Asia Smart City Conference: Fostering a Marketplace for Co-Innovation

Event | 8 - 11 October 2019
Yokohama, Japan

Time of event

Day 1: 09:30–16:45
Day 2: 10:00–16:00
Day 3: 09:30–17:00
Day 4: 09:00–13:00


A decreasing birth rate, rapid population aging, and profound environmental and technical changes are prompting Japan to develop smart cities to ensure that the whole population can live fruitful, healthy, and secure lives. Its experiences provide valuable lessons to other countries in Asia that will encounter comparable economic and social challenges in the coming years.

Under Japan’s Future City Initiative (FCI), selected cities develop projects that promote continuously livable and empowered communities. Yokohama has been designated as one of 11 Future Cities in Japan and, as part of the initiative, has developed the Yokohama Smart City Project (YSCP) focusing on solar power, electric vehicles, expansion of sanitation technology, support for the aging society, and the creation and transmission of culture and art.

The annual Asia Smart City Conference in Yokohama promotes city-to-city collaboration and partnerships with international institutions to achieve smart and sustainable growth in the region. Guided by the theme “Fostering a Marketplace for Co-Innovation,” the 8th Asia Smart City Conference will bring together mayors and other government officials, policy and technical experts, financiers, and developers to examine the future of urban development. It will also serve as the genesis for pilot projects that advance Smart City solutions in Asia and include technical visits in Yokohama.

The Conference will be held in conjunction with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Smart City Network convening high-level government officials to explore thematic issues as part of Asia Smart City Week.

Other parallel events will include the launch of the Global Smart Cities Alliance on Technology Governance and Youth Event 2019, organized by Yokohama City University and featuring ADBI expert speakers.

  • Showcase smart city innovations and best practices to guide urban development in developing Asian countries
  • Enhance understanding of the role of the private sector in providing smart technology solutions through various service delivery and financing models
  • Promote public-private sector collaboration on innovative urban development and smart city growth
  • Provide a platform for stakeholders to exchange views and experiences regarding urban development, innovation, and smart cities

Around 200 mayors and other government officials, policy and technical experts, financiers, and developers.

  • Improved understanding of evolving urban development challenges and opportunities in Asia
  • Strengthened city networks and other partnerships to advance smart cities in the region
  • Presentations to be published on the ADBI website
How to register

By invitation for ADBI-funded participants. Self-funded participants may register here.

  • The City of Yokohama
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB)
  • The World Bank Tokyo Development Learning Center (TDLC)