Hi I’m Ed Brill, and I’ll be the primary blogger for the IBM Smarter Cities Challenge team headed to Tainan, Taiwan. By now almost all of us are en route – four from the US and one from India. The team – Hari Madduri, Irv Lustig, Donna Painter, Anjana Dishkit, and me – will meet up Sunday morning the 6th in Taipei, then travel to Tainan via THSR (Taiwan High Speed Rail).
For the four of us coming from the US, our Independence Day involves two (or more) airplanes, connecting in Tokyo, LA, or Hong Kong on the way to Taipei. I consider the flight I’m about to board “the calm before the storm.” We have had three excellent prep meetings with our local colleagues and contacts, alumni and experts. Our task seems formidable – improve the utilization of public transportation in Tainan City. Only a small percentage of the population utilizes the existing network today. Motorbikes seem like the preferred form of transportation.
We are prepared to jump into Taiwan with both feet – hopefully rested after the long journey to the island. I’ll be writing more from our rendezvous point in Taipei on Sunday morning!