Smart City International Symposium fosters start-up led innovations between France and Korea

On December 7th, 2021 IFEZ Smart City International Symposium hosted by Incheon Free Economic Zone Authority (IFEZ) and organized by Incheon Smart City Corporation, the French-Korean Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FKCCI), the French Embassy in Korea, Business France, and Standford Center at the Incheon Global Campus brought together more than 800 participants through YouTube live streaming.


On this occasion, the symposium focused on startup-led smart city innovations between Korea and France. Business France and IFEZ signed a letter of intent to strengthen their cooperation on promoting the ecosystem of startups from both countries.


After the opening ceremony, including the congratulatory speech of Mr. David-Pierre Jalicon, FKCCI Chairman, and two special lectures by Fleur Pellerin, former French Minister of SMEs, Innovation and Digital Economy, and Pascal Hoguet, Director of Capgemini Connected Territories Center of Excellence, programs divided into 3 sessions: (1) Urban Planning & Policies, (2) Smart & Sustainable City, and (3) Technologies & Innovation – Startups from France & Korea, Sharing their stories.


During the first session on policies & urban planning, Mr. David-Pierre Jalicon moderated the panel discussion for private sector’s perspectives on urban planning. The second session, Smart & Sustainable City, mainly focused on mobility issues with presentations and panel discussions by the Stanford Center, Mesh Korea, and Thales. During the third session on Technologies & Innovation, various startups from France and Korea, including Creative Valley and Aryballe Technologies, shared their success stories.


A number of FKCCI member companies and partners participated in the symposium, including Dassault Systemes, Thales, and French Tech.


“By 2050, more than two-thirds of the world's population will live in cities. […] This is why it has become key to make our cities more practical, livable, democratic and sustainable. Smart cities mean that new business models with public-private partnerships and new opportunities for high-tech companies are emerging in fields such as mobility, security, life quality, environment, and so on”, said Mr. Jalicon. “We are more and more active for innovative startups with specific programs such as our innovation committee, and market exploration and establishment business services, as well as events like the Korea-France Tech4Good Summit”, he added.


Find the replays of the symposium here:

ENG: 2021 IFEZ Smart City International Symposium (Eng); 2021 IFEZ 스마트시티 국제심포지엄

KR:  2021 IFEZ 스마트시티 국제심포지엄 ; 2021 IFEZ Smart City International Symposium  (Kor)


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