Our first project day in Tainan is complete. And what a day it was!
We started our day meeting the city government, including Mayor Lai, Secretary-General Chen, Director-General Chang, and several other leaders. This was followed by a press conference, where Mayor Lai discussed his vision for the project, IBM Taiwan General Manager Jennifer Hwuang discussed IBM’s commitment, and I made some remarks on behalf of the project team.
Each of us received a wonderful gift from the city of Tainan. It was a local school messenger bag, with an inscription written on it in Chinese:
“Tainan, a good place to dream, to work hard, to fall in love, to get married, and to live happily ever after” – Written by Mr. Yeh Shih-Tao.
Inside the bag were several interesting items, I’ll blog more about those in the coming days.
This is the third Smarter Cities Challenge in Taiwan, the most in any single country other than the USA. Our work for the next three weeks is focused on improving transportation infrastructure in Tainan. The city leaders briefed us throughout the day on their vision for the future, areas of strength, and opportunities for improvement. We then had a dinner banquet with the city leaders, twelve courses of excellent Asian cooking including everything from lamb to sticky rice to crab and scallop soup.
Some local news coverage of today’s press conference has already appeared, and there are many photos already online in our photo album. Here are some links:
–Ed Brill (Twitter: @edbrill)