The leading international event for solutions focusing on urban development and smart cities Organized by Fira de Barcelona Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) will hold it’s ninth edition from 19th November to 21st November at its Gran Via venue, Barcelona. The theme for this year’s expo is decided as ‘Cities made of dreams’. The organizers reflected that the theme represents the true spirit of the expo as it rightly represents how their efforts to promote smart city concept made solutions and breakthroughs possible which were not more than a dream a few years back.
Ugo Valenti, Smart City Expo World Congress director, said, “the promise of the smart city we proposed in 2011 has become a reality. Today we can see the results of the work done, and we’ve moved on from pilot projects to large-scale smart implementation. New models of governance and new approaches to equality and the circular economy have emerged.” Valenti added that “a decade ago, when we spoke of managing municipal procedures, authenticating parking tickets via mobile phones, driverless vehicles, street lights that light up when a pedestrian approaches, the provision of Wi-Fi and containers that notify the collection system when they reach the limit of their capacity, it all seemed impossible; today they’re real and we have the opportunity and the duty to undertake even more projects.”
The congress is divided in to five themes (Digital Transformation, Urban Environment, Mobility, Governance and Finance, and Shared and Inclusive Cities) and it will cover topics such as data-driven cities, 5G and the future of connectivity, resilient cities, gentrification, innovative transport systems, multi-level governance, collaborative economy, circular economy, and inclusive cities.
over a thousand companies including Alstom, Esri, FiWare, Deutsche Citypossible by Mastercard, Amazon Web Services, Bosch, Cellnex, Cisco, CityDO, Deloitte, Telekom, Engie, NTT, Oracle, Seat, Siemens, Suez, Ubiwhere. FCC Environment, Hexagon, Huawei, Indra, Microsoft, Mobileye, and Nokia and more than 700 cities will participate in the event