At The Global Smart City Summit in Tainan this week, our partner cities Tainan, Eindhoven and Lavasa together with the cities of Dubuque (US), Kortrijk (BE) and Helsingborg (SE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to collaborate on Smart City developments and knowledge exchange in the coming years.

Tainan's Mayor Ching-te Lai concluded yesterday's lively exchange with about 250 participants at which six cities shared their visions, projects at which the issues of citizen participation, environmental sustainability, inter-governmental collaboration and new procurement practices were central issues.

One clear statement resonated across all cities: That Smart Cities are not a technology product, but the intelligent application of government policies, public-private-partnerships and a clear focus on and inclusion of citizens. Hence, the participating mayors declared their intention to 're-conquer' the smart city concept from what has become a one-sided technology perspective.