Ali Future City at the Computing Conference 2018 in Hangzhou, China

Alibaba presents the Ali Future City “Alitopia” at the Computing Conference 2018 in Hangzhou, China. The Chinese technology company is showing an exhibit of a futuristic metropolis. The buildings are made of Lego. AR technology conveys trend-setting messages to the visitors.

The exhibit clearly shows the Alibaba ecosystem and the intelligent urban emergency management system. Around 40,000 Lego bricks, numerous Lego characters and other properties bring the “Future City” to life.

The ET-Brain is located in the city centre and at the same time in the centre of the exhibit. This is the centre for the artificial intelligence of the city. All parts of the city are connected to the ET-brain. Buildings, vehicles and every plant in the city.

In an example scenario the visitor gains an insight into the future: The financial building is on fire, the smoke cause an alarm. The ET-Brain receives the message and automatically alerts the nearest fire engine and ambulance. Traffic is automatically regulated by traffic lights switching to a “green wave”. All vehicles are also informed and automatically make way for the emergency vehicles. In this way, fire engines and ambulances can quickly get to the scene of the accident. 

In a playful way the visitor learns a lot about the Alitopia Big Data concept. One of its aims is to win government support for the project.

Surprises related to the Ali ecosystem are hidden inside the exhibit. The sculpture in the center of the model corresponds to the real sculpture in front of the DingTalk building in Ali Hangzhou Park. A VR scan shows the history of DingTalk on the screen.

With Alitopia, Alibaba wants to arouse interest in the complex Ali economy. Stories transform complicated technical contexts into easily comprehensible situations from everyday life. 

The Alibaba Group’s ecological approaches are very complex. With this exhibit VAVE makes the new ideas comprehensible to the general public with simple and effective ideas. The message: this fascinating city of the future could soon become reality.

Event Location

The Computing Conference 2018, Hangzhou






Alibaba Group


1st Lego: Elysian Studio 

2nd Technician table: Shanghai Xuanying Model Co.,Ltd

3rd Multimedia: Miugo Digital 


Haocheng Tang


10 sqm