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WCS 2021 Smart Cities Workshop

WCS Smart Cities Partner


Knowledge Partner


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Held virtually, this workshop will advance participating cities’ smart city projects, primarily through deep-dive webinars with relevant partners such as consultants, funders and solution providers. The key benefits of the workshop include:


Expected Participants

50 Participating Cities


§  ASEAN Smart Cities Network (ASCN) member cities;

§  Cities in the 18 East Asia Summit Participating Countries;

§  Cities in Middle East, Europe, Africa, North America and Latin America. 

Each city is encouraged to send a team consisting of one (1) Chief Smart City Officer/Chief Technology Officer or equivalent representative and one (1) technical expert for the workshop

100 Partners


§  Private Sector Technology Solution Providers 

§  Financial Institutions, including commercial banks multinational development banks, Foundations etc

§  International Organisations and city networks

§  Cities with smart solutions to offer to participating cities

Elements of the Workshop

Elements of the Workshop


Format (100% Virtual)

Part 1:
Pre-Event Survey

Understand and match cities’ urban challenges and focus areas with partners’ areas of expertise

Based on pre-event survey conducted with cities and partners:

• Cities and partners will be matched and assigned to various webinar sessions based on their areas of focus

• Matching are based on:

a) Suitability

b) Synergy

c) Preference

WCS Session
(22 JULY 2021,
4.00pm - 5.10pm; GMT+8)

Learn from government leaders and industry experts on how cities can manage and leverage new technologies to deliver outcomes


“Smarter and Greener: Transforming through Technology”


Technologies like big data, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) can improve lives but may also increase vulnerabilities. How is technology driving change amidst global threats like COVID-19 and climate change, and at what cost? How can governments and businesses cooperate to help cities thrive in an ever-changing environment?

Keynote Speaker: Dr Vivian Balakrishnan, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister-in-charge of Smart Nation, Singapore (to be invited)

Part 2:
Deep Dive Webinars
(29 JULY 2021)

Cities and partners discuss potential collaborations and solutions

• 1-day workshop of 3 break-out webinars addressing key urban development and resilience issues with environmental, social and economic considerations, where cities and partners with similar interests will gather for deep-dive discussions

• Details of each webinar session are provided in the Programme Outline

Programme Outline

Programme Outline for 29 July 2021

Building secure cities and social cohesion in the digital age

10.00am to 11.30am (GMT+8)

In the new digital age, liveable and sustainable cities must keep pace with the diverse needs of their citizens and the city’s development. How can city governments enhance the social connectedness and cultural diversity of citizens; while addressing traditional and non-traditional security risks such as public safety and cyber threats respectively?

  • Ms Elena Eunbyul Cho, Acting Programme Director, World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGo)
  • Rahul Savdekar, Director of Industry Solutions WWPS Asia, Microsoft
  • Manoj Sharma, Chief of Urban Sector Group, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, Asian Development Bank

Panel discussion & QnA with partner speakers, facilitated by Ernst & Young.

Smart innovations in urban planning

1.30pm to 3.00pm (GMT+8)

Today, with an increased utilization of smart technologies, many of the built infrastructure has gone beyond the hard, grey brick and mortar constructions that of yester years. How can smart infrastructure help cities tackle issues such as urban congestion, urban heat effect, poor waste and water management? How will these innovations improve not only the infrastructure but also the productivity and competitiveness of the various industries?

  • Hashimoto Toru, Director General (Development Coordination), International Affairs Bureau, City of Yokohama
  • Sangmoo Kim, Senior Investment Operations Specialist (Urban), Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank
  • Eugene SEAH, Managing Director, Surbana Technologies, Surbana Jurong

Panel discussion & QnA with partner speakers, facilitated by Ernst & Young.

Health & Well-being + Quality Environment

4.30pm to 6.00pm (GMT+8)

The well-being and health of the general populace are shaped by how they live, learn, work and play. How can cities leverage smart initiatives to build a more resilient, inclusive and vibrant environment for healthier, happier people, especially in an era of disruptions such as pandemics and climate change? How can these solutions help to drive inclusive communities and address barriers to equitable access to opportunities for all?

  • Deputy Director General, Eco City Administrative Committee, Tianjin Eco-City
  • WONG Liang Kit, General Manager of Business Development at Keppel Land China, Keppel Corporation
  • Ms LI Xiao Qing, Technical Principal, Infrastructure Development & Economics, Mott Macdonald
  • Dr Maitreyi DAS, Manager, Urban Disaster Risk Management, Resilience and Land Global Practice, World Bank

Panel discussion & QnA with partner speakers, facilitated by Dr Amy Hochadel, Director, Global Business, Connected Places Catapult.

Programme Flow for Each Webinar Session

Programme Flow for Each Webinar Session



Welcome remarks by CLC

2 minutes

Brief overview of session by WCS Smart Cities Workshop Exclusive Sponsor (Mastercard)

5 minutes

Introduction of Speakers by Facilitators

3 minutes

Sharing of smart city projects by cities

30 minutes


5 minutes

Sharing of urban solutions by Partners

15 minutes


5 minutes

Panel discussion and closing

25 minutes

Total duration

90 minutes

Contact Us
For more enquiries on Smart Cities Workshop, please contact Grace_Lau@mnd.gov.sg.


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