In this episode of The Intelligent Community, Lou Zacharilla discusses Binh Duong Vietnam with Peter Portheine of the Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO).
Mr. Peter Portheine is director of the Eindhoven International Project Office (EIPO). He also acts as program director Smart Cities Brainport and serves as an elected member of the Provincial Councel of North Brabant.
As an entrepreneur by nature, he has a long experience working and starting new businesses in ICT. Since 2009, he is working for the Eindhoven Brainport Development organization, focusing on programs on Smart Health and Smart Cities. He also is co-founder of the Brainport Health Innovation Network and the Brainport Smart District. He has a strong focus on integrated socio-economic development and a passion for innovation and technology.
In the heart of Vietnam’s southeastern Binh Duong Province is a brand new city in development. Binh Duong Smart City is being created by the Smart City Office, Becamex, the state agency overseeing the project, the academic and entrepreneurial sector and the Standing and the Peoples’ Committees of the government all working in concert to design a modern, environmentally friendly city that will someday be home to one million Vietnamese. The new city already includes Eastern International University, a world-class academic institution, as well as six industrial parks and the region’s first accelerator. Binh Duong Smart City has worked tirelessly, assisted by ideas such as the “triple helix” collaboration method from ICF alumnus Eindhoven, the 2011 Intelligent Community of the Year, to transform a traditionally agrarian, low-population area into a core of Vietnam’s Southern Key Economic Zone.