In today’s era of rapid urbanization and technological advancement, the concept of smart cities has emerged as a compelling solution to solve the complex challenges faced by modern societies. These intelligent ecosystems use the latest technologies to create sustainable, efficient, and livable environments. The future Innovation Summit 2023, scheduled for July 20, is a hybrid event held at the Fairmont, Makati, as well as a free virtual conference through Zoom. The summit recognizes the enormous potential of smart cities and aims to explore the latest trends, innovations, and best practices in this field.
In an exciting development, KPMG in the Philippines will offer a tech start-up the opportunity to represent the country in KPMG Global Technology Innovator finals in Lisbon, Portugal, in November. Besides the opportunity to compete on the global stage, the summit provides a platform for start-up companies to showcase their products and services and make meaningful connections with investors, industry experts, and peers. disruptor.
Under the theme “MAKE IT HAPPEN: From New Ideas to Implementation” KPMG in the Philippines, a leading professional services firm in the country, is eager to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in the business sector through transformative discussions focused on innovation and technology.
The KPMG Innovation Summit 2023 will have four hyper-specialized plenary sessions: Smart Cities, ESG Technology, The Next Wave of Automation, and Industry Disruptors.
SMART CITIES PANEL
Prominent figures in the technology industry, incl Undersecretary of the Department of Information and Technology (DICT). David Almirol, Associate Director at KPMG Singapore Abishek Dubey, Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines Undersecretary and Executive Director Ma. Cynthia Hernandez, Microsoft Philippines National Technology and Security Officer Dale Jose, Director of the Division of Digital Innovation and Architecture at the Asian Development Bank Ozzeir Khan, and Aboitiz Data Innovation General Manager for Smart Cities Alvin Ng will lead panel discussions at the summit, focusing on “Cities of the Future: Transforming Smart Cities.”
These sessions are specifically designed to benefit technology businesses and technology startups. Panelists will explore how smart cities put people first, sustainable development, and ecological design to improve quality of life and build a value network. Various industries are now transitioning to smart cities, embracing the challenges and opportunities they present.
The summit serves as a platform to engage with these influential people in the field of Smart Cities, allowing participants to listen to their insights and actively interact with them. Discussions will explore how cities of the future will use information and communication technology to improve infrastructure, public services, and mobility.
Noel Bonoan, Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of KPMG in the Philippines and moderator of the Smart Cities panel discussion, promoting the accessibility and reality of smart cities. He emphasized that smart cities are not just distant visions but tangible solutions that can address urban challenges such as traffic congestion and digital payment systems. Bonoan also emphasized the importance of collaboration between Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations, private sector entities, multilateral organizations, and funding institutions to successfully implement smart city projects in the Philippines. Such projects aim to improve lives, attract investments, and improve economic competitiveness.
INDUSTRIAL DISRUPTOR PANELS
In addition to the influential figures in the field of Smart Cities, there is another group of unique individuals in the technology industry that deserve attention: the panelists of the “Industry Disruptors: Game Changers in Tech” panel.
Michael Arcatomy Guarin, Head of Deal Advisory at KPMG in the Philippines and moderator of the Industry Disruptors panel, emphasized the key role of disruptors in driving innovation and growth in various sectors, including finance, industry, retail, and healthcare. By embracing disruption, businesses can discover new paths to success, transform their business models, and stay ahead of rapidly evolving market dynamics.
Disrupting established norms and rules is often met with resistance, making it necessary to adopt a disruptive mindset to drive growth and increase operational efficiency. Whether it involves implementing technology with an Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) focus to improve business efficiency or introducing disruptive technologies in traditional sectors, disruptors offer valuable lessons in addressing problems, whether common or complex.
The Industry Disruptors panel features notable individuals including Alliance of Tech Innovators for the Nation Lead Convenor and former Undersecretary of DICT, My Ibrahim; President and CEO of Fuse Lending, Tony Isidro; KPMG India Partner and Leader for Digital Advisory, Sushant Rabra; and Mayani Co-founder and CEO, JT Solis. These panelists will discuss how traditional industries are greatly impacted by the proactive initiatives of disruptors, who are changing the game through new technologies and methods.
ESG TECHNOLOGY AND THE NEXT WAVE OF AUTOMATION PANELS
Lead panel discussion on the important role of the facilitation industry ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) adoption is Christine Aguirre, Advisory Partner and ESG Lead at KPMG in the Philippines. Aguirre and the ESG Tech panelists, AMONG Carlos Cousin David, Undersecretary for Integrated Environmental Science at the Department of Environment and Natural Resources; Roy Luntayao, Head of Sustainability and Development at International Container Terminal Services, Inc.; and Unaise Urfi, Director for Digital Strategy and ESG Technology at KPMG India, explore how technology is providing solutions to address current ESG issues. The discussion aims to make it easier for businesses to integrate ESG models into their operations.
Facilitating the dialogue on the emerging wave of automation is Jallain Marcel Manrique, Head of Technology Consulting at KPMG in the Philippines. Among the panelists Michelle Alarcon, President of the Analytics Association of the Philippines; Paul Vincent Anover, Assistant Secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment; dr. David Hardon, CEO of Aboitiz Data Innovation; Raul Macatangay, CIO of Globe Telecom; Eric Sarmiento, President and COO of Concepcion Business Services; and Allan Tan, Founder and President of Robotic Process Automation Philippines, shed light on the opportunities and risks associated with automation.
The KPMG Innovation Summit 2023 provides a unique platform for the convergence of industry experts and technology leaders. Together, they will explore new innovations that are changing different business sectors. By participating in this conversation, you can contribute your valuable insights into how advanced technology is undeniably shaping the future.
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