Saigon Hi-Tech Park hosts third annual conference

The Saigon Hi-Tech Park (SHTP) hosted its third annual conference November 12-13, 2015 in Ho Chi Minh City. The conference’s central theme was “Applications of Internet of Things (IoT) for Smart Cities and Quality of Life.” IoT is a development concept of the Internet in which everyday objects are interconnected with the ability to send and receive data.

Saigon Hi–tech Park Training Center, the location of the third annual conference. Photo courtesy of SHTP 

The international conference gathered domestic and foreign experts, along with representatives of businesses active in information technology (IT) to discuss Ho Chi Minh City’s movement toward a business-friendly climate and a creative space where sci-technological activities are encouraged. Another focal point discussed was the applications of IoT and how it will serve as the pillar for managing a smart city. Topics included: building a smart city, infrastructure solutions for a smart world, IoT security and smart transport, among others.

Arizona State University and Vietnam National University-HCM (VNU-HCM) gave a joint presentation on how to develop an undergraduate certification program on IoT. This program is one of the benefits of a six-week HEEAP faculty development training, where 20 faculty members from VNU-HCM trained alongside ASU and Intel experts on educational and research topics centered around IoT in the fall of 2015.

The presentation underlined the high demand for a workforce skilled in IoT solutions and highlighted the value of a mandatory course aimed at familiarizing undergraduate students in the fundamentals of IoT. With Vietnam and HCMC committed to the Smart City Ecosystems, the presenters from ASU and VNU-HCM stated that industry, society and end-users could all benefit from such a certification program in Vietnam. Intel, ASU and VNU-HCM are ready to join hands to develop such a certification program.

Learn more about the VNU-HCM faculty development training at ASU and the special focus on IoT:

Photo Caption: Saigon Hi–tech Park Training Center, the location of the third annual conference. Photo courtesy of SHTP