Insights from the KPMG Innovation Summit 2023: How smart cities and tech disruptors are shaping the future

A preview of the game-changing discussions on innovation and technology at the KPMG Innovation Summit 2023.

The world is undergoing rapid urbanization and technological transformation, creating new challenges and opportunities for modern societies. How can we harness the power of smart cities and tech disruptors to create sustainable, efficient, and livable environments? This is the question that the KPMG Innovation Summit 2023 aims to answer.

The summit, which will take place on July 20 as a hybrid event at Fairmont, Makati, and live and for free via Zoom, will feature game-changing discussions on innovation and technology from industry experts, government officials, and tech start-ups. It will also grant a tech start-up the chance to represent the Philippines at the KPMG Global Technology Innovator finals in Lisbon, Portugal in November.

The summit’s theme is MAKING IT HAPPEN: From Innovative Ideas to Execution. According to KPMG in the Philippines, one of the country’s leading professional services firms and the organizer of the summit, the event is designed to invigorate the business sector’s spirit of enterprise and showcase the immense potential of smart cities and tech disruptors.

Smart Cities: Redefining Urban Living

One of the highlights of the summit is the panel discussion on Smart Cities: Redefining Urban Living. The panelists include:

  • Department of Information and Technology (DICT) Undersecretary David Almirol
  • KPMG Singapore Associate Director Abishek Dubey
  • Public-Private Partnership Center of the Philippines Undersecretary and Executive Director Ma. Cynthia Hernandez
  • Microsoft Philippines National Technology and Security Officer Dale Jose
  • Asian Development Bank Digital Innovation and Architecture Division Director Ozzeir Khan
  • Aboitiz Data Innovation General Manager for Smart Cities Alvin Ng

The panel will be moderated by KPMG in the Philippines Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer, Head of Advisory Noel Bonoan.

The panelists will share their insights on how smart cities apply information and communication technology to improve their infrastructure, public services, and mobility. They will also discuss how smart cities place people at the core of sustainable development and ecological design, to improve quality of life and create a value network.

“Smart cities are not just a distant vision. They are real and accessible, ready to solve urban challenges; from traffic decongestion to digital payment solutions, and collaborating with the Local Government Units, National Government Agencies, and GOCCs. Partnership with the private sector, multilaterals, and other funding institutions are also key to realizing Smart City projects in the Philippines aimed at improving lives, attracting investments, and enhancing economic competitiveness,” Bonoan said.

Industry Disruptors: Game Changers in Tech

Another panel discussion that will spark interest among technology enthusiasts is Industry Disruptors: Game Changers in Tech. The panelists include:

  • Alliance of Tech Innovators for the Nation Lead Convenor and DICT former Undersecretary Mon Ibrahim
  • Fuse Lending President and CEO Tony Isidro
  • KPMG India Partner and Lead for Digital Advisory Sushant Rabra
  • Mayani Co-founder and CEO JT Solis

The panel will be moderated by KPMG in the Philippines Head of Deal Advisory Michael Arcatomy Guarin.

The panelists will talk about how tech disruptors are driving innovation and growth across various sectors such as financial, industrial, retail, and healthcare. They will also share how they are changing the rules of traditional industries by introducing revolutionary technologies and innovations.

“Disruptors play a crucial role in driving innovation and growth across a variety of sectors such as financial, industrial, retail and healthcare. By embracing disruption, we can unlock new avenues for success, transform business models and stay ahead of rapidly changing market dynamics,” Guarin said.

Other Topics: ESG Technology and The Next Wave of Automation

The summit will also cover other topics related to innovation and technology such as ESG Technology and The Next Wave of Automation.

ESG Technology refers to how technologies can enable businesses to adopt environmental, social, and governance (ESG) models into their operations. The panel discussion on this topic will be led by KPMG in the Philippines Advisory Partner and ESG Lead Kristine Aguirre. She will be joined by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary for Integrated Environmental Science Carlos Primo David, International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Head of Sustainability and Development Roy Luntayao, and KPMG India Director for Digital Strategy and ESG Technology Unaise Urfi.

The Next Wave of Automation refers to how automation technologies such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics are transforming various industries and processes. The panel discussion on this topic will be facilitated by KPMG in the Philippines Head of Technology Consulting Jallain Marcel Manrique. He will be joined by Analytics Association of the Philippines President Michelle Alarcon, Department of Labor and Employment Asec. Paul Vincent Añover, Aboitiz Data Innovation CEO Dr. David Hardoon, Globe Telecom CIO Raul Macatangay, Concepcion Business Services President and COO Eric Sarmiento, and Robotic Process Automation Philippines Founder and President Allan Tan.

Be Part of the Conversation

The KPMG Innovation Summit 2023 is a must-attend event for anyone who wants to learn more about smart cities and tech disruptors, and how they are shaping the future. The summit provides an avenue to listen and interact with industry experts and technology leaders, as well as to contribute your own insights on how advanced technology is undeniably shaping the future.

To register and join the virtual KPMG Innovation Summit 2023 for free, visit this link: or scan the QR code.

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