The Smart City Mayors’ Summit has always been the highlight of the Smart City Summit & Expo (SCSE) every year. Starting from 2015, mayors from around the world are invited to the annual Summit to share their experience in smart cities. In the first year, three mayors from overseas were invited to exchange views with the Taiwanese mayors and also opened the door for the smart city exhibitions in Taiwan to go global. In 2016, five mayors from foreign cities participated in the summit, and international participation drastically blew up since then. In 2017, there were 54 mayors from overseas, 120 in 2018, and over international 150 mayors are expected to participate this year. It is apparent that the Summit held in Taipei is already the largest in the world as an exchange platform for the smart city knowhow.
The Taipei City Government is one of the organizers of the Smart City Summit & Expo and is also responsible for planning and hosting the Mayors’ Summit. Each visiting mayor can not only exchange views with the Taiwanese mayors, but also exchange ideas with all participants with a variety of solutions showcased at the exhibition, including smart healthcare, smart transportation, smart buildings, smart education, smart security, and smart energy. These are affordable and economically feasible solutions currently deployed throughout cities in Taiwan.
The theme of the 2020 Smart City Mayors’ Summit is “Smart City Transformation and Innovation”. The mayors are expected to benefit greatly from the discussion revolved around the topic of “The pandemic of COVID-19 has greatly affected people’s daily lives, governmental operations, and most cities’ economies. How can technology help the cities to recover?” In this online Summit, audiences are invited to tune in and listen to how cities are using technology to fight the pandemic, and how they leverage technology in maintaining economic growth in the post-COVID-19 era.
Taipei City Government launched the Global Organization of Smart Cities (GO SMART) in March 2019 and is the first chair of GO SMART. The GO SMART Secretariat is currently run by the Taipei Computer Association (TCA) GO SMART is a communication and matchmaking platform for worldwide smart city policy makers and solution providers. Currently, members come from cities at home and abroad, industry and Corporate Body, rich in public-private cooperation energy.