Rainforest Fringe Festival in Sarawak. He was also the Managing Director of Tropfest South East Asia in 2014 and 2015. Elsewhere, he has been invited to speak regionally and in countries like Brisbane, Taipei, Seoul and Yokohama about his role in the creation and continued growth of GTF. He recently received the Leadership Award for Outstanding Contribution towards Building Smart Cities at the World CSR Congress 2017 in Mumbai, India.
Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Asia Pacific - Energy & Renewables Advisory
DNV GL – Energy
Mathias is Executive Vice President and Regional Manager Asia Pacific for 'Energy and Renewables Advisory' and member of the Executive Leadership Team of DNV GL – Energy. Before the merger of DNV and Germanischer Lloyd in September 2013 Mathias was the Regional Manager of GL Garrad Hassan Asia Pacific. His position involves managing a team of over 130 Inspectors and Engineers specializing in Energy located in offices in Singapore, China, Thailand, India, Australia, Korea and Japan. Based in Singapore, Mathias has 13 years of experience in the renewable energy industry. During this time he has performed a wide range of tasks as an expert in charge of structural components of wind turbines including reviews, inspections, expert opinions, failure analysis, technical due diligence, guideline development and technical seminars.
Mathias has a German Diploma (equivalent to Masters Degree) in 'Civil Engineering and Environmental Technology' (2001) from the 'Technical University Hamburg-Harburg'. There he worked as a student assistant in the 'Department of Steel and Timber Constructions' and elsewhere at engineering company 'IWB'. Whilst studying, Mathias earned the 'Vordiplom prize of Hamburg Construction' for the top five intermediate diplomas and a stipendiary from 'Konrad Adenauer Foundation Germany'. Over the course of his diploma, Mathias also took the opportunity to study at the 'University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology' specialising in concrete and steel structures as well as an additional Degree in Geotechnics.
After graduation, Mathias worked as a junior engineer for one year at 'STRABAG', where his tasks included quotation processing, design, optimization, planning and project coordination for large-scale construction sites in Germany, Turkey, Hungary and Kosovo.
Mathias joined Germanischer Lloyd in 2003 in the Wind Energy group. There he was involved in the inspection, review and computation of wind turbine foundations and towers and furthermore worked to develop the tools and Finite Element models of several wind turbine components and offshore substructures. Mathias took on the role of Project Manager for certification services and advisor for customers in India, China, USA, Japan, Korea and Europe. In 2008 he took on the role of Head of the Civil Engineering Group and then the Department Head of Renewable Energy Asia where he began building the GL engineering teams in India and China, being based in Mumbai and Bangalore, India from 2008 to 2011 as well as in Shanghai, China from 2011 to 2014. Since 2014 Mathias is based in Singapore.
Smart City Lab
Chair Steering Board Future Internet PPP
Olaf-Gerd Gemein is a passionate Serial Entrepreneur and Business Architect with a specific ambition: to be a change catalyst!
With over 30 years of hands-on experience within diverse markets across Europe, Asia, North & South America and Canada, he have successfully supported 100+ projects in the ICT sector in the last years. His contributions revolved mostly around accelerating startup and innovation clusters, building networks, products and services from ground up, facilitating and deploying go-to-market strategies.
Thriving within his current endeavours, he is Co-founder of Smart City Lab in Mumbai, Seoul, San José, Hamburg and London, an exciting project revolving around market plus consulting services and the provision of technical resources such as cloud computing capacity and big data analysis for innovation clusters in cities - for citizen.
Smarter Cities Leader
IBM's Middle East and Africa
Rizwan Hussain is the Smarter Cities Leader for IBM's Middle East and Africa business. He leads IBM's vision, solution strategy and business development efforts for teams active in cities within the region. The integration of transport, water management, public safety, energy, social services, health and urban management are at the heart of IBM's Smarter Cities initiative.
Over the past twenty years, Rizwan has built a successful international career working with clients in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa. He is a seasoned business development and sales executive with deep domain expertise in the areas of transportation, emergency management, water management and social welfare delivery. His depth of industry experience has seen him advise city leaders and public sector executives on strategy development and project implementation as well as partner with private companies to deliver associated services. Prior to his current role, he has also held management and marketing roles. In addition, he has been part of the Leadership Development Program, Corporate Service Corps and Smarter Cities Challenge program at IBM.
Rizwan has an MBA in International Business from Thunderbird in Arizona, USA. Originally from Pakistan, he is currently based in Dubai with his wife and daughter.
Plantagon International, Sustainability Strategist
Chair, Swedish National Committee for Sustainable Smart Cities – Swedish Standards Institute, SIS
Sepehr Mousavi works with development of frameworks for sustainable and smart urban food systems – helping to fulfill the mission of ''Feeding the Cities, Building the Future''.
He is a sustainability professional competent within areas of multidisciplinary planning, urban ecology, standardization as well as smart cities with focus on energy-water-food (-waste) nexus. Holding Masters degrees as an urban ecologist, agroecologist and economist in combination with his understanding of societal challenges via his multinational background and working experiences; all together provides him with an overall understanding of our global sustainability challenges for implementation of innovative solutions in urban settings with a systemic and holistic approach.
He chairs the national Swedish technical committee of standardization for ''Sustainable and Smart Cities and Communities'' and also chairs the national committee for ''Sustainable Urban Food Production'' on Swedish Standards Institute (SIS) platform. Sepehr Mousavi is engaged on European Organization for Standardization, CEN's Smart and Sustainable Cities and Communities Sector, ISO and IEC joint committee (JTC1) on Smart Cities and holds a chair with International Standard Organization (ISO) as Chair Advisory Group (CAG) member of Sustainable Cities and Communities committee.
Director of Innovation & Director of Information & Communication Technology Research
The Research Council
Dr. Zahra AL-Rawahi is Director of Research of Information and Communication Technology at the Research Council. She was an Assistant Professor and Computer & Information Technology Chairperson at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) – College of Medicine & Health Sciences for several years. She is the founder of Telemedicine and Medical Informatics group at SQU. She is also a member of many International professional organizations on ICT(Information and Communication Technology). Dr. Al-Rawahi was responsible, in particular, for developing the E-Learning/E-Assessment solutions and driving the integration of ICT in Higher Education. She is currently investigating methods of using Information Technology to build efficient e-Government Systems that use ICT to deliver better services to Citizens and Businesses. Dr. Al-Rawahi holds a Ph.D in Computer Sciences and Artificial Intelligences from University of Sussex, a Master degree in Educational Technology from New Mexico State University and a Bachelor degree in Physics from Sultan Qaboos University.
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