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City Lights: Dr Chen-Yu Lee, Director, Taipei Smart City Project Management Office

SmartCitiesWorld talks to Dr Chen-Yu Lee, director of Taipei Smart City Project Management Office.

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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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