The Forum will focus and discuss current challenges and strategic initiatives related to
the implementation of the ICT technologies in Indian smart cities and abroad. The deliberations
from this Forum will serve as recommendations to the government, potentially impacting policy
decisions pertaining to ICT in urban development.
The Forum will bring together critical stakeholders that can drive the sustainability agenda
Over half the world’s population now lives in urban areas and urban population is projected
to rise to two thirds by the middle of the century. Increasing urbanization< puts a strain on
resources and leaves many on the fringes of society. Tackling the challenge, cities worldwide
are turning to new technology such as GIS, data analytics and IoT. They search for new
approaches and solutions that will improve city transportation, water and waste management,
energy usage, and other means to support a more sustainablelifestyle of their citizens.
Access to affordable devices and broadband has connected more than half of the world’s population. With the advent of digital technology, we can design new smart ICT solutions for improving resource efficiency and the management of scarce resources. Therefore, the concept of smart cities emerged across the globe.
India’s urban modernization initiative, the Smart Cities Mission aims to develop 100 smart
cities in the coming years. Each city has proposed applications of smart (ICT) solutions to the
existing city-wide infrastructure. Learning and contributions from global experience will enable
the Indian cities to accelerate development and avoid pitfalls in developing smart ICT
However, technology is a tool and not an end in itself. For cities to become sustainable, sound policies and efficient management are critical components for success.