Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

A Real Smart City, Being Disrupted & Staying Connected

It was good to meet with Commissioner Lee, Head of the Incheon Free Economic Zone, at the start of the third day of the New Cities Summit in Songdo, part of Incheon in South Korea.

He outlined the significant progress his global smart city had made.

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We then had presentations on the impact disrupters are having and heard from two start-ups: a mobility business and a green city company which has created a super efficient “city tree” which can do the work of 275 real trees.

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I then enjoyed hearing from Christchurch City Council Mayor Lianne Dalziel about her smart city work.

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The afternoon covered global connectivity and how to make cities more inclusive.

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We finished with an honest appraisal of our host city Songdo.

Overall, a very impressive summit covering a broad and rich range of both new and emerging thinking and practices to help cities thrive.

 


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