Overview of 2nd Smart Cities Asia 2016

After a successful 2015, Smart Cities Asia 2016 (SCA16) conference & exhibition is back once again in 2016. Asia has witnessed a strong drive towards smart cities in 2015. According to media reports citing data from Navigant Research, investment in smart city information and communication technology (ICT) in Asia Pacific will total $63.4 billion during the period from 2014 to 2023. The move towards smart cities comes on the heels of the technology of connected devices, and the IoT, as we commonly know it, has seen more adopters in 2015. The Asian region has been growing at between 5-6 % since 2010 and to support this annual growth, improvements in communication, energy, health, education, digital media and transport infrastructure are essential at this moment.

The Asia Pacific region is a primary driver of global urban development trends. A World Bank report suggests that in East Asia alone the average population of cities is increasing by 2.4 percent a year. This in itself creates a demand for security, as increasing population inevitably escalates crime rate and public management issues. Governments are forced to come up with initiatives to make cities safer and smarter.

With Smart Cities Asia 2016, companies and individuals can converge to explore new business opportunities and take the lead in the smart cities movement.

Conference Agenda

08:00 AM
Registration for Smart Cities Asia 2016 Conference
09:00 AM
Welcome Address by Thila Periasamy, Director | Knowledge Group of Companies
  • Ideas are easy, the devil is in the execution.
  • This session explores how to transform some of the ideas heard in Smart Cities Asia 2016 into reality.


09:30 AM
Morning Refreshments & Tour to the Exhibition Hall
10:00 AM
Chairperson’s Remark
  • What are the global trends for smart cities?
  • Where do we stand today?
  • How do we navigate from where we are to the cities of the future?
Karuna Gopal | President | Foundation for Future Cities, India
  • While there are many clear benefits for cities becoming smarter, it is not without its downsides.
  • What are some of the security, privacy and societal implications factors that we should consider?
Vladimir Bataev | Smart Cities & Innovation Funding Expert | Zaz Ventures, Netherlands

In this session we explore the inspiring tale of how a town in Japan has been gearing towards being 100% zero waste and have nothing sent to the incineration or the landfill by 2020. While a smart city is typically looked at through the lens of technology, Kamitkatsu achieves one of the
main goals of a smart city which is sustainability with litle assistance from technology, maximizing its community’s own abilities.

Akira Sakano | Chair, Board of Directors | Zero Waste Academy, Japan
  • Do we really need Smart Cities?
  • Sustainability in Smart Cities
  • What are the building blocks of Smart Cities
  • Low – Hanging Fruits for Cities
Dr. Mazlan Abbas | CEO – REDTone IOT | IOT Evangelist & Thought Leader, Advisory Board Member, Smart Cities Asia Datuk Dr Mohd Yusoff | CEO & President | Malaysian Industry Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT)
01:00 PM
Networking Lunch & Tour to the Exhibition Hall
02:00 PM
Let's Not Waste, Waste: The Zero Waste Strategy
  • The Spirit of “Mottainai”
  • Eliminating waste from the outset –
    “3R Management of waste within a
  • Collaborative partnership of local
    government and non-profit for policy
    planning & implementation
  • Achieving buy in from businesses and
Akira Sakano | Chair, Board of Directors Zero Waste Academy, Japan
  • Effective alternative to Landfill?
  • Evaluating the environmental impact
  • Exploring the use of RDF & SRF
Khalid Bahsoon | Chief Executive Officer Cenviro Sdn Bhd, Malaysia

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