Themed ‘Liveable & Sustainable Cities: Embracing the Future through Innovation and Collaboration’, this year’s World Cities Summit explored how cities can be more liveable and resilient through better governance, planning, technology, social innovations, and collaborations with other cities. The annual summit, held from 8 to 12 July 2018, saw a strong turn-out by 20,000 delegates from over 100 countries.
At the summit, CDL presented City Innovators, a space for technology and social innovators to connect and pitch their latest ideas and solutions during the conference. On 9 July 2018, CDL put up a ‘Sustainable Urban Solutions Showcase’ to put the spotlight on six promising startups and social enterprises with products and services for a better urban future, across three Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) supported by CDL. They are SDG 3: Good Health and Well-Being, SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG 12: Responsible Consumption and Production. This complements CDL’s core business and commitment to building green, supporting the community and promoting youth development. The companies showcased included:
- Speedoc – House call doctors on demand
- Gush! – Air-purifying paint
- GWS Living Art – Urban green technology
- UglyGood – Transforming food waste into valuable resources
- GoodforFood – IoT/ big data for food waste reduction
- Ecosoftt – Innovation catalyst for decentralised management of water, wastewater and environmental services
The City Innovators space also hosted a number of high-level conference-wide events including ‘Pitch Perfect’, where 10 start-ups presented their ideas and business strategies to the audience. Two of the start-ups supported by CDL, Gush! and UglyGood, were among the presenters and contributed well-received solutions to attendees, including Minister for National Development and Second Minister for Finance Mr Lawrence Wong.
The programme culminated with a networking opportunity at Industry Night at the City Solutions Singapore expo. A conference-wide event, Industry Night brought delegates together to network over food and music. CDL hosted a performance by local singer-songwriter and Distinction Award winner of the CDL E-Generation Challenge 2017, Ms Inch Chua, at the City Innovators Space. She sang three songs that exemplified her own commitment to using the arts to advocate for combating climate change. Delegates gathered to hear Ms Chua sing and speak about her recent experiences in Antarctica as part of the prestigious ClimateForce 2041 mission.