Collaboration opportunities on smart cities

June 30, 2015


Last month we gathered by invitation of the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore for an exclusive roundtable meeting about the Danish Smart City potential in Singapore.


“Smart cities“ is a concept we interact with almost daily in our work at Quercus Group. We discuss it between ourselves, we see it happening around the Danish capital, but it is also a concept we collaborate on with various clients.


On this occasion, we talked about how Denmark can contribute to Singapore’s Smart Nation vision. The point of departure was a report on smart city collaboration opportunities between the two nations, crafted by Quercus Group for the Royal Danish Embassy in Singapore.


The meeting gathered 20 selected key actors from across the Danish smart city scene including universities, organizations, public and private companies eager to talk about their experiences so far with the Singaporean market and opportunities for future projects in the vibrant city-state. Some key points on which there was wide consensus:

  • Holistic thinking. Denmark has a strong background in identifying and understanding interdependencies, developing integrated solutions. These competencies are in high demand in Singapore.

  • Denmark is a valuable partner when it comes to solutions and technologies for sustainable energy, green building, strategic urban development, biking, citizen engagement and public-private partnerships

  • Singapore should be viewed as much as a gateway to Asia as a market on its own. A strong position in the Singaporean market can open the doors to building relationships and business opportunities in other South East Asian markets – all of Asia, especially India and Indonesia look to Singapore for ‘smart’ solutions.

  • Danish solutions are centred on the needs of the end-user, which are an integrated part on the design process already from the conceptualisation phase. Therefore, Danish design thinking serves as a source of inspiration in Singapore and it is highly sought after.

  • Innovation and liveability are two dominant aspects that Danish architects and consultants bring to the table on any occasion.


Future discussions will be carried out to more specifically define a model for exporting the Danish ‘solutionising’ model. A follow-up group has been established to tap into the Danish capabilities that could be of value to Singapore’s growth, and vice versa.


If you want to be updated on other outcomes of the meeting or the report, do not hesitate to drop us an email or keep in touch on twitter.



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