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Power fueling smart and sustainable cities of the future at the AI Summit PH 2023

Shaping a better sustainable future

What will the cities of tomorrow be like? Aboitiz Data Innovation (ADI), the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI) arm of the Aboitiz Group, brings together key players and industry movers championing sustainable smart cities, as well as power generation and distribution at the inaugural AI Summit Philippines (AI Summit PH 2023). Organized in partnership with Aboitiz Equity Ventures and Union Bank of the Philippines, the two-day summit will be held at the Marriott Grand Ballroom in Pasay, Philippines from May 10 to 11, 2023, with industry and government leaders and forward-thinking entrepreneurs sharing real-world use cases, lessons learned, and valuable insights.

The AI Summit PH 2023 offers attendees an array of events, including talks, panel discussions, knowledge sessions, and networking opportunities with tech innovators and game-changers. The summit will focus on three streams: Powering Smart Cities through Data, Data Science and Transformation in Financial Services, and Operationalizing Data Science and AI.

Imagine a city where everything is interconnected, more livable, and environmentally friendly – where people can move around seamlessly, where energy is generated and consumed sustainably, where lives are enhanced by efficient services, and where the livelihoods of communities are improved. As the world becomes more urbanized, smart cities play an important role in accommodating the growing population. With AI and advanced technologies as an enabler and catalysts, a smarter, greener, and more livable world is not impossible to attain.

Opening the Summit is Third District of Negros Occidental Representative Dr. Jose Francisco “Kiko” Benitez with a keynote on “Reimagining a Sustainable and Equitable Philippines with AI.” Representative Benitez brings insightful expertise as the Chairman of the House Committee on Housing and Urban Development and a member of the House Committee on Information and Communication Technology (ICT).

One of the highlights at the summit is a plenary discussion on “Defining the Smart Cities of the Future.” This path to the future requires collaboration between the government, the private sector, and other important stakeholders. From the public sector, panelists include Batangas Governor Hermilando Mandanas. He will share his insights on the government’s role in enabling smart city development. He will be joined by IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Jack Madrid and Aboitiz InfraCapital (AIC) President and CEO Cosette Canilao. This session will delve into the potential benefits of smart city development, including public services, increased economic growth, and enhanced sustainability.

AIC is already providing Filipinos with a glimpse of the cities of the future across its economic estates. LIMA Land and Cebu Industrial Park Developers President Rafael de Mesa will participate in a breakout session on “AI and the Future of Sustainable Cities: Challenges and Opportunities.” He will be joined by CAZA Principal and award-winning architect Carlos Arnaiz, Arup Associate Principal of Cities and Planning Tony Chan, and AECOM Asia ESG Services Business Lead Sylvester Timothy Wong. The session will be moderated by ADI Chief Operating Officer for Smart Cities Alvin Ng.

“As we find ourselves on the cusp of a new era, the potential of AI to revolutionize our society is poised to unleash a tidal wave of transformative innovation. With the integration of intelligent technologies, we envision a future where our cities transcend mere smartness, evolving into bastions of sustainability, streamlined efficiency, and elevated citizen well-being. Let us embark on this audacious journey of imagination and collaboration, pooling our expertise to shape a tangible reality out of this ambitious vision,” said Ng.

A breakout session will cover the topic of “Unlocking The Benefits of AI in Achieving Sustainability.” Among the panelists are Environmental Resources Management South and Southeast Asia Managing Partner Wei Chee Liew and members of the academe Dr. Godofredo Ramizo Jr., Fellow and Principal Investigator, Nanyang Technological University and Dr. Immanuel Koh, Assistant Professor, Singapore University of Technology and Design. The session will be moderated by ADI Chief Marketing Officer Felicia Li-Gaillard.

In another breakout session, “The Future of Smart Cities: AI-Enabled Innovation and Transformation,” summit participants can learn about technology trends, challenges, and opportunities in the smart cities landscape from around the region. Moderated by ADI Head of AI and Innovation Center of Excellence Dr. Adrienne Heinrich, the panelists include Amazon Web Services ASEAN Business Development Manager Dr. Chomchana Trevai, KPMG APAC Head of Technology Darren Young, Johnson Controls APAC Chief Technology Officer Sachin Gupta, and AboitizPower Distribution Head of Corporate Services Jokin Aboitiz.

On the power front, a discussion on the regulatory frameworks in support of AI in utilities will be tackled by Energy Strat Asia Managing Director and Founder Tim Rockell and Analytics Association of the Philippines President Michelle Alarcon.

Another summit highlight is the plenary panel discussion on “Power Fueling Urban Development and Economic Growth” which will be participated by OceanPixel Chief Executive Officer Dr. Michael Abundo, University of San Carlos Associate Professor and Industrial Engineering Department Chairperson Dr. Lorafe Lozano, and Chief Operating Officer for Power Luis F. Gonzalez.

“Energy is the lifeline and security of any country, fueling its development and powering its economy. As we seek to build sustainable and resilient communities, we must recognize the critical role that power plays in urban development and economic growth. By investing in innovative and sustainable power solutions, we can ensure that our cities continue to thrive and prosper for generations to come,” emphasizes Gonzalez.

There is much more that lies in store. Join ADI and like-minded visionaries for two days of insightful talks, solutions showcase, and networking opportunities to share ideas and make meaningful connections that may one day change the world for a sustainable future.

For more information about the event, visit www.aiphsummit.ph.


About Aboitiz Data Innovation

Aboitiz Data Innovation (ADI) is the Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (DSAI) arm of the Aboitiz Group. ADI consolidates DSAI operating models across the Group and promotes a data-driven culture across the organization. Its chief responsibility is to transform data into business outcomes, use information to make better decisions, reinvent business models, and develop high-value solutions to create new processes, products, and services. By operationalizing DSAI across the Aboitiz Group’s business units, ADI is advancing an over-a-century-old company’s Great Transformation journey into becoming the Philippines’ first techglomerate. For more information, visit aboitizdatainnovation.com.

About Aboitiz Equity Ventures

Aboitiz Equity Ventures, Inc. (AEV) is the public holding company of the Aboitiz Group with major investments in power, banking and financial services, food, infrastructure, land, and data science and artificial intelligence. Today, AEV is recognized as one of the best-managed companies in the Philippines and the region, consistently cited for its commitment to good corporate governance and corporate social responsibility. With five generations of Aboitiz Group business success behind it, AEV continues to drive change for a better world by advancing business and communities.

The Aboitiz Group is a member of the Global Compact Network Philippines Board of Trustees and helps champion the Philippines’ sustainability initiatives on an international level through policies, advocacies, and initiatives that align with the United Nations Global Compact (UNGC). The company has also launched its #OneAboitizSustainability Framework which aims to transform its life-essential businesses into having improved sustainable practices and a positive impact on the environment and society.

To know more about the #OneAboitizSustainability programs, please visit https://sustainability.aboitiz.com/.

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