Taipei Smartups, 2020

Taipei, heart of Asia, coined Smart Taipei for its well known strong ICT, Semiconductor and e-mobility sector. The public private partnership PPP model is helping the startup-MNC-Government collaborative Smart City ecosystem. Smart Taipei is a Citizen-Centric Smart City ranked #1 in the Global Open Data Index, while the other Asian countries in the Top 20  are Japan (#16) and Singapore (#17).

Taipei’s Smart City strategy focuses on Healthcare, Transport, Public Housing, Education and FinTech, all of which are consolidated by CyberSecurity. The goal is to turn Taipei into a “Living Lab” by facilitating innovation, drive cultural change and engage diverse PPP stakeholders. Taipei’s initiate is the “Government as a Platform” strategy. The city’s role is not to deliver everything but to become the enabler for the IoT and Smart City ecosystem. The ecosystem main players are here:

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Smart Taipei

Smart City is an important economically strategic blueprint for a country’s economic transformation and upgrade. Many countries started smart city development plans and became the vanguards; such as the smart grid in the US, and the intelligent energy management in Amsterdam. That is why the Department of Information Technology,Taipei City government established the “Taipei Smart City Project Management Office”, also known as the “PMO”, to implement and governance the development of smart city. Thereafter building an innovation matchmaking platform to combine industry and government resources to develop smart solutions that satisfy public demands.

The main appeal of the PMO is to promote public participation and public-private partnership in order to create new technologies, innovative applications, and data/information to solve citizens’ problems. Before executing PMO’s concepts, we fully understand the public expectations. Such suggestions are feedbacks and corrections that were accumulated from former smart city seminars. Taipei city government hopes to construct an eco-system so that the government, the industry, and citizens can share the prosperity from its development. In the future, the first task in the blueprint is to establish a matchmaking platform which allows citizens access necessary innovative technologies. It will gradually open up many fields allowing interested industry to do trials and make the city to be a “living lab.” Ultimately, we wish citizens can benefit from more intelligent services.


Taipei 101 Tall Green Building

Taipei 101, the tallest LEED Platinum certified “green” building in the world (501m) is impossible to miss in Taiwan. With 101 floors and five basement levels, the Taipei World Financial Center – or Taipei 101 for short – in Taiwan is the tallest building in Asia. The tower is designed to withstand typhoons and earthquakes.