TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) said Tuesday that the city government is making the city a “living lab” for smart city solutions and innovative ideas to be worked on in order to provide better and more efficient services for citizens.
With the goal of moving towards one of the most livable cities in the world, the Taipei City Government is pushing forward “citizen-centric governance and transformation” on the basis of existing infrastructure and technology, remarked Ko during welcoming remarks at the Mayors’ Summit on Tuesday afternoon.
The city government aims to become a platform for innovation while the entire capital serves as a “living lab,” said Ko.
As a major highlight of the 2019 Smart City Summit & Expo on Tuesday, the Mayors’ Summit gathered together 128 city mayors and local government representatives from 42 countries to take part in the discussion on city governance and smart city applications.
► The Mayors’ Summit at the 2019 Smart City Summit & Expo opens on March 26 (Photo: Taiwan News)
The city government should integrate resources and technologies from the public and private sector, as well as from academic and research institutes, in order to find solutions to various urban problems and provide better and more efficient services for citizens, added Ko.
In recent years, Taipei City has provided spaces as urban laboratories for start-ups and innovative companies to experiment on their ideas.
Ko emphasized that the city has an excellent environment and strong talent and technology base for developing smart city solutions. He welcomes overseas enterprises and institutions to build partnerships with Taipei City and use the spaces provided by the city government as their labs to realize their smart city projects.
The mayor also called for action from the central government to help apply Taipei’s development of smart city solutions to other part of the island country, and even to market them overseas. “We are very willing to share our successful applications and experiences” with cities around the world, said Ko.
Following Ko’s welcoming remarks, the summit began with a keynote speech delivered by Deputy Taipei Mayor Teng Chia-chi (鄧家基). A number of city mayors, including the Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřib, the Mayor of Fukuoka, Soichiro Takashima, and the Vice Mayor of Utrecht, Klaas Verschuure, shared their experiences in solving various urban problems that presented challenges to their cities, by applying smart city solutions and technologies.