NORDIC SMART CITY MODEL ON AGENDA IN CHINA
The Nordic Edge China conference held in Beijing from 9-10 April was a great success, with 350 participants (and a waiting list of more than 300 people) and nearly one hundred politicians, Smart City professionals and representatives from private businesses in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland and Iceland that traveled to Beijing to exchange Smart City initiatives and experiences with Chinese authorities and private companies.
The program covered a wide range of current Smart City topics, including cross-border collaboration within the Nordics, testing and implementation of new concepts in real-life living labs and a number of workshops, on themes such as urban mobility and health. From the Chinese, state-of-the-art AI and big data projects and large-scale smart city developments in Beijing and Xiong’an were amongst the topics presented.
The aim of Nordic Edge China was to offer an international Smart City knowledge exchange between two distinct regions with ambitious plans. For Chinese participants it was an arena for networking and access to initiatives, past and present without travelling to Scandinavia and facing possible language challenges. For Nordic visitors it posed an opportunity to experience large-scale Smart City projects first-hand and find potential business partners on the Chinese market.
Nordic Edge China is a Nordic-Chinese collaboration organised by Nordic Edge in collaboration with NTNU, Business Sweden, VTT Finland, Demos Helsinki, Nordic FlexHouse, Innovation Center Denmark and World Green Design Organization from China, with support from Nordic Innovation and Innovation Norway. The municipality of Stavanger and the Nordic embassies in China were important contributors to the conference.
For more information, please click here for the official Nordic Edge China website