IBM, as a part of its global initiative to create smarter, sustainable, technologically-led cities, is organizing a Smarter Cites India forum, the sixth edition of a series of global events. The forum, to be held in Gurgaon tomorrow (the 13th of September) will bring a wide range of experts and key influencers from both the public and private sectors, in order to collaboratively discuss and define their vision to make cities in India smarter. The conference will span all the main elements of IBM’s global Smarter Cities portfolio, which include such large issues as transportation, building, public safety, energy and utilities, and other related services.
The conference will be comprised of keynote speeches, panel discussions, case study presentations and a showcase tour of IBM’s smarter cities solutions and visions. Key speakers will include Sam Palmisano, Chairman of the Board of IBM, who actually envisioned the premise of a Smarter Planet, and Mr. Shanker Annaswamy, Managing Director of IBM in India. Other eminent speakers will include Amitabh Kant, CEO and Director of the Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corporation, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, Chief Minister of Haryana, Dr. M. Ramachandran, Former Secretary of the Ministry of Urban Development, Praveer Sinha, CEO and Executive Director of Tata Power Delhi Districution Ltd., amongst others. IBM experts will include Guruduth Banavar, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer of the Global Public Sector at IBM, Sietze Dijkstra, Global Government Industry Leader, who has extensive experience in government transformation projects, and Carlton Gammons, General Manager of IBM’s Global Energy and Utility Industry.
Several of us from CKS will be attending the conference, and hope to gain further insights and inspirations that will better inform and refine our own agenda for the Smarter Cities brainstorming session at Design Public 4 this coming November. Watch this space for more updates on the conference and all that we learned.