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Smart islands define their future

Congress will tackle questions of climate change, economic competition, technological innovation and tourism and digital islands


Calvià on the island of Mallorca will play host to Smart Island World Congress
Calvià on the island of Mallorca will play host to Smart Island World Congress

The strengthening of relations between island territories to deal with climate change, economic competition, technological innovation and tourism will be the principle aims of the second edition of the Smart Island World Congress (SIWC).


The event, which is the first world meeting about smart islands, is organised by Fira de Barcelona, with support from the Balearic Islands government, the Consell de Mallorca and the City Council of Calvià, and will take place 23-24 April in Calvià (Mallorca).


Following the first edition, which centred on the needs and opportunities of island territories in a globalised economy, 2018 will focus on the need to find synergies and to strengthen the links that connect them as they face their major challenges to become the islands of the future.


The second edition of SIWC is intended as a meeting place where alliances can be forged and connections made between the key actors in the island ecosystem to tackle the common issues they face.


The congress programme revolves around three main themes: leadership of islands in the tourist business; the challenges facing islands in the future; and the resources available to island territories. The first will be addressed in sessions of smart and sustainable tourism, technology applied to tourism, health, welfare, cultural heritage and seasonal variations.


The question of the future of islands will discuss the opportunities that islands offer start-ups, business incubators, entrepreneurs, mobile connectivity and smart islands. Climate resilience, environmental sustainability, desalination, architecture, waste management, renewable energies and infrastructures will all be dealt with in the axis on natural resources.


SIWC, is supported by the World Bank, ONU-Hàbitat, Global Island Partnership and the Dafni Network, aims to offer island territories a space for debate where they can discuss together the challenges of the future in technology, innovation and their resources.


Around 2,000 people are expected to attend from 100 islands around the world, with 85 speakers and 25 exhibitors.


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