Smart ABC programme

Smart is our future – in all industry sectors and all societies, in the way we live, work and do business. Smart is making innovative use of ICTs and technologies such as the IoT to improve quality of life, efficiency of service and competitiveness. Our Smart ABC Programme at ITU Telecom World 2017 focuses on the latest technical developments at the intersection of three key emerging smart sectors.



After decades of halting progress, AI is now advancing rapidly. Machines are gaining the ability to learn, improve and make calculated decisions, enabling them to perform tasks previously thought to rely on human experience and creativity. AI will increasingly support IoT applications, learning from billions of connected objects to create continuously-evolving ecosystems of intelligent devices.


2 billion adults do not have access to a bank account, but 1.6 billion of them have a mobile phone. ICTs are reshaping financial transactions, processes and consumer behaviour. ICT and financial-services industry players and their overarching regulatory bodies are driving fintech innovation towards smart and secure universal financial services.


Smart technologies can better manage infrastructure and resources, encourage sustainable urbanization and enable cities to flourish as hubs of innovation. The ICT infrastructure of a smart city should support openness and interoperability, which will only be achieved with coordinated adherence to common technical standards.

Why take part?

  • Unique platform to share knowledge, develop business and build partnerships
  • Critical space for international dialogue on key emerging technologies
  • Promote understanding and awareness of capabilities of Smart ABC sectors
  • Key opportunity to explore technical standardization and policy guidance essential to ABC success
  • Nominate yourself or other thought-leaders and experts on AI, fintech or smart cities to speak in the Forum
  • Host a session at ITU Telecom World 2017 or sponsor networking events or floor spaces to raise your visibility and promote your message

Smart ABC programme



Join city mayors from around the world, fintech leaders, AI experts and tech start-ups to address the opportunities and challenge of Smart ABC alongside smart city project leaders, financial sector professionals, regulators, ministers, CEOs, SMEs, Innovators, media and consultants.

Smart ABC Pavilion


Exhibitors from governments, major ICT players and SMEs will showcase, discuss and demo key smart technologies. Experience first-hand the products, services and applications shaping the future, find out more on the work of ITU and discover Busan, one of the world’s most advanced smart cities.



Explore the creative potential of emerging Smart ABC technologies from the perspectives of technology, business and policy in the high-level Leadership Summit and cross-sectoral Forum debates – from how AI can revolutionize the financial industry to fintech improving urban living standards, the business opportunities, new markets and leading players in each sector, the technical standardization and new regulation needed to support Smart ABC.



Network with experts, innovators and policy-makers on Smart ABC technologies, from VIP dinners to networking cocktails, themed lunches and the popular ITU Telecom World event app. Meet leaders from government, the private sector, civil society and academia to share insights and expertise across industry sectors.

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Programme highlights


  • Andy Nam, Chief Information Officer, Standard & Charted Bank
  • Chi Hyung Lee, President & CEO, Seoul Digital Foundation
  • Douglas Feagin, Senior Vice President, Ant Financial (Alipay)
  • Eldar Tuzmukhametov, Head of Smart City Lab, Moscow
  • Gongpil Choi, Director, Korea Institute of Finance and Technology
  • Idonae Lovetrue, CEO, Demiurge Technologies
  • Ismael Villegas Ochoa, Chief Information Officer, Mexico City
  • Myung Soon Park, Director, AI Division, SK Telecom
  • Neil Sahota, Worldwide Business Development Manager, IBM
  • Paul Wilson, Chief Marketing Officer, TM Forum
  • Satoshi Amagai, President & CEO, Mofiria Corporation
  • Stephen Ibarakai, Senior Advisor, Financial Services Roundtable
  • Tan Kiat How, CEO, Infocomm
  • Thomas Suh, Founder & CEO, Legalmation
  • Toufi Saliba, CEO, PrivacyShell & TodaCorp
  • Winnie Tang, Founder, Smart City Consortium
  • Yasmin Mahmood, CEO, Malaysia Digital Economy Corporation (MDEC)
  • Young-Sook Nam, Secretary General, WeGO
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How to take part

Join the Leadership Summit roundtable, open to all city mayors, ministers, regulators and C-level industry executives.

Exhibit your project, products, apps and services in the Smart ABC Pavilion.

Nominate yourself or other thought-leaders and experts on AI, fintech or smart cities to speak in the Forum.

Host a session at ITU Telecom World 2017 or sponsor networking events or spaces to raise your visibility and promote your message.

For more details on how you can take part in Smart ABC
at ITU Telecom World 2017, please contact

ITU smart standards

The Smart ABC Pavilion at ITU Telecom World 2017 is part of ITU’s commitment to providing a neutral platform for international cross-sector dialogue on the potential of smart technologies, and the associated implications for standardization, policy and regulation. Further events and activities planned for Smart ABC in 2017 include:

The first AI for Good Global Summit in Geneva, 7-9 June 2017, in partnership  with sister UN agencies and the XPRIZE Foundation. The Summit aims to accelerate the development and democratization of AI solutions and to discuss how to use AI to help achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

ITU-T Study Group 20 develops international standards for IoT and its applications, including smart cities and communities. ITU KPIs for smart sustainable cities help cities around the world to measure progress towards smart city goals. ITU and the UN Economic Commission for Europe have also launched the “United for Smart Sustainable Cities” (U4SSC) initiative to advocate for public policy to encourage the use of ICTs to facilitate and ease the transition to smart sustainable cities.

ITU-T Focus Group on Digital Financial Services has published a wide range of research and technical reports tackling issues such as reaching digital liquidity, consumer protection, digital identity and digital ledger technologies. The Focus Group was influential in identifying strategies to scale-up the use of digital financial services. Building on the strong collaboration initiated by the Focus Group, the Financial Inclusion Global Initiative (FIGI) has been set up as a joint collaboration between ITU, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, World Bank and the Bank for International Settlements, to accelerate progress towards universal access to financial services.

Find out more about ITU’s standardization work at

Smart ABC partners