Summit 2019

Smart Cities & Sport

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October 26-28, 2020

Programme Summit 2019

Wednesday, November 13

Welcome Words

Welcome to the 6th edition of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit to be held for the first time in Asia, in Tokyo-Japan.

Masterclass | How to become a “smarter” city through sport?

By 2050, 68% of the population will be living in urban areas. Cities play a crucial role when it comes to the creation of sustainable environments to live in while optimising the use of resources available. What is a smart city and how does it respond to the numerous environmental and societal challenges encountered today?   

The Toolbox | Smart cities and sport in action

From theory to practice! This session aims at giving practical cases to illustrate the concepts presented during the Masterclass.

Urban Planning | How to re-think the use of public spaces for sport?

In recent years, physical inactivity has become a major public health issue, and so has climate change. As the percentage of the population leading a sedentary lifestyle is growing significantly, cities are constantly on the search for new initiatives to keep its population moving. What can cities do to activate public spaces to foster sport participation? And how can such initiatives eventually support the promotion of eco-friendly behaviour?

Talent show | Breakthrough technologies for your future sport events

Three tech-driven companies are given the floor to present innovative ideas that could be of interest for cities. The audience will vote for the most interesting project.

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & Networking

Get Inspired | Why failure leads to innovation

Participants will have the chance to improve their personal leadership skills thanks to an exclusive session with an expert.

Sport Tourism | How to position your city as a tourism destination through sport?

Sport tourism can be an effective tool towards the development of a city and its place branding. With the rise in the number of sporting events across the world, the global sports tourism market is expected to grow over 36% during the period 2019-2023. How can cities make sport tourism an integrated part of their development strategy and position themselves in this global trend?

IF Panel | How can sports events be adapted to urban environments? 

In recent years, an increasing number of cities have served as stages for major sporting events. The objectives of cities are often to better engage with their citizens, to show emblematic places and to increase tourism. Some International Federations (IFs) have understood the new needs of cities in terms of event hosting. But what can IFs do to better adapt their events to urban environments?

Market Place

This open forum aims to connect participating cities with representatives from International Sports Federations, event organisers, sports media and various suppliers.

Thursday, November 14

Special Joint Event with TAFISA Congress

Welcome to the Smart Cities & Sport Summit and 26th TAFISA World Congress Joint Day!

Keynotes | Sport for All Through Tradition and Innovation

Building Bridges | Smart Cities & Sport and the Sport for All Movement

This special edition of the conference, which brings together Smart Cities & Sport and TAFISA, offers a unique opportunity to learn from each other. Through their various activities, the two organisations are always looking for new solutions to make sport accessible for all in order to fight physical inactivity. Here, the two organisations will share their experiences and best practices!

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch & Networking

Made to Play | How Cities Can Shape the Lives of Future Generations

Making change happen | How to build communities though sport?

Sport has a crucial role to play in the way we want to shape our future. It has the power to transform lives and make a true difference in transforming and building communities. But what kind of world do we want to build for future generations? And how can sport be the driver of this change?

Parallel Session #1 | Active Cities

ACTIVE. HEALTHY. HAPPY. Meet with city representatives who have been successful in developing active citizens.


Parallel Session #2 | Gender Equality in Sport for All

Sport for All also means Sport for Her. What next step should the Sport for All movement take to ensure gender equality at all levels, from management to programme participants?

Parallel Session #3 | Sport Innovation

Just in other areas of society, innovation is everywhere in the sports world. What do new technologies have to offer to cities to encourage their populations to become more active?

Parallel Session #4 | Adapting Cities to an Aging Society

Aging populations are poised to become one of the most impactful social changes of the twenty-first century. How can cities best prepare for this change through sport?


The Summit will provide a high-level and prestigious platform for the exchange of ideas and experience among cities of all sizes.


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Speakers 2019

Lilamani de Soysa

IWG Board

Lilamani De Soysa is located between Tokyo, Japan and Lausanne, Switzerland and she is highly involved in the work for the Women in Sport movement. She implemented the International Table Tennis Federation’s Women’s Development Programme, which later won a Sport Accord Award and she also initiated a Women and Sport Management seminar, held in Lausanne. Lilamani holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of Lausanne. Currently, she is Co-Opted Expert on the IWG Global Executive specialising in international sport relations and development.

Dejan Crnek

Deputy Mayor, City of Ljubljana, Slovenia

Dejan Crnek was born in Ljubljana and he discovered his personal life motto mostly through sports and working with people. At the age of fifteen, he had already become a guide at the oldest sports association in Slovenia, the Narodni Dom, and later on managed groups at summer and winter field trips to nature. Mr. Crnek studied at the Faculty of Sport in Ljubljana and worked as an elementary and secondary school teacher. Later, he founded a company together with a friend – he still works there.

Felicite Rwemarika

IOC Member, Member of Sport and Active Society Commission

Felicite Rwemarika is the First Vice-President of the Rwandan Olympic Committee and a Member of Sport and Active Society Commission since 2017 where she advises on all activities of the Olympic Movement that are related to using sport to improve physical activity in the population. With a background in nursing, business and hospitality from Rwanda, Felicite is highly engaged in sports on the national and international level. Besides her engagement as an IOC member, she organises international conferences on gender equality through sport for social change and represents the AKWOS (Association of Kigali Women in Sports) as Founder, Chair and legal representative.

Daichi Suzuki

Commissionner, Japan Sports Agency

Daichi Suzuki is a former elite swimmer having won – among others - an Olympic Gold medal at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul. He also holds a Ph.D. in Medicine and worked as a professor in the Department of Health and Sports Science at the Juntendo University in Japan. From 2013 – 2015, Prof. Suzuki was the President of the Japan Swimming Federation (JSF). Since 2013, he is the President of the Olympians Association of Japan (OAJ) and his currently working as a Commissioner of the Japan Sports Agency.

Yuriko Koike

Governor of Tokyo

Yuriko Koike has been the Governor of Tokyo since July 2016. Prior to being elected to the post, she was active in national politics. She was a member of the House of Councillors and the House of Representatives for a total of 24 years from 1992, during which she has held major posts including Minister of the Environment, Minister of State for Okinawa and Northern Territories Affairs, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister for National Security Affairs, Minister of Defense, and Director of the Committee on Budget of the House of Representatives. With a BA in Sociology from Cairo University, she is fluent in English and Arabic, and was a prominent news anchor before entering politics.

Stuart Biddle

Professor of Physical Activity & Health at University of Southern Queensland

Stuart Biddle is an internationally-respected physical activity, sedentary behaviour and health expert with an academic career spanning four decades. He was recognised in the annual Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List.

Game Mothibi

Global Executive Member of International Working Group on Women and Sport

Game Mothibi volunteered in sport administration for several years and in different capacities. The highlights of her sporting career include preparing the bid and winning hosting of IWG for Botswana. She also led the Botswana team to the 2010 Commonwealth Games.

Joris Wils

Director of Sport, City of Antwerp

Joris Wils has been passionate about sports since childhood. He has a Master’s in Criminology and Public Management and became a municipal manager in a variety of areas.  He has been Director of Sports of the city of Antwerp since 2012. He is convinced that sport can have a positive impact on a city on different levels and believes in the power of sport in enhancing people’s lives.

Masatoshi Ito

26th TAFISA World Congress Organising Committee Chair

Masatoshi Ito is the President of the Japan Sport Association, an organisation committed to realising an ideal society in which sport is equally accessible to all. Masatoshi Ito has extensive experience of marketing and business strategy in a multifaceted group company and deep insight into management as a top management of a global company.

Ju-Ho Chang

President of TAFISA

Ju-Ho Chang is the President of the Association For International Sport for All (TAFISA), the leading international Sport for All organisation. He was elected in 2013. With more than 270 members from over 150 countries on all continents, TAFISA aims to achieve an Active World by globally promoting and facilitating access for every person to Sport for All and physical activity.

Caitlin Morris

General Manager, Social & Community Impact, Nike, Inc.

Caitlin Morris is the General Manager of Global Community Impact at Nike, Inc. In her role, she leads the development and execution of a range of global, national, and locally-based programs which are focused around getting kids active. Caitlin joined Nike in 2003 and held various leadership positions in Corporate Communications and Sustainable Business and Innovation. She is a graduate from the University of Virginia and lives in Portland, Oregon together with her husband and son.

Yohei Sasakawa

Chairman of The Nippon Foundation (WHO Leprosy Elimination Goodwill Ambassador)

Yohei Sasakawa is Chairman of The Nippon Foundation, a private, non-profit foundation established in 1962. Sasakawa joined The Nippon Foundation in 1981 and is known for bringing an entrepreneurial spirit to his work with entities from the political, governmental, academic, and private sectors in addressing issues in such diverse areas as health, education, food security, and maritime safety.

Eckehard Fozzy Moritz

Director and CEO of Innovationsmanufaktur GmbH

Eckehard Fozzy Moritz is the Director and CEO of Innovationsmanufaktur GmbH, a Munich-based company founded in 2000 and is working on private and publicly funded projects for the systematic development of innovations in the core areas of mobility, sport and health promotion. Next to his doctoral degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering, he has also obtained a doctoral degree in Innovation from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. Additionally, he had a professorship in China and Mexico. Mr. Fozzy Moritz describes himself as an active athlete and a world explorer.

Wolfgang Baumann

TAFISA, Secretary General

Wolfgang Baumann is the Secretary General at TAFISA, The Association for International Sport for All since 2005. Mr. Baumann has an extensive background in the sport industry. In his previous roles, he was the managing director and deputy secretary general of the German Sport Federation (DSB) as well as the managing director of Deutsche Sportpartner GmbH. He has published a range of German- and English-speaking articles globally and is currently on the IOC Sport and Active Society Commission.

Malgorzata Szukalska-Wrona

Chief Expert, Polish Ministry of Sport and Tourism

With a background in Economy, Law and Finance from SGH Warsaw School of Economics and her roles in the Polish Ministry, Malgorzata has a high understanding of the national developments regarding sport. Currently, she works as a Chief Expert in the Ministry of Sport and Tourism while she is also the Deputy Chair of TAFISA Europe.

Bill Morris

Expert Advisor to IOC Moderator of the Summit

Bill Morris is currently an Expert Advisor to the International Olympic Committee and other international clients. He is also an Independent Advisor in UK Government and a Trustee/Non-Exec Director/Ambassador in a number of national and international not-for-profit organisations. He speaks at and facilitates conferences, as part of leadership education programmes and public events. He spent seven years as a Director of LOCOG, the Organising Committee for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and was awarded the Olympic Order of Merit in 2012.

Mickel Beckers

Commissioner of Sports, City of Rotterdam

Since January 1st 2019, Mickel is director of Sports, Culture and Education for the City of Rotterdam. His department is responsible for education, culture, sports and recreation policies. The City of Rotterdam aims to raise the level of participation in sports and culture as well as the overall level of education and school results. From 2015 to 2019, Mickel was director of Youth and Education for the City of Rotterdam. As member of the Social Development Board Mickel is, among other things, responsible for the city’s social real estate. Previously, Mickel was head of the Art and Culture department for the City of Rotterdam.

Keiko Homma

TAFISA Japan Board Member, Japan Sport Council

Keiko Homma has a Master of Management in Sport Management from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia (2006). Also, she obtained a PhD in Health Promotion Science in 2015 from the Tokyo Metropolitan University in Japan. Her study focused on how sports policy contributed to the sports legacy development. With over 20 years of work experience as a professional researcher (in marketing and policy) and a background in translation, she joined the Japan Sport Council (JSC) in 2015. In this role, she is responsible for analysing sports policies around the world focused on community sports and health promotion.

Christoph Holstein

State Councilor, Department of Home Affairs and Sports, Sports Section, Hamburg

Since April 2015, Christoph Holstein has been State Councilor of the Department of Home Affairs and Sports, Sports Section. Prior to this position, he was Head of Press Office of the Senate and Senate Spokesman in Hamburg (2011-2015) and spokesman of the SPD-Bürgerschaftsfraktion, Hamburg (2004-2011). He studied German, politics and history and started his career as a journalist and press officer.

Andrew DeWit

Professor, Rikkyo University's School of economic Policy Studies

Andrew DeWit is Professor of comparative public policy and local public finance at Rikkyo University’s School of Economic Policy Studies. His research examines the fiscal, administrative and other elements of Japan’s climate and energy initiatives, especially the past several years of increasing integration among Society 5.0, National Resilience, SDG cities, smart cities, and compact cities.

David Simon

Vice President World Union of Olympic Cities, Los Angeles

As President of the Los Angeles Sports Council, David Simon has played a significant role in virtually every major sporting event that has been brought to the Los Angeles area in the last 25 years. The Olympics have played a significant part in Mr. Simon’s career. For the 1984 Olympic Games he served as Vice President of the Los Angeles Olympic Organising Committee. His current affiliations include serving in a volunteer capacity as President of the Southern California Committee for the Olympic Games, Vice President of the World Union of Olympic Cities, Chairman of the USA Badminton and as the U.S. representative to the Badminton World Federation.

Yoshiko Osamura

IAKS Executive Board Member

With a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and a genuine interest in sports management and community sports clubs, Yoshiko Osamura worked as a Researcher at Hosei University Tokyo and as a consultant at the Japanese Institute for Sports and Culture. She has been a member of the International Association for Sports and Leisure (IAKS) and the deputy secretary general since 2015 while she became the executive board member of the IAKS Japanese section in 2018. In 2017, she completed her Master’s degree in Philosophy, specializing in Urban Planning and Play and Living Environments for Children at Yokohama City University. She is currently a PhD candidate in landscape design performing research into urban design to promote health and wellbeing.

Jakub Kalinowski

V4SPORT Foundation President

Jakub has co-founded the first Active Healthy Kids Report Card in Poland. He serves on the Executive Committees of two global organizations: Active Healthy Kids Global Alliance and International Sport and Culture Association and he is the member of the Rural Sport Commission of the Polish Olympic Committee. Jakub is a graduate of International Relations at the Social Studies Department in Wroclaw, Poland. He studied in Poland, France, US and UK. He has over 12 years of experience in developing and leading sport and active healthy lifestyle projects, both on national and international level. He is an experienced coach and trainer. Jakub’s portfolio includes over 2000 hours of training in areas such as: strategic development, project management, fundraising based on Cause-Related Marketing and Corporate Social Responsibility.

Mitra Rouhi-Dehkordi

Vice President of the Iranian Sport for All Federation

Dr. Mitra Rouhi-Dehkordi is a scientific member of the Farhangian University in Iran as well as the Vice President of the Iran Sport for All Federation. Since 2017, she has been a TAFISA board member and is also highly engaged as an Executive Committee member at the International Zurkaneh Sport Federation. Her background in sports relates to rope skipping – she is currently the President of the Iran Rope Skipping Association and is involved in developing physical activities for girls. She is also the President of the Girls' Physical Fitness Association of the Ministry of Science and Technology Research.

Finn Berggren

Gerlev Sports Academy, Denmark

Since 2002 Finn Berggren is the principal of Gerlev Sports Academy in Denmark – a sport environment and a place that cultivates exploration, inclusivity and personal responsibility. Next to his daily work, Finn is an international speaker, the head of Gerlev – The European Center for Traditional Sports and Games (by TAFISA) as well as a chairman of the international organisation Cross Culture Project Association. Next to his job as the principal of Gerlev, he is also an international speaker and chairman of the international organisation Cross Culture Project Association/Open Fun Football School. And Finn’s international commitment is also visible through his board services for HEPA Europa, which was founded at Gerlev.

Atsushi Abe

Director, Sport Policy and Information Division, Japan Sport Council

Atsushi Abe leads Sport Policy and Information Division, focusing on national and regional sport policies innovation in Japan. He joined the Japan Sport Council (JSC) in April 2014 in the newly created role of the Sport Innovation Department and was responsible for developing and executing the 2020 medal potential athletes development program with National Sports Organizations. Then he worked on athletes dual career and sport integrity. After moving from a high performance sport center to the JSC’s headquarters in 2016, Atsushi has started working with local governments and municipalities, universities and companies to develop new projects for people inactive and frailty, based on the vision of Japan Sports Agency’s Sport Basic Plan toward 2022.

Etsuko Ogasawara

IWG Regional Representative for Asia

Etsuko Ogasawara is the founder and Executive Director of the Japanese Association for Women in Sport, and is a professor of sport management at Juntendo University in Tokyo. She is a leading researcher and sought after keynote speaker in the areas of job satisfaction in coaching, women and sport issues and swimming; a sport in which she has had extensive involvement, including as a member of the national coaching staff at the 1988 Olympics. Etsuko’s work has been recognised internationally with the 2012 International Pathfinder Award from the National Association for Girls and Women in Sport in the USA. She was recently elected as a president of the Asian Association for Sport Management, a position she will hold until 2020.

Shuichi Kamenaya

Executive Senior Vice President, Japan National Tourism Organization

Shuichi Kameyama has been working for tourism in the public sector since 2008 including JNTO, Japan Tourism Agency and World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). During his time at UNWTO, Mr. Kameyama’s main theme was tourism, sports and mega events and he authored two reports: “Maximizing the Benefits of Mega Events for Tourism Development” and “Walking Tourism – Promoting Regional Development”.

Grégoire Junod

Mayor of Lausanne, President of the World Union of Olympic Cities

Mayor of the City of Lausanne since July 2016, Grégoire Junod is also head of the direction of culture and urban development. Graduated in history and economics from the University of Lausanne, he became a communal councilor in Lausanne in 1998, then a member of the Grand Conseil Vaudois in 2007, before being elected to the Municipality of Lausanne in 2011. Grégoire Junod is President of the World Union of Olympic Cities, headquartered in Lausanne the Olympic Capital.

Attila Miszér

Sports Director World Urban Games Budapest

Mr. Attila Mizsér is a former Olympic medallist in Modern Pentathlon – he won gold at the Olympic Games in Seoul in 1988. Following his career as an athlete, he worked 20 years in the banking industry as a leader of treasury sales. In 2015, he joined the Budapest 2024 Olympic Bid and he worked as Sports and Venues Director. Recently, he worked as the Sports Director of the 2019 World Urban Games that were organised in Budapest, Hungary. Furthermore, he is still highly involved in developing his sport, helping to increase the number of athletes who take part in Pentathlon.

Ernst Ligthart

Non-Executive Board Member, Ajax Amsterdam

Ernst Ligthart is a European leader in sports business and sports environment. He has a degree in law and economics from the University of Utrecht. He runs a well-known law firm in the Netherlands as managing partner and he is also a non-executive board member of one of the most famous European football clubs: AJAX Amsterdam. He is also supervisory board member of Johan Cruijff Arena Stadium Venue. Johan Cruijff Arena is world famous from its sustainability programme, successful innovation and contribution to SmartCity projects with Amsterdam.

Yasuo Yamaguchi


Professor Dr. Yasuo Yamaguchi is a professor, writer, researcher and has been a Board Member of TAFISA-Japan since 2017. He is a Graduate from the School of Human Development & Environment, Kobe University and has been the Vice President of the National Sport Council in Japan. With his publications in the field of Sport for All and Physical Activity, Dr. Yamaguchi has an in-depth understanding of sports and cultural perspectives and contributes to the development of sport, both nationally and internationally.

Yoan Noguier

Co-Founder and Director, Yunus Sports Hub

Formerly Procurement Manager for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Yoan met Peace Nobel Laureate Prof Yunus at the beginning of 2017 while advocating about the social potential of sporting events. After a first successful collaboration resulting in the signature of an agreement with Paris 2024 to organise inclusive Olympics, the Yunus Sports Hub was created. In the framework of former Olympic host cities, the Yunus Sports Hub aims to use social business methods to build on existing legacy. Yoan grew up in the south of France and played rugby at a semi-professional level.

Renato Ricci

Director, Institute of Sport, Lima

Renato Ricci is the Director of the Peruvian Institute of Sport. He holds a Master's in Sports Management and an International Master's in Business and Soccer Administration (MINAF) from the Johan Cruyff Institute. From 2010 to 2019, he was Country Manager at the Joahn Cruyff Institute. From 2008 to 2012, Renato was manager of the first school abroad of the FC Barcelona, in Lima, Peru. He has extensive experience in the sports sector and has been representing international institutions and acquiring the respective know-how.

Midori Harahata

Japanese Sports Youth

Midori Harahata is currently working for the coach development section at Nagano Junior Sports Clubs Association and Coach of Hakuba village Kaitakushi-kan Kendo Sports Club. She studied German at the Faculty of Foreign Language, Himeji Dokkyo University. She participated in the Japan-Germany Sports Clubs Association simultaneous exchange held in 2004 organized by Japan Sport Association (JSPO) and later in the Japan-Germany Sports Clubs Association coaching seminar held in 2018 organized by JSPO.

Rostam Umar

Chief, Strategy Group, Sport Singapore

Rostam leads the Strategy Group in Sport Singapore, overseeing strategic planning, resourcing, partnerships and communications, research and insights, and fundraising. Prior to that, he led the Human Capital, Organisation Excellence and Volunteer Management portfolio. He also served as Chief of Manpower & Games Engagement, Chief of Client Services and the Mayor for the Games Village for both the 28th Southeast Asian Games & 8th ASEAN Para Games. Previously, Rostam served in key roles in the Singapore Tourism Board such as the Head of Change Management, Director of Communications and Executive Director of Human Resources and Organisational Development.

Jean-François Laurent

Junior Director, TAFISA

Jean-Francois Laurent is Junior Director at TAFISA headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany, where he is responsible for regional and business development, partnerships, as well as coordinating TAFISA’s global programmes and events. He specialises in the promotion and advocacy of Sport for All and physical activity, with special insight on the topics of Active Cities and Traditional Sports and Games. He has been consultant for Sport for All in many countries and invited as a speaker to congresses and seminars worldwide. Originating from Nancy, France, he graduated in social and political sciences as well as sports management at the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble and Aix-Marseille University, France in 2012. He also studied at the University of Adelaide, Australia.

Mogens Kirkeby

President of International Sport and Culture Association

Mogens Kirkeby has been engaged in the development of ISCA since 1998 and became President in 2007. Prior to this, Mogens Kirkeby was employed at the Danish Red Cross Society.

Robert Bayigamba

Former Rwanda Minister of Sport and Culture and Former President of the Rwanda Olympic Committee

Robert Bayigamba has held many executive positions in both the public and private sectors. He is the former President of the Rwanda Olympic Committee, and he served as Minister of Youth Sport, and Culture. He holds an Executive MBA in Corporate Strategy and Economic Policy from the Maastricht School of Management in Holland. He is the CEO of the Center for Global Sports, which facilitates, develops, and implements large-scale sports strategies designed for economic growth and social development in emerging countries. In this role, he has overseen the creation and support for “Rwanda: The Sports Hub of Africa” project and has led the potential creation of Sport Rwanda as the coordinating body for attracting and hosting important sports events.

Keith George

Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer (Faculty of Science), Liverpool John Moores University

Keith George is the Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer (Faculty of Science) and a member of the Physical Activity Exchange at Liverpool John Moores University. He has been an advocate of the Active City approach in Liverpool and around the globe with various partners, including TAFISA, for the last 10 years. He has published over 300 original peer-review publications and is currently an Editor/Board member for three International Journals.

Special Joint Event with TAFISA Congress

Smart Cities & Sport is delighted to announce that this year’s edition of the Summit features a unique partnership with TAFISA, the leading international Sport for All organisation.
As a result, Smart Cities & Sport Summit and TAFISA developed a joint programme on November 14th, 2019. It aims at discussing the issues linked to physical inactivity and finding solutions to these various challenges, including how best to develop long-term partnerships between the different actors of the Sport for All movement to guarantee its success in the future.


This is a great chance for cities to connect to a larger and more diversified network including representatives from national and International Sports Federations, National Olympic Committees, ministries of health, culture, education and sport, Sport for All organisations, cities, municipalities and educational institutions.

Call for projects

Your city is innovative and uses sport as a catalyst for positive change? Then, you are on the right spot! Smart Cities & Sport is calling on you to share your best insights on how your city uses sport to achieve its social, economic, promotional and environmental goals.Get the chance to be featured in our monthly newsletters, quarterly publications and to present your project on stage at our Summit next November. Your ideas deserve to be heard and spread across the globe to inspire! Smart Cities & Sport is here to help you do just that.

Host City - Tokyo 2019

Tokyo – Japan

Host City of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit 2019

Tokyo, Japan’s capital, is a mixture of the ultramodern and the traditional, from neon-lit skyscrapers to historic temples. The opulent Meiji Shinto Shrine is known for its towering gate and surrounding woods. The Imperial Palace sits amid large public gardens. The city’s many museums offer exhibits ranging from classical art (in the Tokyo National Museum) to a reconstructed kabuki theater (in the Edo-Tokyo Museum).

For more information about Tokyo and things to do in Tokyo, check out here.

Tokai University Club 

Smart Cities & Sport Summit November 13th

The Tokai University Club, which was founded in 1942, is strongly committed to sports and has produced world-class athletes and famous alumni over the years, such as Yasuhiro Yamashita, Olympic judo gold medalist.

The spot offers a beautiful panorama of the Tokyo Imperial Palace (Kōkyo), the Tokyo Tower, the National Diet Building, the Rainbow Bridge and the Roppongi and Akasaka skyscrapers.

The building is located in the heart of Tokyo on the 35th floor of the Kasumigaseki Building, and is easily accessible as the Tokyo Subway is located between a three- and eight-minutes’ walk from the different stations. Click here to see the access map.

Toshi Center

Smart Cities & Sport Summit Joint Event November 14th

Toshi Center Tokyo is located in Nagatacho, merely 3 minutes’ walk away from Nagatacho subway station. It is convenient to various sightseeing sites and businesses in Tokyo. The center is just a 5-minute walk from lively Akasaka area, and a 10-minute walk from the Imperial Palace and a 15-minute taxi ride from Tokyo Station. Nearby Nagatacho Station has direct subway access to the Shibuya area and Tokyo Dome.

Toshi Center houses a multi-functional “Cosmo Hall” that is ideal for large events and offers appropriate space for smaller discussions by dividing the hall.

Toshi Center Tokyo

Official Hotel

New Otani Garden Tower – Akasaka

New Otani Hotel Tokyo is a luxury hotel within walking distance from the grounds of the Imperial Palace. It was built to cater for the 1964 Olympic Games, preserving the beautiful landscape and stone wall of an Edo era daimyo mansion. It has a homely ambiance and a 10-acre gardens dating back 400 years. Patrons can get a view of Mount Fuji from the 17th floor Blue Sky Lounge.

New Otani Hotel is located close to a metro station that provides easy access to several key areas and the Shinkansen bullet train station. It is 10 minutes’ walk away from a lively entertainment district.

New Otani Hotel Tokyo

Social events of the Smart Cities & Sport Summit

On-site visit

Sports venues & Olympic Stadiums

56 years later Tokyo will host the Summer Olympic Games for the second time in 2020. Keeping in line with reforms advocated by Olympic Agenda 2020, the Tokyo Games will put to use as many infrastructures built for the 1964 Olympics as possible, such as the Nippon Budokkan for judo.

The 2020 Olympic Park consists of two thematic and operational zones: the “Heritage Zone,” houses iconic Tokyo 1964 Games venues that embody the enduring legacy of Tokyo 1964, and the “Tokyo Bay Zone” symbolizes innovative future urban development. 

These two zones are joined by the Athletes’ village to from an “infinity” sign.

Olympic Park

Welcome Reception

Zipangu Restaurant – Akasaka

The restaurant & Bar Akasaka Zipangu offers a huge variety of dishes, but in particular meals based on a traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine called “Nadaman”. The menus are prepared by some of the most talented chefs.

The restaurant is located on the top floor of the Akasaka Excel Hotel Tokyu and offers fine views of the high-rise Shinjuku district. 

Inside the Zipangu Restaurant, you will be first welcomed by the 6000 bottles of wine filling up the walls, before entering the vast dining floor welcoming up to 180 guests.

The building is located 1 minute’ walk from Akasakamitsuke or 2 minutes’ walk from Nagatacho Station.

Gala Dinner

Meiji Kinenkan

The Meiji Kinenkan is managed by the Meiji Shrine and stands in a corner of the Meiji Jingu Gaien grounds. It has been built in 1881 as the Kenpo Kinenkan and provided a dining space to receive guests from other countries visiting the temporary Imperial Palace in Akasaka. 

The elegant main hall is a historical interest place since the drafts of the former Imperial Constitution and the Imperial House Act were discussed in the presence of the Meiji Emperor. In 1947, the building opens its door as the Meiji Kinenkan and became a very popular attraction since it is a place where people can rejoice and celebrate. 

It is located around 5 minutes’walk away from the Shinanomachi Station.


Haneda International Airport is 15km from New Otani Hotel Tokyo, while Narita International Airport is 60km away.

It is possible to transfer from the airports to the hotel with airport limousine, taxi, airport express and public transportation according to your preference. Tickets can be purchased at Airport Limousine ticket counters at airport arrival lobbies in Terminal 1 and 2.

For more information, please visit here.

Tokyo is easily accessible from other cities in Japan through the Shinkansen (bullet train network) and conventional train lines.

Simply reserve your seats online and collect your ticket at JR Ticket Offices or at Travel Sevice Centers. For more information, please visit here.

Tokyo is easily accessible from other cities in Japan through the Shinkansen (bullet train network) and conventional train lines.

Simply reserve your seats online and collect your ticket at JR Ticket Offices or at Travel Sevice Centers. For more information, please visit here.


The subway stations nearest to the New Otani Hotel are “Akasaka-mitsuke station” (subway Ginza line, subway Marunouchi line; exit D), “Nagatocho station” (subway Hanzomon line, subway Namboku line; exit 7), “Kojimachi station” (subway Yurakucho line; exit 2) and “Yotsuya station” (Japan Rail Chuo / Sobu line, subway Marunouchi line, subway Nanboku line; Kojimachi or Akasaka exit).

For more information, please visit here and Tokyo Metro.


Taxis are readily available in Tokyo. Ride from Tokyo station takes 15 minutes, and 20 minutes from Shinjuku and Shibuya. For more information, please visit here.

The new Otani Hotel Tokyo is located on Kioicho-dori street, opposite of Shimizudani Park. The exact address of the hotel is 4-1, Kioi-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-8578, Japan.

Hotel Parking

Numerous parking spots ae available in the Main building and Garden tower. The parking fee is JPY500 for 30 minutes.

Parking fee is waived for staying guests.

For more information, please visit here.

Information about Tokyo


November temperatures range from 7°C (44°F) at night (minimum night temperature) to 19°C at daytime (65°F) (maximum day temperature).

For the current weather forecast, please click here.

Time Zone

Japan Standard Time Zone


Electricity / Plugs

Japanese electrical two non-polarized pin plugs, 100 Volt


It is the responsibility of the participants to obtain a visa if needed. Please check the visa requirements for your nationality here.

If you have any questions, you should contact the Japanese Consulate responsible for the area in which you reside: embassies assistance

If the visa is not granted on time, the cancellation policy will be applied.

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