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Cities of the Future

Raffles City Convention Centre, 28 April 2021

Hosted by IMG and organised by Unbound, the inaugural Cities of the Future conference took place on Wednesday 28th April 2021 at the Raffles City Convention Centre, Singapore. This prestigious, invite-only event coincided with the HSBC Women’s World Championship LPGA golf tournament.

This gathering of civic, corporate and startup leaders, all involved with driving the growth, planning and development of ASEAN cities, explored city development strategies and deployment of innovative solutions and technologies to build the connected city of the future. Delegates participated in a full day of case studies, panels, keynotes, roundtables, pitching and workshops.

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Cities of the Future Highlights

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’The Cities of the Future Agenda presents the leading minds in today's modern city development and asks how innovation and technology can contribute to a better future for all citizens.

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Urban Innovation Champions Award

Hear from the founders of 15 of the most talked about urban tech startups, as they share a glimpse of the technologies that are changing the city-scape of tomorrow.

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Roundtable Discussions

Guests will join a variety of intimate roundtable discussions, where participants will discuss and debate hard-hitting topics such as Big Data, AI, the Climate Crisis and more.

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Agenda Themes

There are over 20 cities with 1.5 million citizens in the ASEAN region. The numbers inhabiting these cities grows everyday, forcing major shifts in the structuring of urban life. The Cities of the Future Agenda presented the leading minds in today’s modern city development, convening to tackle the major issues, as we ask, ‘’How is innovation being used to enable a more comfortable and sustainable place to live and work?’’


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Learn about how air, sea, and road networks are developing through dramatic 

efficiencies in geo-mapping, reducing issues like traffic congestion, and the effects of sustainability.

Examine how the consumption of energy in smart cities is analysed, data collected and power production optimised through different sources.

We ask what role technology plays in the planning process as city leaders consider responses to the effects of critical issues like climate change, population growth, and social division.

Smart cities have emerged as a possible solution to sustainability problems deriving from rapid urbanisation.

How can smart cities stay sustainable? 


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The Workplace

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The agenda will focus on Intelligent water management and the hydrological impacts of urban development on the environment. Focusing on the role of technology in flooding, rising sea levels and the optimisation of consumption for efficient water management.

Improving the quality of life is not only a question of technology; it is a question of connecting and inspiring people. How can developing smart cities empower communities and encourage

 the next generation.

The Covid-19 pandemic caused an unprecedented movement away from traditional offices and workspaces, and towards a working from home model. Questions will be asked on the role of the office, and the most efficient uses of the spatial void the worker migration has left behind.

As new innovations in camera tech, AI and IoT increasingly improve the safety of city inhabitants we examine 

issues like surveillance, smart alarm and security systems, effective data utilisation, and predicting and preventing crime.


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The Home

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The agenda will examine how significant progress in next-gen telecoms and smartphone technologies are meeting large scale concerns about reputation, privacy, trust and safety in modern media.

How is technology is forming strategies to address immediate health emergencies. Topics to be examined include the responses involved when a crisis hits, the role of data in the healthcare management process and designing for a healthy population. 

Smart Cities Frameworks form the core practices and services which impact urban policy making and planning. Develop your knowledge about the evolving relationship between Government, planning and technology.

The smart home concept has the ability to improve on costs and efficiency not just for those building and designing houses, but also for those living within them. Explore how smart city networks and the role of IoT can create liveable homes.

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HSBC Women's World Championship

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Cities of the Future coincided with the HSBC Women’s World Championship LPGA golf tournament. 

Boasting one of the strongest fields in women’s golf outside of the five Major Championships, the HSBC Women’s World Championship has the top women players battle it out at Sentosa Golf Club’s new Tanjong Course.

Taking place from 29th April 2021-2nd May 2021, the four-day tournament will be a platform to celebrate the sport of golf, the brilliant women competing and inspirational women from all facets of life throughout the world.