Under the overarching theme of Smart India: Making it happen, the event aims to identify specific solutions to address the challenges cities face
The first edition of Smart City Expo India has opened in the city of Jaipur. It is being organised by Jaipur Development Authority and Fira de Barcelona with the support of Jaipur City Council, the government of the state of Rajasthan and the Indian government.
The event, which runs from 26-28 September, will bring together 6,000 visitors from over 100 cities and 100 speakers and exhibitors. They will focus on the need to use technological tools and strategies to improve city life in a number of areas including environmental quality, safety, education, community development. They will also explore how technology can be used to combat poverty, improve women’s rights and boost talents and skills.
The event will showcase examples of smart city projects to aid the understanding of the key factors that can make sustainable, equitable and smart initiatives real.
Under the overarching theme of Smart India: Making it happen, the event aims to identify specific solutions to address the challenges cities are facing in the fields of: innovation, technology and digital Governance, social development, clean tech and circular economy, the future of mobility and urban planning; smart destinations and smart villages.
Among the 100 international experts taking part will be Joan Clos, former executive director of UN Habitat and secretary-general of Habitat III, and Peter Hirshberg, chairman at Maker City, a social-impact and advocacy firm based in San Francisco that has driven technology-based change initiatives for The White House, United Nations, World Economic Forum and Silicon Valley companies.
Around 400 million people, out of a total population of 1,300 million, live in cities in Indian and many experts expect the country to become the most populated in the world in a few years’ time, outgrowing China. Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore are among the 15 most populous cities in the world and the United Nations have forecast that 500 million Indians will become new residents of super-populated cities in the next 30 years.
The Indian government is committed to helping transform 100 of these metropolises across the country to become more sustainable and habitable.
Host city Jaipur’s rich cultural and architectural heritage has made it an important tourism destination, and the Jaipur Development Authority has enabled it to advance towards adopting smart city proposals. Smart City Expo India provides the city with an opportunity to position itself as one of the nation’s leading smart cities, promoting innovation and technology as drivers of a smarter society.
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