From Shanghai to Stockholm, cities across the globe are designing ambitious roadmaps to become smarter. Over in South East Asia, tiny Singapore has large aspirations this decade – to become the world’s first Smart Nation.

This week the city-state hosted the Smart Nations Innovation conference where investors, academics, techpreneurs and business leaders congregated to discuss how to wrestle urban issues including an aging population and overcrowded public transportation.

“Each country will stake out a different niche for itself. But our advantage is that we are compact, we have a single level of government, we can decide efficiently, and scale up successful experiments and pilots without any delay,” said Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong in a speech on Monday.

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Sareena Dayaram

Sareena is a tech writer based in between Hong Kong and Manila. She covers start-ups and tech happenings in Hong Kong. Write to her: sareena@technode.com