The Soapbox for this month will be on two different topics.
Item 1: Smart + Connected Communities – Changing a City, a Country and the World
April’s Soapbox talk will be given by of Lee Chin Siang, our newly (re)-elected vice-president and the organizer of E-SIG.
With world populations shifting to urban areas, community leaders are pressed for answers to overcrowding, pollution, budget and resource constraints, inadequate infrastructures, and the need for continuing growth.
The foundation for the city of the future will be the network and the information it carries, enabling the delivery of vital services from transportation utilities and security to entertainment, education, and healthcare. Everything will be connected, intelligent, and green: from office buildings and appliances to hospitals and schools. Citizens and businesses will enjoy unprecedented levels of collaboration, productivity, and economic growth without compromising the environment. Managing and operating such a smart, connected community will be efficient, coordinated, and secure.
The world around us is undergoing a major transition. For the first time in human history a majority of the people in the world live in urban areas. Over the next five years, some 500 million people will be added to the world’s cities. By 2050, at least 100 new cities will be inhabited by more than a million residents.
Developing the infrastructure of these new cities will require trillions of dollars. Cities using the network as the platform to plan, build, and manage day-to-day operations will gain significant new efficiencies in every aspect of community life: enhancing productivity among city employees, improving availability and access to public services, and creating new models to generate needed revenues.
The speaker will speak about this major transition that will impact the way we LIVE, WORK, LEARN, PLAY.
More on the Speaker…
Lee Chin Siang (CS) is the Consultant with Cisco Systems based in Singapore. He is responsible for managing Advisory Projects as Project Director (virtual and multicultural teams) and as Master Technology Consultant (advising on facility, safety, security and Infocomm systems) for APAC region, which includes assisting clients in managing complex, mission critical, multi-disciplinary, large-scale development projects.
His role also includes advising CxO (CEO, CIO, CTO) of large property developers, MNCs, Government Agencies within APAC (Korea, Taiwan, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Philippines, Malaysia) on advanced technologies investment that will help their company/city be more competitive.
CS has over seventeen years’ experience in multiple aspects of business operations, and is an experienced practitioner who has managed and involved in multi-million large scale international infrastructural projects in Transportation, Railway, Military, Theme Park, Real Estate, Health Care, Banking, and Manufacturing Industry.
CS holds an MBA from University of Strathclyde, UK and a Bachelor of Engineering from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is also a Certified PMP (Project Management Professional) from PMI (USA), and a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, Accredited Professional) from USGBC (USA).
Item 2: Burning Man SIG
This April, two members of American Mensa will be in Singapore to provide an illustrated lecture on the activities of the Burning Man SIG, a group open to all Mensa members worldwide who are interested in the annual Burning Man festival. Curious about this uniquely named SIG? Drop by and find out more.
Date: 23/04/2011 (Sat)
Time : 3pm
Venue: NUSS Guildhouse Suntec City
Fee: Free for member and one accompanying guest. $5 per subsequent guest.
No prior registration required.