This is to inform you that the 4th Smart Tehran Congress 2021 will take place virtually on 5th and 6th of July. The event is organized by Smart Tehran Center (STC) powered by Tehran Municipality ICT Organization (TMICTO). It is one of the largest events in the field of smart city, innovation, and digital transformation in Iran and the region. This year, as we have stepped into the “new normal of daily life” because of the COVID-19 outbreak, we are organizing the virtual event.
The event’s main theme is “Digital Transformation, Digital Services” and how challenging times such as the COVID-19 outbreak can accelerate the digital transformation. So, different parts of it such as keynotes, webinars, panels, and workshops will cover the issues of smart cities in this era and beyond.

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The 4th Smart Tehran Online Congress

The international panel “Smart Cities Scenarios in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond” was held on Wednesday, March 10. The panel organized by Tehran Municipality ICT Organization (TMICTO) and Center for Progress and Development of Iran (CPDI).
The panelist were Oliver Rosenberg, Head of the Department of Health and e-Government in Vienna, Dr. Lee Jae-Yong, Head of Smart City Research Center in South Korea, Anil Bansal, Senior Advisor of the Smart City Program of India, and Dr. Mohammad Farjood, CEO of the Tehran Municipality Information and Communication Technology Organization (TMICTO). They shared their viewpoints and experiences regarding the response of smart cities to the outbreak of Covid-19 disease. Also, Zoheir Sabbaghpour Azarian, Deputy Minister of International Affairs of Tehran Municipality Communication Center, was the panel moderator.

Initially, Dr. Lee Jae Yong addressed the main vision for smart city development, including three strategic steps: “building technology infrastructure”, “improving management and governance” and “sustainable development and innovation”. He went on to describe the country’s smart cities against Covid-19 in three areas of “governance”, “legal structure” and “data-driven platform”. Accordingly, the cooperation of the government bodies in preventing the spread of the virus and in the treatment phase, along with the cooperation of the citizens, was mentioned as the most important factors of success against Covid-19 disease.
Next, Oliver Rosenberg spoke about smart and digital health systems developed in Vienna and Austria. According to him, intelligent epidemic reporting systems were developed before the corona outbreak in Austria. At the same time as the outbreak of the coronavirus, the city of Vienna began to develop smart patient tracking systems to prevent the spread of the disease and also, introduced a smart homecare application during quarantine. Currently, registration and scheduling of patients for vaccination is on the agenda of the city.

Then, Anil Bansal mentioned the five areas of “food supply chain mechanism”, “retail infrastructure”, “mobility”, “healthcare” and “water supply & sanitation” to have a key role in controlling the spread of corona-virus. In this regard, focusing on sanitized contact-less mechanisms with minimum human interface is considered as the main strategy. Reviewing the executive measures in India, he cited many items like development of large quarantine parks in place of quarantine centers, data management in terms of linking the health data with every individual’s unique identification cards, and adding more capacity to the hospitals. He also mentioned the smartening of burials and cremation, as well as deploying smart touch-free public toilets. Heading up to the post-pandemic area, he mentioned the deployment of smart infrastructure, data management, and data security, among the important actions.

Dr. Mohammad Farjood, as the last speaker of this panel, after reviewing the Smart Tehran program, addressed the interactions between smart cities and Covid-19. After categorizing the measures taken worldwide to combat the pandemic, Farjood explained the six key measures taken by the Tehran Municipality in the field of smart city to combat this virus. These six key actions were the “My Tehran” citizen services platform, the “Shahr-Pay” payment platform, the cycling development program with the aim of promoting social distance, smart waste collection management, providing online funeral services in Behesht Zahra, and open data. The last part of this presentation was dedicated to the impact of Covid-19 on the development of smart cities. Reviewing the future of technology in smart cities, he stressed that with the outbreak of coronavirus, cities were forced to accept the digital transformation as a tool to meet the change in citizen behavior in using a variety of digital services. Technology can accelerate the development of digital technologies and services in the post-pandemic era and, consequently, improve the quality of life of citizens. Finally, the possible futures for the post-pandemic era were examined in terms of the level of governance intervention in data governance and the level of data sharing between citizens, businesses and urban management. It was stated that the adoption of appropriate policies and regulations in the field of data governance, alongside with sharing more data between smart city stakeholders will lead to the development of digital services in cities.
You can access the recording and the slides of the panel via the below links:

Smart City Approaches and Learnings during COVID-19

Smart Cities Scenarios in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

Smart City Policy in Korea & Approach against Covid-19

Post – Pandemic Reflections on Smart Cities

Smart Cities Scenarios in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

3rd Smart Tehran Congress

The 3rd Smart Tehran Congress, which kicked off at Tehran’s Milad Tower on Monday, was attended by policymakers, urban managers and tech aficionados.

Key speakers at the opening ceremony of the event were ICT Minister Mohmmad Javad Azari Jahromi, Tehran Mayor Pirouz Hanachi, Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari, Tehran City Council Chairman Mohsen Hashemi Rafsanjani and TM’s ICT Organization Chief Mohammad Farjood.

During the event, the municipality’s efforts for transforming the Iranian capital into a smart city were reviewed and future plans were outlined.

Several panels were also held on the sidelines of the event where stakeholders discussed obstacles to startups’ growth and development of smart development plans.

Speaking at the two-day event, Jahromi called on urban and national policymakers to expand their collaborations while Hanachi highlighted the municipality’s efforts for streamlining startups’ growth in the capital.

The First Smart Tehran Congress was held in 2017.

In the previous round of the event, Tehran City Council launched an open API portal to promote transparency, openness, local startup ecosystem and digital urban services.

Themes and Topics

  • Open Data and Urban Smart Governance
  • Awareness, Education and Empowerment of Citizens in Smart City Area
  • Stakeholders Engagement, Efficieny and Sustainable Economy based on Data
  • Innovative City and Technological Business Development based on Data
  • Big Data, Data Analysis and Data Mining of Trustworthy and Useful Data
  • Smart City and Quality of Life Upgrade Indicators
  • Sustainable Development and the Urban Environment Challenges
  • Smart Mobility, Urban Transportation Data Analysis and Modeling
  • Applications and Trends based on Artificial Intelligence in Smart City Services
3rd Smart Tehran Congress

2019’s winner at Smart City Expo World Congress

The global awards are presented annually to the most impressive city innovation and transformation initiatives. Cities that have excelled in digital transformation, mobility, urban environment, inclusivity and sharing, governance and finance, and innovation are among those named as finalists in the 2019 World Smart City

Awards (WSCA). City Award finalists

The 2019 edition of the WSCA is one of the biggest editions to date and registered over 450 entries from 59 different countries in its seven categories. Six cities have been named in the prestigious City Award category, which was won last year by Singapore. They are: • Bristol (UK) for its Connecting Bristol initiative; • Curitiba (Brazil) for the Case Vale do Pinhão Innovation Ecosystem programme; • Montevideo (Uruguay) for the Montevideo Smart City with equity, inclusion and environmental sustainability project; • Seoul (Republic of Korea) for the Data Driven Smart City initiative; • Stockholm (Sweden) for the GrowSmarter: transforming cities for a smart, sustainable Europe project; • Tehran (Iran) for its Smart Tehran programme. The winners were announced at Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC), organised by Fira de Barcelona on 20 November. The judges said Stockholm’s strategy to create a smart and connected city via innovation, openness and connectivity to improve living conditions and the business environment stood out. The jury, including representatives from Barcelona City Council, the UITP International Association of Public Transport, UN-Habitat, the World Bank and Smart City Expo World Congress, noted Stockholm’s smart and integrated solutions in a number of climate-action-related areas, such as low energy districts, integrated infrastructure and sustainable urban mobility

The city of Stockholm, Sweden, was named as the Smart City of 2019 at the Smart City Expo World Congress event in Barcelona. Tehran for its Smart Tehran programme was also among the nominees for the award.

Smart City Expo World Congress

Tehran Golden Adobe Award

The event was held on the occasion of the World Cities Day which is annually observed on October 31.

For the first time, the number of projects has increased by 100 percent this year, as 197 projects from the country and 322 projects from 27 countries worldwide were submitted, IRNA quoted Gholam Hossein Mohammadi, the director for international affairs at Tehran Municipality, as saying.

In total, 21 projects were chosen as the top projects and 21 others were also recognized to be honored, he highlighted.

He went on to say that the winners have been chosen in seven different categories of urban management and development.

Reza Karami Mohammadi, head of Tehran Disaster Mitigation and Management Organization, ranked the first in category of Resiliency, Livability and Sustainable Urban Development, introducing an earthquake alert system.

The award of Public Participation and Urban Social-Cultural Development category went to Nicaraguan Ambassador to Iran, Mario Barquero, for a project called Nicaraguan Women Cook with the Sun and Grow Organic Vegetables.

In Architecture, Urbanism, Cultural Heritage and Urban Regeneration category, Nasrollah Abadian, Tehran’s District 11 mayor, won the award for museums of war and cigarettes project and retrofitting 10 historical houses in the area.

The founder of MyTehran online system Mohammad Farjud won the award in Smart and Creative Human – Oriented Cities category.

Yusef Hojjat, the founder of Bi-dood bike-sharing system in Tehran, also won the first prize in the Development of Infrastructures, Public Transportation and Urban Services category.

Adobe is the smallest unit in constructing a building in ancient Iranian architecture which dates back to some 7,000 years ago.

The Tehran Golden Adobe Global Award aims to recognize the importance of local government and urban management in promoting the socio-economic environments, the sustainability of cities and regions, and improving the livability of the citizens.

The third edition of the Award was held in 2016, after three years the fourth edition of the event was held focusing on “smart city” and “urban resilience”.
This year’s award discussed issues of sustainable urban development, citizens’ participation, cultural and social development of the city, architecture, urban planning, urban cultural heritage and regeneration, smart and creative human-centered city, resource allocation, investment, entrepreneurship, employment and the city’s economy, infrastructure development, public transport and utilities.

Tehran Golden Adobe Award