Smart City & e-Government Training Program

Smart City & e-Government Training Program

Capacity-building is a crucial component of WeGO programs for the advancement of digital capacity and bridging the digital divide.
WeGO e-Government Training Programs offer WeGO members rich learning opportunities to promote the use of information technologies
in public administration and foster collaboration among cities.


Upcoming Training Programs

  • We warmly invite your officials to the Joint Workshop for Smart Sustainable Cities and e-Government to be held on July 9 to 13 on the Jeju Island, Korea. The third edition is held in close collaboration with the National Information Society Agency of Korea (NIA), Ministry of the Interior and Safety (MoIS), and the World Bank. Participants will have the opportunity to obtain a broad understanding on Smart Sustainable City ecosystems and acquire first-hand knowledge of successful Korean and worldwide cases. The program’s vibrant study & cultural tours will further ensure that participants have a memorable time in Korea on the island of Jeju renowned for its UNESCO World Heritage sites and picturesque sceneries. You will find more details by downloading the post-report as well as the information note below.

    Eligibility & Application Information

    Managerial-level public employees of WeGO Members, preferably in charge of smart city and e-Government, and ICT-related projects, are eligible to attend the Workshop. We will accept a maximum of three applicants per city but not all applicants may be admitted.

    To apply, please complete the Online Application Form by the extended deadline of May 17, 2018. Kindly prepare beforehand passport scanned copy, headshot photo as well as the nomination form (download below) for online application.

    Selection & Travel Arrangements

    After receiving all applications, the WeGO Secretariat will go through a selection process including interviews with the applicants from May 16 to 18 (additional slots will be open for late registrants) to determine the final participants of the Workshop. Once the selection is made, each participant will be responsible for securing their flight tickets as well as visa for Korea. WeGO and the organizers will cover local costs including accommodation and meals for the duration of the Workshop.

    Contact

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Andrew Lim at andrew@we-gov.org or Ms. Alexandra Sidorova at alexandra@we-gov.org. We encourage all member cities to apply, and we look forward to seeing you in Jeju!


Recently-Concluded Training Programs

  • With the shared objective of cultivating government officials’ knowledge and expertise in ICT, and bridging local and central governments in their efforts to pursue sustainable development through ICT, as well as following close cooperation for the Joint Workshop for e-Government and Smart City towards Sustainable Development in 2016, WeGO, the National Information Society Agency (NIA) and the World Bank decided to co-organize the Joint Workshop for Smart Sustainable Cities and e-Government in Seoul, Korea from November 20-23, 2017.

    This year’s Program highlighted key Smart City & e-Government topics such as (but not limited to):

    • Smart City Vision & Strategy Formulation;
    • Smart City as an Open Innovation Platform;
    • Building ICT Infrastructure for Smart Cities;
    • Emerging Technologies and Trends in Smart City and e-Government;
    • Smart Sustainable Cities Best Practices;
    • Building Smart City Ecosystems

    Technical tours to some of Seoul’s world-class smart city projects and infrastructure, such as TOPIS center (transportation), S-Plex CenterSeoul Metropolitan Government Big Data Campus, and Bukcheon IoT Village (Living Lab) were also offered.

    A total of 21 participants from every corner of the globe took part in the event, from Bangkok (Thailand), Dhulikhel (Nepal), Gimpo (Korea), Goyang (Korea), Haiphong (Vietnam), Kampala (Uganda), Mexico City (Mexico), Penang (Malaysia), Pokhara (Nepal), Ramgram (Nepal), Sejong (Korea), Tshwane (South Africa), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Vladivostok (Russia) and Yakutsk (Russia). You can check out the 2017 program here as well as a video highlight.

    Next year’s Joint Workshop will take place in Jeju Island in Korea, so please stay tuned for the announcement regarding the call for applications (early-mid 2018). If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Andrew Lim at andrew@we-gov.org or Ms. Alexandra Sidorova at alexandra@we-gov.org.

    Hope to see you next year!

  • The Chengdu WeGO Asia Regional Office Smart City & e-Government Training Program was held on November 27 to December 1st in our Chengdu WeGO Asia Regional Office, China and was concluded with great fanfare.  This 5-day program consisted of lectures and technical/cultural programs with the purpose of advancing the municipal digital, e-Government and Smart City capacity of public officials and encouraging inter-city exchanges among WeGO members. You may refer to a video highlight as well as photos and an official news article.

    This year’s highlights included lectures, cultural & technical visits to renowned sites such as the Chengdu International Sister Cities Exhibition Hall, University of Electronic Science and Technology of China, Chengdu Public Resources Trading Center, Wide & Narrow Alley, Dujiangyan Smart City & Irrigation and the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Research Center. Public officials from WeGO cities, such as Peshawar, Dhulikhel, Kasama, Quezon City, Bangkok, Mexico City and Khartoum participated in this year’s program.

    Contact

    Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mr. Andrew Lim at andrew@we-gov.org or Ms. Wu Ying at wing_cq@qq.com. We encourage all member cities to apply, and we look forward to seeing you in Chengdu next year!


About WeGO
e-Government
Training Programs

WeGO’s capacity-building programs include the popular e-Government “Seoul Program” with lectures, interactive sessions, site visits to Seoul’s state-of-the-art IT facilities and cultural excursions, as well as additional on- and offline training programs organized by the WeGO Secretariat and WeGO Regional Offices. Apart from these, WeGO partners with different organizations to diversify its training programs. To learn more about these programs, please visit the appropriate sections.

The Seoul Program

Since 2011, WeGO has been offering the popular “Seoul Program” — an e-Government training program in partnership with the Seoul Human Resource Development Center — in Seoul, Korea.  The Seoul Program consist of diverse lectures introducing best e-Government practices and policies, interactive discussion sessions, and site visits to e-Government facilities as well as cultural excursions.

Topics of Previous Training Programs

09/05/2011 ~ 09/09/2011
05/29/2012 ~ 06/06/2012
07/01/2012 ~ 07/07/2012
06/23/2013 ~ 06/30/2013
04/06/2014 ~ 04/13/2014
05/18/2015 ~ 05/22/2015
05/22/2016 ~ 05/29/2016
03/27/2017 ~ 03/31/2017

Testimonies of Former Participants of the Seoul Program

2011 e-Gov. Training
“For me, the WeGO program has been excellent because I had the opportunity to learn about many policies and initiatives that other cities have in e-government, and in particular see the progress that the city of Seoul has made in e-government in recent years. I also believe that this program is very useful for participants because it allows us to know and compare our e-government projects and best practices with other countries’ initiatives and learn from them,” said Ms. Melissa Ovalle Buenrostro, Chief of the E-Government Research Department, Mexico City.

2013 e-Gov.Training
“The lectures were very well structured and the lecturers always tried to raise the enthusiasm of the participants. The classes were very interactive and the short videos highlighted the practical aspects of the information presented. The schedule was carefully planned in a way that technical presentations were intercalated with cultural presentations. The field trips were also very interesting and helpful in order to understand better the way a metropolis such as Seoul is working,” said Ms. Mirela Minca, Head of International Program and Cooperation Service, Bucharest.

“On behalf of the Barcelona City Council and especially of Mrs. Merce Mestre, I would like to thank the WeGO Secretariat for the attention and hospitality we received during the last e-Government training. Mrs. Mestre had nothing but good things to say about the organization of the event, the quality of the presentations and the good atmosphere that was created between all the participants, which made this training for her an unforgettable experience, both personally and professionally”, said Mr. Santiago Nieva Giralt on behalf of Barcelona City Council.

“On behalf of my Omani colleague, I would like to thank the WeGO team and Seoul city for their excellent hospitality. We were lucky to have an amazing group that got along very well. Hope to see you one day in the near future in another event,” said Mr. Khalid AC Zadjali, Deputy Director General of Information System, Muscat.

Jeju Workshop

With the shared objective of cultivating government officials’ knowledge and expertise in ICT, and bridging local and central governments in their efforts to pursue sustainable development through ICT, as well as following close cooperation for the Joint Workshop for e-Government and Smart City towards Sustainable Development in 2016, WeGO, the National Information Society Agency (NIA) and the World Bank decided to co-organize the Joint Workshop for Smart Sustainable Cities and e-Government in Seoul, Korea from November 20-23, 2017.  The Workshop will take place in Seoul and Jeju in a rotating basis.

This year’s Program highlighted key Smart City & e-Government topics such as (but not limited to):

  • Smart City Vision & Strategy Formulation;
  • Smart City as an Open Innovation Platform;
  • Building ICT Infrastructure for Smart Cities;
  • Emerging Technologies and Trends in Smart City and e-Government;
  • Smart Sustainable Cities Best Practices;
  • Building Smart City Ecosystems

Technical tours to some of Seoul’s world-class smart city projects and infrastructure, such as TOPIS center (transportation), S-Plex CenterSeoul Metropolitan Government Big Data Campus, and Bukcheon IoT Village (Living Lab).

A total of 21 participants from every corner of the globe took part in the event, from Bangkok (Thailand), Dhulikhel (Nepal), Gimpo (Korea), Goyang (Korea), Haiphong (Vietnam), Kampala (Uganda), Mexico City (Mexico), Penang (Malaysia), Pokhara (Nepal), Ramgram (Nepal), Sejong (Korea), Tshwane (South Africa), Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia), Vladivostok (Russia) and Yakutsk (Russia). You can check out the 2017 program here.

Next year’s Joint Workshop will take place in Jeju Island in Korea, so please stay tuned for the announcement regarding the call for applications (early-mid 2018). If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Andrew Lim at andrew@we-gov.org or Ms. Alexandra Sidorova at alexandra@we-gov.org.

Hope to see you next year!

WeGO Regional Offices’ Programs

Starting 2014, the WeGO Regional Offices in Asia and Europe have been organizing special training courses for WeGO members, including webinars for effective sharing of ICT knowledge worldwide. Please stay tuned for more e-Government Training Programs from the WeGO Regional Offices in Chengdu and Ulyanovsk Region!

WeGO Partners’ Programs

WeGO collaborates with its partners to develop e-Government Training Programs in the form of workshops, excursions, and webinars, among others.
World Bank Institute’s Smart Cities Webinar Series Building on WeGO’s strong partnership with the World Bank, WeGO has collaborated with the “Smart Cities” series of the World Bank Institute’s successful webinar program.