Like last year, the Expo (11-13 May) will be a useful platform for companies to share solutions, products and services to develop Indian cities.
The inaugural edition of Smart Cities India 2015 Expo held at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi, last year, was a huge success. Participants from 40 countries fulfilled their business requirements at the exhibition and the parallel conference sessions. Meaningful interaction on the show floor, and during the conference sessions, proved to be extremely useful in facilitating India’s mission to create smart cities across the nation. The 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo will be too a useful platform for companies to share solutions, products and services to develop Indian cities.
After the launch of 100 Smart Cities Mission, its time to make Smart Villages. The Government is preparing its plan for 2,500 Smart Villages by 2019. According to the 2011 census of India, 68.84% of Indians (around 833.1 million people) live in 640,867 different villages. The size of these villages varies considerably. 236,004 Indian villages have a population of fewer than 500, while 3,976 villages have a population of 10,000+.
Most of the villages have their own temple, mosque or church depending on the local religious following. Smart Village is a bundle of services which are delivered to its residents and businesses in an effective and efficient manner. Dozens of services including construction, farming, electricity, health care, water, retail, manufacturing and logistics are needed in building a smart village.
Computing, communication and information technologies play a major role in design, delivery and monitoring of the services. All the techniques and technologies needed to build a smart village are available now and some of them are being used in villages in India but these are disparate, fragmented and piecemeal efforts. The need of the hour is: strategy, integrated planning, and above all monitoring and execution of the activities using appropriate governance models. 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 expo will host a special session on Smart Villages and will assemble pradhans, sarpanches, innovators and influencers who are working towards the vision for Smart Villages in India.
The 2nd Smart Cities India 2016 is organsing Mayor’s Conclave -a dynamic and exciting business program for industry and government, engaging multiple stakeholders to address the needs of urban sustainability. The full day event offers a common platform to both industry and city leaders/ mayors (national and international) to foster best practices in urban policy innovation, encourage collaboration, boost investments and offer lucrative business opportunities.
The focus of Mayor’s Conclave 2016 is to improve collaboration between cities and businesses. Cities need private sector involvement to address their urban challenges, improve efficiency and implement innovative solutions. Companies, meanwhile, can benefit from a better understanding of cities’ needs and gain access to entirely new and lucrative markets. Through Mayor’s Conclave both local governments and businesses will have the opportunity to work together in solving urban challenges. Four sessions spread over a day will focus on a number of presentations and keynote addresses by Mayors (national and international) and thought leaders on sustainable urban development and inspiring city case studies (requirements, opportunities and challenges).
Mayor’s Conclave offers opportunity to participate actively in discussions and explore approaches in addressing: l Smart leadership for smart cities l Strategies to develop smart cities in India l Role of citizens in developing smart cities l Financing and monitoring smart cities projects.
Highlights from the Expo in 2015
- 207 exhibition participants from 40 countries
- 39 conference sessions with 241 speakers from 15 countries
- 1,478 conference delegates (60% Indian nationals and 40% international) and 12,721 business visitors (70% Indian nationals and 30% international) attended the expo
- 3 country pavilions by European Business Technology Centre (EBTC), Poland, and Sweden
- 17 Indian states visited the expo
- 7 central government ministries endorsed the expo