Seoul Digital Summit 2016 was held on March 30th, 2016 at Seoul Partners’ House, featuring 15 global enterprises from home and abroad, including Microsoft, Amazon, Intel, and KT.
The 15 participating enterprises include 8 international and 7 domestic leading enterprises specializing in or related to the digital industry, such as Amazon, CISCO, HPE, Intel, Oracle, ZTE, Huawei, Microsoft, KT, Naver, Kakao, Wooribank, Interpark, Ahn Lab, and Hancom.
As part of the Seoul Digital Master Plan 2020, the five-year plan for digital policy announced in February 2016, the summit provided an opportunity to strengthen strategic partnerships with global enterprises in order to raise the city to a global digital capital.
The first session, themed “Smart City”, was focused on joint projects including the Internet of Things and Big Data, with an emphasis on realizing a high-tech smart city. The second session, “Digital Innovation”, highlighted social innovations such as economy revitalization, tourism, transportation convenience, and administrative efficiency based on digital technologies.
Major cooperative projects include cooperation on IoT living labs all over Seoul with the IoT Incubation Center, support and training domestic startups in IoT and FinTech, open data, providing cloud services, smart parking, cycling, and tourist services, and support channels for digital-based small business. Also, discussions were held on cooperate measures related to creating an ecosystem where startups in manufacturing and service in digital industry and nonprofit organizations can mutually grow.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government is planning to review and implement the cooperation and recommendations discussed in the summit and materialize them through a digital policy coordination meeting hosted by the mayor.
In addition, the government decided to hold the Seoul Digital Summit annually beginning next year to provide a forum for global digital enterprises to share their capacity and experience and maintain mutual partnerships with Seoul.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government promises to do its best to successfully host the Seoul Digital Summit to increase the status of Seoul as a leading global digital capital based on concrete partnerships with global digital enterprises.