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Smart Taipei Participates in AI Online Exhibition to showcase Smart City AI solutions

The Department of Information Technology of the Taipei City Government headed a delegation comprising 5 PoC (proof of concept) partners – companies specialized in the field of artificial intelligence and worked with the agency under the Smart City Initiative – to take part in the Virtual AI Summit New York online exhibition. Activities including virtual exhibition booths, matchmaking meetings and forum sessions were organized to promote the brand and practices of Smart Taipei. The exhibition successfully attracted many discussions on potential collaboration to test ingenious solutions, further facilitating non-stop international communications amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The AI Summit was established in 2015. It is the world's first and largest artificial intelligence exhibition event. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic this year, the event has been moved online. Smart Taipei introduced 5 PoC companies, Omnieyes, Origin Wireless, TURING Drive Inc. Umbo Computer Vision Inc. and WeMo Scooter, to participate in the exhibition. These companies took the opportunity to showcase their wonderful products and solutions. The event attracted the participation of more than 300 industry practitioners, and successfully matched the companies with three other industry players to discuss further opportunities for collaboration.
 
To better communicate the concept and practices of Smart Taipei, Commissioner Lu Hsin-Ke of Taipei City Government Department of Information Technology and Director Chen-Yu Lee of the Taipei Smart City Project Management Office were invited by the organizers to provide detailed introduction on Smart Taipei in their speeches highlighting the topic of “Smart Taipei: AI Mobility Future”. In his speech, Commissioner Lu talked about how the city government of Taipei spared no effort in promoting smart city. The city government has won a number of international awards for its smart city endeavors. Taipei City Government ranked 16th (out of 140) among the government agencies rated by the Singapore Eden Strategy Institute in 2018, making it the 5th in Asia to enjoy such honor.  Through the “top-down” and “bottom-up” approaches, the social innovation efforts under the public-private sector collaboration mechanism successfully convinced more developers of field applications to submit their proposals, helping to push forth the digital transformation of the city. The speeches also mentioned PoC projects such as late-night autonomous bus trials using dedicated bus lanes on Xinyi Road in Taipei and 4U sharing green transportation. The use of both text and audio-visual channels bypasses the restrictions in space and time zone to provide more comprehensive promotion and exchange opportunities.
 
The Virtual AI Summit New York successfully concluded on December 10, 2020. The exhibition website remains open until March 2021 to serve as a platform for feedbacks and continuing communication among the participants. The Smart Taipei Forum and related videos can be viewed on Taipei City Government’s YouTube channel (https://youtu.be/94juFrhyl2M). Those interested in smart city projects are invited to visit the site.