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Hanoi (VNA) - The 2018 Ho Chi Minh City Innovation, Startup and Entrepreneurship Week (WHISE 2018), the city’s biggest startup event of the year, was launched on October 15, with the aim of promoting innovation and startups in the city.

A conference on HCMGIS PLATFORMS - GIS application platform for HCM City and a launching ceremony of a contest to seek HCMGIS solutions and products 2018 kicked off the week which lasts through October 19.

The annual event was jointly organised by the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee and the Finnish Embassy in Vietnam.

At the conference, the city’s Department of Science and Technology announced a programme and plan to carry out HCMGIS from now to 2020 with the introduction of some outstanding GIS applications.

Nguyen Khac Thanh, Deputy Director of the department, stressed the role of GIS in smart city building, including the construction of a database centre, saying that the department is willing to cooperate with enterprises to develop HCMGIS applications.

Also on the occasion, the department launched a contest to seek GIS solutions and products as well as related technologies to solve the city’s reality towards building the southern hub into the country’s smart and innovative urban centre.

The same day, a workshop on communication adapts Industry 4.0 was held.

Within the WHISE 2018 framework, a series of seminars, a technology exhibition and a technology, equipment and environment solutions will be held.

Furthermore, the final rounds and award ceremony of “IOT solutions for Smart Cities”, “innovation in high-tech agricultural production”, the Creative Idea Contest (CIC) 2018 and the Innovative Startups in Tourism contests will also be held.-VNA