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Smart City Expo World Congress 2019 announces first speakers

Urban transportation, cyber-security and climate change experts are among those who will take to the stage at the annual event in Barcelona.

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SCEWC18 saw 700 cities gather at the Gran Via Venue in Barcelona
SCEWC18 saw 700 cities gather at the Gran Via Venue in Barcelona

One of the world’s foremost authorities on transportation and urban transformation, Janette Sadik-Khan, recognised cyber-security executive and influencer, Shira Rubinoff, and cimate change expert, Laura Tenenbaum, are among the first speakers announced for this year’s Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona, which takes place 19-21 November at Gran Via Venue.

 

This year’s theme is Cities Made of Dreams and organisers Fira de Barcelona said the show and congress will reflect on the transformation that metropolises have experienced in the past decade: “How many solutions that seemed sheer daydreaming back then are now reality and how whave the tools to turn more dreams into reality in the near future?”

 

Speaker profiles

 

As New York City transportation commissioner from 2007 to 2013, Sadik-Khan. oversaw historic changes to city streets. She now works with mayors around the world to reimagine and redesign their cities as a principal with Bloomberg Associates.

 

Rubinoff has built two cyber-security product companies, and led multiple women-in-technology efforts. She currently serves as president of social media security firm, SecureMySocial, as well as on the boards of both the Executive Women’s Forum for Information Security and Leading Women in Technology.

“How many solutions that seemed sheer daydreaming back then are now reality and how whave the tools to turn more dreams into reality in the near future?”

Tenenbaum, an award-winning science communicator, was the senior science editor of NASA’s Global Climate Change website where she reported on sea level rise, ice mass loss and regional climate impacts. She also taught oceanography and created an oceanography video series to accompany Pearson’s Essentials of Oceanography textbook.

They will all take part in the event’s congress programme which will be structured in five themes: digital transformation, urban environment, mobility, governance and finance, and inclusive and sharing cities.

 

Among the key topics covered are data-driven cities, 5G and the future of connectivity, resilient cities, gentrification, innovative transport systems, multi-level governance, sharing and collaborative economy, circular economy and cities for all.

 

Last year’s event saw 700 cities gather along with 844 exhibitors and more than 400 speakers and 21,331 attendees from 146 countries. The international impact of the show has grown with regional events in Atlanta, Curitiba, Kyoto, Puebla and Buenos Aires.

For more details, visit SCEWC19.

 

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