Allan Mayo at 4th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China

DG Cities’ Smart City Strategist, Prof Allan Mayo, has just returned from speaking at the 4th World Internet Conference in Wuzhen, China, which took place on 3-5 December. Attended by government representatives, heads of international organizations, experts, scholars, and entrepreneurs, the conference discussed the growth of AI, the sharing economy and means of cooperation.

Allan participated in a panel discussion on the Sharing Economy, which was sponsored by Didi Chuxing, a ridesharing service similar to Uber, and included a wide range of speakers including Airbnb and others. Allan discussed a range of topics, such as future areas, beyond transport and accommodation, do the platforms have to go global, what is the value of the sharing economy to China and the world, and what are the challenges and future trends.  A summary of his responses can be found here.

As well as the panel discussion, Allan was interviewed by Xi Nan from Zhejiang Online on the topic of smart cities; the  video interview below,  and article were published in the Zhejiang Online, and World Internet Conference websites.

Professor Allan Mayo (DG Cities) and Xi Nan (Zhejiang Online) at the 4th World Internet Conference, Wuzhen

During the interview, Allan discussed the common challenges faced by cities in the UK, China and around the world, and how Greenwich’s holistic smart city approach brings together the different elements that need to be addressed to become a truly smart city. He also outlined how this approach could be applied to Hangzhou and other cities in China.

Allan’s paper: “Smart Cities: the Means to Deliver Smart, Sustainable and Inclusive Growth in China” further outlines these ideas, and is available for download here