Smart City is an important economically strategic blueprint for a country's economic transformation and upgrade. Many countries started smart city development plans and became the vanguards; such as the smart grid in the US, and the intelligent energy management in Amsterdam. That is why the Department of Information Technology,Taipei City government established the “Taipei Smart City Project Management Office”, also known as the "PMO", to implement and governance the development of smart city. Thereafter building an innovation matchmaking platform to combine industry and government resources to develop smart solutions that satisfy public demands.
The main appeal of the PMO is to promote public participation and public-private partnership in order to create new technologies, innovative applications, and data/information to solve citizens’ problems. Before executing PMO’s concepts, we fully understand the public expectations. Such suggestions are feedbacks and corrections that were accumulated from former smart city seminars. Taipei city government hopes to construct an eco-system so that the government, the industry, and citizens can share the prosperity from its development. In the future, the first task in the blueprint is to establish a matchmaking platform which allows citizens access necessary innovative technologies. It will gradually open up many fields allowing interested industry to do trials and make the city to be a “living lab.” Ultimately, we wish citizens can benefit from more intelligent services.
The debuted Taipei Smart City logo adopts words as its main design core, combining Chinese and English. Not only does it speak out to the rest of the world, but also exhibits the name of Taipei City. The 2 t’s are symmetrical and form the “pei” part of “Taipei”. The visual focus will be drawn towards the “pei” word, hence signifying “Open”, “Disclosed” and “Innovation Oriented”, conveying the city’s willingness to accept innovative ideas. Innovative creativity of all forms are welcome in the city, which echoes the momentum and elasticity one expects from a smart city. “Taipei is a creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship filled smart city that is open to positivism.”, one that embraces new ideas and provides dreams with a chance for realization.