As well as a platform for debate, the event is a showcase for the latest urban transformation technologies
More than 100 mayors have confirmed attendance at Smart City Expo World Congress (SCEWC) in Barcelona next month. They include those from such cities as Athens (Greece), Barcelona (Spain), Berlin (Germany), Dubrovnik (Croatia), Eindhoven (Holland), Kampala (Uganda) , Prague (Czech Republic), Puebla (Mexico), Pune (India), Seattle (USA) and Shanghai (China).
In total representatives from 700 cities from the five continents will gather for the eighth edition of the event, which is organised by Fira de Barcelona and takes place from November 13 to 15 at the Gran Via venue.
This year’s theme is ‘Cities to live in’ and the director of SCEWC, Ugo Valenti, said that the number of cities present in the 2018 confirms the leadership of the show as an international showcase for the latest technologies in the field of urban transformation, but also as an authentic platform of debate on the future of cities: “A place where experts and municipal leaders are summoned annually to address together the most important challenges of the immediate future."
And he added: "This gives us an idea about the importance of what is discussed and decided here, if we take into account that in the coming years the geostrategic importance of the cities will multiply turning them into protagonists of global development."
“A place where experts and municipal leaders are summoned annually to address together the most important challenges of the immediate future"
Several of the cities that take part in SCEWC are among the 25 leading disruptive innovation cities in 2018, according to The Global Cities Index of AT Kearney. New York heads this ranking, followed by London and Paris. Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Brussels, Buenos Aires, Madrid, Melbourne, Seoul, Shanghai and Vienna are also in the top 25 of the list. Business activity, human capital or cultural experience are some of the parameters used to develop this classification.
Countries and territories that have their own pavilion include Austria, Germany, Colombia, Denmark, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Holland, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, Sweden, Thailand and the United States.
Since its first edition in 2011 and with its constant growth in the number of cities, speakers and participating companies, SCEWC has become the world reference event. Among the 840 exhibiting companies this year are: Alstom, Bosch, Cellnex, Cisco, Dassault, Deloitte, FCC, Ferrovial, FiWare, Hexagon, Huawei, Indra, Mastercard, McKinsey, Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom, Engie, Huawei, MasterCard, Microsoft, Mshereib Properties, Nec, Ntt, SAP, Siemens, Suez and Urbaser.
Smart Cities World will be holding a roundtable event with the city of San Diego on 14 November at Hotel Porta Fira (opposite Smart City Expo World Congress). To register for this free event go to: Learn how San Diego built a scalable smart city