The third Guangzhou International Urban Innovation Conference and Guangzhou International Innovation Festival was held from December 5 to December 8 at the Guangzhou Zhudao Hotel.
More than 800 people attended the conference, including state, provincial and municipal leaders from international organizations and participating sister cities. About 1.400 guests were invited to present projects at the 3rd Guangzhou Award Ceremony of Urban Innovation, including Dr. Yossi Vardi, co-chairman of Israel’s Digital Living Design who first proposed the Guangzhou International Urban Innovation idea.
The theme of the conference was “Global Wisdom for Local Solutions.”
The innovation festival was co-sponsored by the Foreign Affairs Office of Guangzhou Municipal Government, the Tianhe District Government and the Guangzhou Science Technology and Innovation Commission.
The Guangzhou Award attracted 301 projects from 171 cities from all over the world. Fifteen cities have been shortlisted for the award and 30 other cities have been selected for recommendations.
Five particular cities stood out in the competition: Sonpa Gu from Korea, Qalyubiya from Egypt, Boston from the United States, Copenhagen from Denmark and LaPaz from Bolivia. Bolivia won the "Online Popularity City Award” and Yiwu from China obtained the "Special Recommendation Project Award."
The highlight of Sonpa Gu project is generating electricity on a roof. Qalyubiya has turned from a "trash city" into the waste management project. Boston has invested millions of dollars to help youths manage in the city. And Copenhagen handled rainstorms and water-logging in unique ways.