“Smart City Week 2017” for co-creating smart cities in Bangladesh

To build the home-grown vision of people-centric smart cities for all with a theme of ‘Smart City Smart People‘ – a ‘Smart City Week 2017‘, from 22-28 November 2017has been organized by UNDP Bangladesh, Access to Information (a2i) Programme at the Prime Minister’s Office and urban sector stakeholders. The week will be inaugurated through a three day (22-24 Nov) ‘Smart City Innovation Hub’ at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman Novo Theatre.

Having focused on building people-centered cities by not only investing in technology and infrastructures alone but also engaging smart people who care, respect and pay values to the society – the Smart City Week will be a part of ‘Smart City Campaign’.

Apart from the three-day “Smart City Innovation Hub” and a range of events like a hackathon, roundtable discussion, photo exhibition, kite festival, citizen’s forum, “City Day”, children’s art competition and much more are put under the week’s slogan ‘co-creating cities’.

Ride Smart, Live Smart with this theme, a cycle rally is also being organized on 18 November 2017 to kick off the campaign. BD Cyclist will be a partner in this event.

All these events will be showcasing innovative ideas that make cities people-friendly and contribute towards urban development by offering affordable and efficient services. This is first of its kind event, where government and non-government agencies, city corporations, municipalities, public and private universities, urban experts and social entrepreneurs will come under one roof to present their views and plans for developing smart cities.

Partner organizations for “Smart City Week 2017” include government and non-government organizations working on urban issues, BUET, Bangladesh Institute of Planners (BIP), Bengal Institute of Architects, Landscapes and Settlements, Preneur Lab and other participating social organizations.

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Dr. Tareq Salahuddin is a Special Correspondent of News Hour. He is a Public Health Professional working in development sector. Dr. Tareq, a medical graduate, is a member of Public Health Association of Bangladesh and a Member of the Governing Council of World Federation of Public Health Associations (WFPHA), a J2J Fellow on HIV/AIDS and a member of the International AIDS Society. To know more about Dr. Tareq, please visit his personal website or simply Google his name.

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