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32 Carpenter Street
Singapore 059911

SDG Innovate: Digitalisation and Cities

Presented by SGInnovate and UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

With two out of every three people likely to be living in cities or other urban centres by 2050; digital, data, and technology will play an important role in making these settings enjoyable, productive, and sustainable. This is the concept of ‘smart cities’ – urban environments which leverage these tools to deliver better lives and livelihoods for their populations.

Much of the discussion around smart cities has focused on their potential in developed markets. However, with the extent and pace of urbanisation likely to be highest in emerging economies, there is a need to explore the role, need, and relevance of smart cities in developing markets.

Singapore is a leader in applying digital, data, and technology to improve the lives of its citizens and residents – from public service delivery through to initiatives such as Smart Nation Singapore. This event will consider what lessons can be learned from progress in Singapore, and how we can shape partnerships between Singapore and other cities – particularly in international development. This event will highlight opportunities to enable global progress around smart cities and ensure that no city – or citizen - is left behind.

Date: 27 Feb 2020, Thursday
Time: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
Venue: 32 Carpenter Street, Singapore 059911

Full speaker line-up will be announced shortly

Moderator: Calum Handforth, Technical Expert (Digitalisation and Smart Cities), UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

4:00pm – 4:30pm: Registration
4:30pm – 5:30pm: Panel Discussion and Q&A
5:30pm – 6:00pm: Networking

Moderator's Profile:

Calum Handforth, Technical Expert (Digitalisation and Smart Cities), UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development

Calum is the Thematic Lead for Digitalisation and Smart Cities at the UNDP Global Centre for Technology, Innovation and Sustainable Development. Calum has a wide-ranging smart cities and digitalisation background having worked on the delivery, strategy, and management of a range of innovation projects and programmes across Sub-Saharan Africa, and South and South-East Asia. 

Calum has drafted and led legislation, policy, and strategy to rollout smart cities; delivered connectivity programmes (3G, 4G, and 5G pilots) and explored Internet-of-Things-related projects. He has also led the development of service delivery initiatives such as chatbots, digital identity projects, and digital inclusion programmes. He has worked in government, strategy consulting, and international development. More widely, Calum has built a strong expertise in driving and measuring the success and impact of smart city, digitalisation, and broader innovation projects and programmes - particularly in lower-income settings. This has included leading digital transformation efforts (and applying 'Agile' principles in international development), measuring behaviour change, exploring the potential of Big Data, building processes and workflows to leverage innovation, and translating findings to inform policy, strategy, and scaling. 

Topics: Artificial Intelligence / Deep Learning / Machine Learning / Robotics, MedTech / HealthTech / BioTech