Mayor Tom Tate opens ICS 2013In 2012 with more than half the world’s people living in cities, and over 90% of urban growth occurring in the developing world, cities are acting as ‘hubs of innovation’ that support the complex interactions of people, ideas, innovation, and knowledge creation throughout the local economy.

Cities such as the Gold Coast are central to the creation and commercialization of innovative new products, processes, and services for global markets. This raises the importance of developing indigenous skills, innovations, capabilities, and enabling ‘intelligent’ environments in these urban landscapes, including creating ICT awareness, strengthening human capacities in technology use, and securing a competitive ICT infrastructure within the city environment, i.e. developing Intelligent Cities.

The Future Cities Institute is pleased to be partnering with Business Gold Coast to bring together for local government, industry and academia in the Asia Pacific to bring you the Intelligent Cities Summit for 2013.

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By becoming smarter in developing intelligent urban environments, an “Intelligent City” convergences technology, culture and urban development systems to support knowledge-intensive activities, institutions for cooperation in learning and innovation, and digital spaces for communication and interaction that vastly improve the delivery of services to citizens, stability of government and provision of economic and social development opportunities.

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