Taoyuan, Taiwan & New York, USA – 10 January 2022 - Topics such as net-zero carbon emission and sustainability have become key issues to the global community. Undeterred by the coronavirus pandemic, Department of Information Technology of Taoyuan City Government partnered with the internationally acclaimed ICF as a front runner in 2022. As a prelude to the Smart City Summit & Expo 2022 held in Taiwan, Taoyuan City will co-host with ICF the series of “Taoyuan x ICF: City-Leaders Conversation” with fellow intelligent communities on how to best respond to the challenges at hand.
As Cheng Wen-Tsan, Mayor of Taoyuan City (pictured right) said in his opening remarks to kick off the series, “Taoyuan City currently serves as the Chair of ICLEI EcoLogistics Community to lead sustainable urban freight development. On top of that, Taoyuan has experiences implementing smart street lights, biomass energy power generation centre, as well as other projects in promoting vehicle-sharing and monitoring water quality of coastland with fruitful results. From these first-hand experiences, it is established that sustainability is an integral element of smart city development.”
For the first session of “Taoyuan x ICF: City-Leaders Conversation”, General Director Yu Wan-Ju (Karen) of Department of Information Technology of Taoyuan City, along with Louis Zacharilla, Co-Founder of Intelligent Community Forum are joined by Director Viet-Long Nguyen of Department of Science and Technology of Binh Duong Province, Vietnam (named as one of the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2021), Director Lê Tuấn Anh of Department of Information and Communications, Binh Duong Province and Peter Portheine, CEO of Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO), Netherlands. In this session, panellists will convene to discuss digital governance, innovation & ecosystem development and achieving sustainable development.
General Director Yu of Taoyuan City mentioned, “Taoyuan was recognized as the world’s most Intelligent Community of the Year in 2019 and continues to implement strategies for information technology and sustainability in projects such as Taiwan’s Asia Silicon Valley plan and Taoyuan Aerotropolis. Taoyuan commits to provide useful, inspiring and replicable public services to enhance citizen’s everyday lives, and through the sessions we hope to learn from one another’s best practices in smart city.”
ICF Co-Founder, Louis Zacharilla said, “Taiwan has continued to work diligently to create a nation of amazing cities dedicated to improving the quality of life for citizens and learning from other communities the best practices. Taoyuan in particular was considered the best in the world at this in 2019. I am looking forward to facilitating these conversations with General Director Yu and her international peers. These conversations will be of interest to anyone who is committed to making their city or town better.”
The series of “Taoyuan x ICF: City-Leaders Conversation” will begin in January 2022 on a monthly basis, where Taoyuan will also share the valuable insights with both public and private sectors across 400+ global communities worldwide during Smart City Summit & Expo 2022, on the best path for achieving a net-zero future.
About the Department of Information Technology, Taoyuan City
Currently led by General Director Yu Wan-Ju, Department of Information Technology, Taoyuan City Government is the agency responsible for cable/ wireless network infrastructure, integrated information/ big data platform, smart city development, digital policy planning as well as fostering innovative IT applications in Taoyuan City.
About the Intelligent Community Forum
The Intelligent Community Forum (www.intelligentcommunity.org), headquartered in New York, is a global network of 185 cities, metro regions and counties with a mission to make everyone’s “hometown” a great place. ICF studies and promotes the best practices of the world's Intelligent Communities as they adapt to the new demands and seize the opportunities presented by digital technology.
To help cities build prosperous economies and enrich local cultures, the Intelligent Community Forum conducts research, hosts global events, publishes books, and produces its high-profile annual international awards program.
The Forum has two Institutes dedicated to the study of the Intelligent Community and national organizations in Canada and Taiwan. In 2012 ICF participated at the Nobel Peace Prize conference in Oslo. ICF’s co-founders have spoken in every part of the world and have given TED Talks. In 2014, ICF’s model and work were recognized by the U.S. Department of Commerce under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which, was "aimed at creating a more flexible and responsive system of workforce development to meet the needs of employers looking to fill 21st century jobs.”