Smart City International Symposium
Held in Songdo, Incheon

With the theme of “Smart City,” one of the keywords in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a full-scope international conference was held in Songdo International City. Experts from all over the world gathered at the conference venue for innovative discussions on the concept of the “sustainable smart city.”
Through this event, the Incheon Free Economic Zone (IFEZ) heralded its prominent potential for growth as a futuristic smart city to the world, as well as to Korea.

Two Core Tasks for a Smart City: Innovation and Sharing


“The 2nd Smart City International Symposium – Smart Sustainable Cities & Societies” was held on May 28 at Songdo ConvensiA. This event was attended by more than 1,000 experts and related people from Korea and abroad, including Incheon Metropolitan City Mayor NamChoon Park, Land, Infrastructure and Transport Committee Chairperson SoonJa Park, Ambassador of Portugal in Seoul Manuel Goncalves de Jesus, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport Vice Minister SunHo Park, IFEZ General Director ByeongYoon Yoo, Microsoft CityNext Director Rahul Savdekar, Uber Director Emilie Potvin, International Project Management Association (IPMA) President Jesus Almela, and Former Vice Minister for Land, Infrastructure and Transport SeHo Kim.

The symposium began with the Opening Address by BongSoo Son, President of the Korea Agency for Infrastructure Technology Advancement (KAIA), and the welcome speech of NamChoon Park, Incheon Metropolitan City mayor, followed by a Special Session and afternoon sessions. Mayor NamChoon Park of Incheon Metropolitan City named innovation and sharing as the two core tasks for realizing sustainability in his Welcome Speech. He added, “A smart city can be implemented by building a city of coexistence that provides quality of life. Through this symposium, I expect presentations of insightful visions and diverse ideas for a sustainable smart city.” In the Special Session, MS CityNext Director Rahul Savdekar, under the theme of “Innovative Global Approach on Smart City – Leveraging Data Insights,” suggested directions for enhancing urban mobility, safety, and civil services by utilizing innovative technologies of digital twins and artificial intelligence, which received intrigued attention from the audience.

Successful Conclusion in the Presence of Global Experts


The afternoon session proceeded in three sub-sessions, starting with the discussion “From Smart Rural to Smart Community.” Jesus Almela, President of the IPMA, acted as moderator for Session 1. Raul Arriaga, former Vice Minister of the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of Mexico, Ben Peters, PMO in the City of Cape Town, the Republic of South Africa, and SeokSang Rhu, Vice President of the Department of ICT Convergence, National Information Society Agency (NIA), presented.

The theme for Session 2 was “Smart City Policy.” KabSung Kim, Chairperson of the Special Committee for Smart City under the Presidential Committee for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (PCFIR), acted as the moderator. Jorge Saraiva, Initiative Leader of the European Innovation Partnership on Smart Cities & Communities (EIP-SCC), introduced the European smart city policies and technologies. SangHoon Lee, Vice President of KAIA, made a presentation on the backgrounds and issues of smart cities, and KiWook Seong presented on the future Smart City of Incheon.

The last session on “Smart City Technology” was moderated by DaeYeon Cho, Chief Director of Smart City National Strategic Program, KAIA. Ulrich Ahle, CEO of FIWARE Foundation, introduced the implementation of a sustainable model for Smart Cities using Open Source technology. His presentation drew close attention from the attendees. The symposium concluded spectacularly with the final presenters: Emilie Potvin, Director of Uber, and YongSik Shin, Senior Vice President of SK Telecom.