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PLENARY SESSION 3: Building Smart Societies


While cities form an ideal "spatial location", generating and consuming massive amounts of data related to people, their place, their activities and their environment, they also house more than half of the world's population and generating 80% of global economic activity. The Session feature global smart society leaders, from developed and developing countries, as they envision the cities of the future as "smart" data driven and "location" enabled to ensure their effective and efficient planning, development, management, and resilience - from land use planning and consumption rates; housing; urban expansion and monitoring; transport, utilities and related infrastructure; to energy consumption, health, education and other social services. These smart and location-enabled societies become reality when digital technology, thoughtfully deployed by governments, can improve on the well-being of citizens, the strength of the economy, and the effectiveness of institutions.

  1. Presenters/Panellists:
    Mr. Jure Leben
    • – Minister for the Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
  2. Dr. Bowen Zhou
    • – Vice-President, JD.com, China
  3. Mr. Tan Boon Khai
    • – Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Land Authority, Singapore
  4. Mr. Jonathon Hoeflinger
    • – President and CEO, Sharemeister, United States of America
  5. Mr. Colin Bray
    • – Chief Executive Officer, Ordnance Survey, Ireland
  6. Moderator:
    Ms. Dorine Burmanje
    • – Co-Chair, UN-GGIM
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