Partnership for Urban Innovation Global Conference 2010


The theme of Better City, Better Life brought global urban innovators to Shanghai in June 2010 to experience the spectacle, of the World Expo.

Where better for the landmark phase in the evolution of the Connected Urban Development program to be announced? The successes of the program, with the seven cities, Cisco and many partners and supporters from MIT, The Climate Group, Clinton Global Initiative and local integration partners, has seen three successful conferences and peer networking forums. Building from the great conferences in San Francisco (2008), Amsterdam (2008) and Seoul (2009), bring us to Shanghai in 2010.

The event provided leading insights from the Connected Urban Development member cities, Cisco Systems, and The Climate Group as lead conference partners. In addition we had Knowledge Partners joining the debate, with expertise from The World Bank, Urban Land Institute (ULI) , The Young Foundation, Social Innovation eXchange (SIX). From Cisco the breakout sessions were co-moderated by all the Lead and Knowledge Partners and supported by the Smart+Connected Communities Institute, as part of the company’s focus on engaging this community and others in online debate on the key topics addressed at the conference.

The objectives for the conference were to:

  • recognize leading cities for their efforts in addressing sustainable development
  • discuss challenges cities are facing and solutions they are developing at the intersection of environmental sustainability, economic development and social inclusion
  • continue and expand the global community of collaboration

The two day event looked at policies, solutions and approaches on Day 1 and Day 2 provided the opportunity at the Expo to experience leading urban innovation showcases:

Day1 (17th June) - Conference and discussions sessions:

The plenary sessions included city, business, NGO and academic leaders, including Cisco Chairman and CEO John Chambers, The Climate Group CEO Steve Howard and Metropolis secretary general Josep Roig. The plenary sessions focussed on how urban innovation, such as those initiatives led by Metropolis, Cisco and The Climate Group, is enabled by multi sector innovation partnerships across the world. The day’s proceeding also included plenary sessions on urban innovation in China, specialist sessions on key topics in delivering Smart+Connected Communities;

The final plenary session of the day explored the innovation dynamics in delivering successful global cities of the future from the angles of urban planning, social innovation, real estate and technology development.

Day2 (18th June) - Expo tour day:

World cities, countries and companies, including Cisco are showcasing their visions, solutions, and approaches to the theme of the Expo. Cisco’s Smart+Connected Life pavilion, and other leading cities and expo pavilions formed a hosted tour on day 2 (18th June) for delegates to the conference.

All conference agenda information is posted to the event website at

Conference Lead Partners

Conference Knowledge Partners

Agenda - Partnership for Urban Innovation: Global Conference, 17-18 June 2010

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