Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Smart Cities Summit Asia Keynote

Just back from a terrific few days at the Smart Cities Summit Asia in Seoul. The exhibition hall was a highlight with a wide range of example home, city and business new technologies actually being employed – including a terrific model of Busan, South Korea’s second city’s, Smart Eco City.

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The growing significance of blockchain in city planning was clear, and I referred to that in my mobility talk.

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Interesting to hear about the latest smart plans from leading cities such as Amsterdam, Barcelona, Medellin, Seoul, a number of US cities and elsewhere.

A key feature of Korea’s progress is the leadership role their government and key city councils are playing. And key amongst this is making it easier for the private sector, NGO’s and citizens to get involved and help/fund.


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