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As one of the world’s most forward-thinking and dynamic cities, The Connected Cities Conference hosted by KPMG had particular relevance to Hong Kong. The event marked the release of KPMG’s new and wide-ranging The Connected Cities Report. The day-long conference explored topics related to the future of cities, including sustainability, air pollution, land availability challenges, changing demographics and workforce development, and touched upon a variety of sectors from automotive to telecommunications, examining the commercial, social and environmental benefits as well as their costs.

Dr. David Chung, Under Secretary for Innovation and Technology, stressed the importance of STEM education in HK primary schools, explaining that “to make HK a smarter city we need a smarter workforce”, and Lee Kyong-yul, Secretary General, The Smart Sustainable Cities Organisation (WeGO), Seoul talked about how people build smart cities because they are “smart,” and also because they “want to be happy and get happier.”