SmartCitiesWorld talks to Dr Chen-Yu Lee, director of Taipei Smart City Project Management Office.
Taipei City Government established the Taipei Smart City Project Management Office (TPMO) in 2016. As well as developing and introducing smart solutions, it acts as a match-making platform for public-private partnership. The goal is to transform the whole city into a living lab.
SCW: What is the main purpose of your role?
CYL: To lead a team to assist Taipei to establish a new mechanism in order to engage public-private partnerships, and to serve as an expert to consult on projects from different departments of Taipei city government.
SCW: What does the term ’smart city’ mean to you?
CYL: Anything that makes a city better can be called smart. A city that embraces smartness is a smart city.
SCW: What are some of the key milestones/initiatives in your smart city journey so far?
CYL: Building a new system that enables Taipei to change the culture of government agencies, as well as executing more than 200 smart city projects that make “Smart Taipei” a well-known brand worldwide.
SCW: What is your number one priority right now?
CYL: To make sure innovative and successful pilot projects can be scaled up and provide real benefits for the citizens.
"Anything that makes a city better can be called smart."
SCW: What do you see as your biggest achievement since you started the role?
CYL: Leading Smart Taipei from a nameless city to become a recognised smart city around the world.
SCW: What is the best part of the job?
CYL: Sharing/learning from the experiences and ideas about smart cities with people from different cities.
SCW: What is your biggest challenge?
CYL: Communication with different stakeholders.
SCW: If you weren’t doing this job, what would you be doing?
CYL: Perhaps a CEO of a start-up campus.
SCW: If you could make one change in your city tomorrow and money was no object, what would you do?
CYL: Provide great healthcare, housing and job opportunities to the people, and make sure they can live better in my city.
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