City is a platform. Around a city, diverse functions including people, space and infrastructure form an enormous network and it is an overarching goal for a city to manage the network in a systematic and efficient manner.

Cities are constantly supplied with outside resources and consume them. As a city’s population grows, many problems appear such as unemployment, traffic jam, energy shortage and thus threaten the city environment. Accordingly, a huge challenge lies in front of us - that is to run the city efficiently and achieve sustainability on a city level.

The city that provides intellectual services using science and technology to make the most use of city platform is called “smart city”. Smart city is an interactive city platform fully equipped with cutting-edge technologies such as big data and IoT. Its concept should include a comprehensive understanding ranging from IT, construction and communication service to local development. By collecting and utilizing many aspects of city’s information, city transforms and evolves to a new form.

An essential aspect of smart city is innovation. The innovation strategies will enable a smarter and a better city environment and result in improving infrastructure, building a platform for information exchange and incorporating these services on a city level.

Currently, most of smart city projects shows limitations since their services are simply an integrated control of waterworks, traffics and pollutants. Their roles are limited to controlling the public information and supervising these services. However, smart city should grow beyond the practical concept by making things more intelligent and inclusive. A pivotal player in developing smart city is not only a developer, but also citizens - who should be considered as the first priority as beneficiary of these services.

At the 2018 Global Innovation Forum, we will discuss strategies and policies about how to run, operate and raise competitiveness of the cities as an important tool for fulfilling sustainable development as well as put forward suggestions for future directions. In particular, we will place a focus on identifying core challenges and necessary institutions for countries in the stage of development in order to build a friendly ecosystem to build a smart city.

GIF Keynote Speech

  • Date/Time: 11 October (THU) / 10:30~11:30
  • Venue: BCEC 1F - Auditorium
  • Language: English 
  • MC: Professional MC
  • Keynote Speaker

GIF Plenary Session I, II, III

  • Date/Time: 11 October (THU) / 12:30~18:00
  • Venue: BCEC 1F – Auditorium
  • Language: English
  • MC: Professional MC

(GIF) Thematic Special Session A/B/C

  • Date/Time: 12 October (FRI) / 10:00~15:00
  • Venue: BCEC 2F – Meeting Room 1
  • Session Organizer : Spanish Association of Science Industry (INEUSTAR), Spain
  • Session Organizer : Industrial Technology Research Institute(ITRI), Taiwan
  • Theme : Creating new industries and economic activities through basic science facilities
  • Language of the contents: English and Vietnamese

(GIF) Round Table Meeting

  • Date/Time: 12 October (FRI) / 15:00~17:00
  • Venue: BCEC GF – Room B
  • Language: English