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First Smart City Expo Latam opens its doors

Event will bring together the main institutions and individuals leading urban transformation in the region

For three days the city of Puebla will become the capital city of smart metropolises
For three days the city of Puebla will become the capital city of smart metropolises

The first Smart City Expo Latam Congress (SCELC), a Latin American summit of smart cities, is expected to play host to 200 cities, 120 companies and 10,000 visitors. Some 200 speakers are also lined up for the three-day event which will be held in the Mexican city of Puebla from the 27-29 of June.


The congress programme features 50 conferences including six plenary sessions and 21 parallel sessions which are intended to explore the challenges facing large cities with a specific focus on the needs and particularities of Latin American cities.


Among the keynote speakers are José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, former president of the Spanish government; Rosario Robles Berlanga, secretary of agrarian, territorial and urban development of the Mexican government; Andreu Veà, president of the Internet Society Spain; and Aníbal Gavíria, former mayor of Medellín (Colombia).


The event, organised by Fira de Barcelona Mexico with the support of the Mexican, regional and municipal governments of Puebla, will bring together at the Expo Centre in Puebla the main institutions and individuals leading urban transformation.


The programme is structured in five themes: sustainable territories; participatory and equitable society; digital entrepreneurship and economic development; territorial planning and mobility; and technology for smart management.


In addition to the congress, there will be an exhibition space of 12,000m2 in which 120 companies, cities, institutions and academia, will showcase their most outstanding products, initiatives and projects.


In the heart of this space is the Smart City Plaza, an area of 800m2 designed to foster networking where some smart urban solutions will be showcased and the Smart Forum presentations will be hosted. The plaza has been developed as a space to exchange ideas and proposals and even push new projects.


SCELC evolved from Smart City Expo Puebla in 2016, an event promoted by the former mayor of the city of Puebla, Tony Gali, who, as governor of the State of Puebla, is the main promoter and public host of the event.


After several editions of Smart City Expo in America and Asia together with Smart City Expo Istanbul and Smart City Expo Casablanca, the first Smart City Expo Buenos Aires will be held in September 2017.


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