On 28 February, Representative Lin and a delegation of TRO officials attended the University of Birmingham’s ‘Policy Lab’; a workshop that brought together academics, practitioners, and policy makers to discuss how big data can improve civic life in Birmingham.
The Representative was invited by Tony Kennedy, Assistant Leader of Birmingham City Council. Mr Kennedy had been part of the UK delegation to Taiwan’s Smart City Expo earlier in February and believed Taiwan had much to contribute to the discussion, particularly in the field of smart cities.
During the workshop, Representative Lin talked about Taiwan’s experience in utilising big data in the context of smart cities and called for greater cooperation between Taiwan and regions across the United Kingdom in this field. He also encouraged participants to attend the upcoming World Congress on Information Technology which will be held in Taiwan in September 2017.
After the workshop, Mr Kennedy provided the delegation with a tour of Birmingham City Council, in which they met with the Lord Mayor of Birmingham at the city hall to exchange views on future cooperation.