Partnership for Urban Innovation: Global Conference 2010 took place June 17-18, 2010 in Shanghai, China. In conjunction with World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, the conference brought together leading global innovators from cities, business, academia, and urban planning. The event built on the success of the Connected Urban Development (CUD) conferences held in San Francisco and Amsterdam in 2008, and in Seoul, 2009.
Partnership for Urban Innovation Global Conference addressed how technology can be applied to making sustainable, economic, and socially attractive 21st—century cities, and how a growing alliance of multisector partners are advancing these efforts.
This unique, invitation—only event provides attendees an opportunity to explore how cities are using information and communications technology (ICT) to create solutions that help reduce carbon emissions in metropolitan areas, while fostering economic development and bridging social inclusion. A series of interactive sessions are scheduled to provide attendees with new approaches to urban innovation and develop closer relationships among leading and innovative urban leaders.
Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, The Climate Group CEO Steve Howard, and other leading thought leaders will deliver keynote addresses, which will be hosted in collaboration with the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.
The objectives of the conference are:
- recognize leading cities for their efforts in addressing sustainable development
- discuss challenges cities are facing and solutions they are developing at the intersection of environmental sustainability, economic development, and social inclusion
- establish a global community of collaboration
During World Expo 2010, Shanghai, delegates and conference partners will be invited to Expo pavilions and related events. Partner organizations are Cisco and leaders from the company’s Smart+Connected Communities program ; Connected Urban Development member cities; The Climate Group; and Metropolis, the World Association of Major Metropolises.
The Smart 2020: Cities and Regions initiative was also launched under the leadership of The Climate Group. The formation of the initiative represents a transformational milestone in the evolution of the program and follows the lead taken by Cisco and the founding CUD cities of Amsterdam, Birmingham, San Francisco, Hamburg, Lisbon, Madrid, and Seoul. New cities, business partners, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) will be asked to share their perspectives and knowledge and join the initiative.
The conference was supported by the Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) Institute, a non-profit initiative developed by Cisco, Metropolis, and leading NGOs and academic partners. The Institute aims to create a forum for political leaders, community managers, urban developers, practitioners, and other subject-matter experts to come together in a forum to share research and experiences, and collaborate around new concepts and approaches for creating sustainable cities through improved governance and the use of ICT. The S+CC Institute will create this forum through non-commercial education events and online portal to facilitate this dialog around economic, environmental, and social sustainability for both urban and rural communities.