Smart Cities Asia 2017 Conference and Exhibition returns to Kuala Lumpur for the third time. Organised by Knowledge Group, Smart Cities Asia 2017 recognises that technology alone cannot be the only solution that solves our urban woes. City planners and urban leaders are faced with the unprecedented challenges of coping with these new landscapes.
The conference aims to be the intersection between urban planning, technology, goverance and citizen involvement to address modern challenges Of cities.
Selva Nagappan, Managing Director Of Knowledge Group said: “The themes this year are multi tasking and looks at the following areas:
– Smart Development: Building for a Greater Generation
– Smart Internet Of Things (IOT): City Beyond Technology
– Smart Mobility: Moving Fast Forward
– Smart Citizens: Integrating the People
– Smart Energy: Transformation Towards Efficient Energy
– Smart Water Management: Securing the Future Of Water
– Smart Waste Management: Adopting Sustainable Practices.
“All these themes are current with issues facing growing cities especially in Asia where there is a strong migration Of many people from rural areas and suburbs flocking to cities in search of a better lifestyle.”
Cities consume a lot of energy, generate staggering amounts Of greenhouse gases and account for the majority consumption of the world’s natural resources.
“This is has resulted in the mushrooming of populations where towns become cities and prOper advance planning must be made to ensure that overall infrastructure is able to support the growth without compromising on quality of life,” said Selva.
Closer to home, more than 74.7% of Malaysians as stated by the ClA Factbook, live in cities and the number is expected to increase to 90% in the near future.
Smart Cities Asia 2017 is co-located with Big Data Week Malaysia 2017 which is celebrated with a host of events and activities that are co-organised by Knowledge Group and Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC).
The Big Data Week is a global concept of interconnected community events focusing on latest, next-generation big data solutions and innovations across industries.
Enter the Next Big Tech Asia which is the anchor event for this global festival of data, focusing on actionable case studies for the following sectors: Healthcare, Banking and Government.
The anchor event will bring together over 60 global experts and chief data scientists from leading organisations like Google, Facebook, San Diego City, Helsinki City, New South Wales Government, Fusionex and iFlix to share their experience in turning data into insights.
This event’s conference is complemented by an exhibition that will feature about 70 exhibitors showcasing a spectrum of solutions.
The festivities will then be wrapped up with TechJam in APW Bangsar which is intended to be a more casual event. In keeping with the theme “It’s Data Science, Not Rocket Science” TechJam will showcase big data in a way that the general public can appreciate how it’s being used to improve our daily lives. it will also feature food trucks, music, drone performances and insightful discourse about data science.