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12th Science and Technology Innovation and City Management Forum  

Beijing - Apr 27, 2018 9:12:40 AM

I. Forum Background

China’s central government sets much store by the strategies of innovation-driven development and mass entrepreneurship and innovation. According to President Xi Jinping’s Report at the 19th CPC National Congress, over the past five years since the 18th Congress, through devoting great energy to implementing the innovation-driven development strategy, we have seen much accomplishment towards making China a country of innovators. Emerging industries like the digital economy are thriving. Throughout society, development is full of vitality and is driven by greater creativity. By spurring pilot reform for all-round innovation, China is exploring how to bring into play the roles of market forces and governments, further integrate economy with technology, and inspire innovators’ motivation and vitality. The rapid development of next-generation AI technology is driving a new round of industrial and technical revolutions. What follows are constant changes in economic, social and urban forms. The advent of “smart society”, which stands a notch above agricultural, industrial and information societies, is posing a challenge to our cities’ future. A future city will be an organic whole, where humans and things are connected to one another. In China, however, the organizational pattern and operating mechanism for smart society and future cities is still in its infancy. Given the sheer momentum of next-generation AI technology and the sharing economy, the topic of smart society and future cities is poised to gain traction.


II. Forum Basics

(1) Name: Science and Technology Innovation and City Management Forum

(2) Time: 9:00-12:20, May 19, 2018

(3) Place: B309, China Hall of Science and Technology, Beijing

(4) Theme: Smart Society and Future Cities in the Age of the Sharing Economy

(5) Capacity: 200

(6) Organization

a) Honorary advisor: China Association for Science and Technology (CAST)

b) Organizers:

National Academy of Innovation Strategy, CAST

China Hi-tech Industry Promotion Society

China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Beijing Sub-council (CCPIT Beijing)

c) Co-organizers:

Service Center for Societies of CAST

Capital Center for City Operations and Development Research

Beijing Association of City Management Science and Technology

d) Supporters:

Xinhua Daily Telegraph (Xinhua News Agency), Science and Technology Daily, Economic Daily, China Youth Daily, China Science Daily, Beijing Daily, BTV, RBC,,,, Sina, Sohu, Tencent


III. Forum Contents

As President Xi put it at the 19th CPC National Congress, in developing a modernized economy, we must focus on the real economy. We should promote further integration of the Internet, big data, and AI with the real economy, and foster new growth areas and drivers in medium- to high-end consumption, innovation-driven development, the green and low-carbon economy, the sharing economy, modern supply chains, and human capital services. To make China a country of innovators, we should strengthen basic research in applied sciences, launch major national science and technology projects, and prioritize innovation in key generic technologies, cutting-edge frontier technologies, modern engineering technologies, and disruptive technologies. These efforts will provide powerful support for building China’s strength in science and technology, product quality, aerospace, cyberspace, and transportation; and for building a digital China and a smart society.

For the first time, the “sharing economy” and “smart society” have been mentioned in a Congress report.

The development of next-generation AI technology is bringing changes in productivity to smart cities. The current institutions should be adapted to such changes - and to the new orientations, systems and targets which come along. In the Age of Intelligence, the sharing economy is facing new opportunities and challenges from its expansion. As the arena for smart society and the sharing economy, future cities should at least feature three key technical elements: “cloud, Internet and terminals” as the new infrastructure, “big data” as the new means of production, “data-driven intelligent services” as the fabric of cities and the engine of innovation-driven development. Although the three elements have worked in unison to leave a real-world imprint, we should be well aware that changes in productivity are only the beginning; greater changes must take place in the relations of production and the institutional framework. At the historic juncture, how far digitization and intelligence will go to foster new drivers of smart society and future cities, how a better institutional framework and harmonious relations of production can help us adapt to the changes in productivity, are among the points to ponder.


IV. Media Promotion

(1) Media invitation: A larger number of mainstream media are expected to present at the Forum.

(2) Live broadcast: The entire Forum is planned to be live broadcast (with image, text and video).


V. Emergency Planning

Emergency plans have been made to ensure smooth opening of the Forum along with health and safety of participants. For the sake of the Forum, the Capital Center for City Operations and Development Research has set up a leading group on emergency response, with a point person to report relevant information to the Office of CHITEC Organizing Committee.

The leading group is responsible for the following:

(1) Organizing personnel to trouble-shoot the entire venue beforehand. Particular care should be taken to eliminate fire hazards with power supply. On the day of the Forum, security check should be conducted at the entrance, in case any suspicious item (unclaimed bag in particular) be carried into or out of the venue.

(2) Keeping the venue ventilated and avoiding excessive crowds.

(3) Keeping a weather eye on the inside and outside of the venue. Patrollers should immediately report any suspicious person or item to the Secretariat of Forum Organizing Committee for timely handling.

(4) Ensuring food safety.

(5) Establishing a mechanism for unimpeded communication. The Forum Organizing Committee and its Secretariat should be accessible to guests and co-organizers 24 hours a day, so that any emergency can be promptly handled.


VI. Proposed Guest List (To Be Determined and in No Particular Order)

Wu Zhiqiang, Vice President of Tongji University and a member of Chinese Academy of Engineering

Huang Tiejun, a professor at Peking University

Zhang Tao, a professor at Tsinghua University

Xue Jianru, a professor at Xi’an Jiaotong University

Wu Fei, a professor at Zhejiang University

Xu Bo, a researcher at Chinese Academy of Sciences

Liu Song, Chief Scientist of Alibaba Cloud Business

Chen Shangyi, Chairman of Baidu Technical Committee

Zhou Bowen, Head of AI, JD Technologies, LLC

Hu Guoping, Senior Vice President and Director of Research, iFlytek Co., Ltd.

Yan Shuicheng, Vice President of Qihoo 360 Technology Co., Ltd.

Ding Shiming, a specialist at Department of AI Planning and Cooperation, Noah’s Ark Lab, Huawei

Zhu Long, CEO and Co-founder of Shanghai Yitu Network Technology Co., Ltd.

Xu Xiaolan, Deputy Chair and Secretary General of the Chinese Institute of Electronics


Contact: Zhao Yu

Cellphone: 13124718688