The Seoul Metropolitan Government was invited to “Smart City Expo World Congress 2016,” held from November 15th to November 17th in Barcelona, Spain, and was a City Award Finalist (a shortlist of five cities) at the World Smart City Awards.
The Smart City Expo World Congress is one of the largest exhibitions featuring smart cities and Internet of Things (IoT), and attracted 15,000 people from 500 cities in 92 countries around the world last year. The Smart City Expo World Congress holds the World Smart City Awards and selects excellent smart cities every year.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government emphasized public-private cooperation for data-based social innovation and urban problem solving, and was shortlisted with other five candidate cities out of 250 cities that applied at the World Smart City Awards.
Seoul was highly rated because the city established policies with citizens based on the excellent ICT infrastructure and state-of-the-art technologies such as diverse citizen participation channels, public data and the Internet of Things, and that the city built a governance system where citizens lead and solve urban problems directly.
In addition to being a finalist at the World Smart City Awards, Seoul operated its own pavilion during the expo promoting the excellence of Seoul Smart City. Seoul operated the pavilion together with small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with excellent technologies introducing various smart city policies and projects including Seoul IoT projects, mobile voting system (mVoting) and Big Data campus. In addition, by providing IT SMEs with opportunities to promote their services, Seoul helped them to make inroads abroad and improved the status of Seoul as a smart city.
Furthermore, because Seoul ranked at the top for the seventh consecutive time in the ‘Global Metropolitan E-Government Evaluation,’ which is conducted by Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration and evaluates 100 major cities around the world, in October this year, Seoul maintains its status as one of the best e-government cities in the world.