According to the Inter-American Development Bank – IDB, “a smart and sustainable city is an innovative that which uses information and communication technologies (ICT) and other means to improve decision-making, the efficiency of operations, the provision of urban services and its competitiveness.”
“Towards a territorial smartness route: the construction of the cities of the future” is the motto of the III Smart Cities Seminar.
Consistent with this definition, on Friday, February 23, 2018, the III Smart Cities Seminar was held in Medellín. The National Planning Department, the Administrative Planning Department of Medellín, the University of Antioquia, the National University, the Agency of International Cooperation of Japan – JICA and the consortium More Bio Cartif, led this event.
Medellín’s Development Plan Medellín Cuenta Con Vos “takes on the challenge of an Innovative Medellín, for its ability to transform and reinvent itself in the social, cultural and urban spheres.”
The objective of the event was to promote technological development in the urban transformation of the city and the creation of innovative solutions for citizen needs. National and international institutions such as the IDB, the ICEX (Spanish Institute of Foreign Trade), Metro de Medellín, the Ruta N Corporation participated in the event and Curitiba, Brasilia and Guatemala City contributed with their experiences.
In the words of the Divisional General Deputy Director of the National Planning Department -DNP, Alejandra Corchuelo Marmolejo “Medellín has made a strong progress in terms of social equity and wealth redistribution (…) and presents, like all city systems, great challenges such as: how to leverage technology and establish itself as a city system by using information intelligently and technologies to face security, productivity and connectivity challenges with the rest of the country? So, we are sure that Medellín is on a very good road, and we are going to work to become a modern and smart city.”