Workshop on Smart Cities in KochiEnlarge image Workshop on Smart Cities in Kochi (© University of Heidelberg Office Neu Delhi)
Under the umbrella of the German House for Research and Innovation (DWIH) in New Delhi, Heidelberg Centre South Asia had organised Indo-German workshops that focus on the potentials and the challenges of the concept of smart cities in Kochi on 11th of August 2016. The event was supported by the Friedrich NaumannFoundation, European Science Technology and Innovation Platform in India (EU STI Platform), BayIND (Bavarian-Indian Centre), Fraunhofer India and IGCC (Indo-German Chamber of Commerce) and GIZ (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit).
This workshop, well attended by various stakeholders like researchers, think tanks, NGOs and the Kochi City Corporation Authorities, who are actively involved in Kochi Smart City Project, was a part of a series of pre-events leading to the DWIH annual conference CityScapes, which will take place between September 29th and October 1st, 2016 at India Habitat Centre, New Delhi.
The purpose of the workshops was to add to the visibility of the German scientific landscape, to deepen the collaboration between German and Indian scientific communities and to initiate a dialogue on Smart Cities between scholars, industry representatives and policy makers. The Workshop in Kochi, held on 11th August was supported by the Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). Dr. J. Letha, the Honorable Vice Chancellor of CUSAT extended her support and trusted upon inclusive and holistic approach on Smart Cities and welcomed the support offered by the German industry and research organisation. Dr. Manjula Mundakana, science officer at the German Consulate welcomed the gathering and highlighted upon the leap Kochi has already taken towards becoming a Smart city, by hosting the world’s only grid-neutral airport, which is the best example of Indo-German Cooperation for a greener future and encouraged the authorities to maintain the lead position in transforming Kochi into a Smart City.
Mr. Radu Carciumaru, the official representative of Heidelberg University in New Delhi expressed his gratitude to the entire partner organisation for their support and invited the inputs from all the stakeholders, which could be presented at the “CityScapes” conference at DWIH’s annual event.