Discussion Topics

Under the spirit of collaboration for the betterment of the public good, it is our hope that the symposium will serve as a platform for you to forge new partnership and network, to address challenges and to enable innovations through conversations and networking among diverse players such as consultants, service providers, policymakers, academics, artist communities, SMEs and citizen representatives.

The topics of discussion will be as follows.


A. City-wide Connectivity & Interoperability of Systems

Explore solutions for an ecosystem that would be most effective to solve connectivity issues, the issues of standardisation and cyber-security. How the market structure could shift from a closed and vertical model to an open and horizontal interoperability environment across cities and smart city sectors to address the problems of fragmentation and vendor-lock situation. The need for new ways in constructions and collaboration among different partners including citizens, city government and technology firms.

B. Public/Private Partnership and Collaboration

New values created by private and public partnership using Big Data and existing physical public assets, city capacity to facilitate change, effective public-private partnerships structure and maintaining the balance between profit and data confidentiality. Hear about creative ways municipalities are using private and non-profit sector participation to restructuring and refinancing projects, lessons learned and how to overcome funding and financing barriers.

C. Sustainability and Climate Change Resiliency

Explore what is the meaning of “Smart” in sustainability context. How to effectively integrate the fundamentals of physical infrastructure systems with IoT technologies to achieve better management of city in the area of water, energy, and resilience to Climate Change issues. How collaboration between different agencies through sharing of information can lead to better solutions to Smart Cities. Discuss smart buildings, smart water management and smart grid.

D. Economic Opportunity through Inclusion and Empowerment

Open infrastructure can circumvent complicated processes and eliminate barriers to entry in innovations allowing SMEs, large tech companies, private citizens and even students to participate in creating new opportunities. Explore how city leaders in York Region are endorsing this approach to digital infrastructure, new opportunities in incubators and venture funding, how different industries such as the Arts, education, public library and healthcare for senior citizen participate in this next wave of technology advances to unlock new outcomes.

E. Transportation and Mobility

Intelligent transport systems can improve travellers’ connectivity and support the developments on the road. Through knowledge sharing, technological as well as liability, revenue models, safety, privacy, and behaviour, explore new solutions together to find forms of innovation that provide us with great opportunities to make road traffic safer and cleaner, and to improve the flow of traffic and mobility for citizens. Discuss challenges and opportunity for collaborations.

F: Architecture, Engineering and Construction
Hear about how architecture, engineering and construction communities embrace the emerging Information Communications Technology arriving with the innovative design of Smart Cities approach. Opportunities, challenges and innovations.