As part of the ‘Smart Cities Global Network’ initiative, Smart Dubai held its first in a series of networking events titled ‘Smart Talks’, organised in collaboration with the Swedish Trade and Invest Council of Business Sweden, at its headquarters on Tuesday, March 5, 2019.
The inaugural event explored the concept and prospects of a cashless society and was organised on the back of an MoU Smart Dubai signed with Business Sweden in February 2018, which seeks to encourage cooperation and knowledge exchange between the UAE and the Kingdom of Sweden with regards to advanced technologies, such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things.
Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bint Butti Bin Bishr, Director General of Smart Dubai, addressed attendees in the opening ceremony, as did H.E. Henrik Landerholm, Ambassador of Sweden to the UAE and H.E. Massoud Biouki, Trade Commissioner of Sweden to the UAE.
Smart Dubai’s Smart Cities Global Network is the largest international network of smart city stakeholders, bringing together partners involved in advanced technology, Fourth Industrial Revolution breakthroughs, smart living and spreading happiness in the community with tech-enabled, human-centric services. The network has so far enlisted more than 300 members and has representatives from governments, the private sector, research centres, academic institutes and the media.
The first event in the Smart Talks series included a keynote speech titled ‘Nordic Tales from a Cashless Society’ delivered by Stig Johansson, current Chief Strategy Officer of Svea Ekonomi and a Board Member of The Swedish Fintech Association, who took the audience through Sweden’s journey to becoming the first cashless society in the world.