3rd Smart Cities Asia 2017 Overview

Smart Cities Asia 2017 (SCA17) returns to Kuala Lumpur for the third time, and there seems to be no brakes on the train of population explosion in cities. This is especially true in Asia where it is host to some of the densest cities in the world. As we enter into this new-age, city planners and urban leaders are faced with the unprecedented challenge of coping with this new landscape. Where most conference focuses solely on using technology to solve these issues; the Smart Cities Asia Conference & Exhibition is cognizant of the fact that technology alone cannot be the silver bullet that solves our urban woes. Smart Cities Asia Conference aims to be the intersection between urban planning, technology, governance and citizen involvement to address the modern challenges of cities.

Conference Agenda

09:00 - 09:15
Signing Ceremony

Jungwoo Lee, Ph.D, Director Center for Work Science, Yonsei University

09:30 - 10:00
Morning Tea Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall

From the latest technology trends, the most innovative urban design principles and policies hear from a panel of experts as they navigate the world of smart cities and what it takes for us to get there.



Saibal Das Chowdury, CEO and Co-Founder, URBANETIC





Dr. Jong-Sung Hwang, Lead Researcher Smart Cities & Government 3.0, National Information Agency, South Korea



Dr. Reuben Ng, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, Singapore




Dr. Dirk Schwede, Head, German Engineering Integrated for Urban Sustainability Network (GENIUS), Germany


  • Embracing innovations and green technology revolutions
  • Environmental preservation and sustainability initiatives and efforts in Melaka
  • Keeping citizen’s well-being at the heart of development



YB Datuk Wira Hj Md Yunos bin Husin, Melaka State Executive Councillor, EXCO of Education, Higher Education, Science & Technology, Green Technology and Innovation, The Chief Minister’s Office, Melaka

Two experts battle it out as they dismantle, analyse the pros and cons for IOT and Smart Cities.



Maksim Pecherskiy, Chief Data Officer, San Diego City





Vladimir Bataev, Smart Cities Expert & Innovation Funding Expert, ZAZ Ventures

Chonggyecheon wasn’t always the modern urbanist dream it is today, for more than half a century it was a traffic-filled expressway at the heart of the city. Hear from the progenitor of the project, Dr. Soo Hong Noh on how one of the most prolific rivers that traffic engineers warned would be a disaster for city centre to a must-see tourist attraction and a popular public space among the locals.


Dr. Soo Hong Noh, Professor, School of Environmental Engineering, Yonsei University (Championed the Chonggyecheon River Project)

13:00 - 14:30
Networking Luncheon & Tour to Exhibition Hall
14:30 - 15:15
Circular Economy: Going in Circles and Moving Forward
  • Shifting from linear economy to circular
  • Beyond 3R & Zero Waste
  • Minimising waste through design


Dr. Anupan Khajuria, Researcher, Environment Unit, United Nations Centre for Regional Development (UNCRD)

  • Big Picture: Taipei’s integrated strategy in waste management
  • Transforming Mind: Taipei’s approach in engaging citizens and businesses in sustainable waste management
  • How Taipei’s approach on waste management can be replicated by countries from around the world


Dr. Chen Tsao-Chou, Commander of Environmental Inspection Division, Department of Environmental Protection Taipei City Government

16:00 - 16:30
Afternoon Tea Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Minimising food waste generation through innovation
  • Connecting parties with food surplus to food banks
  • How the app helps to solve environmental and social economic issues


Rafiza Ghazali, Head, Innovation and Performance, Sime Darby

End of Day One Smart Cities Asia 2017
14:30 - 15:15
Innovative Water Treatment Solutions
  • Pharmaceuticals in sewage water
  • Current Global stand on the issue
  • Pharem’s innovation within the area


Martin Ryen, CEO and Founder, Pharem Biotech AB

  • Transforming from supply management to demand management
  • Sectorial reforms and harmonised policies
  • Implementing water accounting and sectorial water allocation


YBhg. Tan Sri Dato’ Ir Syed Muhammad Shahabudin, Chairman of Task Force on water Demand Management (WDM), Academy of Sciences Malaysia

16:00 - 16:30
Afternoon Tea Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Implication of climate change on city resilience
  • Assessing the vulnerability to water hazards
  • Developing a robust plan against natural disasters


Aslam Perwaiz, Director, Department of Disaster Risk Management Systems, ADPC

End of Day One Smart Cities Asia 2017
14:30 - 15:15
Renewing Our Future: Renewable Energy
  • Building towards a cleaner future
  • Configuring the ideal energy mix
  • Realising commercial and environmental success


Muhammad Anwar Ramli, Vice President, Planning & Compliance Iskandar Regional Development Authority (IRDA)

  • State of the art Smart Energy Management Systems
  • Keeping a pulse on your energy network
  • Next Generation energy storage technologies


Tobias Janoschka, Founder, Jena Batteries

16:00 - 16:30
Afternoon Tea Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Strategies for a holistic energy demand management masterplan
  • Energy efficiency
  • Empowering citizen’s sustainable consumption patterns


YB. Datin Badriyah Ab Malek, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Energy, Green Technology & Water

End of Day One Smart Cities Asia 2017
08:50 - 09:00
Chairperson Remarks
  • Defining development stages of smart city
  • Explaining why data and its sharing is critical to upgrading smart city to the next level
  • Analyzing key problems in making smart city in Korea
  • Explaining background and goals of the Korean government’s smart city data hub initiative and data policies
  • Sharing progress information and obstacles about data hub initiatives policies


Dr. Jong-Sung Hwang, Lead Researcher Smart Cities & Government 3.0, National Information Agency, South Korea

  • Understanding blockchain
  • Exploring the application of blockchain within the context of smart cities
  • Case studies and examples


Ruben Tan, Chief Technology Officer, Blockchain Expert, Neuroware

10:30 - 11:00
Morning Tea Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Waze’s Connected Citizen Program
  • Malaysian Case Studies
  • Global Initiatives


Edward Ling, Business Manager, WAZE

  • Tackling urbanisation and infrastructure challenges
  • rethinking City Planning: Collaborate Across agencies and disparate assets seamlessly
  • Intel’s IoT Case Study – Smart Cities, Security, Surveillance, Smart Lighting, Smart Building and Public Infrastructure Monitoring


Pichaya Limpivest, Regional Manager, Intel IoT Group Asia

  • What’s hot in Helsinki Smart City – from robotics to IoT
  • Helsinki Smart City insights and highlights
  • Driving open co-operation in innovation for city services


Roope Ritvos, Director, New Initiatives, Forum Virium Helsinki

13:00 - 14:30
Networking Luncheon & Tour to Exhibition Hall
14:30 - 15:15
City DNA: Retaining The Charm & Heritage
  • Avoiding the trap homogenous cities and skylines in our quest for smart cities
  • Battling the threat of gentrification
  • Balancing development and character


YB. Dato’ Maimunah Mohd Sharif, Mayor, Penang City Council

  • Breakthroughs in technology for urban planning
  • Transforming cities and societies through technology
  • Machine learning and data driven urban planning


Saibal Das Chowdury, CEO and Founder, URBANETIC

16:00 - 1630
Afternoon Tea Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Urban sprawl and obesity
  • Role of sedentary lifestyles
  • Tackling obesity through urban planning


Prof Takemi Sugiyama, Chief Investigator, Centre of Research Excellence in Healthy and Liveable Communities

End of Day Two, Smart Cities Asia 2017
14:30 - 15:15
Bus Uncle: Lessons from Singapore’s Funniest Bus Arrival Chatbot
  • Humanising Chatbots with Humour
  • Design Thinking Principles behind Bus Uncle
  • How Lah? – From 0 Users to 20,000 in 3 months without A&P


Abhilash Murthy, Founder, Bus Uncle

  • Integrated Smart Traffic Management Systems
  • Strategies on driving public transportation adoption
  • Innovative transport technologies
16:00 - 16:30
Afternoon Tea Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall
  • Identifying and removing the roadblocks
  • Infrastructure requirements and design
  • Achieving Critical Mass


Ivan Paez Mora, Co-Founder and CEO/CTO, Kappo Bike

End of Day Two, Smart Cities Asia 2017
14:00 - 14:45
Interactive Discussion Theme: Sustainability, Environment & Climate Change


Dr Stephan Bartke, Head US-German Network (DE-US.net), Researcher at Helmholtz centre for Environment Research and German Environment Agency

15:15 - 16:00
Interactive Discussion Theme: Creating the Smart Cities Startup Ecosystem
16:00 - 16:30
Afternoon Tea Break & Tour to Exhibition Hall


Marcus Jeutner, Head, Indo-German Smart Initiatives (IGSI) Network, Researcher at TU Berlin, Institute of Urban and Regional Planning

End of Day Two, Smart Cities Asia 2017

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